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    As three national political third parties proceed with a merger they announced last week, several independent state-legislative candidates are seeking approval to run under the Forward Party banner in Pennsylvania. The expanding centrist political organization includes the Forward Party, founded by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang; the Renew America Movement, founded by several former Republican public officials; and the Serve America Movement (SAM), currently led by former Republican Florida Congressman David Jolly. Yang and former Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman will co-chair the newly consolidated party.  Ethan Demme, a supervisor in Lancaster County’s East Lampeter Township who currently chairs the state’s SAM Party chapter, told The Pennsylvania Daily Star that Forward expects to run many races in the Keystone State’s municipal election in 2023 but may also endorse some nonpartisan hopefuls for the General Assembly this year.  Monday, August 1, is the last day for candidates other than Republicans and Democrats to file nomination papers, so Forward and SAM will determine this week if these candidates have qualified for the ballot and, if so, schedule discussions with...
    (CNN)In the fight to control the Senate, Democrats and Republicans are staring at equally uncertain, yet markedly different, paths to the majority.Republican candidates are enjoying a favorable political environment, defined by an unpopular Democratic president presiding over a time of notably high inflation. But Senate Republicans have jeopardized those benefits with a stable of high-risk candidates in key races, backing a series of Republicans who present serious messaging challenges and have yet to show any real fundraising prowess.Democrats face the opposite challenge. While the party in power is weighed down by President Joe Biden's anemic approval rating and the overarching sense among voters that America is going in the wrong direction, it has backed a series of well-funded and disciplined candidates, many of whom are using their impressive fundraising advantage to put themselves in a better position than the national atmosphere would suggest. Whether that will last until November is an open question, with even buoyant Democratic strategists acknowledging their fortunes could change once voters begin paying more attention to politics in the fall.The national mood has put Democrats on...
    Climate change activists all around the world have been cringing in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. In late June, the High Court ruled, 6-3, that the Clean Air Act of 1963 doesn’t give the EPA broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The High Court’s decision comes at a time when climate change is asserting itself in a variety of devastating ways, from record flooding in Sydney, Australia — where around 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes — to wildfires in California. Liberal economist and New York Times opinion writer Paul Krugman slams the Supreme Court in his July 4 column, arguing that the 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices is doing its part to make a bad problem even worse. READ MORE: Watch: Extreme flooding inundates Sydney, Australia as climate change rages on “The megadrought in the western United States has reduced Lake Mead to a small fraction of its former size, and it now threatens to become a ‘dead pool’ that can no...
    (CNN)John Wood, a former senior investigator for the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, launched on Wednesday a Senate campaign in Missouri as an independent, calling for a "commonsense alternative" to the field of Republican and Democratic candidates."Missouri voters deserve better than the divisive, extreme choices they are being given by the two major parties in this race," Wood said in a statement."Missouri deserves better. Missouri needs another option," Wood added. "Missouri is at a crossroads, and my candidacy offers a commonsense alternative to the crazy extremes both parties are offering in this race."Independent candidates have typically struggled to gain support, but Wood, who calls himself a "conservative" and "life-long" Republican, could face a unique situation in the red state if former Gov. Eric Greitens wins the GOP Senate nomination.In 2018, Greitens resigned from office amid allegations of sexual misconduct. This year, Greitens' ex-wife alleged he was physically abusive toward his children and her; Greitens has denied the allegations. The leading Senate Republican candidate also recently drew criticism for releasing a video calling to...
    Washington (CNN)New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew said the "final sign" for him to switch parties was being told that he had to vote in support of impeachment of President Donald Trump. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Van Drew -- who was struggling in New Jersey politics as a Democrat -- recalled how he was told by a New Jersey Democratic county party chair that he would not be successful in winning reelection if he votes "no" on impeachment. "One of the county chairman came to me and said, 'I have to speak with you.' And I said, 'sure' and sat down. He said, 'I just want to let you know that you have to vote for impeachment.' I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'You've got to vote for impeachment. If you don't, you're not going to be able to run in my county,'" Van Drew said, without naming the county party chair."For all the years that I have worked so hard and tried to give so much, not only to the party, but to...
    Elon Musk today said he wants to create a 'Super Moderate Super PAC' that would raise money for candidates with centrist views - regardless of their political party.  The world's richest man is registered as an independent voter and has described himself as a 'moderate'. Musk said he wanted to create a PAC that would 'support candidates with centrist views from all parties'.  The Tesla and SpaceX CEO also revealed he was leaning towards voting for Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is widely believed to be weighing a bid for the White House in 2024, in the next presidential election.  DeSantis has for the last two years deftly used the COVID-19 pandemic as a springboard to GOP stardom by portraying Florida as a beacon of freedom - even as public health experts have slammed as reckless and dangerous his hostility to basic public health precautions. Musk also said he had voted Republican for the first time in the primary elections, casting his vote in favor of Mayra Flores, who last night made history by becoming the first Mexican-born Congresswoman to serve in...
    Facebook pages run by state and local level Republican Parties appear to have received more exposure and engagement than the same types of pages belonging to the Democratic Party, new research finds. On Wednesday, June 8, research was made public highlighting an apparent "gap in engagement growth 'unique to Facebook' between the GOP pages and their Democratic counterparts by 2019." According to HuffPost, the findings also noted a distinct difference in the level of engagement for posts shared by both parties. Posts shared by local Republican Parties had “a doubling of the total shares” compared to Democratic posts. The authors of the study also weighed in with more details about their findings. “Regardless of Facebook’s motivations, their decision to change the algorithm might have given local Republican parties greater reach to connect with citizens and shape political realities for Americans,” the research authors noted. "The fact that private companies can so easily control the political information flow for millions of Americans raises clear questions for the state of democracy," they added. Kevin Reuning, an associate professor at Miami University...
    The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Tennessee Republican Party (TRP) Friday, vacating the injunction ordering Robby Starbuck on the August Republican Primary ballot, and ruled that the TRP is not subject to the Tennessee Open Meetings Act (TOMA). The Court stated that Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins erred in his decision. The Court said in the order: This Court assumed jurisdiction over this case pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 16-3-201(d) and Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 48. We conclude that the trial court erred in granting an injunction to Plaintiff Robert Starbuck Newsom a/k/a Robby Starbuck because the Tennessee Open Meetings Act does not apply to the Defendants, the Tennessee Republican Party and the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee. Therefore, the order of the trial court granting the temporary injunction is vacated, and the case is remanded to the trial court for proceedings consistent with this Opinion. All other matters are deemed moot. (emphasis added) Starbuck will not be a candidate on the August 4 Republican primary ballot, as the Court found that the Tennessee Republican...
    In the swing state of Pennsylvania, Republican primary voters have nominated a gubernatorial candidate who, shockingly, is even to the right of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas: State Sen. Doug Mastriano, who is going up against the Democratic nominee, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in the general election. Mastriano is a far-right, ultra-MAGA Christian nationalist and conspiracy theorist who continues to promote the Big Lie and falsely claims that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump — and a combination of Democrats and establishment Republicans are cringing over the nomination. Democrats are cringing because Mastriano is so extreme. Republicans are cringing because they fear their party may have blown a chance to have a GOP governor in 2023. Journalist David Siders takes a close look at Mastriano’s campaign in an article published by Politico on June 10, noting what members of the United States’ two major political parties have been saying about him. “Mastriano’s victory in the Republican primary for governor last month disgusted Democrats and panicked establishment-minded Republicans,” Siders observes. “To...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former lawmaker in Oregon who as a young woman flew a helicopter around an erupting Mount St. Helens is aiming to shake up state politics by running as an unaffiliated candidate for governor. Betsy Johnson, who served in both the Oregon Senate and House and who once belonged to — and then quit — both the Republican and Democratic parties, sees a path to victory with the increasing polarization of the two major parties. And so do candidates running as independents in major races in at least two other states. In California, Anne Marie Schubert, the Sacramento County district attorney whose office led the prosecution of the Golden State Killer, is running as an independent for state attorney general, having left the Republican Party in 2018. She needs to survive California’s primary on Tuesday. The top two vote-getters move on to the general election. “I’ve been told a million times that I have to be a Republican or a Democrat to win the race for Attorney General. I’ll say it a million more...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in both parties chose Pennsylvania state representatives Tuesday to be their nominees for lieutenant governor this fall and some prominent GOP leaders in the General Assembly found themselves in tight races. Republicans elected state Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso to run in November with their choice for governor, state Sen. Doug Mastriano. Democrats gave their nominee for governor, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, his choice for second-in-command, Rep. Austin Davis. READ MORE: Pennsylvania US Senate Race Between Republicans Mehmet Oz, Dave McCormick Too Close To CallDelRosso, who is in her first term in the General Assembly, prevailed in a nine-candidate race, while Davis easily beat state Rep. Brian Sims, whose energetic campaign could not overcome Shapiro’s endorsement of Davis. Both DelRosso and Davis are from Allegheny County. Davis, a resident of McKeesport, has been a state representative since 2018 and is a former executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a prominent elected Democrat. DelRosso is a former borough council member who runs a public affairs and marketing company. In Pennsylvania, candidates for governor and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls next Tuesday for the commonwealth’s primary election. At the top of the ballot is the race for the governor. A packed field of Republican gubernatorial candidates is vying to take control of the state after eight years of Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf. With the Republican Party likely to maintain control of the legislature, the governorship is proving to be a high-stakes election for both parties. READ MORE: Senate Votes Against Effort Toward Enshrining Abortion Rights Into Federal LawVOTER GUIDE: Pennsylvania Primary Election 2022 The presumed Democratic candidate is Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is unopposed in the primary. He has served as AG since 2017. Shapiro touts fighting the opioid epidemic, standing up for seniors who’ve been scammed, protecting the right to vote and leading on criminal justice reform as ways of protecting Pennsylvanians. According to recent polls, leading the Republican candidate is central Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano. Mastriano is an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm and has been a vocal critic of COVID-19 protocols....
    (CNN)In their book, "This Will Not Pass," New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns write of a dinner between Republican Sens. John Thune, Susan Collins and Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in early 2021.Collins had arranged the dinner following Vice President Kamala Harris' interview with a local West Virginia TV station in which she said that the country was facing a "crisis of unbelievable proportions" and that politicians needed to "step up and stand for them." While she didn't mention West Virginia's Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, by name, it was very clear whom Harris was targeting with her words. And Manchin was upset.Sensing an opportunity, Collins, who had a close relationship with Manchin, invited him to dinner with her, Portman and Thune, the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate. Manchin had rejected party-switching appeals in the past, so Thune pitched him on becoming an independent and caucusing with the Republicans, according to reporting from Burns and Martin. Here's the key passage from the book:Read More"Thune suggested Manchin would likely be rewarded for...
    Former Rep. Brad Ashford, whose 2014 win gave Democrats their only victory in a Nebraska House race since the 1994 GOP wave, died Tuesday at the age of 72 two months after he announced that he had brain cancer. Ashford previously served as a Democrat, Republican, and independent during his two stints in the state’s unicameral legislature, though he was never fully at home in either party during his long career in local and national politics. Ashford, whose parents ran a prominent clothing store in downtown Omaha, got his start in politics in the 1970s as an intern for Republican Sen. Roman Hruska, and he made the first of what would be many party switches in 1982 to back Democrat Bob Kerrey’s successful bid for governor. Ashford, who had accepted an appointment by Kerrey to serve on the state’s Court of Industrial Relations, first considered running for the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District in 1986 against Republican Rep. Hal Daub, but he instead won a seat in the legislature that year. Ashford initially still identified as a Democrat when he reached...
    Representatives of three French political parties in Morocco have called for the overthrow of the French electorate in the 9th constituency overseas by the far right and Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election. Representatives of Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) parties in Morocco, the outgoing president, Les Républicines (LR, Valérie Pécresse) and La France Insoumise (Jean-Luc Mélonchon) have joined the call to block the far right. Introduced to French voters three days before 2 p.m.And The decisive round is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, 2022 between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. “We have formed the Republican Front in Morocco to prevent the far right,” Mohcine Benlahcen, co – ordinator of La République en Marche pour le Maroc, said in a statement to Le360, adding that the Republican front has the slogan “all united.” Extreme right “. “The far right should not pass, it is our mission and our mobilization is active around this goal,” he stressed, adding that the militants of the three political parties in Morocco are “united, so the votes...
    Brooklyn Beckham's new father-in-law held a fundraiser for West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin at his palatial Florida home last month, it was revealed late on Monday.  Billionaire Wall Street investor Nelson Peltz hosted top executives at a $5,000-per-plate lunch, sources told CNBC, where the business leaders reportedly pressed Manchin to switch parties and challenge President Joe Biden in 2024.  The conservative Democrat was responsible for pumping the breaks on progressive cornerstones of Biden's agenda like the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill and federal protections on voting rights.  Peltz reportedly held the ritzy March event to raise cash for Manchin's 2024 Senate re-election bid. The pair are longtime friends.  Earlier this month, the billionaire's $103 million Florida estate hosted the glamorous wedding of his daughter Nicola Peltz to the eldest son of soccer star David Beckham and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.   Before that he charged a staggering $580,600-per-couple donation to attend an exclusive fundraiser headlined by Donald Trump. The February 2020 event was meant to raise funds for the ex-president's failed re-election bid.  Peltz told CNBC that year...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania is one of the few states left that do not allow registered independent voters to participate in the primary election. There are now efforts to change that. READ MORE: Margaritaville Resort Coming To The PoconosOnly nine states, including Pennsylvania, have what are called closed primaries, where only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary and registered Democrats in the Democratic primary. Nobody else votes. “It’s painful both personally and politically that we help pay for these public elections but are barred from participating,” Jennifer Bullock, chair of Independent Pennsylvanians, told KDKA-TV on Monday. Bullock is one of the state’s more than 900,000 unaffiliated independent voters. She said her taxes pay part of the $20 million primary election costs, but she cannot vote. “It’s a classic taxation without representation,” she said. Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, introduced Senate Bill 690 to allow independents to vote in whichever party primary they wish. “You’d have to pick one ballot or the other,” Laughlin said. “So basically I think the easiest way to think of it is you would temporarily...
    MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace said Friday on her show “Deadline” that “there was so much shame” that only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) clapped for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation vote to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wallace said, “For me, with my baggage as an ex-Republican, there’s so much shame, and she’s so qualified. I mean, this is someone who has impeccable qualifications, the temperament, everything that people in both parties used to talk about. And for me, the searing image was the lone Mitt Romney applauding her while the rest of them raced out to get to their MAGA zooms or wherever the hell they were going. But to me, to only see one Republican— I mean, elections have consequences. people in both parties understand that — but to see only one Republican have the grace — and you voted for her, but the fact that people who didn’t vote for her couldn’t be part of the moment the country was experiencing gave me that bittersweet feeling.” Network host Al Sharpton said, “Which shows the divide in the country. As...
    The chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus is demanding U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) back up his incendiary charges that several members of Congress invited him to alleged orgies where they would do “key bumps” of cocaine. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) (photo), who has been asked by the January 6 Committee to testify but has refused, told Politico’s Olivia Beavers, “I think it is important, if you’re going to say something like that, to name some names.” Tuesday Beavers also reported that House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had wanted to speak with Cawthorn about the allegations – not to start any type of investigation, but because some Republicans said they were “upset” Cawthorn made the claim. Perry and McCarthy are not the only ones angered about Cawthorn’s charges. “You should have to name names if you are going to go make those kinds of brush stroke accusations and impugn the character of people in this institution or … anybody else in this town,” an unnamed House Republican, told Beavers. Last week Cawthorn told the “Warrior Poet Society” podcast...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Twenty-three candidates, an unusually large number, have filed nominating petitions for the Republican and Democratic nominations for U.S. Senate and governor of Pennsylvania. KDKA political editor Jon Delano breaks down what is shaping up to be a busy primary. READ MORE: Closure Of Westmoreland County Courthouse Garage Creates Parking Problems“We’re certainly facing an unprecedented election year with an unbelievable amount of candidates at the top of the ticket,” says Mike DeVanney, a Republican political strategist. It’s the first time in decades that no incumbent is running for governor and United States senator on the same ballot, and that has lots of candidates thinking this is their chance. But not unexpectedly, only one Democrat is running for governor: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Ten Republicans would like the chance to take him on. They are former Congressman Lou Barletta, state Senator Jake Corman, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, political consultant Charlie Gerow, former Congresswoman Melissa Hart, state Senator Doug Mastriano, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, Pittsburgh attorney Jason Richey, former Delaware County Councilman Dave White and heart...
    Lawmakers want what they call stronger steps to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine — with some criticism of President Joe Biden's performance coming from members of his own party. Biden has publicly ruled out putting Americans in Ukraine to defend it from Russia’s invasion, but he has called for harsh sanctions in response. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have backed harsher economic responses and military aid than the administration adopted. Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers led by Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill to prohibit importing crude oil, petroleum, and other energy products from Russia for the duration of the conflict in a move they said would be financially devastating for Putin’s regime. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, took aim at the White House’s opposition to the proposal. But it was later reported that the administration was weighing a ban, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN on Sunday that the move is under discussion. Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin...
    If the midterms are a preview for the 2024 election, we’re on the verge of seeing both parties self-immolate, in historic fashion, right before our very eyes. Infighting, litmus tests, and a twice-impeached president leading the Republican Party has the favorability of congressional Republicans underwater by 25 points. Fractures between progressives and moderates, frustrated with a lack of leadership from the White House, and ineffective messaging has left President Biden with a 41 percent approval rating and 51 percent of Democrats open to a different candidate replacing the President of the United States at the top of the ticket. Can you really blame voters for having a higher opinion of a day at the DMV than the people entrusted to make our laws and protect our fragile Democracy? Not if you’ve been introduced to Marjorie Taylor Greene or had the pleasure of watching Kyrsten Sinema do her best impression of an unregistered lobbyist. The system is broken. The game is rigged. It’s one of the few things that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth with a shred of truth attached....
    Virginia voters, who were previously lifelong Democrats, switched their vote from blue to red in support of Governor Glenn Youngkin as issues regarding education took center stage in the contentious election.   YOUNGKIN RESPONDS TO SCHOOL MASK MANDATE PUSHBACK FROM VIRGINIA SCHOOLS Fairfax County parent Briana Howard, lifelong Democrat Saundra Davis, and mother of two Bethany Heim joined "Fox & Friends First" to discuss why they voted Republican during the Virginia gubernatorial race.  "My key focus was education, and I felt like Democrats were not listening to the voices of parents and our concerns throughout the COVID pandemic related to school closures," Howard told Griff Jenkins.  Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks during an inauguration ceremony, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP Photo/Steve Helber) VIRGINIA GOV. YOUNGKIN'S DAY-ONE EXECUTIVE ORDERS INCLUDE INVESTIGATING LOUDOUN COUNTY OFFICIALS, CRT BAN "And Republicans, especially Governor Youngkin, when he was running his campaign, was listening to our voice and made clear action plans to address our concerns," she continued.  Davis echoed Howard's sentiment, explaining how making children the priority was on...
    The jockeying to host the 2024 Republican and Democratic national conventions is in full swing.  Party officials have already begun to narrow down the list of potential host cities, with Republicans currently favoring Nashville, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, according to two people familiar with the planning process. The search for a convention site is being led by longtime GOP fundraiser Anne Hathaway.  Democrats, meanwhile, have made overtures to officials in a handful of cities, with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonOn The Money — Biden's battle with inflation Democrats start blitz to sell infrastructure Media narrative got education's role in Virginia election backwards MORE giving select cities an October 2022 deadline to decide whether they want to bid on the 2024 convention. Among the cities contacted by Harrison is Milwaukee, which was slated to host the DNC’s 2020 gathering before the events were largely scrapped in favor of a virtual convention amid the coronavirus pandemic. If Milwaukee is ultimately chosen to host either party’s convention, it would be the first city to host back-to-back national conventions...
    Top Republicans are cautiously optimistic the party is positioned to recapture the Senate after just two years out of power, emphasis on “cautiously.” The GOP is just one seat shy of the majority after Democrats flipped both Georgia Senate seats in twin runoff elections on Jan. 5, 2021, establishing a 50-seat advantage for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York that rests on Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. With President Joe Biden’s job approval ratings stuck near 45% and the generic ballot swinging against the Democrats this past fall, not to mention historical trends that portend trouble for the party in power in the White House, Senate Republicans would seem primed to win control of the chamber in 2022. But Republican strategists are not measuring the drapes just yet. Party officials are nervously awaiting the outcome of Senate primaries in key battlegrounds before declaring premature victories in the midterm elections. That includes nominating contests in states where incumbent Democrats are running for reelection and states where the incumbent Republican is retiring next year. GEORGIA REPUBLICANS QUESTION STATE...
    Washington (CNN)Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday urged Sen. Joe Manchin to join the Republican Party after the moderate Democrat bucked his own by effectively sinking a massive economic spending and climate bill, but the Republican leader acknowledged that the party switch likely won't happen. "No wonder why Joe Manchin is uncomfortable on the Democratic side. ... He would be a lot more comfortable on our side," McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said on Fox News, arguing that the Democratic Party has shifted sharply to the left. But the Senate minority leader added that he didn't think Manchin would become a Republican and hasn't gotten any indication of such. "I don't expect this to happen," he said. McConnell's comments on Wednesday were not the first time he has publicly pressured Manchin, who represents West Virginia, to switch parties after the Democrat announced Sunday that he couldn't support President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, a key piece of the administration's domestic agenda. Manchin says he still sees himself as a Democrat even after thwarting Build Back Better planThe Republican senator...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a number of other Republican lawmakers are urging centrist-leaning Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to part ways with the Democratic Party after months of opposition toward the political party's views and agenda. During an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio talk show, McConnell offered his take on Manchin's views and opposition toward his party's agenda as he mulled over how things could work if he made the decision to join the GOP, per New York Daily News. “He feels like a man alone,” McConnell said of the Democratic lawmaker. “If he were to join us, he’d be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues.” The top-ranking Republican lawmaker also insisted that Manchin appears to be one of few Democratic lawmakers concerned about the United States' debt problem and the impact of inflation. “I think what Manchin is discovering is there just aren’t any Democrats left in the Senate that are ... terribly concerned about debt and deficit and inflation,” McConnell said. Leader McConnell on...
    Jay Rosen, an associate journalism professor at NYU and frequent CNN-guest encouraged the media on Wednesday to cover the Republican Party differently than it does Democrats, arguing that the actions of the GOP do not warrant "normal" coverage. On New York Times new podcast "The Argument," Rosen claimed that while he doesn’t want the media to deliberately put their thumb on the scales for Democrats, journalists would be mistaken to cover the Republican Party, who are operating with "an authoritarian mindset," in the same way. WAPO EDITORIAL BOARD WARNS DEMOCRATS: COURT PACKING WOULD BE A ‘MISTAKE’ "I don’t think journalists should put their thumb on the scale for the Democrats because of how bad Donald Trump is. It’s not something that I believe. I’ve never written that. It’s not my point of view," Rosen said. He did argue that journalists should "rethink" their longstanding practices to make sure that their coverage reflects the "radical imbalance between the two parties." "Rather than two roughly equal parties fighting it out for advantage, we now have a radical imbalance between the two parties....
    Hispanic voters are now evenly divided between voting for the Democrat or Republican candidates in an election, according to a recent Wall Street Journal poll. The poll showed that 37 percent of Hispanic voters would vote for the Republican congressional candidate in the upcoming midterm election. In comparison, 37 percent would vote for the Democrat congressional candidate. When the entire sample size of adults was asked, 44 percent said they would vote for the Republican candidate, while a lesser number, 41 percent, said they would vote for the Democrat. Additionally, when Hispanic voters were asked who they would vote for in the 2024 presidential election, there was more of a divide if it was held today. Forty-three percent of Hispanic voter respondents said they would vote for former President Donald Trump, while 44 percent said President Joe Biden. When the entire sample size of adults was asked, 45 percent said they would vote Trump while 46 percent said they would vote for the Biden. “Hispanic voters account for about 1 in 8 eligible voters and are one of the fastest-growing groups in the electorate, factors that...
    Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen officially switched political parties Monday, changing from a Democrat to a Republican, The Texas Tribune reported. Guillen announced the change Monday at a news conference, according to the outlet. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan were present for the event. Breaking: Texas Rep. @RyanGuillen (D-Rio Grande City), has switched his party affiliation to the GOP. He makes the announcement alongside @GovAbbott, @DadePhelan, @MattRinaldiTX, @CatParksTX, @TXGOPCaucus chair @JimMurphy133, & other House Republicans. #txlege pic.twitter.com/VogHtc0nL6 — Brad Johnson (@bradj_TX) November 15, 2021 The Republican Party expressed its support for its new party member. “I am proud to welcome state Representative Ryan Guillen to the GOP,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote in an official statement. “The Republican Party is the party of faith, freedom, and opportunity, and we will continue to stand for these ideals in Texas and across the country. With trailblazers like Representative Guillen, we will continue to make gains in South Texas and grow the party in our way to victories up and down the ballot in 2022.” (RELATED:...
    (CNN)A report on Wednesday suggested that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin told associates that he "is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand to cut the size of the social infrastructure bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion."Manchin quickly shot the idea down."It's bulls--t," he told CNN's Manu Raju. "I have no control of rumors."Manchin told CNN's Ali Zaslav on Thursday that he never considered switching parties, but he acknowledged that that he had given some thought to becoming an independent who caucuses with Democrats a la Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine. "If I'm an embarrassment to my Democratic colleagues, my caucus, the President." Read MoreAdded Manchin: "No one accepted that."Which is the right take for Manchin! Because it makes zero sense for Manchin to switch from the Democratic to Republican Party!Start here: Manchin has, repeatedly, proven that he can get elected as a Democrat in West Virginia despite the state's clear Republican lean. In 2018, a very bad year for Democrats nationally,...
    (CNN)Oklahoma's two-term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced on Thursday that she is switching her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Kevin Stitt in next year's gubernatorial election, according to a video Hofmeister posted to Twitter."I believe Governor Stitt is running Oklahoma into the ground," Hofmeister told the Tulsa World in an interview. "I am changing parties to run as a Democrat and that is because I also believe in the values of supporting public education, supporting quality and good access to healthcare, as well as rural infrastructure."Stitt's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was a top reason for Hofmeister's decision to challenge the incumbent, and she told the Tulsa World that if Oklahoma "had a leader who contemplated expert advice and opinion and set an example to help protect Oklahomans, we could have avoided thousands of people dying."Like several other Republican governors nationwide, Stitt has targeted local school boards for their student mask mandates, challenging local officials in the Oklahoma City School District and the Cherokee Nation after signing a law in May...
    Two Democrats and one Republican crossed their parties in the House on Wednesday in a vote to suspend the country’s debt limit, as tensions run high on both sides of the aisle with less than a month to go until the nation is expected to default on its debt. Reps. Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderDemocrats scramble to satisfy disparate members on spending package WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill GOP ramps up pressure on vulnerable Democrats in spending fight MORE (D-Ore.) and Jared GoldenJared GoldenWHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill Paper industry, drugmakers spar over requirement to print prescribing information Intercept bureau chief: Democrats dropping support of Medicare for All could threaten bill's momentum MORE (D-Maine) bucked party lines on Wednesday afternoon when they joined Republicans in voting “no” on legislation to suspend the nation’s debt limit. And on the opposite side of the aisle, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge The Memo: Trump's Arizona embarrassment sharpens questions for GOP The Hill's Morning Report...
    Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is going after his past colleagues on both the left and the right in his new comedy tour, "The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently on Tour Tour."  Franken, who was a writer and occasional performer on "Saturday Night Live" prior to his political career, targets Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in his routine, as well as Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), The Washington Post reported.  "I like Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Republican politicians: Let OSHA do its job O'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report MORE more than most of my colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I really hate Ted Cruz," Franken told the crowd at his first show in Northampton, Mass., on Saturday, according to The Post.  On Feinstein, Franken said that because of his background in comedy, the California Senator told him "when you first came here, I thought you were going to be stupid," The Post reported. Although Franken goes after his former colleagues in his...
    (CNN)There's an interesting nugget buried in the new CNN national poll that shows just how much election denialism has fused with what most people think it means to be a Republican.Almost 6 in 10 (59%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said that "believing that Donald Trump won the 2020 election" was very or somewhat important to what being a Republican meant to them.While that number was lower than those who said a less powerful federal government was important to what being a Republican means to them (86%) or supporting Republicans in Congress (81%), it's still a remarkably high number when you consider what, exactly, we are talking about here. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! And that is this: that, somehow, the 2020 election was fraudulent and Trump actually won. That belief is directly rebutted by widely accepted facts about the 2020 election -- most notably that there is ZERO evidence of widespread...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom can refer to the recall against him as a Republican effort in the state’s official voter guide, a judge said in a tentative ruling released Wednesday. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl issued her tentative ruling hours before the parties were set to appear in court for a hearing. Republicans who led the effort to place the recall on the ballot filed a lawsuit to block him from labeling the contest a “Republican recall” in the guide, saying it was false and misleading because the recall is supported by people from various political parties. READ MORE: Suspect In Deadly Modesto New Year’s Day Shooting Arrested The tentative ruling does not immediately take effect. Typically, the parties are given an opportunity in court before a judge issues a final ruling. But her tentative ruling is likely to mark a win for Newsom, a Democrat who has sought to brand the recall as a power grab driven by Republican extremist. In television ads, he’s linked the recall to the storming of the Capitol on...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Congressman-Elect Jake Ellzey may be sworn-in as early as Friday, July 30, after his upset victory over fellow Republican Susan Wright in the runoff special election for the 6th Congressional District in Texas. Ellzey, a first-term State Representative from Waxahachie, was back at the Texas Capitol Wednesday, July 28, for the Special Session. READ MORE: Kaufman County Sheriffs Office Reviewing Video Of Controversial Arrest Of 2 Women A night earlier, Ellzey defeated Wright 53% to 47% after leading all evening. He said he was ecstatic about his win and focused on setting up his district offices to serve his constituents. “What I’m worried about in the next few days, taking the oath of office in Washington, DC and doing the work for the people of the 6th District of Texas.” He will complete the term of the late Congressman Ron Wright, Susan’s husband, who died earlier this year after testing positive for Covid-19 and battling cancer. Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Rick Barnes said he was glad a Republican maintained the Congressional seat, but that the...
    The ouster of Republican Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House of Representatives could provide fertile ground for the emergence of an alternate party, according to political scientist Bernard Tamas.   "I would say that the time is basically ripe for a third-party challenge, and, largely, the reason is because of the level of polarization in American politics, especially the movement to the right by the Republican Party," says Tamas, an associate professor at Valdosta State University in Georgia and the author of The Demise and Rebirth of American Third Parties.   But even if a third party were to emerge, Tamas says, the history of American politics suggests it could be short-lived and enjoy limited success at the polls. Independent Ross Perot (C) seen here with Democratic Presidential nominee Governor Bill Clinton (L) and President George Bush at the 1992 presidential debate in Michigan, went on to win 19% of the popular vote in the November 1992 election.House Republicans stripped Cheney, from Wyoming, of her post as conference chair after she publicly broke with former President Donald Trump, rejecting his baseless claims of widespread fraud in the November 2020 presidential election, which he...
    Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Company officially nixes Keystone XL pipeline | Government watchdog finds failings, but no Trump influence, in clearing of Lafayette Square Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats 'burning precious time' with GOP talks Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks MORE (R-Ky.) said on Thursday he has no expectation that Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Biden, Manchin don't have 'sincere commitment to bipartisanship' Overnight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE will switch parties, even as the West Virginia Democrat faces fierce backlash from progressives.  "Well Senator Manchin has pointed out over and over again. He's been a Democrat all of his life, I am certainly not anticipating that he's going to cross the aisle," McConnell said during a Fox News interview, when asked about the possibility.  "But I...
    CNN’s S.E. Cupp said Friday on “The Lead” that Republican Senators voted down the Capitol riot commission because they were “worried” it would implicate them. Cupp said, “Well, my question to the Republican Party would be, what are you here for? What is your function? If not to, you know, preserve the republic and protect American democracy? If you have no curiosity about what happened on January 6, first of all, I think it’s just because you believe it will implicate you. But also, I’m not sure what you stand for as a party. It’s certainly not the Republican Party I was taught about in school and learned as a young adult and joined as a young woman. If you look at the way America is set up and the two parties are set up, the point of having two strong parties is to bring a competition of ideas to the table.” She continued, “One party is bringing those ideas. I might not agree with many of them, but the other table is coming to that meeting speaking gibberish, with nonsense, talking...
    DONALD Trump has blasted Joe Scarborough and his "blood-curling, psycho wife" for saying GOP is becoming the "Insurrectionist party." The 45th president issued the blistering statement on Tuesday morning, after the Morning Joe host's weekend comments. 4Trump hit out at the coupleCredit: AFP 4The pair made the comments over the weekend "Crazy Joe Scarborough and his blood-curdling, psycho wife (?), Mika, are going crazy because their ratings have absolutely TANKED. "They are wrong too often and always predictable," Trump slammed. "They were right about me in 2016, but I did better in the 2020 Election with 12 million more votes. Stay tuned!" The fight-back came just hours after MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough slammed that the US has three parties, one of which being "insurrectionists." Scarborough was co-hosting the show alongside his wife, Mika Brzezinski, when he made the scarring comments. "We have three parties in America now: We have the Republican party, we have the Democratic party and we have the Insurrectionist party," Scarborough slammed. 4Scarborough said there are three parties, including the 'insurrectionist party'Credit: NBC Universal Media 4Trump called...
    (CNN)The current drama in the GOP is the latest and most concrete evidence that the party is undergoing a very painful evolution.Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of a former vice president and a power in her own right, was excised from House leadership because she would not stop criticizing former President Donald Trump's continued lying about his 2020 election loss.House GOP picks Stefanik to replace Cheney as conference chairRepublicans under Abraham Lincoln were the party that ended slavery. Southern states began seceding before he could be sworn in. Republicans under Dwight Eisenhower were the party of Cold Warriors, and then under Ronald Reagan they became the party of ever-smaller government. Republicans under Trump became the party that appealed to White supremacists and made protecting Confederate statues a campaign issue.Once the party specifically pushing the importance of the Constitution and the rule of law, it is now unacceptable for party leaders like Cheney to do anything but tolerate the attempted overthrow of valid election results -- the bedrock principle that makes the American political system work. The result is that...
    Here at Daily Kos, we have a strong and consistent focus on state and local elections. Midterm elections are huge, but as we know, don’t tend to get the same attention from national media outlets (or voters) as the presidential election does. Why does this matter now? As reported by the Associated Press, Democratic officials at both the state and national level have reached a fundraising agreement in order to get more aid to state parties. Even better? There’s an extra amount for Democrats fighting in Republican-controlled states.  The idea is that privileged supporters in the Democratic Party can contribute to a joint, combined fund that can then be dispersed to state-level party accounts across the country. Backers will be allowed to contribute up to $875,000 each year.  So, how does this work? Basically, state parties would receive just over $12,000 per month from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). State parties would most likely use that extra funding to hire more staff, though that isn’t an explicit restriction. Perhaps most importantly in terms of pushing red states to become purple, states...
    A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates switched his political affiliation on Wednesday, moving across the aisle to join the Republican Party. Del. Mick Bates of Raleigh County announced on Wednesday that he changed his voter registration status from Democrat to Republican and will caucus with the GOP in the West Virginia House of Delegates, growing the party’s already existing supermajority. With Bates, Republicans will control the chamber with 78 seats to Democrats’ 22 seats, according to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. “After much prayer and deliberation during and following the 2021 legislative session, I have made the decision to ensure I best represent the interests of the people of the 30th. District, Beckley and Raleigh County and that I do so as a member of the Majority Party,” Bates wrote in a statement, posted by WVVA. Bates went on to write that people no longer see a difference between West Virginia Democrats and Washington Democrats. He said the Democratic Party at a national level continues to hold positions that “alienate and anger” rural voters and do not reflect the...
    Cars and trucks are directed into the right lane by two trucks with light-up arrows on interstate 78 with a "Work Zone" sign in the foreground. During a press conference held by PennDOT next to Interstate 78 in Greenwich township Tuesday morning April 27, 2021 where they highlighted the need for safety around work zones on roads.Ben Hasty | MediaNews Group | Getty Images One of the things that has always made America exceptional is that when we see something that's broken, we go out and fix it – or at least we try to. However, over the last few decades, while America's infrastructure has crumbled and gradually fallen behind the rest of the world, Washington has been too bogged down by toxic politics and partisan dysfunction to address this urgent priority that impacts every single American's daily life.  A smart and targeted federal package to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure is a tremendous opportunity to make America competitive for the 21st century, but once again Republican and Democratic leaders are far apart on the details. While President Biden...
    President Joe Biden mentioned bipartisanship only three times in his 8,000-word joint address to Congress, and the bulk of his speech was dedicated to achievements and proposals that Republicans widely oppose. Biden's first address to Congress appeared to chart a course that Democrats had already been following: Unless the GOP largely agrees to the party proposals, the House and Senate will look for a way to pass them without any Republican support. Republicans mostly refrained from harsh attacks on Biden the day after the low-key address that the president delivered to a dramatically scaled-back audience in the House chamber due to COVID-19 concerns. But few Republicans could find any common ground in Biden's proposals for $4 trillion in new spending that would be partly paid for by reversing a significant portion of the GOP's 2017 tax cut legislation. "I think the president is hard to vilify," Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican and veteran member of Congress who is not seeking reelection, said the day after Biden's speech. "I think he was well intentioned. I think he was warmly received,...
    Rep. Lee Zeldin, a New York Republican, is adding key endorsements from party officials in an attempt to dominate the 2022 gubernatorial primary field, allowing him to emerge as the nominee against scandal-plagued Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Zeldin, first elected to the House in 2014, has 37% of the endorsements from the New York State GOP and 23% from the state Conservative Party. Zeldin needs to surpass 50% at both parties nominating conventions next year to become the officially endorsed gubernatorial candidate of each. That's no guarantee of Zeldin winning the Republican gubernatorial nomination — that's up to primary voters. But the backing from insiders early in the cycle shows Zeldin is picking up institutional support. It's an important factor in mounting a credible race because Democrats have a massive voter edge statewide. The last Republican to win a gubernatorial contest was Gov. George Pataki in 2002, for his third and final term. NEW YORK REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS COALESCE AROUND LEE ZELDIN FOR GOVERNOR In New York, there are eight recognized political parties, and one candidate is allowed to run...
    (CNN)Here's an exchange Tuesday morning between CNN "New Day" anchor Brianna Keilar and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (bolding is mine):Keilar: "I wonder when you hear what the former speaker said here -- he says he doesn't recognize the Republican Party of today. Sir, do you?"Cantor: "Brianna, it's good to be with you, and congratulations on the show."Listen, I don't doubt for a second that the level of craziness has increased in Washington over the last few years in both parties. But certainly, when we were serving back during the Obama administration, there was plenty of indicators that we had an extreme element on both sides of the aisle. "One of the things that happened early on in the Obama administration was he laid down the gauntlet with his so-called stimulus bill and drew the party line really brightly, which encouraged some of this backlash on the extreme end of the spectrums on our sides and his."Read MoreSo, if I'm reading this right -- and I'm pretty sure I am -- Cantor is saying the reason that we have...
    (CNN)Major items on President Joe Biden's domestic agenda hang in the balance this month, hinging on Republicans' willingness to cut deals and whether Democrats agree to pare back their ambitions at the risk of causing a backlash on the left. April is turning out to be a crucial month to fulfill Biden's campaign pledge to work on a bipartisan basis in Washington, with groups of senators holding both informal and formal talks on a range of issues -- infrastructure, gun violence, a crackdown on China, police reform, the minimum wage and immigration policy. But finding a delicate compromise -- that could muster 60 votes in the Senate and win backing in the narrowly divided House -- remains a far more complicated question, with distrust between the two parties running high and lawmakers often dug in on their ideological positions. And Republicans are still smarting from the White House's handling of Covid relief talks, arguing Biden jammed through a partisan $1.9 trillion proposal and used short-lived discussions with Republicans to create an appearance that he and Democrats actively sought bipartisan support....
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