Sen. Kamala Harris is making a big play for union support in her run for President, focusing principally on education and childcare workers. Teachers’ unions have been financially hammered by the Supreme Court decision in Janus and are shopping for a vocal candidate they can get behind and support, ideally one who will not only push pro-labor policy but also use the bully pulpit to advocate for their members’ interests. With her proposal to massively bump teacher pay through federal funding, Harris could be it. As noted yesterday, in the first quarter of 2019, her presidential campaign took in at least 11,000 donations from educators. Now, it looks like she’s making a play for pro-union child care workers, too, backing a proposal to unionize them. This should further endear her to organized labor, which is a powerful ally in Democratic Party politics not just because of its organizing and door-knocking…

Last night, news broke that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly lost last year to Sen. Ted Cruz, is running for President. And while no one expects to see yet another candidate enter the field and be applauded by everyone else already there, Kamala Harris’ campaign seems a little concerned about O’Rourke– at least judging by her fundraising emails. Here’s one that came through a couple hours ago, which is actually titled “Beto O’Rourke.” It’s not just the title that’s interesting. Did you notice the upfront mention of “a record number of women and people of color?” Could that possibly be a small dig at O’Rourke, who has a Spanish-language nickname but is actually pretty danged white and male? Or is Kamala just trying to seize on a little bit of Beto-mentum herself, and bring some extra cash into her already bountiful campaign coffers? It looks like a little jab…

We previously wrote about how Kamala Harris was dominating social media among 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, giving her a potentially huge leg up in the contest. But today, there’s fresh data showing the true extent of Harris’ clout. Via CrowdTangle (as reported by Axios): Instagram interactions: Harris: 8.3 million Sanders: 4.6 million Warren: 2 million Twitter interactions (combining Senate and personal accounts): Harris: 14.4 million Sanders: 8 million Warren: 4.1 million On Facebook, Harris doesn’t fare as well– Sanders gets about 10x the interactions with 22.1 million to Harris’ 2.4 million and Warren’s 2.3 million. Still, per analytics firm NewsWhip, articles about Harris have earned “16.5 million interactions on Facebook and from shares on influential Twitter accounts.” Warren comes in second with 14.2 million and Sanders third with 10.6 million. And Harris has added more fans on Facebook according to CrowdTangle in the last quarter than any other 2020 prospect (123,000; Beto O’Rourke is next with 51,000). Ditto Instagram…

Los Angeles teachers began a strike Monday that could imperil LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s possible run for president. Garcetti, looking happier than he probably is this morning. Photo via Wikipedia. The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second-largest school district in the country. It serves approximately half a million students. Parents want a short strike. Taxpayers want few to no concessions. And unions want higher pay and at least some concessions. If not resolved on its own and quickly, it’s a political conundrum for Garcetti. According to The Hill, “In internal debates about how to build a campaign, Garcetti’s aides have acknowledged he cannot possibly launch a bid while teachers in his own city are on the picket line, according to sources involved in the conversations.” However, Garcetti has little control over how this plays out. The Los Angeles Unified School District is an independent body. It is accountable to…