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    By March, Gov. Gavin Newsom knew he was in trouble. His people had been tracking what, until then, was a mostly nascent campaign to recall the Democrat from office. It’s the sort of thing generations of California governors have faced, and only one — Gov. Gray Davis — with real political consequences. But, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. “In 25 months, there’s been six efforts to put a recall on the ballot,” Newsom said in mid-March on ABC’s “The View.” “This one appears to have the requisite signatures,” he acknowledged. Indeed, by April, Secretary of State Shirley Weber declared that enough signatures had been verified — more than 1,495,709 — to force a recall election by the end of the year. That campaign Newsom once dismissed as the purview of the far right — alongside Trumpism, anti-vax conspiracy theories and a refusal to wear face masks? It had suddenly gained mainstream appeal. All it took was the governor secretly violating his own public health orders on COVID-19, going out to dinner with friends and doing so...
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        The media have focused on former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE’s past this week. But it’s his future that fixates opponents and supporters alike. There has been a media furor in recent days about whether Trump had COVID-19 during his first debate with President BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles MORE before the 2020 election. The Jan. 6 insurrection has also come back into the spotlight, with the House select committee investigating the attack sparring with various Trump-era officials. And there have been new stories about Trump’s business interests, especially centered on his hotel near the White House in Washington. To be sure, these are important stories. But the biggest story of all is what comes next.  The former president has displayed zero...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ripped Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for his opposition to President Joe Biden’s Covid vaccine mandates. Psaki briefed reporters on Friday, and wrapped up with the now-regular appearance of a local reporter via video chat. This time, it was Rafael Olavarría of Univision 23 Atlanta. Mr. Olavarría asked Psaki what her message to Kemp’s opposition to the mandates would be, given the low vaccination rate and potential for spread of Omicron in the state: MR. OLAVARRÍA: Hello, Secretary Psaki, and thank you for taking my question. I’ll ask you something that is a cause of concern for our communities here in Georgia. As you probably know, our state is only — we have only 51 percent of our population fully vaccinated, and we even have counties where only 20 percent of our residents are vaccinated. Yesterday, Dr. Cameron Webb from the White House COVID-19 Response Team told me that states like Georgia are potentially some of the most vulnerable ones to the new variant. Nevertheless, our Governor, Brian Kemp, has been laser focused on fighting federal vaccine...
              more   Florida’s military budget could receive more than $100 million in funding as Governor Ron DeSantis announced multiple proposals on Thursday that aim to support Florida’s National Guard, and establish a “civilian volunteer force,” known as the “Florida State Guard.” According to the Governor’s Office, his proposals would further support the National Guard in giving them extra hands in helping with state-specific emergencies such as natural disasters. Funding for the Florida State Guard would enable civilians to be trained in the “best emergency response techniques” in order to assist with Florida’s National Guard. “We are proud of our veterans and active-duty military members and proud of what our communities do to support them,” said Governor Ron DeSantis in a press release. “Florida is one of the most veteran friendly states, and I think there are very few places that you would rather be on duty than in the state of Florida. As a veteran, I really appreciate what everyone who wears the uniform does in our state and am excited about these proposals – they will go a long...
    Ex-Democrat Illinois governor turned “Trumpocrat” Rod Blagojevich said he believes current Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to keep him in jail because the Democrat establishment is “afraid of what he knows” and “what [he] will say soon.”  In a video obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, Blagojevich, who was Illinois governor from 2003 to 2009, can be heard talking about his relationship with the current governor, some of the events leading up to his time in federal prison, and his standing with the party he left behind.  Blagojevich, who Chicago Magazine characterized as “real-life cartoon character, popular culture’s best example of a bombastic, narcissistic, devious politician since the fictional Senator Claghorn,” served 7.5 years of a 14-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison after being impeached and accused of trying to sell former President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat while he was governor, among other charges.  “He charmed everyone but the General Assembly that impeached him and the jury that convicted him at his federal trial,” Chicago Magazine reported.  The main charges surrounding the accusation were eventually vacated by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, though...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is looking to build a civilian military in the Sunshine State that would be controlled by him and not the federal government.  DeSantis pitched the unit - which would be called the Florida State Guard - as a way to give support to the Florida unit of the National Guard during hurricanes, the pandemic and other emergencies.  He noted that the force, which he says would start at 200 volunteers, would give him 'the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.' The Republican governor wants $3.5million to start up the force and train and equip the volunteers.  'Reestablishing the Florida State Guard will allow civilians from all over the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and have the ability to mobilize very, very quickly,' DeSantis added.  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announcing a potential relaunch for the Florida State Guard Thursday DeSantis claimed that the state guard would be 'unencumbered by the federal government' DeSantis also promised an $100million funding serve for...
    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Georgia political star Stacey Abrams about her 2018 race against now-Gov. Brian Kemp, noting “you famously were contentious about the loss.” On Thursday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, the popular liberal host interviewed Abrams, who has just announced a run for Georgia governor in 2022. Along the way, Maddow touched on the 2018 governor’s race, which saw Abrams admit defeat but not concession. “When you so narrowly lost, you famously were contentious about the loss, saying that you didn’t necessarily think it had been a fair fight,” Maddow said. She asked Abrams “How do you feel about that now looking back at it, and how do you want people to understand how that dynamic affected the race the first time?” Ms. Abrams responded by telling Maddow that she had “battled with the then-secretary of state over his egregious and aggressive voter suppression activities.” Abrams added that “on the night on the 16th of November when I acknowledged that I would not become governor, that he had won the election, I did not challenge...
    Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's new book touting himself as the potential savior of the Republican Party has sold just over 2,000 copies in the week since it was published.   In its first week available in stores, Christie's tome titled Republican Rescue has sold just 2,289 copies, according to BookScan data cited by the publishing newsletter Press Run.  Press Run author Eric Boehlert called the sales figures a 'a colossal publishing flop' and 'debacle' for Christie, comparing the dismal sales to the same-week sales of 24,000 for Jonathan Karl's new political book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show. The meager book sales come despite persistent promotion of the book by Christie, who has appeared on The View, Fox & Friends, The Daily Show, CNBC, and twice on HBO, among others.  In its first week available in stores, Chris Christie's tome titled Republican Rescue has sold just 2,289 copies, according to BookScan data Christie has made a media blitz to support his new book, appearing on CNN (above) as well as The View, Fox & Friends, The Daily Show, CNBC, and...
    CNN’s Chris Cuomo weighed in on the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against his brother on Tuesday, asserting that he was forced to resign as New York’s governor, in part, because “the media never really liked him.” “The game has rules,” Cuomo said in a segment of program on SiriusXM program, responding to a caller who opined on the matter. “And one of the general principles is you can fight against the other party, and you can fight against the media, but only if you have your party. Andrew had his party enforcing a rule against him that if you have accusations, you have problems, and you don’t really get to really vet the accusations, and you don’t get to go against your accusers.” Cuomo’s elder brother, Andrew Cuomo was forced to vacate his position as governor in August after facing a slew of accusations that he harassed staffers in his office. He was charged with a misdemeanor in October on an allegation that he groped one of those staffers, and is scheduled to appear in court over the matter in...
    What exactly does Chris Cuomo have on the President of CNN, Jeff Zucker? Seriously, what does Chris Cuomo know about Jeff Zucker that is so compromising that Jeff doesn't want the American public to know? At this point, I can't come up with any other reason why Chris Cuomo has kept his job as a primetime anchor at CNN. Or is the media truly such a disgusting cesspool that you just have to be bros with the president of a news network and schmooze at cocktail parties in the Hamptons to never be forced to take any accountability whatsoever for your actions? I haven't been able to figure out why Chris Cuomo is still employed in mainstream media for a very long time but, if there were any doubt, here we are yet again with another glaring example of why he is unfit to anchor an evening news show on a major cable network. For too long Chris Cuomo has been given a pass by the media where others wouldn't. It is among the worst things that connections to power,...
    CNN's Chris Cuomo shared a fawning and cringeworthy exchange with Don Lemon as they praised each other's kindness and friendship while ignoring revelations Chris advised his disgraced brother Andrew on his response to the former governor's sex harassment scandal. Bombshell documents released on Monday by the office of the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, show that Chris exchanged dozens of text messages with his brother Andrew's top aide, Melissa DeRosa. Chris Cuomo had told investigators under oath that they only had 'irregular contact.' Meanwhile, Chris and Lemon said Monday they were thankful for each other's presence in their lives as they discussed their respective Thanksgivings in a hand-off branded 'nauseating' by viewers.  Lemon told his co-host: 'It's good to see you, I know you had a great Thanksgiving, I hope you did. I missed you.  'I'm grateful for your friendship and your love. I think you're fantastic, one of the kindest people I know on this planet. 'There you go, I meant every word.' Cuomo replied: 'I'm thankful for you in my life, it was great to see you having...
    Newly-released documents from the New York attorney general's office revealed that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was active in seeking information about the women who were coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against his brother, ousted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Transcripts from his interview with investigators show the "Cuomo Prime Time" host admitting he would reach out to find out about new accusers who have yet to come forward publicly.  "When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out," Cuomo told investigators.  JOURNALISTS STUNNED HOW CHRIS CUOMO STILL HAS CNN JOB AMID DAMNING REVELATIONS OF HIS ROLE IN HELPING BROTHER Three days after the New York Times broke the story about Anna Ruch, who alleged the governor sexually harassed her at a 2019 wedding reception, the CNN anchor texted top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, "I have a lead on the wedding girl."  In another exchange, DeRosa texted to Cuomo, "Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow," then asking him "Can u check your sources?"  Cuomo...
    Yet another blue seat will be up for grabs in the upcoming midterm elections after Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York announced on Monday he's stepping down to run for governor. It's bad news for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Democrats face an uphill battle to maintaining their thin majority in Congress just 11 months before the race.  Suozzi, a moderate Democrat representing Long Island's 3rd Congressional District, revealed his gubernatorial aspirations during a press conference this morning where he also admitted he was 'concerned' his seat may be won by a Republican in 2022. During the event he also decried extremism on both sides of the political spectrum. 'Everything I've done has prepared me for this particular job at this particular time and I have a clear rationale to distinguish myself from the other candidates,' Suozzi said. 'So, I feel like this whole, you know, left-to-right extremist thing in our country is killing our country, and it's killing our state.' Suozzi's departure from the House will leave behind a gaping hole in an area where Republicans won handily earlier...
    Video of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo being deposed for eleven hours over claims he sexually harassed staff has been released by Attorney General Letitia James, along with videos of all of the women who accused him.  The 11-hour footage was put online by James on Monday and shows Cuomo, 63, sipping coffee from a Dunkin Donuts cup, sitting back in his chair, positioning his reading glasses and becoming agitated as attorneys ask him repeated questions about whether or not he ever touched, kissed, hugged or spoke to staff inappropriately.  Cuomo has been charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching for allegedly groping the breast of Brittany Commisso, a former aide and one of the ten women in AG James' report. He is due in court in January in Albany.  The charge came after AG James released her report in August that claimed he was a serial sex abuser.   The deposition was part of the investigation that produced that report. It was in New York City on July 17, 2021.  The deposition transcript was released earlier this year and...
    At midnight tonight, under floodlights and a balmy Caribbean sky, the Prince of Wales will be guest of honour as one of the world’s smaller democracies formally severs its connections with the Crown and proclaims itself the republic of Barbados. As of tomorrow morning, soldiers, police officers, judges, civil servants and all the other apparatus of state in what many regard as the ‘most British’ of the Caribbean nations (some still call it ‘Little England’) will no longer owe allegiance to the Queen.  They will, instead, be answerable to Dame Sandra Mason, a highly-respected 72-year-old judge who becomes the country’s first president. The average Barbadian will be hard-pushed to notice any difference — for the time being, at any rate. There will be no change to the currency (the Monarch came off the bank notes years ago) and the post boxes will remain the same shade of red. Yan Xiusheng: Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason: Governor General of Barbados and Mia Amor Mottley: Prime Minister of Barbados Besides, for the past three years, Dame Sandra has been the...
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) claimed on Sunday that President Joe Biden‘s Covid vaccine policy has “made it more difficult in rural states like Mississippi to get more and more people vaccinated.” During the interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Reeves underscored his support for the vaccine — mentioning that he publicly received his shots — but slammed any type of mandate. “I actually took my shots on Facebook Live, and I don’t like shots very much, Chuck,” Reeves said. “But that was my way in which of telling the people of Mississippi that I think this is the best way for you to protect yourselves but I also believe in individual liberties, and I believe in freedoms, and I believe individuals can make their own decision what’s best for them after they talk to their physician.” Reeves took issue with Biden’s vaccine policy, which would require businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccinations or require weekly Covid testing. The implementation of the rule was paused by a federal appeals court, and the Biden administration has challenged the move....
    The most recent Rasmussen poll shows Biden with only 41% approval and 58% disapproving of his job as president. Biden's approval rating is a paltry 36%, along with a disapproval of 53%, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released on Nov. 18. A poll from Civiqs found that President Biden is above water in his approval rating in only six states, and had the lowest approval in West Virginia at an abysmal 18%. NEW: @Civiqs\n\nCiviqs 10-Month Rolling Average \n\nPresident Biden Job Approval\nApprove 37% (-2)\nDisapprove 54% (+1)\n\n130,340 RV || 1/20-10/22\n\n(See below graphic for individual state numbers.)\n\nhttps://civiqs.com/results/approve_president_biden?uncertainty=true&annotations=true&zoomIn=true\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/Wp3YBT0a9k — PPUSA (@PPUSA) 1637784002 A Hill-HarrisX poll released this month found that 61% of registered voters said Biden should make way for another Democrat to run in 2024, while only 24% believed he should run for reelection. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that Republican congressional candidates hold their largest lead over voter preference heading into a midterm election in the 40 years of the survey's history. The poll asked registered voters what political party they would vote for...
    VIDEO2:5802:58Former RBNZ governor discusses New Zealand's rising house pricesSquawk Box Asia The U.S. Federal Reserve runs the risk of running behind the curve on interest rates, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand told CNBC on Friday. "Inflation is pushing up quite high, labor markets are tight in the U.S., and the question is how much of the inflation rate is transitory, and how much is not," Donald Brash said on CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." Brash, who was governor of New Zealand's central bank between 1988 and 2002, said the Fed is not only holding off on hiking rates, they are also still pumping money into the economy and that looks set to continue well into next year. "I am a bit concerned they're behind the curve," he said. After their early November meeting, Fed officials said the U.S. central bank would begin to slow its bond purchases at a pace of $15 billion a month, effectively ending the bond-buying program in the middle of 2022. After that, the door would be open for the Fed to...
    A Fox News host asked South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Wednesday night if she’s concerned that liberals are “coming for Mount Rushmore.” Fox News’ Sean Duffy brought up how New York is taking down statues of Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. The Jefferson statue, which was in New York City Hall for close to two centuries, is being moved to the New York Historical Society. Meanwhile, the Roosevelt Statue — which had been prominently featured at the American Museum of Natural History for many years — is moving to North Dakota. The Jefferson statue was scrutinized because, as officials argued, “It makes me deeply uncomfortable knowing that we sit in the presence of a statue that pays homage to a slaveholder who fundamentally believed that people who look like me were inherently inferior, lacked intelligence, and were not worthy of freedom or right.” The Roosevelt statue, meanwhile, faced scrutiny because of its depiction of an African-American man and a Native American man walking behind him. Theodore Roosevelt IV, great-grandson to the U.S. president, said last year he supports its removal. Noem...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term Georgia Republicans advance map that aims to pick up House seat in redistricting MORE (R-Ill.), one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpRittenhouse says Biden defamed his character when linking him to white supremacists Overnight Health Care — White House touts vaccine rate for feds Trump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race MORE’s most vocal Republican critics in Congress, said he sees himself as “the only candidate” capable of defeating Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) next year.  “If I ran for governor, I think I’m the only candidate that could win, at least that’s out there now,” Kinzinger said in an interview on Crain’s “A.D. Q&A” podcast. Kinzinger, who was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year, announced last month that he will not seek reelection to the House in 2022 after Illinois state lawmakers approved a new congressional map that would effectively eliminate his district.  He signaled...
    A female bartender has shared the extremely uncomfortable interaction she had with a male customer who insisted she owned him a 'good time' in his hotel room because he tipped her for her service.  Kayla Governor, 24, was already feeling 'scared and very uncomfortable' when she began recording during a shift last month, explaining that the man's initially harmless flirting had turned aggressive, with him inviting her to his hotel room to do cocaine — and not taking no for answer. In the video, which has gone viral on TikTok, the man can be heard repeatedly batting away her refusals, telling her she 'looks like the type' and 'needs it' and arguing: 'It's the least you could do... because I took good care of you today. You made so much money off of me.' Bartender Kayla Governor filmed an interaction with a male customer who was harassing. Just before she began recording, she says the flirting had turned aggressive
    (CNN)More than three months after he resigned in disgrace, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo exists in political limbo -- not completely written off as a spent force, but sidelined as the campaign to replace him heats up.Cuomo, who for a decade ran the Empire State and its Democratic Party apparatus, left his perch in August rather than face impeachment and removal from office following an inquiry by the state attorney general's office that found he sexually harassed multiple women and oversaw a toxic workplace. His departure capped a stunning fall from the national political stardom he achieved during the nightmarish first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020. Cuomo's handling of the crisis, lauded then, has since come under withering scrutiny. On Monday, the state assembly released a report of its own -- broader in scope than the attorney general's -- which concluded there was "overwhelming evidence that the former Governor engaged in sexual harassment" and that Cuomo and his senior staff were "not fully transparent regarding the number of nursing home residents who died as a result...
    Share this: Is “Anyone on the stage not from Brooklyn?,” Kathy Hochul recently asked at the annual SOMOS political schmoozefest. With NY state and city’s political stage and future already cast full of Brooklynites, is there room for another? Mayor-elect Eric Adams, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, City Comptroller-elect Brad Lander, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (who threw his hat in the ring for governor), NYS AG Letitia James (who also threw her hat in the governor’s race), and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales (who might by vying to replace Tish) all hail from Brooklyn. Even Brooklynite Mayor de Blasio might make a quixotic run for Governor.
    The Committee report confirms reporting that Cuomo ordered state Department of Health officials to prepare a report combatting criticism of his March 25 executive order to place COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Investigators also found that Cuomo personally reviewed and edited the draft report multiple times and used misleading data to strengthen its defense of his actions. NEW: The NY Assembly Judiciary Committee has released its report on former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.\n\nIts conclusions:pic.twitter.com/lpwq4KUSUU — Jon Campbell (@Jon Campbell) 1637590525 "As noted, we are mindful of the ongoing law enforcement interests into several of the matters covered in this report. We have prepared this report with those interests in mind and we are cooperating with any such investigations," the investigators wrote. They also noted that Cuomo and his lawyers "refus[ed] to comply in any meaningful way with the Committee's requests and subpoenas, despite public pledges of his cooperation on numerous occasions." The report was completed by lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, who were contracted by the Assembly to investigate the multiple corruption allegations made against the Democratic...
    Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is blasting the University of Nebraska - Lincoln after it released a "Commitment to Action" toward its "Journey for Anti-Racism and Racial Equity." The plan was inspired by Ibram X. Kendi's definition on becoming "actively conscious about race and racism," and addresses, in part, how the university will review hiring practices "in the context of race and ethnicity." Additionally, the plan also aims to provide teachers with more "anti-racist and inclusive teaching seminars" which will be focused on "examining racial bias in the classroom and course materials." Another proposal calls for the creation of "education tools and learning modules for faculty, staff, and students that provide opportunities for critical conversations and skill building related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice." MARYLAND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS GRAPHIC SEPARATES 'ASIAN' STUDENTS FROM 'STUDENTS OF COLOR' Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - July 9, 2013: Street side view of people at the campus of the University of Nebraska in downtown Lincoln. (iStock) One of the new goals of the plan is for the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to create a...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – During Beto O’Rourke’s first rally in North Texas since he entered the Texas Governor’s race last Monday, his campaign said he attracted more than 1,500 people to Dallas Fair Park. Beto in Dallas (credit: CBS 11 News) READ MORE: 'Keeping The Christmas Magic,' Annual Fort Worth Parade Of Lights ‘Making Spirits Bright’ TooO’Rourke told the crowd, “We are the big, bold, beautiful people of Texas who are coming to reclaim this state.” He railed against what he called Governor Greg Abbott’s and Republicans’ extreme policies on guns, abortion, and elections. O’Rourke challenged his supporters to knock on doors, reach new voters, and embrace his philosophy. “Did we decide that we’re not Democrats or Republicans or even Independents, but that we are Texans first and foremost before anything else.” While Democrats are happy O’Rourke has entered the race, a new poll released Sunday suggests he still has work to do. The Dallas Morning News/UT Tyler poll shows Abbott leading O’Rourke 45-39%. When it comes to the impression Texas voters have of O’Rourke, the poll shows 37% have...
    Newly elected Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears went toe-to-toe with a CNN host who said that Critical Race Theory was not taught in schools, saying that it has been woven into the curriculum for years. On Sunday morning, Dana Bash quizzed Sears - the first woman  the first woman to become Lt. Governor and first woman of color elected to a statewide office in Virginia - on CNN's State of the Union. At one point during the interview, Bash said that CRT was not being taught in schools, at which point Sears interrupted her, saying: 'No, no, no it is part of the curriculum.'  She continued: 'It's weaved in and out of the curriculum. In 2015, former governor, who was just defeated, McAuliffe, his state board of education had information on how to teach it, so it's weaved in. So you know, it's semantics, but it's weaved in.'  Critical Race Theory was a decisive issue in the recent Governor's race between Glenn Youngkin and Democrate Terry McAuliffe, with outraged parents fed up with the state's woke school boards who don't want their...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James has slammed Governor Kathy Hochul over her alleged failure to address the rising COVID-19 rates in the state. James, who announced her bid for governor just three weeks ago, argues that with rising cases rates in upstate New York, state leadership needs to 'take immediate action to bring the infection rates under control and help stop future surges before they happen'. 'State government is failing to act to address the COVID crisis in some of the most vulnerable communities in New York state - this past week, the 7-day average percentage of positive test results increased from 8.87 percent to 9.48 percent in Western NY. Rates are also above 8 percent in the Finger Lakes,' she said. The attorney general said it was 'troubling' that despite vaccine accessibility, some regions in New York are currently reporting hospitalization rates that exceed numbers from last year.  James said the government needs to take action: 'It is time to act now to save lives. Anything short of bold action is unacceptable.' New York Attorney General Letitia James (pictured) has slammed...
    (CNN)Republican Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears on Sunday refused to say whether she'd received the Covid-19 vaccine while repeating a series of falsehoods and misconceptions about the vaccines and infections.Sears, who did not reveal her vaccination status during her successful campaign for the second-highest seat in Virginia, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that revealing it would create a "slippery slope" to being asked to reveal other personal information about her "DNA" and medical history.At a time of historic change, Virginia will elect a woman of color for the first time as lieutenant governor"The minute that I start telling you about my vaccine status, we're going to be down the bottom of the mountain trying to figure out how we got there because now you want to know what's in my DNA. You're going to want to know this, that and the other," Sears said.Sears, who won an historic victory as the first Black woman to hold the office, said she would not "force anybody" to get the Covid vaccine and called for government officials to allow...
    South Dakota lawmaker Steven Haugaard announced Wednesday he will mount a conservative primary challenge to Gov. Kristi Noem, who "bowed to the pressure of Big Business," Haugaard said. Haugaard said he's launching his "South Dakota First" primary challenge against Noem, who is seeking a second term in 2022, because she has "been beholden to special interests," an apparent swipe at the governor's "style and form" veto of a bill that would have banned transgender girls and women from participating in female sports leagues. At the time, members of the GOP decried the veto as "caving" to business interests. "I've watched with you as our rights, liberties, and freedoms as South Dakotans have come under assault by the extreme progressive left. Sadly, our own governor bowed to the pressure of Big Business behind closed doors," he said in a campaign announcement . SOUTH DAKOTA GOV. KRISTI NOEM ANNOUNCES REELECTION CAMPAIGN: 'STILL MORE TO DO' Haugaard specifically referenced the transgender issue in his press release, suggesting Noem was motivated by a desire to pursue higher office. ...
    (CNN)A simmering war within the Georgia Republican Party is about -- what else? -- Donald Trump.The former President -- still angry over how Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp responded to the 2020 election results in his state -- may get his wish for a credible primary challenger to the Republican leader. Republicans in the state have told CNN they expect former Sen. David Perdue to make a decision soon about running against Kemp in next year's primary, after Perdue allies floated the possibility last month.At the center of the potential fight is Trump's false contention that the election was stolen, with the narrow victory for Joe Biden in Georgia as a central part of the tale. Despite Kemp's call for an audit that turned up no substantial change in the overall vote count, Trump continues to blame the governor for not contesting the results enough and has vowed to back a primary challenger.So far, no one of note has emerged to take on Kemp and get the Trump endorsement. A Perdue bid for governor could change that.A match-up between Kemp and...
    Police have erected barricades around the Oklahoma governor's mansion ahead of the scheduled execution of death row inmate Julius Jones, as a roster of celebrities - most notably Kim Kardashian - continued pleading for clemency.  Jones, 41, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 4pm on Thursday for a 1999 murder, unless Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, makes an 11th-hour decision to spare his life. Stitt has refused to meet with Jones' mother and sister in recent days, and has given no indication of how, or when, he will decide on the clemency request.  The state’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend Stitt grant clemency to Jones and commute his sentence to life in prison, but so far the governor has not been swayed.  More than 6.4 million people have signed a petition on Change.org asking Stitt to reconsider, and the GOP governor's Democratic challenger, Joy Hoffmeister, said that if she were in his place, she would have granted the inmate clemency.  On Tuesday, Oklahoma City police officers were filmed placing water-filled orange and...
    Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueKemp makes pitch to conservatives, independents in new campaign ad Senate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats have so many hurdles ahead MORE (R-Ga.) on Wednesday lamented divisions within the Georgia Republican Party and expressed concern about the direction of the state as he weighs a primary challenge to Gov. Brian KempBrian KempKemp makes pitch to conservatives, independents in new campaign ad Republicans see Trump weakening as Democratic talking point Remington planning to invest 0M in Georgia gun factory, research facility MORE (R) next year. Asked in an interview on the “The Martha Zoller Show” where he stands on a potential 2022 gubernatorial run, Perdue acknowledged that his phone has been “blowing up” with calls on the subject. And while he didn’t address his intentions directly, he didn’t rule out a run either, saying that he is “concerned about the state of our state.” “We have a divided party in Georgia right now,” he said. “Forget about me. It’s divided. And they feel like...
              more   Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to discuss the data and efficacy of masks for public school students and Tennessee legislation. (MNPS Teacher Zoe Butler clip plays) Leahy: Okay, so that clip comes from WSMV. That is a teacher. Yes, that is a teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools. When she says nonsense like that, Andy Ogles you wonder, what else is she teaching kids? Ogles: Again, Where’s the source? It’s fact and proven. Children have not been a significant vector of spread. Children are not at risk for serious illness unless they have some underlying compromised issue. The survival rate for a child is 99.9 plus-plus percent. And yet we’re going to mask our children. I don’t know. It’s mind-numbing. And like you said, I want to be careful. (Leahy laughs) Leahy: I can say these things. Ogles: I’m trying to be nice....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- "The Countdown" is here to get you caught up with all of the day's political news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Today's political headlines:NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams announces run for New York governorDemocrat Jumaane Williams, New York City's elected public advocate, is running for governor, making the self-described activist perhaps the most progressive contestant yet to get into a race already featuring two formidable and potentially history-making candidates.Ethics commission revokes prior approval of Cuomo's book deal, threatening $5.1 millionCommissioners on New York state's ethics commission voted 12-1 Tuesday to revoke the body's prior approval of ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $5.1 million book deal.Wyoming GOP votes to stop recognizing Liz Cheney as a RepublicanThe Wyoming Republican Party will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of former President Donald Trump.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news*...
    The New York State employee who claims former Governor Andrew Cuomo grabbed her butt at a public event tells state investigators it left her feeling shocked and 'small'. In a transcript released by the state attorney general last week, the female event organizer told state investigators that the former governor grabbed her butt at a Hudson River revitalization event on September 14, 2019. She said the governor grabbed her arm to 'pull me into the photo,' and when it was over 'he took his hand and double-tapped the area where my butt and my thigh meet, so kind of under my butt cheek.' 'I was really shocked,' she said. 'I felt much like smaller and almost younger than I actually am because kind of the funny part of it all is I was making this project happen.'  The female employee said she was originally afraid to come forward about the allegation, out of fear of retribution. But the former governor was forced to resign earlier this year, as he faced impeachment over Attorney General Letitia James' report concluding that he...
              moreby Todd Carney   It is now less than a year to the 2022 elections, with this, more stories about the midterms are developing. Below are the latest updates. State In California, Progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will face a recall. Conservatives have tapped into anger over his decisions not to prosecute certain cases. Meanwhile, CA Governor Gavin Newsom is facing controversy over his lack of public appearances. In Wisconsin, Republicans are continuing their 2020 election audit, even amidst criticism that the audit is too partisan and unruly. Republican Senator Ron Johnson is set to decide in the next few weeks over whether he will seek re-election In New Jersey, Powerful Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has conceded in his race for re-election. Sweeney’s race caused national headlines because it was so shocking. In the District of Columbia, incumbent Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced she will run for a third term. She will face several Democrat opponents. In New Hampshire, Republican Governor Chris Sununu made national headlines last week when he declined to run for the US Senate, despite aggressive courting from national Republicans. In Texas, election analysts are predicting Republicans will...
              more   Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has said he’s opposed to mandates, including COVID-19 vaccine mandates. However, many current vaccine mandates are federally-ordered, including a mandate for all members of the Armed Forces on active duty, or in ready reserve, including the National Guard. Some Republican governors are testing their power to defy the order. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt appointed a new adjutant general of that state’s national guard after the previous adjutant general ignored Stitt’s request to fight the mandate. Last week, the new adjutant general said no Oklahoma Guardsmen who are not federally mobilized would have to take the vaccine. When asked if Youngkin would act to exempt Virginia Guardsmen from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Youngkin’s press staff pointed to a comment he made at the first gubernatorial debate. “I have been a strong, strong advocate for everyone to get the vaccine. I do believe that individuals should be allowed to make that decision on their own. But that’s why I launched a public service announcement to encourage people to get the vaccine. I believe that right now, we face...
    A New York State assembly member has introduced a bill to officially rename the new bridge connecting Rockland and Westchester counties. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, who represents the Westchester County towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, introduced the bill, which seeks to change the name of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, officially named "the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge," to "the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge." The bridge opened in 2017 to replace the old Tappan Zee Bridge and continues to be referred to by many as the new Tappan Zee Bridge. "It's the Tappan Zee!" read the title of a news release from Abinanti announcing the new bill, shared on Twitter by Spectrum News 1 reporter Morgan Mckay. In August, Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler, who represents parts of Rockland County, also called for a name change following the state attorney general's report, which found that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women. Lawler sought to remove Cuomo's name from the bridge and change the official name to "the Tappan Zee Bridge." The old Tappan Zee Bridge's official...
    (CNN)At first glance, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy's decision to retire rather than seek a 9th(!) term in office does little to affect the fight for the US Senate majority in 2022.After all, President Joe Biden won the state by 35 points in 2020, his largest margin anywhere in the country. And, the last time a Republican won a Senate seat in Vermont was more than two decades ago.All true! And all relevant!But, there's also something else interesting about Vermont: It has one of the most popular Republican governors in the country in a man named Phil Scott. Scott, first elected in 2016, was reelected in 2020 by 41 points, which -- because math -- is larger than Biden's 35-point margin in the state that same year. (Vermont elects its governors to two-year terms rather than the more traditional four years common elsewhere in the country.)Scott's popularity has only increased since the 2020 election. As The Atlantic's Russell Berman wrote in August:Read More"Six months later, Scott is riding even higher. No other state has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic better than Vermont:...
    Beto O'Rourke announced Monday that he is running for Texas governor against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for his third term. 'I'm running for governor,' O'Rourke tweeted along with a two minute and fifteen second video. 'Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today — and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us,' he continued. It's likely the Democratic candidate, who was unsuccessful in his Senate run against Republican Ted Cruz in 2018, will run on some hot button issues in the Lone Star State, like stricter gun laws, expanding voting rights and abortion access and implementing vaccine mandates. Abbott responded to the announcement with a simple and direct message: 'Bring it.' Beto O'Rourke announced Monday he is running for governor in 2022 in Texas – after a failed 2018 senator run against Ted Cruz In a two-minute video posted to Twitter, O'Rourke said he is running to make sure elected leaders listen to Texans  Abbott,...
    Chris Christie said Donald Trump called him when they were both in the hospital with COVID-19 asking the former New Jersey governor not reveal he got the infection from the then-president. 'Are you gonna say you got it from me?' Trump asked when calling from Walter Reed Medical Center in October 2020, Christie revealed in his book, according to an excerpt published in The New York Times Monday. Christie and Trump both came down with coronavirus after the 'superspreader' event in the White House Rose Garden after Amy Coney Barrett was selected to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The reception included some of the biggest names in government at the time and while it was held outside, very few masks were seen being worn. Several people who attended the event and were seen mingling with Trump also were infected with coronavirus – including Christie. The former Republican governor was hospitalized in New Jersey the day after Trump was moved to Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland for treatment. He wrote about his priest visiting him in the hospital...
    The Oklahoma National Guard will not enforce the US Defense Department's Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a change in commanding officers.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino will be the new adjutant general, Governor Kevin Stitt said. He has yet to be confirmed by the state senate.   His predecessor, Army Major General Michael Thompson, said that he found out he'd lost his job via social media.  Thompson was scheduled to transition out of the job in favor of Mancino on January 15, but these changes will now take place as soon as possible.   Thompson is a public supporter of the vaccines, and posted a picture of himself receiving a COVID booster shot in late October on Twitter.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino (pictured right) replaces Army Major General Michael Thompson, who found out he'd lost his job via social media Governor Kevin Stitt (pictured above) announced that Mancino would be taking over two months earlier than previously expected Mancino sent out a memo on his first day on the job saying the state would not enforce Covid-19 vaccine mandates He was asked...
    A female state trooper who accused deposed ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment also alleged that he had been 'making out' like a high schooler with his former top aide, Melissa DeRosa. The romance between the sex pest former governor, 68, and 39 year-old DeRosa is allegedly revealed in Attorney General Letitia James' questioning of the state trooper.  The latest rumor was shared eight months after photos of Cuomo and DeRosa looking very cozy at a Manhattan restaurant resurfaced.  That snap was taken in 2016, and showed the colleagues apparently deep in conversation while gazing at one another.  Andrew Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa was allegedly seen kissing her boss. The pair are pictured during an intimate Manhattan dinner in 2016  DeRosa is not identified by name in the new documents alleging the smooch, but sources said that hers is among several names blacked out and replaced with their position in the administration.  In DeRosa's case, 'Senior Staffer #1.'  She vehemently denied the allegations in a statement released Friday night, and hinted that she was considering legal action. ...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local Republican attorney says he’s the strongest candidate for governor of Pennsylvania. Ten Republicans, so far, are looking to run for governor next year. None of them are particularly well known yet, and almost all of them come from eastern or central Pennsylvania. READ MORE: Operation Safety Net Offers Shelter To Those In Need During Colder MonthsThat’s why Jason Richey, a partner in a highly respected Pittsburgh law firm, thinks he’s the odds-on favorite to win. (Photo Credit: Jason Richey) An All-American college wrestler from Aliquippa, Richey said his blue-collar roots, success as an attorney and western Pennsylvania geography are a winning combination for victory in the Republican primary next May. Richey said the presence of so many candidates on the ballot from outside this region and “Allegheny County” after his name on the ballot make him a formidable candidate in a crowded field. And he said his campaign will focus on reversing what he calls a 50-year economic decline in Pennsylvania, so that young people like his three sons can find jobs locally...
    Andrew Cuomo's political enemies are terrified of how he'll exact revenge and are waiting with baited breath while the former Governor bides his time, fishing in the Hamptons with his inner circle, according to new claims in New York Magazine.  Cuomo, 63, was ousted in August after a lengthy report by Attorney General Letitia James that labeled him as a serial sex harasser and bully.  He denies both claims but is now preparing to go to court to defend himself against a single Class A misdemeanor charge of forcible touching, relating to one of his accuser's claims.  In the meantime, he has kept a remarkably low profile, going between the Hamptons and Manhattan, spending his time with his CNN-host brother Chris, his sisters' husbands and his three adult daughters.  In an interview with New York Magazine, he insisted 'all he was doing' now was spending time with family never having had the time to when he was in office.  Cuomo has been keeping a low profile, going between Manhattan and the Hamptons where he fishes with his dog Captain. He...
    A week after the 2021 election, officeholders and political hopefuls around the country are using the victories and losses in their respective parties to create a game plan for the 2022 midterm elections. Some of the major issues in this year’s election — public safety, what’s taught in schools, COVID safety rules, abortion rights and connection to Trump — will likely continue to be big pressure points in 2022, especially in swing districts. In Minnesota, the National Republican Congressional Committee has already marked two districts — the second and third — as targets for Republican takeover next year. And the two representatives currently in the spotlight, Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips, already face Republican candidates vying for their spots. Minnesota Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer is chairman of the NRCC, and as such will play a major role in the national Republican party as it attempts to win back the House next year. “In a cycle like this, no Democrat is safe,” Emmer said after the results came in last week. “Voters are rejecting Democrat[ic] policies that have caused...
    PARIS — Vice President Kamala Harris said the time has passed for Democrats to reflect on the party's loss in the closely watched Virginia governor's race, one she previously called a harbinger for future elections. “There’s been a robust dialogue and discussion about the elections that just took place,” Harris said Friday about whether Democrats had too readily cast aside the election results. The vice president is in Paris to burnish her foreign policy. President Joe Biden rejected blame for the collapse and arguments that the result should be considered a referendum on his presidency. Polling shows the president's job approval at historically low numbers, and Harris does not fare better. Republican Glenn Youngkin beat former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a state's former governor seeking reelection by a small margin, 50.6% to 48.7%. Harris pointed to the White House’s bipartisan infrastructure deal, which passed the House with Republican votes last week after a push by Biden amid the Virginia race helped bring the legislation to his desk. “Republicans, not just one or two, came together with Democrats, understanding that...