The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Tuesday released its “retirements to watch list” of potential GOP targets ahead of the 2020 election cycle. The House Democrats' campaign arm is releasing customized digital ads for each of the 19 Republican incumbents' districts — many of which saw tough reelection bids during 2018. The list of lawmakers includes Dean of the House Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Live coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown MORE (R-Alaska), and GOP Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertEthics committee expanding investigation into GOP rep
Late last week, Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider challenging Donald Trump in a Republican Primary. There is some evidence that there is a block of Republican primary voters who might be interested in a Trump alternative. There is no evidence Bill Weld is the alternative they are looking for. Nationally, a recent ABC News poll says 32% of Republicans nationally want a nominee other than Trump. In Iowa, per a CNN/Des Moines Register poll in December, 29% of Republicans would either definitely vote for or consider a Trump alternative, while 63% say they would welcome a contested primary. Additionally, in New Hampshire, an NHJournal
The Advocate recently printed a letter that “explained” why the Republicans couldn't fund President Donald Trump's wall back when the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. The writer's conclusion was (surprise, surprise) — it's all the fault of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and those rascally Democrats. After all, it takes 60 votes to get anything through the Senate, right? Actually, no. Both houses of Congress have a process called “reconciliation” wherein the controlling party (the Republicans in this case) can pass budgetary legislation with a simple majority vote. You may recall that the Republicans have used this process twice since Trump was elected. The first time,
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in Wisconsin's state Assembly are supporting raising the pay for attorneys who represent poor defendants, as the state faces a class-action lawsuit over the issue. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Assembly Republicans also are backing the hiring of 61 more assistant district attorneys and raising pay for prosecutors, public defenders and correctional officers. Republican Rep. Mark Born says the plan would cost about $50 million over two years. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack issued a statement saying the plan would "support essential constitutional guarantees." A group of defendants from northern Wisconsin is suing in federal
Senate Republicans rejected a bid Monday to create an independent commission to redraw Indiana's legislative district lines. A two-year study committee recommended the creation of such a commission a few years ago. But the Senate GOP caucus has long spurned the idea. Still, Senate Democrats continue to try. Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says an independent redistricting panel would help remove politics from the process. “The party in power engages in gerrymandering, engages in partisan drawing of the lines," Lanane says. "We've seen that.” But Senate Elections Committee Chair Greg Walker (R-Columbus) signaled there's not enough interest in his caucus. “This is a heavy lift that I just
The Trump administration and key GOP lawmakers are playing defense after early data showed Americans are getting smaller tax refunds in the first filing season under the GOP tax law. The average refund size through Feb. 8 was 8.7 percent smaller than the same period last year, according to IRS figures. Democrats have seized on the numbers, arguing they prove that the 2017 tax-code overhaul by Republicans was a “scam” designed to help the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Republicans have pushed back, emphasizing that most people are seeing a reduction in their total tax liability and that smaller refunds are preferable because they mean taxpayers were paying a more accurate amount
Bill Lee was sworn in as governor of Tennessee on Jan. 19, 2019. Longtime Tennessee politician Mae Beavers is the new chair of the Wilson County Republican Party, which she hopes to grow and mobilize. Beavers was elected Saturday after she became vice chair of the Wilson County GOP in late 2018 because of movement within the party's executive committee. Her political background in public office as an up front conservative includes eight years in the House of Representatives and 15 years in the State Senate. Beavers wants Wilson County Republicans to step up its involvement in GOP campaigns, platform and issues, she said. Her name recognition can attract high profile speakers to meetings, State
Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller's disastrous appearance on Fox News rightfully got most of the media attention on Sunday. Here was the architect of the emergency declaration unprepared and unable to defend President Trump's actions as much to do about nothing. We are unsurprised, however, that Trump's most loyal and dogged anti-immigrant advocate, once outside the cocoon of a White House populated by yes men, should find it hard to present factual answers to legitimate questions. What was more depressing was the pathetic conduct of Republican senators who seem thoroughly incapable of defending their power of the purse. Here was the cringeworthy exchange between Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.,
A Republican lawmaker from eastern North Dakota has had a drunken driving charge dropped after a plea deal with prosecutors. KFGO radio reports Rep. Craig Headland, of Montpelier, was arrested in October on Interstate 94 in Stutsman County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says Headland refused a field chemical test and was arrested. Headland was charged with driving under the influence but was dropped after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving last week. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $250 in fees. He also must perform 40 hours of community service. Headland is a farmer who was first elected to the state House in 2002. He represents District 29, which includes Foster County, rural Stutsman
Goggins, a 56-year-old single mother of three and a longtime and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, said last month that she has been on disability due to fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal disorder. Last week, Goggins said she would give up her disability payments if elected mayor, a defense that only seemed to inflame anxiety among some in her party about her candidacy.
The Republican minority in the Connecticut General Assembly has detailed its legislative agenda for the year. It includes proposals aimed at privatizing some government functions including at the Department of Motor Vehicles. State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said one the GOP's proposals to reduce the cost of government and increase efficiency at the DMV would allow new and used cars to be registered online at car dealerships. “What they do now is that they've got to send somebody to DMV with everything to go and register the car and bring it back. Let them do it. That's one example of what you can do.” The Republicans have a smaller minority in the state legislature to push their agenda.
Caption Close DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing legal expertise over politics. But now Republicans who control the governor's office and the Legislature say it's time to give politicians greater control. House and Senate leaders are moving to change how judges are chosen after being repeatedly frustrated by court rulings on topics like gay marriage and abortion. "Over the last 20 years there's been more and more judicial
A newly formed conservative advocacy group is going to try to bring out the Republican vote in the Feb. 26 public advocate election by going after the right's two top NYC foes — Mayor de Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Accountable New York, an issues advocacy group that is barred by law of backing any particular candidate, plans to run ads blasting the two left wingers and railing about the city's handling of issues like homelessness, Rikers Island, immigration and abortion. They are hoping that a focus on pols and policies that outrage conservatives could spur more of them to the polls and help the only elected Republican lawmaker in the crowded special election, Queens Councilman
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing legal expertise over politics.