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    A Democratic Florida commissioner has publicly backed Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his bid for re-election.   Dave Kerner, 39, who has himself been reelected four times in heavily Democratic Palm Beach County in the south of the state, delivered an enthusiastic endorsement on Fox News where he defended suggestions that he had turned on his party. 'I've been a registered Democrat since I registered to vote at the age of 18. I don't really see it as going against my party. I'm a Floridian, an American first. But there's a confluence of reasons,' Kerner began, before reeling off a list of reasons why DeSantis had secured his vote. 'The trajectory of our state, which I spoke about in my endorsement, his support for law enforcement, his management of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a host of reasons why I endorsed him,' Kerner explained. Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, 39, has endorsed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' re-election bid
    In the books written about the plot to steal the 2020 election and the violent insurrection that followed, none have led with a 50-year-old high school teacher from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, afraid of a civil war. “This is not something I’ve seen in the history of this country, except for before the Civil War,” said Bob Harvie, the chair of the Bucks County Board of Elections, in the pages of The Big Truth, the new book from CBS News star Major Garrett and elections expert David Becker. “And it does scare me. I’m really worried we’re approaching a precipice that’s going to be impossible to come back from.” It’s people like Harvie who Garrett, the chief White House correspondent at CBS News, and Becker, the head of the ​Center for Election Innovation & Research, hoped to spotlight in their new book, The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of “The Big Lie,” due out Tuesday from Diversion Books. The at-times distressing book tells the story of how democracy survived an unprecedented assault in 2020, often through the election officials...
    Screenshot via CBS. President Joe Biden opened the door to retiring after one term in the White House, telling 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley that he had not yet made a decision. Biden is the oldest American president ever elected, 78 years old at his inauguration in Jan. 2021, and whether or not he should run for re-election in 2024 has been heavily debated. He continues to poll well against his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but has also struggled with his own popularity amid inflation woes. In an interview taped earlier this week that aired Sunday evening, Pelley asked Biden about his plans for the 2024 election. “Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right?” asked Pelley. Biden cited the federal election laws as imposing “a whole range of things that come into play,” certain “requirements that I have to change and move and do,” if he were to expressly say he was running again. Accordingly, “in terms of election laws,” Biden continued, “it’s much too early to make that kind...
    The New York attorney general's office rejected Donald Trump's settlement offer and is reportedly considering charging the former president with fraud and also suing one of his children. James, a Democrat who is running for re-election in November, has charged the Trump Organization with inflated the value of its properties to obtain favorable loans and deflating their value for tax purposes. Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. all served as senior executives at the family real estate business.  The likelihood of a court battle grew after James' office rejected at least one of the Trump lawyers' settlement offers, according to the New York Times, which cited three people familiar with the matter. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called James' probe a politically motivated witch hunt. He filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to block her probe and accused James, who is black, of being racist.  The New York attorney general's office rejected Donald Trump's settlement offer and is reportedly considering charging the former president with fraud and also suing one of his children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. all served as senior...
    The NFIB Tennessee PAC, composed solely of NFIB members across the state, has endorsed Governor Bill Lee for re-election. NFIB is a nationwide “member-driven organization advocating for small and independent business owners,” according to a description on its website. Founded in 1943, NFIB advocates on nationwide small business issues, such as taxes, health care, and regulations. NFIB is headquartered in Nashville. The @NFIB Tennessee PAC has endorsed @GovBillLee for a second term. “Governor Lee is the clear choice for #SmallBusiness in this year’s gubernatorial race.” https://t.co/3cjHTmLpkB pic.twitter.com/BZAuZjtckf — NFIB Tennessee (@nfib_tn) September 15, 2022 “Governor Lee is the clear choice for small business in this year’s gubernatorial race,” NFIB State Director Jim Brown said in a statement. “Our members overwhelmingly say he deserves a second term based on his record the previous four years. Specifically, Bill Lee led the charge to utilize federal monies to bolster the unemployment trust fund during the pandemic, saving small businesses from triple-digit unemployment tax increases during a very difficult time.” Brown continued, “Additionally, he is leading the effort as statewide chair of the...
    The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), the NRA’s political action committee, has endorsed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for re-election. Governor DeSantis was given an “A+” rating from NRA-PVF for his “steadfast defense and support of the Second Amendment” based on his voting records, public statements and responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire. In addition, NRA-PVF is championing DeSantis’ support of Americans’ fundamental right to self-defense and right-to-carry; his opposition to gun bans, anti-gun politicians, backdoor gun bans, and government-sponsored gun confiscation; his support of Florida’s hunting heritage and veterans’ Second Amendment rights; and his “true” leadership of Florida. As a result, NRA-PVF is encouraging Floridians to “defend freedom” by voting for DeSantis and defeating his opponent, Charlie Crist, in the upcoming election held on November 8. Democrat candidate Charlie Crist received an “F” rating from NRA-PVF for his “radical anti-gun positions” that include supporting gun bans, supporting government-sponsored gun confiscation, supporting the criminalization of the private transfer of firearms, being endorsed by gun control groups, and supporting mandatory government waiting periods. In addition to his recent endorsement by NRA-PVF,...
    Former President Donald Trump repeatedly told his aides that he wouldn’t leave the White House despite his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, according to a new book. After the presidential race was called in favor of Biden, Trump seemed to acknowledge he had lost, according to a forthcoming book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. However, as time went on, Trump’s mood seemed to shift as he began abruptly telling aides he would not leave the White House. SEE IT: DONALD TRUMP SPOTTED MAKING SURPRISE VISIT TO WASHINGTON, DC “I’m just not going to leave,” Trump told one aide, according to the forthcoming book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America obtained by CNN. “We’re never leaving,” he said to another. “How can you leave when you won an election?” The previously unreported details offer a glimpse into the chaos at the White House after the 2020 election when Trump began seeking ways to overturn the results of the election and remain in office. The...
    Democrat and former Sen. Al Franken got into an on-air spat with Republican CNN political commentator Alice Stewart on Saturday over remarks from both Chief Justice John Roberts and Vice President Kamala Harris about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Justice Roberts on Friday expressed his disappointment in the atmosphere surrounding the court and decried the loud Democrat messaging that it is no longer legitimate based on the party’s disagreement with the court’s decisions. “Simply because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court,” he said at a legal conference on Friday. Vice President Harris, in a preview clip of her interview with Chuck Todd airing Sunday, questioned both the legitimacy and the “integrity” of the court, and by extension the justices, over the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Acosta played clips from both and then introduced Franken and Stewart to discuss. “Confidence in the Supreme Court is at an all-time low. I suppose the Chief Justice can say what he want. He doesn’t – he seems to be bristling...
    Former President Donald Trump this week endorsed Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine’s re-election bid against Democratic former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.  “… We have an outstanding person running, Mike DeWine, who quietly, but professionally and patriotically, goes about doing his job, and really well,” the former chief executive said in a statement. “Running alongside his very talented and loyal Lieutenant Governor, Jon Husted, Ohio has been in strong hands with the Economy ‘roaring,’ especially in the four years that I was President.” Trump went on to blast Whaley as “a terrible person” and a “failed mayor” who saw crime surge when she presided over her city from 2014 to 2022.  DeWine has consistently polled ahead of Whaley after the two secured their respective parties’ nominations in the May 3 primary. Mid-August polls from Emerson College and the Trafalgar Group each had DeWine 16 percentage points ahead.  Whaley and other Democrats used DeWine’s endorsement from Trump to suggest the GOP candidate is contradicting the more resistant posture he took toward the ex-president in the past.  “It’s been clear for years that...
    Police are searching the home of an Las Vegas official in connection with the murder of an investigative reporter who was stabbed to death outside his own home. Jeff German, 69, spent three decades covering crime and corruption before he was brutally killed on Saturday in Clark County, Las Vegas. He was found dead outside his home on September 3, with cops believing he had been stabbed to death during an altercation the day before.   Authorities are today searching the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, 45, who had been the focus of recent articles by the reporter. Police cars were seen outside of his property and confirmed that they were serving warrants but could not give any further information. The warrant was served at a home near Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai Way and police are still on the scene. German spent months reporting on the turmoil in Telles office and how he lost his re-election bid in June. Democrat Telles, 45, lost the bid after German’s findings were published and the reported had recently filed public records...
    President Joe Biden has filed to run for re-election in 2024 when he’ll be 81 years old. Voice of America chief national correspondent Steve Herman flagged this development. According to @FEC records, @JoeBiden today filed to run for re-election. https://t.co/2Q6h7WLVI3 pic.twitter.com/Wih4I3PIZI — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 30, 2022 A filing is not necessarily a guarantee that that individual will eventually run for office or re-election. It is not uncommon for people to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission only to not run for the upcoming election. Biden and senior administration officials have repeatedly said that Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024. Biden would be 82 years old by the time he would be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2025, and would be 86 years old in 2028. However, recent polls have shown that Democratic voters don’t want a second Biden term. A CNN poll in July had 75 percent of Democratic voters not wanting Biden to run again. A New York Times/Sienna College poll that same month had 64 percent of Democratic voters not wanting...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump reiterated his demand for a new election in a bizarre post in the wee hours of the morning on his social network site Truth Social. “The Presidential Election was BADLY & IRREPARABLY TAINTED by the FBI’s FAKE description of the ‘Laptop from Hell’ to Facebook & the LameStream Media – & for MANY other reasons as well. Declare the rightful winner, or hold a new Election, NOW! Our Country, which is failing badly, knows the ‘score,’ and will never accept Criminal Election Interference. The FBI just fired its Special Agent In Charge of this outrageous & very illegal assault on the Constitution of the United States of America!” posted Trump at 1:46 a.m. on Tuesday. On Monday, Trump called for his reinstatement as president. “So now it comes out, conclusively, that the FBI BURIED THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION knowing that, if they didn’t, “Trump would have easily won the 2020 Presidential Election.” This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our Country. REMEDY:...
    More than half of Democratic voters do not think President Joe Biden should stand for re-election in the 2024 presidential election, a new poll has found. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans think former president Donald Trump should run again for a second term, and also believe he would win if he did - suggesting he is still seen as the leader of the GOP by the party's supporters. Despite rating 79-year-old Biden highly in several qualities, 56 percent of the more than 1,000 Democrat voters polled said the current president should step aside and allow a different candidate run in the 2024 election. More than half of Democratic voters do not think President Joe Biden should stand for re-election in the 2024 presidential election, a new poll has found. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans think former president Donald Trump should run again for his second term The vast majority of Democrats agreed that Biden has significant government experience (92%), has major policy knowledge and expertise (86%), is focused on bringing the country together (85%) and fights for the people he...
    (CNN)Two counties in the crucial swing state of Nevada have appointed officials who have cast doubts about the 2020 election to oversee their elections this fall -- raising alarms among voting rights advocates less than three months before Election Day.In Northern Nevada, commissioners in Storey County, a rural county of roughly 4,000 people outside Reno, recently selected Jim Hindle, the vice chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, to serve as interim clerk-treasurer. Hindle was among the six Nevada Republicans who signed a false certificate purporting to give the state's electoral votes to then-President Donald Trump in 2020 -- despite Democrat Joe Biden winning this western battleground by more than 33,500 votes.And in Southern Nevada, retired financial executive Mark Kampf will oversee fall elections in Nye County, a rural community with roughly 30,000 active voters. At a candidate debate earlier this year, Kampf falsely declared that Trump had won the 2020 election.The moves come ahead of November, when Silver State voters will decide the outcome of several high-profile contests, including a US Senate race that could determine which party controls the...
    WASHINGTON – If Republicans win the U.S. House and Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, R-6th, wins re-election in November – both very real possibilities – he will face a much tougher election weeks later. That second election involves a vote by his GOP colleagues that will determine whether Emmer, now the head of the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), fulfills his ambition to rise up the House leadership ranks and become the new majority whip. The whip is responsible for counting heads and rounding up party members for votes. As the No. 3 person in the Republican leadership, Emmer would occasionally stand in for the majority leader and be involved in day-to-day decisions. The leadership elections will take place during freshman orientation, a post-election event that’s held so members from both parties can learn the ropes, participate in a lottery for their Capitol Hill offices and begin hiring staff. Although those new members won’t be sworn in until January, they can cast votes for the leaders of their parties during their orientation, which is expected to take place before Thanksgiving. Article...
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    The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission has moved to suspend a Kentucky judge after he testified and admitted that he'd "pressured a lawyer practicing in his court to support his reelection campaign," according to WHAS-11. Per the news outlet, the commission voted 3-2 in favor of suspending 42nd Judicial Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson. The suspension came after a full day of hearings where Jameson admitted that he'd been using commissioners for political gain. During the hearings, attorney Lisa DeRenard testified and recounted the times she repeatedly felt pressured by the judge. DeRenard revealed Jameson "repeatedly asked her to support his reelection campaign against public defender Andrea Moore." DeRenard also admitted she felt pressured to support the campaign and ultimately donated funds multiple times. READ MORE: How Mitch McConnell’s blatant hypocrisy tarnished Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination for this Ohio voter According to DeRenard, Jameson also “''put her on the spot' at a fundraising event, asking her to speak in support of his campaign" and "pressured her to make a bar complaint against Amy Harwood-Jackson, a public defender...
    DeSantis, who has become an immensely popular figure on the political right, is currently seeking re-election during the Sunshine State's gubernatorial election contest. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried are the most prominent candidates running in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary. Earlier this year, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed Crist. Crist previously served as governor of Florida from early 2007 through early 2011 — he won the governorship as a Republican, then later lost a U.S. Senate bid while running as an independent in 2010. In 2014 Crist lost a Florida gubernatorial election while running as a Democrat. "Now, the gloves are off," Pushaw tweeted regarding her job shift. Pushaw, who is known for being an outspoken critic of the media, told the Daily Wire that the comment was a bit "tongue-in-cheek," pointing out that she does not generally hold back when responding to the media. "Traditionally for a state employee, you don’t have a lot of latitude," Pushaw said, according to the outlet. "But I've been...
    Source: YouTube Screenshot The flame-throwing press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) resigned on Friday to work on the governor’s re-election campaign. After 15 months in DeSantis’ office, Christina Pushaw will be the campaign’s director of rapid response. In a letter to the administration department of the Executive Office of the Governor, Pushaw wrote, “It has been a great honor to serve the people of Florida under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration.” Expressing appreciation to DeSantis and her colleagues, Pushaw said they “gave me latitude to respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways, allowing me to redefine this role for a leader whose actions speak for themselves.” BREAKING: Governor DeSantis’ Press Secretary @ChristinaPushaw resigns from state office to serve as Director of Rapid Response on the governor’s re-election campaign. Read her resignation letter: pic.twitter.com/TlngKYiEgp — The Florida Standard (@theflstandard) August 12, 2022 During her tenure, Pushaw was known for being combative with mainstream media outlets. She mocked members of the press who were denied entry from covering the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit...
    Share this: State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, whose current district stretches from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, and former Councilmember (and former head of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission) David Yassky are running in the Democratic primary for state Senate in the redrawn District 26, which stretches from DUMBO to Fort Hamilton. The district is currently represented by Democrat Brian Kavanagh, who won a special election in 2017 to replace retiring Democrat Daniel Squadron. Kavanagh will now run in a Manhattan-only district. Election Day is Aug. 23, but early voting starts Aug. 13. The Primary Election Debate for State Senate District 26 can be found here.
    WMDT spoke to McGuiness shortly after the ruling and said that the jury received a "biased, cherry-picked account of the truth." Governor John Carney released a statement in response to pressure from the senate to remove McGuiness from office. He explained that “the Governor has no power to act until after the entry of a judgment of conviction by the Superior Court.” Two weeks after the verdict, Delaware Democratic House Caucus wrote Governor John Carney. The letter stated, “The crimes the State Auditor has been found guilty of meet the Constitutional criteria of ‘misbehavior in office,’ and that as a result, you are obligated to remove her from office upon entry of a judgment of conviction by the Superior Court.” Senate voted 13-7 to hold a removal hearing for McGuiness. Since then, Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf voiced support for McGuiness. He called the senate’s actions nothing more than “political theater.” Senate cannot move forward with the removal hearing without Schwartzkopf’s approval. Schwartzkopf argued that, even if a hearing was held and the senate voted to remove McGuiness,...
    Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump over the US Capitol attack, is locked in a near-tie in one of Tuesday's most closely-watched primary races. The supermarket chain heir and military veteran is trailing Trump-backed candidate John Gibbs by less than one percentage point more than three hours after polls closed in Michigan's Third Congressional District. That's with roughly a third of the vote counted.  Michigan's newly-redrawn Congressional map recently made the district bluer, creating a target for House Democrats hoping to flip the seat - in an otherwise gloomy forecast for their chances of keeping the majority in November. Their campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), poured cash into Gibbs' campaign in a last-minute push to get the fringe candidate over the edge. A former official in Trump's Housing and Urban Development Department, Gibbs is also known for once pushing a wild conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign manager John Podesta engaged in satanic rituals using bodily fluids. He's also spent significantly less on the campaign than Meijer...
    A Democratic member of the House of Representatives said that President Joe Biden shouldn’t run for re-election. “I have respect for Joe Biden. I think he has — despite some mistakes and some missteps, despite his age, I think he’s a man of decency, of good principle, of compassion, of empathy, and of strength. But to answer your question directly, which I know is quite rare, uh no, I don’t,” Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) told radio station WCCO-AM on Thursday when asked if he would support Biden if he’s on the ballot in 2024. “I think the country would be well served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats to step up,” he continued. “And with that, I hope we see a resurgence of the principled center-right Republican Party reform.” Phillips said he is not only member of Congress to feel this way. “Joe Biden has served our country admirably, with principle and with decency at a time when we surely needed it. But, I’m part of a caucus here in Congress where our three top leaders are...
    You would not think that Carla Bruni had a care in the world, judging by her holiday snaps.  But the serene images of the 54-year-old former French first lady belie the drama in her life.  Her husband Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president from 2007 to 2012, is waiting to find out if he will be sentenced to a year under house arrest.  Sarkozy, 67, was found guilty in September of illegally funding his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign.  Former French first lady Carla Bruni looks sensational in a black swimsuit. The Italian-French singer soaked in the sun whilst laying down on her yacht, before cooling down by taking a dip in the ocean in Ibiza Sarkozy, pictured with wife Bruni on a yacht in Ibiza, was found guilty in September of illegally funding his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign He is appealing against his sentence, which he can serve at home while wearing an electronic tag.  The sentence has been paused until the appeal has been considered.  Meanwhile he is making the most of his time as a free man – holidaying...
    In his column for the Bulwark, former Republican National Committee spokesperson Tim Miller scorched the GOP for doing nothing to shed themselves of former President Donald Trump and instead just "humoring" him with the hope that he will go away. As Miller notes, immediately after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election and ramped up his efforts to prove the election was stolen from him, an anonymous senior Republican official told the Washington Post, “What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change,” before adding, “He went golfing this weekend. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power on Jan. 20. He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.” As Miller wryly noted, that prediction didn't age well as almost two months later Trump's election fraud claims culminated in a riot at the Capitol following a "Stop the Steal" rally on the national mall. According to the...
    Share this: State Senator Kevin Parker has officially launched his campaign for re-election with a slick thirty-second campaign video and a slew of major endorsements from organized labor and key elected officials. Parker has represented parts of Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington and the surrounding neighborhoods for nearly 20 years, and is one of the most prolific legislators in the New York State Senate. Recent legislation authored or supported by Senator Parker includes the COVID-19 rent and utility moratoriums, a comprehensive gun violence package signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, and the most progressive green energy legislation in the country in the Build Public Renewables Act.
    Video footage of a rally in North Lima, Ohio, on Sunday shows Frederick “Sam” Johnson standing with Ohio Republican State Central Committee candidate Rick Barron and denouncing Barron’s opponent, Sam’s own cousin David Johnson. David Johnson is the incumbent State Central Committeeman in the 33rd district (Columbiana and Mahoning counties) and also serves as Ohio Republican Party (ORP) treasurer. He and Barron will compete for the August 2 special primary committee seat.  “He’s a pathological liar,” Sam Johnson said of David Johnson. “He can’t help himself. He doesn’t know any better; he doesn’t know anything different.” Sam Johson said he was characterizing his relative’s behavior in litigation in which each cousin sued the other. The case concerned disputes over land leases between David’s company Summitville Tiles and Sam Johnson’s business Summitcrest Holdings. Sam Johnson told The Ohio Star that David Johnson filed “fraudulent affidavits with the state of Ohio … regarding toxic waste dumping” in the course of the lawsuits.  Asked why he believed he had to take a stand in the race between David Johnson and Barron, Sam Johnson...
    Harris County, TX Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Cara Zelaya, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Subscribe to The Downballot, our weekly podcast x Embedded Content Leading Off ● Harris County, TX Judge: Lina Hidalgo immediately became one of the most prominent Democrats in Texas following her 2018 upset win to lead America's third-largest county, but now a new poll shows the incumbent faces a tough race for a second term. The survey, conducted by YouGov for the University of Houston, finds Hidalgo edging out Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer just 46-44 among registered voters, though the same sample sees Democrat Beto O'Rourke prevailing by a larger 48-40 margin in his race to unseat Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Joe Biden carried Harris County, which is home to most of the city of Houston and many of its suburbs, 56-43, the best performance for a Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Four years...
    Tennessee Right to Life endorsed State Senate Republican Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) in his race for re-election on Tuesday. The organization cited “Johnson’s demonstrated commitment to defending all of Tennessee’s vulnerable unborn children” and said the endorsement is “based on record of shared commitment and dedication to pro-life cause” in a statement. “Tennessee Right to Life strongly believes that Senator Johnson’s record of support for the sanctity of human life makes him qualified to speak for those who have no other voice. We urge every pro-life voter in the 27th district to work and vote for his re-election,” added the statement. “Senator Johnson represents Tennessee’s pro-life values and will be a consistent voice for those who can’t speak for themselves,” said Roger Kane, president of Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee. “Tennesseans have made great strides in restoring common-sense protections for the unborn and for abortion-vulnerable women, girls and families. But there remains much work to do which will require courage and conviction now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade,” Kane added. Johnson said he takes the...
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers hauled in more than $10 million during the previous fundraising quarter as he seeks re-election in the November midterm elections. Evers, who is looking to secure his second term, has taken in more than $20 million since 2021 and has more than $7 million cash on hand. “From his time as a public school science teacher to now as governor, Tony Evers has worked to bring people together and do the right thing for Wisconsin,” said Tony for Wisconsin Campaign Manager Cassi Fenili. “Whether it’s helping small businesses, protecting access to abortion, fixing thousands of miles of roads and bridges, or investing in our public schools, Governor Evers is leading with respect, compassion, and fairness. Wisconsinites want common-sense solutions to the issues facing our state, and our record-breaking fundraising report shows the overwhelming grassroots support Governor Evers has earned.” The governor’s campaign also detailed that the average donation was nearly $27 and came from “over 32,000 donors in all 72 counties since January.” On the other side of the political aisle, Republican gubernatorial candidates are locked...
    Many on the left agreed with the criticism. "MSNBC AND CNN fail to realize that democracy is on the line," was one response. "Hear that @MSNBC and @CNN - you're being turned off. Get it together because you're turning into another Fox," read one popular reply. "YOU BETTER GET A GRIP OVER THERE AT MSNBC AND CNN. DEMOCRACY IS ON IT'S LAST BREATH . WAKE THE F*** UP," read another tweet. "MSNBC and CNN want the Democrats to lose the elections. Both blame the Democrats while ignoring the chaos the Republicans are causing and them voting no on anything that helps everyday Americans. They did the same thing with Hillary and helped elect a treasonous president," tweeted another detractor. Others criticized the news outlets for focusing too much on high inflation and gas prices. "Every show on MSNBC AND CNN yells LOOK AT INFLATION. Never do they SAY'WHOLESALE PRICES FOR WHEAT, CORN, COFFEE, SUGAR AND OIL ARE DOWN 30%," said one tweet. "Gas prices continue...
    The New York Times has once again suggested Joe Biden may be too old to run for re-election in a piece that revealed the president now 'shuffles,' and that staffers are fearful he may trip over wires.  Biden, 79, has experienced a decline in energy levels, with some aides alleging he 'often shuffles' while walking, prompting fears 'he will trip on a wire.' He also often stumbles over his words during public speaking events. Staffers told the left-leaning New York Times they find themselves holding their breath during Biden's speaking engagements to see if he makes it to the end without a blunder.  The Times' has begun questioning Biden's fitness for office in recent months, a marked departure from its strident support from him in the run-up to the 2020 election. Saturday's story is headlined: 'At 79, Biden Is Testing the Boundaries of Age and the Presidency' with Times reporter Peter Baker writing that the president's 'age has increasingly become an uncomfortable issue for him, his team and his party.' Baker also spoke to Democratic strategists who are raising concerns that it is 'unwise'...
    U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) endorsed State Senator Jack Jackson (R-Franklin) in his bid for another term in the Tennessee General Assembly. Over the course of his campaign, he has picked up other endorsements from the NRA Political Victory Fund and the National Federation of Independent Business. “Jack Johnson epitomizes everything we love about Tennessee. He is an unapologetic conservative who is not shy about standing up for our values. I’m grateful for Jack’s service to Tennessee, and I’m proud he is my state senator. He has consistently fought to lower taxes, defend our constitutional rights, ensure every parent has a voice in their child’s education, and protect our most vulnerable,” Senator Blackburn said in an emailed statement. “Tennessee must continue to elect strong conservative leaders, like Jack. I look forward to casting my vote for Jack, and I encourage all my friends and neighbors to join me in supporting Jack Johnson in the Republican Primary.” In addition to the endorsement, Blackburn will join Johnson at his annual fundraising event, alongside Governor Bill Lee and Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally. “I...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed Congressman Mark Green (R-TN-07) in his bid for an additional term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing Green’s record as a “Conservative Warrior” for the district, Trump awarded Green his “Complete and Total Endorsement.” “Congressman Mark Green is a Conservative Warrior for the wonderful people of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. A U.S. Army veteran and a Bronze Star recipient, Mark has bravely served our Country, defending our Freedom and American Values. He is a Champion for Secure Borders, the Second Amendment, Life, Families, and our Great Veterans,” Trump said in a statement. “Mark Green is a fantastic Representative, and he has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” The Tennessee lawmaker, who was first elected in 2018, serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Armed Services. Additionally, he is involved in several caucuses: the House Freedom Caucus, Republican Study Committee, Special Operations Forces Caucus, GOP Doctor’s Caucus, and Pro-Life Caucus, among others. Green announced his intentions for the third term in February: The heavy-handed policies of the Democrat leadership in Washington have harmed...
    More than 70 percent of Americans do not want Joe Biden to stand for re-election in 2024, according to yet another dire poll for the president. Biden's approval rating also dropped to a low of 38 percent at a time when the president is facing a potentially damaging verdict from voters in the upcoming midterm elections in November. Biden, 79, would find it almost impossible to implement his legislative agenda if Republicans take control of Congress in the elections. The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that a massive 71 percent of Americans do not believe Biden should not run for a second term amid high inflation rates and soaring gas prices. For those who believe Biden should not stand for re-election, 30 percent said it was because he was too old - he will be 81 at the 2024 election - while 45 percent said he was 'a bad president'. Most of those polled said that they had concerns about whether Biden was mentally fit to serve, with 60 percent saying they had doubts about his mental fitness. More than 70 percent of...
    The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) for re-election on Thursday. In addition to the endorsement the NRA-PVF gave Johnson an “A+” rating for both his voting record and his response to its legislative survey. Johnson told The Tennessee Star he was “tremendously honored” to receive the NRA’s endorsement. “I’m a lifetime member of the NRA. I view them as the premier organization standing for and defending our Second Amendment rights. I’m proud to have their endorsement,” said Johnson. In his attempt for re-election, Johnson will face off against Gary Humble in the Republican primary, which will occur on August 4. Johnson represents Senate District 27, which consists of part of Williamson County. According to Johnson’s website, he “was first elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2006. Since his first day in office he has proudly represented Tennessean’s conservative values. Jack knows that conservative values are Tennessee values, which is why he always fights to lower taxes, defend constitutional rights, secure our southern border, protect our most vulnerable and ensure parents’ always have...
    Vice President Kamala Harris prompted new uncertainty over whether President Biden will run for president in 2024 by revising comments she previously made promising he would 'full stop.'  On Monday Harris said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash: 'Joe Biden is running for reelection, and I will be his ticket mate. Full stop.'  On Wednesday, the vice president pool reporter said in an email circulated widely to other journalists: 'The White House said VPOTUS wanted to clarify comments she made on CNN a few days ago. When asked if Biden was definitely running, Harris replied: 'The president intends to run and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We Will run together.' The new statement sounded less confident in a Biden-Harris ticket than the original, and it's unclear why the vice president's office chose to put out less certain wording two days after the fact.  A Democrat close to the White House told the Los Angeles Times that Harris' revision was not an indication that Biden's plans to run again had changed. Instead, the follow-up statement was to...
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday the ski federations of Austria, Germany, Croatia and Switzerland have appealed the re-election of Johan Eliasch as president of the International Ski Federation because they say the election was faulty. Eliasch was re-elected to lead skiing and snowboarding through the 2026 Olympics at the FIS Congress in late May. He was unopposed on the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) ballot but some in the room and online for the election meeting in Milan challenged the voting rules and a few delegates walked out. The billionaire owner of sportswear brand Head was first elected last year in a contest. Eliasch promised to change race formats and presentation, and pledged to bring commercial rights in-house to gain FIS more control and revenue. Pursuing those policies with a leadership style forged in business provoked protests at the time of the election from the same four countries which have appealed to the CAS. Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Croatia are all World Cup organizers which are reluctant to give up marketing control...
    As America slouches towards the midterms, diehard Trump supporters—“folks who not just believe the Big Lie but were actually involved in trying to subvert the 2020 election”—are vying to get on ballots for positions that could allow them to influence the next presidential race. This week on Fever Dreams, hosts Will Sommer and Sam Brodey talk to Jessica Huseman, editorial director for Votebeat, on the hyper-local battles in Nevada, Colorado, Michigan and elsewhere that could end up being critical for swing states in 2024. And although some Stop the Steal nutsos were weeded out in recent primaries, “just because these people didn’t win for these roles doesn’t mean they won’t continue to have influence in the Republican party in their states,” Huseman says. “There are just so many—I mean, hundreds of county-level officials with a lot of power,” Brodey adds. “I guess the worst-case scenario for a lot of people is, come 2024, whether it’s, like, a governor or even, like, a county-election clerk and a key county, if we’re looking at the sort of margins we saw in 2020—10,000...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) found some new friends in recent months as big-dollar donors to former President Donald Trump helped to boost the governor’s fundraising to over $100 million so far for his re-election bid. “DeSantis has attracted the attention of some of the nation’s wealthiest Republican donors, including many who were key financiers of Trump’s reelection bid,” wrote Politico’s Matt Dixon, whose analysis of campaign finance data uncovered the Trump donors now supporting DeSantis. Friends of Ron DeSantis, a political action committee supporting DeSantis’s reelection, took in more than $3.4 million from ten donors who gave some $24 million to support Trump’s reelection bid, reported Dixon. Most of those big-dollar donors had never made political contributions in Florida before and those who have been were significantly increasing their donations for DeSantis, Dixon added, further establishing DeSantis as the draw for these donors. “I think Ron’s fundraising really speaks for itself,” longtime Republican donor and former Florida Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL) told Politico, adding it was “possible Trump’s percentage of the Republicans keeps going down and...
    President Joe Biden is running for reelection, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reaffirmed Monday, after being pressed at a briefing over record inflation following a report featuring Democratic fretting about the president's age. Jeane-Pierre began her response by mentioning limitations on what she can say about politics when speaking from the White House podium when asked directly if the president is running for reelection.   'He hasn't – first of all, let's let's reset for a second,' she began. 'I cannot talk about elections. I cannot be a political analyst from here, or, you know, or the midterms or anything like that, including 2024. The President, as you know, has been asked that question many times, and he has answered it  'His answer has been pretty simple. Which is yes, he's running for reelection. I can't say more than that,' she said. 'His answer has been pretty simple. Which is yes, he's running for reelection. I can't say more than that,' White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Monday's press briefing Biden told ABC in December 2021 he would...
    Former Obama adviser David Axelrod said President Joe Biden’s age would be a “major issue” if he were to win re-election in 2024. “The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Axelrod told the New York Times. Axelrod spoke to the paper for a new report based on interviews with 50 Democratic officials who, according to the Times, are “venting their frustrations” about Biden, “increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.” Democrats are particularly concerned about the prospect of former President Donald Trump challenging Biden in 2024, according to the Times. “Biden doesn’t get the credit he deserves for steering the country through the worst of the pandemic, passing historic legislation, pulling the NATO alliance together against Russian aggression and restoring decency and decorum to the White House,” Axelrod said. “And part of the reason he doesn’t is performative. He looks his age and isn’t as...
    \u201cWATCH:\n\[email protected] refuses to say if she would support Joe Biden if he runs in 2024.\n\nAOC: \u201cWe\u2019ll cross that bridge when we\u00a0get to it\u2026\u201d\n\nCNN\u2019s Dana Bash: \u201cThat's not a \u2018yes.\u2019\u201d\n\nAfter awkward pause, AOC: \u201cYeah, you know\u2026\u201d\u201d — Steve Guest (@Steve Guest) 1655041286 In the 2020 Democratic primary, Ocasio-Cortez had endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over Biden. Biden – who is already the oldest sitting president in American history – will be 82 years old by inauguration if he wins re-election in 2024. In April, there was a report that Biden was running for re-election in 2024. A New York Times report published on Saturday revealed that there are 50 "frustrated Democratic officials, members of Congress and voters" who "expressed doubts about the president’s ability to rescue his reeling party and take the fight to Republicans." "Midway through the 2022 primary season, many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing...
    Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to say whether she will support President Joe Biden's 2024 re-election bid during a Sunday television interview. The New York Democrat was grilled on the issue by CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash but would not give a straight answer, instead insisting she was fixated on November's midterm elections. The 79-year-old president 'is seeking a second term,' his friend and ally Senator Chris Coons said on Fox News Sunday.  But it appears that he's already losing support from a growing faction of the Democratic Party, particularly young people and progressives, who believe he is too old and out of touch to lead today's America. Ocasio-Cortez, a leader in the progressive movement, answered with an uncomfortable laugh when asked point-blank if she'll get behind Biden.  'You know, if the president chooses to run again in 2024 - I mean, first of all, I'm focused on winning this majority right now, and preserving a majority this year in 2022,' Ocasio-Cortez said. 'So we'll cross that bridge when we get to it, but I think if...
    Top Democrats across the country said President Joe Biden should not run for re-election in 2024 as they expressed worries over his current leadership and age. Nearly all 50 Democratic officials interviewed by the New York Times feared a Biden re-election campaign would not help their party against Republicans, who are expected to make sweeping victories in the coming midterms. Democratic National Committee (DNC) member Steve Simeonidis, of Miami, said he was generally pessimistic about his party's leadership and called on Biden, 79, to let someone new take over in 2024.  'To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,' Simeonidis told the Times. '[Biden] should announce his intent not to seek re-election in '24 right after the midterms.' Shelia Huggins, another member of the DNC from Durham, North Carolina, was more critical of the president. 'Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race,' she said. 'That can't be Biden.' Nearly all 50 Democratic officials interviewed by the New York Times said Joe Biden (pictured on Friday) should not run for president DNC...
    The Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) endorsed Republican State Senator Jack Johnson for re-election in Senate District 27, the group announced Wednesday in a press release. We are proud to endorse @SenJohnson for re-election. He has a record of listening to the needs of Tennessee’s emergency response community and following through with real, tangible solutions. We need his leadership in Nashville! pic.twitter.com/upUnRPjvft — Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association (@tpffa1) June 8, 2022 Senator Jackson currently serves Senate District 23, however, due to redistricting, he is now running under District 27. “Senator Johnson is a steady, thoughtful leader in the Tennessee legislature and we appreciate his commitment to issues that are important to firefighters,” TPFFA President Matthew Tomek said in a statement. “He always maintains an open-door policy and we know that his support of first responders makes a difference. It is clear that Senator Johnson not only respects the service and sacrifices that our members make on a daily basis, he also turns that into action to enact the policies we need to protect the health and safety...
    Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is headed to a fourth term after initial returns show him steadily clearing the 50-percent threshold to bypass a November runoff, with his two challengers trailing by considerable margins in his only contested election since he was first voted into office 12 years ago. Rosen touted himself as a proven leader and the only candidate with tangible credentials to lead the state’s second-largest district attorney’s office, and ran a relatively low-key campaign reflective of an incumbent with prominent political backing and robust fundraising. “Santa Clara County leads the way in technology, diversity, and the smart and balanced way we strive to handle criminal justice,” Rosen said in a statement Tuesday night. “Today’s vote once again shows there is a mandate for safety and fairness. Not one at the expense of the other, but both.” With re-election seemingly firmly in grasp, Rosen acknowledged his opponents, Deputy Public Defender Sajid Khan, and former prosecutor Daniel Chung, a former prosecutor who Rosen fired from his office last year. “Although I disagree with their political positions, I...
    (CNN)Less than half a year before the midterm elections, there's suddenly a lot of movement in the investigations into the effort to overturn the last presidential election.The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection is set to unveil its work at a prime-time hearing on Thursday, just days after the Department of Justice announced sedition charges against some riot participants. Separately, CNN published new reporting about the lengths to which a slate of shadow electors in Georgia were asked to cloak their activity.That's a lot to keep track of. I went to Katelyn Polantz, CNN's senior reporter for crime and justice, to read in on what's happened and what to expect this week.Our conversation, conducted by email and lightly edited, is below:Read MoreWhat are the top-line developments?WHAT MATTERS: It's been a busy couple of weeks! What are the broad strokes of what we've learned about the Department of Justice's investigation into the effort to overturn the 2020 election? POLANTZ: Broadly, it's already sweeping, and it's expanding. The biggest developments in recent weeks are: The Justice Department's new seditious conspiracy...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended use of the term 'Latinx' as more gender-inclusive language and telling her fellow Democrats who cringe at the term it's 'not about your re-election prospects.'  'In the spirit of pride, I wanted to have a note on gender inclusivity in the Spanish language,' Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in a diatribe posted to her Instagram story. 'People sometimes like to make a lot of drama over the term 'Latinx.' But even before 'Latinx,' people were trying to do this, like, use an at [@ symbol] to have the 'A' and the 'O' [in 'Latino' and 'Latina'] together.'  'Gender is fluid, language is fluid,' she added. '[You] don't have to make drama over it.'  'There are some politicians — including Democratic politicians — that rail against the term 'Latinx.' And they're like, 'This is so bad. This is so bad for the party like, blah, blah blah.' And like, it's almost as though it has not struck some of these folks that another person's identity is not about your re-election prospects,' she said. 'Like, this is not about you.'  ...