For Republicans, freedom means they also get to impose their belief systems, their version of “law and order” on everybody else.
There are many incumbent Republican senators who are considered good bets to lose their seats this year. That includes Maine’s Susan Collins, Arizona’s Martha McSally and Colorado’s Cory Gardner.
While Georgia is rapidly turning purple, Senator David Perdue still seemed likely to hold on to his seat. But man has Perdue had a terrible run of viral moments lately. And it looks like he’s going to be going underground until the election comes
Last week, the Georgia Republican intentionally mispronounced Kamala Harris’ name despite being a colleague of hers for a number of years. The racist moment, caught on video quickly went viral.
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 24, 2020
Last night, Perdue engaged in a debate with Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. It would be an understatement to say that the Liberal won the debate. Ossoff slammed the Republican saying:
“Perhaps Senator Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the COVID-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading. It’s not just that you’re a crook, senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent.”
It’s no surprise that Perdue doesn’t want to come face to face against the fierce debater again. Ossoff tweeted on Thursday, “BREAKING: Senator Perdue just cancelled our final debate. At last night’s debate, millions saw that Perdue had no answers when I called him out on his record of blatant corruption, widespread disease, and economic devastation. Shame on you, Senator.”
BREAKING: Senator Perdue just cancelled our final debate.
At last night's debate, millions saw that Perdue had no answers when I called him out on his record of blatant corruption, widespread disease, and economic devastation.
Shame on you, Senator.
In 2014, the Republican party took control of the senate. They have used that majority to wield incredible power over Democrats. The GOP led Senate was able to push through a massive tax break for the rich. They were also able to prevent Donald Trump from being impeached in early 2020.
But most importantly for the party, they’ve exerted massive influence over the Supreme Court. The Republicans successfully blocked the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. They’ve also placed three new justices, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Democrats have long eyed 2020 to regain control. While Liberals enjoyed a wave election in 2018, they weren’t able to gain control of the senate. 2020 presents a much better map for them.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has presented control of the senate as being up for grabs. He said said a recent Kentucky campaign event, “It’s a 50-50 proposition. We have a lot of exposure. This is a huge Republican class. … There’s dogfights all over the country.”
The Kentucky senator continued,
“If you look at the Democratic Party today, you ought to be frightened. We’re fighting for our way of life.”
Joe Biden knows a little something about being in the United States senate. He began his career there at the young age of 31 and stayed there for the next 36 years. The only thing that got him out of the body was being elected to the Vice Presidency.
The Democratic challenger will be speaking the the Democratic caucus later this week. According to Politico, “Thursday’s conversation is expected to center around mobilizing voters in individual states and discuss helping to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. It will be the first time Biden addresses the full Democratic caucus since receiving the Democratic nomination for president.”
The Democrats will have a number of chances at taking back the legislative body this fall. Polling shows them in prime position to win seats in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina. There are also competitive races in Iowa, Montana, Georgia and South Carolina.
Mark Kelly (AZ), Sara Gideon (ME), John Hickenlooper (CO) and Cal Cunningham (NC) are the Democratic challengers with the best hopes of taking over seats with Kelly and Hickenlooper looking like shoe-ins.
Kim Reynolds (IA), Jaime Harrison (SC), Steve Daines (MT) and Jon Ossoff (GA) are all within striking distance of Republican incumbents.
On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell seemed like a man who was worried about potentially losing the senate this fall. He told reporters, “I think the American people should know what it means if the Senate shifts control.”
The current Senate Majority Leader also said that Democrats plan to, “run roughshod over the country.”
McConnell says abolishing the Senate filibuster, if Democrats do it, would enable them to "run roughshod over the country." He also warns of DC statehood.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 15, 2020
No matter how much Donald Trump and his flailing campaign wish it to be true, 2016 is not 2020 and Joe Biden is not Hillary Clinton.
It's still early, but Trump's lagging numbers in key parts of the country are setting the stage for another blue wave in 2020.
The statement by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stands in contrast to the 2016 presidential election, which U.S. officials say was the target of a sophisticated Russian hacking and propaganda campaign.
Trump sent out a tweet touting the progress being made toward ending the shutdown. The problem is that none of it was true.
By Ginger Gibson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi again became the most powerful woman in American politics on Thursday, gathering dozens of children around her as she took the oath of office as the next speaker of a diverse and deeply divided U.S. House of Representatives.
Blowing a kiss to senior Republican Representative Don Young after he read out the oath to her, the California Democrat assumed the leadership of the 435-seat chamber at a moment of unique instability and uncertainty.
As the Democratic speaker, Pelosi will oversee a sweeping series of investigations of Republican Donald Trump, his business interests and the first two years of his presidency, while pursuing a distinctly Democratic legislative agenda.
Her first order of business will be to pass legislation on Thursday evening that would reopen the federal government, which is in the midst of a 13-day partial shutdown. The bill was expected to die, however, in the Senate, still controlled by Republicans.
“Building an economy that gives all Americans the tools they need to succeed in the 21st Century: public education, workforce development, good-paying jobs and secure pensions,” Pelosi said of her aims.
Regaining the speaker’s gavel eight years after losing it, Pelosi remains the only woman ever to occupy the post. She will preside over the most diverse House membership in history, including a record number of women and Latinos, with her party having wrested majority control from Trump’s Republicans in the November elections in a landslide victory.
The diversity of her party’s caucus was on full display during the hour-long vote to elect her as speaker.
“Standing on the shoulders of the women who marched 100 years ago to give me the right to vote, I cast my vote for Nancy Pelosi,” Representative Brenda Lawrence declared on the floor.
In the middle of the floor, Representative Eric Swalwell rocked his infant daughter, Cricket, when Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, stopped by to take a turn holding the baby.
Pelosi also had celebrities on hand, including fashion consultant and TV personality Tim Gunn, singer Tony Bennett and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
For a moment, the focus on the House floor shifted when Pelosi was called on to vote for herself and granddaughter Bella Pelosi Kaufman grabbed her arm and jumped up and down.
The election of Pelosi, 78, was only briefly in doubt late last year amid a rebellion by some in the Democratic ranks who said the time had come for new leadership.
But she quelled the insurrection and won 220 votes. Only 15 Democrats opposed her – a smaller factional breakaway than Republicans saw for their two prior speakers.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries, whom she brought into the House leadership as the new House Democratic Caucus chairman, drummed up the most enthusiasm for her before the voting.
“Nancy Pelosi is a woman of faith, a loving wife, a mother of five, a grandmother of nine, a sophisticated strategist, a legendary legislator, a voice for the voiceless,” said Jeffries.
In a reference to a 1991 rap song by Naughty by Nature, Jeffries added: “Let me be clear, House Democrats are down with NDP – Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi, the once and future speaker of the House of Representatives.”
(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Peter Cooney)
The biggest political story of 2018 was the major revolt against the Trump presidency by American voters – and the media largely brushed it under the rug.
The Democrats' raw vote margin from the 2018 midterm elections broke the previous record they set in the Watergate era midterms.
Instead of continuing to take the GOP's Pelosi bait, Democrats should stick to the issues that got them elected in massive numbers earlier this month.
It's stunning that Democrats were able to gain two Senate seats in a year when they were playing almost exclusively in GOP territory.
Democrats have a clear message for party leaders who will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll: Protect their healthcare and impeach President Donald Trump.
The Democratic Party needed to pick up 23 seats to wrest control of the chamber from the Republican Party. The Democrats were seen picking up 28 seats although votes were still being counted on Wednesday to determine the outcomes of as many as 13 more races.
Democrat Tony Evers won the Wisconsin governor's race on Tuesday, ending the conservative Scott Walker's eight years in power, according to data provider DDHQ.
"Healthcare was on the ballot and healthcare won," Pelosi, the House's top Democrat, said of the Tuesday elections that gave her party a controlling majority in the House. "We won because from the beginning we focused on healthcare."
If Democrats win the governorship and retain the Senate seat, it would be a huge loss for Trump, who made frequent campaign stops in the state.
Something has happened in the final days of this campaign that should terrify the Republicans: Polls are breaking hard for the Democrats.
The reason that Republicans should be concerned about high turnout is that, historically, the more people who vote, the better Democrats do.