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    Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock Monmouth’s newest poll of Georgia’s special election for U.S. Senate finds a very tight race to advance to the all-but-certain January runoff, a result that’s very similar to what several other firms have found in recent weeks. Appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler takes first place in the all-party primary with 23%, while Republican Rep. Doug Collins has a narrow 22-21 edge over pastor Raphael Warnock, the favorite of national Democrats, for the crucial second place spot. Two other Democrats, businessman Matt Lieberman and former U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, are at 11% and 4%, respectively, while Libertarian Brian Slowinski takes 3%. The sample also gives Donald Trump a 47-46 lead in the state. While...
    (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death leaves the Supreme Court with a vacancy just weeks before the presidential election. President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg's seat, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process.Now, she'll go through a formal confirmation process, including public hearings. Then there's a committee vote. And then there's a Senate floor vote. Republicans want to get this done before Election Day.Here's what we know about what happens next, and why it matters. What happens next?Read MoreThere will be hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. Multiple sources familiar with the planning have told CNN that both the White House and...
    Former president Barack Obama released his second and final list of candidates he’s endorsing for the 2020 election, and his list includes an unexpected endorsement in a primary race that hasn’t yet been decided, CNBC News reported. The 44th president’s fellow Democrats already hold a safe majority in the House of Representatives, and in addition to potentially reclaiming the White House, they stand a good chance at flipping the Senate as well. To that end, Obama has endorsed seven Democrats running for seats in the Senate and 29 running for House spots. Outside of national offices, he’s endorsed dozens of candidates for statewide races. All told, his list released Friday includes 111 names. Among those names are Mark Kelly in...
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Steve Daines is the affable one, the smiler, a consummate salesman who parlayed his corporate success into a meteoric rise through Montana politics and a seat in the U.S. Senate. His former boss, Greg Gianforte, is more brusque, sometimes even harsh, a self-made technology mogul whose political career has proved rockier and included a stinging defeat for governor and unwanted notoriety when he assaulted a reporter during a successful run for U.S. House. Together they form a powerful political alliance on the cusp of dominating Montana politics for years to come, pushing the state’s Republican Party away from a Western brand of centrism and toward the hard-line partisan agenda of President Donald Trump. Daines, 58,...
    By BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Friday added his name to the list of prominent Democrats endorsing the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election. The nod was among dozens of endorsements of Democratic candidates across the country released by Obama on Twitter. Warnock, who is pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, is one of 20 candidates challenging Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler for the seat she was appointed to by Georgia’s governor 9 months ago. Even with broad support from party leaders, Warnock has consistently ranked just behind Loeffler and Republican Rep. Doug Collins in public polling, though he has been on the rise...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Friday added his name to the list of prominent Democrats endorsing the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election. The nod was among dozens of endorsements of Democratic candidates across the country released by Obama on Twitter. Warnock, who is pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, is one of 20 candidates challenging Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler for the seat she was appointed to by Georgia’s governor 9 months ago. Even with broad support from party leaders, Warnock has consistently ranked just behind Loeffler and Republican Rep. Doug Collins in public polling, though he has been on the rise in recent weeks. That’s...
    The Republican-controlled Senate passed a resolution from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reaffirming its “commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power,” after President Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer if he loses the presidential election. Manchin’s resolution read that the Senate “reaffirms its commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States,” and “intends that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.” The resolution was passed by unanimous consent in the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday. “It’s a shame that we have to come and reaffirm our commitment to our country,...
    STEPHENVILLE — Gov. Greg Abbott may not be on the ballot this fall, but his response to the coronavirus pandemic, maligned as overreach by some in his own party, is reverberating through a special election for a Texas Senate seat. In the race to replace Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, the intraparty reckoning is being forced by Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed this year over her refusal to shut down her business due to coronavirus restrictions. Tuesday’s special election is unfolding in safely red rural territory, the kind of place where conservative angst toward Abbott has risen amid the pandemic, even as the state’s Republicans try to keep their ranks focused on a momentous Nov. 3 general...
    President Trump has never been known to back away from a political fight, and choosing to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg immediately was in character. Now he probably ends his term with the most consequential fight yet. The result could be an enduring 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court or an embarrassing political defeat just as voters head to the polls to decide if he merits a second term. It could also trigger a successful Democratic court-packing effort, ushering in a new era of liberal dominance as early as next year. That last possibility is a sign both of the escalating "legitimacy war" between the two major parties and of the stakes of the final battle...
    (CNN) — Former Gov. John Hickenlooper attacked Sen. Cory Gardner in a new ad released Wednesday, charging that the Colorado Republican is “ready to rush through a Supreme Court justice at lightning speed” rather than address a host of other issues. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, left. (credit: Getty/CNN) The ad is one of the first in the country to invoke the fight over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s successor, underscoring how Democrats view the vacancy as a political winner in blue states, where the party base is furious at Republicans for moving forward to confirm a nominee and shift the Court even further to the right. “Cory Gardner has taken no action to lower health care...
    via ABC ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl laid out a scenario that would put “enormous pressure” on Republicans to not confirm a nominee to replace former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In this week’s episode of The Interview, Mediaite’s Aidan McLaughlin asked Karl what should be expected in the next few months regarding the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ginsburg, noting the ongoing battle between the two parties. Karl noted that although the timing is “incredibly compressed,” Republican senators could successfully vote on Trump’s nominee, which he said is “all but determined” to be Judge Amy Coney Barrett, before November 3. Although Republicans are pushing to vote on a nominee before the November election, Karl explained a potential...
    Democratic Senate candidates find themselves maneuvering around questions about the party's threats to expand and pack the Supreme Court over President's Trump's plan to fill an open Supreme Court seat weeks before the election. Some Democrats have said it's necessary to expand the composition of the Supreme Court from nine, where it has stood since 1869, to around 11 justices. The idea is to dilute the 6-3 conservative majority expected on the bench once a replacement is confirmed for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. The change would only be enacted, possibly, if Democratic nominee Joe Biden beats President Trump and Democrats win a Senate majority. Republicans now have a 53-47 edge in the chamber....
    Reuters September 24, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Republican Senator Roger Wicker will issue subpoenas to the chief executives of Twitter Inc , Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they do not agree to testify at a hearing on Oct. 1. The hearing will discuss a legal immunity known as Section 230 that technology companies have when it comes to liability over content posted by users. Republican President Donald Trump has made holding tech companies accountable for allegedly stifling conservative voices a theme of his administration. As a result calls for a reform of tech’s prized legal immunity have been intensifying ahead of the elections but has little chance to be approved by...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City These days, the odds of getting help from the Republican-led Senate aren’t ever in the MTA’s favor — and that has Pat Foye fuming. The chair of the cash-strapped public transit authority for the New York City area railed on Thursday against a Senate Republican proposal to provide $28 billion in aid to airline carriers struggling mightily during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s more than twice the current projected $12 billion MTA deficit that has the authority fighting for its survival. In his Thursday statement, Foye compared the lack of cooperation and help from Washington to “The Hunger Games,” the dystopian fantasy...
    Kansas Democrat Barbara Bollier (at left) Donald Trump is about to ransack the Supreme Court because—he's admitted—he wants a pliant bench that will comfortably rule in his favor on any disputes that follow November's election. And if he gets his way, it'll be because the lapdog Republican Senate has abandoned all pretense of being an independent body of government, content instead to serve Trump's every authoritarian whim. The stakes this year were already as high as they come. Now they're even higher. That's why Daily Kos is redoubling our efforts to retake the Senate and adding an excellent new candidate to our slate of endorsements: state Sen. Barbara Bollier, who's running for an open seat in Kansas—yes, Kansas—that...
    The Club for Growth is planning a $5 million advertising blitz to gain voter support for President Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee and shield from Democratic attacks the Republican senators who will vote on her confirmation. The prominent conservative advocacy group will run television ads and digital spots nationally and in states where the battle for Senate control will be decided, moving to provide financial reinforcement to vulnerable Republican senators while encouraging those who may not support the nominee to back her. Senate Republicans hold a three-seat edge heading into the November elections, with Democratic challengers putting forward stiff competition in at least seven states. “We’ve already started engaging grassroots conservatives,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh told Politico,...
    Reuters September 24, 2020 0 Comments The bitter confirmation battle over President Donald Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looms large for the Senate Judiciary Committee as it prepares for fresh hearings on the Republican’s third lifetime appointment to the top court. Two personalities could stand out in hearings expected in the coming weeks: Republican Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, who mounted a booming defense of Kavanaugh, and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, running mate to Joe Biden, Trump’s rival in the Nov. 3 election. Tensions in the Senate are high as the Republican-controlled chamber seeks to vote on the nominee before the election, and cement a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump is expected to name either Amy Coney Barrett...
    Democrats had big hopes for Texas, but the party's Senate candidate lags behind longtime Republican incumbent John Cornyn six weeks before Election Day. MJ Hegar, a U.S. Air Force veteran and teacher, has closed the double-digit gap between her and Cornyn. Yet she continues to trail the senator, first elected in 2002, by an average of 8.3 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics. Democrats were optimistic early in the cycle that demographic shifts and a hard-fought presidential race in Texas would help their picks up and down the ballot, particularly after then-Rep. Beto O'Rourke's surprisingly strong Senate bid in 2018. While those factors may still influence House contests on the ticket this fall, they don't seem to be elevating Hegar. For...
    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bitter confirmation battle over President Donald Trump's last Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looms large for the Senate Judiciary Committee as it prepares for fresh hearings on the Republican's third lifetime appointment to the top court. Two personalities could stand out in hearings expected in the coming weeks: Republican Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, who mounted a booming defense of Kavanaugh, and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, running mate to Joe Biden, Trump's rival in the Nov. 3 election. Tensions in the Senate are high as the Republican-controlled chamber seeks to vote on the nominee before the election, and cement a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump is expected to name either Amy Coney Barrett or...
    New polls today show Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump in a tight race or virtually tied in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe reports that while Mr. Trump has turned his campaign's attention to the Supreme Court and is set to announce what his administration has promised will be an anti-abortion, conservative female nominee on Saturday, Biden and his campaign are keeping laser-focused on the economy, coronavirus, and race relations, which he discussed today with Black businesses and educators during a campaign visit to North Carolina. During his first in-person visit to the tossup state since becoming the nominee, Biden said, "We have a gigantic opportunity, a gigantic opportunity to fundamentally change...
    (CNN)The American people owe Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a measureless debt of gratitude for her distinguished service on the Supreme Court. Her inspirational life story and work helped advance justice and opportunities for women in our country. Charlie DentLike her dear friend Justice Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg died in the final year of a president's term, and this vacancy will ignite yet another epic Supreme Court battle . During the prolonged debate and discussion over the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, I believed that then-President Barack Obama had the right to make the nomination in a presidential election year and that the Senate should have initiated the confirmation process. Similarly, under the Constitution, President Donald Trump is...
    The super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raised $37.4 million in August and entered September with $126.2 million to spend defending Republicans in the fall elections. Senate Leadership Fund’s August haul was dominated by $25 million in contributions from Republican megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson and $4 million from Steve Wynn, the wealthy Las Vegas casino magnate and former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, according to Federal Election Commission filings. SLF is investing its money in television advertising and digital outreach to protect the Republican Party’s three-seat majority. Republican Senate incumbents are under fire from well-funded Democratic challengers in at least seven states. Democratic candidates have raised unusually large sums of campaign cash, putting...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in an interview on Tuesday said that the Republican-controlled Senate should not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump before the Nov. 3 presidential election, making him the third blue-state Republican governor to oppose such a move. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker each said earlier this week that they think whoever wins the election should be the one filling the vacancy. Hogan, who has been at the center of rumors that he could run for president in 2024, made his comments at an event for the Texas Tribune Festival. "We should not be playing partisan games with the Supreme Court," Hogan said in a subsequent tweet. "It would be a mistake...
    (CNN)Former Gov. John Hickenlooper attacked Sen. Cory Gardner in a new ad released Wednesday, charging that the Colorado Republican is "ready to rush through a Supreme Court justice at lightning speed" rather than address a host of other issues.The ad is one of the first in the country to invoke the fight over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's successor, underscoring how Democrats view the vacancy as a political winner in blue states, where the party base is furious at Republicans for moving forward to confirm a nominee and shift the Court even further to the right."Cory Gardner has taken no action to lower health care costs, lower prescription drug prices, rebuild our infrastructure, fight climate change or provide economic relief in...
    A ceremonial resolution honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was pulled after Sen. Ted Cruz objected to language added by the chamber's top Democrat about the liberal icon's dying wish. "All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and instead replace her with someone who will tear down everything she built," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said regarding the resolution. Cruz objected to the inclusion of the wish, arguing that the Constitution states that justices do not get to appoint their successor. "The Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg's position should not be filled until a...
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham served in the South Carolina state House before he ran for Congress. Cory Gardner. Joni Ernst. Thom Tillis. Lindsey Graham. What do they all have in common? They are all, of course, vulnerable Republican senators who are in for the fight of their lives this fall. But they share something else: They’re former state legislators, too. In fact, almost half of current senators began their political careers in our state capitols. For Republicans, the nation’s statehouses have been the ideal breeding ground for succeeding generations of ever-more-conservative members of Congress. The GOP has spent decades devoting almost limitless resources to develop this farm system, giving it ready-made candidates tailored to exacting Koch brothers specifications who...
    Georgia Senate candidate Matt Lieberman doesn't think he's hurting Democratic chances of flipping the Republican-held seat by staying in the race and potentially splitting Democratic support. Lieberman, the son of 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, is one of 21 candidates running in the multiparty special election for the final two years of retired Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's term. The seat is currently held by appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Polls consistently put Lieberman in fourth place behind Loeffler, Republican Rep. Doug Collins, and Democrat Raphael Warnock, a senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. But the former teacher and businessman defended himself against increasing pressure to drop out to help Warnock and avoid a Jan. 5 runoff between the...
    (CNN)Just hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins took to Twitter to offer his, um, thoughts."RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws," tweeted Collins. "With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live."RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live.— Doug Collins (Text DOUG to 87123) (@CollinsforGA) September 19, 2020 Days...
    WASHINGTON - Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report said it was ultimately "unclear" what impact Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company had on Obama administration policy with regard to Ukraine. And it offered no evidence to support one of President Donald Trump's more incendiary allegations — that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor as a way to protect his son. Biden's campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks...
    The November election may be 41 days away, but Senate Republicans appear ready to hustle to get their Supreme Court pick on the bench. While Senate GOP leaders have made no official comments on scheduling for President Trump’s incoming nominee to the nation’s highest court, hearings could begin as early as Monday, Oct. 12 and a confirmation vote on the floor could be scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, one Republican aide familiar with the planning tells the Associated Press. As the country mourned the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, the commander-in-chief and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they would move forward on a vote for her replacement. Currently, Republicans hold a 53-47 majority...
    Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy raised $1.4 million during the first 18 months of his long shot bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. In the three days since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Espy raised $1 million. Fundraising for Democratic Senate candidates has exploded since Ginsburg, a beloved liberal icon, died on Friday. That evening through Tuesday afternoon, online donation platform ActBlue processed $170 million in contributions overall to Democratic candidates and groups. Some of that cash is flowing to Democratic challengers running in red states whose path to victory is virtually nonexistent regardless of how much money they rake in. Espy is one. Amy McGrath is another. The Kentucky Democrat is raising tens of millions...
    Jessica Corbett September 23, 2020 10:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney announced Tuesday that he would participate in a floor vote to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November 3 general election, triggering condemnation and a fresh wave of vows from progressives that they will keep fighting to ensure the next elected president gets to pick the nominee. Ginsburg's death Friday ignited a political battle in the midst of early voting for the election, with President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledging to soon hold a vote and progressives pressuring...
    With the Senate poised to begin likely explosive confirmation hearings over President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, top election expert Larry Sabato has swung his projection for two critical contests to the left. Their outcomes could determine wether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is leading the charge to fill the seat amid the election, retains control of the upper chamber. Maine’s Senate race has switched from “toss-up” to “leans Democratic” as incumbent GOP Sen. Susan Collins continues to struggle in the polls. Sabato also nudged South Carolina’s Senate race in the direction of Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, moving incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s seat from “likely Republican” to “leans Republican.” Collins has seen her support erode following her critical vote to confirm another Trump nominee to the...
    (CNN)The brawl over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's successor began before her body was buried. Within hours of her death on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." Since then, almost every Republican senator running for reelection has announced their support for the process to confirm the to-be-announced nominee, shaking up the race for Senate control only six weeks out from Election Day.The quick embrace of McConnell's strategy could help Republicans in toss-up Senate races in purple and red states, including in North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Montana, although it could hurt them in others. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis has struggled to coalesce the Republican...
    With polls consistently showing five sitting Republican senators tied or trailing their Democratic opponents, Kansas Republicans got some unwanted news recently when former Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum — their states only woman elected to the Senate — endorsed Democrat Barbara Bollier for the U.S. Senate seat. Kassebaums blessing of the Democratic hopeful — herself a former GOP state legislator who changed parties — comes as the Sunflower State is in the midst of its most competitive Senate race since 1974. A just-completed "deluxe" projection of the political site FiveThirtyEight showed a 52%-45% lead by Republican Rep. Roger Marshall over Democrat Bollier. But the much-publicized endorsement by Kassebaum — daughter of revered former Gov. and 1936 Republican presidential nominee Alf M. Landon...
    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Gary Peters of Michigan leads his Republican challenger among likely voters, while the North Carolina race between Republican Senator Thom Tillis and his Democratic rival appears to be a toss-up, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls released on Tuesday. There are about nine competitive U.S. Senate races this year, seven with vulnerable Republican incumbents and two with vulnerable Democrats. To win the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats if the party wins the White House and four if not. Here are the latest results on three Senate races on which Reuters/Ipsos is polling:     MICHIGAN * 49% of likely voters polled from Sept. 11 to 16 said they planned to vote...
    Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said Democrats don’t have a “triple secret procedural trick device” to use to stop the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With recent statements from Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Republican Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst supporting a hearing on Trump’s nominee, it appears that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have the votes he needs despite the fact that Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins have both said they would not vote to confirm a nominee until after the election. White discussed the upcoming fight over Ginsburg’s seat Tuesday afternoon on Fox News’ “Bill Hemmer Reports.” “Can...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sens. Mike Braun and Todd Young said Tuesday that they support the Senate taking a confirmation vote on a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November election. “I think it’s important that we do this prior to the election,” Braun said during a news conference. “(Republicans) do control the presidency and the Senate. And I think the majority of Hoosiers who elected me would be disappointed if we didn't do the vote." Braun, a first-term Republican, said he thinks President Donald Trump should pick Amy Coney Barrett because of her judicial record. Barrett has served on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...
    The U.S. Senate special election pitting Republican incumbent Martha McSally against Democrat Mark Kelly is "key to keep the Senate majority" for the GOP next year, McSally told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday. “People have known Arizona is key for the presidential race ..." McSally said. "Now we’re key to ensure that the Supreme Court nominee goes through and that we’re able to shift the court for generations to come." ANDY MCCARTHY EXPLAINS WHY ARIZONA SENATE ELECTION COULD MAKE OR BREAK TRUMP SCOTUS PICK VideoMcSally and Kelly, a former astronaut, are battling for the seat formerly held by the late Sen. John McCain, who was reelected in 2016. After McCain died of brain cancer in August 2018, former Sen. John Kyl served out...
    Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally has the political odds stacked against her as she campaigns against Democrat Mark Kelly to hold on to her Senate seat for another two years. McSally was appointed to the late Sen. John McCain's old seat in 2019 after losing Arizona's open Senate race to Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2018. Now, McSally faces defeat again, this time in her Nov. 3 special election to continue representing her state in the Senate until 2022. McSally last polled ahead of Kelly in an outlier survey published midsummer, the incumbent trailing the challenger on average by high single digits, according to RealClearPolitics. Her contest is considered the Democrats' best pickup opportunity as they try to gain the...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY ANDY SULLIVAN AND RICHARD COWAN President Donald Trump’s push to widen the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority received a boost on Tuesday as a longtime rival, Republican Senator Mitt Romney, said the Senate should move forward with a vote on his replacement for liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Romney’s decision left Democrats with few hopes of blocking Senate confirmation of the Republican president’s third appointment to the high court, which would give it a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump has said he plans to announce his nominee by Saturday. Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, is one of the few...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he plans to announce his nominee Saturday for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while a key lawmaker said Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm Trump’s choice before the November 3 presidential election.   Trump said on Twitter he would make the announcement at the White House. He earlier said the choice will be one of five conservative women he is considering, one of whom he met with Monday, appellate court judge Amy Coney Barrett.   Three Conservative Female Judges at Top of Trump’s Supreme Court List US leader appointed all three to federal appellate court judgeships and now could elevate one...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said Tuesday that he is on board with the Senate considering President Donald Trump’s forthcoming nominee to the Supreme Court right away, despite having endorsed waiting eight months until after the 2016 election to fill a vacancy under President Barack Obama. The difference now, Toomey said, is that the Senate and White House are controlled by the same party, so there is no reason now to wait until after the Nov. 3 election, just six weeks away. “When divided government creates tension between the two organs responsible for filling a position on the Supreme Court, it is completely justifiable to leave open a vacancy until the voters have had a...
    Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Penn.) on Tuesday said he will vote to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE’s nominee to the Supreme Court if that person meets the appropriate criteria, putting another stake into Democratic hopes of keeping Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at...
    President Donald Trump said he will announce his nominee to the Supreme Court on Saturday at the White House after securing enough Republican votes in the Senate to confirm his pick this year. 'I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA,' Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.  His announcement came as Senator Mitt Romney - the last remaining Republican holdout - said he would back the president and vote for a nominee in an election year. 'I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president's nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,' Romney said in a statement.  President Donald...
    Republican senators say they will vote for Trump's nominee, no matter who it is or what that person believes. Nearly every single vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection this fall came out to say they will vote for Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court — even though the senators do not know who the nominee is nor what the eventual pick's positions are. Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Martha McSally or Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, David Perdue of Georgia, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia all said they will vote for Trump's...
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz defended his colleagues' decision to support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after failing to back Barack Obama's four years ago under similar circumstances.  'Everybody has changed their position,' the GOP senator from Texas told CBS' 'This Morning.'  'Every Democrat has flipped,' he added. 'There's a reason for that. Both sides believe something fundamentally different about Supreme Court justices. The Democrats and Joe Biden have promised to nominate liberal activist judges.' He noted Republicans - both President Trump and Senate Republicans - ran for office promising to name conservative judges to the courts, adding that since the GOP kept control of the Senate in the 2018 midterms, voters gave them the nod of approval to confirm...
    Although Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is seeking reelection in a deep red state — much redder than neighboring North Carolina, which has evolved into a swing state — polls on South Carolina’s 2020 U.S. Senate race have been surprisingly close. Morning Consult, in a recent poll, found Graham leading his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, by only 1%. But Morning Consult’s Eli Yokley is reporting that Republican strategists believe another Supreme Court battle could help the veteran senator win reelection. In the past, Graham insisted that if a Supreme Court seat became vacant in 2020, he would not be in favor of voting for a nominee during a presidential election year. But Graham, following the death of Justice Ruth...
    WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump met at the White House on Monday with one of the five women on his list to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to sources.   The 87-year-old liberal icon died last Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Trump said he would announce his nominee after funeral services for her later this week.   The president mentioned Amy Coney Barrett by name, along with Barbara Lagoa, as he spoke to reporters before boarding his Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn. He did not confirm meeting with Barrett.   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University, poses...
    The Daily Kos Elections average of all publicly available polls of the 2020 North Carolina Senate race. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Senate Forecast: Daily Kos Elections is pleased to roll out our new weekly Senate Forecast, which David Jarman will be publishing every Monday from now through the election. Each week, Jarman looks at the average of all the public polling in each Senate race to asses which seats are likeliest to flip—and, above all, whether Democrats can retake the chamber. Using a model...
    As the U.S. Senate readies for what could be one of the nastiest political skirmishes in recent history over the potential confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, multiple potential GOP swing votes came out in recent days in support of moving along a Trump nominee -- leading Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to declare "We've got the votes." Notably, on Monday vulnerable Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, said that he would vote to confirm a qualified nominee from the president as did institutionalist Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who is known for his reverence for the Senate's institutional safeguards and his willingness...
    Republicans are cautiously optimistic that the looming fight to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will benefit President Trump’s reelection chances. Trump is expected to nominate Ginsburg’s successor later this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has vowed to press forward with a vote despite furious Democratic opposition. Trump has publicly indicated that five women are under consideration. “It's hard to see how this doesn't help Republicans politically. The Supreme Court fight reframes the election in a way that's helpful for President Trump,” said GOP strategist Alex Conant. “Rather than focusing on his tweets and handling of COVID, many voters will now focus on the Supreme Court.” A Pew poll released...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said enough Republicans in the Senate are prepared to confirm a new justice to the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election. The South Carolina Republican, who is chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News host Sean Hannity during a Monday evening interview that whomever President Trump nominates to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at the age of 87 on Friday, will be quickly moved through his committee and confirmed by the GOP-led Senate. “We’re going to have a process that you’ll be proud of,” Graham said. “The nominee is going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee and we've got the votes to confirm the judge...
    President Donald Trump said as long as Republicans hold the Senate they can do what they want on voting for a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He said the vote on his nominee to replace the beloved liberal icon should come before the November 3 election. He also claimed the process will help Republican senators facing tough re-election bids this fall.  'When you have the Senate, when you have the votes, you can do what you want as long as you have it,' he told 'Fox & Friends' on Monday morning. President Donald Trump said as long as Republicans hold the Senate they can do what they want on voting for a replacement for...
    WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump met at the White House on Monday with one of the five women on his list to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to sources.   The 87-year-old liberal icon died last Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Trump said he would announce his nominee after funeral services for her later this week.   The president mentioned Amy Coney Barrett by name, along with Barbara Lagoa, as he spoke to reporters before boarding his Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn. He did not confirm meeting with Barrett.   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University, poses...
    September 20, 2020 The big story today is big indeed: how and when the seat on the Supreme Court, now open because of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, will be filled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced within an hour of the announcement of Ginsburg’s passing that he would move to replace her immediately. Trump says he will announce his pick for the seat as early as Tuesday. Democrats are crying foul. Their immediate complaint is that after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016, McConnell refused even to meet with President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, on the grounds that it was inappropriate to confirm a Supreme Court justice in an election year....
    Republican Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both pledged Monday to “evaluate” a nominee put forth by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader,” Grassley said in a statement to the Des Moines Register. “Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have.” Grassley contended there is “no such ambiguity in 2020” like existed in 2016 when the White...
    Senate Republicans said Monday they are ready to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, despite the election-year timing and the objections of Democrats, and they appear to have the votes to do it. “I think the vast majority of our conference is going to be OK with whatever the speed with which we move is,” Sen. Mike Braun, an Indiana Republican, told the Washington Examiner. A Monday evening statement by Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, appears to give Republicans at least 50 votes in favor of moving and eventually confirming a nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence able to break a tie if needed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday the Senate will vote some time...
    Can I vent a little? Thanks. It’s become almost conventional wisdom among liberals these days that the US Senate is flagrantly unfair and undemocratic because of its built-in bias toward Republicans. Why, Republicans control the Senate with seats that represent less than half of all Americans! It’s become something of an all-purpose excuse for Democratic losses of the past few years, and it needs to stop. First off, here’s a chart showing control of the Senate since World War II: Over the past 75 years, Democrats have controlled the Senate 24 times compared to 13 for Republicans. But wait. Most of that is ancient history. How about counting since 1980? Then it’s 11 to 9 in favor of Republicans....
    Protests outside the home of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will not stop him from holding confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court nomination. In a letter sent Monday to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Graham announced his intention to hold confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee this year. After offering condolences for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, Graham explained that the Republican majority in 2016 acted constitutionally in refusing to begin confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. "When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama's lame duck presidency," the letter...
    The outcome of the Arizona Senate race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Mark Kelly could determine whether President Trump's nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes it through the Senate, former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Monday. "There's a 53-47 Republican edge [in the Senate] right now, but that may not last for very long after the election," McCarthy explained. "The election in Arizona, unlike the other Senate elections in the country this year, is a special election ... If Mark Kelly defeats Martha McSally, he could be a senator on November 30, which means the 53-47 edge during a lame duck [session] very quickly becomes 52-48. "And then, if you consider all...
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained that the way Democrats treated Justice Brett Kavanaugh is one of the reasons he believes President Donald Trump should appoint a new Supreme Court justice, even during a presidential election year. In an public letter addressed Monday to the Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, Graham first mourned the loss of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and then went on to explain why he believes circumstances are different than when the Republican-controlled Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland in 2016. Characterizing the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2014 as a check and balance on the closing years of Obama’s presidency, Graham emphasized that things are different...
    Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested voters should unseat Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins for opposing the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s upcoming pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would bring Trump’s selection to a vote, both Murkowski and Collins have stated they would not support installing a replacement for Ginsburg before the next presidential term. “If Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are going to withhold their vote for the president’s nominee, then Republicans in those states should withhold their votes from them,” Gaetz told The Washington Examiner in a piece published Monday. “What good are Susan Collins and Lisa...
    The death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only amped up tension for the upcoming presidential election, but marked the beginning of a contentious debate over the selection of her successor. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, meaning that a vote down party lines gives Republicans full control. However, the fate of any nominee put forth by President Donald Trump will be in the hands of a small group of GOP senators and their opinions on Trump’s right to appoint a justice mere months before the end of his term. While most senate Republicans have said that they will align behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and confirm Trump’s nominee, some have yet to announce their...
    Though Republicans hold a 53-47 Senate majority, its makeup could change before the start of the 117th Congress on Jan. 3, 2021, possibly complicating the GOP’s push to confirm another Supreme Court justice. If Mark Kelly, the Democratic senatorial nominee in Arizona, wins his election against GOP Sen. Martha McSally on Nov. 3, he could take office later that month, which would narrow Republicans’ majority. A vacancy on the Court opened when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed Friday evening from pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. Since the contest is a special election to finish the term of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, the winner can be sworn in as soon as each Arizona county certifies its election...
    Graeme Jennings/Getty Images Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called on Republican voters to oust Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for their opposition to filling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court before the election. “If Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are going to withhold their vote for the president’s nominee, then Republicans in those states should withhold their votes from them,” Gaetz said in an interview with The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard published on Monday. “What good are Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski if we can’t count on them to fulfill their obligation to advise and consent during the term in which they’ve been elected?” Murkowski and Collins both said over the weekend that they opposed President Donald Trump...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY PAUL SCHINDLER “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.” Graham, the South Carolina Republican who himself is up for reelection in November, made these remarks in March 2016, the day that President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, who sits on the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace the late Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly...
    Reuters September 21, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his U.S. Supreme Court pick by the end of the week, moving quickly to fill the seat of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a 6-3 conservative majority ahead of his Nov. 3 re-election bid. The Republican president said he is looking “very seriously” at five candidates and would put forward his nominee on Friday or Saturday after funeral services for Ginsburg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday at age 87. Trump said the Republican-controlled Senate should hold a vote ahead of the election. “The final vote should be taken frankly before the election. We have plenty of time for...
    (CNN)The battle for control of the United States Senate assumed fresh urgency Friday following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing more intense scrutiny to several competitive down-ballot contests whose outcomes could have long-lasting consequences for all three branches of government.For President Donald Trump, the vacancy offers an opportunity to further reshape the court and bolster his legacy by installing a third conservative justice during his first term in office.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is up for reelection this November, has vowed to give the President's eventual nominee a vote, ensuring the showdown on the chamber's floor will extend to the campaign trail this fall.Balance of power Republicans enter the election on November 3 holding a...
    Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander announced that he will vote on the nominee selected by President Trump to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Alexander, a Republican, said that he is confident Democrats would be selecting a Supreme Court justice at the end of a presidential term if they were in the same position. He said no one should be shocked that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to move forward with the confirmation process. "No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President's Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year. The Constitution gives senators the power to do it. The voters who elected them expect it," Alexander said in a statement...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans, in less than 72 hours, have put themselves on the path to confirm a nominee to dramatically shift the balance of power in the US Supreme Court. And they very well may do it before the November 3 election. Bottom lineThere is no on-ramp or slow lead-up to what's happening at this moment, in the middle of an increasingly divisive election taking place in a fractured country. A colossal battle, the contours of which have been laid over years of judicial fights, disputes and wars, was under way within hours of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republicans have grown more and more confident they can confirm the liberal icon's successor in the weeks ahead, according to...
    Mitch McConnell’s political interests are not identical to Donald Trump’s, although there’s certainly some overlap. That’s the first and most important principle to keep in mind in trying to figure out what will happen in the epoch-shaping battle that now looms over not just the presidential campaign but over America’s future — the battle to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There’s a second principle at work here too, nearly as important: McConnell never picks a fight he doesn’t think he can win. Many things can be said about the memorably ruthless Senate majority leader, who already stands as one of the most important American political figures of the last 50 years,...
    Andrew O'Hehir September 21, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) Mitch McConnell's political interests are not identical to Donald Trump's, although there's certainly some overlap. That's the first and most important principle to keep in mind in trying to figure out what will happen in the epoch-shaping battle that now looms over not just the presidential campaign but over America's future — the battle to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  There's a second principle at work here too, nearly as important: McConnell never picks a fight he doesn't think he can win. Many things can be said about the memorably ruthless Senate majority leader, who already stands as one of the most...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg chided the Senate in 2016 for failing to fill Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat until after Election Day — in contrast to her own deathbed plea that it now wait until after the 2020 vote to replace her. Ginsburg, 87, who died from pancreatic cancer on Friday, reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Four years earlier, Fox News noted, she had a different take. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year,” Ginsburg told the New York Times in 2016 when she urged the Senate to do “their job”...
    The Republican National Committee released a video on Sunday highlighting the words of many top Democrats in 2016 on the issue of filling a Supreme Court seat during an election year. The digital ad follows the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday after the 87-year-old lost the fight in her fifth bout with cancer. Democrats made the following remarks in 2016 following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: Joe Biden: “The American people deserve a fully-staffed court of nine.” Hillary Clinton: “The president nominates and then the Senate advises and consents, or not, but they go forward with the process.” Nancy Pelosi: “What we’re seeing here, and I hope this is temporary, is a...
    Reuters September 20, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the Supreme Court as the November election approaches, calling his rival Donald Trump’s plan an “exercise of raw political power.” Biden was speaking on Sunday, the day that a second Senate Republican voiced objections to Trump’s plan for a quick vote on a replacement to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Such an appointment by the president, if approved by the Senate, would cement a 6-3 conservative majority that could influence American law and life for decades. “Voters of this country should be heard … they’re the ones who this Constitution envisions should decide...
    (CNN)A Republican vote to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the next presidential inauguration could deepen the pressure on majority rule that is already threatening to engulf all elements of America's political system. If the Republican-led Senate confirms a nominee from President Donald Trump before January, it would mark the third time a GOP-majority Senate that represents well below half of the US population -- allocating half of each state to each senator -- would elevate a justice chosen by Trump, who lost the popular vote, to the Supreme Court.Two of the five currently serving Republican-appointed justices were nominated by President George W. Bush, who also initially lost the popular vote. The final one, Clarence Thomas,...
    Joe Biden said Sunday it would be a "constitutional abuse of power" for the GOP-run Senate to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to fill the slot held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, saying it violated a previous Republican standard during President Obama's second term and would be unfair to millions of voters who will have cast ballots before any confirmation vote. The nation is already facing historic crises, from the pandemic to a "devastating economic recession" and damaging storms and fires, Biden said in remarks at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. "The last thing we need is to add a constitutional crisis that plunges us deeper into the abyss, deeper into the darkness," the former vice...
    Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton added his name to the list of senators pushing for a vote on the person President Trump will nominate to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. “The Senate will exercise our constitutional duty," the Republican senator told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, adding, “We will move forward without delay." Pointing out that the confirmation process for Ginsburg took only 43 days, Cotton said it is possible that there is enough time to confirm a new nominee before the new Congress. “There will be a vote. There have been some cases like Justice Ginsburg herself that took less than 44 days,” he said. “There have been other cases which...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump appears focused on naming one of two conservative female jurists he appointed to federal appellate courts to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died last week. Trump told a political rally Saturday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina that he will make the nomination this week and that “it will be a woman.” He earlier named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit appellate court and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible candidates. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University, poses in an undated photograph obtained from Notre Dame University, Sept 19,...
    Mitch McConnell acknowledged that there would be no full consensus among Republican senators Republicans were proposing to reduce the amount to $ 200 a week. Photo: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EFE Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, was open Tuesday to support an economic stimulus package that include expanding the federal unemployment benefit to $ 600 a week. This program, which ended at the end of July, is a matter of dissent not only with the Democrats but also within the Republican Party. “If this achieves the agreement of the president from the United States and its team, which has to sign it, and from the Democrats, a not...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on Sunday said she opposes a vote on any U.S. Supreme Court nominee ahead of the November election, becoming the second Republican in the chamber to publicly oppose acting on President Donald Trump's choice, according to several U.S. media outlets. "I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia," Murkowski said in a statement, reported by Axios and other outlets. "We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply." Fellow Republican Susan Collins on Saturday also said she would not support moving...
    Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lisa Murkowski became the second Republican senator to say the upper chamber should wait to vote on filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court. “For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," Murkowski said in a statement on Sunday. "Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.” The Alaska Republican said she didn't support taking up a nomination in 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and she holds the same stance now. Ginsburg died Friday evening at the age of 87. "We are now even closer to the...
    Now that’s what I like to hear. On a scale of 1 to “Donald Trump got shorted a McNugget in his lunch order,” the palpable rage is at about a 9 right now. And rising. But this may settle my humors some. Politico: During a Democratic Caucus call Saturday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told his colleagues “everything Americans value is at stake” and vowed to respond if Republicans fill Ginsburg’s seat before January.   “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” Schumer declared. “Nothing is off the table.” Does that mean my dream of packing baking soda into every Trump...
    Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling bipartisan energy bill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump, Biden battle over vaccine, economy; Congress returns MORE (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that Senate Republicans' plans to move toward confirming a new Supreme Court justice weeks before the 2020 election are “completely consistent with precedent.” The senator argued on NBC's "Meet the Press" that “if the shoe were on the other foot” and Democrats had the White House...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY SUSAN HEAVEY AND ANDREW CHUNG Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak in Philadelphia on Sunday about his rival President Donald Trump’s plan to name a third justice to the Supreme Court, a move that would cement a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump on Saturday said he will make his nomination this week and named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible candidates to fill the vacancy created by Friday’s death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The passing of Ginsburg upended the November election contests, energizing both Trump’s conservative...
    The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee had his own words used against him in a hard-hitting new ad from the Lincoln Project. “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait till the next election,” Graham promised The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg in October of 2018. It wasn’t the only time Graham had made such a claim, as was pointed out by Vanita Gupta, the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Just in case you don’t know – Lindsey Graham is now the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We will use his words against him. — Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 19, 2020...
    By Susan Heavey and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak in Philadelphia on Sunday about his rival President Donald Trump's plan to name a third justice to the Supreme Court, a move that would cement a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump on Saturday said he will make his nomination this week and named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible candidates to fill the vacancy created by Friday's death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The passing of Ginsburg upended the November election contests, energizing both Trump's conservative base -- eager to see the court overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized...
    CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd sat down to talk with our political analysts Democrat Mike Dino and Republican Dick Wadhams about a new Sen. Cory Gardner television ad in which he defends his position on protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. The group also discussed the new effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis. Mike Dino is a Democratic government affairs expert with more than 30 years of experience. He was the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee where President Obama received his historic nomination. Dino also served as the executive director of Denver’s Task Force for the 1997 Summit of the Eight. Dick Wadhams is Republican political consultant who has worked with former Colorado Senator Wayne...
    Since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats have repeatedly pointed out the hypocrisay of Republicans seeking to force through a Supreme Court during an election year after arguing against doing so after Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland in 2016. But that is a waste of time, according to The New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer, who wrote a major profile on McConnell that was published in April. “As the Democrats weigh their options about how to stop Mitch McConnell from filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat, one tactic that they should forget about immediately is arguing that it would be hypocritical of McConnell to jam in a new Justice so close to an election. Obviously, it nakedly is, given...
    Based on unnamed sources, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman at The New York Times report that Donald Trump could move as quickly as next week to name his nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump made clear with a Saturday morning tweet that he wants to move fast. “We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” He didn’t give any specific timing for “without delay.” Before the election? He surely wants this in hopes that, if nothing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — All indications are that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move ahead with a Supreme Court nominee. So the first question is: what if they succeed? “Republican senators, this is the most important thing,” said San Francisco State University political science professor Jason McDaniel. “They’ve been talking about this for decades.” McDaniel believes there is very little doubt McConnell will take his shot. The big questions now surround the math in the U.S. Senate. “He’s got a three-vote majority,” McDaniel explained. “He can lose three votes, Murkowski, Collins, Romney, Gardner, something like that, Thom Tillis. He can lose three of those and still get a vote because this can’t be filibustered.” Then there’s...
    Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine) said that the next Supreme Court nominee should be selected by whoever wins the November presidential election, breaking rank with the GOP leadership and President Donald Trump on the replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "In order for the American people to have in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently -- no matter which political party is in power," Collins wrote in a statement released on Saturday afternoon. "President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee's beginning the process of reviewing his nominee's credentials." "Given the proximity of the presidential...
    (CNN)Mourners of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gathered quietly at the Supreme Court Saturday, laying rows of flowers and writing chalk messages to honor the gender equality icon. But America was closely watching how the Republican machinations to replace her, already unfolding swiftly, will play out across the street at the Capitol and on the campaign trail. Less than 24 hours after the death of the 87-year-old justice, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump were already engaged in a fierce pressure campaign to hold the Republican conference together and push a nominee through the Senate Judiciary Committee and full Senate process before the end of this year. Trump said Saturday he will have a nominee "very...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for Kansas’ open Senate seat called Saturday for quick action to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dismissed his Democratic opponent’s disavowal of Green New Deal environmental proposals so often in a debate that she admonished him, “Stop deceiving voters.” Republican Roger Marshall, a two-term congressman for western and central Kansas, repeatedly attacked Democrat Barbara Bollier, a Kansas City-area state senator, for switching parties in late 2018 after having been elected to office as a moderate Republican. He suggested that her choosing to leave the GOP showed that she was out of touch with most voters in their Republican-leaning state and had embraced liberal values. Marshall repeatedly referred to...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators weighing what to do about the vacancy on the Supreme Court are facing questions about their own past comments amid complaints by Democrats that their views have shifted with changing political reality. President Donald Trump has urged the GOP-run Senate to consider “without delay” his upcoming nomination to fill the seat vacated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. The move comes just six weeks before the election. A look at what key Republican senators were saying in the past — and what they are saying now — about filling a seat on the Supreme Court during an election year. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL McConnell, a Kentucky Republican,...
    By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for Kansas' open Senate seat called Saturday for quick action to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dismissed his Democratic opponent's disavowal of Green New Deal environmental proposals so often in a debate that she admonished him, “Stop deceiving voters.” Republican Roger Marshall, a two-term congressman for western and central Kansas, repeatedly attacked Democrat Barbara Bollier, a Kansas City-area state senator, for switching parties in late 2018 after having been elected to office as a moderate Republican. He suggested that her choosing to leave the GOP showed that she was out of touch with most voters in their Republican-leaning state and had embraced...