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    CNN’s Chris Wallace threw some cold water on the Democratic victory lap over President Joe Biden’s recent legislative success, saying he’s “not so sure” those wins will translate politically. Speaking with CNN’s Kate Bolduan on At This Hour on Monday, Wallace said legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act being pushed through with an evenly split Senate is “pretty darn impressive,” but it’s “questionable” if that wins over Democratic critics. Bolduan brought up a column by Maureen Dowd at the New York Times in which she argued Biden’s successes should be a reason not to run, rather than a confidence-builder for 2024. “His inner circle, irritated by stories about concerns over his age and unpopularity, will say this winning streak gives Biden the impetus to run again.The opposite is true. It should give him the confidence to leave, secure in the knowledge that he has made his mark,” Bolduan read from Dowd’s piece. Wallace appeared to agree, citing a recent CNN poll in which more than 70 percent of Democrats said they were ready for a non-Biden 2024 choice. “Remember, in the CNN...
    Southfield (CBS Detroit) – Fresh from Tuesday’s primary where the stage  for November’s election is now set, top leaders of the state’s Democratic and Republican Parties appear on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” to talk about the road ahead and some heated races coming up in  November. Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Paul Cordes, Chief of Staff for the Michigan Republican Party READ MORE: Michigan AG Nessel Seeks Special Prosecutor In 2020 Tabulator ProbePaul Cordes, Chief of Staff for the Michigan Republican Party, talked with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain, about the governor’s contest this fall after GOP candidate Tudor Dixon emerged victorious on Tuesday.  She will not face incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who ran uncontested in the primary. Cordes discussed the impact of Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dixon as well as John Gibbs, the GOP candidate in the 3rd Congressional District who defeated incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer. Gibbs had the former President’s blessing in that race. Cordes, who is in Chicago for Republican National Committee meetings, shared thoughts about Michigan and what issues will matter during the fall campaign....
    A straw poll of conservatives revealed on Saturday that Donald Trump retains his strong grip on the party grassroots, but also found that Gavin Newsom is viewed by many as the likely Democratic runner in 2024. Only four percent of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas Texas thought that President Joe Biden will be on the ticket. In contrast, 37 percent said they believed the California governor - who has been dinging Republican governors in Texas and Florida with newspaper and TV ads - will win the Democratic nomination.  'You're saying it's going to be Gavin Newsom,' said pollster Jim McLaughlin to the crowd.  'What jumps out at me? Only eight percent think it's gonna be Joe Biden.; The White House has repeatedly said that Biden plans to run for a second term, despite misgivings among many in his party who think at age 82 he would be too old for another inauguration. Less surprising was that the overwhelmingly hard right crowd plumped for Trump as the Republican nominee. He won 69 percent to Florida Governor Ron...
    (CNN)Republicans probably did not end up redrawing their way into the five congressional seats they need to take control of the House of Representatives, at least not on paper.Instead, matching GOP gains in places like Texas and Florida with Democratic gains in blue states, Republicans nationwide ended up with nine new seats leaning toward them compared to eight now-Democratic seats based on their 2020 presidential performance, according to a 50-state analysis of the new congressional map by CNN's political and data teams. It has the latest new congressional map for each state.The larger story may not be that one party or the other gained seats, but rather that the number of competitive seats dropped by 17, part of a decades-long trend of polarization among voters and consolidation of power by political parties.What's a competitive district?In the current situation, just 34 of the 435 seats -- less than 10% -- are competitive districts, down 17 from when the maps were lasted used in 2020. Read MoreFor the purposes of this CNN analysis, which applied 2020 election results to newly drawn districts,...
    (CNN)After abortion rights advocates prevailed decisively on a Kansas ballot measure this week, Democrats are putting the issue right at the center of their attacks against newly minted Republican nominees in key midterm races. In Arizona, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly hit the airwaves this week with an ad criticizing Blake Masters, who won Tuesday's Republican primary, for his "dangerous ideas on abortion." Similarly, Senate Majority PAC, a group with ties to Senate Democratic leadership, began airing an ad highlighting Masters' "extreme" abortion views. In Michigan, a group aligned with the Democratic Governors Association launched an ad against Tudor Dixon shortly after she won the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday featuring clips of her saying she does not support abortion ban exemptions in cases of rape or incest.Read More That Democrats are choosing to kick off their general election campaigns in critical states with paid messaging focused entirely on abortion shows that the party sees the issue as its best hand to play in a political environment that has otherwise been largely unfavorable. Democrats were already confident the issue would become more...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Education a way to cut secondhand smoke Numerous multi-unit housing residents are plagued by secondhand smoke in the Bay Area and have to suffer from heart disease, cancer and asthma attacks even if they don’t smoke themselves. Many community members don’t recognize this prevalent health hazard that threatens their homes’ safety, which is why it is crucial for multi-unit housing residents and smokers to be educated about the impacts of secondhand smoke. Oftentimes, residents deal with secondhand smoke using ventilation systems, like air conditioners; but according to the CDC, this doesn’t prevent exposure to secondhand smoke and instead further distributes smoke throughout a unit. To pass an effective city policy limiting smoking in multi-unit housing and combating secondhand smoke, leaders need to acknowledge the needs of community members and the consequences of secondhand smoke. I implore readers to follow the lead of organizations that are committed to advocacy through education. Samiksha Lingan Hayward What was point of Pelosi’s Taiwan trip? I have no...
    Tucker Carlson referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “Carmela” and in doing so, continued to purposely mispronounce the names of left-leaning people of color. In a monologue criticizing the Democratic Party on Wednesday night, Carlson bashed Democrats as being run by geriatrics. “The Democratic Party at this point is a cartel that exists only to perpetuate itself and the elderly mediocrities who run and benefit from it,” the Fox News host stated. “All of them. Carmela Harris is only 57 years old. She’s a child by the standards of her party, but she still talks like a dementia patient, slowly and incomprehensibly.” Carlson aired a clip of Harris giving remarks about mail-in ballots. “We don’t mean to beat up on Carmela Harris, who’s obviously our favorite for the Democratic nomination next cycle, but she is a perfect distillation of everybody in power in the Democratic Party,” he stated. The host has displayed a penchant for mispronouncing the names of left-leaning people of color. On Tucker Carlson Tonight, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is “Sandy Cortez.” (He has gone so far...
    Andrew YangStephen Smith/Sipa via AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.When Andrew Yang rolled out a revamped version of his Forward Party last week, it was met with widespread derision from center-left commentators. Much of that criticism was fair. There’s a good chance that his new organization will do little more than siphon votes away from Democrats in hotly contested races against MAGA candidates. There’s the suspicion that Yang’s primary beef with the Democratic Party may be his own inability to win its primaries. And there’s the rather small matter of this new political project seeming to lack any concrete policy goals. As political scientist Seth Masket wrote in the Washington Post, “The Forward Party’s agenda, if it can be called that, is to pass election laws that make it easier for the Forward Party—and, admittedly, other third parties—to win elections.” Forward’s website, of course, says this in a slightly more high-minded way, declaring that one of its major priorities is to promote a “vibrant democracy” by reforming “our republic...
    (CNN)Abortion rights activists won a huge victory in the red state of Kansas on Tuesday. Kansans voted overwhelmingly (59% to 41%) to reject an amendment that said there was no constitutional right to an abortion in the state.People were fired up by the ballot measure, as turnout was way up. In fact, it looked a lot more like recent general elections than a typical primary. But it wasn't just that turnout was up, it's who turned out. Thunderclap ballot box victory on abortion rights in Kansas gives Democrats a potent midterm issueA look at the results shows that Democrats, unlike in pretty much every other primary this year, came out in stronger numbers than Republicans, and it suggests that the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade may help narrow what has been a fairly large enthusiasm gap in favor of the Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterms. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 900,000 votes had been counted on the amendment. Under 750,000 votes had been counted in the race for governor, combining both the Democratic and...
    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...
    If Donald Trump-backed Republicans like John Gibbs go on to win in their general elections are primary wins, that’s on Democrats, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said Wednesday on CNN. Speaking with Brianna Keilar about work with the January 6 congressional committee (where Kinzinger works mostly with Democratic lawmakers), attention turned to Tuesday night primaries, in particular the loss in Michigan by Republican Peter Meijer. Meijer’s race was one of a handful to get attention as the moderate Republican found himself facing not only a Republican opponent in Gibbs, but also the Democratic Party, as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) bankrolled ads that promoted candidates like Gibbs and their ties to Trump. The thinking, Keilar pointed out, is that Democrats believe more Trumpian Republicans will be easier to beat come the midterm elections. “If Peter’s opponent wins and goes on to November and wins, the Democrats own that. Congratulations,” Kinzinger said in response. “Here’s the thing, don’t keep coming to me asking where all the good Republicans that defend democracy are and then take your donors’ money and spend half...
    \u201cI\u2019m a Democrat, I despise the Republican Party, but I know plenty of Republican neighbors who are non-wealthy/non-racist. \n\nThey see us Dems as fiscally irresponsible, soft on crime/national security, anti-business/pro-socialism, anti-free speech, pro-war, & pro-illegal immigrant\u201d — Jon Munitz \ud83d\udc8a (@Jon Munitz \ud83d\udc8a) 1659361766 Woodrow has also compared the GOP to "an abusive husband," claimed that Republicans represent the largest impediment to tackling "our greatest challenges," and said that Republicans are not "mentally healthy." "The GOP is like an abusive husband that says if he can’t have America, then dammit no one can," he tweeted. "The GOP is chalk-full of liars, from Trump to SCOTUS. How embarrassing they can’t face reality, and when called out they deflect by bashing trans people. This is not a mentally healthy group," Woodrow wrote in another post. "I call out Republicans because they’re the biggest obstacle standing in the way of addressing our greatest challenges: concentrated wealth, rampant gun violence, systemic racism, and a rapidly warming planet," Woodrow tweeted. "Sorry but I see gun violence, racism, climate change, and rising authoritarianism—all...
    (CNN)Things haven't exactly gone to plan for Republicans in Michigan.In the spring, five candidates vying to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer -- one of the GOP's top targets for defeat this year -- were blocked from appearing on the primary ballot after failing to submit enough valid signatures. The highly unusual sequence of events left Republicans without two of their leading gubernatorial contenders, former Detroit police chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson, roughly two months before the August 2 primary.Not long after, one of the remaining GOP candidates on the ballot, real estate broker Ryan Kelley, was arrested by the FBI on misdemeanor charges related to the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol. Last month, Kelley pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying he was only engaged in "First Amendment activity" that day. Kelley has been a proponent of former President Donald Trump's unfounded voter fraud claims, claiming the 2020 election in Michigan was "fraudulent." Trumps choice in Michigan gubernatorial primary faces criticism that she isnt MAGA enough Left without a clear front-runner for much...
    (CNN)Sometimes polling trends meet your expectations. For example, you might expect a president's approval rating to be low when we're dealing with high inflation and negative growth in real disposable income per capita.Sometimes, however, trends in public opinion are surprising. Even as President Joe Biden's approval rating languishes south of 40%, Democrats aren't just holding their own on the generic congressional ballot. They're actually improving their position as Biden's standing, if anything, gets worse. It's with this odd phenomenon that we start our look at the political week that was. Biden's unpopular, but so are Republicans Republicans now hold an average advantage of less than a point on the generic congressional ballot, which usually asks respondents some form of the following question: "If the elections for Congress were held today, would you vote for the Democratic or Republican party?"Read MoreRepublicans were ahead on this metric by 3 to 4 points in May. Our CNN/SSRS poll published a little less than two weeks ago was one of several recent surveys that have reflected this tightening. Republicans were ahead by an average...
    (CNN)As the countdown to November's midterm congressional elections enters its final 100 days, Democrats face broad and persistent headwinds driven by widespread gloom over the economy and President Joe Biden's consistently low approval ratings.Though recent polling has provided the party glimmers of hope, those fundamental weaknesses have been compounded by what many accept as a political fact of life: that the president's party is doomed to a poor showing in his first midterm after taking office in all but the most exceptionally advantageous circumstances.The first nationwide election since Biden defeated former President Donald Trump in 2020 will not provide Democrats that unique boost. Instead, the vote will take place amid economic uncertainty, an ongoing pandemic that has killed more than a million Americans the rupture created by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn federally protected abortion rights.For Democratic voters, the additional specter of a Trump revival -- he is widely expected to run for president a third time in 2024 -- and the further ascent of the anti-democratic movement around him has deepened the sense of foreboding. "My sense is...
    Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez of California Linda Sanchez says she flipped the bird at Republicans because of a 'misogynistic' and 'offensive' comment from the dugout during Thursday night's Congressional Baseball game. The California lawmaker got on first base in a walk in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Democrats trailing 5-0, when her team put in a pinch runner, prompting her to jog off the field. Her gesture was caught on camera as the game was captured on C-Span, prompting a chuckle from commentators.  It drew a slew of responses on Twitter, where users slowed down the tape and were able to get close-up screen grabs of her gloved hand. In a statement she admitted that the middle finger was made in the 'heat of the moment' after a 'misogynistic comment' - but she did not clarify what was said. 'The Congressional Baseball Game is one of my favorite events of the year. It's a great cause and brings both sides of the aisle together for a night off from partisan politics,' she said. 'That is why it really struck...
    Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – official guest host Aaron Gulbransen welcomed Mark Walters creator of Armed American Radio and Armed American News to discuss how the Democrat-controlled mainstream media is gaslighting the American people and their intent to take away your guns. Gulbransen: On our newsmaker line, we have my good friend Mark Walters of Armed American Radio. How are you doing today, Mark? Walters: I’m doing great. Good morning, Aaron. How are you, brother? Gulbransen: I’m doing all right. It’s been a few weeks, so, you know, I wanted to have you on. And for those of our audience who have not been paying attention to what’s been going around the country, what’s the latest on what’s going on with the Second Amendment news? Walters: Oh, gosh. Regarding the Second Amendment, there’s no news queue up at the end of the show music. Let’s just call it a day. (Laughter) Good heavens. Where do you want to start?...
    The details are still being combed through but it’s safe to say that the bargain struck Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and US Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a BFD. It isn’t what the Democrats had hoped for months ago, but it’s still huge when you look at what it does. According to the Post this morning, the Inflation Reduction Act “would represent one of the most consequential pieces of economic policy in recent US history.” The package includes (this is also from the Post): $260 billion in clean-energy tax credits; $80 billion in new rebates for electric vehicles, green energy at home and more; $1.5 billion for cutting methane emissions; $27 billion “green bank”; support for fossil fuel projects; closure of carried interest loophole; lowering drug prices. READ MORE: 'Climate collapse is here': Dozens feared dead in 'one of the worst' floods in Kentucky's history I have assigned Noah Berlatsky, the Editorial Board’s political economy correspondent, to write an explainer next week before the Senate and House vote on pending legislation. I’ll leave the granular...
    On Friday, July 22, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted his endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is seeking a third term to the U.S. House of Representatives; if the Democratic congresswoman receives her party’s nomination, she will go up against a Republican nominee in the general election. It remains to be seen how much of a red wave the United States will see in the 2022 midterms, but one Democrat who stands a very good chance of being reelected is AOC. Her district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, is overwhelmingly Democratic — and she is quite popular amongst the left wing of her party. AOC has toyed with the idea of a primary challenge to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker — inspiring Democratic strategists to wonder how well she would perform in a statewide race. The progressive congresswoman has demonstrated that she is quite capable of enjoying a landslide victory in New York’s 14th Congressional District, but unlike Schumer, she has never competed in a race where she would also be...
    Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez of California gave the finger to the Republican dugout at the congressional baseball game Thursday night – in a flash of tension and poor form at the annual bipartisan event for charity.  Sanchez, who has been in office since 2003, made the obscene gesture while her team was trailing. She got on first base in a walk, when her team put in a pinch running, prompting her to jog off the field. Her gesture was caught on camera as the game was captured on C-Span, prompting a chuckle from commentators. It drew wide comment on Twitter, where users slowed down the tape and were able to get close-up screen grabs of her gloved hand. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., was caught on camera giving the finger to the Republican dugout during the 87th annual congressional baseball game It all came on a night when Republicans trounced the Democrats 10-0 in the traditional summer ballgame, winning for a second year in a row in a contest that puts the two parties against each other on the field. It...
    In a fundraising e-mail sent out in April, Michigan State Sen. Lana Theis, a Republican, accused Democratic Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow of being a “groomer” who wanted to “groom and sexualize kindergartners” — and when McMorrow forcefully called Theis out on the Michigan Senate floor, her speech went viral. Three months later, reporter Adan Wren looks back on that controversy in a July 28 article for Politico, explaining how badly Theis’ political stunt “backfired.” McMorrow and Theis are both seeking reelection to the Michigan State Senate, and Theis has faced a Republican primary challenge from far-right MAGA conspiracy theorist Mike Detmer. As mean-spirited as Theis’ attack on McMorrow was, Detmer has slammed Theis for not being far enough to the right; the fundraising e-mail was obviously Theis’ way of telling Republican primary voters that she isn’t a RINO (Republican In Name Only). Michigan’s Republican and Democratic primaries will be held on Tuesday, August 2. But ironically, Wren stresses in his report for Politico, Theis ended up helping Theis a lot more than she helped herself — even though that...
    Democrats are fighting mad after Republicans voted against a bill that would send more funding to health care for veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals on the jobs.  All Democrats and eight Republicans voted against the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.  The bill had been up for a procedural vote with passage expected by the end of the week, but with only 55 yes votes, it did not break a filibuster.  'I agree with Sen. Tester -- this is total bullshit,' Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a news conference Thursday. 'This is the worst form of over politicization I've literally ever seen.' 'There will be veterans who die between now and when the legislation passes,' added Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.  The bill could be called for another vote and could pass if changes are made.   'I agree with Sen. Tester -- this is total bullshit,' Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a news conference Thursday. 'This is the worst form of over politicization I've literally ever seen' 'There will be veterans who die between now...
    Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes speaks at a recent rally at his alma mater, John Marshall High School in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.It’s looking all but certain that Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be the Democratic opponent to take on the much-maligned Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson in November. This week two of Barnes’ main rivals dropped out ahead of the August 9th primary, clearing the path for the 35-year-old Milwaukee native. Barnes has already secured the endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders and campaigned last weekend alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren. The race between Barnes and Johnson will be among a few set to determine which party controls the Senate. Barnes has been a rising star in Wisconsin politics for the last decade. He was elected as a State Representative in 2012 and then joined Governor Tony Evers campaign to oust Scott Walker in 2018, becoming Lieutenant Governor at 31. He is only the second Black elected official in statewide...
    It was announced Wednesday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was able to come to an agreement with Democrats over a larger package that included inflation measures, prescription drug reductions and efforts to mitigate climate change. Manchin had said last week that he couldn't vote for it because he was too worried about the money being spent impacting inflation negatively. On Thursday, Manchin was telling his hometown radio that the whole package was dead but he was hopeful they could come together in September around something. He made it clear, however, that the stripped-down version of Build Back Better was never going to happen. "The major shift in negotiations — confirmed by two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the talks — threatened to upend the delicate process to adopt the party’s signature economic package seven months after Manchin scuttled the original, roughly $2 trillion Build Back Better Act, which President Biden had endorsed," said the Washington Post last week. “To have those negotiations, to go on as long as they have, and...
    A Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump is ripping into Democrats for propping up his MAGA primary rival.  'I'm sick and tired of hearing the sanctimonious bulls**t about the Democrats being the pro-democracy party,' GOP Rep. Peter Meijer told Politico.  The site reported Wednesday on growing discontent among the Democratic ranks over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's decision to meddle in the Republican primaries - boosting MAGA, election-denying candidates over GOP moderates.  'I'm sick and tired of hearing the sanctimonious bulls**t about the Democrats being the pro-democracy party,' GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan told Politico for a story out Wednesday. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running ads that could help his rival Rep. Peter Meijer is fighting for his political survival as he faces the Trump-backed John Gibbs (pictured) in a Michigan Republican primary next Tuesday  One of those races will come to a conclusion on Tuesday, when Meijer - one of just 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of Trump's second impeachment - faces John Gibbs, who's been endorsed by the Republican ex-president, in a...
    The White House on Wednesday shrugged off a damning poll that found three-quarters of Democrats do not want President Joe Biden on the 2024 ballot, saying there was still a long way to go before the next presidential election. Biden's popularity among all voters has plunged amid crippling fuel prices, lurching stock markets and punishing prices at the gas pumps. But the latest CNN poll now suggests even Democrats are ready to move on from the 79-year-old Washington veteran. 'We're not worried about polls,' said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre when she was about the numbers. 'The president has said - has been clear - that he intends to run but we are so far away from that time, from you know even being close to be thinking about that.  'But what I can say is we're going to continue to do the work that I just laid out.' She said Biden was committed to lowering costs and highlighted progress on passing a bill to encourage more semiconductor companies to build chip plants in the United States. And she...
    Individuals who live in or near the neighborhood that Representative Tim Ryan formerly lived in have been knocking the congressman as he attempts to run for U.S. Senate. The Washington Free Beacon traveled to Ryan’s old neighborhood and spoke to residents of the area, who expressed concern over inflation and skepticism over Ryan’s campaign. “This is all Democrat, this neighborhood, I was a Democrat but started voting Republican on everything after Trump. I don’t like Ryan at all no more. I used to like him, but to me he’s just a regular politician now,” Carl Mymo, a former Democrat who changed his voter registration and lives close to Ryan’s former residence, told the Free Beacon. Though he has voted the same as Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time, Ryan has framed himself as a bipartisan member of Congress during his  senate campaign “I don’t think he’s done a lot for the area. I don’t think he’s ever had a regular job. When General Motors left, he says he did a lot to try and stop that, but it was...
    Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán refused to denounce the “Defund the Police” movement in a recent interview. Terán, who is running for State Senate, has often touted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood. On her website, she highlights the support and says the state must “elect a Democratic majority in our state to protect access to safe and secure abortions for those who seek care.” As previously reported, the Planned Parenthood political organization called on candidates to denounce the support of law enforcement groups in order to obtain the group’s endorsement. When explicitly asked in the interview with Brahm Resnik, the Democratic Party chair refused to take a position, saying we need to commit to “reimagining how we use the resources” and there are “different ways we can imagine public safety.” “Now that Defunding the Police is an official plank of the Arizona Democrat Party, Arizona Democrats’ lurch to the far left is complete. Democrat Party chairwoman Raquel Terán’s extremist position has branded Mark Kelly, Katie Hobbs and every Democrat candidate running this year as anti-police and anti-public safety,”...
    Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Hulu After already engaging in bitter public battles with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Disney is now facing the wrath of Democratic politicians too. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Democratic Governors Association released a joint statement through the Washington Post on Monday, accusing the House of Mouse of censoring political ads. Hulu, one of multiple streaming services owned under the Disney umbrella, refused to air political ads targeting Republican views on abortion and gun rights. The three previously mentioned groups tried purchasing ad space with various Disney-owned networks, including Hulu, but the streamer never aired them. A statement from Christie Roberts, Tim Persico, and Noam Lee, the executive directors of the three committees reads: “Hulu’s censorship of the truth is outrageous, offensive, and another step down a dangerous path for our country. Voters have the right to know the facts about MAGA Republicans’ agenda on issues like abortion — and Hulu is doing a huge disservice to the American people by blocking voters from learning the truth about the GOP record...
    Pro-Israel lobby groups have spent “shocking” amounts of money to change the course of multiple Democratic congressional primaries over the past year alone, reports our guest Peter Beinart. The latest is in Maryland, where former Congressmember Donna Edwards is being outspent sevenfold by corporate attorney Glenn Ivey in her bid to win back her old seat in the state’s 4th Congressional District. Beinart, the editor-at-large of Jewish Currents, says the AIPAC-led PACs disguise their attack ads with local issues but in reality are designed to oust candidates who take stances in support of Palestinian rights and working people.TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. Today is Primary Day in Maryland. In one closely watched race, former Congressmember Donna Edwards is seeking to win back her old seat in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, outside Washington, D.C. She is facing the corporate attorney Glenn Ivey, who has raised seven times as much money. The New York Times reports a...
    Share this: This article was originally published on Jul 22 8:01am EDT by THE CITY. One of the city’s largest unions has decided to remain on the sidelines and not issue endorsements in two of New York’s most competitive congressional primaries, THE CITY has learned, and several other major unions appear likely to follow suit. District Council 37 will stay neutral in the 10th Congressional District, where more than a dozen Democrats are competing for a rare open seat representing Lower Manhattan and much of brownstone Brooklyn that emerged when incumbent Rep. Jerrold Nadler decided to instead run in the 12th district against Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Redistricting drew new political maps that put the two powerhouses’ voter bases, and their homes, in the same district now covering Manhattan’s Upper East and West Sides.
    (CNN)John Fetterman will continue his soft return to the campaign trail on Thursday, attending a fundraiser in Philadelphia two months after a life-threatening stroke sent him to the sidelines of one of the most closely-watched Senate contests in the country.The fundraiser, sponsored by Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania, does not represent a full reentry to the campaign -- Fetterman aides tell CNN that will happen in the "coming weeks" with an event in western Pennsylvania -- but it is the next step in the Democratic candidate's slow return to reengaging with voters, with the fall election less than four months away.Fetterman will face Dr. Mehmet Oz in November's race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. The race is one of the Democratic Party's best chances to pick up a seat in the evenly divided Senate during what is expected to be a trying midterm election for President Joe Biden and the party in power. Democrats got a shot of good news recently when Fetterman's campaign reported it had raised $11 million in the second quarter of the year, a number...
    As Democrats despair over President Biden’s unpopularity and cast about for an alternative, many overlook the obvious front-runner to succeed him as party leader: Vice President Kamala Harris. Biden, of course, has said he fully plans to seek reelection in 2024, with Harris as his running mate. But that hasn’t stopped rampant speculation about the leadership and direction of a post-Biden Democratic Party, and how soon it takes shape. Some Democrats have turned from musing to open mutiny, urging the septuagenarian president to stand aside for the perceived good of his party, as well as the country, and make way for someone younger and more vigorous. Some of that may be ageism. (Though, at age 79, Biden has clearly lost a few steps.) Most of the chatter stems from panic among Democrats fearing a ghastly November and worried that worse could come if Biden tops the ticket again in 2024. Hence, the breathlessness surrounding a notional Gavin Newsom run for president and the bruiting about of other possible Biden replacements: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren,...
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Susan Collins led a group of 16 bipartisan senators who introduced new legislation Wednesday to overhaul the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which former President Donald Trump tried to exploit to stay in power.  The Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022 would clear up, among other things, the role of the vice president - explicitly making his or her role ceremonial when the Electoral College votes are counted during the joint session of Congress on the January 6th following a presidential election.  The vice president 'does not have any power to solely determine, accept, reject, or otherwise adjudicate disputes over electors,' explained a one-sheeter on the fresh legislation.   It also identifies a state's governor - unless state law says otherwise - as the person submitting electors to Congress, so a plot to send 'alternate electors' to Congress wouldn't be possible.  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (left) and Republican Sen. Susan Collins (right) led a group of 16 bipartisan senators who introduced new legislation Wednesday to overhaul the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which former President Donald Trump tried to...
    Two Democratic senators and one House member fumed at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for stalling the party’s agenda. Despite having majorities in both the House and Senate, President Joe Biden has been unable to advance many of his key legislative aims. That is in large part thanks to Manchin, whose “aye” vote (along with Vice President Kamala Harris as a 50-50 tie-breaker) could move bills to Biden’s desk. Not a lot has been achieved since Manchin killed the Build Back Better bill last December. He infuriated members of his own party again last week by throwing a monkeywrench in plans for climate change and energy legislation. Politico reported: Manchin, on Friday, said he could not support quick consideration of the administration’s climate and tax ambitions as part of a larger domestic spending bill. The president acquiesced to the demand. But White House aides and Democrats were left furious over what they deemed Manchin’s latest act of sabotage, blaming him for shifting the goalposts and blowing up key elements of an economic package months in the making. Manchin has continently cited...
    (CNN)More than a dozen Democratic members of Congress were among those arrested by Capitol Police on Tuesday afternoon as part of an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court.Wearing specially made green bandanas with "Won't Back Down," they marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been fenced off for weeks, since shortly after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade.Within two minutes of their arriving, police began ordering them to "cease and desist." Instead, they sat on the street, and were one by one led off by officers as they chanted, "The people, united, will never be divided." Rep. Ilhan Omar is escorted away from a sit-it outside of the Supreme Court with members of Congress to protest the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Tuesday.The US Capitol Police tweeted: "Demonstrators are starting to block First Street, NE. It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests."Capitol Police later said they had arrested 34 people total, including 16...
    (CNN)Neither Republican nor Democratic candidates for Congress are seen by most voters as having the right priorities, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. The survey finds voters closely divided in their preference for this year's midterm elections and on the potential consequences of a Republican victory.Two-thirds of registered voters (67%) say that Democratic candidates for Congress in the area where they live aren't paying enough attention to the country's most important problems, with just 31% saying that these candidates have the right priorities. A similar 65% say that Republican candidates in their area aren't paying enough attention to important national problems, with 33% saying that GOP congressional candidates have the right priorities.Economic issues are currently voters' central concern. Nearly 7 in 10 voters (69%) currently call the economy extremely important to their congressional vote, and 67% say the same of inflation. Smaller majorities place the same level of importance on voting rights and election integrity (61%), and gun policy (60%). About half rate education (51%), abortion (50%) or crime (49%) as extremely important, and fewer say the...
    QUEEN CREEK, Arizona—When it came time for Karrin Taylor Robson to take questions at a campaign stop last Thursday, the crowd didn’t waste a moment to confront her with the most uncomfortable issue in her bid to be Arizona’s next governor. “What will you do,” asked one woman in the front row, “to secure our elections?” Nods and affirming noises rippled through the crowd of roughly 150 people, who had come to see Robson speak in this far-flung suburb about 40 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. “So the one thing I think we can all agree on is, the wrong guy is in the White House. Do we all agree?” Robson asked. After the predictable response from this audience of Republican loyalists, Robson put forward a conspiratorial explanation of why the 2020 election was stacked against Donald Trump—the media, big tech, COVID, the Democrats—and explained what changes to election rules she’d make if elected. But what Robson omitted entirely in her 2020 postmortem were the most outlandish theories and falsehoods about the election—the ideas that now dominate that grassroots...
    The Democratic Party has faced an exodus of politically moderate voters in Rust Belt states whose prioritization of economic issues has driven them into the clutches of the Republican Party. On Monday, Democratic strategist Brian Striker published an editorial in The New York Times outlining how that once-reliable bloc can be won back. "Inflation is the top issue voters want Washington to address, and Americans believe disruptions to the global supply chain are causing price spikes and economic instability. To win support, Democrats need to hammer home to voters that they are focused on bringing manufacturing home," Striker wrote. "I live in Chicago and work for Midwestern Democratic politicians whose states have been hit hard by outsourcing, and I have seen Democrats win over swing voters with a powerful call to bring jobs back to America and invest in domestic manufacturing." This presents both a challenge and an opportunity. READ MORE: Robert Reich delivers brutal reality-check for Dem — and urges 'an agenda of radical democratic reform' "Democrats have got to do more to demonstrate that we are putting American...
    Miami Gardens, Florida (CNN)Fifteen minutes into a recent Sunday service, a man in a trim pinstriped suit with coiffed white hair and a blue disposable mask strolled to the front row of The Fountain church and began nodding along to a live and loud contemporary gospel band. "Is that Charlie Crist?" Virginia McNair, a local retiree, whispered from a few rows back at this predominantly Black church. "My favorite."It was Charlie Crist -- that instantly recognizable, enduring enigma of Florida politics -- in his element: campaigning. At age 65, Crist, currently serving his third term in the US House, is running for governor, a job he first won in 2006 as a Republican, left after losing a 2010 US Senate race as an independent, and failed to win back in 2014 as a Democrat. And he's doing it the only way he knows how: by trying to shake every hand in the state. In 36 hours, he attended the Sunday service, spoke to parents of children killed by gun violence, huddled with Nicaraguan refugees, lunched with Haitian American Democrats and...
    As Republicans set their sights on recapturing a majority in the House, much of the focus of party leaders, activists, and political players is on battleground seats in states such as Nevada, Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia. But could an upset be brewing in the Democratic stronghold of New England? Very few opportunities abound for Republicans in the Northeast despite the fact that Democrats have a monopoly on congressional seats in the region. Outside of perennially competitive races in New Hampshire and a culturally conservative upstate Maine House seat, an abysmal midterm elections political environment hasn’t been expected to stop Democrats from sweeping House races in the liberal bastions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut. NEW YORK CITY DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE BACKS ANTI-ISRAEL BDS MOVEMENT But after the GOP scored a top-tier recruit to take on Rep. Jahana Hayes in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, many Democrats are increasingly concerned that Hayes could become the first Democrat in the state to lose his or her seat in more than 20 years. Connecticut has had an all-Democratic congressional...
    Former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) appeared to forget the name of an MSNBC guest during a conversation about whether Democrats in office are too old. Boxer, who is 81 and was 76 when she retired in 2017, seemed to make the point of younger Democrats for them while speaking with MSNBC’s Joy Reid and fellow guest Cristina Ramirez, the president of NextGen America. Reid opened the conversation by reporting the results of a New York Times poll which shows young Democrats overwhelmingly want someone other than President Joe Biden to run in 2024. The host twice stated the Democratic Party has become a “gerontocracy” that is out of touch with young people and the issues that concern them. Boxer was not of the opinion the party is too old, but did agree there is a need for younger voices: You can be dangerous at 80, and you can be dangerous at 40. The point is–but I do think there is an important point to this poll. We Democrats do have a very diverse coalition. It truly is diverse, everywhere you look at...
    Thursday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) slammed the Democrats’ agenda, which he argued was not designed for the average American. According to Rubio, “the entire Democratic agenda is designed to cater to the pet issues of affluent liberals living in trendy neighborhoods and  expensive cities far away from the consequences of the things they are for.” He said that everyday Americans don’t believe the Democrats were fighting for them. “[T]hey’ve got this radicalism on climate change, and it means higher gas prices,” Rubio outlined. “And they think government is the solution to everything, so you have this inflation because of the spending. And they are against immigrant enforcement, so we have an immigration enforcement crisis. And they think the criminal justice system is mean, and so we have a crime wave because police officers won’t arrest people and prosecutors won’t prosecute.” “And the list goes on and on, and so normal, everyday people, working people, look at all this and say these people don’t fight for us. They are fighting for a small group of radical progressive, rich...
    (CNN)In the new post-Roe landscape, Pennsylvania Republican Doug Mastriano seems to have strayed from what he once described as his "number one" focus. As the GOP nominee for governor navigates one of the most closely watched contests this year, there has been a noticeable drop off in his public comments on abortion -- both in the intensity with which he speaks about the issue and the frequency. Mastriano even cast the issue as a potential distraction following the Supreme Court's ending of federal abortion rights in a 5-4 ruling on June 24, declaring in a statement that it "must not take our focus away from the key issues facing Pennsylvania families." He's not the only Republican nominee for this year's midterms making that argument.The deliberate attention on pocketbook issues at a moment when abortion access is at stake in a growing number of states is a strategy that Republican candidates across the midterm battlefield have adopted -- not to mention some who may be eyeing the White House in 2024. In Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp has long been an...
    by Max Keating   More college-educated white voters than minorities are backing the Democratic Party, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released Tuesday, The poll found that 57% of white voters with a bachelor’s degree would prefer Democrats to control Congress after the 2022 elections, compared to just 36% who would want Republicans to do so. Meanwhile, Republicans are having increasing success with minority voters, with Hispanics essentially split in their responses on which party they prefer to control Congress, and non-Hispanic, non-black minorities actually preferring Republican control by a margin of 39% to 34%, the poll found. “ For the first time in a Times/Siena national survey, Democrats had a larger share of support among white college graduates than among nonwhite voters — a striking indication of the shifting balance of political energy in the Democratic coalition. “ — Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) July 13, 2022 As recently as 2018, Hispanics voted for Democrats by an almost 50-point margin, and the party lost the white, college-educated vote, Axios reported. This phenomenon, Axios argued, represents a “seismic shift” realigning American politics....
    PORTLAND, Maine -- Stark political divides among the states on abortion, gun rights and other issues are overshadowing a meeting this week of the nation's governors, who still hope to find common ground in a polarized climate.The National Governors Association kicks off its summer meeting Thursday, the first time the group has met in-person since 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The session in Maine follows recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have deepened the rift between red and blue states, by overturning Roe v. Wade and striking down gun restrictions in New York.The association's leaders say there's still room for bipartisanship - at least on other issues."The National Governors Association is the last standing, true bipartisan group that gets things done," Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican who is wrapping up his yearlong term as the association's chair, said in an interview.Hutchinson is handing the reins of the group to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, who will serve as its next chair. The two governors last month announced the association was forming a bipartisan task...