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    It’s primary day in Michigan and all eyes are on the race for Governor.   READ MORE: Michigan SOS Predicts One-Third Of Voters To Show Up In-PersonIncumbent Gretchen Whitmer is running unopposed. Meanwhile, 5 GOP candidates are hoping to get the chance to face off against her.   As we await the official results from Tuesday’s primary, we spoke to political experts about the influence former President Donald Trump has on the race.   “The primary race is a microcosm of what’s happening nationally within the Republican Party,” said Ken Kollman, the director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan   The legacy of former president Donald Trump versus the establishment in the Republican party.   Trump’s influence continues to play a role in this year’s elections. A strategy four of the five GOP candidates for Governor used to drum up support for their campaigns.   Tudor Dixon, Ryan Kelley, Garrett Soldano and Ralph Rebandt–all of them are closely aligned with Trump—and question the results of the 2020 election.   But, only one of them scored...
    Donald Trump suggested that January 6 witness Cassidy Hutchinson must be related to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson because they have the same last name and are both 'real losers'. The criticism comes as pro-Trump factions of the GOP continue to try and discredit Cassidy Hutchinson after her explosive testimony on Tuesday claiming that the ex-president lunged at his security detail and frequently threw plates of food in the White House when he was frustrated. 'How did the Great State of Arkansas ever have a total RINO Stiff like Asa Hutchinson as their Governor. Any relationship to Lyin' Cassidy Hutchinson, another real loser?' Trump wrote in a Truth Social post on Sunday. Governor Hutchinson has long been at the end of Trump's ire after the Arkansas GOP leader started breaking with the former president. In a separate post on Sunday, Trump said that 'proof' the former top aide to his then-chief of staff Mark Meadows knew he did nothing wrong was her desire to stay on the team when he was vacating the White House and moving his operation to his...
    Minutes after a vigil on Wednesday for the victims of two mass shootings – the Uvalde, Texas school shooting and the Buffalo, New York supermarket shooting – Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee or his office had all the items removed. According to video from local news organization The Tennessee Holler, all the flowers, cards, a teddy bear, and even a letter to the governor signed by dozens of clergy, appeared headed for the garbage. “Maria and I are heartbroken by the horrific tragedy in Uvalde, Texas and join the nation in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We lift up their families in prayer and thank all the first responders who acted quickly,” Governor Lee tweeted last week after the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting that left 21 people, including 19 elementary school children, dead. Last year Gov. Lee signed into law legislation allowing almost any adult to carry a firearm without a permit/license, training, or insurance. On Wednesday The Tennessee Holler posted this video, which it says was filmed minutes after the vigil ended. After repeatedly asking where the...
    Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Katy Tur Reports” that “war has been declared on the American woman” when asked to react to the Politico report that the Supreme Court has made a 5-4 decision to overturn abortion. Tur said, “Even if the 1973 decision is reversed, abortion would be illegal in states like New Jersey. It is more than a handful of Democratic red states that codified the abortion into state law. Joining me now is Governor Phil Murphy. Governor, thank you for being with us. What is your reaction?” Murphy said, “Disgusted, sadly not surprised, but disgusted. Thank God we. I signed our Reproductive Freedom Act earlier. This guarantees a woman an abortion in New Jersey. This is a decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor, period. It shouldn’t be five-time people dictating the terms if this comes to pass, a war has been declared on American women and 165 million American women will become second class citizens. It’s disgusting. We will fight tooth and nail and do everything we can but it’s...
    Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman David Hann called out Governor Walz and the Democrats this week for their “continued political gimmicks regarding taxes on Minnesotans amidst rising energy prices and a historic state budget surplus.” As The Minnesota Sun reported, Governor Walz joined five other Democratic governors urging the U.S. Congress to suspend the federal gas tax amid soaring prices at the pump caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and President Joe Biden’s ban on importing Russian oil. According to a press release by the Republican Party of Minnesota, Governor Walz’s call for pausing the federal gas tax “follows his and legislative Democrats’ attempts to raise the gas tax on Minnesotans twice, in 2019 and 2021.” Governor Walz has attempted to raise Minnesota’s gas tax in the past. He once sought a 20-cent per gallon increase over two years. Last year, House Democrats pursued a 5-cent gas tax hike. Minnesota has a 28.5-cent per gallon state tax, among the highest in America. “Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature also pushed a gimmicky gas tax holiday after they and Walz tried to...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called his Sunshine State the 'citadel of freedom' that President Joe Biden 'hates' - and called out Canada and Australia for their 'authoritarian rule' over COVID restrictions.    DeSantis got a raucous reaction when he welcomed crowds Thursday afternoon to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando - relocated to Florida last year for being more permissive during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Republican, who is being eyed as a top 2024 presidential contender, mocked Biden's first year in office declaring that the Democrat has had the 'worst year of any president since the 1800s.'  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called his Sunshine State the 'citadel of freedom' that President Joe Biden 'hates' - and called out Canada and Australia for their 'authoritarian rule' over COVID restrictions Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis welcomed Conservative Political Action Conference attendees to the Sunshine State Thursday afternoon, throwing out ballcaps as he came onstage DeSantis spoke at the same time Biden was addressing the crisis in Ukraine from the White House, creating a split-screen moment.  The Florida governor didn't touch on the unfolding...
    Fox News contributor and former acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan told "America Reports" on Thursday that the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has done more to secure the border than the Biden administration. RISING CRIME IN DANGEROUS MEXICO BORDER TOWN LEAVES RESIDENTS FEELING ‘INSECURE’ TOM HOMAN: I’m working very closely with the governor and Ken Paxton and [Department of Public Safety Steve] McCraw. I have worked for six presidents. I didn’t think I would have to retire and sue a president. But I have written more affidavits with A.G. Paxton’s office to sue the president than I ever did as an agent. We are 3-0. In fact, I’ll be testifying on the I.C.E. priorities that Texas A.G. has filed.  … Let me be clear: The governor of Texas has done more to secure our border than either Secretary Mayorkas or President Biden. And you have to think about the amount of fentanyl they seized. What’s concerning is what they don’t seize. Over 100,000 overdose deaths, most of them are fentanyl. D.E.A. says 95% of fentanyl...
    Donald Trump is said to have branded Ron DeSantis a 'dull' charisma free-zone as rumors swirl the former president is angry the popular Florida governor hasn't said that he won't challenge Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Sources close to the former president who have recently talked to him about DeSantis said Trump has grown increasingly irked by DeSantis in recent months, with Trump beginning to voice his frustrations to those in his inner circle. 'In the context of the 2024 election, he usually gives DeSantis a pop in the nose in the middle of that type of conversation,' said a source who recently spoke to Trump about DeSantis.  'He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality,' the source told Axios. Trump and DeSantis are pictured at a Florida rally in November 2019. The former president is now said to be bashing the popular Florida governor behind his back, with speculation mounting that the two men could face-off for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination  The two are among the most popular Republican figures in the country,...
    The first Andrew Cuomo accuser to take her sexual assault allegations to police is lashing out after a New York district attorney dropped the case, saying the experience 'revictimized her' and that the justice system 'needs to do better.' Brittany Commisso, 33, claimed the former New York governor groped her inside the Executive Mansion while she was working as his aide in November 2020. Cuomo was due to be arraigned Friday on a Class A misdemeanor of forcible touching but the prosecution on Tuesday dropped the case. Although Commisso sought to move forward with the charge - with Albany County District Attorney David Soares calling her 'credible' -  prosecutors doubted there was enough evidence to secure a conviction. She released a statement late Tuesday expressing frustration in the outcome. 'My disappointing experience of re-victimization with the failure to prosecute a serial sexual abuser, no matter what degree the crime committed, yet again sadly highlights the reason victims are afraid to come forward, especially against people in power,' Commisso said in a statement to the Times Union of Albany.  'When will...
    Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) has taken his feud with former President Donald Trump to another level, hitting the road to campaign and fundraise for some of his fellow Republicans who have been targeted by Trump in their reelection efforts. Hogan has been the rare Republican, currently in elected office, willing to publicly criticize the former president. The popular governor urged Trump to “stop golfing and concede” shortly after the Nov. 2020 election and continues to lambaste Trump’s efforts to make baseless claims of election fraud, urging his party to “move on from the cult of Donald Trump” and calling out other Republicans for their “circular firing squad” demanding fealty to Trump. According to a report by Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, Hogan is literally traveling across the country to support the other rare Republicans willing to criticize the former president, seeking to help support Trump’s “enemies list” comprised of the GOP candidates who have dared defy him. Trump is working to replace those Republicans with candidates loyal to him in the 2022 midterm elections. Rep. Jaime Herrera...
    Florida Governor Ron ReSantis has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife while his liberal critics like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Joy Reid accused him of going 'missing' during the Omicron surge that rocked the Sunshine State and the nation at large.   Fox News reports that a DeSantis spokesperson said the Republican governor joined his wife, Casey, to a cancer treatment on December 19, on the same day a handful of leftist pundits criticized the governor for going 'missing' when the state would have needed him the most. In October, DeSantis revealed his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, with the 43-year-old had told the outlet that 'the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as first lady.'  Florida Governor Ron ReSantis, right, has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife, left, while his critics like AOC and Joy Reid accuse him of going 'missing' during the Omicron surge 'Seriously, where is Ron Desantis? It’s genuinely concerning and odd. Florida is clearly...
    Disgraced alleged sex harasser, abuser and former New York State governor Andrew Cuomo has been ordered to pay back all money, totaling about $5 million, that he made from the writing and sale of 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.' Judging from the self-righteous objections of Cuomo's lawyer and spokesman, he plans to fight this tooth and nail.  Cuomo's profoundly tone-deaf, self-gratifying book extolled his supposed leadership in the early days of the pandemic, as the chief executive of the Empire State. The wildly profitable New York Times bestseller stuck in the caw of many as Cuomo is also accused of rampant sexual harassment and worse as governor, as well as, supposedly covering up the full scope of pandemic-related nursing home deaths on his watch. In October, he was charged with groping a female aide's breast 'for the purposes of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires,' according to a criminal complaint. The gov resigned in the face of the exploding sex misconduct and abuse scandal in August. Now, though it may come as little consolation to Cuomo's critics, it...
    SACRAMENTO —  After a Republican-led effort to recall him plummeted to defeat in September, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s prospects of gliding into a second term in 2022 appear as golden as the $23 million he has socked away for his reelection campaign. Newsom is all but alone on the public stage with just six months to go before the June statewide primary, a testament to his dominating win in September and perhaps reflective of a postelection hangover among those who tried to oust him. Though a few of the Republicans who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Newsom in the recall said they would consider challenging the governor’s reelection, those opposition campaigns remain dormant for now. At this point in the last race for California governor, the field of candidates was wide and two debates had been staged. Republican campaign consultant Tim Rosales said anyone should be sober about the odds of dethroning the “800-pound gorilla” — Newsom. “Even those who seem unbeatable can take a dive,” said Rosales, who worked for GOP candidates in the 2018 gubernatorial race and this year’s...
    Newly elected Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears went toe-to-toe with a CNN host who said that Critical Race Theory was not taught in schools, saying that it has been woven into the curriculum for years. On Sunday morning, Dana Bash quizzed Sears - the first woman  the first woman to become Lt. Governor and first woman of color elected to a statewide office in Virginia - on CNN's State of the Union. At one point during the interview, Bash said that CRT was not being taught in schools, at which point Sears interrupted her, saying: 'No, no, no it is part of the curriculum.'  She continued: 'It's weaved in and out of the curriculum. In 2015, former governor, who was just defeated, McAuliffe, his state board of education had information on how to teach it, so it's weaved in. So you know, it's semantics, but it's weaved in.'  Critical Race Theory was a decisive issue in the recent Governor's race between Glenn Youngkin and Democrate Terry McAuliffe, with outraged parents fed up with the state's woke school boards who don't want their...
    Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears, a Republican — after making history Tuesday by defeating Democrat Hala Ayala in Virginia’s lieutenant governor race and becoming the first black woman to hold statewide office — spoke to supporters at the Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin campaign headquarters to declare that “the cavalry has arrived.” “I’m at a loss for words at the first time in my life,” the Republican rising star explained while earning cheers from the crowd. “I’m here because of you… That’s the only reason I’m here.” After introducing her husband, a Marine, and the rest of her family, she said, “I’m telling you what you are looking at is the American dream.” Sears spoke about her father’s story, moving from Jamaica at the “height of the Civil Rights movement” to the United States to follow the American dream and put himself through school. She explained that her father finally brought her to the United States when she was six years only. “When I stepped on that PANAM 737 and landed at JFK, I landed in a new world,” she added. Sears explained that “I am not even...
    Virginia's former Democratic Gov.Terry McAuliffe will face off against Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday, and analysts expect an extremely close contest, the results of which may not be clear on election night. But the biggest names in polling have analyzed the race and found the momentum appears to be with Youngkin. A Fox News poll released Thursday showed Youngkin up a whopping 8 points over his Democratic opponent, with 53% of Virginia likely voters supporting the Republican and only 45% of them backing McAuliffe. That lead fell outside the poll's margin of error, a massive shift from two weeks prior, when McAuliffe enjoyed a 5-point lead, at 51-46. HOW TO VOTE IN THE VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 2 Similarly, Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics rated the governor's race "Leans Republican," while it had previously characterized the race as "Leans Democratic."  A Fox News poll released Thursday showed Republican Glenn Youngkin up a whopping 8 points over his Democratic opponent. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) While Virginia "is clearly trending Democratic," Youngkin enjoys "many...
    Gaffe-prone President Biden stumbled his way through a line on universal pre-K during a stump speech for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday night, and Republicans were quick to take notice.  'In fact, we're taking a page from Terry's book when he was governor and when he'd be governor next time,' Biden told a crowd in Arlington, Va.  'We're emerging from this pandemic, we want to expand pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds — millions of [inaudible] students.' Biden's Build Back Better agenda includes nationwide pre-kindergarten.   The Republican National Committee posted a 15-second clip of the video to Twitter with the caption, 'Huh?'  Critics have been quick to point to the 78-year-old president's frequent blunders as signs of his cognitive decline, while defenders have called such attacks hyper-partisan and noted that Biden has struggled to overcome a stutter throughout his life.  'In fact, we're taking a page from Terry's book when he was governor and when he'd be governor next time,' Biden told a crowd in Arlington, Va. 'We're emerging from this pandemic, we want to expand pre-K for 3- and...
    It's one of the great disappearing acts of all time. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been seen since the day he quit office in disgrace nearly two months ago. He owns no known property and has been living at no fixed abode since leaving the executive mansion in Albany on August 23.  But in the eight long weeks since he moved out from 138 Eagle Street, the man who was everywhere when he was appearing in televised Covid press conferences for 96 days in a row has seemingly vanished from the face of the earth. His only public utterance was when he posted three pictures of himself with a few days' growth of beard on a boat with his three-year-old Siberian husky Captain on Instagram last month.  Disgraced New York governor Andrew Cuomo has not been seen in public since he left the executive mansion in Albany on August 23. He is pictured at the Eastside Heliport in Midtown Manhattan on August 10 after announcing his resignation  Cuomo has no fixed address and is not known to own...
    Jacob Moscovitch/Getty Images Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) is threatening the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with criminal charges because he is apparently unable to grasp the concept of web page HTML source codes. If you’re not familiar, the source code of a web page can be viewed by anyone who knows how to find it. For example, in Google Chrome for desktop, simply right clicking on a page will give you the option to “View Page Source.” Selecting this option will allow you to view the HTML source code underlying what you see on the page. Viewing the source code is how the Post-Dispatch found a glaring security issue with a website maintained by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The paper discovered teachers’ social security numbers contained in the code, though the SSNs were not clearly visible on the web pages themselves. Now the governor is furious at the Post-Dispatch, even though it alerted the DESE of the vulnerability on Tuesday, and delayed publication of its story by reporter Josh Renaud until the pages were removed. As the paper...
    Bloomberg/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.California voters have chosen to retain Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in the state’s high-profile gubernatorial recall election, with early results giving the first-term governor a landslide 70-30 mandate to remain in office . That means the Democratic-leaning state, which last recalled a governor in 2003, will retain its mask and vaccine mandates, its minimum wage, and its wide access to abortion—all of which leading Republican candidate Larry Elder had promised to abolish on taking office. Elder, a Republican talk radio host born in South Los Angeles, won a substantial lead among replacement candidates, drawing four times as many votes as his closest rival. He was the leading opposition candidate for much of this year—despite (or thanks in part to) a long track record of racist and sexist commentary, as I previously reported: Women know less than men about political issues, economics and current events,” Elder wrote in a 2000 op-ed; in an April 2021 editorial, he argued that “George Floyd might...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — Texas’ new abortion law — which bans abortions at about six weeks — has women’s rights advocates up in arms for a number of reasons, not least because it makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. When asked why rape and incest victims weren’t exempt from the new law Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would just work harder to combat the crimes. “Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets,” Abbott said last week. READ MORE: Nicholas Strengthened To Category 1 Hurricane Before Making Landfall Along Texas Coast Now advocates are asking how Texas will accomplish that feat, especially when it has more than 5,000 rape kits still untested, languishing on shelves around the state? And when there have been as many as 18,000 incidents of rape in the state in a year? “That would be a beautiful thing to see, but it’s not going to happen,” Lavinia...
    Dallas (CNN)The Texas law barring abortions at six weeks of pregnancy has women's rights advocates up in arms for a number of reasons, not least because it makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.For Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, that's not a big issue, since "Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets," Abbott said last week.How, these advocates ask, will Texas do that when it has more than 5,000 rape kits still untested, languishing on shelves around the state? And when there have been as many as 18,000 incidents of rape in the state in a year? "That would be a beautiful thing to see, but it's not going to happen," Lavinia Masters, a rape survivor and an advocate for other survivors, said of Abbott's promise. "It's not realistic."Mexicos abortion ruling could make waves beyond its bordersStatistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) show that as of August 2021, there were...
    (CNN)The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom took off last year amid a backlash to his aggressive restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But when the last ballots are cast in Tuesday's special election, it may be the fears about the surge of the Delta variant that allow him to keep his job. For more than a year, the Covid-19 pandemic has been the dominant theme in the Republican-led effort to oust the Democratic governor -- and it is still the central factor in the closing days of this race. Day after day in his ads and his public appearances, Newsom frames the recall vote as a "life and death" choice for voters, while his leading GOP opponent, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, promises to do away with Newsom's mask and vaccine mandates as one of his first acts in office. Ironically, it's that contrast on the issue that at first seemed to make Newsom most vulnerable that has shifted the trajectory of the race in his favor. In late July and early August, California Democratic...
    Kevin Paffrath, Kevin Paffrath smiles for a selfie in front of the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, July 16, 2021.Kevin Paffrath via AP Last year at this time, Kevin Paffrath was focused on his YouTube channel, where his half-million-plus followers could tune in for daily commentary on housing, stocks and stimulus checks. It earned him nearly $10 million over the last 12 months. Now, the 29-year-old former real estate broker is following Gov. Gavin Newsom around his home state. It's the best way he can think of to draw attention to his unlikely effort to replace Newsom in the upcoming recall election on Sept. 14. Paffrath is a registered Democrat and self-declared centrist who voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. While he's highly critical of Newsom and says he's been a "failed leader," Paffrath is equally concerned that the Democratic Party has no emergency plan. Should more than half of California voters support the recall on their ballots, the next governor would be whichever of the 46 successor candidates gets the most votes, making it...
    New York's new governor Kathy Hochul's first conflict of interest could present itself in her family, which includes a husband who works for a food services and casino management company that has $50million in open contracts with the state.  Hochul, a married mother-of-two from Buffalo, takes over from Governor Andrew Cuomo in two weeks. He resigned suddenly on Tuesday after fighting sexual harassment allegations for a week since the release of Attorney General Letitia James' damning report. Hochul's husband, William J. Hochul Jr. or Bill, as she calls him, is the general counsel and senior vice president of Delaware North, a gaming giant which has massive stakes in New York's gambling laws.  The company has two casinos in upstate New York - Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and Hamburg Gaming.  The New York Gaming Commission must sign off on any deals done in the casino industry like the sale or acquisition of a site. Hochul is now in charge of it.  Delaware North manages casinos around the country including one in the Finger Lakes and Hamburg Gaming, a casino in Buffalo. ...
    CNN's Brian Stelter addressed the awkward position he and his colleagues find themselves in as "Cuomo Prime Time" host Chris Cuomo remains silent about his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal, admitting it has been a "conundrum" for the network.  In New York Attorney General Letitia James' bombshell report that concluded Gov. Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women was also the revelation that Chris had helped draft his brother's public response to the allegations. Despite that ethically questionable news peg, CNN allowed Cuomo on air the evening of the bombshell press conference. Cuomo was mum on the scandal, telling viewers that his show would instead be focused on COVID-19. That's because CNN management, Stelter explained, has barred Cuomo from speaking about his brother's situation on air. They have also told the host that he cannot participate in any more strategy sessions with his brother's aides. "This has been a conundrum for CNN that has no perfect answer, no perfect solution," Stelter said on Sunday's "Reliable Sources." Stelter noted that some of Cuomo's colleagues are "ticked off at...
    Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida responded Friday to President Joe Biden’s “Governor Who?” comment that the president made Thursday when a reporter asked him about their ongoing feud. “I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten?” DeSantis said during a press conference at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. WATCH: “Biden has forgotten about the crisis at our southern border, I can tell you that,” DeSantis continued. “Biden has forgotten about the inflation that’s biting the budgets of families all throughout our country. Biden has forgotten about the demonstrators who are fighting for freedom down in Cuba. Biden has even forgotten about the Constitution itself as we saw with what he did with this moratorium.” “And I can just tell you that I’m the governor ‘who’ protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education. I’m the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down.” “I’m the governor who answers...
    Mayor Bill De Blasio condemned Governor Andrew Cuomo's 'laughable' statement trying to defend his 'criminal' behavior as 'an insult to these women' referring to the damning report from Attorney General Letitia James that found he did sexually harass 11 women.  Speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, De Blasio blasted Gov. Cuomo's weak rational for his innocence as 'laughable.' De Blasio commented on the governor's slideshow of 32 images showing him hugging and kissing people throughout his life to demonstrate what he described as an affectionate and tactile personality and not sexual harassment.  'His attempt to show pictures with family members as a defense was an insult to these women. An insult to the whole notion that a public servant is held to a high standard,' he said. De Blasio spoke candidly about Gov. Cuomo's sexual harassment report, 'It's disgusting. I mean you read the pages of that report and what we heard at the press conference my heart goes out to these women first of all.'   On Tuesday along with the video statement containing the slideshow, Gov. Cuomo also released an 85-page...
    More On: andrew cuomo Albany DA says Cuomo criminal probe open, asks victims to get in touch Andrew Cuomo rebuts ‘sex-harass’ report — with shots of him kissing, hugging supporters Heartless Cuomo an insult to New York — and his name: Goodwin De Blasio says scandal-scarred Cuomo is ‘past the point of no return’ It’s time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do one honorable thing: step down. If he refuses, lawmakers should remove him. Pronto. The case for his departure — whether voluntary or forced — was clear long before state Attorney General Letitia James released her damning report Tuesday. Now there’s no longer any excuse for delay. Even Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who oversees impeachment proceedings but who has until now practically broken his back trying to protect the gov, admitted that Cuomo’s “conduct,” as outlined in James’ report, “would indicate someone who is not fit for office.” Heastie called the victims’ details “gut-wrenching” and said Cuomo has “lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority” and “can no longer remain in office.” Heck, President Joe Biden, a Cuomo ally, also...
    More from: Bob McManus Lets hope Eric Adams outreach to a Blas crony was just Tweed-style coalition building Shootings, lawless peddling, open prostitution: NYC has lost all self-respect Hard times as NYC soft on crime, doomed by reforms Cuomos gun-violence emergency slush fund is all about saving… Cuomo Dems and media now argue mayors can do nothing to stop skyrocketing murders — its a lie Is this the end of Gov. Cuomo? President Biden says he should quit. Ditto the state’s Democratic congressional delegation. Also, much of the state’s political establishment. Most ominously, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he thinks so, too. But will Cuomo resign? Not likely — Attorney General Letitia James’ devastating sexual-harassment report notwithstanding, the governor is no quitter. So now it’s up to Heastie, the man in the middle of the weirdest episode in New York politics since former Gov. Eliot Spitzer got caught with a hooker in 2008. He said on Tuesday Cuomo has “lost the confidence of the ­Assembly Democratic majority and that he can no longer remain in office,” adding that he wants...
    Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was “past the point of no return.” De Blasio joined CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer to discuss Cuomo and the sexual harassment investigation that concluded earlier in the day. Democratic New York Attorney Gen. Letitia James announced the investigation’s findings, saying that Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women and had violated both state and federal law. (RELATED: ‘I Do Not Want An Apology’: Cuomo Accuser Charlotte Bennett Calls For Impeachment) WATCH: “What’s your reaction to the findings laid out by the state Attorney General Letitia James today, and the governor’s vehement denial?” Blitzer asked. “Wolf, it’s disgusting. You read the pages of that report and what we heard in the press conference,” de Blasio replied. “My heart goes out to these women, first of all. They were put through hell by a powerful man who held their career in his hands.” De Blasio went to describe Cuomo’s actions as “textbook sexual harassment” and argued that in some of the cases it had...
    After Republican Gov. Brian Kemp drew widespread outrage in March for signing Georgia’s controversial voter suppression law behind closed doors—an event that also saw the arrest of a Black lawmaker who knocked on them during the signing—it appears as though Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is ready to one-up him. According to local reports from Thursday morning, DeSantis prohibited the press from covering a signing ceremony for Florida’s own new voter suppression bill, instead giving Fox News an “exclusive” to the event. The result was every bit as dystopian as you’d imagine.  There was the Florida governor speaking directly to Fox & Friends, where he touted the bill as “the strongest election integrity measure in the country,” before taking pen to paper as a group behind him broke out in applause. Then, as if he had taken stage direction from former President Donald Trump, DeSantis held up the freshly signed legislation for all to behold. Many observers on social media compared the stunt, which comes as DeSantis continues to attract 2024 presidential buzz, to state-sponsored television.  NEW: News media is barred...
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has weighed in on Caitlyn Jenner's run for California governor, revealing that he is 'good friends' with the sports personality. The Terminator star - who served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011 - was asked by Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night to give his thoughts, and he answered like a true politician by sitting on the fence.  Giving a very diplomatic response, Schwarzenegger, 73, suggested Jenner, 71, has as good a chance as anyone else and said he wants the best person for the job, whoever ends up taking it. Speaking out: Arnold Schwarzenegger - who served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011 - spoke to Jimmy Kimmel about Caitlyn Jenner running for governor, Monday 'The key thing about all of this is it doesn't matter if it's Caitlyn or anyone else,' he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 'To have a clear vision of where you want to go, what are the kind of changes you want to make and why are you qualified to become governor. That's what you have...
    Caitlyn Jenner has urged Joy Behar not to 'sweat it' after The View co-host apologized for misgendering her while discussing the transgender reality star's run for California governor. Jenner, 71, tweeted early Saturday morning to say 'California has bigger issues than pronouns' and that she is 'not about cancel culture' following Behar's mishap on Friday's episode of daytime show.  'Don't sweat it, @JoyVBehar. I'm not about cancel culture,' she wrote. 'I know where your heart is. California has bigger issues than pronouns.'  Behar incorrectly referred to Jenner as 'he' and 'his campaign' before correcting herself and apologizing saying she had 'no intention of mixing them up.'    Caitlyn Jenner tweeted telling Joy Behar not to 'sweat it' after The View co-host apologized for misgendering her while discussing the transgender reality star's run for California governor Jenner, 71, filed paperwork to launch her campaign and formally announced her run for governor of California on social media Friday under the slogan 'Caitlyn For California'.   The announcement became a hot topic on The View with co-host Joy Behar asking co-host Sunny Hostin: 'He's got this...
    Caitlyn Jenner Friday became the latest California celebrity to use their notoriety to try to leverage political office, using her fame as a launching point to seek to oust Gavin Newsom governor of the Golden State.  For decades, the Republican Party has seen A-list stars and savvy entrepreneurs enter California’s political arena through stardom prowess. SHIRLEY TEMPLEIn 1967, the child actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple decided to take a shot at running for a seat in Congress in California’s 11th District. Temple, who ran an unsuccessful campaign as a "Republican-Independent," would have been the first woman in California’s congressional delegation. "I think men are fine and here to stay but I have a hunch that it wouldn’t hurt to have a woman’s viewpoint expressed in that delegation of 38 men," she said, according to the Associated Press. "One congresswoman among 38 congressmen is not unfair, fellows." Circa 1934: Shirley Temple (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) RONALD REAGANRonald Reagan was a movie star before being elected governor of California in 1967, serving two terms until 1975. The former governor, who of course became president in 1981, had forged a successful Hollywood career...
    North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. Stephen Yang/Getty Images The bill would have only allowed children to play in sports teams that matched their gender assigned at birth. Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed the bill Wednesday, saying there were enough rules in place. Dozens of US states are voting on anti-trans legislation this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed a bill that effectively barred transgender children from playing in sports leagues. Under House Bill 1298, all K-12 schools in North Dakota would be banned from letting transgender boys or girl join gendered sports teams, unless the team matched the gender the child was given at birth. Proponents of the bill advanced the idea that it was unfair for transgender girls to play on cisgender girls' sports teams. "It's about fair competition," Rep. Ben Koppelman, the bill's sponsor, told the Grand Forks Herald in January. The bill passed on April 15, but Burgum struck it down Wednesday, saying there were enough rules in place. The North Dakota High School Activities Association "already...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo once compared himself to Sonny Corleone from The Godfather and bragged about his oral sex skills, according to a damning profile published in The New York Times on Tuesday.  The New York politician, 63, has fallen from grace amid recent accusations of sexual harassment and a cover-up of COVID nursing home deaths, but the new profile features interviews with insiders who say Cuomo's troubling behavior goes much further back.  Sources quoted in the piece allege that the Governor has made transphobic and sexually inappropriate comments - with some alarming remarks made more than 15 years ago. A Cuomo spokesperson has denied all claims.  Back in 2006, shortly after he was elected as New York Attorney General, one associate claims Cuomo gloated about how physically intimidating he could be.  Cuomo reportedly 'enthused' that he could make interviewers 'nervous' based on his physical presence.  'I loom over that table,' Cuomo is alleged to have said. 'In their minds, I'm Sonny Corleone and I'm capable of anything.'  Gov. Andrew Cuomo once compared himself to Sonny Corleone from The...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio’s Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him Wednesday, citing their concerns over a tweet he sent referring to the “Wuhan virus” and the fears they have for the safety of their children because of such comments. “Lt. Governor Husted, your choice of words has only raised the anxiety and fear that Asians and Asian Americans in Upper Arlington are currently experiencing,” the letter obtained by the local NBC affiliate read. READ MORE: Husband Says No Confrontation Led To Fatal Highway Shooting In North Carolina “Our children have been targeted for bullying and abuse in the district well before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that abuse has increased significantly in the last 14 months and has reached levels that have brought news media attention to our doorsteps,” the letter continued. “Our children are the classmates, friends, and neighbors of your children.” The letter to the lieutenant governor was signed by nearly 70 members and families of the Asian community in Upper Arlington,...
    Andrew Cuomo has a 'preoccupation with his hand size,' according to one of the women who has accused him of sexual harassment. Charlotte Bennett, 25, spoke for four hours on Monday to lawyers investigating claims of sexual harassment. Seven women have now accused the New York governor of inappropriate behavior, and the state attorney general, Letitia James, has opened an inquiry. Bennett has hired high-profile civil rights and employment lawyer Debra Katz, and Katz on Monday announced that Bennett had spoken to the investigators.   Katz said that Bennett shared with investigators 'detailed information' about the 'sexually hostile' work environment Cuomo allegedly fostered in the Manhattan and Albany offices. Charlotte Bennett, 25, spoke to CBS's Norah O'Donnell on March 4 to detail her allegations Andrew Cuomo, like Donald Trump, reportedly had an obsession with the size of his hands Governor Cuomo (pictured) is facing multiple calls for him to resign She said he created 'rivalries and tensions among female staffers on whom he bestowed attention.' Katz continued: 'One piece of new information that came to light today was...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Chuck Schumer said on this week’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) “should resign” in light of the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him. Schumer said, “Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and of so many New Yorkers. So for the good of the state, he should resign.” Capehart asked, “And at what point — who in the congressional delegation or in the New York state delegation, who is the person with the stature, someone that Governor Cuomo will listen to who, as The New York Times has on its front page, is someone who holds himself in very high regard?” Schumer said, “Look, I’m not going to speculate on the future. He should resign. He should resign.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called Friday on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, adding the most powerful Democratic voices yet to calls for the governor to leave office in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and groping. "Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct," New York's two U.S. senators said in a joint statement. "Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign." Both had earlier said an independent investigation into the allegations against Cuomo was essential. A group of 30 women on Friday spoke out about the bullying and harassment they faced while working with for Andrew Cuomo as the New York Governor insists he won't resign and is not guilty of abuse. It came as a reporter came forward as Cuomo's seventh accuser,...
    More On: andrew cuomo NYS pol lays groundwork for possible Cuomo impeachment Groping allegation against Gov. Cuomo referred to Albany police Cuomo ends mandatory quarantine for domestic travel — de Blasio isn’t happy De Blasio joins outcry: Cuomo ‘can no longer serve as governor’ The independent investigators spearheading the probe into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have launched a fact-finding website. High-profile attorneys Joon Kim and Anne Clark are asking anyone with information relating to the investigation to come forward. Those with relevant information can contact the investigators at 212-225-3100 for voice messages, 518-545-0870 for texts or via email at [email protected], the site says. Kim, a former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, and Clark, a veteran employment-discrimination lawyer, were tapped by sate Attorney General Letitia James to lead the probe on Monday. Cuomo’s acting counsel, Beth Garvey, held a conference call with a limited number of staffers on Thursday to give them options on how to file a possible complaint against the governor, a source familiar with the matter told The Post. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has...
    Gov Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday revealed that he had a conversation with his three daughters about the sexual harassment claims against him as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the governor should resign immediately because his position is 'untenable'.  The governor said he discussed the 'spectrum of allegations' with his adult daughters, Mariah, 26, Cara, 26 and 23-year-old Michaela, whom he shares with his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy. 'I told them what I told you-which is I never touched anyone inappropriately,' Cuomo said. 'I never made any inappropriate advances and no one ever told me that they felt at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable or awkward.'  Meanwhile, de Blasio said during a press conference on Wednesday: 'My stance is that I don't see how the governor can continue to do his job. I think it has become untenable,' de Blasio said.   'I think more will come out still,' de Blasio said, adding that he believes people who were fearful of speaking out against the governor will come forward.  'A lot of people felt they could not speak up...
    Republicans in the New York State Assembly on Monday announced an impeachment resolution against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying they believe the Democratic governor has lost "credibility and trust" and has an "inability to lead" the state of New York amid sexual harassment allegations leveled against him and investigations into his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. New York State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, alongside other Republicans, laid out the plan to introduce an impeachment resolution on Monday. CUOMO: NEARLY 50 NEW YORK LAWMAKERS CALL FOR GOVERNOR TO RESIGN OR BE IMPEACHED "We’re going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come," Barclay said. "In order to lead this great state as governor, you need to have credibility and trust … and unfortunately, we feel the governor has lost that and now has an inability to lead." Barclay added that "there is been one bombshell after another." "I don’t think I’ve used the term ‘bombshell’ especially this week, any time more in my life, it has been one bombshell after another," Barclay said, laying out the issues plaguing the Cuomo...
    Andrew Cuomo was handed a seven figure advance for his pandemic memoir - but sales are plummeting in the wake of the dual scandals plaguing the New York governor, according to a report Monday.  His book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic, was widely criticized when it was published in October last year as the virus continued to rage in the state and around the world.  But it's publisher Crown thought that that had found 'another political star', Vanity Fair reports, and shelled out the hefty advance for the book.  Now sales are taking a hit. A spokesman for BookScan told the outlet: 'We can confirm that the title’s sales have dropped in the last five weeks, and for context, this is not reflective of a larger market trend.' Cuomo, 63, faces a federal investigation into claims of a cover up of the true COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes and an independent investigation into claims of sexual harassment by former aides.   He is said to have been backed into corner with 'few allies' to defend him and 'many people who don't like him',...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nursing home scandal now has a "follow-the-money" angle, Fox News contributor and The Hill media columnist Joe Concha told "America Reports" Friday. The New York Times reported late Thursday that the Democrat's top aides removed a tally of how many nursing home residents had died in the coronavirus pandemic from a report circulated by state health officials in June.  The Times report noted that the "extraordinary intervention" by Cuomo's administration came as the governor was beginning to write his book, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic." "I never thought that we would have a 'follow-the-money' kind of angle in this story like we se in so many scandals," Concha told host John Roberts. "But when you look at what Governor Cuomo got paid as an advance -- $783,000 by HarperCollins ... that's a pretty damning thing when you think about the kind of money that was involved here." VideoConcha added that the reported alterations to the report came at a time when Cuomo was enjoying massive popularity. "He had approval ratings overall of around 70%, the highest in...
    Kathleen Rice, a New York congresswoman, became the first Democratic lawmaker from the state to call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation. Rice, who is serving her fourth consecutive term as the representative of New York's 4th Congressional District, called for Cuomo to resign Monday after another woman came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. "The time has come. The Governor must resign," the congresswoman wrote on Twitter, including a link to a New York Times story detailing Anna Ruch's allegations that the governor made an unwanted sexual advance toward her at a wedding in 2020. ELISE STEFANIK DEMANDS RESIGNATION OF 'CRIMINAL PREDATOR' ANDREW CUOMO Ruch, 33, said Cuomo was making the rounds at the wedding when he came up to her and put his hand on her bare lower back. When she removed his hand, she said he called her "aggressive" and put his hands on her cheeks. Ruch said he then asked if he could kiss her, and she pulled away in shock. A friend who said he heard Cuomo make the comment corroborated her story, as...
    The first New York Congressional Democrat has called on the state’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid another allegation of unwanted advances from a third woman. Anna Ruch, 33, told The New York Times in an interview published Monday that Cuomo asked to kiss her during a wedding in 2019. She alleged the governor put his hand on her lower back, adding she was “so confused and shocked and embarrassed” by the interaction. “The time has come. The Governor must resign,” said Democratic New York Rep. Kathleen Rice in a tweet Monday with a link to a New York Times article, becoming the state’s first congressional representative to demand Cuomo step down. The time has come. The Governor must resign. https://t.co/GjcvuNfpfQ — Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) March 2, 2021 Additionally, two former staffers to Cuomo have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. As previously reported, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett have accused the governor of unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate remarks. Benett accused Cuomo of speaking openly about his desire to have sexual relationships with women in their...
    More from: Miranda Devine There shouldnt be a double standard for law & order: Devine What about justice for this Capitol rioter?: Devine Ugly truth about ‘Honest Joe’: Devine WHOs COVID investigation was dishonest Chinese propaganda: Devine Tricky Joe Bidens family influence: Devine Tough contest, but Mayor Putz, Bill de Blasio, is more popular in New York these days than the Granny Killer, Gov. Cuomo. “People would tend to like a bungling idiot more than a homicidal maniac” is how “Bernie and Sid” put it yesterday on their top-rated WABC radio show.  And that was in the morning, before former Cuomo adviser Lindsey Boylan dropped a bucket on her ex-boss, alleging he “sexually harassed me for years,” to the point that she felt nauseous coming to work and finally had to quit.  “Andrew Cuomo abused his power as governor to sexually harass me, just as he had done with so many other women,” she wrote in an essay on Medium.  She recalled in excruciating detail how Cuomo forcibly kissed her on the mouth, touched her “lower back, arms and...
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