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    Ousted Virginia Police Chief Angela Greene decried her Monday dismissal from office saying, 'I am being wrongfully terminated for upholding the law.'  Greene, the chief of the Portsmouth Police Department, was given the boot on Monday moments after criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator and several local black leaders who had been accused of conspiring to damage a Confederate statue during a protest earlier this year. She says that her removal is politically motivated and she plans to file a lawsuit against her dismissal.  'Unfortunately, right now, I believe I am a highly qualified, educated, competent black woman in a profession that is race-neutral as the chief of police… And right now I am being wrongfully terminated because I upheld the law and my belief that no one is above the law,' she said Wednesday night on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight. 'I was also punished because...
    A viral clip from the Senate floor on Monday shows Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, and Alaskan Republican Senator Dan Sullivan briefly arguing over masks. In the clip, Brown asks his colleague to wear a mask while speaking, and Sullivan refuses. Many people shared the clip on social media and now another senator is weighing in – Ted Cruz. The Senate was voting to limit debate on Kristi Haskins Johnson's nomination to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, according to CSPAN. The video from the Senate session shows Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling up Brown to speak. Brown begins by voicing his concern about the maskless Sullivan. "I'd start by asking the presiding officer to please wear a mask as he speaks since people below him are...," Brown says before Sullivan interjects. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "I don't...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, 87, says he tested positive for the coronavirus; he’s the longest-serving Republican senator. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The police chief of Portsmouth, Virginia was fired on Monday moments before criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator and several local black leaders.  Angela Greene suggested her removal from the post was politically motivated as the senator and leaders, accused of conspiring to damage a confederate statue during a protest, were acquitted.  Democrats who had condemned the charges praised the latest twist in the case that involved state Sen. Louise Lucas, a high ranking Democrat who is Virginia's most senior black legislator. Angela Greene, police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, was fired from her post moments before criminal charges were dropped against state Sen. Louise Lucas and 18 other plaintiffs. The police had charged them over damage to a confederate statue during protests in June Lucas and 18 other plaintiffs, including a school board member and members of the local NAACP chapter and the public defender's office, were...
    Madison Summers November 17, 2020 0 Comments Two pharmaceutical companies have recently announced that their early data in a coronavirus vaccine trial has shown more than 90% efficacy in preventing COVID-19. Americans have previously shown skepticism to receiving a vaccine once it is made available. Now, a Republican senator is sharing a recent decision he made in an effort to boost Americans’ confidence. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), 64, shared with Politico that he participated in Johnson & Johnson’s late-stage trial of a COVID-19 vaccine about two weeks ago. “My hope is that people will stop criticizing the best scientists in the world who are at the FDA — who by the way are following the science — and instead encourage people to step up and be involved in these trials and to get vaccinated,” the Ohio lawmaker told the outlet. This marks the first time a member of Congress...
    NBC’s Chuck Todd said on Sunday on “Meet The Press” that every GOP senator declined invitations to go on the show that morning. “We invited every single Republican senator to appear on ‘Meet the Press’ this morning. They all declined,” Todd said. Todd made the comment after saying that the “president refuses to concede, just reiterated again on social media, and Republicans have either backed his false claims of fraud or have remained silent.” (RELATED: Trump Admits Biden ‘Won’ The Election) The Associated Press and Fox News first projected that former Vice President Biden and Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris won the 2020 election. The Trump campaign filed numerous lawsuits on the election’s outcomes. “On Friday, NBC news projected President Trump the winner in North Carolina and called Joe Biden the apparent winner in Georgia, meaning the results are close enough that the outcome could depend on the recount that is...
    (CNN)Over the weekend, President Donald Trump issued a fusillade of falsehoods -- from erroneous claims about voting machines changing votes to unfounded claims that he actually won the election. His Twitter feed read like the a delusional conspiracy theorist. He continued to play golf and, well, not do much else.Surely this increasingly erratic behavior -- particularly concerning the necessary transition to the oncoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden -- would lead Republican elected officials to step in, en masse, to condemn him and insist that the time has come for him to step aside? Right? RIGHT?!?!Uh, wrong."We invited every single Republican senator to appear here on @MeetThePress this morning," NBC's Chuck Todd said Sunday morning. "They all declined."In fact, according to Sunday show guests aggregated by Politico, there wasn't a single Republican member of Congress -- senator or House members -- on the major shows on any network. (The only...
            by Chuck Ross  Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Friday that the “defund the police” movement championed by progressives led to losses for Democrats in the recent election. “I think the ability, using terms like ‘defund the police’ have led to Democratic losses in this last year,” Warner, a moderate Democrat, said in an interview with WAMU, The Hill reported. Warner had been asked about Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s critique during a closed-door meeting of House Democrats last week that she nearly lost her re-election bid because of the push to defund police departments. “We lost races we shouldn’t have lost. Defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again,” Spanberger said during the Nov. 6 meeting. “If we run this race again we will get fucking torn apart again in 2022,” she also said. Warner defended Spanberger’s stance, saying that...
    Recently elected in Wyoming, Cynthia Lummis will enter the United States Senate on January 3. Asked about Bitcoin during an interview for the program “Good Morning America”, the senator clearly shows her support for Bitcoin: “I hope to bring Bitcoin into the national debate. I was state treasurer. I had the task of investing the permanent funds of our state and I always looked for the best stores of value. Bitcoin meets this requirement. Our own currency keeps expanding. Bitcoin doesn’t work like that: 21 million bitcoins will be mined and that’s it, the supply is limited. So I have no doubts that Bitcoin will grow in importance as a store of value in the future. ” This is not the first time that Cynthia Lummis has spoken out about Bitcoin. During her application, she revealed that she bought her first Bitcoin in 2013 after...
    It’s a good thing he wasn’t a civics coach. Alabama Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville — a former Auburn University football coach — committed a series of major fumbles while discussing American government and history with a local newspaper. The Republican misidentified the three branches of government when asked by the Alabama Daily News if Democrats and Republicans would have to work together in the narrowly divided chambers of Congress. “Yeah and that’s how our government was set up. You know, our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three…branches of government,” he said Thursday. “It wasn’t set up that way, our three branches, the House, the Senate and executive.” Under the US Constitution, the federal government’s powers are divided among the legislative — which includes both the House and Senate — the executive and the judicial branches. Tuberville also said he was upset that projected winner Joe...
    New elected Tommy Tuberville has already committed a number of flubs botching such critical subjects as the U.S. ideological enemy of World War II and the structure of American government – and he hasn't even been sworn in as a senator yet. Tuberville, the retired football coach, defeated incumbent Doug Jones, an attorney and prosecutor who helped put away Klan members for the 1963 church bombing. Although he was a hero at Auburn, Tuberville must have made faculty at numerous departments cringe with his series of flubs.  Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville of Alabama botched the three branches of government in an interview where he also wrongly said the U.S. fought against socialism in World War II In the first, after attending orientation for new lawmakers, he botched the famed three branches of government, which is central to the structure of American governance.  'I don't care if you're a Republican or...
    Alabama has done one good thing in the past few decades: vote for Democratic candidate Doug Jones in 2017 over Roy Moore. Unfortunately, that respite from idiocracy was not long-lived as Jones was defeated by a pretty sizable margin by former Auburn University football coach, Republican Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville’s popularity in a state that worships football isn’t shocking. Alabama has been very conservative for some time and Tuberville did defeat former senator-turned-Trump-footrest Jeff Sessions. But being a good football coach doesn’t make you a good senator. In fact, it seems that not knowing virtually anything about laws or voting or the basic layout of our government is now the Republican brand. A few weeks before the election, a recording of Tuberville speaking with the Birmingham, Alabama, Sunrise Rotary Club was reported on. It showed that Tuberville’s grasp of what the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was is … tenuous at best. Now, in a new interview with the Alabama Daily...
    With a date-flavored horchata in one hand and a notebook in the other, I stood outside Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts in Hollywood with a modest proposal to anyone who passed by: Danny Trejo for U.S. Senator. Yes, that Danny Trejo. Craggy-faced, mustachioed. Nicknamed after a handy agricultural instrument that has starred in many a horror flick. Really, who’s better than “Machete” to replace the outgoing Sen. Kamala Harris? California Secretary of State Alex Padilla? Nice, but he’ll be too moderate for progressives. State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo? Too progressive for the moderates. Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra? Too good at his job for us to lose him to a place where he’ll be one of a hundred votes instead of his current role as a — yep — machete for justice. (Besides, President-elect Joe Biden might snag Becerra for his Cabinet.) Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia? Los Angeles County Supervisor...
    Tennessee U.S. Senator-Elect Bill Hagerty (R) said Wednesday the coronavirus has awakened Americans to the threat of China and called for bringing manufacturing back to the United States, particularly for strategic resources the United States relies on. “America and the world can thank China for the fact that we’re wearing masks, we’ve been locked down, and we’ve [lost] so many lives here in America and around the world,” he said in an interview with SiriusXM Breitbart News Tonight with host Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle. “Make no mistake, they spread this virus around the world and they need to be held accountable,” he said, citing China locking down travel within the country from Wuhan, where the virus originated, but still allowing travel to America. He said one byproduct of the coronavirus is that America is “awakened” to the threat China poses, and predicts that more Americans will...
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders implied that the public refusal to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election by Congressional Republicans was little more than a temporary ploy to avoid angering him. Appearing on CNN, the former Democratic presidential candidate called out the president’s ongoing denial that rival Joe Biden has won the election. “The president is choosing to disregard our democracy right now, ignore the will of millions of Americans. What is your reaction to what is going on?” host Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders. “Look. People lose close elections. Hillary Clinton lost a close election. Other people have lost close elections,” Sanders noted. “In America you say I fought as hard as I could and I want to thank our supporters and I congratulate the winner and let’s go forward with the transition we all love our country and we want the best for America. What [Trump] is doing is delegitimatizing...
    The balance of power in the Senate now hinges on Georgia’s two senate seats headed for runoff elections in January. The results will determine if President-elect Joe Biden will get a united government for his first two years, or if he will be forced to strike deals with a Republican senate. With victories in North Carolina and Alaska, Republicans will control at least 50 seats in the senate come January per CNN. After none of the candidates in Georgia’s two senate races failed to muster the 50% plus one vote necessary to win the election, the races are headed to a January runoff, the Wall Street Journal reports. If Democrats fail to unseat both of Georgia’s incumbent Republican Senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Republicans will remain in control of the Senate. MARIETTA, GA – NOVEMBER 11: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Loeffler speaks to supporters during a Save Our...
    Rob Bixby from Jacksonville, FL, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Florida will be an electoral battleground in 2022, with a full complement of statewide races including one for the U.S. Senate. However, the Senator who is not on the ballot next year will be leading Republican efforts on even a bigger stage. U.S. Senator Rick Scott will head up the National Republican Senatorial Committee in what is a big year for Republicans, with 21 seats up in the upper chamber. Scott will have his first test in the coming weeks, with a doubleheader Senate runoff in Georgia that will determine which party controls the Senate in Joe Biden‘s Washington D.C. Scott vowed that Republicans are “going to win Georgia.” He noted the words of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said “if we can win Georgia, we can change America.” That won’t happen, Scott said. The Senator offered...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Sen. Kamala Harris is getting a big promotion, set to be the next vice president and the first woman to hold the job. That leaves Gov. Gavin Newsom with a big task: filling her job.The California governor gets to pick Harris' replacement -- and it's a coveted job. Who's in line for the senate seat?Sen. Harris is the only Black woman in the U.S. Senate, so there's some pressure on Newsom to pick another Black woman (you'll see a few on the list below), or at the very least a person of color.Here's what we know about some of the top contenders.Mayor London BreedThe San Francisco mayor received national attention for her handling of the early coronavirus pandemic, when the city and much of the Bay Area were the first in the nation to announce a shelter-in-place order. She also joined protesters over the summer in the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon have to decide who will replace Kamala Harris as a California Senator once she takes office as Vice President of the United States alongside President-elect Joe Biden. “Whatever decision he makes he’s gonna make a lot of people unhappy,” said Professor Mindy Romero, Director of the USC Center for Inclusive Diversity. Newsom could put it to a special election, but reports are he’ll make the choice himself and he has even joked about how many people have come forward expressing interest. “Gov. Newsom has a record and reputation for making bold choices where he’s on the cusp of trends in society demographically he also seems to choose people he was a history with and is comfortable with,” said Professor Marcia Godwin, University of La Verne Professor of Public Administration. Analysts say a bold choice comes with lots of considerations replacing the...
    In an interview with NBC broadcast on Sunday, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah argued that President Donald Trump will remain “the most powerful” voice in the GOP even after he leaves office, The Hill reported. Speaking with Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd, Romney said that he believes Trump will “have an enormous impact” on the GOP because the people who voted for him want to see his policies implemented. “He’s not disappearing by any means. He’s the 900-pound gorilla when it comes to the Republican Party.” Todd pointed out Republicans seem have lost ground in some key areas under Trump’s leadership. In Cobb County, Georgia, for instance, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden beat Trump by 8 points. When he ran for president in 2012, Romney won the county against then-President Barack Obama by 12 points. Romney said that Republican Senate and House candidates won in areas where Trump...
    Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntElection scrambles prospects for next COVID-19 relief bill On The Money: Battle lines form over coronavirus fight in lame duck | Economy adds 638K jobs in October, unemployment drops to 6.9 percent Pelosi: Biden has 'tremendous mandate' to push Democratic agenda MORE (R-Mo.) on Sunday did not acknowledge President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'To America. Thanks, guys' Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: 'You always have my back, and I'll have yours' Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE’s victory, saying instead that it was “time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts” if they had any evidence of wrongdoing. ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosABC, CBS, NBC preempt regular programming for second night of election coverage Chris Wallace condemns Trump claims that he won the election MSNBC, ABC cut away to fact-check Trump remarks MORE noted that Blunt’s GOP...
    As the 2020 presidential votes are being counted, Georgia has two Senate races headed to a runoff election on Jan. 5, 2021. Nothing less than the majority of the United States Senate is on the line. Jon Ossoff wasted no time kicking off his reenergized campaign as Democrats seem to have some wind at their back in the Peach State. At an outdoor rally in Atlanta on Friday, Ossoff said plainly, “Change has come to Georgia. Change is coming to America.” With an enthusiastic crowd around him, Ossoff made the case that Georgia is tired of the blatant corruption of David Perdue, saying, “He sells access to his home for corporate money. He sells lavish retreats on private islands to lobbyists for corporate PAC money, but he hasn’t seen fit to come out in the public and defend his record or answer questions from the people at a public town hall meeting...
    WNBA players brought the race into the national spotlight by endorsing Raphael Warnock despite Sen. Loeffler's ownership of one of the league's teams. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/Reuters Sen. Kelly Loeffler — a Georgia Republican — will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in a January runoff to fill a seat that could be decisive in determining which party controls the US Senate. Neither Loeffler nor Warnock could break through the jungle special election's crowded field to secure 50% of the vote despite Loeffler's incumbency advantage. WNBA players rebelled against Loeffler and openly endorsed Warnock despite Loeffler's ownership stake in one of their league's teams, helping bring the race into the national spotlight. With the guidance of former gubernatorial nominee and WNBPA board member Stacey Abrams, the league's stars helped Warnock enjoy a surge in funding that could have translated in the polls. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Georgia —...
    The Trump campaign blew the wind out of its boat on election night, with Joe Biden advancing in Arizona, while Fox News called on the government in advance to support the Democratic challenge. But some on Trump’s team have repeatedly warned the president that he’s there in the thin ice after vicious attacks on the late senator and Vietnamese war veteran John McCain, one of Arizona’s most respected sons. For years, Mr Trump has been attacking Senator McCain and continuing to throw insults after his death in 2018.read moreMr Trump, who has skipped the military draft five times, was outraged after the senator’s military record was tarnished. “He is not a warrior. He is a warrior because he was captured. I want people who are not captured, ”the president said. A naval pilot, sen. McCain was shot dead in 1967 in North Vietnam. He was captured, beaten, and imprisoned for...
    Alex Thomas November 6, 2020 0 Comments While President Donald Trump has been pushing allegations of widespread fraud in the election as the count tilts against him, some Republicans have come forward to say that they see no evidence that those allegations hold water. Asked if there is anything strange or nefarious about the fact that his state has spent three days counting votes, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said during an NBC “Today” interview, “certainly not that I’m aware of. We had a massive quantity of mail-in ballots.” He explained “election officials did a tremendous amount of work to be prepared to process this but they weren’t allowed to start until Election Day. And the process is somewhat labor-intensive. So it is taking a long time. It’s going to take the time that it takes.” Toomey said that he watched Trump’s speech on Thursday night and called it...
    Americans may not know the final party balance of the Senate until January. As of Friday morning, there is no clear winner in the two Senate races in Georgia, meaning both races could advance to a runoff election on January 5. This could leave the Senate in limbo when it reconvenes early next year, with neither party having a clear majority. Georgia had two Senate elections this year, thanks to a special election to determine who would replace former Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired last year. Senator Kelly Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to replace Isakson, but faced challenges from 20 other candidates in the special election. Under state law, a race must advance to a runoff election if no candidate receives over 50% of the vote. Loeffler, who received around 26% of the vote, will advance to the runoff alongside Democrat Raphael Warnock, who received around 32%...
    Senator Jeff Mullis issued the following statement regarding the election process: “I want to thank our local poll workers here in Northwest Georgia and other places around Georgia for preserving the integrity of our election process. Unfortunately, this integrity is not being upheld in every part of our State and Country. From allegedly counting ballots that arrived late in Chatham County, to dismissing Poll Watchers in Fulton County then resume so called vote counting, to other suspect events in the metro-Atlanta area, the actions to undermine and steal this election by Democrat operatives is appalling. Actions just like this are taking place all over America. Some states are not even allowing poll watchers to view the counting process and we have seen ballots from people who have been deceased. This lawlessness continues to illustrate that there is nothing “democratic” about...
    HE is a self-confessed “gaffe machine”, has a harrowing backstory and is older than any other previous US President – but Joe Biden has likely succeeded in ousting Donald Trump. Labelled “Sleepy Joe” and accused of having dementia by his caustic opponent, in recent days Biden has apparently confused his granddaughter with his long-dead son and appeared to forget Trump’s name. 11A fresh faced Joe Biden as a student in ’68Credit: Alamy Yet Joseph Robinette Biden Jr is on course to become the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s most potent superpower. As the 46th President of the United States, he will be 78 when taking office. His folksie Irish charm has resonated with the crucial rust-belt Mid West states key to winning the election. For many it is simply enough that he is not the bombastic Donald. Biden’s 40-year political career — including two terms as Barack Obama’s Vice President —...
    While most Americans continued awaiting the presidential election results, history was silently being made in Delaware. Sarah McBride, 30, made history on election night by becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to the state Senate in U.S. history. She easily won her race in Delaware, and has officially become the country’s highest-ranking transgender official. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. “As Delaware continues to face the COVID crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.” McBride was up against Republican challenger Steve Washington, and beat him comfortably to represent Delaware’s 1st Senate District. The incumbent, Democrat Harris McDowell, did not run for reelection. While there are still barriers to break when it comes to transgender people...
    Daniel Scott Sullivan is a first-term Republican senator from Alaska who has served the state since 2015 and is facing a re-election bid. Sullivan, 55, is seeking to fend off a challenge from independent Al Gross, who is running with Democratic support.  The tight race between the two candidates has drawn national attention as both parties look for control of the Senate. The largest amount of registered voters in Alaska identify as independents, however, the state has long been considered a Republican stronghold. CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX NEWS’ LIVE PROBABILITY DIALS U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican seeking reelection, waves a sign at a busy intersection Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sullivan in the Nov. 3, 2020, election faces Dr. Al Gross, an independent who won the Alaska Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) Sullivan has said he plans to vote for President Donald Trump,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Michael Bennet has served Colorado in the U.S. Senate since 2009, making him the state’s senior senator. Now he is welcoming his former boss to the senate. John Hickenlooper hired Bennet to be his chief of staff when he was elected mayor of Denver in 2003. Bennet served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools before being elected to the U.S. Senate. Now he’s excited to work with his old friend in Washington D.C. “I think it will be great. John’s been a very successful Mayor. He’s been a successful Governor of Colorado, and a successful business person. I think he’ll bring all of that experience to D.C., and help unsnarl the mess that’s there. I think that will be very welcome,” Bennet told CBS4. Bennet has worked on legislation surrounding education, climate change, immigration, health care, and national security. He’s built a reputation as being a lawmaker...
    Sarah McBride has become the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history after easily defeating Republican candidate Steve Washington to represent Delaware's 1st District. As a state senator, she will also be the country's highest-ranking openly transgender official. "We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you," McBride tweeted. "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too. As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families." McBride replaces incumbent Democrat Harris McDowell, who did not seek re-election after 44 years. CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX NEWS’ LIVE PROBABILITY DIALS The Human Rights Campaign, for which McBride is a spokesperson, took to Twitter to congratulate her. "We're so proud of you for this historic win," the LGBTQ rights advocacy group wrote....
    Butch Dill/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Of the names associated with this year’s Senate race in Alabama, you might have heard the winner’s the least: Tommy Tuberville. The race was supposed to be about the resurgence of Jeff Sessions—who went from longtime racist Senator to short-time racist United States Attorney General to very short-time racist 2020 Senator candidate. It was supposed to be about Senator Doug Jones, the one Democrat to win in Alabama in ages (a miracle!), who vanquished former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in a 2017 special election after Moore was accused of sexually assaulting minors. But in the end, it was Tuberville. He beat Sessions in the primary and cruised past Jones in the general election. Thank you, ALABAMA! We’ve got our United States Senate seat back! #MAGA #ALSen https://t.co/EqHMcFjMOp — Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) November...
    On an evening when just about everyone is (understandably) focused on the presidential race between Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, there are a number of local and state races bringing in truly exciting and results. One example? Let’s look at Delaware. As reported by the LGBTQ Victory Fund and The New York Times, Democrat Sarah McBride won her bid for a seat in the Delaware state Senate in a landslide. This victory makes McBride the highest-ranking openly transgender legislator. No, not just in Delaware: in the entire United States. When speaking to Marie Claire in an interview back in September, McBride said one of her hopes in this race is for “this election can help show a young kid struggling with their place in the world here in Delaware or North Carolina or Texas or anywhere that our democracy is big enough for them—that they can be themselves and the...
    Delaware elected the nation’s first transgender state senator on Tuesday. Activist Sarah McBride, a Democrat, claimed swift victory in her race for the 1st Delaware State Senate district seat, according to the New York Times and the LGBTQ Victory Fund. The win makes McBride, 30, the highest-ranking elected openly trans lawmaker in the US. McBride, who interned at the White House during the Obama administration, made history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention by becoming the first trans person to speak at a major party convention. She’s currently national press secretary for the LGBTQ civil rights organization Human Rights Campaign. “We’re so proud of you for this historic win,” the organization tweeted. McBride joins a handful of other trans legislators around the country but would be the first transgender state senator. Filed under 2020 election ,  delaware ,  state senate ,  transgender ,  11/3/20
    Voters in Virginia headed to the polls Tuesday to elect the commonwealth’s full contingent of members to the U.S. House, as well as one of the state’s two U.S. senators. Here’s a rundown of some of the most hotly-contested races in the commonwealth, especially the WTOP listening area. In the 5th Congressional District, which stretches from the North Carolina border through Charlottesville and into parts of Fauquier County, Democrat Cameron Webb, a doctor, lawyer and a public health expert at the University of Virginia, is up against Bob Good, a former Liberty University official. The Republicans nominated Good in an upset over incumbent Denver Riggleman. Riggleman had angered arch-conservatives in Virginia for, among other things, officiating at a same-sex wedding. Webb held a slim lead in most polling this autumn. NBC News said, “Few congressional elections with the potential to flip a seat in November show the country’s widening political divide”...
    Although much of the nation's attention is focused on the race for the presidency between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, there are also several toss-up Senate races this year that will determine whether the Senate remains in Republican hands or is taken by a Democratic majority. To take the majority, Democrats would have to net three seats, should Biden win the presidency, or four seats, if Mr. Trump wins reelection, because it's the vice president who breaks ties in the Senate. The current balance of the Republican-controlled Senate is 53 to 47. Here is a rundown of the key Senate races in this year's election, and the rules about processing absentee ballots: Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Alabama Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D); Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville (R) AP Photo/Andrew Harnik; Butch Dill Many consider Democrat Doug Jones' tenure as a senator from ruby-red Alabama...
    Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who is being challenged by newcomer Mark Kelly, has been involved in public service for almost 40 years.  Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, McSally was the youngest of five children and attended a Catholic school for girls, St. Mary Academy, before joining the U.S. Air Force Academy.  The 54-year-old graduated from the academy in 1988 before earning a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University ahead of her training as a pilot. PENCE STUMPS FOR VULNERABLE GOP SENATORS RESISTING DEMOCRAT TAKEOVERS McSally served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring as a colonel in 2010. During her tenure, she became the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat as well as the first to command a fighter squadron.  McSally earned a Bronze Star and six air medals, and she was part of the leadership team that executed the air campaign in...
    Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat, is fighting for a second term in the Senate against GOP businessman John James in the critical swing state of Michigan.  Republicans believe they have a real pick-up opportunity in the Great Lakes State in their effort to maintain control of the Senate. But Democrats view holding onto Michigan as the first step in winning back the chamber for the first time since 2014. "We have a real shot to take the majority in the United States Senate," Peters said on Saturday. "But one thing we must do is we must win here. We must hold this seat." Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) With the control of the Senate on the line, money has been pouring into...
    Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Co., is a first-term senator running for reelection in a state that is expected to be swept by a blue wave. Voters in the state are seemingly turning away from the Republican Party under President Trump. Here’s what to know about Gardner: He and his challenger have a history together Gardner and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, are no strangers to Colorado’s political scene and appeared on the same ballot during Gardner’s successful run for Senate in 2014. While Hickenlooper was entering his second term as governor, Gardner moved from the House where he served two terms as Colorado’s Representative for the Fourth Congressional District, to the other side of the Capitol building, becoming the state’s junior senator. Serving as Colorado’s top leaders for a decade meant that Hickenlooper and Gardner were long-standing acquaintances before their race for the Senate, but what was once a cordial -- if not...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is locked in a fierce battle to defend his Senate seat, which his party has held for nearly two decades, after his opponent, Democrat Jamie Harrison, soared to popularity and crushed records with his fundraising haul in the runup to Election Day.  Now, Graham is polling only slightly better than Harrison -- 49 to 46 -- according to the most recent tally by ECU Poll of South Carolina. Here are 5 things to know about the incumbent senator.  1. Graham initially criticized President Trump as "crazy" and "unfit for office" but is now one of his closest allies. Critics have been frustrated at Graham for his flip-flopping position on Trump and have lashed out at him for changing stance on a number of issues, calling him hypocritical. For example, Graham was one of several Republicans who fiercely opposed then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland nearly eight months before the election....
    Republican Sen. David Perdue will face off against challenger Jon Ossoff for a Georgia Senate seat in a closely watched race Tuesday.  According to the latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, the competitors are essentially tied, with Ossoff leading the Republican one-time incumbent by one percentage point, 46-45. Here's what to know about Sen. David Perdue:  He is the first cousin of Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue Perdue is the first cousin of President Trump’s agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue, who is formerly a governor of Georgia. David Perdue’s foray into public service began when his then-governor cousin appointed him to the powerful Georgia Ports Authority in 2010.  The pair started an Atlanta-based global trading firm together in 2011, Perdue Partners.  Like his cousin, David Perdue has remained a close ally of Trump's.  Some of his only public criticism of the president revolved around the issue of tariffs. Perdue was reluctant to support Trump’s proposed tariffs...
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., is battling to keep her seat in the Senate in a special election race, which includes 20 candidates. Loeffler, who is one of three frontrunners, was appointed by the state’s governor to fill a vacant seat in the Senate left by Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired at the end of last year. In order to secure a victory, a candidate needs to get more than 50% of the vote – otherwise, the race will continue in a runoff election in January. Loeffler began her term in January but will face challengers from both parties as she seeks to secure a full term. Here are four things to know about the Georgia Republican: Staunch Trump supporter            Loeffler has aligned herself very closely with the ideals and policies of President Trump, recently taking flak for saying she doesn’t disagree with anything the president has said or done. (Getty...
    Democratic Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith is running in her second race in two years as she faces a tight contest with Republican rival Jason Lewis. The senator previously served as chief of staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and chief of staff for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. In 2014 she ran to for lieutenant governor and won with Dayton at the top of the state ticket. Dayton appointed her to fill the state's empty Senate seat at the end of 2017 after former Sen. Al Franken resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. In 2018, she won a special election to serve the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in January, and now she is running to serve a full six-year term. Smith touts that as lieutenant governor, she helped bring free kindergarten to all Minnesota families, raise the state minimum wage, expand workers' medical leave, legalize same-sex marriage and invest in agriculture. "In my first year in the Senate,...
    As Maine voters head to the polls Tuesday, they'll decide whether the U.S. Senate will keep one of its most controversial members. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is currently in a tough re-election battle after more than two decades in Washington. A perceived moderate, she's made a series of decisions that have infuriated both sides of the political spectrum. Here are five things to know about her: Controvesially supported Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation  One of the main drivers of progressive opposition to Collins is the fact that she voted in favor of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court in 2018. She was one of the few Republicans who observers thought might buck the party line. Her decision helped place another conservative justice on the Supreme Court at a time when progressives accused Republicans of ignoring rape allegations against Kavanaugh. SUSAN COLLINS, LAST VESTIGE OF NEW ENGLAND GOP REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS, FIGHTING FOR POLITICAL LIFE...
    As Republicans seek to keep a majority in the Senate, one of the most closely watched races will be between incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones and his Republican rival, former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, who has the backing of President Trump. Jones, regarded by many as the Senate’s most endangered Democrat, faces an uphill battle in a state that President Trump easily won in 2016. Here are five things to know about Jones. He describes himself as a moderate Jones has positioned himself as a centrist Democrat. “If you look at the positions I’ve got on health care, if you look at the positions I got on jobs, you should look at the support I have from the business community, I think I’m pretty mainstream,” Jones told Fox News’ Peter Doocy in 2017. “I want to reach across the aisle.” Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, of Alabama,...
    Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is locked in a tight re-election campaign against his state's popular two-term governor, who is attempting to flip Montana to the Democrats to help capture the Senate.  President Trump has huge support in Montana, but the race between Daines and Gov. Steve Bullock is considered a toss-up. Trump, who won Montana by 20 points in 2016, has largely stayed out of the race.  Here are four things to know about Daines.  He wasn't always a Trump backer Before he began pushing President Trump's agenda, Daines wasn't enthusiastic about the New York businessman's candidacy. But in 2016, Daines told the Billings Gazette he couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton.  “Donald Trump is not my first choice, or even my second for president, but we must defeat Hillary in November," he said.  Since Trump took office, Daines has embraced the president's tough stance on immigration and his views on the Affordable Care Act. He has since become...
    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., is hoping to hold his seat in a political battle that matters to both North Carolina and the entire nation as Republicans and Democrats grapple for control of the Senate. Here are four things to know about the senator: 1. He’s had a tough re-election fight Tillis, 60, has the odds stacked against him — North Carolina voters are “brutal” to their incumbent senators, rejecting nearly all modern senators after just one term, Andy Jackson of the conservative Civitas Institute told Fox News. Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, left, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. greet each other after a televised debate Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool) Tillis has had problems generating enthusiasm among his conservative base, and his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham has done better in polls, Jackson said. "Cunningham’s path was much simpler: grab those middle undecided voters," Jackson explained....
    Not only is the Republican held White House, occupied by incumbent President Donald Trump, up for grabs on Election Day, but so too is the Senate, where Republicans have a three seat advantage. As it stands now, nine senate races are considered tossups by RealClearPolitics—seven of them are held by Republicans. One Republican seat is currently identified as “Leans Dem” by RealClearPolitics. That seat is currently held by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, who is running against former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, who also briefly ran for president in 2016. Gardner was elected to the senate in 2014’s red wave, where Republicans gained control of the Senate after winning nine new senate seats — the most of any party in a single election since 1980. However, the polls tracked by 538 for this seat over the course of October have Hickenlooper up by anywhere between eight and 14 points. However,...
    Neighbors say they’ve been creeped out for months by an apparent concrete and plaster “art installation” in the front yard of a Brooklyn row house owned by the sister of state Sen. Kevin Parker, who lives right across the street. Since last December, the front yard to the two-story brick home on Avenue H in Flatlands has been an ever-evolving pile of construction of garbage, tree limbs and odd sculptures of painted plaster, cement and aluminum foil. “It has nothing to do with Halloween,” one rattled neighbor told The Post. “For Halloween, it’s OK, but it’s been there much longer than that.” “Maybe to them it’s art,” another neighbor guessed. A half-dozen neighbors reached by The Post said they are wary of complaining, given the residents’ macabre decorating sense, which they variously described as “creepy,” “terrible,” “an eyesore” and “scary.” “A lot of people are very, very afraid of that...
    PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With record turnout during early voting, Texas Senator John Cornyn thanked his supporters who’ve already voted but urged them to make sure their family and friends do too. “Feeling pretty good about November 3, but we got to run through the tape.” Cornyn made his remarks as he brought his bus tour to Plano five days before Election Day. Sen. John Cornyn (CBS 11) He said he believes he and President Trump will win Texas. Cornyn is leading Democratic challenger MJ Hegar in the Real Clear Politics average of polls by 7.5 percentage points. That is higher than President Donald Trump’s margin over Joe Biden in Texas. The Real Clear Politics Average shows the President ahead of the former Vice President by two point three percentage points. During a one-on-one interview aboard his campaign bus, CBS 11 asked Senator Cornyn his thoughts about the Cook Political...
    Lindsey Graham says he hasn't spoken to Donald Trump since the president decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria, a decision the senator says will put both the nation and Trump's presidency at risk. The long time Trump ally also said if he heard the president say one more time it was a campaign promise to pull American forces from the country, he would throw up.   'I think he's putting the nation at risk, and I think he's putting his presidency at risk,' Graham told Axios of Trump's decision to secede the area to Turkey.  'And I hope he will adjust his policies like he did before. That would actually be a sign of real leadership.' 'If I hear the president say one more time, 'I made a campaign promise to get out of Syria,' I'm going to throw up,' the Republican senator from South Carolina added.  Senator Lindsey Graham said he...
    Although much of the nation's attention is focused on the race for the presidency between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, there are also several toss-up Senate races this year that will determine whether the Senate remains in Republican hands or is taken by a Democratic majority. To take the majority, Democrats would have to net three seats, should Joe Biden win the presidency, or four seats, if President Trump wins reelection, because it's the vice president who breaks ties in the Senate. The current balance of the Republican-controlled Senate is 53 to 47. Here is a rundown of the key Senate races in this year's election, and the rules about processing absentee ballots: Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Alabama Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D); Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville (R) AP Photo/Andrew Harnik; Butch Dill Many consider Democrat Doug Jones' tenure as a senator from ruby-red...
    The real issue — as little as it was actually discussed — was section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The clause, dating back to 1996, essentially provides companies immunity from what users post on their sites. It allows users to speak freely — even distastefully — without platforms like YouTube or 8chan having to take legal responsibility outside of certain criminal offenses. Without the clause, there would likely be more restrictions on what users could say online as it would be near-impossible for a social media site to vet the legality every piece of third-party content. Both political parties feel that the law should be reformed. Neither can agree on how. Republicans have argued that social media platforms are moderating speech too much (such as President Donald Trump’s tweets) while Democrats have said platforms aren’t moderating enough (such as conspiracy theories and disinformation). The clause has been targeted by...
    Republicans roundly celebrated new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s swearing-in this week. Yet the deeper meaning of her confirmation process was lost on most: Barrett was the first GOP nominee in a long time who was put forward explicitly and unabashedly as a pro-life religious conservative — and she garnered support from moderate Republican senators who are normally jittery about sending pro-lifers to the high court. Two men deserve credit for the outcome. Foremost, of course, is the one who nominated her, President Trump. But some praise should also accrue to Josh Hawley, the energetic and ambitious junior senator from Missouri. Even before the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat became open, Hawley, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had set down a hard marker: The next GOP nominee had to be one who saw Roe v. Wade not as a permanent fixture of the nation’s legal landscape,...
              Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) along with six other Republican Senators sent a letter Tuesday to the College Board (CB) questioning the organization’s relationship with the Chinese-backed Confucius Institutes. In the letter, the senators expressed “concern” about CB’s relationship with the Confucius Institute. The CB is a non-profit organization that administers college placement examines including the SAT and Advanced Placement Program. According to its website, CB works with over 6,000 universities around the world and more than 7 million students yearly. On August 13, the U.S. Department of State designated these Chinese-backed institutes as “a foreign mission of the People’s Republic of China.” The State Department described these institutes as “organizations primarily located on U.S. college and university campuses that push out skewed Chinese language and cultural training for U.S. students as part of Beijing’s multifaceted propaganda efforts.” The State Department also said Confucius...
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) lambasted one of his Democratic colleagues Tuesday for calling the originalist judicial philosophy racist, sexist and homophobic. Ahead of the Senate vote confirming Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) bashed Barrett's originalist judicial philosophy on Twitter, accusing originalism of being "just a fancy word for discrimination." Originalism is racist. Originalism is sexist. Originalism is homophobic. Originalism is just a fancy word for discrimination. — Ed Markey (@Ed Markey)1603740147.0Markey, who is up for reelection this year, also demanded that the Senate abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court. Lee, in an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," said Markey's comments were "patently irresponsible" in a rare show of anger. "Of all the irresponsible and inflammatory statements I've heard over the last few weeks, and I've heard some doozies, this might well be the worst,"...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on the Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Tennessee (R), Sen. Marsha Blackburn, to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Blackburn outlined today’s proceedings in the Senate for the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett while discussing how the left has personally attacked conservative women in America today and throughout history. Leahy: And now, here is Senator Marsha Blackburn. She has a very busy day. Welcome to the Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy and Crom Carmichael.  Good morning, Senator Blackburn. Blackburn: Good morning. I am absolutely delighted to join you. Leahy: It’s a big day in American history. How do you feel about this vote? What time do you think the vote to confirm Amy Coney-Barrett...
    Getty House Democrats are calling for another round of stimulus checks in their new $2.2 trillion proposal. Senator John Thune, of South Dakota, holds a top position in Senate Republican leadership. He’s number two in the Senate. He now believes that there probably isn’t enough time for senators to pass a second stimulus relief package before the presidential election, which arrives on November 3. The issue is that the Senate is scheduled to leave town on Monday, October 26, after it votes on the Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. And, judging from the wars of words that erupted over the weekend, especially between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump, a deal before Monday doesn’t look very likely. Sure, the Senate could return, but it’s unlikely to do so without a real chance for a deal once it leaves down. The second stimulus...
    The 116th and 34th Congresses of the United States have a lot in common: tensions running high between political parties deeply divided on nearly every question; incendiary speeches made and personal barbs publicly thrown; and a disturbing number of bystanders, those so-called gentlemen of Congress (in the 34th, at least, the culprits were necessarily men) who accept no responsibility for the outrages happening around them. But there is one major difference. In today’s Congress, these vicious ideological battles haven’t resulted (yet) in the near murder of a colleague on the Senate floor. In May of 1856, America was a little less than five years away from the opening shots of the Civil War, but the conflict was already starting to feel inevitable. The seeds of discord that had been planted when the first slave ship arrived on the shores of the “new” land were finally beginning to bloom as...
    Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks as Covid-19 surges across US A 24-year-old engineer created a website that tells you if your McDonalds has a working ice-cream machine Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gadgets of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/36 SLIDES © Katherine Welles //...
              Live from Virginia Thursday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed Senator Amanda Chase to the show to talk about her run for governor. Fredericks: Let’s get to Amanda Chase. She’s not a lawyer but she’s running for governor. State senator Amanda Chase Republican Chesterfield. Amanda, you’re at the Godzilla round table here at the oceanfront. Ronnie Villanueva your good friend. Tim Anderson. Bill DeSteph. You ran him off when he heard you were getting on. No, I’m just kidding Amanda. That’s not true. That’s not true at all. I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding around. So Amanda what...
    Joe Biden is reportedly considering several Republicans for cabinet positions if he wins the presidential election including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Other options the former Vice President is eyeing include former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who currently heads Quibi, former Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and former Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, according to a new Politico report. Kasich is the most prominent candidate on the list. The Republican former Congressman, who is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, has endorsed Biden and spoke at August’s Democratic National Convention. He served in the US House from 1983 to 2001 and became a frequent Fox News guest. He continued his career in politics by serving as Ohio’s governor from 2011 to 2019 and ran in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Joe Biden is reportedly considering several Republicans for cabinet positions if he wins the...
    More than 30 years after his first campaign, Joe Biden is on the verge of becoming the country's 46th president. In 1987, Biden was a young, Kennedy-esque candidate, but his campaign stumbled before Iowa after he was accused of plagiarism, twice. Three decades later and after almost a half-century in public life, he emerged from a historically crowded primary field as the 2020 Democratic nominee, a centrist party elder believed to be the Democrats' best hope of ousting an impeached President Trump. Biden, 77, launched his third presidential campaign in April 2019 with a general election-focused bid. His battle cry was that the coming contest against Trump would be a fight "for the soul of the nation," citing the deadly Charlottesville unrest in 2017. And despite a turbulent cycle roiled by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and race-related riots, Biden hasn't diverged from that character-driven message. In fact, he's simply...
    When Twitter suppressed a news story that was potentially damaging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the closing weeks of the campaign, one Republican senator could say, “I told you so.” Since arriving in Washington, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri has led the charge against big tech companies he says discriminate against conservatives. His Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act is aimed at ensuring moderation by the major social media platforms is politically neutral. During the 2020 presidential race, Hawley asked the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to testify before the Senate over their treatment of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story, which the senator described as potentially an illegal in-kind contribution to the elder Biden’s campaign. He also challenged Facebook’s suspension of advertising for Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. “Facebook’s censors have apparently been busy this week,” Hawley wrote. But Hawley’s critique of Silicon...
    A Democratic senator from Delaware said Sunday that he is open to adding more justices to the Supreme Court should Democrats capture the White House and Senate in the November election. “Like Joe Biden, I’m not a fan of expanding the court but we have a few weeks here to see whether there are four Republicans who will step back from this precipice," Sen. Chris Coons told CNN's Jake Tapper during an interview on Sunday.  Asked whether he was open to expanding the nation's highest court, Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: "Yes." TRUMP CAMPAIGN SAYS HARRIS ‘DRIVING THE BUS’ ON COURT PACKING ISSUE The Supreme Court has had nine justices for more than 150 years, but the Constitution does not require nine. Congress sets that number.  Some Democrats argue that adding more justices to the nation's highest court is an appropriate response to Republicans blocking former President Barack Obama's nomination...
    Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware was on CNN Sunday with Jake Tapper and his State of the Union show. Sen. Coons is facing a QAnon conspiracy theorist challenger to his Senate seat in a couple of weeks, by the name of Lauren Witzke. That’s what the Republican Party electorate seems to respond to: conspiracy theories so vague and so easy to poke holes in that it makes the most outrageous 9/11 conspiracy theorist look painfully banal by comparison.  During the interview Tapper asked Sen. Coons, who has many of the same moderate leanings as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, whether or not “packing the court” was on the table. This is an interesting person to ask this question to because if Biden and Harris were to win, and if the Senate were to swing blue this November, the question about what can be done to balance our courts, after about 5...
    A top executive at one of the nation’s leading tech companies donated $250,000 to a super Political Action Committee (PAC) supporting Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign, as his company closed in on a coveted deal to become TikTok’s US technology partner. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made the quarter of a million dollar donation to the Security is Strength PAC, which is paying for ads supporting Graham in his reelection bid, The Verge reported. The donation, described as unusually large for Ellison, was made on September 14th – just hours before Oracle announced it had been selected by the Beijing-based social media platform TikTok to be its cloud technology provider. Oracle staved off competition from the likes of Microsoft and a number of other high-profile bidders in order to save the popular app, after President Trump pledged to ban it in the US over data-sharing concerns unless it was sold by...
    A top Republican senator acknowledged the possibility that the FBI investigated whether there was child pornography on a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden. Journalist Maria Bartiromo asked Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, about a Business Insider report that described faint handwriting on a subpoena served last year to a Delaware business that was given a computer to repair but never retrieved. The device purportedly contained data about foreign business dealings and other matters related to the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. The subpoena appeared to show the FBI agent who served it was someone named "Joshua Wilson." There was a Joshua Wilson, according to a Star-Ledger report published last year, who was an FBI agent based in New Jersey who spent nearly five years investigating child pornography, but it remains unclear if this is the same Wilson...
    Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Key moments from Barrett's marathon question-and-answer session Five takeaways from Barrett's Supreme Court grilling MORE (D-Del.) said on Sunday he was open to expanding the number of justices that sit on the Supreme Court should Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Trump wishes Harris 'the best' after aide tests positive for COVID-19 Pennsylvania rejects 372K mail-in ballot applications following primary confusion: report MORE be elected president. “Like Joe Biden, I’m not a fan of expanding the court but we have a few weeks here to see whether there are four Republicans who will step back from this precipice," Coons told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperGOP congressman condemns Trump-promoted theory that Bin Laden killing was a hoax McConnell: Democrats 'refuse to give a...
    Republican Senator David Perdue mocked vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Friday by mispronouncing her name. Video of a speech he gave at a rally for President Donald Trump's reelection shows Perdue pronouncing "Kamala" in several different ways and then saying "Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever." 4Sen. David Perdue is running for reelectionCredit: Splash News Harris spokeswoman Sabrina Singh called the comment "incredibly racist." John Ossoff, a Democrat who is challenging Perdue for the Georgia Senate seat in a close race, then took to Twitter to say Perdue would not have mocked a white male colleague's name. 4David Perdue greets his cousin, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, before speaking at a Trump rally in GeorgiaCredit: EPA Harris is the first black woman and the first Asian American to run on a major party's presidential ticket. Perdue's spokesman John Burke dismissed the charges of racism, saying the senator “simply mispronounced...
    President Trump tore into Sen. Ben Sasse Saturday in a series of tweets after the Nebraska Republican excoriated the president in a recent call with constituents and called him a "TV-obsessed narcissistic individual." Trump said "Little Ben" is the "least effective" Republican in the Senate and "a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great." "Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska. Other than that, he’s just a wonderful guy!," Trump tweeted Saturday.  SEN. BEN SASSE UNLOADS ON TRUMP IN CALL WITH CONSTITUENTS: 'A TV-OBSESSED NARCISSISTIC INDIVIDUAL' Trump ripped Sasse as a "RINO" ("Republican in Name Only") who only was acting "nice" to Trump to win his GOP primary, but has since resumed his "stupid and obnoxious ways." Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate...
    Its. David Bedouin Follow Ambazaarmag The Hill reports that the Georgia senator has cut jobs from bio in India. Georgia Republican Senator David Bertue mispronounced the name of Indian Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris during an election rally for President Donald Trump, leading to allegations that he sounded a racist dog whistle. “Kah-mah-la or Kah-ma-la or Kamala-mala-mala, I do not know either,” he said in the state of Georgia on Friday. Joe Biden, Mountain Announced. Democrats quickly called for an apology to Berdu for mocking the name of a black and Asian woman, and the first-color woman on a major party national ticket. Some also noted that Bertou and Harris have served in the Senate for three years, and individuals who have worked together for a long time know each other by name. The Georgia Democrats quoted Hill as saying that Burdock was using a “deliberate insult and a...
    In an election year packed with political ads, some TV bits will be hits, while others will miss their mark badly. And during the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Senator Cory Gardner and former Governor John Hickenlooper, there have been for fewer hits than misses. Case in point: the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s ad this summer using the deadly gas explosion in Firestone to blithely connect that tragedy to Hickenlooper’s tenure as governor. Gardner, who was the NSRC chair in the 2018 election cycle, finally called for an end to the ad's run after criticism reached the media, though he added that he had no way to stop it. There haven’t been many missteps that bad recently, but viewers have still be subjected to cringe-worthy moments. Some come from commercials paid for by the actual campaigns, and others are courtesy the dark money that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse so effectively...
    Journalists piled on Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., on Friday for mispronouncing the name of his colleague, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. -- even though Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden did the same thing himself, also on Friday. Perdue, who is facing a tough reelection battle against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, spoke at a Trump rally on Friday before the arrival of the president.  The Ossoff campaign knocked Perdue, who was seen struggling to say Harris' first name.  CNN'S APRIL RYAN TO KAMALA HARRIS: IT GIVES ME 'CHILLS' THAT I COULD CALL YOU 'MADAME VP' IN JANUARY  "David Perdue is just gross. He mispronounced @KamalaHarris' name just now warming up the stage for @realDonaldTrump to score race-baiting, cheap political cheers," Ossoff communications director Miryam Lipper tweeted. Members of the media shamed the Republican for not nailing the pronunciation of the first name of Harris, with whom he has worked for four years. ...
    Loading the player... Editors Note: theGrio is owned by Entertainment Studios. In California, Senator Holly J. Mitchell is primed to take a new role as she campaigns for Los Angeles County Supervisor to represent District 2. Read More: First Black woman US senator on Kamala Harris’ historic nomination For Mitchell, the coronavirus pandemic did more than take her campaign virtual. The senator informed theGrio in an exclusive interview that COVID-19 highlighted problems already disproportionately affecting residents in her community. According to the 56-year-old, the pandemic did not change her views or approach to political issues the Los Angeles County residents faced before the novel coronavirus reached American soil, from food and housing insecurity to mental and physical health. (Credit: Senator Holly J. Mitchell) Healthcare, environmental justice, jobs, homelessness, and youth outreach and protection are all listed as Mitchell’s core issues. Los Angeles County is one of the largest...
    As campaign gaffes go, this one may not register on the Richter scale in New York. But in the Hawkeye State? You’d better believe it’s a biggie. On Thursday night, at a virtual debate hosted by the Des Moines Register, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) completely bricked a question about the price of a key agricultural export in the state. “What’s the break-even point for soybeans for an Iowa farmer to produce?” Ron Steele, moderator of the debate, asked Ernst. The senator completely ducked the question, riffing about trade deals for a full minute. But Steele refused to let Ernst off the hook. “I don’t think you answered my question,” Steele said. “What’s the break-even price for soybeans in Iowa? You grew up on a farm, you should know this.” “I think you asked about corn,” Ernst said — trying to escape. “It depends on what the inputs are, but...
    Senator Lindsey Graham has admitted he thinks Democrats 'have a good chance of winning the White House', days after Senator Ted Cruz said there could be a 'Democratic sweep' in the upcoming election.     The Senate Judiciary Committee Chair made the shock admission Wednesday during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  His comments show signs of a growing lack of confidence within the Republican party that Donald Trump can secure another term, less than three weeks before election day on November 3. It comes as last week, Cruz, a staunch supporter of the president, voiced his fears that Trump would lose to Democratic rival Joe Biden because 'the hard left is showing up no matter what'.  Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured at Thursday's confirmation hearings) has admitted he thinks Democrats 'have a good chance of winning the White House' 'Y'all have a good chance of winning the White House....
    (CNN)No real news came out of the three days of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. As expected, Democrats focused on Obamacare and abortion, with a little bit on guns and voting rights. Also as expected, the nominee declined to discuss any pending or potential cases, or any legal issue on which she hadn't already opined in scholarly or judicial writings. Ilya ShapiroFor their part, Republicans allowed Barrett to show her intellect and verbal facility by explaining such frequently used terms as "originalism" (interpreting constitutional provisions according to their original public meaning), "textualism" (interpreting statutes according to the plain meaning of their text as opposed to legislative purpose), and stare decisis (letting erroneous precedents stand because correcting them would cause more social harm than allowing the error to persist). In all, no senator's vote was changed. However, the public, which according to a CNN poll last week was...
    Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy touched off a firestorm of social media mockery and fury by asking Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett a question that many perceived as sexist: “Who does the laundry in your house?” As Kennedy wound down his allotted time on Judge Barrett’s second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he indicated he had one more question, to which Barrett remarked “I hope it’s an easy one.” “It’s a sincere question, I’m generally curious, who does the laundry in your house?” Kennedy asked, to immediate laughter from the nominee. “We increasingly have been trying to get our children to take responsibility for their own, but those efforts are not always successful,” Barrett answered. The moment caught fire among journalists, media and political figures, and other verified users on Twitter. Most called Kennedy out for a question that would not be asked of...
    Senator Ben Sasse obliterates the Houston Astros for being dirty, rotten cheaters.It was unconventional, but Senator Ben Sasse owned the Houston Astros trying to prove a point. During Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Justice conformation trials, the Nebraska Senator used the Astros as a punching bag to get to a roundabout point. It was completely out of left field, just like banging on trash cans and using buzzers at Minute Maid Park to know when the pitch was coming. Barrett got what Sasse was trying to say, but good lord, you have to hear his quote. “I’d like to talk about the Houston Astros, who are miserable cheaters,” said Sasse. “I think all baseball fans know that the Astros cheat. They steal signs. They bang on cans. They’ve done a whole bunch of miserable things, historically.” “They deserve to be punished probably more than they have been…We can’t have two sets...
    Senator Lindsey Graham raised eyebrows during his questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett when he asked the Supreme Court nominee how much confidence she has in the landmark is “Brown versus Board of Education” as a super precedent. Curiously, however, Senator Graham, who finds himself in a hotly contested reelection campaign in South Carolina, also asked “you aren’t aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?” Wait. What? Good old days of segregation? I mean, he could have been joking, despite the lack of any facial cue or body language suggesting sarcastic hyperbole. And no, Senator Graham is not a proponent of segregation, at least not judged by his body of work. HOWEVER…Senator Graham got a lot of attention during a recent debate with his political foe James Harrison when he said that young Black people and...
    Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann hit back at Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) for comparing his anti-Donald Trump rhetoric with the president’s conduct in office. Olbermann returned to political commentary earlier this month by reviving his old show’s “Worst Person in the World” segment on his YouTube channel. In Olbermann’s first video, he pronounced Trump a “mass murderer” and a “terrorist” whose leadership has been more damaging to America “than Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and ISIS and all the rest could ever have dreamed of combined.” On Tuesday, Romney released a statement lamenting the coarse state of American politics, though he was heavily mocked for how he seemingly equated Olbermann’s words with Trump’s actions as president. Olbermann took notice of this, and he put out a self-effacing reaction that “apparently, I am the shadow president of the United States.” After mockingly pouring through Romney’s statement, Olbermann bashed the senator’s...
    US Senator John Kennedy has branded a Boston University professor a 'butthead' for suggesting Amy Coney Barrett was a white colonizer for adopting Haitian children. The Louisiana Republican made the comments as he asked the Supreme Court Justice nominee to respond to Ibram X. Kendi's remarks, during the first round of confirmation hearings on Tuesday.     Kendi, a tenured professor of history and the director and founder of Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research, drew backlash in September after he suggested Barrett, who has two adopted black children, was racist and using her kids as props.  Scroll down for video  Senator John Kennedy asked Amy Coney Barrett to respond to suggestions that she is a 'white colonizer' for adopting Haitian children during the first round of confirmation hearings on Tuesday Barrett, a devout Catholic, has seven children - five biological and two adopted. Her youngest child also has Down...
    On a surreal day of GOP-generated alternate reality, every Senate Democrat tried to get America to awaken out of the Matrix but only one succeeded. “This is not normal,” said Senator Cory Booker, before asking a Supreme Court nominee if she would condemn white supremacy. (Good news: she did.) “This is not normal,” said Amy Klobuchar, before reminding viewers that 7 million Americans have gotten the coronavirus, including people in the hearing room itself. “These aren’t normal times,” said Chris Coons, before noting that we’re in the middle of a presidential election and an unprecedented pandemic. And yet, nothing seemed to penetrate the thick fog of unreality. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett stayed on message, rarely losing her cool (except when challenged by Senator Klobuchar), and saying absolutely nothing whatsoever about anything.
    A dispute over a contract bid involving a state-funded hemp research center is testing the industry's relationship with Colorado agriculture regulators and Governor Jared Polis's administration. The creation of a state Hemp Center of Excellence by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) was stipulated in a bill introduced in 2018 by state senator Don Coram, a hemp grower himself; the idea was to help direct U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved research, outreach and educational efforts for the state's hemp industry. But when the contract for the Hemp Center's initial management was awarded not to a hemp entity but to the Marijuana Policy Group, a firm that specializes in THC-related work, several influential industry members and trade organization reps — most of whom are ardent supporters of Polis's political career — called foul. In a July letter protesting the MPG's selection, over 100 hemp industry members and organizations, including Coram, voiced their concerns related...
    Left-wing Hollywood actor Jim Carrey published his latest political painting depicting Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) burning in hell. But the Texas senator is getting the last laugh. “Ted Cruz, Hellbound Class of 2020,” tweeted the Sonic the Hedgehog actor, alongside an image depicting the senator seemingly screaming in patin and engulfed in flames. Ted Cruz, Hellbound Class of 2020 pic.twitter.com/4MdePetlp2 — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 12, 2020 Sen. Cruz fired back at Carrey, saying “Hey, @JimCarrey, can I get a copy of this for my office?” Hey @JimCarrey can I get a copy of this for my office? https://t.co/45cQviMafH — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 12, 2020 Carrey has for years pumped out crass political paintings smearing and attacking conservatives and Trump. In August, as the Republican National Convention kicked off, the Dumb and Dumber star published artwork that depicted late President Abraham Lincoln sticking the barrel of a rifle into his mouth. “If Lincoln had seen the...
    Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley said Monday that Joe Biden is no longer the “straight up” senator that he used to know. “I had a lot of respect when he was in the Senate and I find this all rather strange because the Biden that many of us saw in the Senate was very popular because he would speak to you straight up, particularly when it came to constitutional matters,” Turley told Fox News’ “Hannity.” “He had a Northstar that you could rely on. This is not the Joe Biden that many of us saw in the Senate.” (RELATED: Jonathan Turley Calls For Civility In Impeachment Hearing — Gets Threats Instead) Turley told host Sean Hannity that he came “from a very strong Democratic and liberal family in Chicago” but now considers himself To be “an Independent.” He said he considers it “bizarre” that Biden is now refusing...
    Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that since Democratic nominee Joe Biden could not remember Mitt Romney's name Monday when referencing the Republican senator, he must have dementia. 'Mitt can't be thrilled about this! Joe also said yesterday he's running for the U.S. Senate (again) and totally forgot where he was (wrong State!),' the president wrote in an early morning Twitter rampage, pointing to other gaffes from the former vice president on the campaign trail. Trump added: 'Joe has never been a nice or kind guy, so it's easier to find this obvious & rapidly getting worse 'dementia' unacceptable for USA!' The president linked to an article with video of Biden speaking to reporters on the Tarmac Monday about the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. He said the mother of seven should not have to face questions over her religion from senators who claim she won't be able to separate...
    Donald Trump on Monday night mocked his Democrat rival Joe Biden for stating he was 'running for Senate' - using the momentary lapse as more evidence of his claim that Biden is unfit for office. Trump, 74, has made the age and frequent gaffes of Biden, 77, a recurrent line of attack. On Monday, campaigning in Toledo, Ohio, Biden provided the president with yet more fodder.  He previously claimed he was running for Senate during a stop in South Carolina in February. Joe Biden was campaigning in Toledo, Ohio on Monday when he made the slip Donald Trump, on stage in Florida on Monday night, was quick to capitalize on the mistake
    Roberta McCain has passed away at the age of 108, according to the Associated Press. The Oklahoma native lived a long life, as the centenarian is mostly known by younger generations as the mother of the late Senator John S. McCain III, as well as the wife of the well-known Navy Admiral John McCain Jr. According to the AP, news of her death came from a spokesperson for daughter-in-law Cindy McCain. Her cause of death was not immediately released. Roberta’s Early Life And Children   Alex Wong / Getty Images for Meet the Press Roberta’s life began in Muskogee, Oklahoma on February 7, 1912. She was the daughter of Archibald Wright, who made his living drilling wildcat wells, and Myrtle Mae Fletcher. Roberta had an identical twin sister Rowena, who passed in 2011. Roberta was a student at the University of Southern California when she met John McCain Jr....