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Setback For Democrats On $15 Minimum Wage

NBC News reports: A ruling in the Senate late on Thursday dealt a severe blow to Democrats’ hopes of raising the minimum wage in the Covid-19 relief package, probably dooming the proposal in the legislation that is headed for a vote in Congress. The parliamentarian, the in-house referee, ruled that the provision was not compliant with rules governing the budget …

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BREAKING: Equality Act Passes House In 224-206 Vote

Politico Huddle reports: The House is set to vote today on the Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also provides sweeping protections for the LGBTQ community against discrimination. Your Huddle host caught up with Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the House co-sponsor of the bill, …

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Ex-GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Calls For “Centrist” Third Party

Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh writes for The Bulwark: It’s time to plant our flag, take ownership of where many American voters are, and begin down the difficult road of building a new political party. A “radically centrist, common sense, let’s get shit done party.” A party that is populist in tone and centrist in policy outcomes. A party that’s …

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LIVE VIDEO: Pelosi Speaks Ahead Of Equality Act Vote

The Independent reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi grew visibly upset at her weekly press conference on Thursday discussing Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s latest publicity stunt to rile up liberals over rights for trans people. Ms Pelosi’s chamber is poised to pass legislation known as the Equality Act on Thursday that would explicitly protect LGBTQ people in the US from discrimination from …

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Granholm Confirmed As Energy Secretary In 64-35 Vote

The Associated Press reports: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be President Joe Biden’s energy secretary. The vote was 64-35. Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. …

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Former Aide Accuses Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment

The New York Times reports: A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo published a lengthy essay on Wednesday morning accusing the governor of sexual harassment and outlining several unsettling episodes, including an unsolicited kiss in his Manhattan office. The aide, Lindsey Boylan, described several years of uncomfortable interactions with Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, including an invitation to play …

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PA Lt Gov Replaces Banned Flags With Bigger Flags

The Hill reports: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from his office balcony with bigger ones after lawmakers moved to ban the display. The legislation passed last month, and Fetterman has since been vocal about his intentions to defy the order until state lawmakers legalize marijuana for recreational …

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Virginia Bill To Abolish Death Penalty Heads To Gov

NBC News reports: State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its history than any other. The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign the measure, making Virginia the 23rd …

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Democratic US Reps Work Houston Food Bank [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia Garcia, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to reporters before volunteering at a food bank in Houston in response to the ongoing winter weather disaster in Texas. On Saturday morning, Reps. Lee, Garcia, and Ocasio-Cortez spoke to reporters for several minutes outside the Houston Food Bank before heading inside to help provide relief to Houstonians …

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Politico: Newsom Recall Drive Faces “Tight Finish”

Politico reports: The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has had nearly 670,000 signatures validated with a month left to reach roughly 1.5 million, according to an official Friday update, but the total number of valid signatures submitted is likely larger. It’s shaping up to be a tight finish for the drive to qualify only the second gubernatorial recall …

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Manchin To Vote Against Biden’s Budget Nominee

The Independent reports: Senator Joe Manchin has announced he opposes the nomination of Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management & Budget, Neera Tanden. The West Virginia Democrat said in a statement: “Her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the …

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Gay PA Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta Enters US Senate Race

Philadelphia’s ABC News affiliate reports: State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta announced that he plans to run for the US Senate seat that’s coming open with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey’s decision not to seek reelection in 2022. In a video to supporters on Thursday night, Malcolm vowed to tackle poverty across the state, fight against corporate interests, and ensure an equitable recovery …

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AOC To Visit TX After Raising $1M In Relief Donations

Newsweek reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has revealed that she plans to visit Texas at the weekend, as Senator Ted Cruz is embroiled in a scandal for flying to Cancun while locals battle power outages and a winter freeze. Posting on social media, Ocasio-Cortez said she would make a trip to Houston with Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) to highlight the problems …

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REPORT: Feds Probing Cuomo On Nursing Homes

The New York Daily News reports: Federal prosecutors and the FBI are probing the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID crisis, according to a report Wednesday. The U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York has launched an investigation focusing on the work of some of the senior members of the …

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Las Vegas Airport To Be Renamed For Harry Reid

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: The Clark County Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to rechristen McCarran International Airport for former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid. Spearheaded by Commissioner Tick Segerblom, who tried and failed as a state senator in 2017 to rename McCarran after the longtime influential Democratic lawmaker, the commission directed county staff to submit a request for the name …

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Cuomo Proposal Allows Home Delivery Of Legal Weed

The New York Daily News reports: New Yorkers could soon get legal weed delivered to their door. The Empire State is one step closer to approving adult use marijuana after Gov. Cuomo released an amended version of his pot proposal Tuesday that outlines how some of the tax revenue would be spent and allows for the delivery of cannabis products. …

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TONIGHT: Biden Holds Town Hall On COVID Response

The Washington Post reports: Biden is seeking Tuesday to return the nation’s attention to the coronavirus, with plans to participate in a nationally televised town hall focused on the pandemic and its economic fallout. The president is scheduled to travel to Milwaukee for the event to be hosted by CNN in front of what the network has advertised will be …

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Politico: Senate Trial Creates New Breakout Dem Stars

Politico reports: The Democratic House members who prosecuted the case against former President Donald Trump last week say they’ve been laser-focused on his trial. But as their speeches were being piped into Americans’ homes 24-7, they also elevated their national profiles — in some cases, generating considerable buzz about their prospects for higher office. Rep. Madeleine Dean is being talked …

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PA State Rep. Brian Sims Launches Bid For Lt Governor

New Now Next reports: Pennsylvania lawmaker Brian Sims made headlines back in 2012 when he became the first openly gay man elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature. Now he’s looking to make history again by announcing his run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. “I have a lot of hope when I look at the people across the country that decided …

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Puerto Rico Gov Urges Congress To Act On Statehood

Axios reports: Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi told “Axios on HBO” that “Congress is morally obligated to respond” to the island’s recent vote in support of statehood, and said he expects a bill to be introduced in the House by mid-March. Although statehood has been discussed for years, advocates say it is more likely now because Democrats control the House, …

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