As U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris launches her bid for President, new data shows she is the third most powerful politician on Twitter, besting both former President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. According to data assembled by CrowdTangle, a social media analysis tool, and published by Axios  Harris gets more retweets and likes than every politician and political news handle bar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Donald Trump. That prominence in social media could be a huge advantage to Harris as she launches her presidential campaign. Social media presence correlates strongly with overall media coverage. Presidential campaign veterans view a candidate’s proportion of media coverage, or “media share” as arguably the most important metric in determining who will win a nomination, and a general election. According to Jeff Roe, former campaign manager for Sen. Ted Cruz during his presidential campaign run, the two most significant metrics are media share and small-dollar fundraising. U.S.…

Rep. Devin Nunes, who normally wins his races with 70 percent of the vote but ended up squeaking a win with just 52.7 percent in 2018, has reportedly been telling conservatives in Washington, DC, and around the country that the reason his Democratic opponent got within six points of him wasn’t his bevy of ethics problems, him hitching his wagon to Donald Trump, his total non-focus on local issues, or his family’s exposed move years back to Iowa. In fact, according to Nunes, his 2018 close run was all down to “ballot harvesting.” Devin Nunes tries hard to think of any plausible excuse beyond mere suckage for his bad 2018 midterm performance. Ballot harvesting is a practice by which third parties collect paper votes and then deliver them to election officials (or, if you live in North Carolina’s 9th district, by which said third parties totally do not collect and…

CNN has its first numbers for prospective Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, the first caucus state in 2020, and the news is not pretty for California Democrats. Sitting atop the pile in a cluttered field is former Veep Joe Biden with 32 percent, followed by laggard Bernie Sanders with 19 percent and Beto O’Rourke at 11 percent. No other Democrat gets into double digits. And Sen. Kamala Harris is the only prospective candidate from California who manages above 1 percent. Harris comes in fifth with a whopping five percent. Tom Steyer, Eric Swalwell and Eric Garcetti all manage less than 1 percent according to the poll. Why are Iowans just not that into Californians? It could be that culturally, even among progressives, Iowa is pretty different to California. Iowa is obviously a whiter state than the Golden State. It’s over 90 percent white, including about 5.6 percent of the population…

Just minutes ago, the Associated Press announced that Republican Rep. Jeff Denham has indeed lost his re-election battle to Democrat Josh Harder, ticking the number of congressional seats won by Democrats in the Golden State in 2018 up one more. This brings the total number of seats flipped by Democrats so far in California to five with Young Kim leading Gil Cisneros by the smallest of margins. Once all the ballots are counted in that race, Kim could wind up losing, too. As it stands, it appears that David Valadao will hold his seat, albeit narrowly (the margin could come down to two points or fewer). It sure looks like the GOP tax bill, which raised taxes for many Californians by virtue of its treatment of state and local tax deductions, was an electoral loser for the party, helping to cost it a significant block of members who had guaranteed…