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    Speaking on the most recent edition of his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T touched on the recent comments he made about SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, noting that her attitude might be the driving factor behind his supposed dislike of her. He did, however, note that he genuinely respects the “Legit Boss” as an in-ring performer. As quoted on Tuesday by WrestlingNews.co, Booker stressed to his co-host, Brad Gilmore, that people need to “relax” when it comes to his concerns with Banks, given that it’s his opinion if he says he doesn’t like a certain wrestler. He stated that whatever issues they have are strictly between the two of them and that it’s something they both “have to hash out.” Per Wrestling Inc., the former world champion was referring to what he said on Sunday’s Hell in a Cell kickoff show, where he admitted, seemingly in character, that he...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of Kentucky’s most unpredictable political races in years is headed toward the wire Tuesday, but it’s taking a full week after the June 23 primary to sort out a possible photo finish in the Democratic U.S. Senate contest. Absentee ballots that stacked up amid the coronavirus pandemic have delayed the vote count in the neck-and-neck race between progressive candidate Charles Booker and establishment-backed Amy McGrath. Both are vying for the chance to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who coasted to victory in the GOP primary in his bid for a seventh term. The lead in the Democratic primary has flipped back and forth between Booker and McGrath as results of individual counties’ absentee tally trickle in. McGrath had a lead of 1,106 votes as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, but both campaigns were awaiting absentee counts from the state’s two most heavily populated...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of Kentucky's most unpredictable political races in years is headed toward the wire Tuesday, but it's taking a full week after the June 23 primary to sort out a possible photo finish in the Democratic U.S. Senate contest. Absentee ballots that stacked up amid the coronavirus pandemic have delayed the vote count in the neck-and-neck race between progressive candidate Charles Booker and establishment-backed Amy McGrath. Both are vying for the chance to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who coasted to victory in the GOP primary in his bid for a seventh term. The lead in the Democratic primary has flipped back and forth between Booker and McGrath as results of individual counties' absentee tally trickle in. McGrath had a lead of 1,106 votes as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, but both campaigns were awaiting absentee counts from the state's...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Democratic Senate primary went into overtime Wednesday as the candidates anxiously awaited the counting of absentee ballots to determine who will advance to challenge Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the fall campaign. After months of voter outreach amid the coronavirus pandemic, the campaigns for Amy McGrath and Charles Booker hunkered down to await their electoral fate. The suspense could continue until next Tuesday — a week after the election — when county clerks have to submit vote totals to the secretary of state’s office. “It’s almost like we’re at 7:30 on election night,” longtime Kentucky political commentator Al Cross said Wednesday. “And we’re not having election night, we’re having election week.” All absentee ballots had to be postmarked by primary election day and received by county clerks’ offices by June 27 — the Saturday after the election — to be counted. The state allowed...
    NEW YORK - Amy McGrath and Eliot Engel live hundreds of miles apart in states with dramatically different politics.   Yet they're the preferred candidates of the Democratic Party's Washington establishment as voters in Kentucky and New York decide their congressional primary elections on Tuesday. And both may be in trouble.   On the eve of their elections, Engel, a 16-term House incumbent who represents parts of the Bronx and New York City's wealthy suburbs, and McGrath, a former military officer and fundraising juggernaut running in her first Kentucky Senate campaign, are facing strong challenges from lower-profile Black candidates. The challengers have tapped into the wounded progressive movement's desire for transformational change suddenly animated by sweeping civil rights protests across America.   Engel's challenger, 45-year-old former public school principal Jamaal Bowman, and McGrath's opponent, 35-year-old state Rep. Charles Booker, speak openly about their personal experience with police brutality and...
    NEW YORK – Amy McGrath and Eliot Engel live hundreds of miles apart in states with dramatically different politics. Yet they are both the preferred candidates of the Democratic Party’s Washington establishment as voters in Kentucky and New York decide their congressional primary elections on Tuesday. And both may be in trouble. On the eve of their elections, Engel, a 16-term House incumbent who represents parts of the Bronx and New York City’s wealthy suburbs, and McGrath, a former military officer and fundraising juggernaut running in her first Kentucky Senate campaign, are facing strong challenges from lower-profile Black candidates. The challengers have tapped into the wounded progressive movement’s desire for transformational change suddenly animated by sweeping civil rights protests across America. Engel’s challenger, 45-year-old former public school principal Jamaal Bowman, and McGrath’s opponent, 35-year-old state Rep. Charles Booker, speak openly about their personal experience with police brutality and racism as...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For months, Charles Booker languished in the shadows, talking about racial and economic justice in a long shot bid to take on Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate. Then came a national eruption over the deaths of Black Americans in encounters with police. Now, Booker’s bid for the Democratic Senate nomination from the left wing of Kentucky politics is on the rise, creating an unexpectedly strong challenge in Tuesday’s primary to the party-backed favorite, former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. Booker has been helped by the endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the state’s two largest newspapers. It’s created a sense of momentum and led to a surge in fundraising, money that Booker has used to slam McGrath, the long-time front-runner, in TV ads. It also has added a measure of uncertainty to the script in Democrats’ uphill efforts to topple McConnell,...
    Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker is pulling ahead of former Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath in the state’s Democratic Senate primary, according to a new poll released Thursday by the progressive think tank Data for Progress. The survey, conducted from June 13-15 by the online polling company Civiqs, found Booker leading McGrath 44 percent to 36 percent. It’s the latest sign that Booker is heading into the June 23 primary with significant momentum despite McGrath’s outsize fundraising advantage and longtime lead in the polls. The Data for Progress/Civiqs poll also found McGrath’s favorability rating under water. Of the 898 registered Kentucky voters surveyed, only 24 percent said they have a favorable view of the former fighter pilot, who launched her Senate campaign last year with the support of Democratic Senate leaders in Washington. Fifty-nine percent reported having an unfavorable opinion of McGrath, while 18 percent said they were unsure. Fewer...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat Charles Booker won a key endorsement Tuesday from former statewide officeholder Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new sign of momentum for his upstart bid for his party’s nomination to challenge Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in the fall. Grimes, who lost a bitter, big-spending Senate race against McConnell in 2014, tweeted her endorsement of Booker, saying: “Together, let’s elect a new generation of leadership in KY!” Grimes, a former two-term Kentucky secretary of state, later said the country needs leaders like Booker to “solve the monumental problems” facing the country. Booker called the endorsement a “powerful sign” that he’s building a “Kentucky-powered movement.” He pointed to their shared commitment to expanding access to voting. Democratic strategist Mark Riddle said the Grimes endorsement could help broaden Booker’s appeal, especially in rural Kentucky where he’s still trying to build name recognition. “Alison is so widely respected among...
    (CNN)Sen. Cory Booker said Wednesday that he's "concerned" President Donald Trump might refuse to concede if he loses the 2020 presidential race and declared that he'd "sooner die" than let that happen."I would sooner die. And I mean that very seriously, I would sooner die than to see my nation's constitutional tradition of peaceful transfers of power to be vacated by a demagogue who won't humble himself," the New Jersey Democrat, a former 2020 presidential candidate, said during an interview on SiriusXM's "The Clay Cane Show."His comments come as the President continues to push unfounded claims about voter fraud ahead of November's general election. Before his win in 2016, Trump had said he would accept the election results "if I win." "This President has already shown his willingness to trample constitutional norms," Booker said Wednesday. A June CNN poll of registered voters nationally finds Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe...
    Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Sunday morning said he would not call for the defunding of the police, as many celebrities and protesters have done since the death of George Floyd. When asked about defunding law enforcement on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Booker said he would not defend or use the term but that he does believe the U.S. is “overpoliced as a society.” “Well, I understand clearly the sentiment and the substance behind the slogan. And so while it’s not a slogan I’ll use, if people just dismiss it and don’t get deeper into the substance, as I said earlier,” Booker said. “It is not a mark of a beloved community to prey upon the most vulnerable in your society.” WATCH:  The question comes as the words “Defund The Police” were painted in the streets of Washingon, D.C., next to the words “Black Lives Matter.” Also,...
    (CNN)In an emotional exchange on the Senate floor, Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California spoke out Thursday against an amendment that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was trying to add to anti-lynching legislation.As the memorial service for George Floyd was beginning in Minnesota, Paul, who has been holding up popular bipartisan legislation to make lynching a federal crime, came to the Senate floor in Washington to add an amendment to the anti-lynching legislation and then pass it. He argued the bill as written is overly broad and said that his amendment "would apply the criminal penalties for lynching only and not for other crimes." The GOP senator then asked for unanimous consent to pass the bill with that amendment. However, both Harris and Booker spoke against the effort and Booker objected. "Senator Paul is now trying to weaken a bill that was already...
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