Democrats

Newsom Joins Truth Social To Debunk “Republican Lies”

The Hill reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Thursday that he joined former President Trump’s Truth Social platform, saying in a tweet that he would be using it to call out and debunk “Republican lies.” “I just joined Trump’s Truth Social. Going to be on there calling out Republican lies. This could get…interesting,” he wrote on Twitter. “My …

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NYC Mayor Belatedly Endorses Hochul For NY Gov

The New York Times reports: As Gov. Kathy Hochul seeks a full term as New York’s first female governor, she has moved quickly to secure the backing of nearly every major New York Democrat. One surprising holdout: Mayor Eric Adams. That will change on Wednesday, when the mayor plans to announce his support for Ms. Hochul at a rally in …

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House Dems Seek $576M To Fortify Security At Capitol

Roll Call reports: House Democratic appropriators are ready to spend more than half a billion extra dollars to fortify security at the Capitol complex and bolster the Capitol Police, while also preparing for a potential wave of congressional staffers trying to unionize. It includes $1.3 billion for the Architect of the Capitol, a bump of $576 million from last year, …

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Poll: Fetterman +9 Over Oz, Shapiro +4 Over Mastriano

The Erie Times-News reports: A USA Today Network/Suffolk University poll in Pennsylvania released this week suggests a clear U.S. Senate frontrunner — with a tighter race for governor. According to the Suffolk University Political Research Center, Democrat John Fetterman holds a 9-point lead over Republican Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s closely watched U.S. Senate race. The two are seeking to fill …

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Biden Blasts Oil Giants’ Profits In Letter To CEOs

CNBC reports: President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on U.S. oil refining companies to produce more, saying they need to help alleviate the burden of high prices on consumers. “At a time of war – historically high refinery profit margins being passed directly onto American families are not acceptable,” the president said in a letter to oil companies including Exxon …

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Sanders: I Won’t Primary Biden If He Runs In 2024

ABC News reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive firebrand and former Democratic presidential candidate, said on Monday he would not challenge President Joe Biden in a 2024 primary and would back him if he runs — a comment that comes as Democrats are uncertain whether the 79-year-old President should run again. “I think it’s a little too early,” the Vermont …

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Former Dem Rep. Alan Grayson Launches US House Bid

Florida Politics reports: Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is making another run for Congress, this time in the newly drawn Florida’s 10th Congressional District covering northern Orange County. In CD 10, which stretches across much of northern Orange from Pine Hills to the University of Central Florida, Grayson would enter a Democratic Primary Election field that includes state Sen. …

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White House: Biden Will Meet With Saudi Crown Prince

Axios reports: After weeks of speculation, the agenda for President Biden’s mid-July Middle East trip is set, and it includes a visit to Saudi Arabia during which he expects to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a senior administration official told reporters. Biden on the campaign trail vowed to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” over the kingdom’s human rights record …

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New York Governor Signs Abortion “Safe Harbor” Laws

The New York Daily News reports: New York is going further to protect abortion seekers and providers as a potential Supreme Court ruling is expected that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Gov. Hochul on Monday signed a package of new measures into law meant to bolster legal protections for abortion service providers against extradition, arrest and legal …

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Harris Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Laws In DC Pride Speech

The Hill reports: Vice President Harris criticized Republican-led states that have passed dozens of laws targeting LGBTQ youth during a speech at a Capital Pride Festival in D.C. on Sunday. “No one should fear going to a nightclub for fear that a terrorist might try to take them down,” Harris said on Sunday. “No one should fear loving who they …

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Dems And Activists Protest DeSantis At NYC Venue

The New York Post reports: Protestors, including LGBTQ advocates and several Democratic New York politicians, railed against Chelsea Piers over its “dangerous” decision to host a conference featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday. Dozens of demonstrators, including veteran LGBTQ rights activist Allen Roskoff, chanted “Shame!” and “Boycott Chelsea Piers” while hoisting signs that read “Say Gay” and “Not during …

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Court Boots NRA’s Bid to Stop Probe By New York AG

CNN reports: A New York judge Friday rejected an attempt by the National Rifle Association to end an investigation of the organization by the state’s top attorney. State Supreme Court Judge Joel Cohen dismissed the NRA’s counterclaims against New York Attorney General Letitia James as not viable. The NRA had argued that James’ investigation was “unconstitutionally retaliatory or selective.” In …

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Biden Downplays Executive Order On Guns: “I Don’t Want To Emulate Trump’s Abuses Of The Constitution”

The Hill reports: “Can’t you issue an executive order?” Jimmy Kimmel asked the president during Biden’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Trump passed those out like Halloween candy,” Kimmel added. “I have issued executive orders within the power of the presidency to be able to deal with everything having to do with guns, gun ownership, whether or not you have …

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House Votes To Raise Age To Buy Assault Weapons

NBC News reports: The House voted Wednesday to raise the minimum age to buy semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, as part of a package of gun bills in response to a horrific spate of mass shootings across the country. The vote was 228-199, mostly along party lines, with nearly all Democrats voting “yes” and all but a small group …

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NY Gov Signs Bill To Convert Hotels Into Apartments

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Hochul signed a bill Tuesday that paves the way for underutilized hotels in the city to be converted into apartments, giving a boost to Mayor Adams who has characterized the legislation as a critical tool for tackling New York’s housing crisis. The bill — which Adams pushed state lawmakers to pass for weeks …

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Fetterman Runs First General Election Ads On Fox News

Politico reports: Some Democrats think the party should boycott Fox News. Not John Fetterman, though. The Pennsylvania Senate Democratic nominee is airing one of his first two general election TV ads on the conservative network in an appeal to blue-collar voters. The commercial, which was shared exclusively with POLITICO, portrays Fetterman as a political outsider who has pushed for policies …

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Resurrected Budget Package Faces Usual Roadblocks

Roll Call reports: ​Democrats face big obstacles and a deadline measured in weeks as they attempt to salvage a scaled-down tax, climate and health care package that could give them a boost ahead of the November elections. Conversations have been underway between Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer to negotiate a budget reconciliation bill — …

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New York Gov Signs Bills Banning Sales Of Body Armor And Raising Minimum Age To Buy Assault Rifles To 21

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday signed gun reform bills passed by Democratic lawmakers last week banning anyone under age 21 from buying or possessing a semi-automatic rifle, along with a series of other changes. “This is a moral moment for the people of New York but also the rest of the …

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NY Magazine Calls Feinstein “Mentally Compromised”

In the middle of their deep dive into Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s decades in office and her legacy, New York Magazine drops this observation: Feinstein, who turns 89 in June, is older than any other sitting member of Congress. Her declining cognitive health has been the subject of recent reporting in both her hometown San Francisco Chronicle and the New York …

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NYC Mayor To Stoners: “Enjoy Yourself, Light Up”

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor Adams promised Friday to not take a “heavy-handed” approach toward those who sell marijuana illicitly in the city and gave New Yorkers his blessing to smoke more pot. While New York legalized recreational weed use last year, the licensing system that’s supposed to regulate cannabis sales isn’t expected to kick off until late …

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