Tag Archives: Democrats

House Dems Call On Senate To Reject Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green For Anti-LGBT Comments

USA Today reports: Nearly three dozen House Democrats are asking the Senate to reject President Donald Trump’s pick for Army secretary, arguing he cannot be trusted to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soldiers are able to serve without discrimination or harassment. “LGBT soldiers are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to protect our rights and freedoms,” the lawmakers wrote ...

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Dems Try Again On National Ex-Gay Torture Ban

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Name something on the agenda for Democrats in Congress and it’s likely DOA — including a bill to protect LGBT kids, which the Republican majority let die last year without a hearing. And yet, buoyed by their progressive constituency and resolve to set themselves apart from the Trump administration, Democrats will take another shot this ...

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OPEN THREAD: Georgia US House Race Results

The Associated Press reports: The eyes of the political world are on Atlanta’s northern suburbs Tuesday as voters go to the polls in a special election that’s about much more than the House seat up for grabs. Democrat Jon Ossoff is aiming to win the seat outright — topping 50% and avoiding a runoff. If he succeeds, it would deliver ...

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Warren Plays Coy On 2020 Presidential Bid [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday she has no plans to run for president in 2020. “No,” Warren answered when asked on NBC’s “Today” show if she was plans a White House bid. “I am running in 2018 for senator from Massachusetts.” Host Matt Lauer appeared to question her response, saying “a lot of people are already ...

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NEW JERSEY: Dem Gubernatorial Frontrunner Vows To Fight The Trump Administration On LGBT Rights

The Asbury Park Press reports: New Jersey governor hopeful Phil Murphy told LGBT leaders in Asbury Park Thursday that having a Democrat in office would help defend gains made by the community. While speaking at the headquarters of Garden State Equality, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy and education organization, Murphy said that President Donald Trump’s election had been “worse than ...

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House Democrats Demand Revocation Of Kushner’s Security Clearance Over Undisclosed Russian Ties

Politico reports: A handful of House Democrats are calling on federal authorities to suspend Jared Kushner’s security clearance amid a wide-ranging probe into Trump associates’ contacts with Russian officials. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser failed to disclose numerous foreign contacts when he applied for top secret clearance, including at least two meetings with high-profile Russians during Trump’s transition to ...

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Senate Dems Block Gorsuch, Set Up Nuclear Option

The Washington Post reports: Democrats successfully blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court from advancing in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, sparking what is expected to be a bitter clash with Republicans over how the chamber confirms high court nominees. Gorsuch failed to earn the 60 votes needed to end debate on his nomination. In response, Majority ...

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Chelsea Clinton Leaves Door Open For 2020 Challenge To Trump: “Right Now, The Answer Is No” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Congresswoman Clinton? President Clinton? For now, Chelsea Clinton says her only plan is to burnish her profile as an author of children’s books. The former first daughter embarked on a six-state book tour Tuesday that was scheduled back when she believed her mother was on the way to the White House. Still, with Hillary Clinton’s political ...

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Senate Dems Secure Votes To Filibuster Gorsuch

The New York Times reports: Senate Democrats on Monday appeared to secure the votes necessary to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, sending the body hurtling toward a bitter partisan confrontation later this week. With an announcement from Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to vote on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Owner Of Popular Gay Bar Caught Up In Corruption Scandal Involving Dem District Attorney

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams [photo] sent his friend and benefactor Michael Weiss this text in November 2014: “What does your badge say?” Weiss replied: “District Attorney, Special Advisor.” “Fancy,” Williams countered playfully about the official role he had conferred on Weiss, who owns bars in Philadelphia, including Woody’s, an iconic gay bar in Center City. ...

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Pelosi Blasts Trump For “Disgraceful And Incendiary” Lies Unmasked Today By FBI Director James Comey

The Hill reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that President Trump must apologize for “disgraceful and incendiary” claims former President Barack Obama wiretapped him last year. Pelosi said in a statement that FBI Director James Comey’s testimony earlier in the day “put the last nail into President Trump’s mendacious wiretapping claims.” “President Trump owes President Obama and ...

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WASHINGTON: Man Rips Down And Stomps Pride Flag Outside Capitol Hill Office Of Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Via press release: Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today called the attack on the Pride flag outside his Capitol Hill office “a shocking demonstration of hate” and yet another example of a wave of intolerance that has spiked across the nation over the past several months. Yesterday, a visitor to the Cannon House Office Building entered the Congressman’s office and angrily ...

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Former Dem Mayor Pleads Guilty In Meth/Sex Sting

The Washington Post reports: After three decades of public life, Richard “Scott” Silverthorne was known simply as the mayor around Fairfax City. But online, a prosecutor said Monday, he used a sexually suggestive screen name that would lead to his stunning downfall. Using the online moniker, Silverthorne, 50, arranged an orgy with an undercover police officer in exchange for methamphetamine ...

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Democrats Savage GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

From Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: Trumpcare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care. This plan would cut and cap Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, and force Americans, particularly older Americans, to pay more out of pocket for their medical care all so insurance companies can pad their bottom line. It ...

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Eric Holder: Obama Is “Ready To Roll” Back Into Politics With Dem Fundraising And Redistricting Efforts

Politico reports: Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair ...

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Senior House Dem Won’t Shake Trump’s Hand Tonight

The Hill reports: A senior House Democrat well known for securing a prime center aisle seat to shake the president’s hand at joint sessions of Congress announced Tuesday he won’t follow the tradition for President Trump. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a House floor speech early Tuesday afternoon that he won’t be making the bipartisan gesture when Trump walks ...

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Obama Congratulates New DNC Chairman Tom Perez: He’ll Unite Democrats Under The Banner Of Opportunity

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama has congratulated Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party and commended his decision to ask runner-up Keith Ellison to be his deputy. Obama said in a statement that he knows “Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic ...

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Bernie Sanders Warns New DNC Chairman Tom Perez: The Same Old Democratic Party No Longer Works

Politico reports: Seeking to move the party ahead, Sanders issued a statement congratulating Perez shortly after the results were announced. “I congratulate Tom Perez on his election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and look forward to working with him,” he said, a break from his earlier warnings that a vote for Perez would be a vote for the ...

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Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez Narrowly Elected DNC Chairman After Controversial Voting [VIDEO]

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee this afternoon in Atlanta on the second ballot after coming within a half-vote of winning during the first round. (Democrats Abroad get a half-vote each.) Perez narrowly beat Rep. Keith Ellison with a final second round tally of 235-200. Considerable controversy erupted during the first round ...

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Democrats Question Trump’s Mental Health

The Hill reports: A growing number of Democrats are openly questioning President Trump’s mental health. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office. Sen. Al Franken ...

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