Rep. David Hawk says he's in the running to be the next speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Hawk, R-Greeneville, announced during a news conference Wednesday his bid for the position that's been held by Speaker Beth Harwell since 2011. Harwell, the state's first woman to become speaker, was defeated this month in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Others are expected to announce their plans to seek the leadership position, possibly including majority leader Glen Casada, R-Franklin, and speaker pro tem Curtis Johnson, R-Clarksville. "I will never spend the most money in this race to become speaker," Hawk said. "I will never be as politically connected as some people in this race
Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Chairman of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), said he intends to resume sittings before the House of Representatives is reconvened in September. This is due to the many issues that have surfaced at state entities that need further ventilation. Among them are allegations of mismanagment and corruption at National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) and fraud at Dunn's River Falls and Park. Dr. McNeill said the concerns relating to the depreciation of the Jamaican dollar and former National Security Minister Robert Montague overruling the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) in 29 cases also requires more probing. He was speaking at the
Ameriprise Financial Services Inc will pay $4.5 million to settle charges that it failed to safeguard client assets after five of its representatives allegedly stole more than $1 million, the U.S. Securities ...
Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar will likely become one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress after winning a heated Democratic primary in Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District on Tuesday. Omar, a 36-year-old Somali refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, beat a packed field of six candidates in the race to fill current Rep. Keith Ellison's seat. Ellison decided to run for Minnesota attorney general rather than return to Congress; he faced allegations of domestic abuse in the last days of his campaign. Given the district's partisan makeup (Cook Political Report rates it D+26), Omar is all but assured of being elected to the House in November. She should be joined
Well, that was fast. They're back. At least some of them. The Senate returns Wednesday after its abridged “August recess.” Members of the House of Representatives won't darken the door to the Capitol until Sept. 4. But senators return to Washington following a nearly two-week respite. This comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., threatened to moor senators in Washington for the entire month of August. It didn't quite work out that way. But senators are expected to linger in Washington for the remainder of the month. On tap are a host of nominations which McConnell hopes to confirm. Senators plan to debate and vote on at least two spending measures. One appropriations bill funds
Christine Hallquist won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the US state of Vermont on Tuesday, moving a step closer to becoming the nation's first transgender governor, US media projected. In another ground-breaking political moment, Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. "HISTORY MADE! @christineforvt just became the first trans/non-binary gubernatorial candidate from a major political party in American history!" the Victory Fund, an organization that supports LGBTQ candidates, tweeted about Hallquist.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won Vermont's Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday but was expected to turn down the nomination, as he did in his previous campaigns, and support other Democratic candidates.
Ms Vukmir, who beat political newcomer Kevin Nicholson, advances to face Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. Republicans have targeted Ms Baldwin - given Ms Baldwin is one of 10 Democrats defending their seats in states won by Donald Trump in 2016 - and outside groups have already spent millions in television ads attacking her. Ms Vukmir won the endorsement of the Wisconsin Republican Party and the backing of most prominent GOP officeholders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, on her way to victory.
HARTFORD, Conn. — A former National Teacher of the Year defeated a veteran politician on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who agreed not to seek re-election amid criticism over her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her Washington office. Wolcott educator Jahana Hayes, who won the national award in 2016, topped former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, a two-time lieutenant governor candidate. If she wins the general election in November, Hayes, 45, will be the first black woman to win a Connecticut congressional seat. A Democratic primary was unthinkable a year ago, when many observers believed Esty would likely
As speaker of the House, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn says he would be a “transitional” leader but not “custodial.” The South Carolina Democrat says he would work to “transform” the Democratic Caucus to make the party more appealing “to young African Americans who still feel ... take(n) for granted.” “I would manage not just resources but expectations,” the Columbia lawmaker said, “manage dreams and aspirations.” Surrounded by allies and supporters at the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's annual policy forum in Tunica, Miss., last weekend, Clyburn spoke more frankly and openly than he had before about how he would approach the top job in the House's leadership. Clyburn also made clear he was ready