Politics

Palin Blames Loss On “Crazy, Confusing” Voting System

The Associated Press reports: Wednesday’s results were a disappointment for Ms. Palin, who was looking to make a political comeback 14 years after she was vaulted onto the national stage when John McCain selected her to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election. After Ms. Peltola’s victory was announced, Ms. Palin called the ranked voting system “crazy, convoluted, …

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Republicans Plot Lawsuits To Block Student Debt Relief

The Washington Post reports: Republican state attorneys general and other leading conservatives are quietly exploring a slew of potential lawsuits targeting President Biden’s plan to cancel some student debt — challenges that could limit or invalidate the policy before it takes full effect. In recent days, a number of GOP attorneys general from states including Arizona, Missouri and Texas have …

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Putin Too Busy To Attend Mikhail Gorbachev’s Funeral

The Associated Press reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday paid tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev but will not attend the late former Soviet leader’s funeral, a decision reflecting the Kremlin’s ambivalence about Gorbachev’s legacy. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that prior to departing for a working trip to Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, Putin visited a Moscow hospital where …

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Carlson: Jackson Mayor Purposely Caused Water Crisis

Media Matters has the transcript: TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Jackson, Mississippi is going to be “the most radical city on the planet.” Most politicians don’t follow through on their promises, but Chokwe Lumumba definitely did. He has made Jackson so radical that it no longer has drinking water, or any water. For the third day in a row, you just can’t …

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Sarah Palin Loses Special Election For US House Seat

CNN reports: Democrat Mary Peltola won the special election to fill Alaska’s House seat for the remainder of 2022, according to unofficial results released by the Alaska Division of Elections, thwarting former Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid at a political comeback — at least for a few months. But she’ll get another chance at the House race — Palin and Peltola …

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GOP Candidates Scurry To Scrub Anti-Abortion Stances

Axios reports: Republican candidates around the country are trying to disappear the hardline anti-abortion stances they took during their primaries. Blake Masters, the GOP Senate nominee in Arizona, removed language that said, “I am 100% pro-life,” per NBC News. House candidates Tom Barrett of Michigan, Christian Castelli in North Carolina, and Barbara Kirkmeyer in Colorado also removed language from their …

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Charlie Crist Resigns From US House Effective Today

Bloomberg News reports: Democrat Charlie Crist said he is resigning Wednesday from his US House seat as he campaigns to reclaim the Florida governorship from Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis in the November elections. Crist, whose decision shrinks Democrats’ already slim House majority, had previously announced he wouldn’t seek another House term amid his challenge to DeSantis, who is running for …

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Mehmet Oz: Abortion Is “Still Murder” At Any Stage

The Daily Beast reports: TV doctor turned Republican senatorial candidate Mehmet Oz has been tough to pin down on abortion. He claims to be “100% pro-life,” but he also has some exceptions. And as recently as 2019, Oz defended Roe v. Wade. But now, The Daily Beast has obtained audio from a campaign event this May where Oz staked out …

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Rubio Only +3 Over Demings In Florida US Senate Poll

Florida Politics reports: A new poll shows Florida’s U.S. Senate contest tied within the margin of error and Democrat Val Demings winning independents. Impact Research released polling that showed Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio winning 49% of the vote, while Demings, an Orlando Congresswoman, takes 46% of the vote. That puts the candidates within the poll’s 3.5 percentage point …

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NY Warns Pharmacies Against Refusing Birth Control

Gothamist reports: New York Attorney General Letitia James sent out letters this week to CVS and Walgreens, cautioning the pharmacy giants that it is illegal in the Empire State to deny customers reproductive health products. The warnings come in response to recent news reports that employees at Walgreens stores elsewhere in the country have delayed or refused reproductive services such …

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Garland Bans DOJ Appointees From Campaign Events

The Washington Post reports: Justice Department political appointees cannot participate in campaign-related activities in any capacity, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Tuesday, describing the change as necessary “to maintain public trust and ensure that politics — both in fact and appearance — does not compromise or affect the integrity of our work.” The new policy underscores the intense political scrutiny …

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GOP Poll Shows Mark Kelly +3 Over Blake Masters

The Hill reports: Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is leading Republican challenger Blake Masters by 3 points in the state’s Senate race, according to a new poll. A poll from the Atlanta-based Trafalgar Group, a GOP polling firm, found Kelly leading Masters among respondents when they were asked who they would vote for if Arizona’s 2022 midterm elections were held …

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Scholz Pushes To Add Up To Nine New EU Members

Politico Europe reports: The EU should significantly expand but must first undergo fundamental reforms to ensure an enlarged bloc can still function, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Monday. During an hour-long speech at Charles University in Prague, Scholz outlined his vision for an EU of the future — one that has absorbed up to nine new members on its eastern …

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Ben Shapiro Calls On Republicans To Dump Trump

The New York Post reports: Prominent right-wing media personality Ben Shapiro called on the Republican Party to ditch former President Donald Trump to boost its chances of winning elections. The founder of the Daily Wire news site and the host of the daily podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” suggested that the GOP should nominate a non-Trump candidate in 2024 to …

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Scott: McConnell Is Wrong, Our Candidates Are “Great”

“Ron Johnson’s running a great race against a radical in Wisconsin. Ted Budd’s running a great race against a soft-on-crime North Carolina Supreme Court justice. Herschel’s running a great race against Warnock down in Georgia. We’ve got J.D. Vance running a great race against Tim Ryan. “We’ve got great candidates. Look at the background of these people. I mean, these …

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Ticket Dismissed In Texas Pregnancy/HOV Lane Case

The Houston Chronicle reports: A pregnant Dallas-area woman made national headlines after she argued last month that she was allowed to drive in the high-occupancy (HOV) lane because under Texas’ new abortion law her unborn baby counted as the second passenger—and the law may indeed be on her side. Brandy Bottone, 32, originally received a traffic citation for using the …

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MS Gov Declares Capital City’s Water Unsafe To Drink

The Mississippi Free Press reports: Jackson’s water system is failing and water across the city is entirely unsafe to drink, officials said at an emergency briefing Monday night. State leadership have warned all residents of Mississippi’s capital city to boil water before drinking or even brushing their teeth. “We need to provide water for up to 180,000 people for an …

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NJ Gov Condemns Manhattan Congestion Pricing Plan

Gothamist reports: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is defending the text message to state E-ZPass users that urged them to publicly comment against the MTA’s congestion pricing program proposal. The message, which was sent this weekend and which made the rounds on social media, simply said congestion pricing “will increase cost and congestion for NJ drivers.” The MTA is in …

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McConnell To Host Fundraiser With Oz And Walker

ABC News reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday will host a fundraiser with Senate candidates in key battleground states a week after appearing to criticize the “quality” — of some GOP Senate candidates. Herschel Walker, running for Senate in Georgia, Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, and Rep. Ted Budd, running for Senate in North Carolina, …

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RNC Blames Biden For Defacing Of Florida GOP Office

Florida Politics reports: Vandals sprayed a hateful, vulgar message on a window and damaged door locks at the Seminole County Republican Party headquarters. Someone sprayed the words “Eat Sh** Fascists” on the storefront window of the Seminole Republicans’ office in Casselberry. A symbol for anarchists was added. The door locks were damaged with glue, preventing officials from being able to …

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