GOP Rep. Charlie Dent Announces He Won’t Bother Completing His Term Before Retiring, Will Leave In May

The Republican Party’s exodus from Congress continues as Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent announced on Tuesday that he plans on leaving office in May. This is earlier than previously expected.

Dent is among the 43rd House GOP member to say they won’t be running for re-election — some have opted to retire, some have resigned, and some have left for the private sector or to run for a different political office. read more

Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, Confirming Rumors Of His Retirement

After repeated denials of rumors about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plans to retire, it was confirmed on Wednesday that he will, in fact, be leaving Congress.

“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House,” said counselor to the Speaker Brendan Buck. “He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father. While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him. He will discuss his decision at a press conference immediately following the member meeting.” read more

CEO Of Sinclair Broadcast Group Sends Employees Email Insisting That ‘Extremists’ Are Trying To ‘Bully’ The Company

On Tuesday, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley sent out a company-wide email defending the company against the recent avalanche of backlash it’s gotten for spreading pro-Trump propaganda.

The email came with the subject line “News Promotion Controversy” and described critics as “extremists” who were “bullying” Sinclair with “false stories.” He also apologized to employees who’ve apparently been receiving harassment since the story broke nearly two weeks ago. read more

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Mocks Trump On Twitter

While senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway continues to defend everything Trump says and does, her husband, George Conway, is busy trolling the president on Twitter.

On Tuesday morning, he first retweeted the image of an old Washington Post headline reading “Nixon Sees ‘Witch-Hunt,’ Insiders Say,” a clear shot at Trump’s continuing insistence that the Russia investigation is a “witch hunt.” read more

GOP Wisconsin Governor Panics After Blue Wave Hits His State And Democrat Is Elected To Supreme Court

Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been left terrified after a Democrat was elected to his state’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, prompting a meltdown on Twitter.

Rebecca Dallet, a liberal judge, beat her conservative opponent, Michael Screnock, by a nearly 12-point margin.  This is a significant victory, given that Democrats typically have a difficult time winning in Wisconsin. Though the race was technically nonpartisan, Democrats clearly supported Dallet, while Republicans favored Screnock, who was actually endorsed by Gov. Walker. read more