Democrats

PA Gov Signs Order Against Ex-Gay Torture Of Minors

Via press release: Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2022-2 to protect Pennsylvanians from conversion therapy. “Conversion therapy is a traumatic practice based on junk science that actively harms the people it supposedly seeks to treat,” said Gov. Wolf. “This discriminatory practice is widely rejected by medical and scientific professionals and has been proven to lead to worse mental …

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Biden Signs Inflation/Climate Bill, Gives Pen To Manchin

The Washington Post reports: President Biden on Tuesday signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, an ambitious measure that aims to tamp down on inflation, lower prescription drug prices, tackle climate change, reduce the deficit and impose a minimum tax on profits of the largest corporations. At a bill signing ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House, …

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Val Demings +4 Over Marco Rubio In New Senate Poll

The Hill reports: Rep. Val Demings (D) leads Sen. Marco Rubio (R) by 4 percentage points in Florida’s Senate race, according to a poll released Tuesday. The poll, released by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab, shows Demings with the support of 48 percent of surveyed registered voters who said they would vote in the midterms. Rubio, …

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Dems Accuse DHS Watchdog Of Hindering Riot Probe

The New York Times reports: The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog, who is under criticism for his handling of an investigation into missing Secret Service text messages around the time of the Capitol attack, is refusing to cooperate with congressional demands, even blocking his employees from testifying before Congress, two top Democrats said on Tuesday. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, …

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Dem Challenger Nearly Tied With Texas AG Ken Paxton

The Hill reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Democratic challenger Rochelle Garza are almost tied ahead of this year’s midterms, a poll released Monday shows. The Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll found Paxton leading Garza 34 to 32 percent among Texas voters, within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. …

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16 State AGs File Brief Against FL’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law

Yahoo News reports: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in filing an amicus brief opposing Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay top statewide official, says that the law, which prevents classroom discussion …

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NYT Endorses Jerry Nadler Over Carolyn Maloney

From the editorial board of the New York Times: The newly created 12th Congressional District puts voters on Manhattan’s East and West Sides into a single district, forcing a contest between the veteran House members Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, who have represented the borough for decades. Mr. Nadler has served in Congress since 1992, and his seniority has proved …

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House Passes Inflation Reduction Act In 220-207 Vote

The Washington Post reports: House Democrats on Friday approved a sprawling bill to lower prescription drug costs, address global warming, raise taxes on some billion-dollar corporations and reduce the federal deficit, sending to President Biden the long-delayed, last component of his economic agenda in time for this year’s elections. The 220-207 vote marked the culmination of more than a year …

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TODAY: House Expected To Pass Sweeping Climate Bill

NBC News reports: The House is expected to pass a sweeping Democratic bill to combat climate change and extend health care coverage Friday, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Passing the Inflation Reduction Act would deliver a major victory for the Democratic Party less than three months before the November midterm elections and cap nearly a year …

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Cuomo Sues NY For Sexual Harassment Suit Legal Bills

The New York Daily News reports: Former governor Andrew Cuomo thinks New York taxpayers should be on the hook for his legal bills. A year to the day after announcing his resignation amid sexual harassment allegations, the disgraced Democrat filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Letitia James for failing to provide him with legal representation after one of his accusers …

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Beto O’Rouke Calls Out Uvalde Heckler At TX Town Hall: “It May Be Funny To You, Motherfucker, But Not To Me”

The Huffington Post reports: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for governor in Texas, didn’t hold back when a heckler laughed as he described the gun used to murder 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde earlier this year. “It may be funny to you, motherfucker, but it’s not funny to me, OK?” O’Rourke fired …

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Openly Gay Becca Balint Wins Vermont House Primary

NBC News reports: Becca Balint, Vermont’s state Senate president, has won the Democratic nomination for the state’s at-large congressional seat, NBC News projects. The victory makes her likely to become the first woman to represent the heavily Democratic state in Congress. Vermont is the only state that has never had a female member of its congressional delegation. Balint, a state …

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Narrowly Wins Dem House Primary

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) narrowly defeated a primary challenger on Tuesday, topping former Minneapolis city councilman Don Samuels by a single-digit margin after a campaign focused on crime and Omar’s effectiveness in Congress. “Tonight’s victory is a testament to how much our district believes in the collective values we are fighting for, and how much they’re …

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New Florida Poll Shows DeSantis +3 Over Charlie Crist

Florida Politics reports: Survey results released by Progress Florida and Florida Watch show 47% of registered voters intend to vote for DeSantis for re-election, while 44% intend to vote for U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. DeSantis leads Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, 49%-43%. The Democratic nominee will be chosen in an Aug. 23 Primary. Pollsters Geoff Puryear and Annika Ramnath both say …

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Senate Poll Shows Demings And Rubio In Dead Heat

Florida Politics reports: Numbers from Progress Florida and Florida Watch show Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic challenger Val Demings tied, each with 45% support from those polled. Demings holds even with Rubio in the polling despite remaining an unknown quantity to more than a third of Florida voters. Gauging the favorability of both candidates, pollsters from The Hub found 36% …

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House Expected To Also Pass Landmark Senate Bill

The New York Times reports: On Sunday, Senate Democrats muscled through a $370 billion bill designed to move the country away from fossil fuels and toward solar, wind and other renewable energy. If the House passes the legislation later this week as expected, it will be the nation’s first major climate law, coming as scientists warn that nations have only …

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Biden Leaves WH For First Time Since Getting COVID

The Associated Press reports: Ending his most recent COVID-19 isolation, President Joe Biden on Sunday left the White House for the first time since becoming infected with the coronavirus last month, settling in for a reunion with first lady Jill Biden in their home state of Delaware. The president tested negative Saturday and Sunday, according to his doctor, clearing the …

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Harris Breaks Senate Tie To Advance Economic Package

NBC News reports: The Senate voted Saturday to advance a sweeping climate and economic bill with the support of all 50 Democrats, bringing long-stalled elements of President Joe Biden’s agenda one step closer to reality. The procedural vote on the filibuster-proof package was 51-50, with all Republicans opposing the motion to begin debate and Vice President Kamala Harris casting the …

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Biden Tests Negative For COVID, Continues Isolation

NPR reports: President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a letter from White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, but he will continue to isolate until he tests negative a second time. “The President continues to feel very well,” O’Connor wrote The president first tested positive for the virus on July 21. The administration said he experienced only …

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Fetterman To Hold First Post-Stroke Campaign Event

Politico reports: Pennsylvania Senate Democratic nominee John Fetterman is getting back on the campaign trail with his first public event since suffering a stroke in May The campaign stop will take place next Friday evening in Erie, a key bellwether county in the state, according to details shared first with POLITICO. It will be open to the press. Fetterman has …

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