Republicans

Romney Only GOP Senator Not On COVID Task Force

The Hill reports: Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) is the only Republican senator not on a congressional task force created by the White House to study reopening parts of the country shuttered by the coronavirus. A list released by the White House on Thursday afternoon of the “Opening Up America Again Congressional Group” included nearly 70 senators, including all 52 of …

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GOP Senator: Open Now, Yes, Virus Will Spread Faster

USA Today reports: Sen. John Kennedy said Thursday that restrictive measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus are not worth the risk of economic collapse, even if that means more people become infected. “We’ve got to open this economy,” the Louisiana Republican told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “If we don’t, it’s going to collapse. And if the …

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FL Nursing Homes Ask DeSantis For Lawsuit Immunity

The Miami Herald reports: The decades-long quest of Florida elder-care facilities to secure greater protections against negligence lawsuits may get a boost from the unlikeliest of events: a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that is ravaging their residents. A trade group for Florida’s nearly 700 nursing homes is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to extend the state’s sovereign immunity provisions to the industry and …

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Texas AG To Appeal Ruling That Expands Vote-By-Mail

The Dallas Morning News reports: A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid of contracting COVID-19 through in-person voting should be allowed to vote by mail during the pandemic. State District Judge Tim Sulak said he will issue a temporary injunction allowing voters who fear catching the new coronavirus to qualify for mail-in voting through the …

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Kentucky Requires Voter ID As All ID Offices Are Closed

Vox reports: Kentucky’s heavily Republican legislature voted Tuesday to require voters to show a government-issued photo ID, overriding Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto in the process. Meanwhile, if a Kentucky voter heads to the state’s webpage hoping to learn how to obtain such an ID, they will encounter a message telling them ID-issuing offices are closed. Strict voter ID laws …

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South Dakota Cases Soar As Gov Refuses Lockdown

The New York Post reports: South Dakota’s coronavirus cases have begun to soar after its governor steadfastly refused to mandate a quarantine. The number of confirmed cases in the state has risen from 129 to 988 since April 1 — when Gov. Kristi Noem criticized the “draconian measures” of social distancing to stop the spread of the virus in her …

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DeSantis Defends WWE Move: We’re Watching Reruns

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday defended declaring professional wrestling an essential service and raised the possibility of holding other televised sporting events in empty venues as people shelter at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis said people are “starved” for new entertainment, a day after it was reported he gave the green light to the …

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GOP Rep: The Economy Is More Important Than Lives

NBC News reports: Reopening the economy is preferable to preventing a new wave of coronavirus deaths, a member of Congress from Indiana said Tuesday. “It is policymakers’ decision to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say it is the lesser of these two evils,” Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth told radio station WIBC-FM of Indianapolis. “It is …

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Rand Paul Gutlessly Subtweets Trump On “Authority”

The Daily Beast reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took an unsubtle shot at the president on Tuesday, pushing back on Trump’s claim of having “total” authority over states when it comes to reopening the economy post-coronavirus. In a tweet, Paul said that the U.S. Constitution does not allow the federal government “to become the ultimate regulator of our lives because …

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GOP Bill Would Allow COVID Patients To Sue China

Fox News reports: Sen. Josh Hawley unveiled new legislation this week to allow victims of the coronavirus pandemic to sue the Chinese Communist Party directly for damages by stripping the government of its sovereign immunity. The Missouri Republican said the “Justice for Victims of COVID-19 Act” will hold China’s government responsible for the global pandemic, create a State Department task …

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Huckabee Loses Battle To Reopen His “Private Beach”

The Florida Times reports: Federal Judge Roger Vinson today in Pensacola denied a request for an emergency preliminary injunction in favor of Mike Huckabee and other Florida beachfront landowners against a Walton County order closing the beach in front of their houses during the coronavirus crisis. The hearing was closed to the public. Only attorneys joined the conference call. But …

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FL Surgeon General Gets Yanked Out Of Gov’s Presser After Saying Precautions Should Continue Until Vaccine

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Floridians will be keeping their distance and wearing face masks for up to a year until a COVID-19 vaccine exists, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said Monday. Rivkees told reporters that Floridians needed to get used to current precautions, such as avoiding crowds of 10 or more and wearing face masks in public. “Until we …

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So Concerned: Approval Rating Drops For Susan Collins

The Bangor Daily News reports: Gov. Janet Mills saw a significant approval bump from last fall in a poll released Monday that showed Mainers are more likely to trust the state government to respond to the coronavirus outbreak than the federal government. The Democratic governor had a 60 percent approval rating in the poll conducted by Critical Insights in March, …

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Rand Paul Credits Genetics For His Mild COVID Case

Fox News reports: In his first interview since recovering from COVID-19, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described what it was like to contract the new coronavirus. “I had an extraordinarily mild case,” Paul, who is also a doctor, said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “I had no symptoms, never had a headache, never had a body ache, never had a …

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REPORT: McConnell Loathes Trump, Calls Him “Nuts”

Salon reports: According to an extensively researched report on what makes Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell tick, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer reveals that the Senate leader has reportedly called Donald Trump “nuts” behind his back — and that he cynically only supports the president because he is left alone to pursue his own agenda while Trump goes through the …

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Clerks To Begin Tallying Votes In Wisconsin Primary

The Associated Press reports: Municipal clerks across Wisconsin on Monday were set to start tallying votes from last week’s chaotic presidential primary, a count that was delayed for several days by the legal struggle over whether to postpone the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. At stake in Tuesday’s election were hundreds of local offices and a critical state Supreme …

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Kansas Gov Wins Court Battle On Church Restrictions

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting in-person religious gatherings to fight the coronavirus stands, the state Supreme Court ruled hours before Easter Sunday began. In a narrow ruling, the court said top Kansas Republican leaders didn’t follow the procedures outlined in a resolution approved by the full Legislature when they voted earlier this month …

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GOP Rep. Steve King Wants “Names And Addresses” Of COVID Patients So Others Can Make “Good Decisions”

“If we don’t know who is positive, then how do we know how to help them, pray for them, and how do we know not to visit them, for that matter? “People will say, well, there’s a stigma attached with that today. There may be. But I don’t know why there should be a stigma attached with it. You don’t …

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GOP Senator To Trump: Lift Malaria Drug Restrictions

ABC News reports: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is sending President Trump a letter from hundreds of physicians urging him to ease restrictions on malaria medication that has grabbed headlines, despite scant evidence, as a potential treatment for the coronavirus. Johnson said he decided to start gathering signatures for his letter over concerns that absent guidance from the Food and Drug …

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Republicans To Trump: Enough With The Daily Briefings

Surely these Republicans are wasting their breath: As unemployment soars and the death toll skyrockets, and new polls show support for the president’s handling of the crisis sagging, White House allies and Republican lawmakers increasingly believe the briefings are hurting the president more than helping him. Many view the sessions as a kind of original sin from which all of …

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