Democrats

Kathy Hochul Sworn In As New York Governor [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Kathy C. Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo, became the 57th governor of New York early Tuesday, making history as the first woman to ascend to the state’s highest office. She was sworn in at the State Capitol by the state’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore, in a private ceremony, capping a whirlwind chain of events …

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Dem ICU Doctor Launches Bid For Tennessee Governor

The Hill reports: Jason Martin, an intensive care unit doctor, is set to announce his candidacy for Tennessee governor on Monday, saying he hopes to take his experience on the frontlines of the pandemic to the governor’s mansion in a state still grappling with the spread of COVID-19. Martin, a Democrat who works at community hospitals across Tennessee, says the …

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Cuomo Begins Move Out Of NY Governor’s Mansion

The New York Daily News reports: Outgoing Gov. Cuomo is on the move. A U-Haul truck was spotted Friday morning outside of the Executive Mansion in Albany, where Cuomo has remained holed up during his final days in office. The governor has made no public appearances since announcing last week he will resign in the wake of a blistering report …

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Texas House Achieves Quorum After 38-Day Walkout

The Guardian reports: After a 38-day walkout,  the Texas House now has the required two-thirds of members necessary for a quorum to conduct legislative business, and Republicans have already scheduled a hearing on the voting bill for Saturday. The standoff reached a tipping point last week after Republicans authorized law enforcement to find and arrest their missing Democratic colleagues and …

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Biden: “I Stand Squarely” Behind Afghanistan Decision

The New York Times reports: President Biden offered a defiant defense on Monday of his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David amid chaotic scenes at the Kabul airport following the collapse of the Afghanistan government to the Taliban. Speaking to the American people from the ornate East Room, Mr. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Crisis In Afghanistan

USA Today reports: Facing intense criticism for his handling of Afghanistan, President Joe Biden will address the nation from the White House on Monday, the administration announced. Biden has not yet spoken publicly about the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country. Taliban fighters completed their stunning sweep by seizing control of Afghanistan’s capital Sunday as American troops scrambled to evacuate …

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NY Assembly To Drop Cuomo Impeachment Probe

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo is off the hook when it comes to impeachment. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) announced Friday that the impeachment investigation into the scandal-scarred governor will be suspended once Cuomo steps down later this month. Evidence collected by the Assembly Judiciary Committee and independent investigators will be passed along to “relevant investigatory authorities,” …

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Kathy Hochul: Yes, I’ll Run For NY Governor Next Year

Gothamist reports: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul reiterated her ability to lead New York — and said she’d run for governor next year — in an interview on NBC News on Thursday. “I’m prepared for this. I’ve led a life working in every level of government from Congress to local government,” Hochul said in her first televised interview as the next …

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Trump Rejects Multiple Insiders’ Pleas For Vaccine PSA

The Daily Beast reports: It’s been more than six months since Donald Trump left office and, despite pleas from multiple friends and advisers, the former president has kept refusing to mount anything resembling a real effort to get his supporters vaccinated. According to four people who’ve independently spoken to Trump about a potential pro-vaccine campaign, the former president has shown …

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AirTrain To LGA May Not Happen Without Cuomo

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo’s resignation led to an outcry among Port Authority staffers who want the agency’s top officials to halt his controversial proposal to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport. ”For too long, Gov. Cuomo and his staff have repeatedly pushed the agency to make non-transparent, politically motivated decisions, including decisions that squander the trust …

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LIVE VIDEO: Incoming NY Governor Holds First Presser

The New York Daily News reports: Incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul is set to on Wednesday hold her first press conference since Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation over allegations that he sexually harassed 11 women. The low-key lieutenant governor, who will take over the gubernatorial reins once Cuomo leaves office on Aug. 24, picked the Blue Room of the State Capitol …

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Ecstatic Booker Celebrates “Gift” Of GOP Amendment Allowing Democrats To Vote Against Defunding Police

Newsweek reports: Senator Cory Booker gave a brief but lively endorsement on the Senate floor of a proposal about defunding the police in a video that has gone viral on social media. The New Jersey Democrat was animated on Tuesday when he teased Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), whose amendment to the Democrats’ 2022 budget resolution would cut federal funding to …

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Wisconsin Dem US House Rep. Ron Kind To Retire

Roll Call reports: Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind, a moderate, business-friendly Democrat, told reporters in the state capital Tuesday he would retire at the end of this term. Kind’s decision makes it easier for the GOP to flip his seat next year, a spokesman for a super PAC said in a statement. “This will be my last term in office. I …

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Kathy Hochul To Become NY’s First Female Governor

The Democrat & Chronicle reports: Kathy Hochul will soon find herself as the first female governor in New York state history after an abrupt end to the three-term tenure of embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo on Tuesday announced he would step down, with his resignation taking effect in 14 days, clearing the way or Hochul to be elevated to the …

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Senate Approves Infrastructure Bill In 69-30 Vote

The New York Times reports: The Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges and fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives, delivering a key component of President Biden’s agenda. The vote, 69-30, was uncommonly bipartisan; the yes votes included Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate …

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Louisiana Gov: Please Pray And Fast Against COVID

Via press release: Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling upon Louisianans who believe in the power of prayer to join him and First Lady Donna Edwards in praying and fasting during their lunch time for three days for Louisiana health care workers and all of those who are sick with or affected by COVID-19. In addition to prayer, the Governor …

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Infrastructure Deal Expected To Get Final Vote Tonight

Politico reports: President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal cleared its final serious Senate hurdle Sunday night, putting the legislation on a glide path to passage as soon as late Monday. In a 68-29 vote, the Senate closed down debate on a bill negotiated by a bipartisan group of 10 senators that spends $550 billion in new money on the nation’s …

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Top Cuomo Aide Resigns Amid Harassment Scandal

The New York Times reports: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, said late Sunday that she had resigned, a move that came as the governor fought for political survival after a report from the New York State attorney general concluded he had sexually harassed nearly a dozen women. Ms. DeRosa had stood by the governor’s side for years …

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Texas Democrats Sue Governor Over Special Session

The Texas Tribune reports: Twenty-two Texas House Democrats sued some of the state’s top Republican leaders in federal court in Austin late Friday, alleging that GOP officials’ efforts to bring them home for a special legislative session infringed on their constitutional rights to free speech and to petition the government for redress of grievances. The lawsuit was filed on the …

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Biden Thanks “Courageous” US Olympians [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Biden on Saturday sent out a video message thanking U.S. athletes for representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the event’s closing ceremony this weekend, commending their “courage” and resolve to push themselves amid the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden went on to acknowledge that “getting to the Olympics is a long journey, …

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