September 6, 2018

Delaware’s Kerri Harris is out to topple Sen. Carper in what could be 2018’s biggest political upset

Respectful, per Delaware’s exacting demands for politeness in the political arena, but firm in her criticism, Harris, who is biracial and gay, has sought to cast Carper, 71, as an out-of-touch centrist who, for all his good intentions, is disconnected from “the urgency of now.” “We can’t wait a little bit longer for a pay raise,” Harris said in an …

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September 6, 2018

Delaware’s Heated Senate Race Threatens to Rip Apart Its Centrist Political Fabric

An Air Force veteran, Ms. Harris, 38, is running to Mr. Carper’s left, arguing that his willingness to accommodate Delaware’s financial service and pharmaceutical industries is wildly out of step with the expectations of the restive left. “There’s been a blurring of lines between parties, and it’s time to bring the Democratic Party back to people.” Source: New York Times

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September 6, 2018

Kerri Harris challenges fellow Democrat in Delaware as part of ‘blue tsunami’

“I’ve always said: we’ll never out-raise, but we’ll always out-work, and it’s happening,” Ms Harris said. She, like many socialist Democrats running in 2018, has eschewed corporate money for her campaign – in a state known for its lax regulations tax laws on corporations. She told The Independent it was not as radical a notion as it may seem. Source: …

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September 6, 2018

Harris and Ocasio-Cortez talk tuition, wages, partisan divide at town hall

“This is what democracy looks like,” [Harris] said, studying the audience of approximately 400. “There’s every race, sexual orientation and gender in this room.” Both Ocasio-Cortez and Harris encouraged those interested in politics to get involved and that “myths” of necessary age and experience should be ignored. Harris said that while politics are not easy, those interested in being involved …

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September 6, 2018

Student political organizations stack up local and statewide elections

Progressive challengers like Kerri Evelyn Harris, who is running for Tom Carper’s Senate seat are looking to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding midterms. According to [Bailey] Weatherbee, (president of Young Progressives Demanding Action), Harris in particular is “shaking the old guard.” “People are aware of them [progressive challengers] now more than ever before,” Weatherbee said. “I don’t know if …

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September 6, 2018

Harris challenges Sen. Carper on PAC campaign donations

Harris told audience members at a debate with Carper Monday night she doesn’t want them to think she’s beholden to special interests. “I never want you to question where my loyalties lie,” she said. “And that is why I pledged and I have kept to my commitment that I will never take any form of corporate money, whether it’s PAC …

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August 24, 2018

Tom Carper’s 40-Year Record of Defending Banks is Being Challenged by Kerri Harris in a Democratic Primary

David Dayen profiles Tom Carper over the course of his career. Starting in 1987, he blocked an amendment to cap credit card interest rates at 15%. In 2005, Carper (above, far left) co-sponsored a bill fiercely opposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This bill, S. 256, made it harder for credit card users to receive debt forgiveness upon filing bankruptcy. Source: …

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August 21, 2018

Harris and Truono differ sharply on issues in Delaware U.S. Senate debate

“Democrat Kerri Evelyn Harris, a veteran and community advocate, and Republican Gene Truono, a former chief compliance officer at Paypal, discussed local, national and international issues during the civil debate to a packed crowd. The candidates’ well-funded opponent, incumbent U.S. Senator Tom Carper did not attend the debate due to scheduling conflicts. Republican candidate Rob Arlett, a Sussex county councilman, …

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August 20, 2018

Despite tough road, challenger optimistic in Del.’s Democratic Senate primary

While it’s a major hurdle, Harris is proud of her low-budget campaign. Eighty-seven percent of her donations come from Delaware voters “who really believe in it,” she said. “Our average donation is between $25 and $35 depending on the week,” Harris said during an interview at her bare-bones campaign headquarters in Wilmington. – Mark Eichmann, WHYY

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August 14, 2018

Pride festival brings music, awareness to Delaware

The Delaware Pride Festival was held at Legislative Hall here on Aug. 11. The venue was full of sound from music from the performances. People could be seen dancing throughout the festival, both under the performance tent and around the vendor booths. Booths for Sen. Tom Carper, his opponent Kerri Evelyn Harris in the upcoming U.S. Senate election for the …

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August 13, 2018

The fight against money in politics has momentum

Travis Bicher is the director of legislator and candidate outreach for American Promise Delaware, the DE chapter of a group gathering signatures from candidates and community leaders to support a 28th amendment to the constitution to reverse Citizens United and otherwise restrict the role of money in politics. (Learn more about them here: //www.americanpromise.net/). Two signers so far are hopefuls …

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August 9, 2018

Rodney Square bus hub advocates march to governor’s office, demand action

Kerri joined dozens of community members to rally for the return of bus service to Rodney Square and stop putting the interests of corporations over the needs of the people. “Coalition members have said the governor and mayor are casting low-income people and minorities aside to accommodate businesses such as Chemours and the Buccini/Pollin Group, companies The News Journal found …

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August 7, 2018

Meet the Pro-Cannabis Candidates Endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“You go to legislators and they say, ‘not this year, it’s an election year’ or ‘that is not a very popular subject right now,’” Kerri Evelyn Harris, who is running in Delaware against well-established Democrat Tom Carper, tells Herb. “We need voices that aren’t afraid to take on issues that are affecting our communities without fear that those issues may …

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August 5, 2018

Delaware primary shows looming battle among Democrats over ‘Medicare for all’

“The policy idea is gaining traction among mainstream Democrats. When Sanders introduced his bill last year, potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates like Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York signed on. But Carper, who has served in the Senate since 2001 and was Delaware’s governor from 1993 to 2001, opposes the plan.” Source: Washington Examiner

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