Tag Archives: 2018 elections

Mitt Romney’s 2018 Senate Bid Gets More Likely

Politico reports: Utah Republican Boyd Matheson is forgoing a 2018 Senate campaign, a decision that further opens the door for Mitt Romney to run. Matheson, a former chief of staff to Utah Sen. Mike Lee and the president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank, announced on Monday that he would not run for the seat currently held by longtime ...

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SORRY NOT SORRY: Ohio Dem Gubernatorial Candidate “Apologizes” For Bragging About Sexual Conquests

“If I offended anyone, particularly the wonderful women in my life, I apologize. But if I have helped elevate the discussion on the serious issues of sexual assault, as opposed to personal indiscretions, to a new level…I make no apologies. Suggesting the admitted conduct of Senator Al Franken and the alleged conduct of Judge Roy Moore are on the same ...

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OHIO: Dem Governor Candidate Brags About Sexual Conquests: I’ve Bedded 50 “Very Attractive Females”

Cleveland.com reports: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, apparently trying to head off any criticisms from his opponents, revealed his sexual escapades over the years on a Facebook post. A post on O’Neill’s official Facebook said he was speaking up “on behalf of all heterosexual males” after allegations against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken came ...

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GOP Fears Second Rout In 2018 Midterms

McClatchy reports: The Tuesday night rout of Republican candidates up and down the ballot has triggered alarm bells in Republican circles that a deteriorating political environment could set in motion a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections. The most dramatic results unfolded in Virginia, where Democrats swept up victories in the governor’s race and delegate contests across the state, ...

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30th House Republican Hits The Exit

CNN reports: The head of the powerful House judiciary committee, Bob Goodlatte, is not running for re-election, the Virginia Republican announced Thursday. “It’s been an honor to serve #VA06 – thank you for your support and trust. It’s time to step aside. I’ve decided I will not seek re-election,” Goodlatte tweeted. Goodlatte is the latest high profile House Republican to ...

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Two More House Republicans Hit The Exit

ABC News reports: Two longtime GOP lawmakers announced their retirements Tuesday from the House of Representatives, adding to the growing list of Republicans electing to leave Capitol Hill under the Trump administration rather than face voters in next year’s midterm elections. Twelve-term Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey declared in a statement that “our nation is now consumed by increasing ...

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Pelosi: Impeachment Shouldn’t Be A Priority [VIDEO]

Politico reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that even if Democrats were to retake control of the House in the 2018 elections, pushing for impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump would not be one of their legislative priorities. “It’s not someplace that I think we should go,” Pelosi, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said of whether ...

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RETIRING: Rep. Lamar Smith Joins GOP House Exodus

“For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else. At the end of this Congress, I will have completed my six-year term as chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee. I have one new grandchild and a second arriving soon! And I hope to find other ...

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COLORADO: White Nationalist Former GOP House Rep. Tom Tancredo Jumps Into 2018 Gubernatorial Race

The Denver Post reports: After back-to-back losses in 2010 and 2014, immigration hardliner and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo plans to try again in 2018 to become Colorado’s next governor — a move spurred in part by his anger at Republicans for not protesting when a Colorado Springs resort canceled a white nationalist conference where he was supposed to speak. ...

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REPORT: Mitt Romney Mulls 2018 Senate Bid

Talking Points Memo reports: Alarmed by President Trump and the shrinking faction of Republicans willing and able to stand up to him, Mitt Romney is seriously considering one more run for public office. Sources close to Romney tell TPM that he’s leaning toward a run if Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) decides to retire, a move that sources close to Hatch ...

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ARIZONA: Bannon-Backed Pro-Trump Senate Candidate Kelli Ward Celebrates Jeff Flake’s Exit Announcement

The Hill reports: Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward (R), who was polling ahead of Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in the GOP primary before he announced he wouldn’t run for reelection, touted her chances of being elected in 2018 in a Fox News interview today. “We need new leadership, new GOP leadership in Washington, D.C., and I look forward to being a ...

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Sen. Jeff Flake Savages “Outrageous, Not Normal” Trump In Exit Speech: I Won’t Be Complicit [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not run for reelection next year, saying he was appalled by President Donald Trump and the direction of the Republican Party. “We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal,” Flake said in a passionate speech on the Senate ...

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Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake Will Not Seek Re-Election

The Arizona Republic reports: Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018. The bombshell, which Flake, R-Ariz., intended to detail Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, will further roil Republican hopes of keeping ...

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ILLINOIS: Embattled GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Rides Harley In Clip Announcing 2018 Reelection Bid [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports: Gov. Bruce Rauner made official Monday morning what had long been expected, formally announcing plans to seek a second term as the state’s chief executive despite turmoil within his own Republican Party. His campaign released a two-minute-plus video in which a Harley-Davidson riding Rauner criticizes his chief political nemesis, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. Rauner positions ...

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Sanders: I’ll Run In 2018 As An Independent [VIDEO]

The Concord Monitor reports: Bernie Sanders said he’ll run for re-election next year as an independent candidate. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and independent senator from Vermont made the news in an interview with the Monitor on Sunday evening after energizing Democratic activists packed into the American Legion hall in Rollinsford, along the Maine border. Sanders’s trip to the first-in-the-nation ...

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White House Insiders And Top GOP Figures Worry That Losing House In Midterms Will Mean Impeachment

CNN reports: Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril. In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans inside and outside the White House told CNN conversations are ramping up behind the scenes about whether Trump fully grasps that his ...

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Steve Bannon Declares “Season Of War” Against GOP, Vows To Primary Every GOP Senator Except Ted Cruz

Via Breitbart: Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon declared a “season of war” against the GOP establishment in an electrifying speech at the Values Voter Summit Saturday, warning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “these folks are coming for you.” “There’s a time and season for everything, and now it’s a season of war against ...

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GOP Sen. Susan Collins: No Run For Maine Governor

At a press conference streamed live on Facebook just now, Republican Sen. Susan Collins announced that she will not leave the Senate next year to run for governor of Maine. Collins put an end to months of speculation when she made her announcement at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Friday morning. Collins is Maine’s senior U.S. Senator, having held her ...

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CALIFORNIA: Democratic State Senate President Kevin De Leon Likely To Challenge US Sen. Dianne Feinstein

CNN reports: California Democratic state Senate president Kevin de León intends to enter California’s 2018 Senate race against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, three sources with knowledge of his plans say. De León has begun calling labor leaders and elected officials to inform them of his plans, the sources said, and is expected to soon announce his campaign against Feinstein, a giant ...

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MISSOURI: Republican AG Announces US Senate Bid

The guy who once advocated that Missouri legalize anti-LGBT discrimination (even though no statewide protections currently exist) today announced his run for the US Senate. The Associated Press reports: Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has made it official: He’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2018. Hawley, a 37-year-old in his first year of ...

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