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

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

Trump And Conservatives Are Abandoning Lincoln

Eight days ago, I wrote a column sharing how our “nation is divided.” Those seeking evidence for this claim need only to look to two recent events effecting Black Americans in our nation.

The first is the announcement by Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry, that no charges would be filed against two White police officers; Blane Salomoni and Howie Lake II , who killed a Black man, Alton Sterling, back in 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. read more

Republican Congressman Attacks Parkland Shooting Survivor For Wearing A Patch Of The Cuban Flag

Anyone familiar with Iowa Republican congressman Steve King’s habit of making ignorant and racist comments won’t be surprised to hear that he’s done it again. This time, though, he’s managed to lower himself to new depths by attacking Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez for wearing a jacket featuring a patch of the Cuban flag during her emotional speech at the massive March for Our Lives demonstration. read more