Tag Archives: US Senate

Jeff Sessions Nods To #QAnon In Election Eve Meme

PBS NewsHour reports: Jeff Sessions is hoping to regain the seat he held for 20 years before stepping down in 2017 to serve as President Donald Trump’s attorney general, a position he was pushed out of 18 months later. In the Republican runoff, he’s facing former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, who finished 2 points ahead of Sessions in …

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ARIZONA: Mark Kelly +9 Over McSally In New Poll

The Hill reports: Retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D) holds a 9-point lead over Sen. Martha McSally (R) in Arizona, a state critical to Democrats’ hopes of reclaiming control of the U.S. Senate. Kelly leads McSally by a 52 percent to 43 percent margin, according to a new survey conducted by the Phoenix-based firm OH Predictive Insights. Kelly leads by 27 …

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Dem Ex-Sen. David Pryor Hospitalized With COVID

The Associated Press reports: David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, is hospitalized in Little Rock after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said in a statement Monday. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara Pryor, both received positive test results Friday for the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the statement. David Pryor, who is 85 and …

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Politico: GOP Senators Face Fundraising Emergency

Politico reports: Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee prepared a slideshow for Senate chiefs of staff full of bleak numbers about the party’s failure to compete with Democrats on digital fundraising. For anyone not getting the message, the final slide hammered home the possible end result: a freight train bearing down on a man standing on the tracks. The …

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Graham: I’m Calling Mueller To Testify Before Senate

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he would call former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, a day after Mr. Mueller broke nearly a year of public silence through an opinion article defending his probe and the related conviction of Trump adviser …

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Lincoln Project: We Will Punish Every Senate Cultist

Just in from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project’s latest ad, “Names,” laments the Republican Senators who have flagrantly violated their oaths of office to protect President Donald Trump. Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, said, “These are senators who have abandoned their consciences, left the American people behind, and fail to stand up for the Constitution and common …

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Five Republican Senators To Skip GOP Convention

Axios reports: At least five GOP senators have said they will not attend next month’s Republican National Convention in Jacksonville either due to coronavirus concerns or political reasons. For some, like 86-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 80-year-old Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the decision not to attend underscores broader concerns about holding mass gatherings in the coronavirus era. For others, …

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MAINE: Collins Challenger +4 In New US Senate Poll

The Bangor Daily News reports: A poll released Monday showed House Speaker Sara Gideon with a narrow lead over Sen. Susan Collins, with the Democrat receiving 46 percent support compared with 42 percent for the Republican incumbent. Both the primary and the general election will be decided by ranked-choice voting. Several independents, including former Green candidate Lisa Savage and conservative …

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GOP Fears Backlash If Trump Vetoes Defense Spending Bill Over Amendment To Change Military Base Names

The Hill reports: Senate Republicans fear President Trump is putting them into a political no-win situation by threatening to veto a popular defense policy bill over bipartisan language to rename military bases named after Confederate generals. GOP lawmakers are trying to wave the president off his veto threat and may end up delaying the bill to avoid a political disaster …

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Amy McGrath Projected To Win KY Dem Senate Primary

NBC News reports: Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath has won the state’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary, NBC News projects, narrowly edging Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker in a tougher-than-expected race for the right to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. McGrath, who was backed by several establishment Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had initially …

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GOP Senator Blocks Removal Of Confederate Statues

The Springfield News-Leader reports: Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt moved this week to slow a push to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. At issue was a bill from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., that would give the boot to 11 statues sent by states to represent them in Statuary Hall, including one of …

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Hawley Blames Inaction By Congress For LGBTQ Ruling: This Is The “End Of The Conservative Legal Movement”

The Associated Press reports: Sen. Josh Hawley had a stunning view of the Supreme Court’s decision extending new protections to LGTBQ workers: It “represents the end of the conservative legal movement.” Though careful not to criticize any sitting justices by name or even the policy they were responding to, the Missouri Republican teed off on the system that he claims …

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GOP Sold Trump On Parks Bill With “Pretty Pictures”

Roll Call reports: Showing President Donald Trump beautiful pictures of national parks helped Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., win the crucial backing they needed to get their public lands bill in motion. The senators, both considered vulnerable and in need of moderate voters in November, said on Wednesday that they needed Trump’s support to coax Majority Leader …

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New GOP Bill Allows Lawsuits Against Social Media

NBC News reports: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., unveiled his latest attack on tech’s liability shield in a new bill Wednesday. The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act” would allow Americans to sue tech companies that censor political speech or hide content from competitors. Republicans have long complained that tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter censor conservative speech. The …

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GOP Oklahoma Senator Warns Against Trump’s Rally

Mediaite reports: Ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally in Oklahoma on Saturday, the state’s Republican senator has a message for his older constituents: Don’t come. Appearing on Morning Joe Wednesday, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) warned older people and others who are at high risk to the coronavirus to stay away from the president’s rally in Tulsa this weekend. “We’re advising …

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Senate Republicans Shrug At Landmark SCOTUS Ruling

Politico reports: Conservatives are seething over Justice Neil Gorsuch’s opinion that cemented new protections for LGBTQ people. The Senate Republicans who confirmed him? Not so much. The Republican Party seemed generally supportive of both the substance and process by which the Supreme Court extended Civil Rights Act protections to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. President Donald Trump declined to trash …

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McConnell: I’ll Still Be GOP Leader If We Lose Majority

All of this assumes McTurtle even keeps his seat: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he intends to stay on as Republican leader even if his party loses control of the upper chamber in November. Asked if he intends to seek the GOP leader spot in the next Congress even if Republicans lose the majority, McConnell …

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Doug Jones Roasts Sessions Over Confederate Names

Talking Points Memo reports: Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) roasted Jeff Sessions Saturday after Sessions criticized the senator for voting to change the names of military bases currently named for Confederate soldiers. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to require the Pentagon to strip bases and equipment of any Confederate names or monuments within three years. Sessions once spoke out …

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GOP Senator: “If You Hate Cops, Call A Crackhead”

“A civilized society has to have rules and someone to enforce them. I don’t believe that the 18,000 police forces that we have in this country are endemically racist,” Kennedy said. “I think there are some racist cops and we need to weed them out. “And finally, to the governor and the mayor of Seattle, who I think are holding …

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Martha McSally: Chuck Schumer Is Going To Have To “Pry The Senate Majority Out Of My Cold, Dead Hands”

Fox News radio host Guy Benson: The book is called Dare to Fly. The author is my guest, U.S. Senator Martha McSally. The subhead is Simple Life Lessons in Never Giving Up. And on that subject, I do want to pivot to your Senate race. The last two polls have you down double digits. The Fox News poll that just …

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