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ARIZONA: GOP Chair Kelli Ward Sends Email Vowing To “Stop That Gun-Grabber Mark Kelly Dead In His Tracks”

Talking Points Memo reports: Arizona GOP chairwoman Kelli Ward promised to stop Mark Kelly — husband of gunshot victim former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and Senate candidate – “dead in his tracks.” “Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks,” Ward wrote in a fundraising email. Neither the Arizona Republican …

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GOP To Cancel Presidential Primaries In At Least Four States So Trump Isn’t Embarrassed By Any Challengers

Reuters reports: Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers. Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans. The moves …

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Charges Dropped Against Homocon Aaron Schock

The Chicago Tribune reports: Six months after striking a rare deal with prosecutors, former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock on Wednesday was officially cleared of criminal charges alleging he used his campaign funds as a private piggy bank. Completing what’s known as a deferred prosecution, federal prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against Schock after he completed a probationary period where …

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Rep. Steve King Drinks From “Toilet” To Own The Libs

“I actually went into that cell where it was reported they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet. I took a drink out of there. And actually it was pretty good! “So I have a videotape and I smacked my lips but I didn’t send it out because this issue really needs to go into the rear …

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Anti-Gay GOP Rep. Bill Flores Latest To Hit 2020 Exit

The Dallas Morning News reports: Rep. Bill Flores announced Wednesday morning that he will not seek reelection to the U.S. House next year, becoming the fifth Republican congressman from Texas to voluntarily retire ahead of the 2020 elections. Flores, from Bryan, has served five terms, coming in with the tea party wave of 2010, the first midterm elections of the …

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McConnell: Calling Me “Moscow Mitch” Is McCarthyism

Hugh Hewitt: Senator, let me begin by talking to you about nicknames. I played the Cocaine song, because Cocaine Mitch is a popular hashtag among people like me. Grim Reaper is as well. But Moscow Mitch is McCarthyism. That’s absolutely despicable. What do you think of the last one? Mitch McConnell: Yeah, I mean, it’s modern day McCarthyism. Unbelievable for …

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McConnell Will “Absolutely” Fill Next SCOTUS Vacancy

Reuters reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Tuesday that Republicans would fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2019 or 2020, arguing the dynamic is different now than when the party held open a seat in 2016. Asked during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt if Republicans would support filing a vacancy on the Supreme Court in 2019 …

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Junior’s Rally For Kentucky Gov Flops Embarrassingly

Shareblue reports: Donald Trump Jr. could not attract much of a crowd in an extremely pro-Trump area of Kentucky to rally for Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday. The eldest Trump son promoted the event on Tuesday to his 3.79 million followers with a link touting the event as “an excellent opportunity to show your support” for Bevin. But the event …

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Tenth Republican House Rep Announces Retirement

Roll Call reports: Republican Rep. John Shimkus will not run for a 13th term in his southeastern Illinois district, vacating what will likely remain a safe Republican seat in 2020. Shimkus announced his decision Friday afternoon, saying he wanted to make his plans known as candidates begin to circulate petitions for office next week. “Serving in Congress has been a …

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Court Orders Twitter To Unmask Nunes Parody Accounts

The Sacramento Bee reports: A Virginia judge has asked Twitter to provide more information about the authors of two anonymous parody accounts that heckle California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes before deciding whether to dismiss the congressman’s lawsuit against the social media company. Judge John Marshall is weighing a request from San Francisco-based Twitter to dismiss Nunes’ lawsuit on the grounds …

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Texas Gov Sorry For Anti-Migrant Fundraising Letter

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that “mistakes were made” in his fundraising letter that used alarmist language in calling to “DEFEND” the Texas border and was dated one day before a deadly shooting that targeted Hispanics in El Paso. Speaking to reporters ahead of the second meeting of the newly formed Texas Safety Commission, Abbott said …

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MICHIGAN: Anti-Gay Former GOP State Rep Guilty Of Inventing Gay Hooker Story To Hide Adulterous Affair

You may recall this story providing days of mirth here on JMG way back in 2015. Lansing’s Fox News affiliate reports: A former Michigan lawmaker pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor stemming from charges filed over a bizarre plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator. Todd Courser, a 47-year-old Republican from Silverwood who resigned from the state …

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Lindsey Graham: I’ll Put Obama Under Oath On Trump

Salon reports: During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed he has every intention of calling in former President Barack Obama and grilling him on what he knows about the FBI’s investigation of Donald Trump. Speaking with the Fox News host, the Republican senator claimed he is pushing forward with his …

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GOP Alabama Gov Apologizes For Wearing Blackface

The Montgomery Advertiser reports: Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday issued an apology for appearing in a racist sketch during her time as an undergraduate at Auburn University in the 1960s. Audio surfaced of a 1967 interview given by Ivey and her then-fiancee, Ben LaRavia, in which LaRavia recalled a party at Auburn’s Baptist Student Union. Ivey participated in at least …

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GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson To Resign At End Of Year

Reuters reports: Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said Wednesday that he will resign at the end of 2019, citing health problems. Isakson, who was reelected to a third term in 2016, said in a statement that he has informed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) of his decision, effective Dec. 31. “I am leaving a job I love because my health challenges …

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Steve King Jokes About Forcing Muslims To Eat Pork

Mediaite reports: While speaking about China’s latest efforts to implement a social credit system, the congressman eventually diverted to talk about how the country treats Muslims. As he noted that a “million” Muslims are being put into camps, having their children taken away and the women undergoing forced sterilization, King eventually chuckled after saying that Muslims are being forced to …

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MISSOURI: Federal Court Blocks 8-Week Abortion Ban

CNN reports: A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks from going into effect. “The various sections specifying prohibitions on abortions at various weeks prior to viability cannot be allowed to go into effect on August 28, as scheduled,” writes Judge Howard Sachs in an 11-page opinion. “However formulated, the legislation on its face …

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GOP Sen. Tom Cotton: The US Should Buy Greenland

Sen. Tom Cotton writes for the New York Times: After news leaked last week that President Trump had expressed interest in acquiring Greenland from Denmark, his critics predictably derided him as crazy. But once again, the president is crazy like a fox. The acquisition of Greenland would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and …

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WISCONSIN: GOP Rep. Sean Duffy Abruptly Resigns

From GOP Rep. Sean Duffy’s Facebook page: Next to marrying Rachel, representing you – the people and families of Wisconsin’s 7th District – in Congress has been the highest honor of my life. Together, we have engaged in the most important battles of our time: protecting freedom of speech and religious liberty, taking care of our veterans, defending the unborn, …

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Former Rep. Joe Walsh Announces Trump Challenge

The Washington Post reports: Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman, says he’ll challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. The tea party favorite argues that Trump is unfit for the White House. Walsh announced his candidacy during an interview on ABC’s “This Week’” on Sunday. Also in the race is Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor. Walsh …

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