Playbook Power Briefing, presented by UC Davis: Counting down until Georgia polls close -- LUTHER STRANGE’s seat up in 2017 -- Takeaways on Britain's snap election

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Today's Playbook Power Briefing presented by UC Davis

04/18/2017 01:00 PM EDT

 

By JAKE SHERMAN (; @JakeSherman), ANNA PALMER (; @apalmerdc), DANIEL LIPPMAN (; @dlippman), ZACH MONTELLARO ( ; @ZachMontellaro)

 

Good Tuesday afternoon. Do you miss that Election Day feeling? Polls close tonight at 7 p.m. in Georgia.

WE PREVIEWED the stakes and pre-spin for the sixth district of Georgia special House election this morning. (http://politi.co/2oIEou7) FiveThirtyEight has a nice rundown ( http://53eig.ht/2oIRYgX) of all the public polling and what benchmarks Democrat Jon Ossoff needs to hit to come away with a win, which would be a major shock to the national political establishment.

GOTV -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:38 a.m.: "Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress. VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and wants higher taxes. Say NO" ... at 6:46 a.m.: "Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6. Force runoff and easy win! Dem Ossoff will raise your taxes-very bad on crime & 2nd A."

-- REPUBLICANS were none too pleased that Trump uttered Ossoff's name. The GOP was aiming to localize the race and not have it turn into referendum on Trump's presidency.

-- One Republican on the ground said the race "feels very tight." It's unclear if Trump, the Trump Tweets and robocalls hurt, or help. Ossoff is trying to appeal to Price voters as an independent voice who can serve as a check on Trump.

-- The AP results page http://apne.ws/2oJpjIJ

COVER DU JOUR -- @Variety_Claudia: "How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover? Read her great interview with @RaminSetoodeh in tomorrow's issue!" http://bit.ly/2oIJ7f2 ... The interview http://bit.ly/2oJuLeI

THE "FACEBOOK KILLER" -- "ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police: Man sought in Cleveland Facebook killing shot himself to death after chase."

ACROSS THE POND -- "7 takeaways on Britain's snap election," by POLITICO Europe's Tom McTague and Charlie Cooper: "1. Why now? ... 2. What sparked the decision? ... 3. What it means for Brexit talks ... 4. Chance to bury Labour ... 5. Reruns of 2015 on steroids ... 6. It's not in the bag ... 7. What happens next?" http://politi.co/2oJ3DMN

STRANGE ELECTION -- "Alabama governor sets 2017 special election for Strange's Senate seat," by Daniel Strauss: "[New Alabama Gov. Kay] Ivey's proclamation sets the primary for Aug. 15, 2017 and a runoff for Sept. 26. The general election will be on Dec. 12, almost a year ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Sessions' term expires in 2020. Resigned Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange, then the state attorney general, to the seat this winter." http://politi.co/2oJkSgZ

-- @lyman_brian: ".@SenatorStrange statement: 'I'm a candidate and I'm ready to run whether the election is next month or next year.' #alpolitics"

SARAH ELLISON in Vanity Fair, "Steve Bannon Isn't Through With Trump Yet": "A person familiar with Bannon's thinking told me that he remains profoundly misunderstood. He isn't so much an ideologue, this person said, as a deal-maker; like his famous boss, he is willing to compromise. 'People try and put him in a box to say he's a political consultant when he really is a media executive,' this person said. ... Another person close to Bannon suggested that it was unlikely that he was going anywhere anytime soon. 'The guy does not quit,' this person said. 'I don't think he's going to quit.'" http://bit.ly/2oQxsNv

****** A message from UC Davis: All the world's a stage, including UC Davis classrooms. "Intro to Literature" students use gaming technology to virtually re-enact the Bard's plays. This immersive approach helps them make deeper connections to the classics. It's just one example of how we're reimagining the conventional classroom experience. Learn more at 21stcentury.ucdavis.edu. ******

BEYOND THE BELTWAY --"The Democrat challenging Steve King in Iowa used to be an internet psychic," by Des Moines Register's Jason Noble: "Before she got into politics, congressional hopeful Kim Weaver was a professional psychic. Weaver, a Democrat from Sheldon who lost to Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve King in 2016 and plans to challenge him again in 2018, operated an array of psychic services websites, hosted an internet radio show and participated in online discussions of the supernatural, records reviewed by The Des Moines Register show. Known as 'Kimberanne" - a portmanteau of her first and middle names - and 'the Spirit Weaver,' Weaver charged customers as much as $3.99 per minute for readings online and over the phone and dispensed advice on matters ranging from romance to careers to real estate." http://dmreg.co/2pvEa9K

#THISTOWN -- "In D.C., A Girls'-Night-In Becomes the Top-Secret Power Invite," by Adrienne Wichard-Edds in The Hollywood Reporter: "What started as a girls' night in among Washington friends has turned into one of the most coveted invites in D.C. Hosted in the Phillips Park home of Susanna Quinn - Washington socialite, influencer (her husband is Democratic former White House Counsel Jack Quinn) and entrepreneur (she founded Veluxe, an exclusive on-demand beauty service) -- these gatherings have evolved into off-the-record dinners bringing top female journalists like MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell and CNN's Dana Bash together with a different D.C. power player each week (the night's guest of honor can be male or female)." http://bit.ly/2oIQ1Bf

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will be interviewed by Bloomberg's David Gura at the Bloomberg Breakaway Summit on May 3 in New York City. More info http://bit.ly/2oIJBSH

-- EDWARD SNOWDEN will speak "at" a discussion with at William & Mary this afternoon -- FBI Director James Comey's alma mater. Livestream http://bit.ly/2oJ9VMe (h/t @tuckerhiggins)

MAYOR OF THE WORLD -- Mike Bloomberg and Carl Pope's new book, "Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet," comes out today: "[O]ver the past decade Congress has not passed a single bill that takes direct aim at climate change. Yet at the same time, the United States has led the world in reducing emissions. That progress has been driven by cities, businesses, and citizens-and none of them intend to let up now. ... Washington will not have the last word on the fate of the Paris Agreement in the United States. Mayors will-together with business leaders and citizens from all over the globe." http://bit.ly/2oHLeSh

THE NEW GILDED AGE - "Bottoms up - and wallets empty! Bar in Washington, D.C. serves extravagant $1,000 COCKTAIL topped with entire bottle of Dom Perignon champagne" - The Daily Mail: "Blossom Cocktail Lounge at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland -- a ten-mile drive from the White House -- is enticing guests of the hotel and casino with it's very over-the-top drink. The Dom-arita, as they call it, sets customers back a whopping $1,000 -- not including tip -- and comes topped with an entire bottle of high-end Dom Perignon Brut Champagne champagne." http://dailym.ai/2oj9VBL

AFTERNOON READ -- "How California Gave Us Trumpism," by Scott Lucas in POLITICO Magazine: "Much has been made recently of how Trump's populism and economic nationalism have tapped into this previously obscure strain of intellectual conservatism that arose in California. But a bigger, and perhaps stranger, surprise is how deeply Trump's view of America as a nation in need of saving is shaped by California itself. Trump's candidacy is usually seen as a shotgun marriage of East Coast money and heartland rhetoric, a slick Manhattan salesman retailing a muscular vision of 'America' to voters in the Midwest and South-about the least Californian form of politics imaginable. And since the election, California, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, has emerged as the diverse, globalist anchor of the 'Resistance.' But under the hood, the state has been the ideological engine of the more heterodox strain of Trumpism now driving much of the president's policy." http://politi.co/2oJw2SV

PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- "Has Dating in D.C. Changed in the Trump Era? Dating Apps Data and Singles Say Yes," by WAMU's Mikaela Lefrak: "The District is in the midst of a transition that happens every four to eight years, in which a new crop of politically minded young people moves to the city to work for a new presidential administration and begins to establish itself in the local social scene. Although the number of newly arrived Trump Republicans has not shifted the city's demographics, single liberals in D.C. have begun screening for conservatives more aggressively than before the election." http://bit.ly/2oINRBC

-- "Another 24 Metro Stations Will Get Free WiFi This Year," by Christina Sturdivant in DCist http://bit.ly/2oJkejp

****** A message from UC Davis: Can you imagine the Grand Canyon as your classroom, and a raft as your desk? UC Davis makes this adventure a reality for Ecogeomorphology students who study the fusion of hydrology, geology and ecology. A 225-mile class trip down the Colorado river allows students to test hypotheses and approach problem-solving from an interdisciplinary perspective in one of most incredible natural landscapes in the world. The experience mimics the work being done daily at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, which tackles water management and conservation issues in California.

The Grand Canyon trip is just one example of how UC Davis is reimagining the conventional classroom. Learn more about how we create new ways to learn at 21stcentury.ucdavis.edu. ******

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