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    Rita Hart, an Iowa Democrat, lost her bid in the open 2nd Congressional District by six votes out of more than 394,000 cast. Now, rather than continuing to appeal in court, Hart is taking her case directly to the House because it's a necessary step to get the results her campaign wants, she said in an online video. "We had two options: to either go to the state Supreme Court or to go to the U.S. House," Hart said. "And, again, it became clear that if we were going to get what we need, which is a examination of those ballots, an account of all the votes that didn't get counted in the recount, we had to have the time to do it.” The state canvass board certified the results for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District after a districtwide count in all 24 counties acknowledged Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the...
    Michigan state Republicans went “too far” in saying they would pull committee assignments from a state Democrat who threatened Trump supporters in a viral video, the state’s Democratic governor said Thursday. “Make them pay,” state Rep. Cynthia Johnson had said in the video about Trump supporters, among other remarks, drawing condemnation from across the aisle. But Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged “a little bit of compassion and grace” for the lawmaker, claiming at a Thursday news conference that Johnson “has been through a lot” lately, including threats directed against her after a contentious voter-fraud hearing with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani -- and dealing with a loved one’s case of the coronavirus. “I think that removing her from her committees is too far, truly, and I’ve reached out and asked the incoming House leadership to reconsider that,” Whitmer said, MLive.com reported. Johnson's duties include serving as vice chair of the state House Oversight Committee,...
    Some people enjoy "Saturday Night Live" skits. Others turn them into a lifestyle. White House garbage fire Kayleigh McEnany, a fascist, had some things to say Wednesday on espionage and what politicians should do about it. This is roughly equivalent to a serial killer complaining to the local homeowners association about the height of your lawn, but it is what it is and provided Fox News with the necessary news hook to burp out a complaint of their own, and so forth, and none of it is sincere and all of it is the same performative lying that conservatism now uses as primary rhetorical technique. Get caught being crooked; gin up claims that Actually it is Not Me who is crooked; flood the airwaves with bullshit in order to make it impossible for any average job-working American to determine which claims are true and which are false. See: Ukraine. Election...
    The only Democratic candidate to flip a House seat in 2020 said one thing is key to capturing Georgia's two Senate seats in the upcoming runoff elections: getting voters to the polls. Representative-elect Carolyn Bourdeaux said Thursday that voters are excited about the upcoming election, "and these runoffs are really about turnout," she told CBSN anchor Tanya Rivero.  Republican  is facing off against Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler is up against Democrat Raphael Warnock in the January 5 runoffs. President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden are both campaigning in the state for their respective candidates.  Bourdeaux said her campaign's outreach to voters and her focus on the coronavirus pandemic and getting children back to school helped give her an edge over her Republican opponent Rich McMormick.  "About 30% of those voting in 2020 did not vote in 2016," the Georgia Democrat said of her campaign's voter outreach efforts.  Whether...
    The top House Democrat with oversight of foreign affairs warned Thursday that the Trump administration's move to recognize Morocco’s claims to contested territory in the Western Sahara threatens efforts at international diplomacy to solve long-standing conflicts. President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump calls on Georgia AG not to have other Republicans oppose election lawsuit: report Pennsylvania GOP leader on breaking with Trump on election: 'I'd get my house bombed tonight' Lawmakers call for lowering health care costs to address disparities in pandemic MORE on Thursday announced a breakthrough of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco that came with the U.S. recognizing Rabat’s sovereignty over annexed territory in Western Sahara, of which its final status has been stalled since 1991 under an international peace process. Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelActing VOA director informs staff of reassignment House approves defense policy bill despite Trump veto threat Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel MORE (D-N.Y.), the...
    House Republicans are ready to do battle on the opening day of the new Congress, and beyond, if the certified winner in an Iowa House race by six votes isn't seated. Iowa's state canvass board early last week certified results for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a district-wide count in all 24 counties declared Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner of the election by just six votes out of more than 394,000 cast. But Democrat Rita Hart announced later in the week she planned to file a petition in coming weeks with the House Committee on Administration under the Federal Contested Elections Act. The House, under the Constitution, has the final say over who it seats as members. Yet, Congress rarely gets involved in deciding closely called contested House races. And precedent from trying to do so still leaves political scars among many. In November 1984, an Indiana...
    A prominent House Democrat who sits on the Armed Services Committee is raising concerns about President-elect Joe Biden’s expected pick for defense secretary. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA intelligence analyst who served in the war in Iraq three times under then-Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, says that choosing retired four-star Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead the Defense Department, a position traditionally reserved for civilians, “just feels off.” BIDEN TO NOMINATE RETIRED FOUR-STAR GENERAL AS DEFENSE SECRETARY “I have deep respect for General Lloyd Austin. We worked together on Iraq when he commanded U.S. forces there, when he was vice chief of the Army, and when was the CENTCOM commander,” the moderate Democrat from Michigan wrote in a statement. “But choosing another recently retired general to serve in a role that is designated for a civilian just feels off. The job of secretary of defense is purpose-built to ensure civilian oversight of...
    President-elect Joe Biden is already more popular than President Donald Trump has ever been, according to CNN‘s polling expert Harry Enten. In a Sunday op-ed, Enten pointed to a number of recent polls and analyzed publicly available data pertaining to Trump’s popularity. For instance, in the latest Gallup poll, 55 percent of respondents said that they view Biden favorably, while 41 percent said the same of Trump, whose unfavorable rating was 15 percentage points higher than the Democrat’s. Since 2015, Trump’s favorable rating has been relatively stable, but low, mostly remaining in the 30s and 40s. In fact, the commander-in-chief never exceeded 50 percent popularity in any survey, according to Enten. Biden, however, has done that many times and he is about as well-liked as former President Barack Obama was at the beginning of his second term in the White House, the expert noted. Recent polls from Fox News, CNN...
    Black Lives Matter protesters staked out the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for the 13th straight day. The protesters demand that not nominate the Democrat mayor for any potential cabinet position. BLM protesters danced to “F**k Donald Trump” on the street in front of Mayor Garcetti’s home in Los Angeles. The rally marks the 13th straight day of protests demanding that Garcetti not be appointed to any potential Biden administration cabinet position. A video tweeted by independent journalist Jorge Ventura shows the commotion currently underway in front of the mayor’s home. BLM LA playing “F*** Donald Trump” in front of home of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for the 13th straight day #Garcettiprotests pic.twitter.com/fFrc9HfSnW — Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) December 5, 2020 Police officers warned protesters about the noise caused by their drums and horns, Ventura tweeted. Officers threatened to issue citations for noise violations. LAPD warning protesters about...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California certifies Joe Biden’s victory, giving the Democrat more than the 270 electors needed to win the White House. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will pass a bipartisan coronavirus relief package before adjourning this month. “We must get it done before we leave,” the California Democrat said Friday. “We cannot leave without it.” Pelosi's pledge is the strongest signal yet from House and Senate leaders that a new round of funding could clear Congress with just a few days of legislative days left in the year. The renewed effort to pass an aid bill after months of stalled talks follows nationwide surges in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and a November jobs report showing slowed job growth as officials implement new virus lockdowns. Under pressure from party lawmakers, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, announced this week they will support a $908 billion aid package proposed by a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers. The measure falls far short of the...
    House and Senate leaders, who had been prepared to end the year without approving a new coronavirus aid bill, are now rushing to try to pass legislation in the next week. Rising numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have increased pressure on the leadership in both parties and forced the two sides to consider compromise legislation that has eluded Congress for months. “It will get passed because we are going to fight every single day to make sure it happens,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat, said Thursday. Gottheimer is part of a large, bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers who unveiled a compromise coronavirus aid proposal that they aim to pass this month. The group pledged to remain in Congress until a bill reaches the president’s desk. “We will be here,” Rep. Tom O’Halleran, an Arizona Democrat, said. “We’ve got to take care of this damn...
    Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin is expected to head up the panel that will review a petition filed by an Iowa Democratic House candidate who lost a race to her Republican opponent by six votes. The state canvass board certified the results for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Monday after a districtwide count in all 24 counties officially declared Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner of the election by just six votes. However, Democrat Rita Hart announced Wednesday she will file a petition in weeks to come with the House Committee on Administration under the Federal Contested Elections Act, where Raskin serves as vice chair of the committee. Congress rarely intervenes in tight races, but in 1984, an Indiana congressional race in the state’s 8th district had Democrat Rep. Frank McCloskey leading Republican Rick McIntyre by 72 votes on election night. After two state recounts, though, McIntyre led McCloskey by...
    Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York was elected to be the next leader of the House Democratic campaign arm on Thursday, a crucial position after Democrats lost 12 incumbents and now hold a far smaller majority heading into 2022. Maloney defeated Congressman Tony Cárdenas of California for the top job as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, after the former chair, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, announced she wouldn't seek a second term.  FILE: Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, questions witnesses during a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Democrats voted 119 to 107 for Maloney, has repeatedly been reelected in a swing district just north of New York City that President Trump won in 2016. He will be the first openly gay DCCC chair. Maloney was also in charge of conducting...
    The tightest congressional race in years is not over yet and could be settled by the Democratic majority House. Although Iowa's state canvass board on Monday certified results for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a districtwide tabulation in all 24 counties and officially declared Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner of the election by a mere six votes, Democrat Rita Hart announced Wednesday that she will file a petition in coming weeks with the House Committee on Administration under the Federal Contested Elections Act. Congress has involved itself in close races in seldom instances previously, including a closely disputed 1984 Indiana congressional election, which House Republicans accused the Democratic majority at the time of following rigged rules in the counting that led to what was described as a ''raucous demonstration'' on the House floor by GOP lawmakers. The petition challenges the result of the race, thereby waiving a legal...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany highlighted Wednesday a series of Democrat political figures breaking their own coronavirus lockdown rules. “Behind me, you will see images of Democrat hypocrisy playing on loop,” McEnany said as she began the White House press briefing on Wednesday afternoon. She read out a long list of coronavirus “hypocrites” including CNN’s Chris Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and Los Angeles Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Quite clearly these Democrats do not follow their own edicts. They act in a way that their own citizens are barred from acting,” McEnany said. Images of the officials were featured on a loop on screens on either side of the press secretary. “These images behind me make clear Democrats’ mindset: rules for thee but not for me,” she said. McEnany celebrated the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck...
    Iowa Democratic congressional candidate Rita Hart announced Wednesday she will appeal directly to the U.S. House for a review of her race after a district-wide recount showed her trailing by just 6 votes.  The announcement comes just before a deadline following the Monday certification of the results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, which is currently represented by retiring Democrat Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackIowa officials certify Republican Miller-Meeks's 6-vote victory Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Iowa secretary of State requests recount in key House race MORE. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner in what currently is the tightest House race since 1984. Hart’s campaign said it is opting to appeal directly to the House because an in-state legal review by a five-judge panel would be required to end by Tuesday, which Democrats say would not allow enough time to review the votes that...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany played a video of Covid “hypocrites” during a briefing on Wednesday, accusing leading Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Governor Gavin Newsom of ignoring their own coronavirus restrictions. “Democrats seek control,” she said, as a video montage played on screens in the White House briefing room. “These images behind me make clear Democrats’ mindset: Rules for thee, but not for me.” It is the latest example of what critics say is the misuse of the White House to deliver a partisan, political message. She opened by celebrating a recent Supreme Court decision to uphold a challenge to restrictions in New York that limited attendance at religious services. “It is time … past time ... to make plain that while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa who trailed by six votes after a recount said Wednesday she will forgo further legal challenges in the state and instead appeal directly to the U.S. House for review. Rita Hart's campaign had until Wednesday afternoon to contest the election under Iowa law following Monday's certification of results in which Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner of the closest House race in decades. An election contest in Iowa would have triggered the formation of a five-judge panel that would have been required to rule on who won the race by Tuesday, Dec. 8. Hart's campaign said that quick timeline would not allow enough time to review the ballots, including thousands of unexamined undervotes and overvotes and others that were not counted for a variety of reasons. Instead, the campaign said that Hart...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa who trailed by six votes after a recount said Wednesday she will forgo further legal challenges in the state and instead appeal directly to the U.S. House for review. Rita Hart’s campaign had until Wednesday afternoon to contest the election under Iowa law following Monday’s certification of results in which Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner of the closest House race in decades. An election contest in Iowa would have triggered the formation of a five-judge panel that would have been required to rule on who won the race by Tuesday, Dec. 8. Hart’s campaign said that quick timeline would not allow enough time to review the ballots, including thousands of unexamined undervotes and overvotes and others that were not counted for a variety of reasons. Instead, the campaign said that Hart would file an election contest with...
    A crucial component of the House GOP’s surprise comeback in 2020 was winning back a majority of the California seats lost in the anti-Trump blue wave just two years earlier.  Democrat Christy Smith’s concession to GOP Rep. Mike Garcia this week means Republicans will control four of the seven seats that Democrats flipped in the Golden State during the 2018 midterm elections.  It wasn’t enough to win back the House majority for the GOP, but Republicans gained seats and feel primed to take back the majority in 2022. “Their victories show that we can win from California to New York to Miami to Minnesota to New Mexico to Iowa. It was a broad coalition of victories,” Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodHow to expand rural broadband, fast and affordably America can't afford to ignore the food service distribution industry On The Money: McConnell previews GOP coronavirus bill | Senate panel...
    (CNN)As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to announce more key nominations and appointments to his administration, the door is closing on the prospect of tapping Democrats from one of his most cherished places in Washington: the halls of Congress.Inside his transition team, there is a real recognition of how difficult it would be to choose a Senate Democrat for any role, given how closely divided the upper chamber will be next year. And the narrowing Democratic majority in the House has made it far less likely that he would be able to easily turn to any House members for posts in the administration. Biden Transition Here are the historic firsts in Biden's administration Biden unveils senior leadership team charged with planning inauguration Biden names diverse economic team with four women in top roles to help build recovery MAP: Full presidential election results Multiple sources familiar with the transition say...
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's new coronavirus restrictions are not the "surgical" ones he promised, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., argued Tuesday. The Democrat governor announced a temporary statewide suspension of indoor high school and youth sports along with a new limit on outdoor gatherings. NJ GOV. MURPHY ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF INDOOR HIGH SCHOOL, YOUTH SPORTS; NEW LIMIT ON OUTDOOR GATHERINGS "People are so frustrated and tired," the former House Democrat told "America's Newsroom." "Our New Jerseyans and Americans are trying their very best and when elected officials call them knuckleheads or demean or diminish them in some way, I find that really disturbing," he told co-host Sandra Smith. "This has been a really difficult time for people when they don't see their family as much and where children and adults are both going through extreme psychological and even psychiatric and medical problems because of the lockdowns," Van Drew said. He pointed...
    Sen. Joe Manchin took a jab at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s abilities as a lawmaker, describing her as “more active on Twitter than anything else,” amid their ongoing feud. Speaking to the New York Times, Manchin (D-W.Va.) made the remarks while discussing his plans as a centrist in a divided government. Manchin specifically responded to AOC posting a photo to Twitter last month in which she could be seen staring daggers at the West Virginia senator as he looked away. “I guess she put the dagger stare on me. I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else,” Manchin noted. “We’re not going to defund the police, we’re not for the new green deal. That’s not going to happen. We’re not for Medicare for All...
    Joe Manchin upped his public feud with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday by claiming she is more active on Twitter than she is with her congresswoman duties as a member of the House of Representatives. 'I'm understanding she's not that active with her bills or in committee,' the West Virginia Democratic senator told The New York Times of Ocasio-Cortez. 'She's more active on Twitter than anything else.'  Manchin, however, admitted: 'I don't know the young lady — I really don't. I never met her.' The comments from the senator known for his more bipartisan approach comes after he lashed out at more progressive Democrats for supporting the defund police movement, which some blame for the Party losing seats in the House on November 3. 'I guess she put the dagger stare on me,' Manchin said Monday when asked about Ocasio-Cortez tweeting a picture of her glaring at him after he mocked...
    Georgia Rep.-elect Carolyn Bourdeaux fell just 433 votes shy of becoming a congresswoman in 2018 in the tightest House race in the country. But two years later, the college professor and public policy expert mounted a comeback by beating GOP emergency room physician Rich McCormick by more than 10,000 votes and becoming the first woman to represent Georgia's 7th Congressional District. Her win in November in suburban Atlanta was a major bright spot for House Democrats who otherwise had a tough 2020 election by losing unexpected seats and shrinking their majority. Bourdeaux arrived in Washington, D.C., recently for congressional orientation as the only Democrat to flip a red seat in earnest. Bourdeaux said the key for Democrats having future success will be to listen to non-Democrats as well. "We need to pay a lot of attention to the diverse communities of this country," Bourdeaux told Fox News in an interview in Washington, "and that diversity includes people who supported Trump and...
    President Donald Trump lashed out at Arizona Gov Doug Ducey Monday night for 'rushing to put a Democrat in office' as a video appeared to show him ignore a call from the White House during a press conference where he certified the state's vote for Joe Biden.  Just a few seconds into the press conference, Ducey is seen pulling a cellphone from his coat pocket.  He then appears to ignore the call that was reportedly from the White House.  'HE'LL GET BACK TO YOU Back in July, Gov. Ducey said he changed his White House ringtone to "Hail to The Chief" so he wouldn't miss a call from Trump/Pence. Guess who called while Ducey was certifying Arizona's election? (7 secs in),' NBC reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted.  Trump later wrote in the caption of the video of Ducey during the press conference: 'Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrat Christy Smith conceded Monday in a knife-edged loss to Republican rival Mike Garcia, who retained his Congressional seat in the 25th District north of Los Angeles. “With final votes counted in this race, it’s clear we will not be able to close the 339-vote gap," Smith said in a statement. “This is not the end result we fought for, but I am proud of the strong, grassroots campaign we ran." “We exhausted every possible option, and did everything within our power to ensure that every voice in this election was heard. Nonetheless, we came up short,” Smith said. Garcia had claimed victory last week but Smith had said that assertion was premature because not all of the more than 338,000 votes cast had been counted. In a statement Monday, Garcia said he looks forward to two more years representing the district, which includes most of...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrat Christy Smith conceded Monday in a knife-edged loss to Republican rival Mike Garcia, who retained his Congressional seat in the 25th District north of Los Angeles. “With final votes counted in this race, it’s clear we will not be able to close the 339-vote gap,” Smith said in a statement. “This is not the end result we fought for, but I am proud of the strong, grassroots campaign we ran.” “We exhausted every possible option, and did everything within our power to ensure that every voice in this election was heard. Nonetheless, we came up short,” Smith said. Garcia had claimed victory last week but Smith had said that assertion was premature because not all of the more than 338,000 votes cast had been counted. In a statement Monday, Garcia said he looks forward to two more years representing the district, which includes most...
    Donald Trump is said to be considering holding an event during the president-elect's inauguration to announce his 2024 run and has boasted that he thinks the networks will continue to cover him after he leaves the White House because Joe Biden is 'boring'. Three sources close to the president told The Daily Beast he is plotting various ways to boycott Biden's administration including ways to steal his thunder when he is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in January.  Two of the sources said Trump is considering timing a kick-off event for his 2024 White House campaign to clash with inauguration week or with the ceremony itself.  This would be a marked departure from protocol with the outgoing president traditionally attending the incoming president's inauguration as part of a peaceful transition of power - a grace then-President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden both afforded Trump...
    Rep. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 just one day after her mother, Joan Kelley, passed away. Lee said she traveled to Ohio earlier this week to see her mother, who had begun in-home hospice care following months of deteriorating health. Lee tested negative just before the visit but another test on Wednesday yielded a positive COVID-19 result.   “I took precautions to maintain social distance and wear a mask, and out of an abundance of caution, took a COVID-19 test before arriving in Ohio and again today,” Lee said. “While I tested negative as recently as Sunday, I unfortunately tested positive today for COVID-19.”  My statement on my mother's passing and my COVID-19 positivity. pic.twitter.com/q2czr3TiEQ— Rep. Susie Lee (@RepSusieLee) November 26, 2020 Lee said Wednesday that she was asymptomatic and planned to participate in a remote memorial service for her...
    The head of the House Armed Services Committee is accusing Air Force leadership of trumpeting the placement of a new aircraft operating base in Georgia in order to influence the state’s crucial Senate runoff races. The service on Tuesday announced four locations to place Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft, with the Georgia Air National Guard Base in Savannah selected as one of the sites. Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names House Democrats back slower timeline for changing Confederate base names MORE (D-Wash.) said the timing of the announcement “raises serious concerns” and “could mar the service’s historically repeatable, transparent, and deliberate strategic basing process, which until now has helped...
    A House Democratic lawmaker is requesting a federal investigation into Sen. David Perdue’s (R-GA) purchase and sale of stock in a U.S. Navy contractor while he was chairman of a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over Navy spending, first reported by The Daily Beast last week. On Tuesday, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s subpanel on economic policy, sent a letter to Jay Clayton, chairman of the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, requesting he probe Perdue’s investment in BWX Technologies for any evidence of wrongdoing. In December 2018, a month before he was announced as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, Perdue began purchasing thousands of dollars worth of shares in BWX, which makes nuclear reactors and other parts for submarines. As his committee worked to pass the annual defense spending bill in 2019—which set aside $4.7 billion for a new submarine...
    California Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee needs to change its message “overnight” if it wants to be successful in future elections. In an interview with Axios released Tuesday, Cárdenas said that Democrats need to become more “culturally competent,” pointing to an underwhelming election cycle in the House that saw his party lose seats while Republicans overperformed among Latino voters and voters of color. “It’s frustrating to me,” Cárdenas said, referring to his party’s failure to resonate with Latino voters. “If we did a better message in Spanish and English to a community that communicates in two languages, we are going to get them to nod and say, ‘I like this Democrat. That person’s fighting for me.’” “You can’t talk to a community without having culturally competent people who are doing the messaging and getting the truth out to them,” he added. Despite predictions that...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Women are expected to hold most of the top leadership positions in the Vermont Legislature next year. Democrats, who hold a majority, nominated Sen. Becca Balint, of Windham County, to be the state's Senate president pro tempore on Sunday. She would be the first woman to hold the post if elected by the full Senate. Sen. Alison Clarkson, a Democrat from Windsor County, was picked to be majority leader, WPTZ-TV reported. Voters elected Democrat Molly Gray to be lieutenant governor in the Nov. 3 election, so she will preside over the Senate. “We’re thrilled. We’re a strong team," Clarkson told WPTZ. In the House, Rep. Jill Krowinski, a Democrat from Burlington, is expected to become the next speaker of the House. House Republicans will continue to be represented by minority leader Pattie McCoy, of Poultney. Senate Republicans picked Randy Brock, of Franklin County, to be minority...
    Joseph NeguseSource: CNBC After wrapping up a more than year-long investigation into Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, a top Democrat on the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust has his sights set on a new industry: Big Pharma. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., vice chairman of the subcommittee, is calling for a hearing to probe federal enforcers' approach to evaluating pharmaceutical mergers. He made the request in a letter sent Monday to committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. and subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., and shared exclusively with CNBC. From there, Neguse told CNBC, the committee could determine if a full investigation is warranted. "I think that this first hearing could be a starting point of sorts in providing both the committee and the American public with a better understanding of the scope of issues," Neguse said in a phone interview. "And from there, depending on what we glean during that hearing regarding...
    A group of Democratic House committee chairs sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy asking her to explain why the Biden-Harris transition team has not had access to transition resources. The letter was sent Monday afternoon by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman Mike Quigley, and Oversight and Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, and it urged Murphy to brief the group tomorrow on why the Biden-Harris transition team has not been able to access millions of dollars of funding for their transition. “We cannot wait yet another week to obtain basic information about your refusal to make the ascertainment determination,” the group wrote in the letter. “Every additional day that is wasted is a day that the safety, health, and well-being of the American people...
    “The Republican Party really made great gains” in 2020, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told “Sunday Morning Futures” in an exclusive interview, saying the developments show Americans “rejected” the “Democrat socialist policy.” McCarthy was reelected as the U.S. House of Representatives’ Republican leader in the 117th Congress following a surprisingly strong GOP showing during the November elections.  While Democrats won control of the lower chamber again, Republicans gained ground – picking up seats with not a single incumbent candidate losing their race.  McCarthy was a large part of that effort, raising more than $106 million this election cycle and campaigning in 33 cities over the last weeks of the campaign, according to the Associated Press. Host Maria Bartiromo noted on Sunday that the “House GOP flipped at least 12 seats with major victories for incoming women, veterans and minorities.” McCarthy told Bartiromo that the new face of the House Republicans looks “tremendous.” “We've...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib is brushing off those who criticize her progressive views and blame her and the 'Squad' for losing Democratic seats in the general election.   'I'm not the problem, the institution is,' Tlaib said in an interview with Yahoo News. 'I am going to be unapologetically myself. I will never be that polished politician. I'm gonna still be raw, from southwest Detroit, the mother of two amazing boys that deserve me to fight like hell for them every single day.'  Tlaib was responding to those who criticized her for her progressive views, including some in her own Democrat party, who, like Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va, said the loss of seats was a 'failure' for which Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and others were responsible.  'All of that would happen with or without the defund movement, with or without the movement for Black lives,' Tlaib said. 'Because I'll tell you, if it's...
    Reuters November 20, 2020 0 Comments Senator Rick Scott became the six member of the U.S. Congress to announce a positive coronavirus test just this week, as the illness rages across the United States. At least 21 Republican and 11 Democratic members of Congress have tested positive, or were presumed to have had COVID-19, this year. Here is a look at lawmakers affected by the virus: Senator Rick Scott Scott, 67, had been quarantining after being exposed to the virus before he announced on Thursday that he had tested positive after several negative tests. “I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms,” the Republican said in a statement, adding that he would be working from his home in Naples, Florida, until it was safe to return to Washington. Representative Dan Newhouse “I began to feel a little run-down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 test,” Newhouse, 65, a...
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              Live from Music Row Wednesday 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 the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss how Democrats would never go against their own party, the lapse in ballot counties in several states, and how Washington, D.C. defends Antifa. (Ohio Governor DeWine clip plays) In addition to the curfew itself, I’m asking each Ohioan every day to do at least one thing that reduces your contact with others. Or one thing that enhances your personal contact with someone and your emotional contact with them but not a physical contact. Leahy: And that crazy guy Crom. You’re looking at me like who would say something like that? The Republican governor of Ohio Mike DeWine...
    GOP Rep. Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO GOP lawmaker introduces bipartisan guest worker bill Overnight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain MORE (Wash.) announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 as the Capitol sees a new wave of cases among lawmakers. Newhouse said in a tweet that he took a coronavirus test Tuesday after he “began to feel a little run down.” He said his symptoms remain mild and that he will quarantine and work remotely from his home. I began to feel a little run down yesterday, so I took a COVID-19 test. Last night, the results came back positive for the virus. My symptoms remain...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would step aside from leadership in 2022, honoring a pledge she made two years ago. “I will abide by those limits,” the California Democrat told reporters. Pelosi, 80, won her party’s nomination to run for speaker in a voice vote taken virtually on Wednesday. No Democrat ran against her, but swing district lawmakers in her party have expressed a desire to elect a new, younger leadership team. The House Democratic majority is poised to shrink substantially after a surprising number of losses. Republicans have flipped 11 Democrat seats so far, with several outstanding contests favoring the GOP. Pelosi, nonetheless, was renominated for speaker, and lawmakers reelected the rest of the senior Democratic leadership team, who are all in their 70s and 80s. Pelosi will have to win an election on the House floor the first week in January, which will require a...
    EMBATTLED Nancy Pelosi was reelected as Democrat House leader in a virtual vote despite Dems supposedly trying to oust her. The news comes after the Democratic Party failed to expand their majority during the November 3 election, some said they wouldn't be supporting Pelosi as House Speaker. But Pelosi managed to retain her position for another two years after the news was confirmed on the House Democrats' Twitter account. It read: "Congratulations to. @SpeakerPelosi, once again elected by House Democrats to be our fearless leader and nominee for Speaker of the House for the 117th Congress! #DownWithNDP #ForThePeople." But full House floor vote for the speakership won't be happening until the new Congress is sworn in.  More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories,...
    Republicans have their eyes on the House majority in 2022, but Democrats hope they can defy recent history and maintain control. Democrats are in the midst of figuring out why they may have lost as many as 13 House seats after ballot counting is complete in all races. Speculation over Democrats’ failure to protect newly flipped blue districts and target competitive red districts ranges from wrong messaging to the failure to do enough for vulnerable freshman Democrats competing in districts President Trump won in 2016. House Democrats pointed fingers at each other immediately following the election over who was to blame for the striking losses, with Rep. Abigail Spanberger claiming more leftist Democratic lawmakers who touted “socialism” and “defunding of the police” made reelection efforts difficult for her and other members. The Virginia Democrat, among others, warned that such messaging would only hurt more Democrats in future...
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    Utah Democrat Ben McAdams has conceded his re-election bid to former NFL player Burgess Owens. McAdams was the only Democrat in Utah’s congressional delegation. Owens becomes the twelfth Republican to take a seat away from a Democrat in the 2020 election cycle. The NFL great noted that he received a call from the Democrat conceding the election. “I received a call from Ben McAdams, he expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve #UT04 and his commitment to a smooth transition. My sincere thanks to him for both. Thank you, my fellow Utahns, I am committed to have an open ear to serve you. Thank you for the opportunity,” Owns said on Twitter. I received a call from @BenMcAdams he expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve #UT04 and his commitment to a smooth transition. My sincere thanks to him for both. Thank you my fellow Utahns, I am committed to...
    Colorado Rep. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterMinority motion to recommit targeted by some Democrats Green neighborhoods for better jobs, a cleaner environment, and a sustainable future Congress needs to finalize space weather bill as solar storms pose heightened threat MORE (D) announced Tuesday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest House lawmaker to be diagnosed with the virus. Perlmutter said in a statement that he is currently asymptomatic and will isolate in his Washington apartment as he works remotely. “I’ve been taking precautions like so many Coloradans over the past eight months. This serves as an important reminder that this virus is highly contagious and should be taken seriously. As we enter the holiday season, I encourage everyone to continue to heed the warnings of no personal gatherings, social distancing, and wearing a mask,” he said. The Colorado Democrat marks just the latest in a string of dozens...
    Most Democrats declared Tuesday that Nancy Pelosi will be elected overwhelmingly by her party this week to run for another term as House speaker in January, but the California Democrat may face a mini-rebellion from a group of swing-district lawmakers unhappy with a slate of election losses and a leftward shift in messaging. “I’m, right now, very passionately undecided,” Rep. Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat, told the Washington Examiner. Democrats have lost a net of 8 seats so far and several outstanding races favor GOP candidates. Republicans have flipped a dozen seats held by Democrats, all in swing districts. The shrunken majority will leave Pelosi with almost no wiggle room on January 3, when she must win 218 votes from the entire House in a vote the first week of January. She’ll get no GOP votes, so even a small group of opposing Democrats would derail her election...
    House Republicans are speaking out following the Democrat calls to essentially cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans out of fear of the Chinese coronavirus, with one GOP lawmaker warning Americans that “liberal politicians want freedom for themselves, but not for you.” “Nov. 7: Democrat officials celebrate in the streets. Now: Democrat officials say citizens can’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Liberal politicians want freedom for themselves, but not for you,” Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) said on Tuesday following mounting calls from Democrat leaders to modify or cancel Thanksgiving plans: Nov. 7: Democrat officials celebrate in the streets. Now: Democrat officials say citizens cant celebrate Thanksgiving. Liberal politicians want freedom for themselves, but not for you. #NoLockdowns — Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) November 17, 2020 “Don’t cancel Thanksgiving. Don’t cancel Christmas. Cancel lockdowns,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) stated on Monday: Don’t cancel Thanksgiving. Don’t cancel Christmas. Cancel lockdowns. — Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 16, 2020...
    Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), chairman of the National Republican Congressinoal Committee, noted all House seats flipped by Republicans defeating Democrat incumbents were won by minority, women, and military veteran candidates, offering his remarks on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak. “Every one of the seats we flipped so far has been a minority candidate, veteran and/or a female candidate,” Emmer said. “Pretty impressive.”  Democrats will have “the smallest majority” in the House of Representatives “since World War Two,” remarked Emmer. Emmer observed the Democrat Party’s leftward shift over time.  “The idea that there’s a moderate left in the Democrat Party is laughable,” Emmer stated. “There are only ultra-liberals and socialists. [Nancy Pelosi’s] got her hands full with both in the next two years if it’s that close a majority.” The Associated Press has thus far called 422 of the 435 House seats up for election, with Democrats winning...
    Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) conceded Monday to Republican challenger and former Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Champion Burgess Owens in Utah’s 4th Congressional District election. “Today, I called Burgess Owens to congratulate him on winning this hard-fought and close race,” McAdams told reporters during a virtual press conference. “My campaign was centered around a rejection of extremism and the need for leaders that will put the needs of the people they represent before any political party. I’m deeply humbled by the support I received from so many Utahns who shared that vision and want you to know that while we did not prevail, I remain committed to that ideal.” McAdams’ concession came as the Associated Press projected Owens had won the highly competitive House race. BREAKING: Republican Burgess Owens wins election to U.S. House in Utahs 4th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams. #APracecall at 4:03 p.m. MST. #Election2020 #UTelection https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4 —...
    The White House is preparing for a second term for Donald Trump, an economic adviser to the Republican billionaire who refuses to concede defeat in the presidential election on November 3 said Friday. “At the White House, we continue to work on the assumption that Trump will have a second term,” Peter Navarro, one of the outgoing president’s economic advisers, told Fox Business. “I think it is really important (…) to understand that we want verifiable ballots, a ballot that can be certified and an investigation into the growing number of allegations of fraud made by witnesses who have signed written statements under oath, “he added. Donald Trump has still not acknowledged his defeat nearly a week after the US media, on the basis of projections based on the counting of the ballots in most states, announced the victory of Democrat Joe Biden. The outgoing...
    Republican Young Kim officially defeated incumbent Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA) Saturday in California’s 39th congressional district, marking the latest GOP victory in an election that has seen Democrats lose seats nationwide while retaining a small majority in the House of Representatives. The Orange County Register reported: “Whoever you voted for in this election, I hope you know that regardless of any differences we may have, I will always work on your behalf and fight for you,” Kim said in a Facebook video declaring victory Friday night. “Now that the election is over, I hope we can unite and move forward to address the issues that our nation faces.” Cisneros issued a statement saying “the voters have spoken” after latest results showed Kim with 50.6% of the vote. While there were still several thousand mail-in and provisional ballots left to tally across the three counties that touch CA-39, both candidates said the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After pouring more than $1.2 billion of his personal fortune into presidential politics this election, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has little to show for it. His only win during a short-lived Democratic bid for the White House was in the territory of American Samoa. And after pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump, he routed $110 million to Florida, Ohio and Texas — all states that President-elect Joe Biden lost. Bloomberg, who built a media and financial services empire before turning to electoral politics, has long used his $55 billion in estimated wealth to play kingmaker, with no shortage of candidates and causes seeking favor. Yet after dumping $1.1 billion into his campaign, he waited until September to follow through on his vow to spend big to unseat Trump. His investment was especially disappointing in Florida, a battleground state that is...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The New York Times unaccepted The Associated Press’ call in a New Jersey congressional race Thursday in which the incumbent Democrat has seen his lead steadily decline over the course of the past week. The race between incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski and Republican Thomas Kean Jr. for New Jersey’s 7th congressional district has tightened by more than 20,000 votes since Nov. 3, according to New Jersey Globe editor David Wildstein. While The New York Times automatically accepts most of the election projections made by The Associated Press, it sometimes differs if it disagrees, a spokesperson said. “For most House races, we automatically accept the race calls made by The Associated Press,” Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. “However, we sometimes take a more cautious approach, particularly given the complexity of the voting in this pandemic year.”...
    WASHINGTON – After pouring more than $1.2 billion of his personal fortune into presidential politics this election, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has little to show for it. His only win during a short-lived Democratic bid for the White House was in the territory of American Samoa. And after pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump, he routed $110 million to Florida, Ohio and Texas — all states that President-elect Joe Biden lost. Bloomberg, who built a media and financial services empire before turning to electoral politics, has long used his $55 billion in estimated wealth to play kingmaker, with no shortage of candidates and causes seeking favor. Yet after dumping $1.1 billion into his campaign, he waited until September to follow through on his vow to spend big to unseat Trump. His investment was especially disappointing in Florida, a battleground state that is...
    Rep. John Katko will stay in the House after a tough Democratic challenge against Syracuse University professor Dana Balter. After a close race that had been pending since Election Day, Balter conceded to the Republican incumbent on Friday evening. "The current absentee ballot count makes it clear that our campaign does not have a path forward," Balter said in a statement. "Today, I congratulate Congressman Katko on his victory and hope that in his next term, he will advocate for policies that will help working families in this district." Katko, 57, was first elected to the House in 2014 and had beat Balter in 2018, when she first challenged him for his seat. Katko is viewed as a centrist Republican representing a district won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The race was viewed by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report as being competitive but slightly in favor of...
    Women and minorities lead the Republican Party’s incoming freshman class in the U.S. House of Representatives, following the Democrat Party’s stunning lack of a “blue wave.” Republicans have flipped 10 House seats, surpassing expectations of Democrats, some of whom believed they would expand their majority in the House by “double digits.” So far, all of the Republicans who have flipped House Democrat seats are either a woman or a minority: Republicans have now flipped 10 seats in the House: CA-48 Michelle SteelFL-27 Maria Elvira SalazarFL-26 Carlos GimenezIA-01 Ashley HinsonMI-03 Peter MeijerMN-07 Michelle FischbachNY-11 Nicole MalliotakisNM-02 Yvette HerrellOK-05 Stephanie BiceSC-01 Nancy Mace — Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) November 12, 2020 So far, 100% of the ten Republicans who have flipped Dem House seats have been women and/or minorities. In 2018, that was true of just 7% of the GOP freshman class. https://t.co/VKgfLNla3V — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 12, 2020 House Minority Leader...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that having a Democrat in the White House, President-elect Joe Biden, does not mean more compromise with Republicans and gives more power to the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. "We had a very big win in the last election (2018)," Pelosi told reporters. "It is smaller now. We still have the power of the majority, but on top of that our leverage and our power is greatly enhanced by having a Democratic president in the White House." (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Democrat Lauren Underwood has won reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 14th District, though her Republican opponent, Jim Oberweis, said the race is not over. The Associated Press called the race Thursday afternoon. Underwood had been in a tight race with Oberweis. The AP said with all precincts reporting, Underwood had 200,638 votes, or 50.58 percent, compared with 196,034, or 49.42 percent, for Oberweis. The difference is 4,604. Underwood released the following statement: “I am honored to be reelected to represent Illinois’ beautiful 14th District in Congress. This was a tough race under some very difficult circumstances, and I want to say thank you to my supporters, the voters, and our elections officials for their diligent work. “We face urgent challenges as a community and a country. I remain focused on getting results: protecting our families, ensuring a robust economic recovery, and lowering the...
    The AP news agency announced a winner in several electoral districts on Tuesday evening, giving Democrats the 218 seats necessary to secure a majority. In about sixteen others, no winner has yet been announced. Joe Biden won the November 3, 2020 presidential election, even though current President Donald Trump has yet to declare himself defeated. The elected president can in any case already count on a Democratic majority in the lower house of Congress. It was clear that this majority would shrink. The Democrats have indeed lost a number of seats they had snatched from the Republicans two years earlier. For now, the counter has stopped at 218. In 2018, the Democrats had indeed regained the majority in the House of Representatives. Before the election, they had 232 seats out of 435. However, this control will be smaller because it is possible that they will...
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at a carpenters union in Phoenix, Arizona, October 8, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President-elect Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Arizona, NBC News reported. Arizona has 11 Electoral College votes. Polling averages had indicated that Biden was a slight favorite to win the state. Trump won Arizona by slightly more than 3 percentage points in 2016. The last time Arizona voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1996, when Bill Clinton was reelected. Otherwise, known for GOP stalwarts such as late Sens. Barry Goldwater and John McCain, the state has been solidly Republican since the 1950s. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.Related Tags Race For White House Joe Biden Donald Trump White House Politics
    Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) conceded the race for New York’s 11th Congressional District on Thursday, making Republican Nicole Malliotakis the district’s next congresswoman. “As we continue to count every ballot and are on track to dramatically narrow the gap by tens of thousands of votes to a 4-5% margin, it is now clear that we will fall short of 50.1%. I have called to congratulate @NMalliotakis on her win and concede the #NY11 race,” Rose said in a statement on Thursday.  The race serves as a pickup for Republicans in one of the 13 congressional districts that President Donald Trump won by more than six percent during the 2016 presidential election. House Democrats managed to flip the seat during the 2018 midterm elections. Trump won the district by roughly ten percent.  Malliotakis, a former New York state assemblywoman, will become the district’s next congresswoman in January. “Representing #NY11 has been the...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters on Thursday that Democrats will have the “slimmest Democrat majority since World War II” and that the stunning lack of a “blue wave” equates to a “mandate” against the Democrat Party’s embrace of socialism. “Many have already dubbed this year the year of the Republican woman, and it couldn’t be truer with that,” McCarthy said during Thursday’s press conference, noting that the GOP is “posed to have 29 House Republican women join our ranks, surpassing the previous record.” “Every Democrat incumbent who lost either lost to a woman, minority, or veteran Republican,” McCarthy said. “Meanwhile, Democrats are set to have the slimmest Democrat majority since World War II.” “Pundits doubted us. Polls were stacked against us,” he said, listing the Democrat leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who predicted big wins for Democrats in the House prior to the election. Some...
    A Thursday report from CNN spotlights Donald Trump’s state of mind as he continues to suggest voter fraud and foreign leaders congratulate Joe Biden on what appears to be his inevitable victory. In the wake of major television networks calling the race for Biden, the report claimed that Trump has been spending a significant amount of time watching their coverage of Biden’s transition. “He was thrilled when he saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mention a ‘smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ during a news conference on Tuesday, one person who spoke to him said. But he has been dismayed to see foreign leaders, including those he considered friends such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, move swiftly toward congratulating Biden.” Per Al Jazeera, leaders of Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany quickly congratulated Biden on his victory. As the publication noted, the number of United States...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Democrat trailing by 47 votes in the nation’s tightest congressional race announced Thursday that her campaign would request a full recount in the southeastern Iowa district. Rita Hart’s campaign noted that her contest against Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks has been marked by two tabulation errors that, when discovered, flipped the lead between the two back and forth in recent days. “With so much at stake in this election and such a slim margin separating the candidates, Iowans deserve to know categorically that their ballots have been accurately counted,” said Hart campaign manager Zach Meunier. “Over the last several days, multiple consequential errors have materialized in this race that have serious implications for the district’s future representation.” At stake is the size of the majority that Democrats will have in the House of Representatives, and whether Republicans will flip a second seat in Iowa this cycle....
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Democrat Lauren Underwood has won reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 14th District. The Associated Press called the race Thursday afternoon. Underwood had been in a tight race with Republican Jim Oberweis. The district is located west of the immediate Chicago area and includes parts of Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, DuPage, and Will counties from the southern boundary of Kendall County north to the Wisconsin state line. It is a mix of suburban subdivisions and farms. On Wednesday of last week, Oberweis declared victory. “Today, after contacting every County Clerk across the 14th District, I am pleased to say that, with only a handful of outstanding ballots, it appears that I have won a tough fought campaign against Lauren Underwood,” Oberweis said Wednesday. “This race has been an uphill battle to say the least. Lauren Underwood has enjoyed a tremendous financial advantage having...
    US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (R), Democrat of California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York hold a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2020.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images The top Democrats in Congress said Thursday that a record surge in U.S. coronavirus infections raises the urgency for a new relief bill. The part of the process that has confounded Washington for months — crafting a bill backed by both Democrats and Republicans — has become no less of a challenge since Election Day. Speaking to reporters in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still supports legislation to inject at least $2.2 trillion into the American health-care system and economy. The California Democrat, who will see her party's majority shrink by at least six seats after the 2020 election, cited Wednesday's record 143,231 new Covid-19 infections as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 9:15 a.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was just reelected in South Carolina, says he's donating $1 million of his campaign money to help two GOP senators win runoff races in neighboring Georgia. Graham told Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that Republicans need to counter a “tsunami of liberal money” flowing into Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections, which will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. Democrats already control the House, and Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect after beating President Donald Trump in their White House contest. In the Georgia runoffs, Democrat Jon Ossoff is looking to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock is facing off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN'S TRANSITION TO THE WHITE HOUSE:...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 9:15 a.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was just reelected in South Carolina, says he's donating $1 million of his campaign money to help two GOP senators win runoff races in neighboring Georgia. Graham told Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that Republicans need to counter a “tsunami of liberal money” flowing into Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections, which will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. Democrats already control the House, and Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect after beating President Donald Trump in their White House contest. In the Georgia runoffs, Democrat Jon Ossoff is looking to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock is facing off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN'S TRANSITION TO THE WHITE HOUSE:...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 9:15 a.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was just reelected in South Carolina, says he’s donating $1 million of his campaign money to help two GOP senators win runoff races in neighboring Georgia. Graham told Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that Republicans need to counter a “tsunami of liberal money” flowing into Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections, which will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. Democrats already control the House, and Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect after beating President Donald Trump in their White House contest. In the Georgia runoffs, Democrat Jon Ossoff is looking to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock is facing off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN’S TRANSITION TO THE WHITE...
    Democrats are struggling to find a balance after a “blue wave” failed to materialize in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the radical left members of the caucus up their demands for far-left proposals — from defunding the police to socialized medicine — that some Democrats believe contributed to their losses. On election night, the Fox News Decision Desk projected that Democrats would not only retain control of the House but expand their majority “by at least five seats.” The latter did not come to fruition. Rather, Republicans experienced what some described as “shocking” gains in the House. Prior to the election, Democrats held a 232-197 majority. The GOP is expected to net at least 12 seats, ousting Democrats in several key races. The GOP’s strong performance was unexpected, particularly among Democrats, who remained confident that they would expand their majority in the House. Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chair Cheri Bustos...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The top Democrat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has conceded his race in the 2020 election. After serving 30 years in Harrisburg, State Representative Frank Dermody of Oakmont conceded to Republican Carrie DelRosso. Rep. Dermody was the House Minority Leader. Dermody said in his concession that he wishes DelRosso well on her election to represent the 33rd District.
    LATEST ELECTION UPDATES LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Democratic incumbent Rep. Jimmy Gomez has won reelection, the Associated Press projected Tuesday. Gomez, who has filled the seat since 2017, beat Democratic challenger David Kim, an activist and attorney. With 95.76% of precincts reporting, Gomez had received 53.08% of the vote compared to Kim’s 46.92% — a difference of 12,257 votes. Following the announcement, Kim took to Twitter to thank those who supported him. Thank you ALL. More thoughts coming shortly. — David Kim for Congress ???? (@davidkim2020) November 11, 2020 Gomez did not immediately comment on his win. The 34th district includes Eagle Rock, Koreatown and Boyle Heights.
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    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the Republican House races, fractures within the Democratic party and more. “We worked really hard this cycle to recruit great candidates,” Scalise said, “but also to go into some areas where Republicans hadn’t historically shown up in the past.” “Whether it’s more Hispanic communities, more African American communities, we recruited a lot more candidates from a diverse group of people. We have more women coming in. Two African American new members likely based on the results and still a few races that haven’t been called,” he added. “We’re going to probably end up somewhere between 212 and 214 House Republicans in a year when they were projecting that we would lose seats. We may end up gaining over 10 seats,” Scalise said. Scalise also spoke about fractures within the Democratic Party. “It’s liberals against socialists,” he said.”The...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A Macon Democrat will be the new minority leader of the Georgia state House of Representatives, after the party's former leader was defeated by a Republican. Democrats meeting Tuesday at the state Capitol chose Rep. James Beverly, who was elected last week to his sixth term in the House. He defeated Rep. William Boddie of East Point in the race for party leader. Beverly had been the minority caucus chair the last two years. He will take the place of minority leader Bob Trammell, a Luthersville Democrat who lost in the general election last week to Republican David Jenkins. The GOP had committed to spend more than $1 million to target Trammell, the last white Democrat representing a predominantly rural district. Despite Trammell's loss, Democrats are likely to gain two seats overall, leaving them with 77 compared to 103 for Republicans. Democrat Rebecca Mitchell unseated Republican House...
    Republican Michelle Steel unseated Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA) on Tuesday in California’s 48th Congressional District. Rouda conceded the election to Steel in a statement on Tuesday, saying: When I ran for Congress in 2018, it was the first time I’d ever run for political office. But after creating thousands of jobs in a lifetime in business, I couldn’t stand by any longer as our political system tore itself apart. Thanks to the incredible energy brought by our thousands of grassroots volunteers, I was proud to be the first Democrat ever to represent California’s 48th Congressional District. Serving the people here has been the honor of my life, but the truth is, it’s never been about political parties for me. Steel’s victory serves as the latest instance in which Republicans have managed to flip a seat held by Democrats. Rouda was elected by ousting Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) during the 2018 midterms....
    The Democrat stronghold in New England has weakened after a few lower-ticket 2020 election surprises, including an entire state’s legislature flipping to red and two House speakers being ousted by Republicans. One enormous upset came out of New Hampshire, where both chambers of its legislature and its Executive Council lost their Democrat majorities. At the federal level, former Vice President Joe Biden carried the state by seven points, Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen comfortably kept her seat, and the two congressional districts also remained blue; however, the state-level elections did not follow suit. The Senate flipped from a 14–10 Democrat majority to a 14–10 Republican majority, the 400-seat House that had 157 Republicans will now have 213, and Republicans have taken control of the powerful Executive Council, 4–1. The Executive Council, unique to the Granite State, appoints government officials, controls the release of money from Treasury, and can make pardons. Recounts...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is refusing to denounce socialism as the left-wing ideology continues to uproot the Democrat Party and as she works to get enough support for yet another term as House Speaker. Pelosi acknowledged during a Friday press conference there was a “difference of opinion” in her party as the divide between moderates and progressives has only grown since the 2020 election. In a 2019 60 Minutes interview, Pelosi said socialism was “not the view” of the Democrat Party. Despite Pelosi’s statements, self-described Democratic socialists have become some of the most prominent figures of the Democrat Party. Nailed it, @FrancesMartel. pic.twitter.com/jPxm2HQ207 — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 27, 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) earned the second-highest amount of delegates in both the 2016 and 2020 Democrat primaries and said his achievements, as well as Biden’s eventual victory in the primaries, would not have been possible without socialist groups. The...
    At least seven of the 23 incumbent House Democrats backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have lost their races, and another one might. Democrat Reps. Xochitl Torres Small (NM), Abby Finkenauer (IA), Kendra Horn (OK), and Joe Cunningham (SC) have each been confirmed to have lost their races by the Associated Press, and according to vote totals, Democrat Reps. Anthony Brindisi (NY), TJ Cox (CA), and Harley Rouda (CA) currently trail their GOP challengers in yet uncalled races. Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams (UT) keeps trading places with his GOP challenger as well in a tight race, meaning that when all the dust settles, at least seven and potentially eight of the Democrats backed by Chamber of Commerce are going to have lost their reelection bids. Despite the poor showing from the Chamber’s controversial foray into Democrat endorsements, support from the D.C.-based business lobby may have helped a few Democrats keep...
    Kansas Democrat Aaron Coleman, 20, who has admitted to being abusive to his ex-girlfriend in 2019 and perpetrating a "revenge porn" incident when he was in middle school, was elected to the state legislature this year despite the efforts of the Kansas Democratic Party. "Coleman shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the Legislature – or the governor," the Kansas City Star Editorial Board wrote on Friday. The board was referencing a tweet from last week in which Coleman said he could "call out a hit" on Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat.  DISPUTE OVER TRUMP YARD SIGN IN KANSAS LEAVES 3 INJURED But it looks like Kansas Democrats, who are in the minority in the legislature, won't get any help from Republican state lawmakers to keep Coleman from assuming office. Democrats intend to file a complaint that Coleman is unfit for office, but without Republican votes to help them reach two-thirds of the state House,...
    A 20-year-old Kansas Democrat who admitted to circulating revenge porn in middle school has been elected to the state legislature. Aaron Coleman, who made headlines in August for winning his primary despite his checkered past, was thrown under the spotlight again last week for sending out a threatening tweet directed at Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. In the since-deleted post reviewed by The Associated Press, Coleman said Kelly would face an “extremely bloody” primary in two years. “I’m not playing around,” Coleman wrote in the tweet. “People will realize one day when I call a hit out on you it’s real.” In an interview with AP, he acknowledged sending the tweet, but said he meant to say “political hit.” Coleman last Tuesday defeated two challengers who ran write-in campaigns, including Democratic incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter. State Democrats are already plotting the newly-elected state lawmaker’s removal from office. Kansas House Minority Leader...
    Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) has defeated Republican challenger and House delegate Nick Freitas Sunday, winning re-election to represent Virginia's 7th congressional district. GRAHAM: IF GOP DOESN'T FIGHT, THERE WILL 'NEVER BE ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT ELECTED AGAIN' Spanberger’s victory in one of state’s most competitive races keeps the seat in Democratic hands after she flipped it blue in the 2018 midterm elections. President Trump won the district in 2016 by about 8 percentage points.  She won with 50.9% of the district's vote compared to Freitas' 49.1%, a difference of more than 7,800 votes, according to the Associated Press.  TRUMP TEAM VOWS MORE LAWSUITS IN KEY STATES, AS TOP REPUBLICANS MUM ON PROJECTED BIDEN WIN Spanberger, a former CIA officer, has made a reputation for herself as a moderate during her first term in Congress despite Republican efforts during the campaign to paint her as too liberal for the district. She described House Democrats' election results as...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden made the pitch that he was the most electable Democrat during the primary season. It was a big reason why primary voters ultimately nominated him. A look at the still compiling returns demonstrates that Democrats made the right bet. Biden is projected to win an election that another Democrat, especially a more liberal one, may very well have lost. While Biden is leading in states worth 306 electoral votes, the race for president was actually decided on a razor's edge. Biden and President Donald Trump ended up within a few points of each other in the states that made the difference. Biden is currently ahead by less than a point in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Without winning at least some combination of these states, Biden would not be able to reach the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the election. Track the presidential election resultsRead MoreThe...
    By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger has kept her seat in a competitive Virginia congressional race in the Richmond suburbs. The former CIA operations officer defeated Republican challenger and state House delegate Nick Freitas in a close race that was called on Sunday. Spanberger is considered one of Congress’ more moderate Democrats and was part of a wave of women who helped Democrats retake the U.S. House in 2018. But Freitas had tried to tie Spanberger to her party’s leadership and said that it was out of sync with constituents. Spanberger spent nearly a decade with the CIA, working on counterterrorism and nuclear proliferation cases. She is one of two moderate Virginia Democrats who held on to U.S. House seats they flipped from red to blue two years ago, as Democrats’ strength in the Old Dominion continues to grow. The 7th...
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    Breitbart News obtained a memo detailing “election irregularities in Pennsylvania” sent by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to House Republicans on Saturday. The memo reads as follows: According to the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, several election irregularities in Pennsylvania require urgent attention and necessitate an audit of the state’s election results. 1. Partisan Democrats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unilaterally extended the deadline to receive late ballots and mandated that ballots without a postmark would be presumed to be timely. a. This unconstitutional decision occurred just weeks before the November 3rd election and created chaos and confusion across Pennsylvania. b. Democrats on the court unilaterally bypassed the state legislature, which is         vested authority over state elections by the U.S. Constitution. 2. Pennsylvania’s Democrat Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, directed county officials to accept absentee and mail ballots even if the signatures on the...
    By SAM METZ and SCOTT SONNER, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democrats successfully won reelection in Nevada’s two battleground congressional districts, surviving challenges from well-financed Republicans in the western swing state where the outcome of the presidential race was still up in the air. First-term Rep. Susie Lee won reelection to a second term by defeating former professional wrestler Dan Rodimer in the 3rd District, avoiding the fate of other freshman Democrats who lost reelection bids in Florida, New Mexico and the Midwest. Republicans believed the Las Vegas-area district offered them their best chance at unseating an incumbent. President Donald Trump won that congressional district in 2016 despite losing Nevada statewide to Hillary Clinton by 2.4 percentage points. Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford was reelected in southern Nevada’s other battleground district, defeating Republican former Assemblyman Jim Marchant. ___ Sonner reported from Reno. ___ Sam Metz is a corps...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is not conceding to President-elect Joe Biden, promising unspecified legal challenges seeking to overturn the outcome of the race for the White House. Trump said in a statement that “our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.” Trump was at his Virginia golf course when the presidential race was called for Biden on Saturday. Biden clinched his victory with a win in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born. In recent weeks, Trump has alleged — without evidence — widespread fraud and misconduct in the election. His comments have drawn bipartisan rebuke from election officials and lawmakers as dangerous attempts to undermine public confidence in the vote. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: With...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Democrat Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 electoral vote threshold to take the White House and become the 46th president of the United States. Biden also carried Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan on his path to the presidency, flipping states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. Pennsylvania was a must-win state for Trump. The 77-year-old Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and sought to contrast his working-class roots with the affluent Trump’s by casting the race as “Scranton versus Park Avenue.” Biden’s victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Trump is the first incumbent president to lose reelection since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Democrat Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 electoral vote threshold to take the White House and become the 46th president of the United States. Biden also carried Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan on his path to the presidency, flipping states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. Pennsylvania was a must-win state for Trump. The 77-year-old Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and sought to contrast his working-class roots with the affluent Trump’s by casting the race as “Scranton versus Park Avenue.” Biden’s victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Trump is the first incumbent president to lose reelection since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL...
    During a radio interview with Mobile, AL’s FM Talk 106.5, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) discussed Republican gains made in the House of Representatives last Tuesday and the potential for division within the House’s Democratic caucus before the forthcoming speaker’s race for the new Congress. Gosar said progressives were also making gains within the Democratic caucus, among which included Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). For that reason, he saw the potential for House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) supplanting current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the leadership role. “[A]OC, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley are not the type of people that will back down,” Gosar explained. “They’re going to come with a fight, and that’s why I think there’s going to be a civil war that occurs over the next several weeks before the speakership race. And I think there’s a change...