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    (CNN)House Democrats, who have spent months trying to cobble together a package of police funding bills to help combat attacks on the campaign trail, are struggling to get the votes to pass it Thursday, according to a source familiar with the matter. Several progressive Democrats have threatened to vote against it, and the House has gone into recess as the leadership tries to sort it out Thursday morning.Separately, a senior Democratic aide told CNN that leadership is "double checking things" and also checking on attendance too. The package's supporters announced Wednesday they'd reach a deal to pass the package this week following months of negotiations. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters a vote will be scheduled for Thursday, and Rep. Joyce Beatty, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said the move comes after reaching a compromise on language ensuring accountability for police officers and dropping another more contentious bill from the discussions.Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who serves as whip of the caucus, released a statement applauding...
    Democrats in Congress are considering opening at least two investigations into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending a migrant flight to Martha's Vineyard as the battle heats up over the transportation of asylum-seekers away from border states to sanctuary states. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson is drafting a letter seeking information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about DeSantis' transportation of migrants by plane, according to a Politico reporter. The Mississippi Democrat also said that another unidentified committee could open a probe into the financing of Desantis' flight to the wealthy island off the coast of Massachusetts. The White House is accusing DeSantis of adding to the 'chaos' in the U.s. immigration system and engaging in a 'political scam' – especially after a media frenzy ensued at a small airport in Delaware on Tuesday, but a plane of migrants never landed. A class action lawsuit was filed against DeSantis in the District of Massachusetts this week over whether the governor lured the migrants to Martha's Vineyard under false pretenses. The lawsuit and potential House probes against the Florida...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is facing heat from her own Democratic colleagues on Wednesday one day after stating “that among progressives, it has become clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.” Tlaib made the remark, first reported by The Jerusalem Post, at an online seminar held by Americans for Justice in Palestine Action and co-sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine. Within hours of the article posting, her fellow Democrats began to respond by condemning her suggestion that progressivism and pro-Israel policies cannot co-exist. “The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted. “I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive,” tweeted Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, like Tlaib. “There are progressive activists,...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-NY) slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for saying one cannot support Israel and be progressive. During an online event on Tuesday, Tlaib said, “I want you all to know that among progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.” “We will continue to push back and not accept this idea that you are progressive, except for ‘Philistine’, any longer,” she added. Wasserman Schultz did not mince words in responding to Tlaib. “The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace,” she tweeted. The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace. — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) September 21, 2022 Wasserman Schultz...
    (CNN)Nancy Pelosi sidestepped a question this week about whether she wants to continue leading House Democrats after November -- but her own members are divided about whether they'd let that happen. In interviews with more than two dozen House Democrats, a consensus is emerging: If they lose the majority, there would be overwhelming pressure for Pelosi to go, a prospect that Democratic sources say the powerful House speaker is keenly aware of. But with polls and fresh momentum giving House Democrats some sparks of optimism about the midterm elections, multiple members say they are also starting to see how, if they do hold control, it could lead to Pelosi extending her time in power. Yet Democrats are split about that possibility, with a sizable contingent eager for new leadership regardless of the outcome, even if she'd be the heavy favorite to hold onto the gavel. The 2018 deal Pelosi agreed to with dissident members limiting her to four more years as speaker was an informal agreement, and caucus rules were never changed imposing any time limits on her tenure. Several...
    A crop of insurgent progressives ended the midterm primary season with a spotty record against candidates who had the backing of establishment Democrats as the party fears losing its congressional majorities to a Republican wave. In a number of key races that became proxy wars between the party's left flank and its state and national leaders, progressive candidates lost to the mainstream ones, particularly in competitive districts. While a handful of insurgent candidates notched victories in Democratic primaries, the record suggests voters often shied away from the most liberal candidates during what’s expected to be a difficult cycle for Democrats. Progressive and establishment figures weren't always on opposite sides of this year's primaries; in fact, in many top races, Democratic leadership and the party’s leftmost members endorsed the same candidates in efforts to shore up support against Republicans. Tracy Sefl, a Democratic strategist, said the losses don't speak to the progressive wing's ascendancy over time and noted that economic concerns weighed heavily on the minds of voters. “I agree with progressive leaders who emphasize that seeds are being planted for...
    Florida’s far-right wing GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, locked in a tight re-election race with Democratic Congressman and former Governor Charlie Crist, sent two planes filled with migrants from Venezuela, including children, to the tiny resort island of Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday, without notifying local authorities. Residents, elected officials, and law enforcement welcomed their unexpected guests with open arms, providing them food, water, and shelter and the promise of care and support. “We’re going to take care of you,” Sheriff Robert Ogden told the immigrants, The Martha’s Vineyard Times reports. “The most important thing is we get you food and shelter and water.” “Later, the group was taken by school bus to St. Andrews Church where they will get a dinner of pizza from Edgartown Pizza and spend the night. A short time later folks from Mocha Motts arrived on the scene and provided coffee,” The Times adds. “We’ve always been an Island of immigrants,” Democratic state Rep. Dylan Fernandes said. “We saw how incredible it is; how the Island rallied to support everyone. We’re stronger because of immigrants. America is stronger...
    The National Republican Congressional Committee announced it would ramp up its ad spending in seven swing districts, with the House GOP’s campaign arm pouring $28 million into competitive races as it fights to take back the majority in November. The NRCC stated that the majority of the spending would go toward offensive races as it works to build on the significant gains it made the last cycle. “We are continuing to expand the playing field deeper into Democrat-held territory and look forward to prosecuting the case against every one of these vulnerable Democrats,” said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN). “We have the message, the candidates, and the resources needed to retake the majority, and this investment will help us deliver on our mission.” PAT TOOMEY STAYS OUT OF PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR’S RACE The largest buy is slated to take place in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, where it has reserved $3.7 million to spend in an effort to defeat Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria. New investments also include $2.2 million to be spent in California’s 45th District, currently...
    Democratic Rep. Al Lawson's November playbook is a campaign version of a half-court buzzer-beating shot he might have tried as a standout basketball player for Florida A&M University in the early 1970s and then briefly in the pros with the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. The 6-foot-7-inch lawmaker is seeking reelection in Florida's new Republican-leaning 2nd Congressional District based in the conservative central Panhandle. It's a starkly different constituency than Lawson's current minority-majority 5th District, which straddles the Georgia state line. Lawson, who is black, first won the district in 2016 after a court-ordered redrawing of Florida's 27 House seats. (It's about to become 28 due to population growth over the past decade.) In November, Lawson will have to beat a House colleague, GOP Rep. Neal Dunn, to keep his seat. House member-vs.-member general election fights are rare but hardly unprecedented. A smattering usually pop up every decade or so after the redistricting process, which in this cycle was used in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis to maximize Republican gains in the Sunshine State's House delegation. The...
    Charlie Crist, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a primary night party in Saint Petersburg, Florida, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.Thomas Wheelock | Bloomberg | Getty Images Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist announced Wednesday he will resign from Congress as he campaigns to unseat Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. The move will shrink Democrats' already-slim majority in the House, potentially complicating efforts to pass more legislation before the midterm elections when Republicans are currently favored to take control. Serving in Congress "has been an honor and a privilege," Crist said in a statement, which did not mention his campaign for governor. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you for trusting me as your Representative in Washington." Crist will step down by the close of business Wednesday, he said in the statement. Congressional staff for Crist's district will provide casework and constituent services until the next representatives are sworn in in January, the statement said. Florida's 13th Congressional District, where Crist has served since 2017, is considered a likely pickup for Republicans this November, according to the nonpartisan...
    CENTRAL CITY, Iowa — Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) is emerging from a summer of Republican doldrums battered but still standing after taking tough votes to legalize same-sex marriage and oppose legislation capping insulin prices. Hinson represents the newly configured 2nd Congressional District, a swing seat that offers no guarantee a red wave will sweep her to reelection and puts her on the knife’s edge of politically charged issues. The freshman congresswomen discovered as much after some grassroots conservatives chaffed at her vote to codify same-sex marriage, and voters on the opposite side of the political spectrum took issue with her rejection of federal price caps for insulin. Hinson waves off the pressure, at least publicly, saying it’s part of the job, especially in Iowa, where voters are politically engaged. “For me, it was a vote to uphold the Constitution. I see the vote I took on Jan. 6 [certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory] on the same level as that — and people were unhappy about that vote, too,” Hinson said of her support for legalizing same-sex marriage. She...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her so-called "Squad" of progressive allies suffered several primary setbacks this week. While Ocasio-Cortez easily sailed to victory in her uncontested primary, many of the progressive firebrands vying for the Democratic Party's nod were edged out by more centrist hopefuls in races across the country during Tuesday's primary night. AOC CRUISES TO RENOMINATION UNCONTESTED AFTER OTHER ‘SQUAD’ MEMBERS FACED PRIMARIES From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. llhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Most notably, incumbent Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) lost his reelection bid for New York’s 10th Congressional District, finishing third. Jones had hopped districts after Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who helms the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, opted to run in the 17th Congressional District, which Jones currently represents. Seeking to avoid a collision course with a powerful House Democrat, Jones vied for a second term in the 10th District, but he was edged out by Daniel Goldman. Jones had been one of the first openly gay black men...
    Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell called it a 'gotcha' question when asked Thursday if she wanted to see President Joe Biden run for a second term in 2024. 'If he wants to run, let's see what he's going to do,' Dingell eventually told NBC's Kristen Welker on Meet the Press Now. Only Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips has said that Biden shouldn't run again, though other members of the president's party have expressed a wariness, as his poll numbers have been in a slump for the past year.  Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell called it a 'gotcha' question when asked Thursday if she wanted to see President Joe Biden run for a second term in 2024 'If he wants to run, let's see what he's going to do,' Rep. Debbie Dingell (right) eventually told NBC's Kristen Welker on Meet the Press Now. Dingell told Welker she had asked Biden to come to Michigan in September in the run-up to the midterm elections.   'But that is a gotcha question,' she said of Welker's query about 2024. 'I am one of those people...
    The White House knew that the cancellation of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of student loan debt was never going to be universally popular. But beyond conservatives who accused President Joe Biden of waste and progressives who said he didn’t go far enough, another contingent joined the anti-forgiveness chorus: the Democratic Party’s most vulnerable incumbents. “We should be focusing on passing my legislation to expand Pell Grants for lower income students,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NM), who won her seat by less than 3 points in 2016 and whose re-election is seen as a toss-up. “The administration should have further targeted the relief and proposed a way to pay for this plan,” said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), whose polling for re-election has narrowed to nearly within the margin of error. “Waiving debt for those already on a trajectory to financial security sends the wrong message to the millions of Ohioans,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), whose own race for the U.S. Senate is among the toughest—and most expensive—in the country. The tepid, or even hostile, response by at-risk...
    At the start of the 2022 primary season, progressives were brimming with hope for their candidates. But one by one, the hopes for a series of upsets began to fade, including in the Big Apple Tuesday night. In New York’s long-awaited primary elections, progressives were dealt a rapid series of defeats: Suraj Patel, a progressive who was running as a third option in incumbent Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler’s member-versus-member matchup, came in third at just 19 percent. Further upstate, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) crushed his challenger, progressive state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, in NY-17. “Tonight, mainstream won,” a triumphant Sean Patrick Maloney said Tuesday. And in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Attorney Dan Goldman, a more-moderate Democrat, officially beat three high-profile progressives in NY-10—including New York Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D). Jones, one of only two openly gay Black men in Congress, became the latest progressive incumbent booted this cycle. But New York isn’t the only place where progressives have struggled to gain a footing this year. Rep. Marie Newman...
    (CNN)Rep. Carolyn Maloney's resounding loss in her New York primary set off an immediate scramble for her powerful position running the House Oversight Committee, with a bevy of Democrats jockeying for a spot central to their party's investigative priorities.Maloney, who was forced into a member-versus-member primary because of the congressional redistricting process and suffered a stinging defeat to Rep. Jerry Nadler, now will give up her gavel atop the committee at the end of this Congress. Even though an election for the plum spot is months away and won't take effect until next year, several Democrats immediately expressed interest in the position, launching just one of what could be several key leadership battles after the November midterms.Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democrat who lost to Maloney in a race for the chairmanship in 2019, immediately announced a run -- as did Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, who currently serves on the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, told CNN he is also mulling a run. And other Democrats...
    The race to replace Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee is quickly heating up after the chairwoman lost her primary race to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Tuesday evening. Depending on the outcome of the midterm elections, the lawmaker who prevails in the race will play a key role in either defending the Biden administration as Republicans look to launch investigations or leading additional investigations into controversies surrounding former President Donald Trump. Multiple candidates have already made their interest in the role clear, with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-VA), both of whom previously sought the position in 2019 but were defeated by Maloney, launching bids on Wednesday. CALIFORNIA TO BAN SALES OF ALL NEW GAS-POWERED CARS BEGINNING IN 2035 Maloney took over the position following the death of former Chairman Elijah Cummings.  Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), whose profile rose steeply serving as one of the impeachment managers and during his role on the Jan. 6 select committee, told Punchbowl News...
    Voters cast their ballots in Florida and New York on Tuesday, shifting the political playing field as the outcomes were decided in several high-profile races in two of the most populous states. The night marked some major wins and losses, unusual battles between incumbents, and implications for the future of each party in the deep red and blue states. Primary elections also continued in Oklahoma on Tuesday, as the state finished off a few of its straggler runoff elections. Nearly all the races were called by late Tuesday night, leaving few unanswered questions about the state of play as the parties turn their eyes to the November election. FULL COVERAGE OF THE 2022 MIDTERM ELECTIONS Here are the biggest results from last night’s primary elections: Democrat Charlie Crist wins nomination to face DeSantis in November Charlie Crist (D-FL) won the Democratic nomination against Nikki Fried, setting himself up to challenge incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis in the fall. The race is set to be an uphill challenge for Crist as he seeks to...
    Robert Zimmerman emerged victorious in the Democratic primary on Tuesday for New York's Long Island-anchored 3rd Congressional District. A number of Democrats vied for the seat in a race that exemplified the typical Democratic electoral divide between centrists and progressives. Meanwhile, some internal polling from July has given Republicans a glimmer of hope that they could reclaim the district for the first time in nearly a decade. DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED NEW YORK DISTRICT COULD FLIP FOR FIRST TIME IN A DECADE: POLL Zimmerman is a lawyer who would be the first openly gay member of Congress from the Queens and Long Island area. He was backed by Hillary Clinton and neighboring Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY). Outgoing Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), an outspoken centrist, vacated the seat to mount his unsuccessful primary challenge against New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. Suozzi backed 28-year-old Nassau County legislator Josh Lafazan in the race to succeed him. Other Democratic contenders in the race included North Hempstead supervisor Jon Kaiman, entrepreneur Reema Rasool, and Melanie D’Arrigo. On the Republican side, George Santos...
    Brandon Williams won the Republican nomination for New York’s newly redrawn 22nd Congressional District, setting the stage for the general election after the primaries were delayed due to redistricting legal battles. The race garnered national attention after the contest became an open seat, thanks to Rep. John Katko (R-NY) announcing his retirement from his 24th District seat and Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), who represents the current 22nd District, seeking a bid to replace Katko in the more reliably Republican district. Williams set himself apart from challenger Steve Wells by positioning himself as a political outsider. The Navy veteran spent much of his campaign criticizing Washington politicians and rising inflation nationwide. “Reckless government spending is causing historic inflation, and that is destroying our middle class,” he said at a candidate forum in August. New York’s congressional primaries were thrown into uncertainty after a judge in May ordered a delay of the election due to redistricting battles. Democrats sought to hold the primary in June and use their proposed congressional map that would’ve helped the party pick up...
    Laura Gillen won the Democratic primary on Tuesday in a New York district Republicans are attempting to flip after Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) announced she would not run for reelection. The 4th Congressional District, which stretches across central and southern Nassau County, wasn’t initially considered up for grabs, but Republicans began to shift their attention after Rice, who has held the seat since 2015, announced in February she wouldn’t run for reelection. KATHLEEN RICE JOINS RANKS OF RETIRING HOUSE DEMOCRATS Her departure, along with more than 30 other House Democrats who announced their retirements, puts increased pressure on the party to make gains if it wishes to maintain control of Congress in November. The sudden news of Rice’s departure wasn’t the only variable that introduced uncertainty into the midterm campaign cycle. After Democrats sought to hold the primary as initially scheduled in June with their proposed congressional maps, a judge in May ordered a delay of the election amid redistricting battles. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER That decision came after...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) easily won renomination to Congress on Tuesday in an uncontested Democratic primary after some other progressive lawmakers faced primary challengers in other districts. ANTI-ABORTION DEMOCRAT TRIES TO FLIP NORTH DAKOTA’S ONLY HOUSE SEAT Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most progressive lawmakers in the House and no stranger to controversy, represents New York’s 14th Congressional District. Her uncontested primary was a rubber stamp from her deep blue district for her third bid. Although she was uncontested, Ocasio-Cortez has been a proponent of primary elections, criticizing a system in New York that she has said leaves too many races uncontested. TODAY is now the first day of a 4-day petition submission period, where we hand over signatures to NY’s board of election.This is usually the stage where grassroots candidates get bumped off the ballot, and THAT’s how so many elections in NY go uncontested. /3— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 9, 2018 It's common practice for the Queens machine to bump candidates off the ballot by challenging their petition signatures in court.This is...
    Max Rose won the Democratic nomination for New York’s 11th Congressional District on Tuesday, setting him up for a rematch against Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) in one of the most closely watched midterm races this year. Rose, an Army veteran, previously held the seat when he was elected during the Democrats’ nationwide blue wave in 2018, but he was ousted by Malliotakis in 2020. Now, the Democratic nominee faces an uphill battle as he seeks to retake his seat in the Republican-leaning district that encompasses Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. ‘WHAT HUNTER BIDEN DID WAS WRONG’: DEMOCRAT BLASTS THE FIRST SON The 11th District has seen both Democrats and Republicans winning the seat over the last 12 years, but recent internal polling shows Malliotakis with a slight edge over Rose. Fifty-one percent of voters in the district said they’d back a second term for Malliotakis, compared to 36% for Rose, according to a poll by the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Malliotakis campaign. However, some Democrats believe the political environment may be shifting...
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Democratic candidate for New Yorks 12th Congressional District, campaigns at the 79th St. Greenmarket on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, on Sunday, August 21, 2022.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Rep. Jerry Nadler will defeat his colleague Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a vicious House primary that locked the longtime New York Democrats in a battle for the heart of Manhattan, NBC News projected. The two lawmakers were pitted against each other after a redrawn district map spurred them to compete for a single seat in Congress. Nadler, 75, and Maloney, 76, have represented adjacent chunks of the island for about three decades. Both hold powerful seats in Congress: Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee, while Maloney leads the House Oversight Committee. Nadler's congressional district had included the Upper West Side, while Maloney's covered the Upper West Side. But their separate districts were combined in May, the result of a messy and highly controversial redistricting process. Both Nadler and Maloney announced they would run for the newly formed 12th Congressional District. Suraj Patel,...
    Broward County Commissioner Jared Moskowitz has won the Democratic nomination to succeed the retiring Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) in the state’s 23rd Congressional District. ANTI-ABORTION DEMOCRAT TRIES TO FLIP NORTH DAKOTA’S ONLY HOUSE SEAT Deutch declined a reelection bid to become CEO of the American Jewish Committee, leaving an open seat in the safely Democratic 23rd District in the Fort Lauderdale area. The most prominent candidates in the Democratic primary included Moskowitz, a former state lawmaker who helped pass new gun legislation in the wake of the Parkland shooting and was emergency management director for the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL); Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Ben Sorensen, who was a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve; and Hava Holzhauer, a civil rights attorney and the former regional director for the Anti-Defamation League. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Moskowitz vastly out-fundraised his rivals and was endorsed by several prominent Democrats, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). But his opponents hit him for his...
    \u201cI'm honored to receive the full support and endorsement of my colleague and friend, @SpeakerPelosi, as we work to build a Florida that truly works for all Floridians!\u201d — Charlie Crist (@Charlie Crist) 1650287752 Crist has called DeSantis "an autocrat" and "a demagogue," according to the Associated Press. Fried has described DeSantis as "the most dangerous governor in the country." \u201cDeSantis is the most dangerous governor in the country.\u201d — Nikki Fried (@Nikki Fried) 1660402664
    (CNN)It's primary election day in New York, Florida and Oklahoma.Though New York held many of its primaries in June, the Empire State's prolonged redistricting process not only pushed its congressional primaries to August, it also created several notable Democratic races. In Manhattan, there will be a member vs. member primary and a crowded field vying to win a largely new district. Elsewhere, the chair of the party's campaign arm is facing a progressive challenger.New York is also holding two special elections to fill vacant house seats.There is a full slate of primaries in Florida, including a key Democratic gubernatorial primary to see who will take on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the fall, a Democratic Senate primary to see who will take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as a number of competitive House races.And there are primary runoffs in Oklahoma including the GOP contest for the special Senate election to replace Sen. Jim Inhofe when he resigns next year.Read MoreHere's everything you need to know:In New York, the state's redistricting process created a number of competitive Democratic primaries,...
    (CNN)The last midterm primaries of August take place Tuesday with contests in three states: Florida, New York and Oklahoma.High-profile races include the Democratic primary in Florida to take on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and a GOP Senate primary runoff in Oklahoma, the winner of which is likely to be the state's next junior senator. But it's the House races that take center stage, with several competitive contests in Florida and especially New York that could be key to determining control of the chamber next year.New congressional maps have scrambled races in both states.In Florida, DeSantis unexpectedly seized control of the state's redistricting process earlier this year and pushed through a more partisan redrawing of the state's congressional boundaries that likely gives Republicans an advantage in at least 18 of 28 districts. The state gained a seat in reappointment following the 2020 census.New York's highest court in April blocked the state's Democratic-drawn congressional map and ordered new lines that were drawn by a lower court-appointed "special master." The decision postponed the House primaries from late June to August. While Democrats had...
    (CNN)The tail-end of the August primary season arrives on Tuesday, with elections in New York, Florida and Oklahoma.New York's long and messy redistricting process pushed its US House and state Senate primaries back nearly two months, setting up a contentious clash between incumbents, charges of voter-shopping against candidates who chose -- or, in some cases, were pushed -- out of their first-choice races and an open seat contest in a new district that has divided voters along intersecting ideological and ethnic lines.The primaries in the city will go some way in determining the political makeup of the next Democratic House conference. But other nominating contests, in more competitive general election districts, could be key in deciding whether the party maintains its slim majority this fall. Upstate, a special election to finish out Antonio Delgado's term, after the former congressman left to become lieutenant governor, is being cast by Democrats as a referendum on the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, down in Florida, Democrats will choose their fighter for what promises to be a ferocious campaign against...
    (CNN)After a whirlwind past few weeks, the end of the midterm primary season is in sight.Over the next four weeks, the remaining seven states on the calendar will complete their primary elections, locking in the Senate, House and gubernatorial landscape for the fall. (Louisiana, which uses a majority-vote system where all candidates, regardless of party, appear on the same ballot in November, is the unique exception.) Here's an overview of the most important primary races left to be decided, roughly 80 days out from the general election. August 23Much of the attention next Tuesday will be on Florida, a once-perennial swing state that has trended in the GOP's direction over the past decade. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is already eyeing the 2024 presidential campaign, must first win re-election this fall. The leading Democratic candidates to take him on are Rep. Charlie Crist and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Democrats are also expected to officially nominate Rep. Val Demings in the race against GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.Read MoreDemocrats' intraparty tensions will be on display in New York, where the redistricting...
    (The Center Square) – One of Wisconsin’s outgoing lawmakers is using the back-to-school rush to push lawmakers to pay teachers more. Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, on Wednesday released his final back-to-school op-ed in which he says lawmakers must do more. “Education is the foundation upon which Wisconsin can solve any issue that confronts us. We need a well-educated workforce, whether that education is in science, liberal arts, or the trades,” Hebl wrote. “We have to adequately invest in our schools if we are to maintain a high-quality public school system.” His comments come as schools across Wisconsin claim they're in the midst of a teacher shortage. Milwaukee Public School leaders on Tuesday said they are 230 teachers short for the new school year. Madison Metropolitan School leaders said last month they have more than 100 openings, and school districts as small as Manitowoc say they are resorting to signing bonuses to try and fill their open slots. “If we consistently underfund our schools, qualified teachers will find other fields of employment, valuable educational programming...
    Washington (CNN)Lt. Gov. Josh Green will win the Democratic nomination for governor in Hawaii, CNN projects.As of 7 a.m. ET Sunday, Green was winning 63.7% of the vote, while former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano had 21.4% and Rep. Kai Kahele had 13.7%.CNN also projects that former state Sen. Jill Tokuda will win the Democratic nomination for the state's open 2nd Congressional District, and Republican Joe Akana will win his party's nomination for the seat. As of 7 a.m. ET Sunday, Tokuda was winning 58.6% of the vote while State Rep. Patrick Branco had 24.6%.Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz will win renomination and face Republican Bob McDermott in November, and Democratic 1st Congressional District Rep. Ed Case will win renomination and will face Republican Conrad Kress, CNN projects.Green, a former emergency room doctor who served in the Hawaii state House and Senate, defeated Rep. Kai Kahele and former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano to clinch the nomination.Read MoreGreen was born in New York and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A part of the National Health Service Corps, he moved to Hawaii...
    (CNN)As Hawaii voters finish casting their ballots Saturday, the marquee race is the state's Democratic primary for governor.There's a crowded field of Democrats vying to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. David Ige including Democratic Rep. Kai Kahele, who joined the race after announcing earlier this year he would leave Congress at the end of the term, vacating one of the Aloha State's two congressional seats.Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano are also competing for the Democratic gubernatorial nod in a state that's been helmed by party leadership for over a decade. In a debate held in July, Green, a former emergency room doctor who served in the Hawaii state House and Senate, called out Kahele for serving one term in Congress and then retiring to return to Hawaii and run for governor, Hawaii News Now reported at the time. Kahele, who was elected in 2020 to replace Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, came under fire earlier this year for his part-time work as a commercial pilot for Hawaiian Airlines, which raised questions of whether he was...
    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) dinged MSNBC guest host John Heilemann for supposedly devoting too much coverage to the news about Donald Trump improperly taking government documents to his Florida estate upon leaving office. The FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, kicking off a firestorm among conservatives. On Friday, the warrant was unsealed by a judge, as well as receipts indicating the materials the FBI removed from the property. The warrant indicates Trump is being investigated for potential violations of federal law, including the Espionage Act. Also on Friday, the House passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a significant legislative victory for President Joe Biden in the realms of healthcare and climate change. The bill already passed the Senate, so it will now head to Biden’s desk for his signature. Heilemann welcomed Maloney to Friday’s edition of Deadline: White House, where he began by asking the congressman for his thoughts on the Trump drama. “Before we get on to your boasting about how great things are going for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party right now,”...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive Squad, eked out a closer-than-expected Democratic primary victory Tuesday against a centrist challenger who questioned the incumbent’s support for the “defund the police” movement. The evening went far smoother for another progressive, Becca Balint, who won the Democratic House primary in Vermont — positioning her to become the first woman representing the state in Congress. In Minnesota, a Republican was headed to Congress to serve the remaining months of the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s term. And a key race was unfolding in western Wisconsin, where Democratic Rep. Ron Kind’s retirement after 26 years in office opens up a seat in a district that has been trending Republican. The GOP nominee vying to replace Kind is a former Navy SEAL who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, which preceded the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Some of the top elections: OMAR SURVIVES TOUGH CHALLENGE Omar, who represents Minneapolis and is one of the left’s leading voices in Congress, has defended calls to redirect...
    (CNN)Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar survived a primary challenge Tuesday, CNN projected -- but barely, and the narrow result could encourage critics of the progressive "squad" member to try again in two years. Omar, who is running for a third term in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, held off a primary challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels and three other Democratic primary candidates, CNN projects.Omar beat back a well-funded primary rival in 2020, but Samuels, a moderate, entered the race with higher name recognition in the Minneapolis-based district and the support of a big-spending super PAC. Takeaways from the Vermont, Wisconsin and Michigan primariesSamuels had run as a pro-police critic of Omar's calls to "defund the police." He and his wife successfully sued the city of Minneapolis to force it to increase police staffing levels to the 741 officers required by the city's charter. Momentum built behind what had been widely seen as a long-shot challenge after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey endorsed Samuels last week. He was also backed by building trades unions, several suburban mayors and more moderate DFL...
    "If the cost of standing up for the Constitution is losing the House seat, then that's a price I'm willing to pay," Cheney said, according to the New York Times. She described the GOP as "very sick," and said that it "is continuing to drive itself in a ditch and I think it’s going to take several cycles if it can be healed." Cheney told CNN's Jake Tapper last month that irrespective of the outcome of her primary contest, she will "continue to fight hard to ensure Donald Trump is never anywhere close to the Oval Office ever again."
    Attorney Matt Larkin has won the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, setting up a competitive House race as Republicans try to claim a majority in the chamber. Larkin, a 2020 Washington Republican gubernatorial candidate, secured a second-place finish on Friday night as more mail-in ballots were tallied. Candidates in the all-party primary, in which the top two vote-getters go on to the general election regardless of party identification, also included Army veteran Jesse Jensen, who ran a failed campaign against Schrier in 2020, and King County councilmember Reagan Dunn, also a former federal prosecutor whose mother previously represented the district for more than a decade. ​​MANCHIN SAYS BUILD BACK BETTER IS DEAD, ANNOUNCES DEAL ON INFLATION Schrier, who also won a spot on the November ballot in the district’s all-party primary, has sought to cast herself as a pragmatist as the lines of her district shifted to be friendlier to Republicans. However, she has also sought to highlight her status as “the only pro-choice woman doctor” in the House...
    \u201cI will absolutely support President Biden, if he decides to run for re-election. \n\nBiden\u2019s leadership securing historic investments for healthcare, climate & economic justice prove once again why he is the strong and effective leader we need right now. \ud83e\uddf5\u201d — Carolyn B. Maloney (@Carolyn B. Maloney) 1659539435 During the interview on Thursday, CNN's Brianna Keilar repeatedly asked Maloney why she did not think that Biden would run again, but the congresswoman never explained her rationale. Biden said last year that he intends to seek re-election provided that he is healthy. He is already the oldest president in U.S. history and would be 86 years old by the end of a second term. When fielding the debate question about whether Biden should run for reelection, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York said that it would not serve the Democratic Party to consider the issue until after the midterms have occurred. "Anyone watching last night's debate would have heard my extremely effusive comments about President Biden's performance during historically trying times. As I have said many times, I strongly...
    Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney apologized to President Joe Biden on Thursday in an awkward CNN interview after the longtime New York lawmaker said Biden would not be running for re-election in 2024. It's the second time Maloney has been forced to backpedal over her apparent gaffe, which occurred during a debate on Tuesday night for the hotly contested Democratic primary race in New York's 12th Congressional District. Maloney was asked multiple times about her comments during the tense Thursday morning interview, each time giving an increasingly more exasperated response. She pledged to support the president's 2024 re-election bid on Thursday morning - but doubled-down on doubting the campaign would come to fruition.  'Mr. President, I apologize. I want you to run. I happen to think you won't be running, but when you run or if you run I will be there 100 percent,' Maloney said toward the end of her appearance on CNN's New Day. 'You are a great president. And thank you for everything you've done for my state, and all the states and all the cities, in America....
    Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger blasted the Democratic Party on Wednesday morning after the House majority's campaign arm successfully tipped the scales in a Michigan GOP primary race. 'The [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] ought to be ashamed of themselves,' the Illinois lawmaker told CNN's New Day, referencing House Democrats' formal war chest. 'Thankfully some members of Congress, Democrats, have spoken out and said they're disgusted. I respect that.' Kinzinger is one of four House Republicans who announced they are retiring this year after voting to impeach Donald Trump over the Capitol riot, out of 10 total.  Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer became the second of the set to lose re-election on Tuesday night. He was narrowly defeated by former Trump administration official John Gibbs. Meijer accused Democrats of hypocrisy in an essay published by Common Sense where he highlighted the thousands of dollars his House colleagues who lauded his impeachment vote were now funneling in to defeat him. 'Watching this unraveling inside my party has been utterly bewildering,' Meijer wrote. 'The only thing that has been more nauseating has been the capacity...
    Other Democrats have spoken up about giving Biden the boot. Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) told her local newspaper MinnPost on Tuesday: "I would say we need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot in the Democratic Party.” Another Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Dean Phillips, said last week he'd prefer that Biden not run again. "I think the country would be well served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats to step up," he told a local radio station. But by Wednesday, Maloney did not want to be counted among those whose loyalty to Biden appears shaky. "I will absolutely support President Biden, if he decides to run for re-election," Maloney tweeted, clarifying her debate comments. "Biden’s leadership securing historic investments for healthcare, climate & economic justice prove once again why he is the strong and effective leader we need right now." "I urge all Democrats to stay united & focused on working towards winning the midterms," she said. "Right now, I am concentrating on the upcoming Democratic primary on August 23rd & the...
    By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who witnessed the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection days after taking office and then cast one of the 10 Republican votes to impeach Donald Trump over it, has lost his reelection bid. Meijer was defeated in a primary Tuesday by Trump-endorsed John Gibbs, a businessman and missionary who served in the Trump administration under Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Two Republicans in Washington state who incurred Trump’s wrath by voting for impeachment also went before voters. Races involving Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse were too early to call by Wednesday morning. Trump vowed revenge against the 10 who crossed party lines on the impeachment vote, and he endorsed party challengers to them in the midterm elections. In other races, Rep. Haley Stevens ousted Rep. Andy Levin in their Democratic primary in Michigan. Democratic Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both members of the progressive “Squad” in Congress, sailed through. In Arizona, a leading figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement fell way...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer lost Tuesday to a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump fought to hang onto their seats. WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 30: Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) speaks about the American military withdrawal in Afghanistan, during a meeting with House Republicans, including those who served in the military, on August 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to bring Congress back into session this week to address remaining issues in Afghanistan. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) READ MORE: Tudor Dixon Wins Michigan GOP Governor Primary, Will Face Gretchen Whitmer“A Constitutional Republic like ours requires leaders who are willing to take on the big challenges, to find common ground when possible, and to put their love of country before partisan advantage,” Meijer said in a statement before The Associated Press called the race for his challenger, John Gibbs. “Though this was not the outcome we hoped for,...
    By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer lost Tuesday to a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump fought to hang onto their seats. “A Constitutional Republic like ours requires leaders who are willing to take on the big challenges, to find common ground when possible, and to put their love of country before partisan advantage,” Meijer said in a statement before The Associated Press called the race for his challenger, John Gibbs. “Though this was not the outcome we hoped for, I will continue to do everything possible to move the Republican Party, West Michigan, and our country in a positive direction.” The primaries for the other two House Republicans who voted for impeachment, Washington state Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, were too early to call Wednesday morning. The three races were the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid...
    By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer was trailing a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump fought to hang onto their seats. Meijer conceded early Wednesday, though The Associated Press had not yet called the race. “A Constitutional Republic like ours requires leaders who are willing to take on the big challenges, to find common ground when possible, and to put their love of country before partisan advantage,” Meijer said in a statement. “Though this was not the outcome we hoped for, I will continue to do everything possible to move the Republican Party, West Michigan, and our country in a positive direction.” The primaries for Meijer, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse were too early to call on Wednesday morning. They are the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to keep him in power on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump...
    By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer was trailing a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump fought to hang onto their seats. The primaries for Meijer, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse were too early to call on Wednesday morning. They are the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to keep him in power on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump has vowed revenge against the 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines for the impeachment vote, and he endorsed GOP challengers to them in the midterm elections. In other races, Rep. Haley Stevens ousted Rep. Andy Levin from Congress after prevailing in their Democratic primary in Michigan. Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both members of the progressive “Squad” in Congress, sailed through their primary elections. In Arizona, a leading figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement was...
    By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — Three Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection are fighting to hang on to their seats. The primaries for Reps. Peter Meijer, Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse were too early to call on Wednesday morning. They are the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to keep him in power. Trump has vowed revenge against the 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines for the impeachment vote, and he endorsed GOP challengers to them in the midterm elections. In other races, Rep. Haley Stevens ousted Rep. Andy Levin from Congress after prevailing in their Democratic primary in Michigan. Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both members of progressive “Squad” in Congress, sailed through their primary elections, and in Arizona, a leading figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement was badly trailing in his Republican primary. Some of the top elections: FACING VOTERS AFTER IMPEACHMENT...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York said Tuesday evening she doesn't believe President Joe Biden will run for reelection in 2024, the latest Democrat to publicly cast doubt on a second Biden term."I don't believe he's running for reelection," Maloney said when asked if the President should run again during a congressional primary debate in New York's 12th district. Responding to the same question, Rep. Jerry Nadler, who is running against Maloney following redistricting, said it's "too early to say" and that it "doesn't serve the purpose of the Democratic Party" to deal with the question until after midterms. Maloney's other opponent, Suraj Patel, simply answered, "Yes." Democrats have privately shared concerns about Biden, who is 79 and struggling with poor approval ratings, running for a second term in the 2024 election. The President and his aides have pushed back on any idea that he won't run for a second term, and most Democrats have publicly said they will support Biden if he runs for a second term.But a CNN poll out last month found 75% of Democratic...