Tag Archives: GOP

NC Bill Would Gives Raises To Armed Teachers

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: There’s a new push to allow North Carolina teachers to carry guns in school that some state lawmakers think has a chance of being approved this year. The School Security Act of 2019 would boost the salaries of teachers who underwent specialized police training to carry firearms on campus. The same bill was filed …

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All GOP House Reps Vote Against Ethics Reform Bill

The Washington Post reports: The House on Friday approved a far-reaching elections and ethics bill — one that would change the way congressional elections are funded, impose new voter-access mandates on states, require “dark money” groups to publicize their donors and force disclosure of presidential candidates’ tax returns. Democrats dubbed the bill H.R. 1, a designation meant to signal its …

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Leaked Chat Logs Show White Supremacist Hate Group Conspiring To Keep Racist GOP Rep. Steve King In Office

The Huffington Post reports: Newly leaked chat logs linked to a prominent hate group reveal that white nationalists have actively worked to keep Rep. Steve King and his racist ideology in office — by donating to his campaign, calling members of Congress to show their support when King stumbles or by attempting to reach the congressman directly. On Wednesday, an …

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Prosecutors To Drop Charges Against Aaron Schock

The Chicago Tribune reports: In a surprise move for a high-profile public corruption case, federal prosecutors in Chicago have agreed to drop all charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock if he pays back money he owes to the Internal Revenue Service and his campaign fund. The stunning deal, known as a deferred prosecution agreement, was announced Wednesday during what …

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GOP Sen. Mike Rounds: Trump Paid Hush Money To Stormy Daniels Because He Really Loves His Family

“Most of us are have a concern anytime you have a president who is trying to work through some very personal matters. I honestly think this president loves his family, and I think it has as much to do with trying not to have public discussions about something that is, for him, a private matter that he didn’t want to …

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FLORIDA: GOP Bill Would Undo All Local LGBT Rights

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Just when advocates for a statewide LGBTQ civil-rights appear to have more support than ever — including from a growing number of Republicans — another bill in the Florida Legislature is threatening to eliminate anti-discrimination measures already enacted by cities and counties. On its face, House Bill 3 would preempt local governments from imposing new regulations …

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Rand Paul Opposes Trump’s “Emergency” Declaration

The New York Times reports: Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, said on Sunday night that he would support a resolution that would overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, appearing to provide the crucial vote needed for the Senate to pass the measure. “I stand with the president often, and I do so with …

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GOP Rep Floats Third Party 2020 White House Bid

The Hill reports: Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Sunday that he’s not ruling out seeking the Libertarian nomination for the presidency in 2020. Amash said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he believes the United States needs a president who is “presenting a vision for America that is different from what these two parties are presenting.” …

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Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Gravely Ill With Cancer

The Forward reports: Billionaire casino magnate and pro-Israel mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is being treated for cancer. Adelson, 85, has been out of his office since late December due to side-effects from his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A lawyer representing one of Adelson’s casinos referred to his health as “dire” in court today. Adelson is worth $39 billion, according to the …

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GOP Senator Served With Subpoena On CPAC Stage

The Kansas City Star reports: Sen. Josh Hawley capped a tumultuous week Friday with his debut appearance at the American Conservative Union’s CPAC conference— and receiving a subpoena as he left the stage. Elad Gross, a Democratic candidate for attorney general who is suing Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office, said on Twitter that the Missouri senator was served moments after …

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Georgia GOP Attempts Another “Religious Liberty” Bill

Georgia Republicans are taking another shot at an anti-LGBT “religious liberty” bill similar to the one vetoed in 2016 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal after major corporations threatened to boycott the state. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: “Georgians need to be fully protected under the First Amendment,” said state Sen. Marty Harbin [left in photo above], a Republican from Tyrone who introduced …

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Ted Cruz At CPAC: Republicans Would Have Won The House If They’d Pushed Harder For Border Wall Funding

Politico reports: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed Friday that Republicans wouldn’t have lost the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections had Congress more aggressively pushed border wall funding earlier, adding that Democrats are only opposed to a barrier along the southern border because they “hate” President Donald Trump. Cruz said he warned that the GOP would likely lose …

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Arizona GOP Rep: Vaccines Are A Communist Value

The Hill reports: An Arizona state lawmaker said this week that state-mandated vaccines are a “communist” value. State Rep. Kelly Townsend (R), in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, warned that measles outbreaks are going to result in Arizonans having to “give up our liberty, the very sovereignty of our body.” “I read yesterday that the idea is being floated …

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Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage: If The Electoral College Is Abolished, White People Will No Longer Have A Voice

The Hill reports: Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Thursday that eliminating the Electoral College and electing a president based on the national popular vote would thwart the voice of white people. “Actually, what would happen if they do what they say they’re going to, white people will not have anything to say,” LePage, who served as governor from …

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TEXAS: Anti-Vax Republican State Rep Claims Measles Can Be Treated With Antibiotics (It Totally Cannot)

The Texas Observer reports: Texas state Representative Bill Zedler doesn’t understand the fuss over the resurgence of infectious diseases. “When I grew up, I had a lot of these illnesses,” he said, listing measles, mumps and chickenpox. “They wanted me to stay at home. But as far as being sick in bed, it wasn’t anything like that,” said Zedler, an …

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Prosecutor: More Arrests Likely In Election Fraud Case

Yesterday the Republican operative at the center of North Carolina’s election fraud scandal was arrested on seven felony charges. Today we learn more arrests may be coming. The Washington Post reports: Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman’s decision to seek indictments almost immediately after the close of those hearings sent a “clear signal,” she said, “that we take seriously the …

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Florida Bar Investigates Matt Gaetz For Cohen Threat

CNN reports: The Florida Bar is investigating Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz after his threatening tweet last night about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. Francine Andía Walker, the group’s director of communications, said the Florida Bar received a number of calls and emails regarding the tweet after it posted. According to disciplinary guidelines for the group, which is the …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Republican Operative Arrested On Seven Felony Charges Over 2018 House Election Fraud

Raleigh’s CBS affiliate reports: McCrae Dowless has been indicted on seven charges in connection to an investigation into absentee ballot irregularities in the NC District 9 general election. Dowless has been charged with three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballot. Dowless was arrested …

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Matt Gaetz Apologizes For Tweeted Threat To Cohen

The Washington Post reports: Hours after sending an incendiary tweet accusing Michael Cohen of infidelity, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) apologized late Tuesday, insisting that he did not intend to threaten President Trump’s former lawyer on the eve of his highly anticipated testimony before Congress. Without evidence, Gaetz suggested earlier Tuesday that Cohen, who is married, had multiple “girlfriends,” prompting some …

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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Openly Threatens Michael Cohen

WITNESS TAMPERING. Axios reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted a threat to President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen on the eve of his public testimony before the House Oversight Committee. Cohen originally postponed his appearance before various congressional committees in part because of “threats against his family” from Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani. At his hearing tomorrow, Cohen …

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