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    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has already scuttled multiple progressive proposals, drawing the ire of some left-wing Democrats and the progressive commentariat.
    Madison Summers February 20, 2021 0 Comments Even if Republican lawmakers come to different conclusions with their vote, “there is enough room in the Republican tent,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says. Lee called on “more work” to be done in the Republican Party to “chart the proper course for our party” in a statement on Friday. While noting Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) and he “usually vote together” with “a majority of Senate Republicans,” the two lawmakers voted differently on Feb. 13. Lee voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection while Romney voted to convict Trump. He recalled the experience to “cast a vote contrary to those cast by most (or even all) of our GOP colleagues,” saying, “It can be liberating. It can be terrifying. It is often both.” Lee continued: “In any event, the fact that Senator Romney and I sometimes...
    Democratic members of the South Carolina House walked out of the chamber in protest Wednesday before a vote on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. Republican members are expected to pass the vote easily and it will head soon to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster for his signature. The proposal passed the Senate on January 28. It faces a final procedural vote on Thursday that likely won't change the outcome and will then be sent to the governor for his signature. McMaster has promised numerous times in news conferences and formal speeches to sign it as soon as possible. The bill requires doctors to perform ultrasounds to check for a heartbeat in the fetus. If one is detected, the abortion can only be performed if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or the mother's life is in danger.  About a dozen...
    A 'sanctimonious' Mitch McConnell will soon be challenged for his leadership of the Republican Party, Sean Hannity warned on Monday night, after the Senate Minority Leader published an op ed defending those who voted to impeach Donald Trump. McConnell, 78, wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he bore no ill will to the seven Republican senators who voted to impeach. McConnell spelled out his reasons for voting to acquit - arguing that he felt the Constitution did not allow for impeaching a president who has already left office. But, in a careful threading of the needle, he insisted he respected those who voted differently to him. Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump on Saturday, then savaged him on the Senate floor Sean Hannity used his Fox News show on Monday night to attack the Senate Minority Leader RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that Democrats thought they had outmaneuvered Republicans with a demand to bring witnesses to the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, but instead ended up with a “fumble in the end zone.” “Look, the reason that they went for witnesses is they counted the votes, they saw that McConnell said he was going to vote to acquit so they threw a Hail Mary and it backfired, it caused a fumble in the end zone,” Dershowitz told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” WATCH: The Senate voted 57-43 Saturday to acquit Trump of an impeachment charge. Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he would vote to acquit Trump.(RELATED: ‘As Painful As Possible’: Trey Gowdy Says Democrats Don’t Expect To Win Impeachment, Just Shame GOP) The vote only came after five Republican senators voted Saturday to allow witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial....
    President Joe Biden confronted the acquittal of former President Donald Trump on Saturday by declaring that although Republican senators in the main did not vote against Trump, the “substance of the charge” that spawned the impeachment trial to his mind was “not in dispute.” As Breitbart news reported,  the Senate failed to clear the 67-vote barrier necessary to convict Trump of the charge he incited an insurrection on January 6, when Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election. Seven Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection, including Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ben Sasse (R-NE). Biden, who was at the Camp David presidential retreat when the decision came down, pointed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell (R-Ky.) who did not vote to convict Trump, as part of his statement in response. “While the final vote did...
    President Joe Biden has reacted to the Senate acquittal of Donald Trump by calling for unity, even as he insists that the 'substance' of the charge of incitement to insurrection is 'not in dispute.' 'While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute,' Biden said in a statement on Saturday night. 'Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' and 'practically and morally responsible for provoking' the violence unleashed on the Capitol,' Biden added. Biden said that following the trial, he was thinking of those who died on January 6, as well as 'those who demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected representatives and poll workers – before and after the election.'  President...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Former President Donald Trump is welcoming his second impeachment acquittal and says his movement “has only just begun.” Trump in a lengthy statement is thanking his attorneys and his defenders in the House and Senate, who he said “stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.” He is slamming the trial as “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” And he is telling his supporters that, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun” and that he will have more to share with them in the months ahead. While Trump was acquitted by the Senate, seven Republicans voted to convict him, making it the most...
    (CNN)On Saturday morning, Democrats appeared to score a coup: Winning a surprise vote on calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.On Saturday afternoon, Democrats agreed to end the trial without calling any witnesses.If that seems odd to you, well, you are far from alone. The Democrats' rapid backtrack left almost everyone not in the Senate scratching their heads, wondering why the party blinked when it appeared to be on the verge of getting more testimony that would shine a light on exactly what Trump knew and when he knew it during the January 6 riot at the Capitol.(Sidebar: Senate Democrats will point to the fact that they got a statement from Washington GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler detailing her side of an angry call between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Trump on the day of the riot. Sure. But why not depose Beutler as a...
    February 13, 2021 12:12 PM | With information from DPA and EFE 15 minutes. The unexpected vote of the Republican senator, Lindsay Graham, caused the United States Senate (USA) to admit to processing the possibility that the parties could call witnesses to testify during the impeachment against the former president, Donald Trump. Specifically, for inciting insurrection in the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Five Republican senators, including a staunch Trump supporter Graham, were in favor of the procedure. They did so after the attorney for the prosecution, Jamie Raskin, expressed his intention to call at least the Republican congresswoman, Jaime Herrera Beutler, to testify. It revealed a crucial conversation between Trump and the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, that occurred during the assault. The conversation According to this conversation, Trump initially refused to ask the protesters to abandon the raid despite McCarthy’s requests. It was...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 8:45 a.m. A little over a month ago, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to affirm Joe Biden's election as the 46th president. On Saturday, the Senate is set to meet in a rare weekend session for closing arguments in Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. And the evenly-divided Senate is poised to vote on whether the former president will be held accountable for inciting the Jan. 6 siege. It seems unlikely that the 100-member Senate will be able to mount the two-thirds vote needed to convict Trump. Acquittal could heavily influence not only Trump’s political future but that of the senators sworn to deliver impartial justice as jurors. Trump is the only president to be twice impeached and the first to face trial after leaving office. House prosecutors have argued...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 8:45 a.m. A little over a month ago, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to affirm Joe Biden’s election as the 46th president. On Saturday, the Senate is set to meet in a rare weekend session for closing arguments in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. And the evenly-divided Senate is poised to vote on whether the former president will be held accountable for inciting the Jan. 6 siege. It seems unlikely that the 100-member Senate will be able to mount the two-thirds vote needed to convict Trump. Acquittal could heavily influence not only Trump’s political future but that of the senators sworn to deliver impartial justice as jurors. Trump is the only president to be twice impeached and the first to face trial after leaving office. House prosecutors have...
    Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced she will vote against a $15 minimum wage if it's included in the COVID relief plan, effectively killing Democrats hopes of passing the controversial measure with a simple majority vote. 'What's important is whether or not it's directly related to short-term Covid relief. And if it's not, then I am not going to support it in this legislation,' Sinema told Politico in an interview. 'The minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process. It is not a budget item. And it shouldn't be in there.' Democrats hoped to pass the measure as part of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, which would allow them to get it through the Senate via reconciliation - a process that lets them avoid a GOP filibuster. Republicans oppose the wage hike, claiming it will hurt small businesses and put people out of work. By using reconciliation,...
    (CNN)Anyone who watched the back-to-back presentations of the House impeachment managers and former President Donald Trump's legal team on the first day of the Senate impeachment trial could see that this was a massive mismatch.On the one hand, you had the impeachment managers making a compelling -- and moving -- case about the riot at the US Capitol on January 6 and the fact that, but for a few lucky breaks and brave people, it could have been much, much worse. On the other, you had Trump lawyer Bruce Castor telling stories about hearing Everett Dirksen's "phenomenal" voice on an old record his parents played for him. (Yes, that actually happened.)It was like watching an NBA team play my junior high school basketball squad. It's awkward, uncomfortable and you have no doubt about the superior team. And yet, when it came time for the senators to vote on whether it...
    Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy unexpectedly switched his position on the constitutionality of the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, and he explained his new position by calling out the dreadful nature of the former president’s impeachment defense counsel. After a long day of opening arguments by the House Impeachment Managers and Trump defense lawyers Bruce Castor and David Schoen, the Senate voted on a procedural motion to dismiss from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), who claimed the trial of the now-former president was unconstitutional. The measure fell short of a majority, with 56 Senators voting against it, including six Republicans. Tuesday’s roll call very closely tracked a similar vote in two weeks ago that failed 45 – 55 — but this time Cassidy joined the majority of Democrats in backing the trial’s legitimacy. After the House Democrats’ compelling video montage of the violence perpetrated against the Capitol, and how Trump’s rhetoric fed into it, both Castor...
    This Tuesday, the second ‘impeachment’ or impeachment of the former president Donald trump, a historic process because it is the first time that a second impeachment has been applied to a US president, and also because it is the first time that it is a president out of office. The assault on the Capitol on January 6 in which supporters of the former president took Congress on the day that the electoral victory for Democrat Joe Biden was confirmed, has marked a before and after in Trump’s departure from the White House. That day, the tycoon incited his followers to fight “with all their might” or else they would be left without their country. What is charged The resolution imputes to the president a crime of “incitement to insurrection” that cost the lives of five people and plunged the country into an unprecedented crisis just 10 days after the...
    Lawmakers who vote to convict former President Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection and bar him from holding office again would be engaged in a "profound attack on the American system," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Hannity" Monday night.  "The idea that a bunch of politicians in D.C. think that they have the power to say to 75 million Americans 'We will decide whether or not you get to vote for this guy again' -- that is such a profound attack on the entire American system," Gingrich told host Sean Hannity. "The level of corruption and ego that that suggests, for everybody that votes yes is astonishing. Instead of talking about President Trump, talk about Citizen Trump. He’s a citizen." Gingrich insisted that Congress does not have the power to hold a trial-like forum against a private citizen in an effort to "limit their opportunities." GRAHAM ADVISES SENATE TO 'PULL BACK' ON IMPEACHMENT TO PREVENT 'DESTRUCTION OF THE PRESIDENCY' "This is one...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) repeated the sentiments of his GOP colleagues on Sunday and explained the outcome of the Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump, which is slated to begin Tuesday, is “really not in doubt.” He predicted it will result in an acquittal as Democrats appear to lack support from enough Republicans to convict him. Graham made clear he does not intend to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial despite initially referring to the January 6 event as “a self-inflicted wound.” “It’s not a crime. I mean, the House is impeaching him under the theory that his speech created a riot,” he told Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday. “When you look at the facts, many people had already planned the- to attack the Capitol before he ever spoke.” Brennan referred to the trial memo, which contends that the former president’s pattern of behavior, particularly casting...
    February 5, 2021 10:40 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, used her power as president of the Senate to break the tie in the vote on the 1.9 trillion financial aid package developed by the Biden Administration to respond to the coronavirus crisis , before the complete opposition of the 50 Republican senators. The vote in the Senate does not automatically make this new budget law. However, it is a crucial step for its final approval through the signature of the US president. Kamala Harris resorted to her vote in the Senate faster than any other vice president in the country’s recent history, reports The Hill. His predecessor, Mike Pence, took just over a month to exercise this power. He cast his first vote to break a tie on February 7. Democrat Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, said via...
    New York : Republican Sen. Susan Collins leads Republicans in talks with the White House for a new stimulus package. Photo: Susan Walsh / . On a 99-1 vote, members of the Federal Senate voted yesterday to limit wealthy or higher-income Americans from receiving the third stimulus check of $ 1,400 proposed by the Administration of Joe biden as part of a new economic rescue package by coronavirus. The amendment is one of those approved as part of the process known as “reconciliation” of the budget that began on Thursday in the upper house and ended at dawn this Friday. The amendment, which is non-binding, meaning it does not have the force of law, was introduced by the West Virginia Conservative Democrat, Joe manchin, in conjunction with the Republican of Maine, Susan collins. However, while the appeal is rather symbolic, it sends a strong message...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate were poised on Thursday to take a first step toward President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan by passing a budget resolution, after holding votes on a series of amendments in a marathon "vote-a-rama" session that could last into the night. None of the amendments would be binding if passed. They are prescriptive, like the budget resolution itself, which instructs committees to get to work writing COVID-19 legislation. But Republicans seized the chance to get lawmakers on the record on contentious issues. Here are several of their proposals: NO COVID-19 FUNDS FOR SCHOOLS THAT DO NOT REOPEN AFTER TEACHERS VACCINATED Senators Roy Blunt and Tim Scott want to withhold additional funding from schools that do not reopen for in-person learning after teachers have had the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Schools across the United States are struggling with when to...
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Thursday the odds of Democrats supporting a resolution to censure former President Donald Trump were slim. “We’ve got to put the evidence on the record once and for all so now and future generations — we can make the case,” Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, said in a morning interview on CNN. “Do I believe this president should be censured if he’s not impeached? “I agree with it, but we need to go ahead with the impeachment trial.” Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reportedly pitched their colleagues this week on a resolution to censure the former president. That measure would require 60 votes rather than the 67 required for the Senate to convict him in an impeachment trial, though even that number may be an ambitious one for Senate Democrats. A vote to proceed with an impeachment trial passed the chamber on Monday with...
    The Democrats' push to convict former President Trump in the Senate is dead on arrival, Sean Hannity declared Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Sen. Rand Paul’s point of order arguing that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional now that Trump is out of office. Most Republican senators found a post-presidency impeachment to be unconstitutional, but the "irrational psychotic rage" of the left continues to fuel Democrats' effort, the "Hannity" host said.  "This latest Democratic impeachment 'Schiff-show' is now officially dead in the water. It is over," the host asserted. "The Senate trial will be conducted as planned, but the Democrats do not have anywhere close to what would be the two-thirds supermajority that would be needed to convict." 45 REPUBLICANS VOTE AGAINST PROCEEDING WITH SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL Hannity said he is confident that "Donald Trump will be acquitted, and what we will witness is yet another colossal waste of time with a predetermined outcome." The proceedings will move forward, but...
    Donald Trump directed one of his former political aides on a mission to reassure GOP senators that he doesn't have any plans to form a third party that could siphon off Republican voters. Brian Jack, who served as Trump's political director during his time in the White House, portrayed his message to Republican lawmakers as they prepare for an impeachment trial against the former president next month. 'The president wanted me to know, as well as a handful of others, that the president is a Republican, he is not starting a third party and that anything he would do politically in the future would be as a Republican,' North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer told Politico of Trump. 'The Republican Party is still overwhelmingly supportive of this president.' The report indicated that Jack did not specifically mention impeachment during his calls, but wanted to make sure it was known that Trump...
    New Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a problem. Progressives and the left expect big things now that Democrats control the White House, House and Senate. Years of bills "stacking up" on the desk of new Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are gone. Democrats want gun control measures. A big COVID bill. Climate change legislation. A new immigration bill. But there, is only so much you can do with a 50-50 Senate. And, only so much you can do when the minority party can still block legislation via the filibuster. TRUMP IMPEACHMENT ARTICLE BEING SENT TO SENATE MONDAY, AHEAD OF TRIAL NEXT MONTH Enough, say liberals. Terminate the filibuster. Republicans stymied Democratic initiatives for years. It’s time for legislative action, they say. And some Democrats would like nothing better to exact revenge on McConnell for blockading their priorities for so long. Now Schumer and McConnell are trying to craft some...
    Rand Paul on Sunday suggested he might boycott Trump's 'sham' impeachment because the former president no longer in office.    In an op-ed for The Hill, titled 'boycott sham impeachment' the Republican senator wrote: 'The first impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019 was a witch hunt filled with fabricated charges, unsupported evidence and partisan rancor disguised as legal concern.'  Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of February 8. If Paul were to boycott the vote the Democrats would need the support of 16 GOP Senators to convict Trump.   Paul added: 'If we are to blame politicians for the most violent acts of their craziest supporters, then many of my colleagues would face some pretty harsh charges themselves.  'I've been shot at, assaulted and harassed by supporters of the left, including some who directly said the words of politicians moved them to this violence. 'I am more than willing...
    After blocking hundreds of pieces of legislation, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding Democrats let him continue his 'Grim Reaper' act. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lost his position as Senate majority leader on Wednesday, but he and his Republican minority caucus still want to be able to obstruct every bit of progressive legislation as they have for the past few years. Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate and its tie-breaker, gives Democrats at 51 to 50 majority in the chamber. Democrats reportedly offered a bipartisan power-sharing agreement this week that would give Republicans an equal number of seats on committees, but McConnell rejected it over a demand that the new majority agree to preserve a rule requiring a 60-vote supermajority to end debate on nearly all legislation. If a simple majority of senators vote to change those...
    Democrats officially took control of the Senate on Wednesday when Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new members after she took her own oath of office, giving her party control of the White House and Congress.  Harris delivered the oath of office to the new Democratic senators: Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla, who replaced her representing the state of California. She returned to Capital Hill almost five hours after she became the first female vice president to preside over the Senate for the first time. The vice president also serves as president of the Senate.  Senators gave her a round of applause as she sat in the presiding chair.   One of her first duties was to read into the record her resignation as a senator from California. 'Yeah, that was very weird,' she said. She then sworn in the new members, which made Senator Chuck...
    Bradley Cortright January 20, 2021 0 Comments In one of her first official acts in office, Vice President Kamala Harris is swearing in three new Democratic senators, ending six years of Republican control of the upper chamber. Hours after she made history as the first woman of color to be sworn in as vice president, Harris returned to the Capitol to swear in Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) Ossoff and Warnock won two run-off elections in Georgia on January 5. Padilla was appointed to fill Harris’ seat in the Senate. Watch the video below: Newly inaugurated VP Harris swears in new Senators Ossoff (D-GA), Warnock (D-GA), and Padilla (D-CA) pic.twitter.com/d2emxYEBGu— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 20, 2021 There will now be a 50-50 split in the Senate, with Harris able to cast the tie breaking vote, giving Democrats control of the chamber. With the new...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump could be an accessory to murder for his role in inciting the MAGA mob that rioted on Capitol Hill and resulted in five deaths, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.  '[The] President's words are important, they weigh a ton. And if you're Donald Trump talking to these people, they believe it and they used his words to come here. When we talk about 'did any of our colleagues collaborate?' Well, that remains to be seen. We have to get the evidence of that. And if they did, they would be accessory to the crime. And the crime, in some cases, was murder,' she told MSNBC's on Tuesday night.  Pelosi led an impeachment vote against Trump one week after the attack on the Capitol, which resulted in him becoming the only president to be impeached for a second time. The House of Representatives charged...
    The future of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hangs on the crucial vote of confidence expected Tuesday evening in the Senate, where he must find a new government majority after being released in the midst of a pandemic by Matteo Renzi and his troops. He took a first step on Monday by gaining confidence in the Chamber of Deputies, where the two pillars of his coalition, the Democratic Party (PD, center-left) and the 5 Star Movement (M5S, anti-system), have the majority . He is now attempting the double in the upper house, where he lacks on paper fifteen votes to reach an absolute majority. Giuseppe Conte, a law professor who himself has never rubbed shoulders with universal suffrage, has embarked on a vote hunt to try to compensate for the departure of Mr. Renzi and his fifteen senators. During his speech in the Senate,...
    House Democrats have vowed to vote to impeach President Donald Trump as early as Wednesday, but what happens after that is up in the air. Some Democrats have suggested pressing forward for immediate conviction in the Senate. The possibility was laughable during Trump’s first impeachment trial, but the prospect is now plausible thanks to many Republicans’ horror at Trump’s role in the storming of the Capitol last week. One unexpected obstacle to that plan, however, is President-Elect Joe Biden. He said Monday that Congress needs to be ready to handle the legislation his administration will propose on day one, and not be distracted with impeachment proceedings. House Majority Whip and South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn has suggested a different route that may appease both factions within his party: impeach now, convict later. He suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lead the House to impeach Trump, but to not deliver...
    With Democrats winning two Georgia Senate runoffs, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have a new role: the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. "Depending on how it plays out, she will cast tie-breaking votes on some of the most important pieces of legislation of the early Biden administration," said Jim Manley, a former top aide to onetime Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. "But it's not going to happen all the time." The legislative filibuster effectively sets a 60-vote threshold to most controversial legislation, so Harris won't be pressed into service there. An exception is a Senate rule that Republicans used in 2017, when the GOP controlled both chambers in Congress, to enact tax cuts. Harris's most important vote "may be on the so-called reconciliation bills that will be used to pass some of [President-elect Joe Biden’s] tax and spending proposals," said Manley. Among the first orders of business...
    Someone let the fly know that it's time for a return engagement. In retrospect, Paul Ryan looks like a genius. Well … a relative genius when compared to the rest of his party who decided to grab the nearest strap and ride that Trump train to the final destination. Republicans passed their massive tax cut for billionaires on December 22, 2017. And then, it seems, they really were tired of winning. Because in the next election they lost the House. And then the White House. And now it seems all but certain they’ve lost the Senate. Trump train: Destination, Loserland.  But yesterday’s humiliating defeat in a state that had been reliably red for decades wasn’t the end of it. There is no end. Republicans are just waking up to the idea that the Trump train is a kind of mobile Hotel California. They can never get off. And today they’re going to humiliate themselves, harm the...
    Democratic Senate nominees Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff It’s very unusual to see a non-November election that is for all the marbles, but that’s what’s on tap on Tuesday in the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia. If Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock both manage to defeat their Republican opponents, the Democratic Party will have a Senate majority (thanks to Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote), and along with Joe Biden and a Democratic-controlled House, a governing trifecta. If either or both lose, Mitch McConnell will retain control of the Senate and will be able to block not just Biden’s legislative agenda but his judicial nominations and even his cabinet appointments. No pressure, then, right? The two Senate contests in November were very close, as was, of course, the presidential race in Georgia, which Biden narrowly won. Georgia has a unique law requiring a runoff in races where no...
    All eyes are turning to Georgia on Tuesday as hundreds of thousands head to the polls to cast their ballots in the two consequential runoff races that will decide Senate control – after a record-shattering 3 million voted early. Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are vying to keep their Senate seats against Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively. Voters began lining up in the Peace State at the crack of dawn Tuesday and voting ends at 7:00 p.m. – setting up Washington for a day of speculation and nail biting as the two races will not only determine which party controls the Senate, but also the trajectory of Joe Biden’s presidency. If either Loeffler or Perdue hold onto their seat, Republican will maintain a majority in the upper chamber and more than likely block all legislative actions pushed by Biden. But if both Warnock and Ossoff...
    ATLANTA — President-elect Joe Biden didn't mention President Trump's recorded telephone conversation with a Georgia Republican in which Trump asked the election official to "find" the votes he needs to try to overturn Biden's historic win in the state. "This is it. It's a new year. And tomorrow can be a new day for Atlanta, for Georgia, and for America," Biden said Monday in Atlanta after removing his trademark aviator sunglasses. "Georgia, the whole nation is looking to you," he added. "The power is in your hands! Unlike any time in my career, one state can chart the course, not just for the next four years, but for the next generation." The former two-term vice president, who beat Trump in Georgia by almost 13,000 votes, alluded to the incumbent's election disputes, bragging he had prevailed in the state three times. Yet, while dragging Trump for his response to the coronavirus...
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock (R) and Jon Ossoff (L) bump elbows during a "It's Time to Vote" drive-in rally on December 28, 2020 in Stonecrest, Georgia.Jessica McGowan | Getty Images More than 3 million Georgia residents have already cast their votes in the two Jan. 5 runoff races, a historic turnout in a contest that determines whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate this year. The Tuesday races are between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, as well as Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. If Perdue and Loeffler win their races, Republicans would hold a 52 seat Senate majority that would allow them to block some of President-elect Joe Biden's agenda. The Democratic caucus would have 50 seats if Ossoff and Warnock win. And a tie-breaking vote from Vice President-elect Harris would give Democrats control of the Senate after six years of a GOP majority....
    Photo credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images Key Republican Senators — including several rumored 2024 hopefuls and the two senators facing a runoff in Georgia — started off the new year by strategically switching their votes during the official Senate override of President Donald Trump’s veto of the 2021 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On Friday afternoon, the Senate completed the first official veto override of the Trump administration, picking up the baton of the House’s override vote from Monday and easily re-affirming the passage of the defense budget by a sufficient margin to defeat Trump’s veto. But while the vote tally was nearly the same as the original roll call, there were notable differences. More than two weeks ago, the Senate voted 86 – 8 in favor of the defense bill, with just six abstentions. On New Year’s Day, however, the veto override tally was 81 –13, with 12 senators now...
    Daily Kos Elections’ project to calculate the results of the 2020 presidential election for all 435 congressional districts makes its next stop in Georgia, which Democrats not only won for the first time since 1992 but which of course is also hosting two crucial runoffs that will determine control of the Senate. Because of this special situation, we’re bringing you results for the presidential race and both Senate races as they played out on Nov. 3. We have our usual county-by-county breakdowns for president and for the regular Senate race between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. But because the special Senate election featured 20 candidates on the ballot, we’ve sliced the data in a couple of different ways. Our first spreadsheet features the vote shares for the three main candidates: Democrat Raphael Warnock, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and Republican Rep. Doug Collins, who collectively won 79% of...
    VALDOSTA, Georgia — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem urged Georgians to rally behind GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) here on Wednesday, the second of many stops in her latest swing through the Peach State ahead of Tuesday’s upcoming U.S. Senate runoffs. Loeffler and Perdue, this coming Tuesday, respectively face Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in runoffs that will determine majority control of the upper congressional chamber. If both Democrats win, the U.S. Senate would deadlock at a 50-50 tie and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cut the ties, throwing control of the chamber to the Democrats. Noem, a rising GOP star who’s resisted lockdowns and mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic in her state of South Dakota, campaigned here at Jessie’s Restaurant speaking first for about 15 minutes, and then taking another nearly half hour of questions from conservatives gathered for her appearance....
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.NYSE Stocks exit 2020 with strong gains and are riding a tailwind, but already in the dawn of the new year, the market could face its first big challenge. The final outcome of the 2020 election plays out Tuesday, when voters in Georgia will pick their senators and decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. With President-elect Joe Biden heading to the White House and a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, Wall Street has been comfortable with the view that Biden and the Democrats could not succeed with tax hikes and more progressive policy changes while Republicans hold the Senate. The runoff election for the two Senate seats Tuesday is widely expected to result in one or both of the incumbent Republican senators retaining their seats. But Democrats are close in the polls and should they win, each party would...
    (CNN)Things are going to drag on in the Senate for a few days.Bottom line: There is absolutely no sign right now that a standalone bill on $2,000 checks is going to get a vote on the Senate floor. It looks like McConnell is simply going to run out the clock. There were several opportunities on Tuesday when McConnell could have made that assurance or let Democrats pass the bill with a unanimous consent agreement that would have shielded his members from having to take a potentially tough vote.McConnell blocked those efforts.Instead, he gave himself an out card down the line -- and only if he needs one -- by placing on the calendar a bill that would tie a repeal of Section 230 to increasing direct stimulus payments to $2,000 for Americans under a certain income level. The Kentucky Republican may never bring it up. It's there just in case...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s now up to U.S. Senators to decide whether or not to raise the amount of stimulus payments. Last night, the House of Representatives voted to give eligible Americans $2,000 — something President Trump is pushing for. It’s unclear which way the Senate will go now that the bill is in their hands, A two-thirds majority was needed for the bill to pass in the Democratic-led House — and that’s also what’s needed for it to pass in the Senate before making it to the President’s desk. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t indicated if he will bring the vote to the floor on the larger checks. However, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that he plans to try and quickly pass the measure in the GOP-led chamber through requesting a unanimous consent agreement, which can be blocked by any Senators who oppose it. Pennsylvania’s Senators...
    (CNN)Rev. Josh Saefkow walked across the stage before his congregation at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, holding up the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The pastor, an avid news reader, had been saving the paper through 2020, to urge reflection in his final Sunday sermon of the year."What a devastating year this has been," he said, then turned to 2021."We got a little election coming up," said Saefkow, referring to the January 5 Senate runoffs. Quiet laughter rippled through the pews, as few have been unable to escape the more than $500 million in political advertising blanketing the state."Vote Christian," urged the pastor. "We need to vote with the context of scripture in our minds and let it come through the lens of scripture."While not mentioning by party or name whom they should vote for, congregants told CNN they know who this...
    President Trump is jeopardizing the Republican Party’s chances of keeping both Senate seats from Georgia by trying to overturn the election results, a top GOP-aligned pollster claims. Frank Luntz said that it is possible incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue could lose their January 5 runoff elections because Trump’s calling into question the integrity of the vote could depress GOP turnout. Loeffler and Perdue are running against Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively. The two races are critical to the Republicans keeping their Senate majority. If they both lose, Democrats would have 50 Senate seats with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote. Georgia's two runoff races kicked off in November after Perdue and Loeffler failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Early voting has already started for the January 5 election.  President Trump (left) is...
    Photo credit: Facebook Live President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departed the White House on Wednesday afternoon, flying to Florida spend the holidays at Mar-A-Lago while several overlapping crises and critical spending bills remained unresolved. Heading to Palm Beach for Christmas pic.twitter.com/EpbCDB4exe — Steve Holland (@steveholland1) December 23, 2020 In the 24 hours before he began his Christmas vacation, Trump had sown chaos by making last-minute demands and lashed out at his ostensible, Congressional GOP allies for allegedly betraying him over the refusal to buy into his false election fraud claims. On Tuesday night, Trump released yet another Facebook video filmed from within the White House, in which he blindsided the bipartisan team that had negotiated a $900 billion Covid relief bill, demanding last-minute changes before he would sign it. Trump had been completely absent from the deal-making since Election Day, and his 11th-hour ransom-like video killed any...
    Georgia’s Senate runoffs have drawn record spending, record turnout and national attention, setting the stage for two extremely close races on Jan. 5. Republican Sen. David Perdue faces Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger, after both finished just under the 50% needed to avoid a runoff in November, while Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler faces Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock after they earned the most support in a jungle primary featuring over 20 candidates. The two races will determine whether Republicans can hold their slim Senate majority, likely preventing President-elect Joe Biden from passing much of his proposed agenda once he takes office, or whether Democrats can achieve a 50-50 Senate split, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote and Biden’s party full control of Congress as a result. Georgia’s runoffs have already seen record turnout since early voting began Dec. 14. Nearly 1.7 million votes have already been cast, according to...
    Supporters listen as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks at a news conference in Grant Park after the election in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 6, 2020.Dustin Chambers | Reuters Wall Street and Washington are operating, these days, on the assumption that Republicans will retain control of the Senate after at least one Republican wins a seat in the Georgia Senate runoffs come Jan. 5. It seems reasonable to expect that Democrats won't win both runoffs as they are being outspent by their GOP opponents and many people prefer split government in this highly polarized era, even in a state in the process of turning blue. However, Georgia surprised the nation and went for Joe Biden in the presidential election. Stacey Abrams, the influential Democratic politician who delivered Georgia to Joe, is working hard to get both Democratic Senatorial candidates to the Upper House. Georgia could then surprise the markets,...
    (CNN)Valerie Ponomarev sealed the envelope of her ballot and walked to the silver drop box in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. "I've been looking forward to this day for so long," she exclaimed. Her absentee ballot disappeared down the narrow metal opening.The excitement she felt in the simple delivery of the early ballot is the opposite of how she felt on November 3. Ponomarev's birthday is December 2, so she was still 17 on Election Day, too young to vote. Then she learned both of her state's Senate seats were heading to runoffs on January 5, as no candidate won more than 50% of the vote."I was just so excited, because I didn't have to wait another two or four years to vote," Ponomarev said. "It was happening right now, and it was happening in my home state. I feel like I'm finally having a say in government."'Target rich'Ponomarev...
    Senate Chaplain Barry Black noted President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHogan on Republicans who won't accept election result: 'They are out of runway' Biden rips Trump's refusal to concede after Electoral College vote Senate GOP warns Biden against picking Sally Yates as attorney general MORE's Electoral College win during his opening prayer on Tuesday. "Lord, we respect the conclusions of the Electoral College and ask you to bless President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden rips Trump's refusal to concede after Electoral College vote Senate GOP warns Biden against picking Sally Yates as attorney general Mormon church congratulates Biden after Electoral College vote MORE,” he said, one day after electors certified Biden's victory. U.S. Senate @Chaplain_Black concludes opening prayer: "Lord, we respect the conclusions of the Electoral College and ask you to bless President-elect Jospeh Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We pray in your great name. Amen."...
    Former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, has rejoined the GOP campaign trail and urged Republican voters in Georgia to 'crush' the vote for Sen David Perdue and Sen Kelly Loeffler.  'Georgia, we need you to not just show up January 5, not just to win, but to crush it,' Palin told a crowd of supporters in Marietta, Georgia, on Friday as part of the Save America Tour.  'We need you to crush it and to send that message, the loudest message that we can. That no, we will not implement at all socialism in America. We will not watch that erosion of our inalienable rights,' she continued.  'The eyes of America, the eyes of the world, are on Georgia,' Palin, who was the late Sen John McCain's running-mate in the 2008 presidential election, said. Her appearance in Georgia marked the first event for the Save America Tour, which was organized by...
    U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks in Marietta, Georgia, November 11, 2020. Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler was picked to fill an open Senate seat in Georgia because she was considered appealing to moderate suburban women. She will face Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in a runoff election next month. Loeffler and her fellow Republican senator from Georgia, David Perdue, will both face voters on January 5. The results will determine control of the US Senate. Loeffler was appointed in 2019 to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson's seat. A fellow Republican, Isakson was well-known for reaching across the aisle. Loeffler fended off a challenge from Congressman Doug Collins, a favorite among many conservatives in Georgia.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Kelly Loeffler was picked to fill a Georgia Senate seat last year, Sahar Guyton was the kind of voter that Republicans had in mind....
    The federal government will shut down at midnight unless a crisis is resolved on Capitol Hill involving Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, the annual defense spending bill, and COVID relief legislation.  Paul, a staunch conservative, objects to provisions in the defense bill that would limit President Donald Trump's ability to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Germany.  He is filibustering the $740 billion must-pass legislation that funds the Pentagon and includes a pay-raise for the troops. And, until there is a vote on the defense bill, the Senate cannot move on to a continuing resolution to fund the government, which has its money run out at midnight.  Senator Rand Paul is holding up a vote on the defense bill and the Senate can't vote to fund the government until it votes on the defense bill Meanwhile Senator Bernie Sanders is threatening to hold up a vote on...
    Exclusive - The political arm of Americans for Prosperity, the powerful conservative and libertarian political advocacy group, is putting on a full-court press to get out the vote in Georgia’s twin Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections, which will determine if the Republicans retain their Senate majority or if the Democrats control both houses of Congress as well as the White House.While pro-GOP super PACs and other outside groups have shelled out big bucks to flood the airwaves on behalf of Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Americans for Prosperity Action is knocking on doors across the state to make sure conservative voters will cast ballots in the runoff and to try and persuade swing voters to support the GOP candidates. SUPER PAC ALLIED WITH MCCONNELL LAUNCHES NEW $43 MILLION EFFORT TO RUN ADS IN GEORGIA RUNOFFS AFP Action, sharing their battle plan first with Fox News, says that it's sent...
    Today is the deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s upcoming Senate runoff, and to say that Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff need your support feels like the understatement of the decade. “This election will determine which party has control of the Senate, how much we can hold the president-elect accountable,” Christina Williams, a Clark Atlanta University student, told Daily Kos. Recognizing that importance, nonprofit workers throughout the state are making their final pushes to register voters and also encourage those registrants to vote. The Georgia NAACP and Voter Participation Center, nonprofits specifically targeting young people, people of color, and women, have already sent more than 21 million vote-by-mail mailings. They've directed mailers to about 65,000 people to encourage young people turning 18 years old between Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 5, 2021 to register. Well, now’s the time to do it.  The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Click here to request an absentee...
    ABC’s Good Morning America allowed Julia Louis-Dreyfus to promote a left-wing voter group that is currently under investigation in Georgia for allegedly trying to illegally register people ahead of the state’s hotly contested Senate runoff elections in January. The GMA anchors, including former Clinton White House spokesman George Stephanopoulos, didn’t bring up the pending investigation in Georgia or ask the Veep star any questions about the probe during the interview on Friday. On the GMA broadcast, Julia Louis-Dreyfus promoted her upcoming Veep reunion, which will raise money for America Votes, a progressive group that mobilizes voter turnout for Democratic candidates. The cast will perform a livestream reading of the episode “Mother,” in which President Selina Meyer loses the Nevada recount and thus the White House, while also dealing with the death of her mother. Watch below: We’re chatting with @OfficialJLD about #VeepUncut and some very special guest stars who are helping...
    Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood urged Georgia Republicans at a rally on Wednesday to sit out the state’s upcoming Senate runoff elections, arguing that the two Republicans in the running first needed to back demands for a special legislative session to investigate Trump’s defeat in the state. "They have not earned your vote,” Wood said of Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. “Don't you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election for god's sake! Fix it! You gotta fix it!" The two January 5 runoffs will decide which party ends up controlling power in the Senate. But Wood, who became celebrated on the right after representing a Covington Catholic student in defamation lawsuits, has repeatedly encouraged Trump supporters to boycott the race in a bid to draw attention to, what he insists is, massive fraud in the state’s election infrastructure. There is no...
    A demonstrator holds a sign that reads STOP THE STEAL outside of the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta on November 21.John Arthur Brown/ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The chair of the Republican National Committee was in Georgia today trying to rally support for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the GOP candidates in the state’s January 5 Senate runoff election. If today’s event is any indication, the effort isn’t going too well, thanks in large part to the Trump campaign’s efforts to delegitimize the election in a state he lost to President-elect Joe Biden by about 12,000 votes. Ronna McDaniel At a meet-and-greet at the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters in Marietta, attendees peppered party chair Ronna McDaniel with questions about election fraud and pointless recounts going on in Wisconsin....
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's baseless attacks on the U.S. election may be endangering Republican chances of keeping control of the Senate, as Republican candidates in twin January runoffs in Georgia try to drive voters to the polls while amplifying Trump's claim that the system is rigged. The state on Tuesday at Trump's request began tallying its 5 million ballots for a third time, which officials expect will again confirm Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's statewide victory. That has Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler threading the needle on the campaign trail, calling themselves a last bastion against Democratic priorities without explicitly admitting Trump lost the Nov. 3 election. The Jan. 5 runoffs are critical for each party; while Biden narrowly carried the state, Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator in two decades. Losses by both Perdue and Loeffler would deadlock the Senate, giving Vice President-elect Kamala...
    Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue aren't even pretending to make a case for why they should be elected. Amid two of the most daunting crises the nation has ever faced—a raging pandemic and an economy on the brink—the incumbent Republicans have gone full slash and burn.  At his first runoff rally, Sen. Perdue just outright admitted, "What we have to do now is not persuade people. What we have to do is get the vote out.”  Let’s send the GOP Senate Majority packing. Give $4 right now to given Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the Senate they need to help save the country. The New York Times writes that the Republicans have dropped millions of dollars on "almost entirely negative" advertising campaign. Without so much as a single positive ad between them, Loeffler and Perdue have "filled the airwaves with scathing attack ads seeking to paint Democrats as...
    Republicans in Georgia have to play "catch-up" after ex-Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams built a strong get-out-the-vote operation, Fox News contributor Karl Rove told "Hannity" Wednesday night. Host Sean Hannity pressed Rove on whether or not the ground game would improve and Rove replied that both Republican candidates have evaluated their teams and brought new people in. ANALYST: GOP MAY LOSE BOTH GA SENATE SEATS "They're a bunch of adults down there, which I really like," Rove said. "I'm pretty optimistic that it's going to be a hard fight but I think we're going to prevail." The national finance chairman of the joint fund committee between the Purdue campaign, the Loeffler campaign, and National Republican Senatorial Committee urged Republicans to go to vote by mail and go to the polls during early voting. CNN PUNDIT IRKS COLLEAGUES BY POINTING OUT HYPOCRISY BETWEEN COVERAGE OF STACEY ABRAMS, TRUMP "Bank that vote before Election Day," he...
    By Andrew Taylor and Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, is stalled in the Senate after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris returned to the chamber to cast a key vote in a tally Tuesday. Two key Republicans were absent because of COVID-related concerns. The 47-50 vote came as the Republican-controlled Senate continues to focus its energies in the post-election lame-duck session on confirming Trump’s appointees. Shelton is an unusually caustic critic of the Fed and was opposed by two GOP senators in Tuesday’s vote. Harris has been focused on the transition to the Biden administration but returned to the chamber for her first vote since winning the vice presidency. Senator-elect Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., is likely to join the Senate when the chamber returns from its Thanksgiving break. That could leave Shelton short of support...
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock hand out lawn signs at a campaign event on October 3, 2020 in Lithonia, Georgia.Elijah Nouvelage | Getty Images Georgia voters will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in two January runoff elections. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face competitive challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively. Georgia election rules called for runoff races if no candidate exceeded 50% of voter share in either race during the general election. Republicans have won 50 Senate seats while Democrats have flipped one net seat for a total of 48. If Democrats win both Georgia races, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tiebreaking vote, giving the party unified control of the White House and Congress. More from CNBC: Democratic megadonors target Georgia U.S. Senate fight after helping Joe Biden GOP pollster calls Georgia’s unresolved Senate races the...
    Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler said she intends to "hold the line" and defeat Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock in January's special run-off election. In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night, the Republican said she is "concerned" about the vote-counting process in the race against Warnock and that she supports an election where "every legal vote counts." "We have to make sure that we know that Georgia voters can trust the process," Loeffler said. "We have to hold officials accountable for having an election that is fair where every legal vote counts and no legal votes don't count." Loeffler implored Georgians to "save" the country by voting early as the state opens its voting process on Dec. 14. Tens of millions of dollars are being poured into the campaigns on both sides of the aisle for both of Georgia's Senate seats heading to...
    Loading the player... As Georgia’s runoff elections continue to draw national attention, one candidate made sure the focus is on the needs of the voters. Read More: Stacey Abrams may run for Georgia governor in 2022, sources say During a recent interview on CNN‘s State Of The Union, Reverend Raphael Warnock offered his background including his upbringing in Savannah, GA public housing, and going on to become the first in his family to earn a collegiate degree. For him, winning the runoff race is to impact the lives of the voters and not to play politics. MARIETTA, GA – NOVEMBER 15: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock of Georgia speaks to supporters during a rally on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Warnock faces incumbent U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in one of two January 5 runoffs for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)...
    CLAIM: You can move to Georgia to register to vote in the runoff election, which will be held Jan. 5. VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. It is illegal, unless a) you are moving permanently to Georgia, and b) you did not already vote in another Senate election in 2020. Democrats have begun encouraging each other to move to Georgia and register to vote in time to participate in the Jan. 5 runoff election for two crucial U.S. Senate seats. As Breitbart News reported Tuesday: Democrats are suggesting that out-of-state Democrats temporarily move to Georgia for the sole purpose of helping to beat Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) in their runoff elections against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on January 5. … In a November 6 [Twitter] post, Democrat Andrew Yang suggested that Democrats from out of state “get ready to head to Georgia” to “give Joe [Biden] a...
    Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan's reelection Tuesday has shifted the future of the Senate majority 4,500 miles southeast, to Georgia, where a rare double runoff contest for two open Senate seats will determine which party controls the gavel in January. Democrats remain in the minority with 48 seats unless they can win these two seats. Voters will pick winners in these Senate races in a Jan. 5 runoff. Sullivan’s reelection has secured the GOP 50 seats when the Senate convenes for the 117th Congress in January, but that won't be good enough if presumptive President-elect Joe Biden takes office later that month. Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote as vice president and president of the Senate. That's why Republicans will focus heavily on holding the Georgia Senate seats. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who hopes to be running the Senate next year, is hardly giving...
    CONTROL of the US Senate likely will not be decided until two runoffs are held in Georgia in early January. The runoffs will likely determine the balance of power in Washington. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5Jon Ossoff speaks to reporters as he rallies supporters for a runoff against Republican Senator David PerdueCredit: AP:Associated Press Who won the Senate and House? The next Senate will include 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats following the November 3 election, with four seats up for grabs. Seats in North Carolina and Alaska are too early too call, but Republicans have the edge in both states. There will be two runoffs in Georgia to fill the final two vacancies. 5Senator David Perdue speaks during a campaign stop at Peachtree Dekalb Airport in AtlantaCredit: AP:Associated Press A 50-50 split in the Senate would mean that future Vice...
    Donald Trump announced Sunday evening that he is putting Representative Doug Collins in charge of the effort to recount ballots in Georgia after Joe Biden became the projected winner there by only 10,000 votes. 'During the coming recount, we are confident we will find evidence of improperly harvested ballots and other irregularities that will prove that President Trump won Georgia fairly again on his way to re-election as President,' Collins said in a statement released by Trump's campaign team on Sunday. 'Georgians deserve a free and open process, and they will get one.' The recount comes as part of a concerted effort from Trump to show that the election was 'rigged' and 'stolen' by Democrats. 'Republicans stand by the ideal that every eligible voter should be able to vote legally and have it be counted,' Collin said. The 16 Electoral College votes in Georgia, a state that went red in...
    (CNN)It's been a wild week, with Americans closely tracking races both up and down the ballot. CNN still hasn't called the presidency, but Biden is getting closer every hour with new votes coming in from battleground states Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. Monday More than 96 million Americans have voted with one day to go until Election Day Several battleground states seeing surge of new Covid-19 cases  THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Tuesday Mitch McConnell wins reelection in Kentucky, defeating Democrat Amy McGrath Democrat Doug Jones loses Alabama Senate seat to Republican Tommy Tuberville Georgia Senate race heads to runoff between Loeffler and Warnock Read MoreWednesday Trump seeks to delegitimize vote even as his campaign says math will turn his...
    Americans may not know the final party balance of the Senate until January. As of Friday morning, there is no clear winner in the two Senate races in Georgia, meaning both races could advance to a runoff election on January 5. This could leave the Senate in limbo when it reconvenes early next year, with neither party having a clear majority. Georgia had two Senate elections this year, thanks to a special election to determine who would replace former Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired last year. Senator Kelly Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to replace Isakson, but faced challenges from 20 other candidates in the special election. Under state law, a race must advance to a runoff election if no candidate receives over 50% of the vote. Loeffler, who received around 26% of the vote, will advance to the runoff alongside Democrat Raphael Warnock, who received around 32%...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail: LEADING THE DAY: Vote counting to determine the winner of the White House is ongoing in key battleground states that remain undecided, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia. Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden Chris Wallace condemns Trump claims that he won the election Biden campaign blasts Trump victory claim as 'outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect' Bipartisan lawmakers condemn Trump for declaring victory prematurely MORE is projected to win Wisconsin but he still remains short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. Biden and his campaign say all the data points to the former vice president winning...
    Mississippi state flag: Voters approve magnolia design in Ballot Measure 3 Chipotle Has Seen Staff Shortages After Some Employees Tested Positive For COVID-19 Congressional Democrats’ high hopes dashed as GOP clings to Senate majority, scores unexpected gains in the House Congressional Democrats awoke Wednesday to a political debacle despite big optimism heading into the elections, as Republicans continued to cling to their Senate majority and are on track to make unexpected gains in the House. © Bryan Woolston/Reuters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, holds a post election news conference as he declares victory, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., November 3, 2020. As the presidential race headed toward a photo finish that could take days to sort out, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) faced another political letdown that, so far, resembled their failure...
    A handful of too-close-to-call races in battleground states are expected to tip the balance in the fight for control of the United States Senate. At least for now, it appears that Republicans are on track to hold their majority. The key racesMichigan: Republican John James is running ahead of the Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.) 49.3% to 48.8% with 92% of the votes reported, according to the Associated Press. Should James, an Iraq War veteran, win in the Rust Belt state it would be a major pickup for the Republicans, who don't normally play offense there despite President Trump's victory in the state in 2016. James trailed Peters in the polls by 5.4% coming into the election, but that deficit appears to have evaporated. With roughly 10% of the vote still left to be counted, the race has not been called. It's possible that outstanding votes are primarily...
    The polls in the battleground state of North Carolina open at 7 a.m. local time on Election Day and will remain open until 8 p.m. As of Monday, the RealClearPolitics average of the most recent polls show North Carolina has a very narrow margin for the incumbent President Donald Trump, at +0.2 over Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race. North Carolina has 15 electoral college votes and is considered a “purple” state, naturally making it a critical part of the overall picture. It is especially important for Trump to pick up the votes here for a victory. Trump won the state narrowly in 2016 against Hillary Clinton. In 2012, Mitt Romney won against President Barack Obama, who himself had won the state against John McCain in 2008. In the Senate and House races, North Carolina has been projected as a Senate win for Democrats by FiveThirtyEight, and the RCP...
    The polls in the battleground state of Ohio opened at 6:30 a.m. local time on Election Day and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. As of Monday, the RealClearPolitics average of the most recent polls show Ohio has Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden down slightly — 1.4 points — to President Donald Trump in the presidential race. Ohio has 18 electoral college votes and is red state, with Republicans in all three areas of the state’s government. In 2016, nearly every region in the state shifted right, giving Trump an easy win. But Ohio has gone blue in a recent presidential election: President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in the state in 2012 — winning the vote with a margin of 2.98 percent. In the Senate and House races, Ohio has been projected as a Senate win for Republicans by FiveThirtyEight, and the RCP polling average. Though exit polling is...
    Joe Biden has put the official mark on Georgia’s battleground state status, with a campaign visit Tuesday to Warm Springs—the site of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s favorite retreat—and to Atlanta for a drive-in rally. Early voting is already at record-breaking levels, and growing every day. “Kamala Harris on Friday, Jill Biden twice in two weeks and now Biden is visiting Tuesday,” state Rep. Calvin Smyre told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Georgia is pivotal and back on the political map.” A recent poll finds that young voters—who overwhelmingly support Joe Biden—are far more enthusiastic about voting this year than in 2016. Volunteer with NextGen America to send text messages to young voters in 11 battleground states and help them make a plan to vote. A new Civiqs poll is among a handful that show Biden leading in Georgia, while several other polls show an essentially tied race. Georgia also has not one but two competitive Senate races, and...
    Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath to swear in Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court during a Monday night White House ceremony. The ceremony took place just after 9:00 p.m., shortly after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Barrett by a 52-48 vote. After a brief speech, President Donald Trump introduced Thomas to administer the oath. WATCH: “I am grateful for the confidence you have expressed in me, and I pledge to you and to the American people that I will discharge my duties to the very best of my ability,” Barrett said. The 52-48 Senate vote passed with every Democrat and one Republican — Maine Sen. Susan Collins — voting against confirmation. Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, though she initially opposed nominating a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so close to the election, decided to vote for Barrett’s...
    Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court Monday evening by the Senate in a 52-48 vote - with Republican Susan Collins crossing the aisle to vote against her. Donald Trump's third nominee was not in the chamber to watch the roll call vote, which allows her to join the eight justices on Tuesday morning, and potentially to decide on cases about voting before the November 3 election.  Senate president pro tempore Chuck Grassley declared her confirmation at 8.06pm.   Her nomination transforms the court to a 6-3 conservative majority and comes after fierce opposition from Democrats, whose presidential nominee Joe Biden has resisted pressure to promise to pack the court if he wins - but who says he will order a commission on reforming the high court.  Before the final vote she was praised by Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell who said: 'By every account, the Supreme Court is...
    After Amy Coney Barrett's almost assured confirmation Monday evening, Justice Clarence Thomas is on the docket to swear in the 7th Circuit appellate judge to the Supreme Court at a White House ceremony. 'Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the official Constitutional Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House tonight,' a senior White House official told The New York Times. The vote on Barrett's nomination is set to take place some time after 7:00 p.m. Monday evening and the White House is prepared to hold a 'large' celebration in the Rose Garden honoring the momentous occasion just one week before Election Day. Although a source told Politico that the guest list for the South Lawn event is not small, Trump suggested it was smaller than it was being made out. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also sought to assure reporters Monday that the White House ceremony...
    Senate Democrats don’t want Vice President Mike Pence to preside Monday over the confirmation vote of Amy Coney Barrett after reports some of his staff tested positive for coronavirus. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to fellow Democrats during a rare Sunday session to warn them not to congregate for long in the Senate chamber when Pence shows up. “While CDC guidelines would dictate contract tracing a quarantining be practiced, our colleagues and the Vice President have indicated that they do not intend to follow such protocols,” Schumer, of New York, wrote. “The Vice President is maintaining his campaign schedule and, inexplicably, intends to preside over the Senate chamber tomorrow evening. Considering the Republicans’ refusal to follow CDC guidelines regarding quarantining and contact tracing, I would recommend that you not congregate in the Senate chamber today and that you cast your votes quickly and from a safe distance.”...
    Lou Dobbs, a presenter on the Fox Business channel has lashed out at Senate Judiciary Chairman and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham saying he doesn't know why anyone would want to vote for the Republican. Graham, who is a four-term senator and fierce Trump defender is currently locked in a reelection battle against Democrat Jaime Harrison. Dobbs frustration boiled over as he lashed out at Graham for 'not subpoenaing the left-wing heads of the censorships Twitter and Facebook until after the election.'  'I don't know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham,' Dobbs said. 'It's just outrageous.' Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is a four-term senator and fierce Trump defender is currently locked in a reelection battle against Democrat Jaime Harrison 'I don't know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It's just...
    We just need them gone. The reality is this: The biggest thing we can do for worker power right now—concretely in one moment and to lay the groundwork for future improvement—is to defeat not just Donald Trump but enough Senate Republicans to put Democrats in the majority. Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shown what an impediment to progress he is, not just with Trump in the White House but when Barack Obama was president as well.  Democrats have plans to raise the minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009; to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; to invest in infrastructure and green jobs. Democrats would protect and even build on the Affordable Care Act—if Trump’s Supreme Court appointees don’t make that impossible. Democrats would pass more COVID-19 relief, without which so many people have been pushed into poverty. Democrats are defending the U.S. Postal...
    Boeing’s Early Concept for All-New Jetliner Tempts Rolls-Royce Gilbert’s Garage: HOT ROD Road Trip 1932 Fords, & 50s, 60s Chevys Galore! Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gadgets of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/19 SLIDES © Robert King/Staff/Hulton Archive/Getty Images November Surprises After all the tumult and stress that the events of 2020 have brought upon Americans, the November Presidential election promises at least one more major development to contend with. Whatever the results, it won't be the first time the country has...
    The Senate meets at noon EST Friday. The Judiciary Committee on Thursday dislodged the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett from that panel and sent it to the floor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will ask that the Senate on Friday afternoon move to executive session to consider the Barrett nomination. That is one move, meshed together. It likely requires a vote. WHERE DOES AMY CONEY BARRETT STAND ON KEY ISSUES? Once that vote is complete, the Senate is actually “on” the nomination. McConnell, having the right to be recognized first on the floor, will immediately file “cloture” on the nomination. The act of filing a cloture petition is an effort to halt a filibuster.  By rule, the Senate cannot vote to end a filibuster without an intervening calendar day. In other words, if you file the cloture petition today, it doesn’t “ripen” for a vote until Sunday. Saturday serves as the...
              Live from Music Row Thursday 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 TN (R) U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Hagerty weighed in on the Senate’s upcoming vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett next week and was disturbed by the idea of court-packing as proposed by Chuck Schumer and the Democrats. He added that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will go to Washington as a businessman that will help turn the economy around and work hard for the people of Tennessee. Leahy: With us on the newsmaker line is former Ambassador to Japan and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Bill Haggerty. Good morning Bill. Hagerty: Good morning. Great...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Senior Communications Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to WH Chief of Staff Ben Williamson to the newsmaker line to weigh in on when Amy Coney-Barrett will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice. Leahy: We are joined now by Ben Williamson. Ben is the Communications Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the President, Mark Meadows. Ben, we have a big week coming up. The confirmation hearings for the vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to be a Supreme Court Justice. Welcome to the Tennessee Star Report, Ben. Williamson: Big week indeed Michael. Thank you for having me. I appreciate it....
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has announced that he intends to vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Romney, a staunch critic of President Donald Trump, offered praise for Barrett in a statement, saying she is “impressive” and “exceptionally well qualified.” “After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court,” Romney said. “I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences.” Romney’s statement on Barrett further strengthens the judge’s chances of being nominated to the highest court in America after the Senate Judiciary Committee advances her nomination to the entire Senate for a vote. As of now, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has stated that she will vote in opposition of Barrett’s nomination. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has not stated...
    This is a press release and does not indicate support or opposition of any candidate or organization. AllOnGeorgia does not issue endorsements. Allen Buckley, a fiscal conservative independent candidate in the special election race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler, says the three major candidates in the race, Kelly Loeffler, Doug Collins and Raphael Warnock, would vote to cause the national debt to explode. Kelly Loeffler and Doug Collins claim complete loyalty to President Donald Trump. Loeffler claims a voting record that is 100 percent in accord with Mr. Trump’s agenda. Her campaign has recently run commercials claiming she is more conservative than Atilla the Hun. Current tax proposals of Mr. Trump include completely eliminating the Social Security and Medicare taxes—that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said are expected to produce 40 percent of federal revenue...
    Ballots are arriving at homes across Colorado this week. The state has had all-mail ballot elections since 2014, which has resulted in record turnout and, this year, many sighs of relief from people who do not have to vote in person during a pandemic (though vote centers will be open in every Colorado county for those who like the personal touch, lost their ballot...or even want to register on election day, as you can if you've lived in this state for 22 days by November 3). But this year, you’ll want to have plenty of time to consider your ballot, and maybe a few beers on hand (as well as the 2020 State Ballot Information Ballot, aka the “Blue Book,” that also arrived through the mail) as you dig deep into the issues. In addition to the contests between congressional candidates (the race for the U.S. Senate between Cory Gardner...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Measure S parcel tax questions compel no vote The Independent Monitoring Committee is the Valley Water volunteer-citizen group most informed about parcel taxes. From December to February, the group reviews the district’s use of parcel tax funds for the prior year. Sessions are broad-ranging, robust and respectful. Last winter, my sixth year sitting on that body, non-district sources passed along information that a parcel tax proposal was in development, to replace the existing 15-year tax after just seven years. The Committee requested an opportunity to give feedback on the measure, an opportunity promised but never provided. Now we see Measure S on the ballot. Why bypass the committee? Why the urgency? Over six years, I recall no discussion that parcel tax revenue failed to meet goals. Why is an agency that receives substantial, permanent funding...
    Sen. Susan Collins arrives for a meeting with a select group of senators and Trump administration officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images The last time Sen. Susan Collins faced a Democratic challenger, she was considered practically invincible.  "No politician is ever bulletproof, but Collins is close," University of Maine political scientist Mark Brewer told the Portland Press Herald in 2013. At that point, Collins had already won three Senate races, expanding her share of the vote each time. She went on to defeat her rival, former ACLU leader Shenna Bellows, with almost 70% of the vote.  Six years later, everything has changed. Collins is in the race of her life against Maine's Democratic House speaker, Sara Gideon. With 3½ weeks to go, Collins is down in just about every poll as she seeks a fifth term...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Sen. Marsha Blackburn to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Blackburn weighed in on how the hearings for Amy Coney Barrett as one of the next Supreme Court justices will unfold and how the Democrats will attack her faith. She added that most often a conservative woman’s strengths are used against her by the left. Leahy: We are joined now on the newsmaker line by our good friend Senator Marsha Blackburn. Good morning, Senator Blackburn. Blackburn: Good morning! How are you? Leahy: Well, I’m delighted you’re able to join us. You were last here about a month ago. Not much happened in the past month has it? Blackburn: Not much...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) promised Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that the Senate would vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, even if members infected by the coronavirus need to be “wheeled in.” “What I can say is everyone is eager to be a work when they need to be at work,” Cotton said in the Sunday interview. “Several of the senators who are in isolation right now [will] come out of isolation before those hearings begin. But the Senate Judiciary Committee has also conducted 20 hearings this year, that have either been in part or in whole virtual. Many Senate Democrats say couldn’t possibly do a virtual hearing or demanding throughout this year going back to March that all committees be conducted over Zoom or Webex or some other virtual hearing. So the hearing is going forward, no doubt in my mind.” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced over the weekend...
    Leading Democrats have described pressing ahead with Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination 'irresponsible and dangerous' and reckless, after seven people at her nomination ceremony tested positive for COVID-19. Six of the 12 Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were present at Saturday's event - Mike Lee, Marsha Blackburn, Ben Sasse, Josh Hawley, Thom Tillis, and Mike Crapo.  Two - Lee and Tillis - tested positive on Friday.  Coney Barrett, 48, tested negative on Friday, her office said. She had coronavirus this summer and has since recovered. Amy Coney Barrett is pictured on Saturday at her nomination hearing in the Rose Garden Mike Lee on Saturday as Amy Coney Barrett was unveiled at the White House Lee met on Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett She has spent the week meeting senators, including Lee, of Utah, who tested positive.  Chuck Schumer, the most...
    Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins with one of his top supporters Mitch McConnell has spent the last six years dousing the Senate in gasoline. Now he stands ready, matches in hand, to burn it to the ground. It’s up to us to prevent this act of political arson. To rip the matchbook out of McConnell’s grasp, we’re going to expand the Senate playing field as wide as possible, force Republicans to play defense everywhere, and, through hard work and good fortune, restore democracy to Congress. That’s why Daily Kos is proud to endorse Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, who is taking the fight to one of the very worst Republican senators, Bill Cassidy, in a state the GOP never thought it would have to worry about: Louisiana. Because if we can win here, we can win anywhere. Please donate $3 now to help Adrian Perkins strike a mortal blow against...
    Washington (CNN)Top Senate Republicans on Saturday applauded President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to become the next Supreme Court justice and called for a quick confirmation vote.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Barrett "exceedingly well-qualified" and an "exceptionally impressive jurist" in a statement and reiterated his vow for the Senate to hold a vote on the nomination, saying it will take place "in the weeks ahead."The likely confirmation hearing schedule in the Judiciary Committee is already being circulated to members of the Senate, according to three people familiar with the process, and would tee up a Senate floor vote shortly before Election Day. The hearing would begin October 12, with questioning on the next two days, and a closed session on October 15 with outside witnesses. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of Senate Republican leadership, said in a statement that the Senate "will give Judge Barrett...
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