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    By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — A political newcomer campaigning on a progressive platform has defeated the leader of Delaware’s state Senate in a Democratic primary. Social worker Marie Pinkney garnered about 52.4% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary to defeat Senate President Pro Tem David McBride in the 13th Senate district primary. McBride is one of the longest-serving lawmakers in Delaware history. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980 after spending two years in the House and had not had a primary challenger since 1986. McBride congratulated Pinkney in a Facebook post and offered his help in her transition to serving in the Senate. Pinkney advances to face Republican Alexander Homich in the November general election. Pinkney is one of three newcomers endorsed by Progressive Democrats for Delaware who defeated incumbent Democratic lawmakers. “That’s a huge victory,” PDD President Jordyn Pusey said of Pinkney’s...
    During an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy on Saturday, former Republican Rep. David Jolly argued that Bob Woodward’s recent revelations about Donald Trump’s coronavirus response might prevent him from winning in November, Raw Story reported. “He may not win this election because of this and people say ‘no, you’re crazy. We always see Donald Trump rebound from that,'” he said. “That’s true but I’m putting my assessment in the context of being seven weeks out from an election where you have an incumbent desperately in need of momentum. He is trailing.” Jolly noted that the last two weeks had put Trump on defense of his purported mishandling of the pandemic and alleged disparaging comments about fallen U.S. soldiers. According to the former lawmaker, the U.S. leader has to appeal to 35 percent of the country. But Jolly said that in the current political landscape, 5 percent of these voters are...
    Reuters September 9, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday held onto their radically different positions on what is needed to address the continuing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, one day before a vote on a modest Republican bill that appeared destined for defeat. The Republican bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would provide around $300 billion in new aid for schools, businesses, medical supplies and other coronavirus-related costs. It was drastically scaled down from a $1 trillion plan Republicans offered in July and far from the more than $3 trillion Democrats have been pushing. Democrats are expected to block the Republican bill from advancing, arguing that there is nothing bipartisan about it and that it falls far short of the nation’s needs during a pandemic that has killed nearly 190,000 people in the United States and brought massive job losses. “Do you want to do something? Or do you...
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Republican-led Senate will vote "as soon as this week" on COVID-19 relief legislation after negotiations with Democrats broke off last month.  "It does not contain every idea our party likes. I am confident Democrats will feel the same. Yet Republicans believe the many serious differences between our two parties should not stand in the way of agreeing where we can agree and making law that helps our nation," McConnell said in a statement.   The Senate returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a shortened pre-election session as hopes continue to diminish for passage of another relief bill to cope with the economic decline brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. After bipartisan unity led to the approval of a nearly $3 billion COVID-19 rescue package in the spring, the two sides have not been able to reach another agreement.  The House...
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise posted a video on Twitter that has since been flagged for doctoring the voice of Democratic activist Ady Barkan. Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, put the video on his Twitter page Saturday morning. It shows clips of statements from political leaders interspersed with images of protests and riots from across the country. In one clip, Barkan speaks with former Vice President Joe Biden via video chat where they discuss the idea of shifting some police funding to better address the challenges facing the nation. No police.Mob rule.Total chaos. That’s the result of the Democrat agenda. Ask yourself: Is this what you want in your town next? ↓ pic.twitter.com/zFnrx2kjZq — Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 30, 2020 The video ends with Scalise’s name and title over a black screen. Senior correspondent and managing editor for NowThis News Versha Sharma reached out to Scalise via Twitter to...
    A Sunday tweet from Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) showing a video of activist Ady Barkan got a “manipulated media” label from Twitter. Barkan has ALS and speaks through voice assistance. In the video, a conversation between Barkan and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Barkan asks “But do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?” The version Scalise tweeted edits in the words “for police,” to the end of the question, words which Barkan says in a different context earlier in the video. The video was first noticed by Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel. In the original video, Barkan asks Biden about what he thinks could be done about police violence. “We can reduce the responsibilities assigned to the police and redirect some of the funding for police into mental health counseling, and affordable housing,” he says. Later in the clip, he asks “do we agree that...
    Prominent Republicans such as President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will speak on the fourth and final day of the Republican Convention Thursday evening. At 8:30 P.M. Eastern, the Republican National Convention will begin their convention program consisting of prominent speakers, starting with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. While the contention is nominally held in Charlotte, North Carolina, most of the speakers will participate virtually. After Carson speaks, the following speakers are expected to give remarks: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) Ivanka Trump Ja’Ron Smith Ann Dorn Debbie Flood Rudy Giuliani Franklin Graham Alice Johnson Wade Mayfield Carl and Marsha Mueller Dana White President Donald Trump During his keynote speech on Wednesday night at the RNC, Vice President Mike Pence...
    The Republican National Convention will reach it zenith on Thursday, culminating with President Donald Trump’s official acceptance speech, which will be given, in an unprecedented step, from the South Lawn of the White House. The fourth and final night of the convention comes amid several major stories across the country, including the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, racial unrest in cities across the country after the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the ongoing short-term strikes in professional sports in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The last night of the virtual convention will feature speeches from Trump’s daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Watch above, via YouTube. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at a Keep America Great Rally at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, November 4, 2019.Yuri Gripas | Reuters President Donald Trump will cap the 2020 Republican Convention on Thursday night by outlining his vision for a second term in the White House.  After the coronavirus derailed the party's plans to hold the convention in a packed arena in Jacksonville, Fla., the president will deliver closing remarks from his official residence. It's just the latest instance of the GOP blurring campaign and official business over the four-day event. Trump showcased government powers throughout the week in made-for-TV political moments including a pardon and naturalization ceremony. The Thursday events start at 8:30 p.m. ET. CNBC.com will livestream the convention. C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and PBS will show the full 2½ hours. Fox News, CBS, ABC and NBC will show the 10 p.m. to...
    Civil rights leader Clarence Henderson spoke at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, saying, “If you do vote for Biden, you don’t know history.” Henderson made the remarks in response to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s remark in May that if black people are unsure of whether to vote for him or President Donald Trump then “you ain’t black.” Biden only said he “shouldn’t have said that” this past Sunday in an interview with Robin Roberts. Henderson went on to describe a little bit about his background as a participant in the civil rights movement as an activist. “Walking into the Woolworth Department Store on February 2, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I’d experienced before,” Henderson said. “My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn’t right. But when we went back the next day, I didn’t know...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Vice Pres. Mike Pence was set to accept his re-nomination for a second term in the Trump administration Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. Pence is a trusted ally of Christian conservatives, and one prominent Colorado conservative says he believes Evangelicals will turnout in even bigger numbers for the Trump/Pence ticket this year than they did in 2016. (credit: CBS) Evangelicals make up more than a third of the Republican base and the Trump Administration has advanced their priorities — enacting policies supporting religious freedom, expanding school choice and opposing transgender rights. Jeff Hunt is a leader in the social conservative movement in Colorado, the so-called “values voters” you might expect to reject a materialistic, three-times divorced president who is prone to profanity. (credit: CBS) Hunt said many are willing to overlook the president’s “moral failings” to advance policies that protect the sanctity of life. Hunt...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo keynoted the Republican convention, comparing President Trump to iconic World War II general and former President Dwight Eisenhower as he lauded the incumbent for confronted China, lowering tensions with North Korea and blunting the rise of Islamic jihadism in the Middle East. "President Trump understands what my great fellow Kansan, President Eisenhower said: 'For all that we cherish and justly desire — for ourselves or for our children — the securing of peace is the first requisite,'” Pompeo said, as he addressed the virtual Republican gathering in prerecorded remarks from Jerusalem, an unusual move for a senior cabinet official. In addressing the convention from Jerusalem, Pompeo no doubt sought to highlight a major theme of this week's four-day celebration to renominate Trump — that the president keeps his campaign promises. Two years ago, honoring a 2016 pledge, Trump moved the United States embassy in Israel...
    Senate Republicans aired a list of grievances Monday as they reviewed the job performance of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop, the latest Cabinet member to face tough questions and the potential loss of her job amid disputes between Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and the Senate GOP majority. Several GOP senators objected to how the Walz administration is bypassing the Legislature as it drafts new clean car rules that would bring Minnesota into line with 14 other states including California. Some accused Bishop of improperly soliciting letters of support from entities that her agency regulates. And others criticized how the MPCA has handled some high-profile pollution cleanups. Laura Bishop (Courtesy photo) But the joint hearing by two Senate environment committees ended with two of the leading critics saying they looked forward to working with Bishop in the future. That contrasted with a contentious confirmation hearing Friday for Commerce Commissioner...
    Former chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele will join the Republican anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project. Steele's job announcement came one day after George Conway, who helped co-found the group, said he would be leaving his post to focus on his family. His wife, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, also resigned on Sunday citing the same reasons. "Today is the day where things should matter, and you need to take stock of what matters to you and the kind of leader you want to lead in these moments. And for me, it ain't him," Steele told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace regarding his new role. "I get my role as a former national chairman," Steele continued. "I get it, but I'm an American. I get my role as a former party leader. I'm still an American. These things matter to me more than aligning myself with a party that...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A half-dozen delegates from New Mexico are attending the Republican National Convention with hopes that President Donald Trump can reverse a progressive political shift at home. From the convention, Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce said he believes Trump is well-positioned to assemble a silent majority in New Mexico by winning over people who voted in 2016 for Libertarian former state Gov. Gary Johnson. Trump lost the vote in New Mexico by 8 percentage points to Hillary Clinton, who fell short of winning a majority in the state in part because of ballots cast for Johnson. He collected just over 9% of votes in New Mexico. “A lot of people are unsettled at telling anybody how they feel, especially if they’re supporting Trump,” Pearce said Sunday from Charlotte, North Carolina, “I think he will carry the state pretty deeply red.” New Mexico's high-desert scenery and cultural...
    The Trump campaign has released the list of speakers slated to appear at the Republican National Convention, which will be hosted virtually this year — in lieu of the North Carolina or Florida locations — because of the coronavirus pandemic. Describing the event as “historic,” the Trump campaign said on Sunday that the convention has been designed to “honor the great American story, the American people that have written it,” and how President Donald Trump has “empowered them to succeed.” The list of speakers includes a mix of high-profile politicians, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), as well as other conservative activists and state politicians. Several congressional hopefuls are also slated to speak, including Madison Cawthorne, a South Carolina businessman who won his primary earlier this year at age 24, Burgess Owens, a former NFL player and businessman running in Utah,...
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyLoomer win creates bigger problem for House GOP Over 500 clients hired Trump-connected lobbyists so far in 2020 Presidential Succession Act: Can Congress manage chaos? MORE (R-Calif.) has denounced the QAnon conspiracy theory, becoming the highest-ranking congressional Republican to publicly condemn the theory. McCarthy said during an interview on Fox News on Thursday evening that “there is no place” in the GOP for the theory, which posits that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic National Convention What we'll remember from the 2020 Biden convention Chris Wallace labels Biden's acceptance speech 'enormously effective' MORE and his allies are working to expose an elite group of Democrats, media figures and celebrities who are running an international child trafficking ring. The unfounded theory drew broader attention after Marjorie Taylor Greene won the GOP primary for Georgia’s 14th District last week. Greene previously embraced the theory in YouTube videos but has since attempted to distance...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told "Fox News @ Night" Thursday there is no room for QAnon in the GOP, challenging his Democratic colleagues to disavow things that are "unAmerican" and "wrong," including anti-Semitism. Host Shannon Bream asked McCarthy if he is worried about Republican candidates winning primaries that support QAnon, described as a baseless conspiracy theory that Trump is trying to save the world by waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by global elites who are satanic pedophiles and cannibals. MCENANY SAYS TRUMP DOES NOT SUPPORT QANON FOLLOWING PRESIDENT'S FIRST COMMENT ABOUT CONSPIRACY GROUP "Let me be very clear," McCarthy said. "There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it and the candidate you talked about has denounced it." On Wednesday, President Trump responded to a question during a White House briefing about the fringe...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's civil service director Thursday sought to discourage state senators from criticizing $57 million in state worker pay raises handed out during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the comments damage efforts to recruit and retain employees. Republican lawmakers have bristled about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to strike language in the budget seeking to block the raises, at least until later in the year when the virus' impact on state finances became more clear. State Civil Service Director Byron Decoteau, who leads the human resources agency that oversees hiring and firing practices and pay rates for thousands of state workers, pushed back against the criticism in the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee. “It does a disservice to attract the future generation of leaders to state government,” Decoteau said. H added: “When we value perceptions over outcomes, we damage every investment we...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Louis DeJoy, the embattled leader of the U.S. Postal Service, is the first postmaster general in nearly two decades who is not a career postal employee. That doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the agency. The wealthy Republican donor owned a logistics business that was a longtime Postal Service contractor, and he has significant financial stakes in companies that do business or compete with the agency. That has led critics to question whether he has conflicts of interest, something DeJoy is almost certain to be asked about during two days of testimony beginning Friday before congressional committees. DeJoy also has come under scrutiny for policies that have slowed mail deliveries and raised fears of chaos in the November presidential election. “All these so-called cuts that happened in the middle of the night, it’s hard to understand how the postmaster general could believe he could do this...
    Tom Boggioni August 14, 2020 11:59PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story According to a report from the Washington Post, disgruntled Republican House members have been privately discussing whether they should oust Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House Minority Leader should Donald Trump be defeated in November. The report notes that there are a number of complaints that have been made against the California Republican, who saw the House change hands on his watch as a result of the "Blue wave" 2018 election, with many of the problems attributed to McCarthy's close affiliation with Trump. : The Post reports that at least ten Republicans are looking at leading a revolt against McCarthy after the election, with the talk ramping up because he stood by and allowed Marjorie Taylor Greene, "a fringe House candidate in Georgia who espouses the QAnon conspiracy theory" to win in a recent primary which has...
    According to a report from the Washington Post, disgruntled Republican House members have been privately discussing whether they should oust Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House Minority Leader should Donald Trump be defeated in November. The report notes that there are a number of complaints that have been made against the California Republican, who saw the House change hands on his watch as a result of the “Blue wave” 2018 election, with many of the problems attributed to McCarthy’s close affiliation with Trump. The Post reports that at least ten Republicans are looking at leading a revolt against McCarthy after the election, with the talk ramping up because he stood by and allowed Marjorie Taylor Greene, “a fringe House candidate in Georgia who espouses the QAnon conspiracy theory” to win in a recent primary which has embarrassed many Republicans. According to the report, fellow House Republicans are unhappy that McCarthy refused to...
    WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (.) – US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said White House negotiators have not spoken to Democratic leaders in Congress on Tuesday about aid legislation against the economic effects of the coronavirus, after talks broke down last week. “As far as I know, the Secretary of the Treasury and the chief of staff (of the White House) have not spoken today with the president (of the House of Representatives) and the Democratic leader (of the Senate). And so another day has passed with an impasse and they need to meet, “McConnell told Fox News. (Reporting by David Morgan; Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)
    A United Airlines ticketing agent checks the mobile device of a passenger as he tries to check in for a flight in the main terminal of Denver International Airport.David Zalubowski | AP Sixteen Republican senators on Wednesday backed $25 billion in additional federal aid to support airline industry jobs as a spike in coronavirus cases in the U.S. hurt a modest recovery in flight demand in recent weeks. More than 200 House lawmakers have already backed the extension, which would preserve jobs until the end of March 2021. The senators' backing is putting more steam behind the initiative as lawmakers debate another big  aid package to help the U.S. weather the impact of the pandemic. U.S. passenger airlines were allocated $25 billion in aid, mostly in grants, that would preserve sector jobs until Oct. 1, but carriers have started telling tens of thousands of workers that their jobs are at risk when...
    Cori Bush, the upset winner of the Democratic primary for Missouri's 1st Congressional District Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington held their primaries on Tuesday. You can find current results at the links for each state; we’ll have a comprehensive rundown in our next Digest. Leading Off ● MO-01: In a major upset, nurse and activist Cori Bush defeated 10-term Rep. Lacy Clay in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District. With 150,000 votes in, Bush led the incumbent 49-46. Bush will now be the overwhelming favorite in November in a St. Louis-based seat that backed Hillary Clinton 77-19. The race featured two strikingly different candidates: Clay’s family has represented this district for over 50 years, while Bush only began her political career a few years ago. It started inauspiciously, with a 2016 Senate bid that went nowhere and ended with a punishing 70-13 loss in the Democratic primary...
    Michael Brochstein/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This is good news, or as close as we get to it these days: The White House and Democratic leaders agreed to try to finalize a deal to address lapsed unemployment benefits and eviction restrictions by the end of this week and hold a vote in Congress next week, suddenly trying to rush stalled talks in the face of growing public and political unrest. I suspect the sudden interest in cutting a deal has more to do with the fact that the Senate goes on a monthlong recess starting Friday, and even Republicans don’t want this hanging over their heads during their visits home. Which is fine. If that’s what it takes to motivate Republicans to reach an agreement, I’ll take it. I’m also impressed with this statement from Mitch McConnell: “The American people, in...
    Mitch McConnell acknowledged that there would be no full consensus among Republican senators Republicans were proposing to reduce the amount to $ 200 a week. Photo: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EFE Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, was open Tuesday to support an economic stimulus package that include expanding the federal unemployment benefit to $ 600 a week. This program, which ended at the end of July, is a matter of dissent not only with the Democrats but also within the Republican Party. “If this achieves the agreement of the president from the United States and its team, which has to sign it, and from the Democrats, a not insignificant minority in the Senate and the majority in the House, is something that I am willing to approveMcConnell said at his weekly press conference. The change in position of the Republican leader, who...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature should act as quickly as this week or next to strike down Gov. Tony Evers' mask mandate, Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said on Monday. The order from Evers, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases spike in Wisconsin, took effect on Saturday. Polls have shown broad support for wearing masks, and Evers said last week that it would be “risky business” — politically and for public health — if Republicans overthrew the order. But the Legislature has the power to call itself into session to do just that. Fitzgerald said on WISN-AM radio on Monday that he was talking with Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos about overturning the order. Vos also opposes the mandate, but has not said whether the Assembly would come in to vote it down. The Senate and Assembly would...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge dismissed an indictment against a Bay Area man who was charged with sending threatening emails to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ruling that the racist, crude, and violent messages were protected by the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, in a July 28 ruling, dismissed federal charges against Howard Weiss, who was charged last January with harassing use of a telecommunications device, and faced up to two years in prison if convicted. In his ruling, Breyer said the emails were inflammatory but that they did not rise to the level of a crime. “Weiss’s comments were also steeped in ‘rage and frustration’ and they were indisputably violent,” Breyer wrote. “Nonetheless, read in context, the statements predicted that other people would hurt Senator McConnell, not that Weiss would.” In his ruling, Breyer relied in part on a Ninth Circuit decision that reversed a criminal...
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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House ousts Republican speaker as its top leader in historic vote after his arrest in alleged $60M bribery scheme. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine days after federal officials released details of a $60 million bribery probe, the Ohio House is preparing for an historic vote on whether to remove the powerful Republican speaker alleged to have led the scheme. The House will convene Thursday after a secret vote taken Tuesday by the Republican caucus during a closed-door meeting indicated enough support to boot Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership role. Democrats also called for his ouster. The Ohio House has never before removed a speaker, according to the Ohio History Connection, which was formerly the Ohio Historical Society. Remaining members of Householder’s leadership team said in a statement that he deserves the presumption of innocence but “has lost the trust of his colleagues and the public” and can’t effectively lead the House. Householder, of Glenford, was one of five defendants identified in a July 21 federal affidavit as allegedly...
    By FARNOUSH AMIRI, Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine days after federal officials released details of a $60 million bribery probe, the Ohio House is preparing for an historic vote on whether to remove the powerful Republican speaker alleged to have led the scheme. The House will convene Thursday after a secret vote taken Tuesday by the Republican caucus during a closed-door meeting indicated enough support to boot Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership role. Democrats also called for his ouster. The Ohio House has never before removed a speaker, according to the Ohio History Connection, which was formerly the Ohio Historical Society. Remaining members of Householder's leadership team said in a statement that he deserves the presumption of innocence but “has lost the trust of his colleagues and the public” and can't effectively lead the House. Householder, of Glenford, was one of five defendants identified in...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaks to the press after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 21, 2020.Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the Republican coronavirus relief plan on Monday as Congress scrambles to respond to a pandemic still wreaking havoc across the country.  The GOP outlined its plan after states stopped paying out the $600 per week enhanced federal unemployment benefit and a federal eviction moratorium expired. Senate GOP leaders want their proposal to serve as a starting point in talks with Democrats on a bill that could pass both chambers of Congress.  McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the legislation would include relief for jobless Americans, another direct payment to individuals of up $1,200, more Paycheck Protection Program small business loan funds and liability protections for doctors and businesses, among other provisions. While the Senate GOP...
    Meaghan Ellis July 27, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is requesting a meeting with Republican lawmakers in an effort to begin negotiations to fast-track the next coronavirus relief package. On Monday, the top-ranking Democrat released a statement addressed to Republican leaders. Pelosi noted that while Democrats passed the Heroes Act ten weeks ago, she says Republican lawmakers have delayed discussions about the next installment of their proposed bill. “Ten weeks ago, Democrats passed the Heroes Act, which contains the solution to defeating the virus and safely reopening the country: supporting our heroes, crushing the virus and putting money in Americans’ pockets,” she said. Pelosi noted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) decision to “pause” before moving forward with discussions about the next bill, and she highlighted the problems Americans are faced with as a result of their delays. “But for ten weeks, the Senate GOP has...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, left, speaks as U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump listen before the H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is signed in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2020.Erin Schaff | Bloomberg | Getty Images Senate Republicans will delay the release of their coronavirus relief plan until next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday, assuring Congress will miss a deadline to extend a key unemployment insurance boost.  "The [Trump] administration has requested additional time to review the fine details, but we will be laying down the proposal early next week," the Kentucky Republican said. "We have an agreement in principle on the shape of the package." The GOP had hoped to unveil legislation as soon as Thursday,...
    Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, attends the funeral for blues legend B.B. King at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Indianola, Miss., May 30, 2015. Evers, a longtime figure in Mississippi politics, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020. He was 97. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool, File) JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Charles Evers, who led an eclectic life as a civil rights leader, onetime purveyor of illegal liquor in Chicago, history-making Black mayor in deeply segregated Mississippi and contrarian with connections to prominent national Democrats and Republicans, died Wednesday. He was 97. Evers — who was the older brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers — died of “natural causes” at a home in the Jackson, Mississippi, suburb of Brandon, where he was surrounded by relatives, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth told The Associated Press. Ruth said the cause of death was not the...
    During an appearance on Breitbart News Tonight, Republican Rep. Doug Collins took aim at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and expressed support for President Donald Trump’s purported attempts to restore law and order amid the civil unrest taking place across America. “If you elect Democrats, you’re going to get a crimewave in your city. If you call 911, someone might not answer,” Collins said. The Georgia Representative urged Americans to take action to support conservatives in the battle against Biden, who he accused of supporting “ultra-leftist positions” like defunding and disrespecting the police. “We’ve got to rise up as a conservative movement and call this out for what it is, and that Joe Biden is the leader of the lawlessness. Joe Biden is one who has caved to the leftist groups in this country.” According to FactCheck.org, Biden has stopped short of endorsing progressive calls to defund American law enforcement...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers will introduce a new coronavirus aid package as soon as this week that will serve as “a strong starting point” in what is likely to be difficult bipartisan negotiations with Democrats. “We need to continue supporting our healthcare system and harbor no delusion that this virus is behind us because it isn’t, while also taking strategic steps to help laid-off Americans get rehired and American families get their kids back in school this fall,” the Kentucky Republican said Monday after the Senate floor reopened following a two-week recess. Democrats and Republicans are already at odds over the scope and cost of a new aid package. Republicans are working on a plan that would cost approximately $1 trillion and would provide lawsuit liability protections for businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities. Democrats favor a House-passed bill with a $3 trillion price tag that would provide...
    Make it a branding thing, make it a Dear Leader thing, make it a full-on grift if needed. Whatever works to get people wearing them. We're all going to die. Or more specifically, Republicanism is going to murder the lot of us now that it's nothing more than a weird cult declaring the personal whims of weird people to now be not just equal to, but above, all realms of scientific fact. We are well and truly on the verge of a million or more Americans dying because behatted lunatics don't want to be safe if hosts taping their shows from isolated home studios tell them being safe is liberal. The newest Axios/Ipsos poll reveals that 78% of Democrats now say they wear a mask at all times when in public. For Republicans? 45%. Less than half. And it's entirely because keeping your family safe is now less important to the Republican base than showing proper...
    A top Illinois Republican said he will skip the party’s national convention in Florida next month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Chicago Tribune reported. Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin told reporters during a Tuesday videoconference that the event in Jacksonville is “not going to be a safe environment.” A spokesperson for Durkin told the outlet that while he is not a delegate for the convention, high-ranking officials often attend. He participated in one day of the 2016 convention in Cleveland. The official said he would focus on trying to cut into the Democrats’ supermajority in the Illinois House in the November general election. The Republican Party announced plans last month to move the main convention event from Charlotte, N.C., — where it was originally scheduled to take place — to Jacksonville after President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system...
    By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republican Speaker Robin Vos' popcorn company received tens of thousands of dollars through a federal small business lending program intended to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday. Robin J. Vos Enterprises in Burlington received between $150,000 and $350,000 through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to figures from the U.S. Treasury Department. The company manufactures popcorn and popcorn supplies. Vos' spokeswoman, Kit Beyer, had no immediate comment when asked how the money was used. The funding was approved on April 11. The Paycheck Protection Program is the centerpiece of the federal government's plan to rescue an economy devastated by shutdowns and uncertainty. The program, which helps which helps smaller businesses stay open and keep Americans employed during the pandemic, has been both popular and controversial. Under the PPP, the government is backing $659 billion...
    President Donald Trump received a mocking endorsement from Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Thursday in a sarcastic advertisement produced by a nominally Republican organization created to defeat Trump. The Lincoln Project – which was founded in 2019 and includes the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway – released the one minute and 36 second video, titled “Fellow Traveler,” the latest in a series of ads criticizing the president. In it, a voice over in Russian, with English subtitles, congratulates "Comrade Trump" for "once again" receiving the blessing of Putin in the run-up to Novembers general election. "The most important endorsement Donald Trump received in 2016 was not from your Senate leader Mitch McConnell,” it says referring to the Kentucky Republican. "Donald Trump received the most important endorsement in 2016 from our great leader, Vladimir Putin. “Our special services worked overtime to elect Comrade Trump. We waged a war against the so-called ‘truth,’...
    Reuters June 30, 2020 0 Comments  Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath said on Tuesday she was ready to take on Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after edging out a Black progressive to clinch the Democratic nomination for the seat. McGrath, 45, held off fellow Democrat Charles Booker, a state legislator, who had surged late in the campaign as protests spread across the United States over police violence against Black people. With all Kentucky’s counties reporting, McGrath won 45.4% of the vote to 42.6% for Booker, Kentucky officials said. The primary took place on June 23, but mailed ballots were accepted through Saturday, delaying the final results. Booker conceded the race, but said he was concerned some Kentuckians could not check the status of their mailed ballots online. “Let’s dedicate to the work of beating Mitch, so that we can get him out of the way,” Booker said in...
    By Susan Cornwell (Reuters) - Kentucky voters will learn on Tuesday which Democrat will challenge Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November: Black progressive Charles Booker, or establishment favorite Amy McGrath. Preliminary results from the June 23 primary showed a too-close-to-call contest, and election officials had to wait until Saturday to receive all ballots cast by mail due to the coronavirus. State officials said they would not release the complete results until Tuesday evening. McGrath, a former combat pilot who was endorsed by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and raised $41 million in campaign funds, was long thought of as the frontrunner. A moderate, she stressed in ads that she was the "only candidate who can win" against McConnell. But in recent weeks Booker, who vowed to unite Kentuckians of all races "from the hood to the holler," saw his prospects rise as protests against police brutality spread nationwide,...
    Washington (CNN)Senior Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said Sunday that he thinks it would "help" if President Donald Trump wore a mask because it would eliminate political stigma around doing so as the coronavirus continues to spread across the US. "If wearing masks is important and all the health experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the President would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you do," the Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said on CNN's "Inside Politics."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public" to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the...
            The nine-term Republican Iowa congressman and kingmaker in his state’s crucial presidential caucuses told the Star Newspaper Group he was done in House GOP Leader Kevin O. McCarthy (R.-Calif.) after years of challenging the compromises made by the House GOP leadership. “I have five different sources, who have informed me that Kevin McCarthy actively and aggressively was seeking to convince President Donald Trump to endorse my primary opponent Feenstra within at least two-and-a-half weeks out and all the way up to primary day itself,” said Rep. Stephen A. King, who was beaten by state Sen. Randall L. Feenstra in the June 3 primary. “When in history has anybody gone to that kind of length to—I’ll just say—scrub out the people, who speak up for the principles of the platform and the party and who are effective doing it,” he said. “And, who, by the way,...
    New York — Many argue that Mitch McConnell’s priority can actually put youth at risk McConnell wants to protect universities and other institutions of higher education. Photo:OLIVIER DOULIERY / . / . The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell said Friday in his state of Kentucky that another stimulus package could be applied soon.. According to the Herald Dispatch, McConnell stated that he would prioritize with this new package. “Invest in future generations”. However, the republican senator did not specify any specific investment that could be considered in the next battery of legislative measures. In fact, the only thing he mentioned in this regard is not even an investment. For McConnell, the priority is that the next package includes responsibility shields for universities and corporations to provide protection against pandemic-related lawsuits. Many argue that these college and university policies can actually put future generations...
    The Associated Press By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House turned to a seven-term Republican member Monday to become its next speaker, elevating him to the chamber's top job a week after his predecessor stepped down in mid-term. The vote for Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County made him the House's presiding officer, one step up from the job of majority leader, a post he held for nearly two years. After he was sworn in, Cutler spoke of the state’s founder, William Penn, as well as the challenges the state currently faces. “I’m not giving up,” Cutler said. “And I believe every member of our body is here to accomplish more on behalf of the people who have sent us here.” Democrats nominated Rep. Frank Dermody of Allegheny County, but before the vote total was announced, Dermody asked that Cutler's selection as speaker be considered...
    MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin System regents’ leader has picked Republican darling Tommy Thompson as the system’s interim president, delivering another twist in what has become a messy search to replace outgoing President Ray Cross during the coronavirus pandemic. Regents President Andrew Petersen asked Thompson, the state’s only four-term governor, to jump into the position, according to a system statement. Petersen has the power to unilaterally appoint interim presidents. He announced his choice to the full board of regents Thursday; the statement said Petersen received “uniform” support from the board. “The University of Wisconsin System is the state’s most valuable asset, and I will be its biggest advocate and its toughest evaluator,” Thompson said in the statement. “No other institution in the state can do more to improve lives, communities, and Wisconsin’s economy.” Thompson, 78, declined to comment when reached by phone Friday morning. The system has been...
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