Dec 17, 2019

Tentative deal announced in labor dispute that threatened Democratic debate

A scene from the November debate. Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A tentative deal was announced Tuesday in a labor dispute between unionized food service workers at Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount University and their employer Sodexo that threatened to derail this week's 2020 Democratic debate.

Why it matters, via Axios' Alexi McCammond: Democrats have been zeroing in on labor unions throughout this presidential primary, recognizing their power as a voting bloc — and the Democratic National Committee had already switched the debate venue once because of another labor dispute, making it nearly impossible to find a new location.

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What to watch for in tonight's Democratic debate

Warren, Biden and Sanders at last month's Democratic debate. Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

LOS ANGELES — Two big developments playing out this week will hang over tonight's debate: President Trump's impeachment and a contentious labor union dispute that nearly canceled tonight's gathering.

Why it matters: Both dynamics could shake up the final Democratic presidential debate of 2019, which comes at a pivotal time as the top contenders jockey for position ahead of the Iowa caucuses in February, and as other campaigns consider if and how to hang on.

Go deeperArrowDec 19, 2019

DNC to reschedule January debate if it conflicts with impeachment trial

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said the party will reschedule its Jan. 14 debate if it conflicts with President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Three 2020 candidates who have qualified for the debate in Des Moines, Iowa are senators, and will serve as jurors in the upcoming trial: Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Go deeperArrowJan 7, 2020

DNC rejects Andrew Yang's request to commission more polls ahead of debate deadline

Andrew Yang. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee has rejected 2020 candidate Andrew Yang's request to commission more early-state polls in order to help a more "diverse set of candidates" qualify for the next debate in Iowa, arguing that doing so could appear partial to particular candidates, The Hill reports.

The big picture: Four candidates of color remain in the Democratic primary, but all five candidates who have qualified for the Jan. 14 debate are white. Eight candidates signed on to a request by Sen. Cory Booker earlier this month for the DNC to ease qualification requirements for the debate stage.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 30, 2019