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    A bipartisan group of five members of Congress went to Taiwan to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen after serving food to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving, defying orders from China. Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs...
    Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX-AG, TX-01: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, the legendary bomb-thrower who carried the far right's banner in Congress...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois’ new congressional district map into law Tuesday, formalizing political boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year’s midterm elections, when Republicans are well positioned to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The map, approved in October by Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature, was intended to eliminate two Republican-held...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● GA-07, GA-06: Following passage of the GOP's new congressional map on Monday, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath announced that she'd seek re-election in...
    Incumbent Democratic House members will face off against one another in Georgia next year, the third such instance forced by redistricting across the country. Rep. Lucy McBath, a Georgia Democrat, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she will run in a neighboring suburban Atlanta district after Republican-led redistricting in the Peach State made her current district more friendly to the GOP....
    (CNN)Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath announced Monday that she would run for a new district in the Atlanta suburbs against fellow Democrat Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Republican controlled-state legislature redrew McBath's district to make it a safely red seat.Georgia Republican legislators created a map that would drastically change the lines of the two competitive seats north of Atlanta held by...
    Democratic Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath will move congressional districts in response to the state legislature’s newly-drawn map, setting up a primary fight with fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux. McBath, first elected in 2018, represents the state’s Sixth District, which currently includes the Atlanta suburbs of Cobb County, Fulton County and DeKalb County. The new map, approved Monday by the Georgia...
    Vermont’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, announced Monday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. Welch’s decision comes a week after the 81-year-old Leahy’s announcement that he will not seek reelection to the seat he first won in 1974. The 74-year-old Welch said the...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont to run for Patrick Leahy’s Senate seat next year, calls it ‘pivotal moment.’ Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
              moreby Evan Stambaugh   The Washington Free Beacon reported that the fundraiser, hosted by the Heart of LA Democratic Club, took place last Thursday at a home in Culver City. The group required proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry and offered “contribution levels” of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, and $2,900 to support Craig’s reelection to the U.S. House. Craig, for her...
    Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldDemocrats expect to pass .75T Biden package this week North Carolina legislature approves new US House map House GOP campaign arm expands target list after brutal night for Dems MORE (D-N.C.) will reportedly not seek reelection next year, becoming the latest congressional Democratic lawmaker to announce retirement ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Spectrum 1...
    The House formally censured and stripped Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of his committee assignments Wednesday for posting a video depicting him killing New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden. Every Democrat and two Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — voted for the resolution, costing Gosar his seats on the House...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argued that the censure vote against Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar shows that Congress, under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, is broken. “This Congress will go down in history as the broken Congress,” McCarthy said in a speech on the House floor Wednesday. “House Democrats have nearly every rule and standard in...
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● SD-Gov: State Rep. Steve Haugaard, who served as speaker from 2019 to early this year, announced...
    (CNN)California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday she would not seek reelection, the latest high-profile Democrat to announce plans to leave Congress as the party faces steep climb to hold onto their narrow majority in the House in next year's midterms. Speier, who was first elected to her US House seat in 2008, has been one of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's...
    Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier will not run for reelection in 2022, she announced Tuesday. “It’s time for me to come home. Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother, and friend,” Speier said in a video posted to Twitter. First elected to Congress in 2008, Speier’s district covers San Mateo County. A former aide to Democratic...
    Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● VT-Sen: Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat who is the chamber's longest-serving sitting member from either party,...
    A Texas Democrat has jumped parties and joined the Republicans after becoming infuriated with his party's policies on defunding the police and the current 'chaos' on the southern border.  Ryan Guillen, a Texas State Representative for House District 31, made the announcement in a press conference on Monday. He won't cross the aisle immediately but will instead seek reelection in the...
    FLORESVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP)- A longtime Democratic lawmaker from South Texas switched parties Monday, Nov. 15, giving Republicans another boost in their attempts to make inroads with voters along the U.S.-Mexico border. State Rep. Ryan Guillen has been one of the most conservative Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives since 2002. State Rep. Ryan Guillen (credit: Ryan Guillen on Twitter)...
    Texas Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen announced Monday he is switching parties to become a Republican. The announcement followed a redistricting process that left the Rio Grande City district that he represents more favorable to the GOP. After much consideration and prayer with my family, I feel that my fiscally conservative, pro-business, and pro-life values are no longer in-step...
    Washington (CNN)Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's call for "one religion" in the US to win the battle of good versus evil has garnered sharp backlash from a range of critics. Flynn, who was subpoenaed last week by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, made the comment during a speech to a conservative Christian audience on...
              more   Representative Jody Hice (R-GA-10) last week said President Joe Biden is not governing like someone who has intentions of running for reelection in 2024. Hice said this as he appeared on Newsmax. “Joe Biden is so out of his league right now. It is sad to watch. He is not capable of running the country. Every decision he...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Newly-released political maps from California’s redistricting commission would leave some members of Congress without a political home and others to face off against colleagues in their own party in the 2022 midterm elections, when the state will play a key role in determining which party controls Congress. The maps released late Wednesday are drafts that could change...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) – Newly released political maps from California’s redistricting commission would leave some members of Congress without a political home and others to face off against colleagues in their own party in the 2022 midterm elections, when the state will play a key role in determining which party controls Congress. The maps released late Wednesday are drafts that could...
    California’s proposed congressional maps for the next decade could jeopardize both Democratic and Republican incumbents’ reelection efforts, leaving some in the same district while putting others into areas that are less politically friendly. The new maps, drawn by the state’s Citizen Redistricting Commission, alter the political makeup of over a dozen seats, potentially endangering the incumbents that hold them as...
    STILWELL, Kan. (AP) — Traffic whizzing behind her, Rep. Sharice Davids gathered reporters at a transportation facility along U.S. 69 in eastern Kansas this week to celebrate the surge of federal money headed in her state’s direction. The massive infrastructure package passed last week means $2.6 billion for Kansas roads — some of the largest investments in them since President...
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NH-Sen, NH-Gov: In a move that deprives Senate Republican leaders of one of their...
    Democratic leaders are demanding Republicans call for an ethics and law enforcement investigation into Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar after posting a video they argue supports violence. DPCC joins Speaker Pelosi in demanding @GOPLeader McCarthy call for the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate Rep Gosar’s threats of violence against the President of the United States and a fellow...
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) slammed Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on Tuesday over the latter tweeting an anime clip of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Twitter has since flagged the tweet. “First of all, he has no business being in Congress,” said Schiff on The View. “He should have never been elected. He doesn’t belong there.” “And, you know, sadly – sadly the Republican conference is...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● VA State House: While Virginia Republicans currently lead in 52 races for the state House and Democrats in just 48,...
    Colorado state Sen. Kerry Donovan (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● CO-03: Democratic state Sen. Kerry Donovan became one of the highest-profile victims of redistricting...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi was heckled as she wrapped her House floor speech on Friday night. Pelosi spoke as the House continued to debate key legislation that is finally coming up for votes. As of this posting, Democrats are still talking amongst each other and some progressives are planning to vote no over concerns about commitments on the separate Build Back...
    Al Drago/Getty Images Democrats negotiated for hours and hours and hours Friday, and Congressman Mark Pocan summed up the frenzied scramble rather succinctly to reporters. As of this posting, House Democrats are finally preparing to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package and to take a procedural vote on the Build Back Better spending bill. Moderates and progressives have been going...
    Al Drago/Getty Images Democrats negotiated for hours and hours and hours Friday, and Congressman Mark Pocan summed up the frenzied scramble rather succinctly to reporters. As of this posting, House Democrats are finally preparing to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package and to take a procedural vote on the Build Back Better spending bill. Moderates and progressives have been going...
    Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told fellow Democrats Friday they must end their "open-border policy" and "respect" Americans instead of "trying to divide us by the color of our skin." "My fellow Dems: if you want people to vote for you, stop calling millions of Americans dogs—only dogs respond to 'dog whistles'," Gabbard tweeted. "Stop trying to divide us by...
    Top Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate demanded a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score before an ultimately unsuccessful 2017 vote to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The CBO, a non-partisan research office, offers projections about the impact of all federal legislation on the budget and debt. Five moderate Democrats in the House, led by Florida Rep....
    North Carolina Republicans' newly adopted congressional gerrymander splits apart the three cities of the Piedmont Triad and their large Black populations into four districts. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two vacant Ohio congressional seats were filled Thursday after Republican Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist from Columbus, and Democrat Shontel Brown, a Democratic Party leader from Cleveland, were sworn in as members of the House after Tuesday’s special election. Brown will represent the Cleveland-area seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, who stepped down to...
    A Republican sweep of state offices in Virginia, including Republican Glenn Youngkin’s win over Democrat Terry McAuliffe, could push a number of House Democrats to retire, fearful of what the race means for the political winds in 2022. Virginia’s off-year gubernatorial election is often viewed as a barometer for the mood of the country for the midterm elections, though...
                      by Andrew Trunsky  Both Republicans and Democrats are set to win a previously-vacant seat in the House of Representatives after a candidate from each party triumphed in two Ohio special elections Tuesday. Cuyahoga County Councilmember Shontel Brown beat her Republican opponent overwhelmingly in Ohio’s Cleveland-area 11th District. In the state’s 15th District,...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images In the wake of notable Democratic election losses, one member of Congress is expressing some frustration with her party and President Joe Biden. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger is a Virginia Democrat who told colleagues in a post-2020 election call “no one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again.” Some Democrats have been similarly sounding alarm this week after...
    Democrat Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeDemocrats must stop their infighting — and four other lessons from the 2021 elections Democrats feel new urgency on Biden agenda after Virginia rout Republican optimism soars over Democratic debacle MORE’s drubbing in Tuesday’s gubernatorial contest in Virginia has sparked new fears for House Democrats that they could lose their majority in a blowout in the 2022...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Former Illinois state Rep. Luis Arroyo returned to court Wednesday to plead guilty in a federal bribery case.Prosecutors said the Democratic lawmaker paid a bribe to a state senator in exchange for support of a gambling bill that would have benefited one of Arroyo's clients.Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.Arroyo resigned...
    Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● New Jersey & Virginia Recap: Republicans swept Virginia’s statewide races on Tuesday, while the contest for governor...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness are neck and neck in the the Democratic primary to replace late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, while the Republican side had a clear-cut winner. With nearly 99% of the vote counted, fewer than 100 votes separated Broward County Commissioner Holness and health care company CEO Cherfilus-McCormick. Each had nearly 24% of the vote,...
    The Democratic primary race for Florida's Congressional District 20, which was represented by congressman Alcee Hastings until he died from pancreatic cancer this year, is headed for a recount. Liberal candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick led Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness by just 31 votes (11,372-11,341 votes) with 100% of precincts reporting, according to Politico . Under Florida law, the...
    Both Republicans and Democrats are set to win a previously-vacant seat in the House of Representatives after a candidate from each party triumphed in two Ohio special elections Tuesday. Cuyahoga County Councilmember Shontel Brown beat her Republican opponent overwhelmingly in Ohio’s Cleveland-area 11th District. In the state’s 15th District, which extends southeast from the Columbus suburbs, Trump-endorsed coal lobbyist Mike Carey cruised to victory,...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness are neck and neck in the the Democratic primary to replace late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, while the Republican side had a clear-cut winner. With nearly 99% of the vote counted, fewer than 100 votes separated Broward County Commissioner Holness and health care company CEO Cherfilus-McCormick. Each had nearly 24% of the vote,...