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    Photo via DeSantis/TwitterGov. Ron DeSantis closed Monday with a message from his campaign about the media’s “optional reality” regarding recent events in Wisconsin, again syncing campaign messaging with that from the official side. At a press conference on Monday, DeSantis offered his opinion about an attack at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. DeSantis suggested then that the driver of the SUV that killed six people at that event was motivated to do so by “media lies” about Kyle Rittenhouse. The campaign email conflates coverage of DeSantis’ gubernatorial duties with media coverage of the massacre and the aftermath. It also throws in references to parents protesting school board meetings. “The corporate media eagerly labels frustrated parents speaking out at a school board meeting as ‘domestic terrorists’ but actively choose to look the other way when someone rams a vehicle into a parade of innocent people. That’s the current state of our media,” the email contends. DeSantis does not provide examples of “corporate media” choosing to “look the other way,” instead he draws parallels between coverage of the Waukesha tragedy and that of DeSantis’ own...
    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...
    By Julia Love and Jeffrey Dastin | Reuters SAN FRANCISCO – A regional director for the U.S. National Labor Relations Board has issued a decision ordering a re-run of a union election at an Amazon.com Inc facility in Alabama, a spokeswoman for the NLRB said on Monday. Workers at the warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, rejected forming a union by a more than 2-to-1 margin in April. But in August, an NLRB hearing officer said the company’s conduct around the previous vote interfered with the Bessemer union election. “Today’s decision confirms what we were saying all along – that Amazon’s intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a fair say in whether they wanted a union in their workplace,” Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), said in a statement. Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement that the company’s employees overwhelmingly voted against joining the RWDSU this year. “It’s disappointing that the NLRB has now decided that those votes shouldn’t count.”
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, the first gay person to serve as House majority leader in the state, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2022. Harris, a Democrat from Chicago, has served 15 years in the Illinois House, and in 2019 became the first LGBT person to serve as a legislative leader in the Illinois General Assembly, when he was named as House majority leader, the chamber’s second-ranking member. READ MORE: Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured After House Fire In Clearing“When I stepped into this office 15 years ago, I was committed to making change. I wanted to improve the lives of LGBTQ folks, support our immigrant community, increase the diversity of our caucus and fight for those who for so long have been ignored. As I look back at my time in Springfield, I can confidently say that I was fortunate to do that and more. Therefore, while I will finish the rest of my term and continue leading our caucus through the annual budget process, I will not be seeking re-election,” Harris...
    New York Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle commemorated Thanksgiving with a piece hailing "The Republicans we're thankful for." "It has been a tough year for fans of American democracy. The sacking of the Capitol on Jan. 6 set the tone. Former President Donald Trump’s chokehold on the Republican Party continues to fuel its most unhinged impulses and elements. More than two-thirds of Republicans buy the lie that the 2020 election was stolen," Cottle began her piece on Wednesday.  NEW YORK TIMES SLAMMED BY FEMALE SENATORS FOR ‘SEXIST’ FOCUS ON KYRSTEN SINEMA'S STYLE "Too many party leaders who know better are playing along… But there have been exceptions, select Republicans who have put the public good ahead of partisan and personal interests — some more dramatically than others. Not that these folks are saints, or even consistent in their commitment. But these days, even glimmers of responsible, pro-democratic behavior amid the miasma of Trumpism merit a shout-out. So in the spirit of the season, let us give thanks for these rare Republican pockets of character and duty," Cottle wrote.  ...
    Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott filed to run for re-election on Tuesday in preparation for the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state.  'We must continue to secure our border, support our police, & keep Texas a job creation machine,' he tweeted along with a video announcing his re-election campaign. 'With your help, Texas will remain the best state in America.'  Abbott is seen in the video in front of his wife, Cecilia, and daughter, Audrey, with a stack of papers that he says contains the signatures of more than 20,000 Texans in favor of seeing him on the ballot again. 'I'm here today to officially sign the paperwork to run for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas,' he announced.   Scroll down for video  Incumbent Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott filed to run for re-election on Tuesday Abbott, a Republican, is seeking a third term and has emerged as a national figure by taking strong stances on lightning rod issues such as abortion and border security Actor Matthew McConaughey, who lives in Austin, has hinted at a gubernatorial...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson revealed that her announcement this past Saturday, Nov. 20 she was retiring came very close to going the other way. “Actually, when it was first thought of me doing it, I was going to be talking about remaining. I had been pressured so hard by so many leaders to please reconsider and run one more time,” said. U.S. Rep. Johnson. During an interview Tuesday afternoon in her district office in Dallas, Congresswoman Johnson said she changed her mind from running for re-election to retiring just four days earlier. “Even my staff, we were all enthusiastically getting ready and designing cards, calling volunteers and working for the campaign and then about 10 o’clock Tuesday night, I text my Chief of Staff and Outreach Director here and said Saturday will be my retirement statement and it really kind of shocked them too. I had two or three days to explain that in my heart and soul, I felt my time had come.” U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (CBS 11) Johnson said it was a...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott officially filed for re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 23. “I want you to know I’m running for re-election to protect and secure our border. I’m running for re-election to support our police officers in the great State of Texas. And I’m running to ensure Texas remains a job-creating machine,” he said in a video on Twitter, flanked by his family and a group of campaign volunteers. Today I filed for re-election! We must continue to secure our border, support our police, & keep Texas a job creation machine. With your help, Texas will remain the best state in America. pic.twitter.com/Do9GIJ9ESR — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 23, 2021 READ MORE: 'We Will Prosecute These Thieves': Tarrant County DA's Office Has No Tolerance For 'Porch Pirates'Gov. Abbott faces opponents in the March 1, 2022 Republican primary. READ MORE: Appeals Court Sides With Dallas County Judge, Shoots Down Texas Governor's Ban Against Mask MandatesFormer Florida congressman and Texas GOP Chair Allen West and former State Senator Don Huffines are the two conservatives hoping to unseat Gov. Abbott....
    MINNNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart announced Monday he will not seek re-election next year. Stuart said he will retire after his third term, which runs through 2022. “Today, our sheriff’s office is in a good place, despite a long list of challenges facing our profession,” Stuart said in a release. “Since I have arrived at retirement age, it is time to consider my options for serving others in new ways.” James Stuart (credit: Anoka County Sheriff’s Office) Stuart first took the sheriff’s badge in 2011, but has worked in the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office since 1994. Stuart has been vocal as sheriff, posting often on his Facebook page about topics such as abolishing the police, staffing shortages in law enforcement and protests. He has served on the executive committees of both the state and national sheriffs’ associations. In 2020, his office admitted to slashing tires on cars near protests in Minneapolis.   More On WCCO.com: 5 Dead, 40 Injured When SUV Plows Into Christmas Parade In Wisconsin 4 Missing St. Anthony Siblings Found Woman Shot...
    Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D) announced Monday he was retiring from the House of Representatives, making him the 17th Democrat to announce his departure from the chamber before the 2022 midterm elections. Welch said in a video posted to YouTube that he was leaving to pursue the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who announced this month that he was stepping down after 46 years in the position. Welch’s departure increases the total number of House Democrats who have said they will retire to 17 — nearly doubling the 10 Republicans who have announced they will not be running for reelection. The retirements have put Democrats in an increasingly tough position to claim the chamber when it reconvenes in 2023. They presently hold an eight-seat majority over Republicans, 221-213, meaning Democrats must prevent Republicans from flipping five seats in order to retain their majority. Other Democrats who have announced their departures include Reps. Conor Lamb (PA), Charlie Crist (FL), Ron Kind (WI), and Tim Ryan (D), each of whom represent districts where their personal popularity has played...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In this episode of up close, he's the first Democrat to win re-election as governor of New Jersey in 44 years.But it wasn't exactly a landslide as Gov. Phil Murphy won with a margin of victory smaller than most polls and pundits had predicted.So what can we expect in his second term? And will he alter his agenda because of the close race?Bill Ritter asks the governor those questions and a lot more.Plus, celebrating thanksgiving safely during the coronavirus pandemic.COVID-19 cases have been rising as temperatures have been dropping, despite the increasing rates of vaccination.Bill discusses tips and predictions as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches with Dr. Jen Ashton.WATCH Up Close on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.RELATED: Watch more episodes of Up CloseUp Close with Bill Ritter airs Sunday mornings at 11:00 on Channel 7.
    President Joe Biden and a loyal group of advisers are reassuring Democratic allies he will seek a second term in the White House despite concerns about his health and his declining poll numbers. Biden, 79, has said both publicly and privately he will run again in 2024 but the behind-the-scenes outreach shows how jittery Democrats are about their leader and who would replace him at the top of the ticket should he not be on the ballot.  And some Democrats are even saying it doesn't matter whether or not Biden runs because anyone in their party could beat Donald Trump should the former president make good on his threat to run again. The chatter about Biden's political future comes as his approval rating sits in the low 40s, the party is suffering from in-fighting, the Democratic candidate lost the Virginia's gubernatorial race, and inflation soars around the country - along with the prices of food and gas. His advisers are making the calls to party faithful, The Washington Post reported while Biden privately told donors at a virtual fundraiser this month...
    Today the Kemp for Governor campaign announced that 276 county commissioners across the state of Georgia have endorsed Governor Brian Kemp for re-election. “Since taking office in 2019, I have made it a priority to govern as a local control governor,” said Governor Kemp. “Working with county officials throughout our state, we tackled a once-in-a-century global pandemic, kept our children in the classroom, and kept our state open for business. Together, we’ve backed our law enforcement, brought historic levels of jobs and investment to communities large and small, and we’ve gotten Georgians back to work with historic lows in unemployment. I am honored to have the endorsement of these great leaders, and I look forward to continuing to work with them for four more years.” Commissioner Sarah Boatright, Appling Commissioner Charlie Leggett, Appling Commissioner Doug Harris, Appling Commissioner Johnny Durrance, Atkinson Commissioner Danny Maxwell Banks Commissioner Herbert “Bo” Garrison, Banks Commissioner Sammy Reece, Banks Commissioner Joe Goodman, Barrow Commissioner William “Bill” Brown, Barrow Chairman Pat...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) — Veteran Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who survived the violence surrounding the Jonestown massacre while serving as an aid to slain Congressman Leo Ryan, announced Tuesday she would not seek reelection in 2022. In a video release, Speier said she had mixed emotions making the announcement while also recalling those darks at the airport in Guyana. READ MORE: Armed, Smash-and-Grab Robbers Ransack Concord Mall Jewelry Store“Forty-three years ago, as I lay dying on a jungle airstrip, I promised God that, if I were allowed to live, I would dedicate my life to public service,” she said. “I was given that chance, and thanks to you, I was able to make good on that promise.” Speier was a member of a group who accompanied Ryan in 1978 to Guyana to check on the well being of more than 900 people — many Bay Area residents — who had moved to a jungle compound to be with and follow People’s Temple founder Jim Jones. After becoming alarm at what he saw, Ryan headed to an...
    Rep. Jackie Speier announced Tuesday morning that she will not run for re-election next year. Speier, a survivor of the Jonestown massacre, was first elected to Congress in 2008, and previously served as a San Mateo County supervisor and member of the Assembly and state Senate. “It’s time for me to come home” the 71-year-old Speier said in a video message. pic.twitter.com/nEr9AnqN7A — Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) November 16, 2021 Check back for more on this breaking story.  
    SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier of San Mateo County says she will not be running for re-election to the U.S. House.Speier has served California's 14th District of San Mateo County and the Peninsula since 2013 as well as the 12th District of San Francisco back in 2008 to 2013. But her career really starts far before then.Exactly 43 years ago this week, Speier survived being shot five times as part of the 1978 Jonestown massacre in the country of Guyana. She was serving as an aide to Congressman Leo Ryan, who was assassinated -- one of 909 people who died at the settlement. They were on a fact-finding mission to investigate claims of human rights abuses by Jim Jones and followers of his San Francisco-based cult.Speier is a proud San Francisco native and a graduate of Mercy High School in Burlingame. Beyond that, she is a UC Davis grad with her law degree from UC Hastings.She has been a career fighter for women's equality and LGBTQ rights currently serving on the House Committees for Armed...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. We’re trying something different with the format for the afternoon Glean today — let us know what you think in the comments or by emailing feedback@minnpost.com. It’s official: Attorney General Keith Ellison is seeking re-election, per a press release and KARE11. Young children in Minnesota were starting to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m pretty excited,” a seven-year-old named Soren told WCCO’s Kate Raddatz. Meanwhile, Minnesota doctors were urging Minnesotans to get vaccinated. After spending six days in the hospital with a severe case of COVID-19, Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering said, “I think I made a mistake by not getting vaccinated.” . The trial for former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, who shot and killed Daunte Wright, begins at the end of the month. Fox 9’s Tom Lyden talked to former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who was fired two days after the shooting. In other police-related news, the Star Tribune’s Randy Furst reports that a tip from a paramedic led to the conviction of a Minneapolis...
    Retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat who is the chamber’s longest-serving sitting member from either party, announced Monday that he would not seek a ninth term in 2022. While Leahy is famously the only Democrat ever elected to represent the Green Mountain State in the Senate—Bernie Sanders campaigned as an independent in all three of his successful campaigns—there’s little question that Team Blue’s eventual nominee will prevail in this 66-31 Biden state. Leahy’s long career in office began in 1966 when Gov. Phillip Hoff, the state’s first Democratic chief executive since before the Civil War, appointed the 26-year-old Leahy to serve as Chittenden County state’s attorney. Leahy developed statewide recognition during his eight years as the top prosecutor of Vermont’s most populous county, and he began preparing for a 1974 Senate run even before longtime Republican incumbent George Aiken announced his retirement. However, he still looked like a decided long shot once the seat opened up. The Washington Post didn’t even initially mention the state’s attorney, who himself had long aspired to run governor, in its list...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Keith Ellison is set to announce that he will seek re-election as Minnesota’s attorney general. Ellison, a former U.S. representative and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be seeking a second term after first being elected in 2018. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter are also expected to announce their endorsements for Ellison. READ MORE: Both Sides On Minneapolis Policing Question Sit Down To Forge Path Forward: 'Let's Do This Together'In his first run, Ellison promised to “protect Minnesotans.” His first term has been marked by suits against pharmaceutical companies, the Trump administration and Minnesota businesses that violated COVID-19 restrictions. His most high-profile case was that of Derek Chauvin. The Attorney General’s Office led the prosecution of the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd in April. Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The Attorney General’s Office will also lead the prosecution of Kim Potter, the ex-Brooklyn Center officer charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting Daunte Wright. READ MORE: Prosecutors Want Leeway On Sentencing Rules In...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Last week, a story by WBZ-TV’s David Wade showed that how despite the State House is open to lawmakers, its halls remain empty. Lawmakers are continuing to work remotely. So how are the reporters who cover the State House keeping up? “It’s been a really interesting time to be covering the State House,” Katie Lannan of State House News Service told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller.  “It is much tougher when the halls are quiet and everyone is logged in via Zoom or Teams or what have you.” READ MORE: Boston Mayor-Elect Michelle Wu To Be Sworn In On Tuesday“You can’t really have the same opportunity to ask follow-up questions and that includes of the people in power. They have in-person leadership availabilities where reporters can ask questions but aside from that when you’re working virtually and people have to decide to answer your calls it’s much harder to get your questions in,” Lannan continued. Matt Murphy of State House News Service pointed out that lawmakers from western and central Mass. likely enjoy the ability to stay in their...
    Senator Joe Manchin has said that he doesn't know whether he will run for reelection when his term expires in 2024, as the moderate Democrat faces harsh criticism within his own party over his reluctance to back President Joe Biden's $1.85 trillion spending plan.  'I have no idea,' Manchin told West Virginia podcast Talkline on Friday when asked if he would run again in 2024. 'I'll make a decision after the 2022 election, November.' 'I wouldn't make a decision yet, I wouldn't make it now,' he added. 'Right now I'm trying to do everything I can to try to find some common sense and middle ground, and we all work together.' Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has faced fury from the progressive wing of his party over his insistence on paring back elements of Biden's sprawling Build Back Better plan for social climate programs. Senator Joe Manchin has said that he doesn't know whether he will run for reelection when his term expires in 2024, and will decide after the midterms next year Manchin has faced protests from climate activists...
    Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota disclosed massive fundraising numbers on Friday alongside announcing her re-election campaign for 2022. Noem raised over $10 million since her last election in 2018, with $6.5 million on hand, according to the announcement. “I was humbled and honored three years ago when the people of South Dakota put their trust in me to lead our state as governor,” the governor said in a statement. “Together, we’re setting an example for the nation,” Noem said in a YouTube video. “And we’ll ensure the next generation of South Dakotans can grow up happy and free.” Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota arrives at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground after riding in the Legends Ride for charity on a 2021 Indian Chief on August 09, 2021 near Sturgis, South Dakota. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Noem became a household conservative name for her state’s comparatively minimal COVID-19 restrictions, arguing South Dakotans “can be trusted to make good decisions.” She later lambasted Republican governors locking down their states, though she did support some restrictive measures at the...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin blasts new spending bill provision Climate change — hope for how to (literally) save the world On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Friday that he has “no idea” if he’ll run for re-election to the Senate in 2024, predicting he’ll make a decision after next year’s midterm election. “I have no idea. I’ll make a decision after 2022 election, November, my term will be up in 2024,” Manchin said during an interview with WV MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval. “So I would make a decision then, I wouldn’t make it now,” Manchin added. Manchin was re-elected in 2018 to his second full Senate term when he defeated Republican state attorney general Patrick Morrisey, just two years after West Virginia gave Trump one of his widest margins of victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree men indicted for fraud in .5 million scam PAC scheme At 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being Plan B to an aging Biden Ted Cruz...
    Moments before news broke that Steve Bannon was being indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday, he was putting forth his master plan for national domination. The former adviser to Donald Trump told his viewers on War Room that the Trumpified GOP “is taking over all the elections.” Bannon has baselessly claimed on numerous occasions that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. “We’re not complaining about it anymore,” said Bannon on Friday. “Remember, there are no whining and no tears in the War Room. We’re taking action and that action is we’re taking over school boards, we’re taking over the Republican Party through the precinct committee strategy. We’re taking over all the elections.” He then hailed the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia, and suggested he only won because Democrats were prevented from stealing the content. “Suck on this,” said Bannon, doing his best Thomas Friedman impression. “Ninety-five percent of the billets in Virginia were occupied of election officials and poll watchers, and that is a principal reason that we secured the election of...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced Friday he intends to seek another term in office. In a news release, Jenkins touted himself as an effective leader during some “of the most difficult situations in Dallas County.” READ MORE: Search For Additional Bodies In 'Candy Man' Serial Killer Case Continues In Texas“I am filing for re-election because there is still a lot of work that needs to be accomplished in Dallas County,” Jenkins said. “From fighting back against COVID-19 to making sure our children have access to quality education and health care, I am ready to continue this fight alongside the people of Dallas County. Jenkins, who was elected county judge in 2010, also led the county through the 2012 Ebola outbreak, and has been a vocal opponent of Gov. Greg Abbott during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Elvis Sestic Charged With Evading Arrest In Forney“The resilience our community has shown during these difficult times has been inspiration to me and my family,” Jenkins said. “I am confident our best days are ahead of us and together there...
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial – where he was acquitted – announced on Friday her campaign for re-election next year in a move likely to anger the former president, who has already endorsed her primary challenger. “I’m Lisa Murkowski and I love Alaska will all my heart. I’m proud to call this special place my home and honored to be your voice in the United States Senate. With your support and trust, we’ve accomplished a lot of great things for Alaska,” she said in a campaign video. “I’m running for reelection to continue the important work of growing our economy, strengthening our Alaska base military and protecting our people and the natural beauty of our state.” “In this election, lower 48 outsiders are going to try to grab Alaska’s Senate seat for their partisan agendas. They don’t understand our state and frankly, they couldn’t care less about your future,” continued Murkowski, who has been in the Senate since December 2002, succeeding her father, Frank Murkowski. “My commitment to Alaska is...
    LE PECQ, France (AP) — “I’m standing again as candidate for the French presidency.” Those words, or some variation along those lines, were the most glaring omission in a prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night by French President Emmanuel Macron. The 27-minute speech, delivered against a backdrop of the red-white-and-blue tricolor flag and an embossed seal of the French Republic, swept back over France’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, pitched forward to its economic recovery and spoke encouragingly of French strengths but also cautioned of challenges and vulnerabilities. It was a televised declaration that sounded very much like a re-election campaign launch — without actually saying so. That, certainly, is how it was seen by political opponents who have already declared their ambitions to unseat Macron and limit him to a one-term president when the country votes in April. “Clearly, Emmanuel Macron is a candidate,” tweeted far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is hoping to improve on his fourth place in the 2017 election that put Macron in power as France’s youngest-ever president. Far-right candidate...
    EXETER, N.H. (CBS) — “I like moving, I like getting stuff done,” said Gov. Chris Sununu (R-New Hampshire) as he spiked talk of an attempted move to Washington D.C. “I don’t know if they could handle me down there, I think I’d be like a lion in a cage.” Sununu won’t be prowling the Senate corridors after announcing he’d prefer to stay in a job where political rhetoric has to match up with reality. “They don’t really have that perspective in Washington. It’s about big government, it’s about policy and funding, no real sense of management, no real sense of connection to the individual.” READ MORE: Curley School In Jamaica Plain Closing For 10 Days Because Of COVID OutbreakThat’s something Sununu claims DC Democrats like incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan don’t get. But Hassan, herself a former New Hampshire governor, begs to differ. “The question a lot of us who have been governors often ask is ‘OK, I get the idea, but how is that actually gonna work?'” she says. READ MORE: Suspect Is Dead After 3 Boston Police Officers Shot...
    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has filed the necessary paperwork to make him a candidate for re-election to a second term in the 2022 race. With the paperwork filed, Lamont, a Democrat, is officially in the running for the gubernatorial race, the governor announced during a press conference on the state’s transportation infrastructure on Monday, Nov. 8. “I filed the paperwork today, which facilitates our getting into a political campaign,” he stated. “I’ve got to make up my mind formally in the months to come, but I figure let’s be prepared. Let’s file the paperwork. Let’s get this thing going.” Lamont is expected to run alongside his current Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who also said that she filed paperwork on Monday. 
“It is a candidate committee, I believe his papers will say he's running for governor and mine will definitely say I’m running for lieutenant governor,” she said. The 2022 field could be crowded in Connecticut, with two Republicans - 2018 GOP nominee Bob Stefanowski (who has not filed official paperwork yet), and former House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, who filed...
    New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu officially declined to run for Senate Tuesday morning, opting instead to run for re-election in 2022. Sununu’s decision is a blow to national Republicans who publicly pressured him to run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan and increase the GOP’s chances of retaking the equally divided chamber. Sununu was re-elected in 2020 with 65% of the vote, outrunning former President Donald Trump by 20 points and cruising to a third two-year term. “My responsibility is not to the gridlock and politics of Washington, it is to the citizens of New Hampshire,” he said during a press conference. “I’d rather push myself 120 miles an hour delivering wins for New Hampshire than just slow down and end up on Capitol Hill debating partisan politics without results. That’s why I’m going to run for a fourth term.” (RELATED: Republicans Prevailed Where Trump Failed) Sen. Maggie Hassan speaks at a Homeland Security hearing earlier this year. (Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images) While Sununu leads a state that Trump twice lost, he was more accepting of the former president than...
                        Tennessee State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) will not be a candidate for re-election in 2022, according to a press release Monday from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus. Bell represents Senate District 9 which covers Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties. Bell was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006 before moving to the State Senate in 2010. “It has been the highest honor of my life to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly,” Senator Bell said in a statement. “I am incredibly thankful for the continued support, friendship and kindness of my constituents who have entrusted me to represent them for the past 15 years. Just as I knew it was time for me to run for office in 2006, I feel it is now time to move to the next chapter of my life and pass the leadership mantle for this district to a new state senator.” According to the press release, Bell has served in several leadership positions during his legislative tenure....
    Senator Jeff Mullis (R)- Chickamauga, GA.: “Serving the people of Northwest Georgia has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. We have accomplished so much together, from protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, protecting the Right to Life, taking steps to secure our elections, passing pro-business legislation, and so much more. However, I believe we still have work to do. We must continue to pass measures that guarantee fair elections, curb China’s influence, secure our Right to Bear Arms, stand up against vaccine mandates, and keep Critical Race Theory out of our classrooms. I am a proven fighter for our shared conservative values and that is why I am running for re-election in 2022: to fight for you, the hardworking citizens of the 53rd Senate District. I humbly ask for your vote in the coming election cycle.”
    Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that he has filed paperwork to run for re-election next year as Florida governor. The paperwork was filed on Friday, according to local NBC affiliate WPTV, citing the Florida Division of Elections. DeSantis, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2024, has earned praise and criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the Sunshine State. DeSantis has slammed the Biden administration over coronavirus mandates. Last week, DeSantis called out “the Brandon administration,” a reference to the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” – a trending euphemistic phrase for “F*** Joe Biden.” “If you look at all the things that are going on and you see big tech, you see corporate media,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “Although they weren’t very happy with Virginia last night, if you were watching some of that, that was some major coping going on… if you look at that, if you look at what’s going on with some of the big corporations with their woke agenda, when you look at the Biden — the Brandon administration — in terms of...
    Donald Trump is teasing election watchers once again by telling the world on Monday that he'll 'probably' announce whether he'll run for president again after the upcoming midterm election cycle. The bombastic Republican leader dropped his latest hint in an interview with Fox, just under a week after Democrats underperformed in off-year elections across the country. Trump said he's 'certainly thinking about' mounting a 2024 White House bid, but it appears he's waiting to see if Democrats' poor performance will continue in 2022. 'I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms,' he said.  Last Tuesday Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin defeated former Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to lead the Old Dominion state. In New Jersey, incumbent Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy just barely crawled to victory against his GOP challenger, in a race he was easily expected to win.   At the time Trump, like other Republican leaders, celebrated the party's victories.  But on Monday he attempted to muddy the waters about his future aspirations, claiming his frequent...
    Sen. Ron Young (D-Frederick County) walks through the Miller Senate Building in 2019. (Maryland Matters/Danielle E. Gaines) This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Frederick Sen. Ron Young (D) announced over the weekend that he will retire at the end of his term. Young endorsed Del. Karen Lewis Young (D), his wife, to succeed him in representing District 3 in the Senate. “I think she’s by far the best person to follow me,” Young said in an interview on Sunday. “I can’t think of anyone who would do the job better.” Lewis Young announced her candidacy for the position in June, though Ron Young wasn’t ready at that time to announce his retirement. In a statement on his decision not to seek re-election, Young, who turned 81 last month, recounted his decades of public service. He was first elected to the city of Frederick’s Board of Aldermen in 1970 and served one term, before being elected the city’s mayor, an office he held until 1990. Young governed through...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sought a fourth consecutive term in elections the United States has called a “pantomime” following the jailing of his top rivals and the country’s opposition has urged voters to boycott. Ortega has railed against alleged interference by Washington in Sunday’s elections to determine who holds the presidency for the next five years, as well as 90 of the 92 seats in the congress and Nicaragua’s representation in the Central American Parliament. The ruling Sandinista Front and its allies control the congress and all government institutions. Ortega first served as president from 1985 to 1990, before returning to power in 2007. He recently declared his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, his “co-president.” Voting was orderly and closed Sunday evening without reported incidents. Provisional vote totals were expected Monday. The opposition had called on Nicaraguans to stay home in protest of an electoral process that has been roundly criticized as not credible by foreign powers. In June, police arrested seven potential presidential challengers to Ortega on charges that essentially amount to treason. They...
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen argued in an op-ed on Sunday that Donald Trump is probably President Joe Biden‘s “best hope for re-election.” In an opinion piece published by The Guardian, Cohen said that the Republican upset in Virginia and narrow Democratic margin in New Jersey during the gubernatorial elections last week may not forecast elections in 2022, as Trump will likely take on a “prominent role and Democratic candidates can use him as a foil to attack Republicans.” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) narrowly won re-election, while Virginia flipped red and elected Republican Glenn Youngkin to be the state’s next governor. Cohen noted that Youngkin’s campaign may have been successful in part due to him keeping his distance from Trump. However, he argued, “that may be harder to do for Republican congressional candidates, many of whom regularly boast about their support for Trump.” “Trump is likely to remain the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats – the living, breathing bogeyman under the bed who keeps their voters up at night,” Cohen continued. “As much...
    Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenAuthor of controversial Trump Russia dossier speaks out: 'I stand by the work we did' Trump Organization faces new scrutiny in New York civil probe Michael Cohen: Trump bluffing about another White House bid MORE, the ex-lawyer of former President TrumpDonald TrumpIsraeli officials say US should open consulate for Palestinians in West Bank Virginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters Sunday shows preview: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats suffer election loss in Virginia MORE, wrote on Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenVirginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters After victory, Biden seeks political rebound Sunday shows preview: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats suffer election loss in Virginia MORE’s best hope for re-election could be the former president himself.   In an opinion article for The Guardian, Cohen predicted that “Trump is likely to remain the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats — the living, breathing bogeyman under the bed who keeps their voters up at night.” “As much as Democrats may want to run on their legislative agenda, the spectre of Trump could...
    (CNN)The lessons from Tuesday's elections are still being revealed and absorbed.Glenn Youngkin's victory in Virginia -- which would've been surprising two months ago when Terry McAuliffe was considered the narrow favorite -- suggests there is a way for Republicans to campaign and win without former President Donald Trump. After Tuesday's election, it's clear voters will respond to a candidate talking about issues that affect everyday families, and who lays out a positive vision to move forward. But Trump still hangs over the GOP like a sword of Damocles, as seen by Youngkin's resistance to campaigning with him. Trump's willingness to play in primaries -- or, as we saw in Georgia, runoffs -- can tank Republicans he doesn't like. It is part of his DNA, and it hasn't changed.Douglas HeyeOn the other side, Democrats' takeaways from last week's loss appear to be that Congress needed to pass the "Build Back Better" legislation to show results that they can run on, while also pushing back on the increasingly leftward tilt and "woke"-ness of their progressive wing. "Some of these people need to...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sought a fourth consecutive term in elections Sunday against a field of little-known candidates while those who could have given him a real challenge sat in jail. More than 13,000 polling places opened Sunday morning even as the opposition denounced more arrests of its leaders in activists around the county in the hours leading up to the vote. The opposition called on Nicaraguans to stay home in protest of an electoral process that has been roundly criticized as not credible by foreign powers. The election will determine who holds the presidency for the next five years, as well as 90 of the 92 seats in the congress and Nicaragua’s representation in the Central American Parliament. More than 4.4 million Nicaraguan age 16 and above were eligible to vote. Ortega’s Sandinista Front and its allies control the congress and all government institutions. Ortega first served as president from 1985 to 1990, before returning to power in 2007. He recently declared his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, his “co-president.” In June, police arrested seven...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega seeks a fourth consecutive term in elections Sunday against a field of little-known candidates while those who could have given him a real challenge sit in jail. The opposition has called on Nicaraguans to stay home in protest of an electoral process that has been roundly criticized as not credible by foreign powers. Sunday’s election will determine who holds the presidency for the next five years, as well as 90 of the 92 seats in the country’s congress and Nicaragua’s representation in the Central American Parliament. Ortega’s Sandinista Front and its allies control the congress and all government institutions. Ortega first served as president from 1985 to 1990, before returning to power in 2007. He recently declared his wife first lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo “co-president.” In June, police arrested seven potential presidential challengers on charges that essentially amount to treason. They remained in detention on election day. Some two dozen other opposition leaders were also swept up ahead of the elections. The other contenders on Sunday’s ballot are little...
    Pollster Frank Luntz appeared on Fox News Wednesday to give his assessment of the election results in Virginia and New Jersey. Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the blue state of Virginia. Republicans are also set to retake the state’s House of Delegates. In even bluer New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is in a surprisingly close race against Republican Jack Ciattarelli. Republicans have also scored some wins in the state legislature. Luntz’s assessment did not bode well for Democrats. “Trump voters are active again, and excited again, and are participating again,” Luntz told host Martha MacCallum. And it’s one of the reasons why won in Virginia and are so, so close in New Jersey.” The pollster also pointed to numbers indicating that Youngkin won the suburbs. “The suburbs have returned to voting Republican, which they hadn’t in 2016 or 2020. That combination with a better than two to one win in rural communities and small towns gives Republicans the majority.” “It’s not just what’s happening at the top of the ticket,” Luntz explained, and proceeded...
    ELECTION RESOURCES: Results For Top Races | Election Stories | Political News MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Incumbent Jacob Frey has been re-elected as mayor of Minneapolis. Minneapolis election officials announced Frey as the winner Wednesday afternoon. Following the first-round ballot tabulations Tuesday evening, Frey did not have enough votes to be declared the winner. BREAKING: Jacob Frey is re-elected as mayor of Minneapolis, per @votempls tabulation of ranked choice votes. The scope of his powers in office will change with passage of question one strong mayor that defines him as citys chief executive. @wcco — Caroline Cummings (@CaroRCummings) November 3, 2021 Before he was declared winner, an emboldened Frey spoke to supporters Tuesday evening. “Minneapolis right now is sending a message to the entire nation that real progress requires real work,” he said. “We’re sending a message that transformational change is within reach if we unite around a common cause to get it done.” Additional rounds of tabulation were required after no candidate reached the required threshold of first-choice votes. Ballot tabulation resumed at 9 a.m. Wednesday. In a...
    Jubilant Republicans on Wednesday added 13 House Democrats to their target list for next year's midterms after a come-from-behind win in the Virginia governor's race and a too-close to call contest in New Jersey. They hope Glenn Youngkin's victory over Terry McAuliffe in a state that President Biden won by 10 percentage points a year ago shows they are on course to retake the House in 2022 and oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. It means the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) now has a list of 70 Democrats it believes are vulnerable. 'In a cycle like this, no Democrat is safe,' said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer.  'Voters are rejecting Democrat policies that have caused massive price increases, opened our borders, and spurred a nationwide crime wave.' Glenn Youngkin's win in Virginia and other good results prompted the National Republican Congressional Committee to expand its midterm target list Republicans now believe 70 Democratic House seats are vulnerable in 2022, increasing their optimism that they can retake the House and oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker Republicans add 13 House Democrats to their target...
    Both  Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Rockland County Executive Ed Day rolled to re-election victories by wide margins on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2. In Westchester, Latimer earned a decisive victory over Republican challenger Christine Sculti by a record 62 percent to 38 percent margin, according to the Board of Elections. According to his camp, Latimer remains undefeated in his Westchester electoral history - tonight marking his 20th victory, and only once before has a Democratic County Executive broken the 60 percent threshold in an election. “We have established a solid record in office and the voters knew it,” Latimer said. “We rallied our Democratic base to be sure, but we went beyond that to capture independent voters and a large slice of Republicans who want solid results from government that we can deliver— not just right-wing rhetoric. 
“It is an honor to once again have the trust of Westchester residents placed in me.” In Rockland, Day, a Republican, won his third term by an even larger margin, topping Democratic challenger L’Tanya Watkins by a 72.6 percent to...
    Yana Paskova/Getty Images New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) is projected to win Tuesday’s election, beating out Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli, a former state legislator and businessman. Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman called the race for the Democratic incumbent on Wednesday morning. Murphy, 64, was expected to win reelection, having led the polls from the start of the campaign. The governor will become the first Democrat in New Jersey to be reelected since 1977. Ciattarelli, however, did not let the polls discourage his campaign, claiming in interviews that the race remained a close one: “I think he knows that this race is very, very close, and it is,” he said. Ciattarelli had an uphill battle, facing an opponent who attempted to associate him with Donald Trump in a state where the former president is unpopular. Murphy has focused on attacking Ciattarelli for being present at a “Stop the Steal” rally ahead of January 6, and compared him to white supremacists. Ciattarelli claims that he was unaware of the motivations behind the rally. Murphy, like many other governor’s, saw a surge in...
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., participates in the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th Committee markup to vote on adopting the report "Recommending that the House of Representatives Cite Stephen K. Bannon for Criminal Contempt of Congress" on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an outspoken Trump critic and one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 House select committee, announced Friday that he won't seek re-election to Congress next year.  Kinzinger, in a nearly five minute video marking the end of his 12-year House career, recalled his first campaign and a promise he made. "I also remember during that campaign saying that if I ever thought it was time to move on from Congress, I would, and that time is now," he said. Kinzinger would have been up for reelection in 2022. He will finish the remainder of his term that ends on Jan. 3, 2023.  The Illinois Republican hinted at other political plans in the video, which he posted on Twitter with the caption "Looking forward to the next...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Six-term Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger announced Friday he won’t run for re-election in 2022, but hinted at a run for higher office in the future. “I want to make it clear, this isn’t the end of my pollical future, but the beginning,” Kinzinger, a Republican from Channahon, said in a video posted on his Twitter feed. READ MORE: UPS Prepares For Spike In Package Volume For Holidays, But Says Supply Chain Issues Aren't Going AwayThe announcement comes just hours after the Illinois General Assembly approved new congressional district maps that put Kinzinger in the same district as fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood. In April, Kizninger told the Sun-Times he would consider running for U.S. Senate or Illinois governor in 2022 if Democrats carved up his district. He made no mention of any specific plans to run for another office in his announcement Friday morning. Kinzinger, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump last year, lamented the increasing partisan divide in the U.S., and decried politicians from both parties appealing only to the...
    Republican lawmakers have spent the greater part of the year drafting controversial pieces of legislation influenced by former President Donald Trump's false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. While the vast majority of Trump loyalists were in support of his efforts to overturn the election, some are now concerned that the whole conspiracy has gone a bit too far, reports Politico. Hogan Gidley, who worked as the 2019 - 2020 Press Secretary for Trump's White House, has worked to distance his group from those that continue to circulate false claims. "People are going to do whatever they want, and I can't answer for any of those other groups," said Gidley. Gidley, who is now overseeing the Center for Election Integrity at the right-leaning America First Policy Institute also expressed concern about how ongoing audits, discussions of "machine rigging" and plots of foreign election intervention could lead to a decrease in voter turnout. "But as it relates to election integrity and voter protection, it is vital that we help states get these simple, popular security...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stonewalled CNN anchor Jake Tapper during a Sunday morning interview, refusing to clue him in on her future plans. Tapper asked Pelosi several times whether she planned to run for re-election – and she shrugged him off each time, ultimately saying that she would be discussing it with her family before she discussed it with him. (RELATED: Pelosi Blames Media For Not Doing ‘Better Job Of Selling’ Democrats’ Massive Spending Package) WATCH: Tapper mentioned the filibuster and the fact that President Joe Biden, during a Thursday evening town hall with Anderson Cooper, had signaled his own willingness to support a carveout that would allow a new voting rights act to bypass the 60-vote threshold and avoid a Republican filibuster. “It’s fundamental to our democracy. No mind you, just to remind, when what’s his name was president was – and the Republicans were in power,” Pelosi replied. “Donald Trump?” Tapper prompted. “Mitch McConnell pulled back the filibuster to enable, with simple majorities, three justice to go to the Supreme Court for life. You would think...