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    Washington — Several battleground states controlled by Republicans have pushed for big changes in voting and election laws in recent months, in the wake of former President Donald Trump's electoral loss and a rise in mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic. These states are considering changes to election laws, such as measures to enforce additional ID requirements, restrict access to dropboxes and shrink the pool of voters. Arizona, Florida, and Texas each have growing and increasingly diverse populations and play a substantial role in the outcome of presidential contests. All three have Republican legislatures and governorships. Michigan has a Democratic governor, but its Republican-controlled legislature is considering several bills that could make absentee voting more difficult. Arizona and Michigan narrowly supported President Biden in the 2020 election, and Mr. Trump won Florida and Texas. Georgia, which Mr. Biden also won, has already passed a controversial voting law including...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday offered his first public reaction to the House GOP's efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from party leadership, saying simply: "I don't understand the Republicans."Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, has faced growing opposition in her role in the No. 3 leadership position and party leaders, including former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have been part of a mounting effort to kick her out. Biden notably offered Cheney a fist bump last month upon his arrival in the House chamber to deliver his first joint address to Congress.Cheney is under fire for saying her party cannot accept the "poison" of the idea that the 2020 election was stolen and should not "whitewash" the January 6 Capitol riot. "We can't embrace the notion the election is stolen. It's a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy," Cheney recently said behind closed doors at a...
    BRITS will tomorrow head to the polls to vote in a bumper crop of local elections that mark major tests for Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer. Dubbed "Super Thursday", ballots will be cast for the Scottish and Welsh parliaments, regional mayors and a crunch by-election in Hartlepool. Follow the latest local elections 2021 stories Keep up-to-date on the 2021 London mayoral election 7Boris Johnson on the campaign stump in the West Midlands today ahead of tomorrow's electionsCredit: AP More than 5,000 council seats are also up for grabs, along with a handful of local police and crime commissioners. Sir Keir, who is facing the country for the first time as Labour leader, is desperate to claw back voters in the party's traditional strongholds that switched to the Tories at the 2019 General Election. But recent polling projects the PM to make further inroads at what's left...
    ONE barmy London Mayoral hopeful wants to “sort out the pigeons” while another has donned “children's glasses” to prove he’s a “man of action”. Twenty candidates want your vote to carve up the capital’s eye-watering £19billion budget. Here’s when we’ll know who has been chosen to lead London. Follow the latest local elections 2021 stories Keep up-to-date on the 2021 London mayoral election 11Who will be London's next Mayor?Credit: Rex When will the London mayoral election results be announced? Sadiq Khan, 50, is running for a second term to rule London in the Thursday, May 6 mayoral elections. The Labour rep has been leading the field in polling over his nearest rivals, Tory candidate Shaun Bailey, 49,  Greens' co-leader Sian Berry, 45, and Luisa Porritt, 33, leader of the Camden Lib Dems. But, with a record-breaking 20 candidates, and...
    Swing district voters who identify as Republicans and independents support populist policies resembling those promulgated by former President Donald Trump but are inclined to shun sharp-tongued insurgents, according to fresh polling from a centrist group that supports pragmatic conservatives. The Republican Main Street Partnership last month surveyed 600 registered voters across six battleground House districts in the South, Midwest, and Northeast. The data revealed remarkably strong support for “conservative populist policy” reminiscent of the Trump administration’s legislative agenda. At the same time, these Republicans and independents expressed opposition to congressional candidates who run as “uncompromising insurgents” intent on shaking up Washington rather than “uphold the institutions of government.” MCCARTHY: GOP 'BIG TENT' HAS ROOM FOR ANTI-TRUMP WING “Competitive swing districts across the country are the key to Republicans winning back the majority in 2022,” said Sarah Chamberlain, president of the Republican Main Street Partnership. “Voters want good, commonsense, conservative policies,...
    Better than it's been but a stubborn plateau, with U.S. hot spots like rural Oregon still popping up. WaPo: The coronavirus vaccine skeptics who changed their minds The White House and public health experts study the Americans who went from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ on shots Simmons, Bergner and Greenaway are among the growing number of vaccine skeptics turned vaccinated Americans, a sign of hope amid the slowing pace of vaccinations nationwide. Almost half of all adults have yet to receive a first shot although they are now eligible, and the rolling rate of new shots has dropped to its lowest level since mid-March. The emergence of these mind-changers suggests that at least some vaccine-wary Americans are willing to reconsider when their concerns are addressed by those they regard as credible. xA lot of this makes sense. A lot of propaganda about “liberal elites” and scare-mongering about scientists appeals to the haunting fear...
    Washington — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed frustration with House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney on Tuesday, saying he has heard from some GOP representatives who are concerned Cheney can't "carry out the message" ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.  McCarthy's comments are a sign of the escalating tension between the two, as Cheney has continued to criticize former President Trump and his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol while McCarthy has sought to downplay the event. A vote to replace Cheney could happen as early as next week. A spokesperson for Cheney told CBS News "this is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies." Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Mr. Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection in January. She fended off an effort by some conservatives to oust her from her leadership position...
    LOCAL elections will take place across England on May 6, seeing millions cast their vote. Councillors, mayors and police and crime commissioners will be chosen - but when will the winning candidates be announced? Follow the latest local elections 2021 stories Keep up-to-date on the 2021 London mayoral election 1People queue to cast their voteCredit: Rex Features When will the local election results be announced? Thursday May 6 Polls close at 10pm. A standard election would see votes cast overnight and declared the following day, but some counts won't take place until Friday or even Saturday this year. Coronavirus measures are expected to slow the process down. Some polling centres are being used for vaccinations or can not facilitate social distancing. Friday May 7 First results from 19 councils in England which will be counted overnight are expected at around 2am on Friday morning. From around 9am, counting...
    Los Angeles (CNN)The Republican candidates challenging California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom have struggled to capture voters' attention as the state gears up for an all-but-certain recall election this year. So businessman John Cox switched up the script Tuesday by introducing himself as "the beast" to Newsom's "beauty" alongside a live Kodiak bear at a Sacramento campaign event. The emergence of the 1,000-pound real-life bear, which sniffed the pavement and lumbered around behind Cox while he outlined his rationale for recalling Newsom at the start of a three-day bus tour, lent credence to the argument by the governor's allies that the recall effort is quickly turning into a political circus that could ultimately draw more than a hundred potential candidates, just like the 2003 recall, when California voters ousted Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Gavin's mismanagement of California is inexcusable," Cox says in his new...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images The Wall Street Journal editorial board came to the defense of Liz Cheney, with her expulsion from House GOP leadership expected next week. Cheney has been one of the most outspoken Republicans calling out former President Donald Trump’s big lie about the 2020 election. Intra-party friction has spilled into the public, with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments about dissatisfaction with Cheney in the conference (not to mention his hot mic comments going after Cheney himself). The Journal editorial board writes that McCarthy clearly knows Cheney is right and that the election wasn’t stolen. “Yet Mr. Trump wants an endorsement of his stolen claim to be a litmus test for every Republican candidate. He’s the one who wants to refight his losing campaign,” it reads. The editorial says Cheney “may be ousted because she is daring to tell the truth to GOP voters—and at personal...
    SACRAMENTO — The campaign to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from office in a recall election saw a pair of competing spectacles Tuesday, as one Republican opponent posed for photos with a burly Kodiak bear and another sought to leverage her celebrity status on national television. The events woke up what has so far been a quiet march toward a historic recall election. Last week, elections officials reported that backers of the effort had collected enough voter signatures to trigger a special election, giving voters the chance to remove the governor and select someone to fill the remaining year on his current term. GOP hopeful John Cox, whom Newsom handily beat in the 2018 governor’s race, kicked off his “Meet the Beast” campaign tour in Sacramento on Tuesday with a trained, 1,000-pound Kodiak bear named Tag. The bear, Cox said, was emblematic of California’s need for a leader who is...
    ARE you ready for Super Thursday? I know I am. Local elections can be rather boring affairs but this week’s look set to put another rocket up British politics. Follow the latest local elections 2021 stories Keep up-to-date on the 2021 London mayoral election 6 Boris Johnson blew the Red Wall apart in 2019 – and could do it again It’s an election bonanza. An astonishing 5,000 local council seats are up for grabs, including hundreds of seats across the “Red Wall”, Labour’s old heartlands. This is the first real opportunity to gauge the public mood there since Boris Johnson blew the Red Wall apart in 2019. That is why I will be doing an all-nighter and keeping a close eye on Northern metropolitan councils such as Barnsley, Doncaster, Dudley and Rotherham. If you see Conservatives doing well in places like these, it is a sign some...
    Here’s karma KEIR Starmer cannot shirk his lion’s share of the blame for Labour’s misfortunes. As he braces for a probable battering in tomorrow’s Hartlepool by-election, he is disingenuously posing as the blameless newcomer parachuted in to rebuild the party Jeremy Corbyn destroyed. 4Keir Starmer cannot shirk his lion’s share of the blame for Labour’s misfortunesCredit: Getty 4Labour has to rebuild the party Jeremy Corbyn destroyedCredit: PA Follow the latest local elections 2021 stories Keep up-to-date on the 2021 London mayoral election Which brazenly whitewashes his own starring role in the 2019 horror story. The former “Red Wall” seats had been slowly abandoning Labour for years. Two issues, Brexit and Corbyn, brought it all to a head. Who was the architect of the catastrophic Brexit policy, to back a second referendum aimed squarely at negating 17.4million Leave votes? Starmer. Who campaigned loyally for Corbyn to become...
    Former President Donald Trump launched a new communications platform - 'From the Desk of Donald J. Trump' - on Tuesday, as he teased to his supporters that they'll be 'very, very happy' when they hear his decision about running for president again.  The new webpage, www.DonaldJTrump.com/desk, allows supporters to share the statements Trump has been emailing to reporters to their Facebook and Twitter feeds, as the ex-president remains banned from both platforms.    Facebook's Oversight Board is expected to announce Wednesday whether Trump will be permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram.  The webpage is referred to as a 'beacon of freedom' in a time of 'lies and silence' in a promotional video, which shows imagery of Mar-a-Lago, where the former president has been living since leaving the White House.   To further excite supporters, Trump talked to conservative commentator Candace Owens for her Daily Wire talk show and teased a potential 2024 presidential bid. ...
    Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristCrist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana MORE (D-Fla.) said Tuesday he will challenge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisStates step in as Congress fails to fight foreign influence Kansas GOP fails to override governor veto of transgender sports ban NYT's Stephens says Ted Cruz more 'unctuous' than Eddie Haskell MORE (R) to win his old job back, attempting a political comeback that would vault him into perhaps the most exclusive club in American politics. Just three other men have won election as governor of their home states as members of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Crist, who won the governorship as a Republican in 2006, is trying to be the fourth. He would follow in...
    Caitlyn Jenner has released her first campaign video as part of her effort to become California's next governor and in it, she takes jabs at 'career politicians' Gavin Newsom and Nancy Pelosi.  Jenner, 71, is running to become California's next governor in an expected recall election that is likely to happen later this year but has not yet been called.  Her platform is ending strict lockdown measures imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom, and prioritizing businesses.  She hasn't yet clarified if she's running as a Republican or Democrat. She voted Republican for years but withdrew her support of Donald Trump in the 2020 election because of his stance on transgender issues.  Jenner's first major interview will be on Wednesday night with FOX's Sean Hannity.  The campaign video is like a trailer for a Hollywood movie.  It features footage of Caitlyn when she was Bruce Jenner, winning gold for Team USA at the...
    Republicans expanded their list of Democratic targets for next year's election, a sign rowing confidence in their ability to retake control of the House of Representatives.  The GOP campaign arm announced 10 new House seats they have their eye on for the 2022 midterms, bringing their total target list to 57 seats.  All 10 new targets come from states that are losing a congressional seat in the redistricting process.   'Republicans are on offense all across the country,' said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer in a statement. Republicans need to pick up five seats in next year's election to win control of the chamber, putting GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy in charge and removing Nancy Pelosi from the speaker's chair. Republicans need to pick up five House seats in next year's election to win control of the chamber, putting GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy in charge and removing Nancy Pelosi from the...
    (CNN)Rep. Liz Cheney's days as the No. 3 in House GOP leadership appear to be numbered, with speculation growing about her replacement and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy contending she has failed to do her job in driving the party's message to take back the majority.Cheney has grown increasingly isolated within her conference amid her feud with former President Donald Trump, a battle that intensified after she was one of just 10 Republicans who backed his impeachment on a charge of inciting the January 6 insurrection and as she's called out his lie that he actually won the 2020 election.But on Tuesday, McCarthy claimed her impeachment vote wouldn't cost her the job. Instead, he said that she has not done enough to keep the party unified behind a singular message to win back the majority next year, the clearest sign yet that he might seek to oust her as soon...
    EXCLUSIVE – One of the leading Republican contenders in this year's California recall election is going up with the first major ad blitz by any candidate in the campaign to oust embattled Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.Businessman John Cox, who pumped a couple of million of his own money into his gubernatorial bid after announcing his candidacy earlier this year, is spending an initial $5 million to run the spot starting Tuesday statewide on broadcast and cable TV as well as digital. And in the commercial – which was shared first with Fox News nationally – Cox makes a "beauty and the beast" comparison between himself and Newsom. CAITLYN JENNER JUMPS INTO CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL RECALL CAMPAIGN "California’s choice: beauty or a beast," says the announcer in the ad. After the announcer says beauty, a parrot quickly interjects, saying "pretty boy." The announcer, describing the 65-year old self-made businessman, accountant, attorney and developer who is...
    The biggest political story in the past 24 hours has been the back and forth between former President Donald Trump and Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking member of the House Republicans, over the meaning of “the big lie,” or whether Trump lost the White House to a “rigged” election (he did not) or if Trump’s constant promotion of that falsehood is in fact a lie (it is.) In many ways, this battle is for the soul of a Republican Party that has pivoted over the past five years from conservative values espoused by Cheney to a more nativist and populist approach under Trump. It’s a very big story, but for reasons that remain unclear, Fox News has not found it worthy of any coverage. At all. According to transcript database TVeyes, Liz Cheney’s name has not been mentioned on Fox News since her infamous fist bump of President Joe...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had a pithy response — followed by a lengthier explanation — when asked how President Joe Biden’s administration factors in the 70 percent of Republicans who still think then-President Donald Trump won the election that he in fact lost by about 7 million votes. “We don’t” was the sort version Psaki offered when asked that question by The Washington Post‘s Olivier Knox, the basis of which is a new CNN/SSRS poll that asked respondents “Thinking about the results of the 2020 presidential election, do you think that Joe Biden legitimately won enough votes to win the presidency, or not?” Indeed, 70 percent of Republicans replied that “No, Biden did not legitimately win enough votes to win the presidency,” versus 30 percent overall who said the same. After the Post’s David Fahrenthold drew attention to the quote on Twitter, Psaki drew attention to the...
    Rudy Giuliani has claimed that he has been 'persecuted' by the media since uncovering a hard drive allegedly belonging to President Joe Biden's son Hunter.   The former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer told Fox News' Hannity program on Monday that the media has been trying to 'destroy his credibility' since he released material allegedly from the laptop to a pro-Republican newspaper ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). He denies this. Last week, his Manhattan home and office were raided and his electronics seized, as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs. Fox News Privacy Policy Rudy Giuliani (left) has claimed that he has been 'persecuted' by the media since uncovering a hard drive allegedly belonging...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here."Yesterday wasn't the end. Yesterday was the first battle of the war."That's what John Douglas Wright told his local newspaper on January 7. Wright, 54, who operates a shuttle bus company in Ohio, vowed to continue contesting Donald Trump's loss. "I promise you," he told the Canton Repository that day, it's not over.Voting in the 2020 election was over six months ago Monday. The resulting episode of domestic terrorism at the Capitol was nearly four months ago. Yet it's still not over. On Monday Wright was arrested and charged with numerous crimes, including physical violence, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice/Congress, and false statements to federal agents. He pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney says he "got caught up in the moment" just "like a lot of Americans."Like much of the...
    (CNN)With its cultish devotion to Donald Trump, the majority of the Republican Party is choosing a wannabe-autocrat over the political system that made the United States the world's most powerful nation and its dominant democracy.The ex-President is showing that he doesn't have to be in the Oval Office to damage faith in US elections and to trash truth, as his movement based on lies and personal homage takes an increasingly firm grip of the Republican Party. The widespread mistrust he continues to foster in the fairness of the US political system among millions of voters poses grave risks to democracy itself.Trump, using his bond with the conservative grassroots, has effectively made fealty to his false claims of a fraudulent election last year the price of entry for any Republican candidate in any race. Under his influence, one of America's two great political parties has effectively shed its belief in democracy...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper reacted to Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) comments on Monday criticizing former President Donald Trump, noting that many Republicans remain steadfastly loyal to Trump, including promoting his lies about the 2020 election. “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” said Trump in a statement released by his PAC (as he remains excommunicated from Twitter). Cheney posted a tweet shortly thereafter making her position clear: The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system. — Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021 Monday afternoon, CNN’s Jamie Gangel reported that Cheney made additional remarks about Trump and the future of the GOP at an American Enterprise Institute event, saying that they “can’t rebuild the party or the conservative movement...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Now that Republicans Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey have advanced to the runoff election in the Sixth Congressional District in North Texas, both are vowing to keep their policy positions. In interviews Monday, Wright, the widow of the late Congressman for the district, Ron Wright, said, “Our message is the same. I’m running to be their member of Congress for everyone in this district. And so what those people, whether they voted for me or they didn’t, have to say is very important.” READ MORE: Family Of 8-Year-Old Keydall Jones, Found Dead In Apartment Pool, Considering Legal Action Ellzey, a State Representative from Waxahachie said, “I’m not going to change anything going forward. I have a vision that I see for the greatness of this nation. That’s what I’m going to continue to run on and whatever, whoever that appeals to. The folks who are conservative...
    (CNN)Ohio Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez hasn't been in Washington long, but he's been there long enough to understand his party is rotting from the inside out.Asked by The Hill newspaper about efforts to remove Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from Republican Party leadership because of her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, here's what Gonzalez said:"If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit. Liz isn't going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She's going to stand on principle. And if that's going to be distracting for folks, she's not the best fit. I wish that weren't the case."Uh, wow.Just to reiterate: This is a REPUBLICAN member of Congress elected in 2018 in the heart of the Trump era who is saying publicly that many in his party continue to lie to...
    Like a bunch of lemmings, Republican lawmakers have clung to Donald Trump's Big Lie that the only reason he lost the 2020 election was because it was riddled with fraud. Of course, Trump never once proved a single instance of fraud in 60-plus trips to the courthouse, and he also helped ensure the massacre of at least half a million Americans due to the pandemic, so there's that. But instead of being willing to admit what's plain as day to anyone with a brain and a pulse, GOP lawmakers tout Trump's Big Lie in conservative media and then run from reporters with every news outlet that has a shred of integrity left. "In Washington, normally chatty senators scramble to skirt the question, " writes the Washington Post.  Of course, there's also the very public rift in the House GOP leadership between Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Liz Cheney of...
    Boris Johnson steps out on the campaign trail in Hartlepool on Monday – Lindsey Parnaby/WPA Pool/Getty Images The Conservatives are heading for victory in Thursday’s by-election in Hartlepool, the leader of the council believes, as Boris Johnson warned that the party faced a fight. During a visit to a seafront fish and chip restaurant in the north-eastern constituency, the Prime Minister said: “I have always believed that it was going to be a tough fight, and I still believe that is the case.” Mr Johnson said he hoped voters would focus on the “massive opportunities” the Tories had brought by delivering on Brexit. Hartlepool residents backed leaving the European Union by 70 percent in 2016. He said: “Here in Hartlepool, for instance, you’ve got a fantastic community that voted for change in 2016 and we’re delivering that change and I hope that they will come forward and vote for change...
    NUMBER three House Republican Liz Cheney said former president Donald Trump is “poisoning” democracy via tweet on Monday. “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Wyoming Rep. Cheney wrote. 5Rep Liz Cheney blasted Trump on Twitter.Credit: @Liz_Cheney/Twitter 5“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” she wrote.Credit: Reuters “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she added. Rep. Cheney was referring to former President Trump’s allegations that last year's presidential election in the United States was "fraudulent.” The representative’s statement seemed to be in response to one published by Trump's office on Monday, which read: "The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" The latest statement from Trump’s office comes days after the former Apprentice reality TV show host told a crowd at Mar-a-Lago that Arizona...
    A special election to replace the late Rep. Ron WrightRon WrightThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana GOP's Wright, Ellzey advance to runoff in Texas special election Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas special election MORE (R) will conclude with a runoff between two leading Republicans after a low-turnout all-party primary between 23 candidates ended with the leading Democratic contender falling just short of second place. For Democrats, the results serve to underscore a lesson they say they learned the hard way in 2020, one that could decide which party wins control of the House of Representatives in next year’s midterm elections: They have to start showing up. The final results show that Susan Wright (R), a Republican activist and the late congressman’s widow, will face state Rep. Jake Ellzey (R) in a runoff election to be scheduled...
    During Monday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) urged Republican lawmakers to “move on” from questioning the 2020 presidential election results. With the Democratic Party “moving more progressive,” Flake suggested “there is plenty of room” for the GOP to “do well in the midterms.” He said to do so, the party would need to quit the “craziness of questioning the last election and going after” people who have spoken out against former President Donald Trump. “I think they’ll come around, but it will take a while. It certainly hasn’t happened yet. In the end, if we keep losing elections — remember, since President Trump was elected, we lost the White House, we lost the House, we lost the Senate, we lost about 400 legislative seats nationwide in state legislatures, so it hasn’t been a winning formula. And ultimately, a party realizes we can’t go on this way. But,...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) responded to a statement from former President Trump on Monday, saying anyone who refuses to accept the 2020 election results is “spreading THE BIG LIE.” “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney wrote in a tweet. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.” The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system. — Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021 Cheney, one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting a riot on January 6, said last month she does not believe Trump “should be president again.” Trump has signaled he will endorse one of Cheney’s challengers, which, as of now,...
    (CNN)On January 6, Roger Marshall was one of eight Republican senators to vote against the Electoral College counts in Arizona and Pennsylvania, despite zero evidence that any actual fraud or wrongdoing had been committed in either state.With the benefit of several months of hindsight -- and still no proof (or anything close) that the 2020 election was stolen or biased -- CNN's Pamela Brown asked the Kansas Republican whether he had any "regrets about your actions and any concern that they contributed to misinformation about the election?"To which Marshall responded this way:"Look, Pamela, we're just so ready to move on. I made a decision based upon the facts that I knew at that point in time. I was concerned then and I still am today that six states broke their own laws or their own constitution, but it's time to move on. It's time for this country to heal. It's...
    CRITICAL race theory maintains that law and legal institutions in the United States are "inherently racist." A wealthy suburban school district in Texas recently voted to keep critical race theory from being taught in classrooms. 4Critical race theory examines institutionalized racismCredit: Getty What is the critical race theory? Critical race theory, as defined by Britannica, is an "intellectual movement" of Civil Rights scholars who critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race. Critical race theorists maintain that legal institutions in the US "function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans." Theorists seek to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice. Kendall Thomas, a law professor at Columbia University told Newsweek that "CRT maps the nature and workings of 'institutional racism." 4It is debated in the United States whether CRT should be taught in schoolsCredit: Getty "CRT challenges us to see...
    Rep. Liz Cheney slammed former President Donald Trump for 'poisoning our democratic system' as he continues to falsely spout that the 2020 election was stolen from him.  'The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,' Cheney tweeted Monday morning. 'Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.'  Cheney's tweet comes amid reports that her time as House GOP Conference Chair could be coming to an end.  Rep. Liz Cheney slammed former President Donald Trump in a Monday morning tweet, standing her ground as the highest-ranking anti-Trump Republican in Congress  Cheney knocked Trump for continuing to spread election falsehoods, writing that he and others pushing the 'BIG LIE' are 'poisoning our democratic system'  Former President Donald Trump sent out a statement Monday morning trying to co-opt the term the 'big lie,' which has been...
    DONALD Trump has repeated unproven claims that last year's presidential election was "fraudulent" and has renamed the contest as "the big lie". His latest attack comes days after the Republican appeared to tell a cheering crowd in Mar-a-Lago that Arizona will be the first state to fall in the "rigged" election. 5Donald Trump has repeated claims that November's presidential election was 'fraudulent'Credit: Getty 5In a statement published this morning, the former president renamed the 2020 presidential election as 'The Big Lie'Credit: Twitter A statement published by Trump's office states: "The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" But, Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming's at-large congressional district, have slammed Trump's claims. She tweeted: "The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of...
    No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming is not backing down from her vocal criticism of former President Donald Trump in the face of opposition to her tactics within her own conference, speaking up on Monday to rebut Trump's claim that the 2020 election was "fraudulent." "The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system," Cheney said in a tweet. The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021 Less than an hour earlier on Monday, Trump sent a statement through his Save America PAC attempting to redefine the phrase "the big lie," previously used to...
    Madison Summers May 3, 2021 0 Comments CNN put together a montage of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and his changing comments on the 2020 presidential election and former President Donald Trump over the past several months. CNN’s “New Day” aired a montage of what it calls “McCarthy’s head-spinning 6 months,” per the chyron. “Trump’s stronghold on the party is no more evident than with someone like McCarthy,” co-anchor Brianna Keilar said. “From a pusher of the big lie to a denouncer of the insurrection to a downplayer of the insurrection. Here’s how the head-spinning, bumper car evolution has played out since the election.” Watch the video below: Here’s a look at how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments on President Trump have changed in the last six months. pic.twitter.com/cxuAzpjIht— New Day (@NewDay) May 3, 2021 The montage began with McCarthy’s remarks on Fox News on November 5...
    Former President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his monthslong claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election and dubbed the race's results "THE BIG LIE!" "The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" Trump said in his latest email statement. The term was coined by Democrats during the former president's second impeachment trial, in which the Senate eventually acquitted him of inciting an insurrection in the form of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The phrase refers to Trump and his cohort's claims that the 2020 presidential election was ripe with fraud, even after President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the race. These remarks have been variously denied by election authorities and top brass in voting hardware companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. Dominion has since filed defamation lawsuits against those who echoed the former president's...
    Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump announced via an official statement that, heretofore, he would like everyone to refer to the election results of 2020 as “THE BIG LIE.” “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” he wrote in a statement released Monday morning by his Save America PAC. Of course, this just continues the baseless allegations that the 2020 general election with Trump lost to President Joe Biden was somehow rife with malfeasance, and it aims to flip the script on how the term “big lie” has been used by Trump critics, who have frequently compared his false rhetoric to that used by fascist regimes in the past. The term Big Lie as a political device is most often credited to Nazi war criminal Joseph Goebbels, who is quoted as saying: “If you tell a lie big enough...
    Scottish independence supporters gather in George Square for a rally organised by ‘All Under One Banner’ on May 1 – Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe Iran is “almost certainly” trying to help the SNP win the Holyrood elections with online propaganda campaigns designed to cause constitutional turmoil within the UK, a think tank has warned. A report by the Henry Jackson Society said that online specialists acting on behalf of the Tehran regime were using fake accounts on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to encourage the break up of Britain. Tactics include setting up fake accounts that launch attacks on Unionist parties and politicians and spread information designed to boost the case for Scottish separation. Dr Paul Stott, the report’s author, said there was no suggestion that Scottish nationalist politicians had encouraged interference in the current elections but that it was still highly likely that Iran was meddling. Iran...
    THE latest local elections are set to take place on May 6, 2021. England’s local councils are up for election and it’s time for the voters to have their say. 3 Brits have found themselves back in the polling boothsCredit: Rex Features How often are local elections held in the UK? Local councillors are elected for 4-year terms by the local community. Council elections are usually held on the first Thursday in May. Some councils elect all of their councillors at the same time. Other councils elect half or a third of their councillors at each election. Many parts of England have two tiers of local government: County councils and district, borough or city councils. County councils are responsible for services, such as education, social care and waste management, across the entire county. District, borough or city councils are responsible for a smaller area and usually responsible for things like...
    An insurrection happened and people were killed. Never forget. Margaret Sullivan/WaPo: The politicians who tried to overturn an election — and the local news team that won’t let anyone forget it The journalists at WITF, an all-news public radio station in Harrisburg, Pa., made a perfectly reasonable decision a few months ago. They decided they wouldn’t shrug off the damaging lies of election denialism. They wouldn’t do what too many in Big Journalism have done in recent months: shove into the memory hole the undemocratic efforts by some Republican elected officials to delegitimize or overturn the 2020 presidential election. Too many Sunday news shows repeatedly book the likes of Kevin McCarthy, Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson without reminding viewers how these members of Congress tried to undo the results of the election — and encouraged the Trumpian lies about election fraud that led to the violent assault on the U.S....
    Two Republicans are leading in Texas' 6th congressional district, likely shutting out Democrats out from from competing in the runoff in what they hoped would be a competitive seat in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Susan Wright was the top vote-getter on Saturday night. Her husband, Ron Wright, previously held the seat before dying from COVID-19 and a battle with lung cancer. "I can't tell you how honored I am to be the first-place finisher in this special election to succeed my husband Ron," she said in a statement. Wright was boosted in the last week of the campaign with an endorsement from former President Trump on Monday. She already had backing from local party officials and other Texas Republican Congressmembers.  "Congratulations to Susan Wright on her great surge yesterday which made her NUMBER ONE," Mr. Trump said Sunday in a statement. "Susan surged after I gave her an endorsement last...
    Cindy McCain, widow of the late Senator John McCain, bashed Arizona Republicans for their ongoing attempts to legally dispute the state’s 2020 election results. The Arizona state Senate recently hired a Florida-based cybersecurity company, Cyber Ninjas, to conduct an audit of votes in Maricopa County. The county is the largest in the state, and President Joe Biden turned Arizona blue when he won there back in November. Previous audits on the state’s election results have yielded no evidence of election fraud, and reports on the new audit suggest that its largely colored by conspiracy theories of widespread corruption. When Tapper spoke to McCain on State of the Union, he asked for her thoughts on the bizarre elements surrounding the audit. “This whole thing is ludicrous, quite frankly. It’s ludicrous,” McCain answered. “And this also comes from a state party in Arizona that refused to be audited themselves on votes that...
    Cindy McCain slammed fellow Republicans on Sunday for being hung up on the 2020 presidential election, claiming continued probes into the outcome are 'ludicrous'. 'The election is over,' McCain told CNN's Jake Tapper on 'State of the Union' Sunday morning. 'Biden won. I know many of them don't like the outcome. But, you know, elections have consequences.' Her comments come after former President Donald Trump launched into a rant at his Mar-a-Lago resort Thursday claiming Arizona will be the first state to overturn its election results in his favor. 'This does not surprise me,' McCain said of her home state's recounting efforts. 'You know, things are just aloof and crazy out there right now in regards to the election.' Despite being a lifelong Republican, the widow of the late Arizona Senator John McCain has been vocal about her support of Joe Biden – even speaking on his behalf at the...
    Cindy McCain wants Republicans to get over Donald Trump’s 2020 loss. When asked on Sunday about an ongoing Republican-backed election audit in Arizona, the wife of late Republican Sen. John McCain called the ordeal “ludicrous.” “The election is over. Biden won,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union. “I know many of them don’t like the outcome. But, you know, elections have consequences.” McCain’s distaste for Trump is no secret. She endorsed Biden in 2020—the first time she’s ever voted for a Democrat—saying she had “had enough” of Trump’s insults, specifically citing reports that he had called injured and fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.” The former president also repeatedly attacked her husband before and after his death. Cindy McCain calls the Arizona audit of 2020 election ballots in Maricopa County "ludicrous." "The election is over. Biden won. I know many of them dont like the outcome. But...
    Republican Susan Wright of Texas, the widow of the first member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19, secured a place in a US House runoff for her late husband’s seat Saturday night. With votes still being counted, Wright was ahead with more than 18% of the vote in Texas’ 6th Congressional District.  Close behind were Republican Jake Ellzey and Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for the other runoff spot. Wright, a GOP activist, moved on with the backing of President Donald Trump, who waited until this week to formally make an endorsement in a crowded field of 23 candidates.  Susan Wright’s late husband, Rep. Ron Wright, died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 67 and had also been battling lung cancer. Susan Wright, center, on the campaign trail in April for the US Congressional House seat left vacant by her husband Ron, who died of COVID...
    Former President Donald Trump ranted on a Mar-a-Lago bandstand on Thursday that Arizona will be the first state to undo the 'rigged' 2020 election after a recount in Maricopa County conducted by the Florida company Cyber Ninjas concludes. During the speech, Trump repeated false claims that the election was 'rigged' and allegations that he only lost to Joe Biden because of widespread election fraud - though no evidence has ever been publicly provided. In other videos posted from the same speech, Trump tells his fans that he would be leaving the Mar-a-Lago club and return in October. Insider reported that he will be moving to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey for the summer. 'Let's see what they find. I wouldn't be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes,' Trump says in the videos, which were taken during an event to endorse Rep. Billy Long....
    CALUMET CITY, Ill. (WLS) -- Thaddeus Jones became Calumet City's first Black Mayor.RELATED: Several Chicago suburbs choosing mayors, trustees and council members TuesdaySaturday was a historical day for the South Suburb when Jones took the oath Saturday during a special city council meeting, which was set for the purpose of swearing in Calumet City officials."I would just like to say thank you to my family and all my supporters who have been here with me, cried with me, laughed about me when I had my hair grow a little, and actually pray with me," Rep. Jones said.RELATED: Evanston mayor election 2021 among local Illinois primary elections Tuesday; mayoral races also in Dolton, BerwynJones, who defeated incumbent Mayor Michelle Markiewicz in last month's election, will duel-wield the title of state representative and mayor of Calumet City.
    DONALD Trump appeared to tell a cheering Mar-a-Lago crowd that Arizona will be the first state to fall and undo the "rigged" 2020 election. "I wouldn't be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes," Trump said of a Republican-led recount in Arizona's Maricopa County. 3Trump repeated his widely-debunked claims of election fraud during his Mar-a-Lago speechCredit: AFP 3A video of Trump's speech was shared to Twitter on FridayCredit: Twitter/Mystery Solvent "After that, you'll watch Pennsylvania, you'll watch Georgia," Trump continued. "And you're going to watch Michigan and Wisconsin." "This was a rigged election. Everybody knows it," he added. A recording of Trump's tirade was shared to Twitter on Friday. The former president continued to repeat his allegations that he only lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden because of widespread election fraud. No concrete proof of election fraud was ever made public. 3Former Arizona...
    Four-hundred million dollars. That’s one estimate for how much the election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom could cost taxpayers this fall. Could the hefty price tag become the focus of voter backlash against the Republican-led effort to oust the Democratic governor just a year before he would otherwise face re-election? “I’d say that framing it as a waste of money and waste of time probably is going to be pretty effective with swing voters who aren’t sure what they’re going to do about the recall,” said Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic strategist in the Golden State. While California’s finance department won’t have an official cost estimate for the election until this summer, the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials — the county officials who run the election — says they expect extra COVID-related precautions will push the costs of a special statewide election to roughly $400 million. Their estimate is...
    Listen to Chopper’s Politics, The Telegraph’s weekly political podcast featuring interviews with top politicians and commentators, hosted by Christopher Hope Was the last general election the start of an enduring rewiring of British politics? To answer that, look first to Hartlepool, where voters will be deciding their next MP on Thursday. It’s a seat never before held by the Tories, and it’ll provide the first hint of whether the fall of the Red Wall in 2019 was merely a temporary, Brexit-driven hiccup for Labour. So The Telegraph’s chief political correspondent, Christopher Hope jumps on a train to meet co-chair of the Conservative party Amanda Milling, to find out why she believes the opposition has taken the area for granted, whether a candidate from Yorkshire is truly the best person to take the seat, and why she’s confident the Downing Street refurbishment row hasn’t stretched beyond “the Westminster bubble”. Listen to...
    Democrats are reviving their go-to critiques of basic election integrity measures following the Florida legislature passing SB 90 — an election integrity bill which adds restrictions to absentee voting, ballot harvesting, and ballot drop boxes among other items — describing it as suppressive and a “revival of Jim Crow in the state.” The measure passed the Senate 23-17 and the House 77-40 this week, but not without debate from Democrats, many of whom have labelled the measure as suppressive. “We are not here because we have a problem with our elections,” state Rep. Omari Hardy, a Democrat, said. “We are here because the Republican former president lost his re-election in November, and, rather than admitting his defeat, he spun a web of lies, radicalized those lies, in an attempt to explain away the loss.” “This bill is the revival of Jim Crow in this state whether the sponsors admit it...
    Nearly 70% of voters cast ballots either early or by mail in the last election cycle. The number of Americans who voted either early or by mail skyrocketed in the 2020 election, with 69% using those "nontraditional" methods to cast ballots, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The census data shows a 29% increase from 2016 of people who voted either absentee or early in-person. Hundreds of Republican-introduced bills in state legislatures across the country since the 2020 election are now aiming to make those two methods of voting more difficult. On Thursday, Republicans in the Florida Legislature became the latest to pass a voter suppression bill, which GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he supports. The legislation would limit the use of ballot drop boxes, requiring them to be manned at all times, and imposing a...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he’ll launch his new social media site and podcast platform, Frank, at a rally in South Dakota’s Corn Palace on May 10. Lindell made the announcement Wednesday on a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump. “That’s going to be the grand, grand opening to the world,” Lindell said. “I just want to get the awareness of the Frank speech, for our free speech to get out there so they can’t suppress us anymore.” Lindell, an ardent supporter of Trump, started developing Frank after he was banned from Twitter for continuing to spread conspiracy theories and baseless claims that Trump won the 2020 election. Frank was supposed to have gone live to VIP users this month, but isn’t yet operational as a social media platform. So far it is hosting videos featuring Lindell and his...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina talks with Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio as they await President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House chamber of the Capitol on April 28, 2021. Congressional Republicans are expressing a lot of sorrow these days over the death of the bipartisanship they have so earnestly pursued. Sure, they spent an entire eight years seeking to block every legislative initiative that was ever even a twinkle in President Obama's eye, but that was two presidents ago. Just because nearly all of them sold their constituents lies of widespread election fraud in 2020 and then most of them joined a lawsuit en masse to overturn the election, it doesn't mean they aren't willing to work across the aisle. Just because a mob of rabid Donald Trump supporters hopped up on GOP lies tried to violently overthrow the seat...
    (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finds himself in an unenviable position. On the one hand, Democrats have called him a hypocrite for voting to acquit former President Donald Trump in the recent impeachment proceedings before the US Senate, even as McConnell argued (as did, presumably, the seven Republicans that voted to convict) that Trump bore "moral responsibility" for the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol. On the other, Trump viciously attacked McConnell in a Tuesday press release, calling him a "dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack." Lanhee J. ChenBut McConnell has generally been successful against his political opponents, and this time may be no different. His decision to speak forcefully against Trump immediately after his vote to acquit was, in reality, the only way that McConnell could guarantee his position at the center of the debate over both the policy and political approaches that the GOP will take in...
    Texas Republican Susan Wright The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX-06: Texas' 6th Congressional District will kick off this year's first competitive special election for the House on Saturday, though we'll almost certainly have to wait until an as-yet-unscheduled runoff before we know the winner. That's because, under state law, all candidates from all parties are running together on a single ballot. In the event that no one captures a majority—which is all but certain, given the enormous 23-person field—the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to a second round. Exactly who that lucky twosome might be is difficult to say, given the paucity of recent polling and, in any event, the difficulty of...
                        Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel this month said her organization will hold U.S. President Joe Biden and other Democrats accountable for putting out false narratives about Georgia’s voter integrity law. McDaniel, in a press release, said Democrats’ distortions cost Georgia millions of dollars when Major League Baseball pulled events out of the state. McDaniel laid out her plan on the FOX Business channel this week. “We took out ads in all the Black newspapers, letting them know how much money was lost by the MLB moving out of Cobb County. It was $100 million,” McDaniel said. “We have billboards up in Georgia. We are fighting back.” One RNC ad was an open letter to MLB ownership, as shown in an RNC press release. “Your decision to betray Georgians was based on false information spread by partisan...
                        Former Georgia State Rep. and declared gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones on Thursday called U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Atlanta “a slap in the face to those who live here.” Biden traveled to the Atlanta area Thursday to celebrate his first 100 days in office. Jones this month blasted current Gov. Brian Kemp’s job performance during last year’s elections. Jones took jabs at the president in an emailed press release Thursday. “Biden’s disinformation campaign, regarding the Georgia Election Integrity Act, is crippling minority-owned small businesses in Georgia by encouraging boycotts against the state. Biden recently encouraged the relocation of the 2021 MLB All-Star Game away from Georgia – a move that is projected to cost the Atlanta region over $100 million in potential business. Now, he wants to come to that very same city, and tout his new infrastructure and...
    Bradley Cortright April 29, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) says she is willing to debate her decision to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection” during her primary race. During an interview with Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman, Cheney expressed confidence that she will defeat a primary challenger. However, she admitted that it could be a tough fight. “I’m confident I’m gonna win. It’s gonna be, certainly, a challenging primary. I’m preparing for that right now. We’ve got multiple opponents,” she said. She continued: “I also think there are some pretty big constitutional issues at stake, and I think those are really important. So anybody who wants to get in that race and who wants to do it on the basis of debating me about whether or not President Trump should have been impeached, I’ll have that debate every day...
    Here we go again, California. It looks like we'll be facing a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021.Recalls in California are convoluted, at times comical, and this time around - expensive. Confused about what comes next? When and how to cast your vote? We're breaking down everything you need to know about the 2021 California governor's recall election.Why is Gov. Newsom being recalled?The recall petition was introduced in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in California. The reasons stated on the recall petition don't actually have anything to do with Newsom's handling of coronavirus.The petitioners' grievances include:"Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens. People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce...
    Thursday on CBS’s “This Morning,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was confident in Democrats’ election prospects in 2022. Pelosi touted the Census results, which she hinted could be favorable for her party’s cause. “[E]lections are always a contest, and you see what happens in them,” she said. “But I feel very confident that the Democrats will hold the majority after the next election. I think that we’re — for all the huffing and puffing the Republicans are doing, these numbers were not as good for them as they had hoped. They wanted three in Texas, two in Florida and the rest. But many of the — much of the growth in many of these places that picked up more numbers, more — more members in Congress, the growth was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the rest, so we’ll see where those votes go.” “But this is right now,” Pelosi...
    Donald Trump said Thursday he is '100 per cent' considering running for president in 2024 as he previewed he could tap Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his running mate this time around. 'Are you thinking about running again, Mr. President, in 2024?' Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo asked Trump in a call-in interview Thursday morning. 'Yes, 100 per cent,' he quickly replied. 'And the polls show that everybody wants me to do it,' he added. '100 per cent I'm thinking about running and we will, I think, be very successful.' When asked if Trump would consider running with DeSantis, he gave a glowing assessment of the Republican governor of Florida, where the former president now resides. 'Well he's a friend of mine,' Trump said. 'I endorsed Ron and after I endorsed him he took off as a rocket ship, he's done a great job as governor.' 'A lot of people like...
    Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) said that “outrage” over Georgia’s new election integrity legislation “is not about civil rights, or our racial past, it’s about rigging elections in the future.” The senator made his remarks while responding to President Joe Biden’s first address before a joint session of Congress delivered on Wednesday evening. “I’m an African-American who has voted in the South all my life. I take voting rights personally,” Scott said. “Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” The senator went on to say that voters agree, adding, “Big majorities of Americans support early voting, and big majorities support Voter I.D., including African-Americans and Hispanics.” “Common sense makes common ground, but today, this conversation has collapsed,” Scott continued. “The state of Georgia passed a law that expands early voting, preserves mail-in voting, and, despite what the President claimed, did not reduce Election Day hours.” “If you...
    Maybe Team Treason needs to sit this one out. During the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Officer Michael Fanone was attacked, beaten, Tased, and suffered a resulting heart attack at the hands of the violent pro-Trump mob. He was one of the hundred officers injured during the mob's attempt to find and capture Trump's vice president and insufficiently loyal lawmakers, part of a Trump-announced, Trump-endorsed scheme to "march" to the Capitol and block the counting of electoral votes confirming Trump's loss. It was a genuine—if incredibly stupid—attempt at overthrowing government. During the attack on Fanone, Fanone reported members of the crowd urged each other to shoot Fanone with his own gun. In an interview with CNN, Fanone seems to have little patience for Republican figures now trying to "whitewash" the insurrection that nearly killed him. It's "very difficult being elected officials, and other individuals, kind of whitewash the events of that...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Buckle up, California. The race to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is already becoming a circus.Dozens of people have announced they're running or hinted they might be.Candidates span the gambit from conventional (former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox, for instance) to the absurd (looking at you, Mary Carey). There's also celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and actor Randy Quaid, who tweeted this week he's also mulling a run.Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger predicted that more than 100 candidates will ultimately be on the ballot this year. Why? Well, it also happened in 2003. It's largely because running in the recall election is relatively easy.RELATED: Map shows where the most recall Gavin Newsom signatures came from in CaliforniaAccording to the California Secretary of State's office, a person who wishes to run in the recall election of a governor must be a U.S. citizen, registered to vote in...
    A former football coach is suing the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, claiming athletic officials violated his First Amendment rights when they fired him over a derogatory tweet in January.   In his tweet, Chris Malone made fun of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' weight, and accused her of election fraud following Democrats Jon Ossoff's and Raphael Warnock's victories in their run-off Senate races. 'Congratulations to the state of GA and Fat Albert @StaceyAbrams because you have truly shown America the true works of cheating in an election, again!!!,' the tweet read.  'Enjoy the buffet Big Girl! You earned it!!! Hope the money was good, still not governor.'  Malone deleted the tweet amid a furious backlash and accusations of racism. But two days after it was first posted, the school forced him to resign, calling 'the entire post appalling.' Former University of Tennessee-Chattanooga offensive line coach Chris Malone, left, was removed...
    Former President Donald Trump is preparing to restart his MAGA ralles and said Wednesday that he will announce if he is running for president again after the 2022 midterm races conclude.  CNN reported Wednesday that Trump had initiated discussions with his advisers about restarting the rallies - despite there still being a coronavirus risk - on behalf of Republican candidates he's endorsed, and the rallies could resume as early as May.  Then during a podcast taping for the Dan Bongino show, Trump said the 'appropriate time' to announce a third presidential run would be after next year's midterm, as he also slammed a potential GOP primary rival, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, calling him a 'total loser.'   Former President Donald Trump could restart his MAGA rallies as early as May, according to CNN, while he told Dan Bongino on Wednesday that if he was going to announce another run for president he'd...
    (CNN)Voter suppression is nothing new. For years, some officials have erected barrier after barrier to the ballot box. It's happening again today with a tsunami of voter suppression bills across the country. But there's an even more ominous development on the horizon, one that hasn't garnered nearly enough media attention. As our organizations outlined in a new report last week, state legislatures aren't just trying to interfere with how votes are cast, they're also trying to interfere with the way elections are run.As of early April, there have been at least 148 bills introduced in 36 states that seek to give partisan state legislatures control of election processes and outcomes instead of the trusted experts, career professionals, and bipartisan volunteers who have run elections for decades. In what can only be seen as an open reprisal for the 2020 election outcome, anti-democratic leaders have launched an unprecedented set of measures...
    President Donald Trump unleashed another attack on GOP Rep. Liz Cheney Tuesday after she floated a potential run for president and said it should be 'disqualifying' for candidates to have backed Trump's election overturn effort. Trump, who earlier this month insulted the Wyoming Republican as 'crazy Liz Cheney,' said there is 'no way' she could win the White House.  'Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race. Based on all polling, there is no way she can win,' Trump said. Former President Donald Trump once again attacked GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday 'She’ll either be yet another lobbyist or maybe embarrass her family by running for President, in order to save face. This warmongering fool wants to stay in the Middle East and Afghanistan for...
    James Carville has never been shy about speaking his mind. And right now the veteran Democratic consultant, who first grabbed national attention as the top strategist on then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign, is taking aim at "wokeness" in his own party. Carville, a Louisiana native nicknamed the "Ragin' Cajun," points to Saturday's comfortable victory by the more moderate Democrat over the more progressive rival in the special election runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District and tells Fox News that "woke got the crap beat out of it." MORE MODERATE DEMOCRAT TOPS PROGRESSIVE RIVAL IN SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION IN LOUISIANA State Sen. Troy Carter topped state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson by 10 points in the race to fill the congressional seat left vacant earlier this year when Rep. Cedric Richmond, who represented the district for a decade, stepped down to join President Biden's administration as senior adviser and director of the...
    A California recall effort has collected enough signatures to trigger a historic 2021 election in which voters could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office . It’s going to be a political spectacle. But it’s still not clear that it will match the wild ride of the 2003 recall that ushered Arnold Schwarzenegger into office. The current recall effort has some reality TV star power, but there are indications it won’t reach the drama of 2003, and Newsom appears to be better situated to prevent his ouster. A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll of likely voters found most Californians — 56% — oppose recalling Newsom, while 40% support it. Conversely, a week before the 2003 recall, an L.A. Times poll found 56% of likely voters would vote yes on recalling Gov. Gray Davis, while 42% would vote no. Just 2% said they were undecided. Still, it’s a humbling...
    Bradley Cortright April 27, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) primary challenger Kelly Tshibaka is insisting that the results of the presidential election are in doubt. In an interview with CNN, Tshibaka claimed that the election results are still in doubt, more than four months after President Joe Biden was sworn in. “We don’t know the outcome of the 2020 election,” Tshibaka said. “In the 2020 election, there were questions raised in several states, and we’re not allowed to look into the questions of those allegations to see what actually happened.” She added, “I still have questions, and I think millions of other Americans do too.” Former President Donald Trump lost his reelection bid to Biden, who won 306 electoral votes handily clearing the 270 electoral threshold needed to clinch the White House. However, Trump repeatedly made unfounded claims that the election was stolen through widespread fraud. His...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Voted to a four-year term in 2018, Gov. Gavin Newsom could potentially be voted out of office in just a few months. The Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday that organizers of the recall Newsom campaign collected enough valid signatures to force a new election this fall. The last California governor to be recalled was Gray Davis, ousted in 2003, and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Organizer of the recall effort are hoping for a similar outcome. READ MORE: Disneyland Preps For Limited Reopening On Friday “We’re very emotional right now. I mean, this is a historic day in California history,” Randy Economy, who helped spearhead the move to recall Gov. Newsom, told CBSLA’s Chris Holmstrom. The group RecallGavin2020 gathered 1.6 million signatures, about 100,00o more than necessary, from California voters unsatisfied with the governor’s performance. “I think when you put one man in charge of the...
    Fox News Media on Monday filed a memorandum of law in support of motions to dismiss Smartmatic’s billion-dollar defamation lawsuit over the network’s 2020 election coverage. The network, which filed the documents in New York Supreme Court along with replies from Fox personalities Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, and former Fox host Lou Dobbs, argued in the opening lines of the motion that the real “threat” to democracy is Smartmatic’s lawsuit — not Fox’s coverage of the “stolen” election claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies. “Smartmatic asks this Court to become the first in history to hold the press liable for reporting allegations made by a sitting President and his lawyers, and to break that barrier in the context of one of the most newsworthy events imaginable: a contested presidential election. This Court should decline that First-Amendment-defying request. When a sitting President claims an election was stolen...
    More On: gavin newsom SF DA taking heat over domestic violence cases Bill Maher mocks Caitlyn Jenner’s California governor bid California’s COVID-19 infection rates dip to nation’s lowest Ex-porn star and model among those vying for California gov’s job A recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom has garnered enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot, officials said Monday. More than 1.6 million signatures have been verified to enable a recall election, which would likely be held in the fall, according to the California secretary of state’s office. California voters would face two questions on the ballot: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? More than half of the voters must say yes on the first question in order for the answers on the second to be counted. Last week, Caitlyn Jenner, a longtime Republican, announced she is running to replace Newsom. The 71-year-old has a...
    SACRAMENTO — Critics of Gov. Gavin Newsom are celebrating the announcement that more than enough valid voter signatures have been submitted to trigger a special election in which he could be removed from office. But there’s no certainty on when the recall election will be held, leaving the governor’s supporters and opponents alike in limbo. The process for a recall is unlike those governing other elections under the California Constitution and state law. It’s also a rare event: Of the 179 state and legislative recall efforts in California history, only 10 have ever made it to the ballot. The Newsom recall is the 11th to qualify but only the second since major changes were made by the California Legislature in 2017, a series of extra steps that could delay the special election until late fall. California Gov. Gavin Newsom to face recall election as Republican-led effort hits...
    Over the weekend House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was on the Sunday shows again, or at least a Sunday show, or at least Fox News. The Sunday show format has gotten so tiring it largely passes without notice every week: The same Republican camera hogs go on the same programs to repeatedly bullshit an already put-upon public with the same rote answers, shrugging off whatever rote challenges to their narratives the fabulously paid hosts might on occasion rouse themselves—briefly—into offering, in what at this point amounts to a cooperative attempt by hosts and guests alike to turn all issues of existential import to the public into a sneering variety show themed around insulting non-Beltway audiences, over and over, for ever giving a damn. It is the place where news goes to die; it is each week's funeral for accountable government, lorded over by the same voices that did the killing....
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has only one thing on his mind of late: The ongoing recount of 2020 presidential ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County."Incredible organization and integrity taking place in Arizona with respect to the Fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election," said Trump in a statement Monday afternoon. "These are Great American Patriots, but watch, the Radical Left Democrats 'demean and destroy campaign' will start very soon." He issued another statement in which he attacked Republican Gov. Doug Ducey as "one of the worst Governors in America, and the second worst Republican Governor in America." (Presumably Trump believes Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who he has repeatedly savaged for not being willing to overturn the election results, is the worst governor in the country.)So what's really going on here? And does the Arizona recount have a chance at, well, changing anything? I reached out to Jen Fifield, a reporter covering the recount at...
    Donald Trump has told associates that he would back a Democratic candidate in Arizona's Senate race if Republican Governor Doug Ducey decided to run, according to a Monday report. The former president is still holding a grudge against Ducey for refusing to overturn the 2020 election results in Arizona as he pushed claims of widespread voter fraud. Two people familiar with Trump's private conversations told the Daily Beast that the former president would consider traveling to Arizona to campaign for Democratic Senator Mark Kelly. Both sources, however, said they think Trump wasn't being totally serious. One said the former president's political operation wouldn't be 'caught dead campaigning to keep the Senate more Democrat[ic].' The comments, however, underline Trump's deep hatred of Ducey and desire to drive him out of the GOP. Donald Trump has told close associates that he is considering backing a Democrat for the Arizona Senate...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy continues to thread a precarious needle as he tries to balance all the factions of the Republican Party by simultaneously keeping close to former President Donald Trump while also rewriting the narrative of his role on both January 6 and the weeks leading up to the insurrection at the US Capitol.When Trump left office, McCarthy had to decide whether to denounce him for inciting the January 6 attack or embrace him in hopes that it would help Republicans secure the majority of the House in the 2022 midterms, a feat that would most likely make McCarthy House speaker. McCarthy flew to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort days after Trump left Washington, DC, making the calculated decision that it is better to have Trump as an ally, rather than an enemy. "He could change the whole course of history," McCarthy said of Trump's influence over the Republican Party...
    PIERS Morgan has revealed Donald Trump phoned him after he promised to give him the secret to winning the US Election. The 55-year-old Good Morning Britain host had appealed to the President on American TV saying: "If you take my advice you still have a chance to keep the White House." 7Piers Morgan spoke directly to Donald Trump via Fox News yesterday Piers made the cheeky statement on Fox News, which Trump is known to be an avid viewer of. Tonight, it appeared the appeal had paid off, with Piers tweeting: "Just had a 25-minute chat on the phone with President @realDonaldTrump from the White House. His last words? ‘Piers, I’m going to win.'" When the star's brother Jeremy called it another piece of "bizarre" family news, Piers replied nonchalently: "Normal Saturday for me." ITV presenter Piers also revealed the topics they had covered saying: "We talked about all sorts...
    Bradley Cortright April 25, 2021 0 Comments House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is being pressed about reported details of a call he had with then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 as protesters were storming the U.S. Capitol. In February, CNN reported that McCarthy had a phone call with Trump as protesters stormed the building and that the former president told him, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” During an appearance on Fox News on Sunday, the California Republican was asked whether those remarks were accurate. He said, “When I talked to President Trump about [it], I was the first person to contact him when the riots were going on. He didn’t see it. When he ended the call was telling me he would put something out to make sure to stop this. And that’s what he did, he...
    Protesters erected a cardboard caricature of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside the U.S. Capitol during his March 24 testimony before Congress in which he was grilled about the social media platform's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Facebook executives have been dismissive from the start about attempts to hold them accountable for their social media platform’s role in inciting and organizing the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol—including CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress last month in which he evaded questions about his company’s culpability, saying: “I think that the responsibility here lies with the people who took the actions to break the law and do the insurrection.” But an internal Facebook report uncovered by BuzzFeed shows that the company failed to take action against “Stop the Steal” and other accounts where false information about the election was widely propagated in an attempt to delegitimize the 2020 election, violence...
    The Census Bureau is expected to roll out California’s latest official headcount soon, and the Golden State could lose a congressional seat for the first time in its history due to a steep decline in population growth. Over the past decade, the annual population growth rate has slipped to 0.06%, lower than at any time since at least 1900.  California would drop from 53 to 52 House seats - still more than any other state - and would in turn lose electoral votes in the presidential election. Meanwhile, states like Texas and Florida are growing their populations and political clout. Texas is expected to gain as many as three seats, according to an Election Data Services analysis, and Florida two. Arizona and Colorado could also gain seats.  CALIFORNIA TO BAN NEW FRACKING PERMITS  If California manages to hold onto all 53 House seats, it could be thanks to the work...
    Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal April 24, 2021 0 Comments Former President Donald Trump hammered Democrats on Friday for filing an 11th-hour lawsuit to try to prevent an audit of Arizona’s Maricopa County 2020 election systems from going forward. He alleged the reason is clear: They want to keep the “fraud” he believes occurred in the 2020 presidential election from being revealed. On Thursday, the day before the audit was to begin, the Arizona Democratic Party sued GOP Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen, seeking for an injunction to be put in place blocking the audit, claiming that the measure was unlawful. In their complaint, the Democrats claimed that Senate Republicans do not have proper procedures in place to ensure the security of the ballots and called into question the independence of the companies the lawmakers contracted to oversee the audit. The Arizona...
    In today's closely divided Congress with deep ideological divisions, gridlock often explodes into tense confrontations and shouting matches. Here are the top congressional clashes of the week: 1. Demings and Jordan's screaming match over interruption and anti-defund-the-police amendment In a House Judiciary Committee markup on Wednesday considering a bill to provide incentives to stop debt-based suspension of driver's licenses, Republican Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina proposed a short amendment that read: ‘‘A State that defunds, disbands, or disestablishes a law enforcement agency of that State is ineligible to receive a grant under this paragraph." Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida, the former chief of Orlando's police, criticized the amendment. "It's interesting to see my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support the police when it is politically convenient to do so," she said. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking...
    (CNN)On January 6, we just learned, Capitol Police officers were told to look for anti-Trump protesters, rather than for the former president's devoted supporters, who ultimately overran the building in a deadly insurrection. Frida GhitisWith every revelation about the events of that infamous day, the need to piece together the entire story becomes more urgent.During a House Administration Committee hearing on Thursday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren described the orders, which were relayed in a radio call the morning of January 6 and uncovered during an ongoing review of officer conduct. According to Lofgren, who chairs the committee, the officer said, "Attention all units on the field, we're not looking for any pro-Trump in the crowd. We're only looking for any anti pro-Trump who want to start a fight."But the Capitol Police issued a statement Thursday saying the call "has been misquoted and is lacking ... necessary context." Neither Capitol Police nor...
    Facing a disqualification motion arguing that he is unfit to practice law, Lin Wood agreed on Friday to put another attorney in charge of a lawsuit that he filed nearly three years ago against MSNBC host Joy Reid. Earlier this year, Reid’s attorneys argued that Wood was “unfit to practice in this or any other court,” in light of his post-election efforts to “subvert the Constitution and the rule of law,” his “scurrilous” attacks against Chief Justice John Roberts, and a litany of “frivolous and vexatious actions.” The motion sought to revoke Wood’s pro hac vice permission to practice before the court, permission attorneys must receive to practice in a jurisdiction where they are not licensed. Wood’s latest motion claims that his departure from Reid’s case “moots” the disqualification motion leveled against him by Reid’s attorneys, which aimed to oust him from appearing pro hac vice in court proceedings...
    GEORGE W Bush, the 43rd President of The United States, recently revealed who he voted for in the 2020 election. Bush, who is perhaps best known for being the President during 9/11 has voiced some displeasure with the current Republican Party. 3President Bush held office from 2000-2009 Who did President Bush vote for in the 2020? Bush, who has voiced displeasure with the Republican Party since his time in office, recently announced his unconventional ballot in 2020. Bush, rather than voting for either Trump or Biden, Bush wrote in Condoleezza Rice. Rice served as Bush's Secretary of State during Bush's second term, from 2005-2009. 3President Bush was in office during the 9/11 attacks in New York City. Bush revealed his pick during an interview with People, while promoting his new book: Out of Many, One. The book tells the  "the inspiring journeys of America's immigrants and the contributions they make...
    He was the Prime Minister who slumped to a historic landslide defeat little more than two months after declaring victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Winston Churchill, though revered by the British people for his decision to keep the country in the war in the dark days of 1940, was not seen as the right man to 'lead the peace'. Instead, voters in the July 1945 election chose the Labour Party - led by Churchill's former indispensable War Cabinet colleague Clement Attlee – to lead the historic post-war recovery. Now, the latest episode in a Channel 5 series about Churchill reveals the moment voters at a campaign rally booed the then PM before chanting 'We want Labour!'  Just two days later, voters cast the ballots which would turf him out of office.  The show, Churchill: Fallen Hero, which airs tonight at 9pm, also hears from a series of...
    Months after admitting he didn't vote for either major candidate in the 2020 presidential election, former president George W. Bush told People this week who he actually chose.Bush told the magazine that he wrote in Condoleeza Rice's name when he cast his ballot in November and that he let her know she was his choice."She knows it," Bush told People. "But she told me she would refuse to accept the office."The revelation was the first time the former president has said who he voted for. The New York Times reported in June 2020 that Bush didn't plan on voting for then-President Donald Trump, though Bush spokesman Freddy Ford denied the claim.RELATED: George W. Bush's new portraits of 43 immigrants include famous faces and everyday heroes"This is completely made up," Ford said in an email at the time to the Texas Tribune. "He is retired from presidential politics and has not...