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    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...
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday gives President Trump the opportunity to solidify the high court’s former 5-4 conservative majority — and some Republican senators have said they’re eager to help him do it. Ginsburg died at age 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. When Ginsburg was hospitalized in May, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) said the GOP was ready to act if a vacancy opened up before the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to fill it,” Barrasso, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, told Politico at the time. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also said Republicans wouldn’t shy away from a bruising confirmation battle with Senate...
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday gives President Trump the opportunity to solidify the high court’s former 5-4 conservative majority — and some Republican senators have said they’re eager to help him do it. When Ginsburg was hospitalized in May, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) said the GOP was ready to act if a vacancy opened up before the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to fill it,” Barrasso, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, told Politico at the time. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also said Republicans wouldn’t shy away from a bruising confirmation battle with Senate Democrats. “If you thought the [Brett] Kavanaugh hearing was contentious this would...
    Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has said she would not vote for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement until after the inauguration. Murkowski, a pro-choice moderate from Alaska, is often a swing vote in the Senate. Ginsburg died Friday evening at her home at the age of 87. “When Republicans held off Merrick Garland because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let the people decide,” Murkowski said in August, according to The Hill. “And I agreed to do that. If we say now that months prior to the election is OK when nine months is not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it.” Last month, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska...
    Sen. Ted Cruz touted the Trump administration’s move to try to “snapback” international sanctions against Iran despite pushback from some members of the United Nations Security Council. Cruz was one of several high-profile speakers at the virtual summit on Friday hosted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a leading dissident group that advocates for regime change in Iran. The summit coincided with this week’s opening of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly. The event also comes on the eve of the U.S. “snapback” of sanctions against Iran, which the Trump administration said will go into effect at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Despite some international backlash from the move, Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said...
    Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins is down five points to her Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, a poll released Friday shows. According to a New York Times-Siena College poll, Collins is behind  Gideon 44 percent to 49 percent with less than two months before the November 3 elections. The poll did however show that 50 percent of voters view Collins very favorable or somewhat favorable compared to 47 percent who did not feel the same, The Hill reported. (Sara Gideon_Youtube_Maine Campaign Ad) The poll is one of the latest showing bad signs for Republican’s hopes to maintain control of the Senate. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison says he raised $1 million dollars after a poll was...
    Oregon state Sen. Shemia Fagan (D) Leading Off ● WA-SoS, OR-SoS: Democrats are looking to flip two secretary of state offices in the Pacific Northwest this fall, and both of Team Blue's candidates have been outraising their Republican rivals in these critical but often overlooked races. We’ll start with Oregon, where we have an open seat contest between two state senators, Democrat Shemia Fagan and Republican Kim Thatcher, for an office that Team Red flipped in 2016. Dennis Richardson, who had been the Republican nominee for governor in 2014, won this post 48-43, but he died in office last year. State law requires appointees to be members of the same party as the deceased office-holder, prompting Democratic Gov. Kate Brown...
    The liberal magazine The New Republic was widely condemned over a tweet invoking Joni Ernst's abusive husband in write a critical piece on the Iowa senator. In a piece titled "Behind Every Republican Man," contributing writer Kerry Howley delved into Ernst's chances at winning reelection in November and how her gender plays a role. "What does it mean to be a Republican woman running for office in 2020? There are currently 13 Republican women in the House. There are 16 Republican House members named 'Michael' or 'Mike.' More Republican women than ever before are running, but they face such improbable paths to elected office that in November their numbers will improve only slightly, if at all. This is largely because the party apparatus...
    Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s office announced Thursday the Senator will be self-quarantining until September 29 after a possible exposure to coronavirus. Johnson was scheduled to travel to Wisconsin with President Donald Trump on Thursday night to a rally but will no longer be accompanying the president, due to the possible exposure of coronavirus on Monday. Johnson’s office said he has been tested and that the results were negative. However, out of caution Johnson will self-quarantine. Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson won’t be traveling with Trump tonight or attending the campaign rally in Mosinee — @RonJohnsonWI learned today he was exposed to someone on Monday who has tested positive for coronavirus. Johnson will be self quarantine until Sept. 29, aide says. —...
    Martha McSally with Trump in less virus-y times. Donald Trump is unleashing scandal after scandal on the country, showing again and again how badly he failed to protect us from the coronavirus and how explicitly he dreams of being a fascist leader. Congressional Republicans continue not to have a problem with this. Here’s what passes for stern criticism from Republicans these days: “I wouldn't have taken the same approach that the President did” on downplaying coronavirus, South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said. “It wasn't helpful, let me put it that way,” Rep. Fred Upton said of Trump pushing to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” Upton’s home state, when he knew full well how deadly the virus was. Upton added: “I'm being delicate.” We wouldn’t want to...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum has broken again with fellow Kansas Republicans to support Democrat Barbara Bollier for the seat Kassebaum once held. Bollier's campaign announced Kassebaum's endorsement Thursday. Kassebaum said in a statement that Bollier shares her belief in working with members of both parties and that Bollier's election would be a “positive step” toward bipartisanship in Washington. Kassebaum also endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the 2018 Kansas governor’s race over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. Kassebaum's statement Thursday did not mention Republican Senate nominee Roger Marshall, a two-term congressman for western and central Kansas. Bollier called the 88-year-old Kassebaum a mentor. Bollier is a Kansas City-area state senator and was a lifelong moderate Republican until...
    Marie Pinkney unseated the most powerful member of the Delaware Senate in Tuesday's Democratic primary 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 ● DE State Senate, DE State House: Delaware progressives defeated four moderate state legislators, including state Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, in Tuesday's Democratic primaries. Democrats control both chambers of the legislature, and there's little question that Team Blue will maintain its majorities this fall. We'll start with McBride, who lost to social worker Marie Pinkney by a 52-48 margin in SD-13, a seat McBride...
    Washington (CNN)Public health experts reacted with alarm after President Donald Trump held an indoor rally with thousands of maskless supporters at a packed arena in Nevada amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But many Republicans on Capitol Hill had a different view."No, it doesn't," said Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, when asked if the rally troubled him at all. After Trump urged his North Carolina supporters to go to the polls even after voting absentee, prompting concerns of people illegally voting twice and also crowding polling places amid the pandemic, Republicans shrugged it off. "I'm fine with the fact that they check up on whether their vote counted," said Sen. Richard Burr, the state's senior Republican senator. Read MoreAnd after...
    The complaint alleges that a Republican Jewish Coalition ad was an illegal contribution to Collins' campaign. An ethics group on Monday filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that a GOP group made an illegal campaign contribution to Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins' reelection campaign. The complaint from the American Democracy Legal Fund surrounds an ad from the Republican Jewish Coalition, in which former Sen. Joe Lieberman endorses Collins' bid. The complaint alleges that "more than half of the 30-second ad contained footage that the Collins For Senator ("the Collins Committee") had produced, created, and posted online." Loading...
    Alaska sample ballots for 2018 and 2020 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. Primary season, which began more than six months ago on March 3, finally came to an end on Tuesday when Delaware held its last-in-the-nation primaries. You can find the results here. Leading Off ● AK-Sen, AK-AL: On Monday, just days before ballots were to go out, Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai announced that candidates would no longer have their actual political affiliation listed on the general election ballot and would only be identified as...
    U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Gov. John Carney on Tuesday easily won their Democratic primary battle in the First State. Carney coasted to victory over David Lamar Williams Jr. and Coons defeated progressive activist and political newcomer Jessica Scarane to advance to November’s general election. Carney has said he wants to continue working on racial justice issues. He also said he wants to strengthen public schools, improve Delaware’s infrastructure and clean up the state’s waterways. Carney was elected governor in 2016 after serving three terms in the U.S. House. He served two terms as lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2009 but lost the 2008 Democratic gubernatorial primary to Jack Markell. Coons has served in the Senate since winning a special...
    Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia (right) attended an announcement by Donald Trump at the White House back in August 2017, when Perdue still knew Trump. As Donald Trump's horrific handling of the coronavirus dominates the media landscape, Republican candidates are doing their level best in their campaign ads to entirely erase Trump from voters' minds. During the primary season, Republicans featured Trump in 42% of their ads, according to Wall Street Journal reporting informed by Kantar/CMAG. But in the general election, Trump has snuck into just 4% of GOP ads—almost like Republican candidates are ghosting him in the general. Pennsylvania Republican candidate Jim Bognet, for instance, wrapped up his primary race with an ad featuring him on a football...
    A leading police union that endorsed Michigan Democrat Gary Peters for election to the U.S. Senate in 2014 has now endorsed his opponent, Republican John James. “John is a combat veteran who put his life on the line for others and understands dedication to service,” Jim Tignanelli, president of the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM), said in a news release. “That is why we extended our endorsement to John—because he understands why our members choose to serve in the line of duty and what drives them to care for their communities and keep them safe. John James has our six and we have his.” The endorsement represents a reversal from 2014 when the union backed Peters, who was running for the...
    Arkansas Democrat Joyce Elliott 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 ● AR-02: Hendrix College, polling on behalf of Talk Business, finds Republican Rep. French Hill leading Democrat Joyce Elliott by just a 48-46 margin. This survey, which is the first we've seen here, also finds Joe Biden up 49-45 in a Little Rock-area seat that Donald Trump took 52-42 four years ago. Observers were quick to speculate that, because Hendrix's June statewide poll found Trump up just 47-45 in a state that has become extremely red over...
    Rhode Island state House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D) 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 ● RI State Senate, RI State House: Conservative Democrats have long been the dominant force in the Rhode Island legislature, but progressives pulled off some key wins in both chambers in the Sept. 8 primaries. The outcomes of several contests were not known until mail-in ballots were counted on Thursday, but a total of four state senators and six state representatives ended up losing renomination. All of the victorious Senate challengers came from...
    (CNN)With fewer than two months until the election, the odds for a massive stimulus compromise intended to help bolster small businesses, provide additional unemployment benefits and give more money to schools as they adapt amid the coronavirus pandemic have fallen practically to zero. "Well, looking to the House and for that matter our colleagues across the aisle -- it's a sort of a dead end street, and very unfortunate, but it is what it is," Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, told reporters. This week not a single Democrat voted for the Republicans' scaled-back stimulus plan and no leadership-level negotiations between Republicans and Democrats ensued. Instead, Congress is turning its focus now to simply passing a short-term spending bill...
    Republican Senators said they believe the riots and looting across the country will steer Democrats away from 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and towards President Donald Trump. The Daily Caller spoke with a number of GOP Senators about the ongoing riots across the country and asked them how they believed it would play out politically for Trump and Biden. Every Senator contacted said they believe the riots will steer Democrats away from Biden and help Trump win in November. “The American people have not failed to notice that for months, elected Democrats all across the country have turned a blind eye to violence in their cities,” Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told the Daily Caller. “If this is an election...
    North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham 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 ● Polls: So, you like Senate polls, eh? Well, have all the Senate polls in the world! AZ-Sen: Benenson Strategy Group (D) and GS Strategy Group (R) for the AARP: Mark Kelly (D): 48, Martha McSally (R-inc): 45 (48-47 Biden) AZ-Sen: Change Research (D) for CNBC: Kelly (D): 51, McSally (R-inc): 45. (49-45 Biden) (Aug.: 49-43 Kelly) AZ-Sen: Redfield and Wilton Strategies: Kelly (D): 53, McSally (R-inc): 38 (48-43 Biden) (Aug.: 53-34...
    Pennsylvania Ave to US CapitolJoe Sohm | Visions of America | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden gets sworn in as president in January, the composition of the Senate will shape what they can accomplish.  Republicans and Democrats have settled into the final weeks of a high-stakes fight for two years of Senate control. The party that wins a majority will not only dictate what policies the president can pass — on issues from health care to taxes and climate change — but also play a role in who he puts on federal courts.  The GOP holds a 53-47 advantage in the Senate. The party has to defend 23 seats this year, compared with 12 for...
    (CNN)Republican senators facing tough reelection races this fall steered clear of criticizing President Donald Trump after his stunning admission that he downplayed the severity of the crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus, dodging questions regarding his remarks or defending his overall response to the pandemic.For months, Republican senators have praised the President's response to the health and economic crisis, the central issue in their political campaigns, even as polling suggests that a majority of Americans disapprove of it, recognizing many of their own races depend in large part on the President's performance in November.But Democrats have seized upon Trump's latest comments made to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward in February and March. In the interviews for Woodward's forthcoming book...
    Former GOP Rep. Darrell Issa 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 ● CA-50: While California Republican Darrell Issa looked like a sure bet to return to the House after he narrowly prevailed in the March top-two primary, a new SurveyUSA poll finds him locked in an unexpectedly close open seat contest with Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar. The poll, which was done for KGTV-TV San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune, shows Issa up just 46-45. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the sample finds Joe Biden ahead 48-45 in California's...
    Former Democratic senator and 2000 vice-presidential nominee Joe Lieberman endorsed Republican Sen. Susan Collins in her bid for reelection in Maine in a new ad Wednesday. “I’m a lifelong Democrat but I put my country first,” the former senator from Connecticut said in the ad, paid for by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). “That’s why I’m supporting Susan Collins for Senate.” He said the Republican senator “stands up for Maine” and called her a “fighter for women’s issues.” He said she’d worked to create jobs, improve healthcare and protect Maine’s environment. The RJC said it is spending $400,000 to push the ad on digital and TV platforms to persuade women voters in Maine. JOE LIEBERMAN: HERE'S THE GREAT FAILING OF...
    Republicans ducked questions about a new book claiming that President Trump purposely downplayed the coronavirus even when he realized it was deadly. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was among Republicans who said they had not seen Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, in which he claims that Trump told him he played down the virus in the spring and continues to do so because he "[didn't] want to create a panic.” “I didn’t look at the Woodward book, but I will later,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters after a closed-door luncheon. Democrats seized on the comment to underscore a chief 2020 campaign talking point: that Trump botched his handling of the coronavirus by not taking it seriously enough. “There is...
    President Trump on Wednesday listed 20 additional candidates he would consider for the Supreme Court if he’s re-elected, including three Republican senators. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri made the list. Hawley is a former clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a prominent black Republican, and White House lawyer Kate Todd also made the list, as did former solicitors general Paul Clement and Noel Francisco. US ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau and assistant attorney general Steven Engel are among the 20, as are a large number of federal judges. Trump said he would also consider 23 candidates not picked from his 25-person list issued in...
    Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley is introducing a bill to raise the salaries of police officers and increase hiring in the wake of mass civil unrest and growing calls to defund the police. “Police departments across the country are under siege-underfunded, facing increased retirements, and struggling to make new hires. But as violence and rioting sweeps across American cities big and small, our courageous law enforcement officers are more vital now than ever,” Hawley said in an official statement. “Democratic politicians are bending to radical activists who want to defund the police. We should do just the opposite.” I am introducing legislation to give every cop in America a pay raise, and put more officers on the streets. Law enforcement...
    Kansas Republican Roger Marshall 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. Election Changes: You can now find our coverage of changes to election procedures (both legislation and litigation) in our weekly Voting Rights Roundup newsletter. If you're already a subscriber to the Morning Digest, you'll also automatically receive the VRR in your inbox on Saturdays at 9 AM ET. If not, you can sign up right here. Leading Off ● KS-Sen: If national Republicans thought a month ago that they'd be able to stop spending in Kansas after Kris Kobach...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire could hinge on bank accounts, backgrounds and the backing of President Donald Trump. The top two contenders in Tuesday’s race — Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc and attorney Bryant “Corky” Messner — agree on most issues, including their belief that the incumbent they hope to unseat, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, has moved too far to the left and lost touch with her constituents. Shaheen, seeking her third term, easily defeated two longshot challengers. Messner, an Army veteran who founded a national law firm in Denver, argues his diverse leadership experience in the military and private sector sets him apart. He benefited from an endorsement by Trump and his own...
    Recent polls have not been looking good for Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who is trailing his Democratic opponent, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, by 9%, according to Morning Consult as well as Public Policy Polling. Trumpism is not serving Gardner well, begging the question: why is the Colorado Republican doubling down on his support of President Donald Trump even though it appears likely to cost him the election? Never Trump conservative journalist Jonathan V. Last answers that question in an article published in The Bulwark over Labor Day Weekend. And Last’s explanation applies not only to Gardner, but also, to Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and other incumbent GOP senators in swing states who refuse to...
    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) 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. Programing Note: We'll be taking off Friday and Monday for Labor Day weekend, so that means no Live Digest either of those days (it'll return on Tuesday). For those who read us on the web or via email, there will be no Morning Digest on Monday or Tuesday, but we'll be back on the web and in your inbox on Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! ● Governor-by-LD: Daily Kos Elections is out with new data for Kansas, which was...
    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) 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 ● MO-Gov: While Republican Gov. Mike Parson remains the clear favorite in conservative Missouri, national Democrats are launching a well-funded ad campaign against him for the first time. The Kansas City Star reports that a group linked to the DGA called A Stronger Missouri began a $5 million TV buy on Wednesday that will run for five weeks. The opening commercial argues, "For years, Parson racked up gifts and perks from lobbyists and special interests, including...
    Collins is so moderate she'll wear a mask, but only on one half of her face. The Hill has one of those now-rote stories about how "vulnerable" Republican senators are divided, oh so very divided, on Trump's continued pattern of fire-hosing racist conspiracy theories at their base and whether or not they should maybe stand off to the side a bit so as to make it look slightly less like they're enabling a batshit crazy, openly racist lunatic rather than standing up to him in any possible way. The Hill senators who are supposedly trying to toe this difficult line are, and this is not a joke: the perpetually concerned Sen. Susan Collins. The Arizona conspiracy-embracing basket case Martha McSally....
    Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey 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. Massachusetts held its primaries on Tuesday, and we’ll have more coverage in the next edition of the Digest. Meanwhile, you can find the results here. Leading Off ● MA-Sen: Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey prevailed in an expensive Democratic primary battle on Tuesday by winning renomination against Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is a member of what is arguably America’s most prominent political family. With 1 million votes counted when we put the Digest to bed, Markey led 55-45; that margin may shift...
    Despite consistent recommendations from healthcare officials in the U.S. for individuals to wear masks and avoid large gatherings in an effort to decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus, some Americans continue to do otherwise. Republicans nationwide are encouraging this behavior by allowing and attending events that lack both social distancing efforts and masks, even when state mask mandates are in place. In Colorado, despite a state mandate requiring face coverings to be worn by individuals over 10 years of age, both Sen. Cory Gardner and Congressman Ken Buck were spotted spending their weekend not wearing masks. Not only were the two Republican officials themselves maskless, but the event they attended included other maskless individuals all gathered to advocate for their second amendment rights....
    Iowa’s tightening Senate race is becoming a battle of two farm-raised women that is reflective of the challenge for Republicans across the Senate map. Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an Army National Guard veteran who shot to the political scene with a 2014 campaign ad that said she grew up castrating hogs on a farm and hoped to make Washington “ squeal,” faces Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield, a self-described “farm kid with farm kid values” who now runs a Des Moines-area real estate and development company. A year ago, Ernst seemed to be in a relatively safe spot for election to a second Senate term. But now, polls indicate that the race is neck-and-neck, with the RealClearPolitics average showing...
    Despite consistent recommendations from healthcare officials in the U.S. for individuals to wear masks and avoid large gatherings in an effort to decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus, some Americans continue to do otherwise. Republicans nationwide are encouraging this behavior by allowing and attending events that lack both social distancing efforts and masks, even when state mask mandates are in place. In Colorado, despite a state mandate requiring face coverings to be worn by individuals over 10 years of age, both Sen. Cory Gardner and Congressman Ken Buck were spotted spending their weekend not wearing masks. Not only were the two Republican officials themselves maskless, but the event they attended included other maskless individuals all gathered to advocate...
    Rep. Chip Roy is betting that the Texas electorate hasn't changed that much. Democrats contend that shifting demographics in the Lone Star State and a favorable political environment nationally can help them beat up to seven House Republicans in Texas. That's including Roy, 48, who was first elected in 2018 to a district running from north of San Antonio to the state capital of Austin. Roy faces former state Sen. Wendy Davis, a one-time doyenne of the Left in Texas whose political stock dropped considerably after losing the 2014 governor's race in a landslide. Davis is seeking a political comeback against Roy, as the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is running competitively in Texas and GOP...
    In Maine, Jane Calderwood has a long history of supporting moderate Republicans: she served as chief of staff to former Sen. Olympia Snowe and later endorsed Sen. Susan Collins, who is fighting a tough battle for reelection and has trailed her Democratic opponent, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, in recent polls. But Calderwood, in an op-ed for Maine’s SeaCoastOnline.com website, explains why she won’t be supporting Collins this time. “For nearly 20 years, I proudly worked for Sen. Olympia Snowe in the House and the Senate,” Calderwood notes. “Like my former boss, I have always formed my views and opinions based on the individual issue and the facts — not the person or party pushing the issue…. Sadly, I can...
    (CNN)With the political conventions behind us and Labor Day approaching, it's the time of year when down-ballot elections start to kick into high gear. At the start of the 2020 cycle, the Senate wasn't expected to be all that exciting, with Republicans largely on defense in red states.But that's changed. With President Donald Trump trailing in national polls, Democratic challengers raking in millions and demographics shifting across the South, many of those Republican incumbents are sitting in states that don't look as red as they used to. Democrats need a net gain of three seats to flip the chamber if they also win the White House -- since the vice president would break a tie -- or four seats if...
    State Sen. Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, gave one of the nominating speeches for President Trump. He joined Jim DeFede to discuss the themes of the Republican National Convention. GUEST: State Sen. Joe Gruters
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has slammed the "bunch of thugs" who attacked guests at the White House RNC event - including Senator Rand Paul - and said Washington DC's Democrat mayor "should be ashamed." Trump spoke Friday evening at a hanger at Pro Star Aviation on Kelly Avenue in Londonderry, New Hampshire. 2Trump slammed the Democrats on Friday evening at a rally in Londonderry, New HampshireCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Trump supporters are pictured in Londonderry, New Hampshire on August 28Credit: AP:Associated Press This is Trump's first speech since he formally accepted the 2020 Republican nomination for President on Thursday. During the rally, the president condemned the Democratic mayor of Washington DC for not believing in law and order. Referring to what took place after the Republican...
    A Georgia pastor called the black politicians who spoke at the Republican National Convention on President Trump's behalf "slaves" during a Friday protest at the Lincoln Memorial. The Rev. Jamal Bryant, speaking with many other faith and political leaders at the event organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton, recalled the legacy of the Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman before lashing out at black Trump supporters. "I freed thousands of slaves, but I would have freed hundreds more had they known they were slaves," he said, attributing those words to Tubman. "I only thought about that when I saw the slaves on TV this week endorsing Donald Trump," he continued. "I said, 'If only they knew they were slaves, they...
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says that an angry mob attacked him and his wife, Kelley, after President Donald Trump's closing speech at Thursday night's Republican National Convention. Viral video caught the worrying moment a throng of shouting, pushing protesters harassed Paul and his wife as they left the White House. What are the details? Early Friday morning, the Republican senator tweeted about the incident. "Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House," he wrote. "Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob." Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House....
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) claims that his life was saved by police Thursday night when he says he was “attacked by an angry mob” of protesters when leaving the White House after President Donald Trump’s big Republican National Convention speech. Videos of the confrontation appear to show that the senator was heckled, but not actually touched by protesters. Paul tweeted early Friday: “Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to DC Police Dept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.” Videos show protesters surrounding the Republican and urging him to say the name of Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT who was killed in a no-knock police...
    Democrats are still favored to win the Senate majority in November, barring a dramatic change in a swath of races or historically high coattails from President Trump. In order to regain control, Democrats need to flip three to four seats, a plausible task considering the number of Republicans up for reelection who are facing tough challenges. In Arizona, Republican Sen. Martha McSally trails Democratic challenger and former astronaut Mark Kelly in a RealClearPolitics average of polls by 7.4 percentage points. A survey from CNBC found Kelly's lead at 6 points, although neither candidate enjoys over 50% support, the traditional sign of dominance in a campaign. In North Carolina, the race appears more competitive with incumbent Republican Thom...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Nearly 200 ex-staffers for former President George W. Bush, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), and late Arizona Sen. John McCain have endorsed 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week as the final day of the Republican National Convention takes place. In an open letter signed by 33 former staffers, Romney Alumni for Biden declared, “With over 175,000 Americans dead from COVID-19, tens of millions unemployed, and 80 percent of voters convinced that the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, we desperately need a president that’s laser focused on putting the nation’s needs ahead of his own.” “That’s why we’re proud to announce that we’re voting for Vice President Biden—a man we once worked to defeat—this November,” the group...
    Rep. Joe Kennedy and Sen. Ed Markey 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 ● MA-Sen: Three polls were released Wednesday for next week's Democratic primary in Massachusetts, and they all show Sen. Ed Markey with a clear lead over his intra-party challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy. The closest result came from Data for Progress, which gave the incumbent a 50-43 advantage. While Data for Progress, which is a progressive think tank with a polling arm, has not endorsed in the race, it has openly expressed a preference for...
    Prominent Republicans such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Vice President Mike Pence will speak on the third day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Wednesday evening. At 8:30 P.M. Eastern, the Republican National Convention will begin their convention program consisting of prominent speakers, starting with Gov Noem. While the contention is nominally held in Charlotte, North Carolina, most of the speakers will participate virtually. After Noem speaks the following speakers are expected to give remarks: Scott Dane Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) Tera Myers White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Kellyanne Conway Sister Deirdre Byrne Lou Holtz Michael McHale Rep. Elise Stefanik...
    President Trump is not often thought of as a uniter, but he is the common thread that ties together disparate speakers at the Republican National Convention. Republicans with widely divergent views on how the party should move forward are bound together in loyalty to Trump and try to present their arguments in ways that appeal to the president’s most loyal supporters. But those differences are sure to take on renewed importance as 2024 approaches, whether Trump wins or loses this November. “I’m supporting President Trump because he believes as I do that a strong America cannot fight endless wars,” Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said in his Tuesday convention speech. “We must not continue to leave our blood and...
    WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the marquee speech Wednesday night at the Republican convention, making the case for another four years for President Donald Trump and laying the foundation for his own potential White House run in 2024.Pence, whose future political aspirations could hinge on November, has campaigned aggressively for the president. He's likely to continue making a forceful case in his address while touching on cultural divides that been peppered throughout the convention's program.What to watch Wednesday night:Everything to know about the 2020 Republican National ConventionPencePence is delivering the evening's keynote from Baltimore's Fort McHenry, where Americans defended Baltimore Harbor from the British in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The...
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) and his wife Karen Pence are introduced at the the AIPAC 2017 Convention on March 26, 2017 in Washington, DC.Noam Galai | Getty Images Vice President Mike Pence is set to deliver the headline speech on the third night of the Republican National Convention as he and President Donald Trump seek reelection. Pence's wife, second lady Karen Pence, will also speak Wednesday night, along with a handful of well-known GOP politicians including Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. Other speakers include senior White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, who on Sunday said she would leave that role at the end of the month, and former NFL safety Jack...
    On Tuesday, Oklahoma held runoffs for races where no candidate won a majority of the vote on June 30, with the Republican contest for the 5th Congressional District taking center stage. You can find the results here. We’ll have a full rundown in our next Digest. Leading Off • GA-06: Republican Karen Handel's first general election commercial is essentially her version of the "law and order" pitch that Donald Trump is using to try to win back the suburban voters who have deserted the GOP in recent years. The spot doesn't mention Trump, but its message is just about as ugly and dishonest as anything you'd see in one of his ads. Handel, who is white, tells the audience,...
    Prominent Republicans such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Eric Trump will speak on the second day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Tuesday evening. At 8:30 P.M. Eastern, the Republican National Convention will begin their convention program consisting of prominent speakers, starting with Norma Urrabazzo, a pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas and executive board member of the National Latino/Latina Commission (NLLC). While the contention is nominally held in Charlotte, North Carolina, most of the speakers will participate virtually. After Urrabazzo speaks the following speakers are expected to give remarks: Navajo Nation vice president Myron Lizer Former FBI agent Richard Beasley Founder and CEO of HOPE for Prisoners, Inc. Jon Ponder...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tuesday's program at the Republican National Convention is likely to wade into familiar waters, with a lineup expected to speak on divisive issues like abortion and "cancel culture," while lambasting Democratic rival Joe Biden and the Democrats' progressive wing.Unlike Democrats, who shifted their convention to an all-virtual affair, Republicans kept a scaled-down, in-person gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina. Several hundred delegates gathered there Monday voted to renominate President Donald Trump, but there are no in-person meetings for delegates scheduled the rest of the week.Everything to know about the 2020 Republican National ConventionEMBED More News Videos Speakers from night 4 of the 2020 Republican National Convention: VIDEOS (1 of 16) Sen. Tim Scott speaks at the 2020...
    Embedded inside a Republican National Convention dedicated to elevating President Trump is a preview of the looming battle to control the party’s post-Trump future, with potential 2024 contenders using prime speaking slots to advance their political ambitions. Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered a well-received keynote address Monday night. Tuesday features Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking prerecorded from Jerusalem. And Wednesday will see Vice President Mike Pence formally accept renomination from Fort McHenry in Maryland. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton speaks Thursday, vouching for the president on national security. Meanwhile, in fresh additions to the White House conversation, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott dazzled GOP insiders Monday with an optimistic vision for the party and Trump based on...
    Cindy McCain, Meghan McCain and Arizona politicians Tuesday honored the memory of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the two-year anniversary of his death. McCain, a former prisoner of war, longtime GOP senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, died on Aug. 25, 2018, from cancer at the age of 81. "We lost you 2 years ago today. I miss you more than I can say," wife Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter. "You always remind me to stay strong, but it’s hard sometimes. I’m not the only one who misses you, this country misses your strength and honor, but we all will do our best to keep you [sic] legacy strong. I love you John." CINDY MCCAIN PRAISES BIDEN IN DNC VIDEO --...
    Sen. Tim Scott, praised for his speech headlining the first night of the Republican National Convention, told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday that with President Trump "the best is yet to come." "It certainly was a blessing to be a part of the Trump team last night," Scott, R-S.C., told co-host Brian Kilmeade. "We have an amazing country. I love America, and today is my grandfather's 99th birthday. I was thinking about all the lessons I learned from that amazing man." DANA PERINO PRAISES SEN. TIM SCOTT AS 'NATIONAL TREASURE' AFTER 'POWERFUL' RNC ADDRESS Scott explained, "One of the lessons he taught me was to lean in to my country and lean in to what I believe in, and I think, without any question, President Trump has kicked off this convention by leaning in on the American family, wanting them to...
    Texas Republican congressional nominee Tony Gonzales 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 ● TX-23: On Friday, well over a month after voting concluded in Texas’ July 14 primary runoff, Republicans finally learned that Navy veteran Tony Gonzales would be their nominee for the competitive 23rd Congressional District. Businessman Raul Reyes, who had been pursuing a recount after he finished 45 votes behind Gonzales, announced, “Without a sizable shift in the vote margin after a recount in the most populous parts of the district I have decided to end the...
    South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) gave a rousing and inspiring speech to close out the first night of the Republican National Convention and drew high praise from online viewers. Scott gave his own life as an example of how America gives anyone an opportunity as long as they work hard. "You may be asking yourself how does a poor black kid, from a single-parent household, run and win in a race crowded with Republicans against a Thurmond?" he said, referring to his electoral victory against the son of former powerful Sen. Strom Thurmond. "Because of the evolution of the southern heart in an overwhelmingly white district the voters judged me on the content...
    Sen. Tim Scott said President Trump had made historic progress for black Americans “to clean up Joe Biden’s mess," calling on voters to examine the Democratic nominee's decades in office in an election the South Carolinian said would be about “the promise of America." "This election is about your future, and it’s critical to paint a full picture of the records of Donald Trump and Joe Biden," Scott said, appearing as the final speaker on the first night of the Republican National Convention. "Joe Biden said if a black man didn’t vote for him, he wasn’t truly black. Joe Biden said black people are a monolithic community. It was Joe Biden who said poor kids can be just as smart...
    Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott shared a story Monday about being the first African American to be elected to both the United States House and Senate at the Republican National Convention. Speaking at the RNC Convention, Scott shared a story about how his grandfather was forced out of school to pick cotton and how he got to see him become the first black person elected to both the House and Senate, saying he believes voting with the Republican Party is the way to achieve the American Dream. “My grandfather’s 99th birthday would have been tomorrow. Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former state senator has been confirmed as director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff. Sally Doty was nominated last month by Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, and senators confirmed her to the post on Monday. The Public Utilities Staff analyzes proposals and provides advice to the three elected members of the Public Service Commission. The commission regulates utilities. The Public Utilities Staff is a separate entity that negotiates agreements with utility companies about rates and other issues that are ultimately voted on by the commissioners. Doty is an attorney from Brookhaven, and she was in her third term as a Republican state senator when Reeves chose her for the new job. She is a former chairwoman...
    Prominent Republicans such as Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Donald Trump Jr., and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) will speak on the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday evening. At 8:30 P.M. Eastern, the Republican National Convention will begin their convention program consisting of prominent speakers, starting with Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. While the contention is nominally held in Charlotte, North Carolina, most of the speakers will participate virtually. After Dolan speaks, the following speakers are expected to give remarks: Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk California public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs Montana businesswoman Tanya Weinreis Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) Baltimore County Republican Central Committee member Kim Klacik Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel...
    The Republican National Convention will feature wall-to-wall coverage of President Trump, but some supporters are wondering if the program does enough to appeal to the voters who turned Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin into red states, however narrowly, for the first time since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. “There are a lot of different types of voters they need to appeal to and only so many hours in prime time over four days,” said a Republican strategist. “But this does seem like an omission.” “If they had any brains they’d have them addressing the RNC from pivot counties in the Midwest, Florida, and the Rust Belt that Trump flipped from Obama,” tweeted commentator Ryan James Girdusky in response to...
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is set to speak at the Republican National Convention this week in support of President Trump's 2020 presidential candidacy. Here's what you need to know about the ophthalmologist turned federal lawmaker. The Kentucky Republican is the son of famed GOP Texas lawmaker Rep. Ron Paul, also known as "Dr. No" for his libertarian tendencies and habit of voting against most congressional legislation. After starting his own medical clinic and practicing as a physician for over 15 years, Paul ran for an open Senate seat during the 2010 midterm elections and defeated state Attorney General Jack Conway. The win was driven by Tea Party enthusiasm and a promise to return to grassroots governing. Paul won reelection to the Senate in 2016 with Trump leading...
    The Republican National Convention officially kicked off Monday at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s the third location of the event after it was moved twice due to restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The convention is set to feature a mix of online and in-person events. WHEN IS IT? The convention is scheduled to last two hours each night, Monday through Thursday, starting at 8:30PM ET. HOW DO I WATCH IT? The event is available to stream on the RNC’s official Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, and on Amazon Prime Video by searching for the “Republican National Convention. If you’d rather listen to the convention, you can ask your Alexa device to play it as...
    NEARLY 30 former Republican senators, congressmen and women joined together in a "Republicans for Biden" effort on Monday. The list of supporters was released by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign on the first day of the Republican National Convention. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5Nearly 30 former Republican Congress members joined together in a "Republicans for Biden" effort Credit: AP:Associated Press The effort is to engage potential GOP supporters for Biden during the 2020 Presidential Election, Fox News reported. An official from the Biden campaign told Fox News that the endorsement from over two dozen Republicans is a "strong rebuke" of the Trump administration. Listed...
    There’s an old saying that goes, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” Well, if the past six months are any indication, the same rule applies to conservatives who head to Washington and immediately come under fire for acting like conservatives. The opposite tends to hold true for Democrats, whose party became nearly unrecognizable as the coronavirus raged through their coastal strongholds, and riots broke out in their Midwestern ones. At a time when Congress should have been on its best behavior, Senate Democrats gave in to their worst possible instincts and seized the opportunity to turn their big government safety net into a state-sponsored straitjacket. Meanwhile, crucial...
    Democrat controlled states have higher rates of unemployment, according to the July data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The United States’ unemployment rate for July was 10.2%, according to the BLS. However, five states with the highest levels of unemployment are well above the national average, per the BLS: Massachusetts (16.1%) New York (15.9%) Nevada (14.0%) New Jersey (13.8%) Pennsylvania (13.7%) The top five states are also majority Democrat-run: Massachusetts has a majority Democrat state legislature, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, and Democratic U.S Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren New York has a majority Democrat state legislature, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Democratic U.S Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Nevada has a...
    Washington (CNN)The Republican National Convention will get underway this week with a four-night event that will see the party formally renominate President Donald Trump while navigating a mix of online and in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemic.Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that viewers can plan on hearing Trump "speaking at various parts through each of the nights" at the GOP convention. The RNC will focus heavily on Trump's accomplishments over his first four years and lay out a second term vision for the administration, Miller said. Here's everything you need to know about how to watch this year's Republican convention.When is the convention?Read MoreThe convention is scheduled to take place Monday through...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on this week's Republican National Convention (all times local): 7:48 a.m. Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Flake was one of President Donald Trump's most consistent Republican critics in the Senate. He penned an Op Ed in The Washington Post in support of Trump’s impeachment. Flake retired from the Senate at the end of his term in 2019, saying he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of Trump. He later wrote a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that was a critique of Trump. Flake is one of more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers to announce their support for “Republicans for Biden.”...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on this week’s Republican National Convention (all times local): 7:48 a.m. Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Flake was one of President Donald Trump’s most consistent Republican critics in the Senate. He penned an Op Ed in The Washington Post in support of Trump’s impeachment. Flake retired from the Senate at the end of his term in 2019, saying he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of Trump. He later wrote a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that was a critique of Trump. Flake is one of more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers to announce their support for “Republicans for...
    Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is one of several reported 2024 presidential hopefuls who secured a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention. PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY DAY OF REPUBLICAN CONVENTION Democrats wrapped up their mostly virtual nominating convention last week. Republicans are preparing for the opening night of their convention on Monday when Scott will be one of the featured speakers. The Republican convention was supposed to take place in Charlotte, N.C., but coronavirus concerns forced the event to go mostly remote as well. President Trump is set to give his acceptance speech from the White House on Thursday, Aug. 27, the final day of the 2020 convention. Here are four things to know about Scott: 1. He'll share the spotlight with many...
    The 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) is preparing to kick off its four-day celebration with appearances throughout the week from several prominent, conservative voices. This year’s convention, which carries the theme “Honoring the Great American Story,” will begin on Monday and conclude on Thursday. Prominent speakers who will take part in the convention include President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and multiple Republican representatives and senators. With this year’s convention being largely virtual due to health concerns over the coronavirus, no more than 336 delegates will meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally nominate President Trump as the party’s nominee. Below are a list of speakers and themes for...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will speak at this week's Republican National Convention. Reynolds' campaign said Sunday that the Iowa Republican will address the convention remotely on Tuesday and doesn't plan to attend the event in Charlotte, North Carolina. GOP officials in Charlotte are expected to vote to renominate President Donald Trump in a small in-person session Monday. Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is also scheduled to speak to the convention on Wednesday. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Iowa
    This is a rush transcript from "Sunday Morning Futures," August 23, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.MARIA BARTIROMO, ANCHOR: Welcome. Good Sunday morning, everyone. I'm Maria Bartiromo. Thanks for joining us. Straight ahead right here on "Sunday Morning Futures": one convention down, one to go, with now 71 days left until America votes for its next president. The DNC wrapped up on Thursday, with Joe Biden officially accepting his party's nomination. And tomorrow kicks off the RNC, where Donald J. Trump will formally become the Republican candidate. Just ahead, two of the convention's organizers and key speakers. GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott are here with me...
    President Trump will not just be delivering an address on the final night of this week's Republican National Convention to accept his nomination for the presidential election -- he will be appearing every night of the convention. Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller confirmed the reports during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. THE 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION: WHAT TO KNOW "You'll have President Trump speaking at various parts of each of the nights," Miller said. The Trump campaign announced the full roster of speakers for the convention on Sunday. The list shows that other members of the Trump family will appear each night, including first lady Melania Trump, the president's children: Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Jr., and Eric -- and...
    President Trump will speak each of the four nights of the Republican National Convention to deliver an uplifting message to the American people, a campaign adviser said on Sunday — as the full list of speakers was released. “You’ll have President Trump speaking at various parts for each of the nights,” Jason Miller told host Chuck Todd on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Calling last week’s Democratic National Convention that nominated Joe Biden as president and Sen. Kamala Harris as vice president a “massive grievance fest,” Miller said the RNC will tell a “beautiful story.” “One of the things you’re going to see this week is a complete change in the perception that I believe that the media tries to...
    Republicans are planning a televised convention similar to the event just staged by the Democrats but with more live programming, per a directive from President Trump. The confab celebrating the renomination of Trump is to feature a mixture of prerecorded and live remarks by prominent party officials and rank-and-file voters, with most live coverage happening in the 10 p.m. EDT hour over four nights. The largely, but not entirely, virtual gathering will culminate Thursday evening, when Trump formally accepts the GOP nomination for a second term on the South Lawn of the White House in front of a live audience of Republican National Committee delegates, elected officials, and grassroots supporters. Throughout the week, wealthy Trump donors and influential...
    Alex Henderson August 21, 2020 5:48PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Another Republican member of Congress has testified positive for COVID-19: Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, who is a physician. Cassidy said that he will adhere to recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will voluntarily quarantine and notify anyone he has been in contact with that he has tested positive for coronavirus. : "I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same," Cassidy said in an official statement. Cassidy's diagnosis follows the death of GOP activist Herman Cain from COVID-19. Republicans in Congress who have tested positive for coronavirus have ranged from Sen. Rand Paul of...
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Friday backed Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in his first public endorsement of the 2020 election cycle. Bush has largely stayed out of the political fray since he left the White House in 2009, and his endorsement is a welcome boost for Collins, who is waging her most difficult campaign yet as she seeks a fifth term. The centrist senator has become a top target for Democrats, who cast her as an enabler of President Donald Trump’s agenda, even as she occasionally tries to distance herself from his more controversial statements and policies. That national attention has helped Collins’ opponent, Democrat Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine...
    Democratic Delaware Sen. Tom Carper dropped a series of f-bombs as he struggled to set up his remote connection to Friday’s Senate hearing. “F*ck, f*ck, f*ck,” Carper said as he tried to get his livestream to work for the Senate hearing with Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, apparently unaware that his video feed — and audio — were in perfect working order at the time. (RELATED: Democratic Senator Who Admitted Hitting His Wife Casts Final Nominating Vote For Joe Biden) WATCH: Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson chaired the virtual hearing with the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and following a series of questions from Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, he moved on to Carper. “I want to remind our committee...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On the fourth and final night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would stand up for military families because he knows the danger and sacrifice involved in serving the country. She also called President Donald Trump a “coward in chief.” Duckworth lost both legs in 2004 while serving as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during the Iraq War. Her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. She said after she was injured, her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, rushed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center – and served as her “rock” as she was in “unspeakable pain and unending surgeries” and as she relearned to...
    Another Republican member of Congress has testified positive for COVID-19: Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, who is a physician. Cassidy said that he will adhere to recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will voluntarily quarantine and notify anyone he has been in contact with that he has tested positive for coronavirus. “I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same,” Cassidy said in an official statement. One of the Senate’s physicians, Louisiana Republican tests positive. pic.twitter.com/cOY0kbYpep — Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) August 20, 2020 Cassidy’s diagnosis follows the death of GOP activist Herman Cain from COVID-19. Republicans in Congress who have tested positive for coronavirus have ranged...
    Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus after learning he had came into contact with someone who had the disease. “Upon being notified last night that he’d been exposed to an individual with coronavirus, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) was tested today for COVID-19. That test was positive. Cassidy contacted his physician and is strictly adhering to all CDC recommendations, including quarantining for 14 days and notifying those with whom he may have come into contact,” Cassidy’s office said in a statement. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, elbow bumps Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia before the start of a Senate Finance Committee hearing on COVID-19/Unemployment Insurance on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 9, 2020....
    VIDEO4:3204:32Sen. Bill Cassidy on how Louisiana can bounce back from coronavirus impactSquawk Box Sen. Bill Cassidy tested positive for Covid-19 after exposure to a person with coronavirus, he said Thursday. The Louisiana Republican will quarantine for two weeks and notify anyone with whom he came in contact, he said in a statement. Cassidy, a doctor, is the second U.S. senator to test positive for Covid-19 after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.  "I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same," he said. Cassidy did not detail the severity of his symptoms. As the pandemic spreads around the country, it has made its mark on Congress. Along with the two senators, at least nine...
    LEADING OFF ● AK State House: A coalition of 15 Democrats, two independents, and five Republicans (known as the House Majority Caucus) currently run Alaska’s 40-person House of Representatives, but at least one of these renegade Republicans lost renomination on Tuesday while two others are in trouble. We won’t have complete results for a while, though, because the Alaska Division of Elections says it won’t “even start counting absentee ballots until Aug. 25.” Absentee ballots make up a large portion of the vote in Alaska, so several races could shift quite a bit when all is said and done. One Republican member of the coalition has definitely lost after being targeted by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which is the national GOP’s legislative...
    Alaska state Rep. Steve Thompson (R-bipartisan coalition) 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 ● AK State House: A coalition of 15 Democrats, two independents, and five Republicans (known as the House Majority Caucus) currently run Alaska’s 40-person House of Representatives, but at least one of these renegade Republicans lost renomination on Tuesday while two others are in trouble. We won’t have complete results for a while, though, because the Alaska Division of Elections says it won’t “even start counting absentee ballots until Aug. 25.” Absentee ballots make...