Politics

GOP Virginia Gov Welcomes Buzz About 2024 WH Bid

The Richmond Dispatch reports: On Wednesday evening, favor-seeking business people, lobbyists and activists, having stroked checks for four and five figures to Glenn Youngkin’s political action committee, streamed into the former  Foundry of the Confederacy — for up-close-and-personal time with a newbie governor eyeing another job: the presidency. Youngkin, in a dark suit rather than trademark fleece vest, worked the …

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Indiana Gov Signs Near-Total Abortion Ban Into Law

The Indianapolis Star reports: Indiana’s near-total ban on abortion will take effect Sept. 15. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced late Friday that he had signed Senate Bill 1 within an hour of its passage, capping a marathon day that saw both chambers pass the bill outlawing abortion except for several narrow exceptions. “Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that …

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GOP Rep Who Voted To Impeach Trump Wins Primary

The Washington Post reports: Washington state Rep. Dan Newhouse, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump in the wake of the Capitol insurrection, has advanced to the general election in the state’s 4th Congressional District, according to a race call by The Associated Press. Newhouse will face Democrat Doug White in November’s general election in …

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Cultist Dodges Ticket With “White Privilege” Card

Vice News reports: A Trump-loving Californian visiting Anchorage for a MAGA rally last month showed local police a novelty “white privilege card” after she was pulled over for swerving in her lane. But instead of citing or ticketing the woman for failing to show her driver’s license, cellphone video taken by the motorist shows officers had a laugh, took a …

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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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Tim Ryan +11 Over J.D. Vance In Ohio Senate Poll

Via press release: A new poll from Center Street PAC, a non-partisan political action committee, shows Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) leads Republican J.D. Vance 49% to 38%, among Likely Voters, with 12% undecided. The numbers continue the upward trend in support for Ryan, whose lead over Vance among Likely Voters widened by 8 points, since a July 2022 poll. While …

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All 50 State AGs Form “Anti-Robocall Task Force”

Ars Technica reports: Attorneys general from all 50 states have created an Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force “to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States,” they announced yesterday. In the task force’s first action, it “issued 20 civil investigative demands to 20 gateway providers and other entities …

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Dems Rush To Capitalize On Kansas Abortion Vote

Roll Call reports: Democrats seeking to retain control of Congress are doubling down on the need for abortion rights after Kansas voters resoundedly defeated a ballot measure that would have made it easier for state lawmakers to restrict the procedure. “What was done in Kansas shows you how much people in this country value reproductive rights and freedoms,” Democratic National …

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Ron DeSantis’ Spox Teases “Major” Announcement

The New York Post reports: The office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is set to make a “major” announcement Thursday morning, a spokesperson said. Taking to Twitter Wednesday night, DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw teased the impact of the announcement and said it will cause the “liberal media meltdown of the year.” “MAJOR announcement tomorrow morning from @GovRonDeSantis. Prepare for …

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McConnell Retreats On Rosy Midterms Predictions

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is managing expectations about how many Senate seats are likely to flip in the midterm election after Trump-backed candidates who have perpetuated election fraud conspiracies advanced on Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be very tight. We have a 50-50 nation. And I think when this Senate race smoke clears, we’re …

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Johnson Floats Plan To Wreck Social Security, Medicare

The Wisconsin State Journal reports: Saying programs like Social Security and Medicare suffer from improper oversight, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday called for turning every government program into discretionary spending programs, meaning Congress would have to allocate funding for the programs each year. Such an effort could lead to yearly battles over the programs — fights that some Republicans …

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AZ House Speaker Loses Primary After Jan. 6 Testimony

Axios reports: Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker who rose to national prominence after testifying to the Jan. 6 committee about Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure him into overturning his state’s vote for Joe Biden, lost the Republican primary for an open state Senate seat, per AP. Former state Sen. David Farnsworth trounced Bowers for the Republican nomination in Legislative …

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MI GOP Rep Who Voted To Impeach Loses Primary

NPR reports: Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Capitol riot, has narrowly lost his Republican primary to Trump-backed conservative challenger John Gibbs. The loss for Meijer is a boost for Trump as he continues endorsing primary challenges to Republican Senate and House members who disagree with his false narrative that the 2020 …

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Trudy Busch Valentine Wins MO Dem Senate Primary

St. Louis’s CBS affiliate reports: Trudy Busch Valentine has won the Democratic nomination for the open US Senate seat in Missouri. Valentine defeated marine veteran Lucas Kunce and several other challengers. Valentine, a nurse, and member of the brewing Busch family will be a heavy underdog against Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in the general election. She has never held …

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Kansans Decisively Vote To Protect Abortion Rights

The Associated Press reports: Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions or ban the procedure outright. It was the first test of voter sentiment after the U.S. …

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POLL: Dem NY Gov +16 Over GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin

From Emerson College Polling: The latest Emerson College Polling survey of New York voters finds Governor Kathy Hochul with a 16-point lead in the gubernatorial November election against US Representative Lee Zeldin; the Governor leads the Representative 51% to 35%. Seven percent plan to vote for someone else and 7% are undecided. “Hochul has a clear base of women voters …

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Congress Set To Ban Private Ownership Of Big Cats

Roll Call reports: The Senate is expected to take up and approve a House-passed bill that would restrict the breeding or possession of “big cats,” including tigers, lions, jaguars and cougars, and limit ownership of the animals to zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, veterinarians and universities. The bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, was approved by the House 278-134 on July …

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Final Poll Shows Dead Heat In AZ GOP Gov Primary

From Emerson College Polling: The final Emerson College Polling survey of the Arizona Republican primary finds Karrin Taylor Robson in a statistical dead-heat in the race for party nominee for Governor against Kari Lake, 47% to 46%. Just 4% are undecided heading into Tuesday’s election. When these voters indicate who they are leaning towards, the race remains in deadlock, Taylor …

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NY Gov Declares Monkeypox “Disaster Emergency”

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a ‘disaster emergency’ in the State of New York in response to the monkeypox outbreak. “After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our aggressive ongoing efforts to confront this outbreak,” Governor Hochul said. “More …

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GOP US House Candidate Booted From Florida Ballot

Florida Politics reports: A Leon Circuit Judge has disqualified Republican Jerry Torres from the ballot in Florida’s 14th Congressional District. Judge John Cooper ruled in favor of the Florida Democratic Party and others who sued and argued Torres should be disqualified for having qualification papers notarized when he wasn’t present. Torres, founder and former CEO of Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, …

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