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    A group of Republican lawmakers hosted Americans at the Capitol on Tuesday to hold their own State of the Union event where they said Joe Biden's address later in the evening will not give a true representation of the dire situations facing the U.S. Leading the event dubbed by organizers as the 'real State of the Union' were the top three ranking Republicans in the House: Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise and GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik. The event took place several hours before President Biden is set to take stage for his first State of the Union address at the Capitol building Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. There were eight other 'concerned Americans' who were invited to attend as guest speakers who then asked questions to the lawmakers about what they would do if Republicans retook control of the House in the 2022 midterms.  Among the featured guests was a mom who lost her son to a fentanyl overdose, a border agent who expressed how hard it is to recruit and keep guards during the ongoing crisis...
    Former Rep. Jim Renacci The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● OH-Gov: Former Rep. Jim Renacci unveiled the opening fundraising haul on Friday for his Republican primary bid against Gov. Mike DeWine, and his numbers were not good. Renacci, who launched his campaign on June 9, reported raising a mere $22,000 from donors through the rest of the month. The former congressman self-funded another $1 million and had about that much on hand, but there's reason to be skeptical he'll put it to use. In 2018, when Renacci campaigned against Sen. Sherrod Brown, he loaned his campaign a hefty $4 million, but his fellow Republicans became pissed when they learned how little of it he was actually spending. The then-congressman ended up losing the general 53-47 even as DeWine prevailed 50-47, and his vanquished candidate soon repaid $3.5 million of that loan to Renacci. It remains to be seen...
    Pennsylvania state Rep. Ed Gainey, who won Tuesday's Democratic primary for mayor of Pittsburgh. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pittsburgh, PA Mayor: In a big upset, state Rep. Ed Gainey defeated incumbent Bill Peduto 46-39 in Tuesday's Democratic primary, a result that makes Peduto the first Pittsburgh mayor to lose re-election since before World War II. Gainey, who would be the Steel City's first Black leader, will be the overwhelming favorite in the fall general election in this 78-21 Biden city, especially since Republicans aren't even fielding a candidate. Gainey backed Peduto during his successful 2013 and 2017 campaigns, but he argued that the incumbent had failed to address the city's economic, racial, and housing disparities during his tenure. Gainey, who campaigned as a progressive, also declared that the relationship between the local police and the city's denizens, especially residents of color, was "in need...
    Rep. Matt Gaetz has shrugged off a federal probe into sex trafficking allegations as a 'deep state' plot, while joking the media would report that he is 'surrounded by beautiful women' at a Florida rally filled with senior citizens. 'I'm a marked man in Congress, I'm a cancelled man in some corners of the internet, I might be a wanted man by the deep state,' Gaetz said at the rally on Friday in The Villages, a massive retirement community and pro-Trump stronghold. The Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws by having sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her to travel across state lines -- claims that Gaetz denies and asserts are part of a scheme to extort his family for $25 million.  'We have a right to confront our accusers in this country,' Gaetz, a Florida Republican, said at the rally.  'There can be no due process here if the only process due to conservatives is to see leaks embroidered onto lies and then just endlessly repeated by the America Last media,' he said,...
    New York's 1st Congressional District Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NY-Gov, NY-01: Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, who'd been considering a gubernatorial bid for some time, kicked off a campaign for New York's top job on Thursday. But while Zeldin unleashed heaps of vitriol at Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his launch, it's far from clear that he'll get the chance to face the scandal-plagued incumbent, who has lost support from much of his party following allegations of repeated sexual misconduct. Should Cuomo be replaced with an untainted nominee, it's all but impossible to see how the extremely Trumpy Zeldin could win, so we wouldn't be surprised if he wound up running for re-election if Cuomo bails on a fourth term. But Zeldin may fear he won't have a viable district to run in, which might be motivating his latest move, even...
    (CNN)A Wyoming Senate bill to create election runoffs failed on Wednesday, despite Donald Trump Jr.'s campaign to pass it in an attempt to defeat Republican Rep. Liz Cheney in 2022. The vote was 14-15 with one lawmaker excused.The former president's son has increasingly attacked the No. 3 House Republican since she voted to impeach his father following the deadly attack on the Capitol. Cheney has called the then-president's actions surrounding January 6 a "betrayal" of his oath to the Constitution, and said the former president should not play "a role in the future of the party or the country."In January, Trump Jr. called into an anti-Cheney rally led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, urging Republicans to coalesce around a single candidate to challenge her. And in March, Trump Jr. publicly pressured the state senators on the committee working on the bill, tweeting their email addresses to his 6.8 million followers."Any Republican in Wyoming who does Liz Cheney's bidding and opposes SF145 is turning their back on my father and the entire America First movement," Trump Jr tweeted.The bill would've forced...
    (CNN)The first congressional elections of the 2022 midterm cycle are set for Saturday, when Louisiana voters go to the polls to fill a pair of vacancies in the state's House delegation. A Democratic battle is brewing in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge-area 2nd District, pitting two of the state's top Democrats against each other. The seat opened when former Rep. Cedric Richmond left for a job in President Joe Biden's White House. Two state senators are the leading candidates: Troy Carter, the state Senate minority leader, has Richmond's endorsement, while Karen Carter Peterson is backed by Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams and the Bernie Sanders-aligned Our Revolution. Republican Julia Letlow, the widow of former Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, is running against 11 rivals for the 5th District seat in northeastern Louisiana that her husband won in a December runoff but never got to fill.There is little doubt about which party will ultimately hold the two seats: the 2nd District is overwhelmingly Democratic, and the 5th District is heavily Republican.But it's less clear whether either will choose a winner Saturday,...
                        Rep. Larry Householder (R-72-Glenford) accepted campaign contributions over the legal limit in 2019 and 2020, according to an examination of campaign finance reports, said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Friday. The contributions, discovered during a routine examination of campaign finance reports, total a little more than $32,000 and were made between March 11, 2019, and January 15, 2020. Householder, the former speaker of the house for the Ohio legislature, was arrested in July of 2020 for allegedly participating in a $60 million bribery scheme. He was arrested along with Matt Borges, the former Ohio Republican Party chairman; Jeffrey Longstreth, a longtime political strategist for Householder; Neil Clark, the former budget director for the Ohio Republican Caucus; and Juan Cespedes, a Columbus lobbyist. The men allegedly worked to ensure the passage of HB 6, which provided a bailout to Ohio’s nuclear power plant. Cespedes was among the contributors who exceeded donation limits. He contributed $1,000 in June of 2019 and more than $13,000 in November of 2019...
    US Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday that she won’t resign from Congress — or give up her Republican leadership position — following her censure by the GOP in her home state of Wyoming for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump. “Look I think people all across Wyoming understand and recognize that our most important duty is to the Constitution,” Cheney told Fox News Sunday. “And as I’ve explained and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state, voters all across the state, the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment, and it doesn’t bend to partisanship, it doesn’t bend to political pressure, it’s the most important oath that we take.” The Wyoming Republican Party on Saturday called on Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House, to step down over her vote to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the deadly, Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol by his supporters. During a speech shortly before the riot, Trump spoke at a rally where he urged the removal of lawmakers who...
    More On: liz cheney Wyoming GOP censures Liz Cheney over Trump impeachment vote House Republicans keep Liz Cheney in leadership position Rep. Gaetz holds anti-Liz Cheney rally on her turf to demand her resignation House GOP lawmakers blast Biden’s oil and gas executive actions US Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday that she won’t resign from Congress — or give up her Republican leadership position — following her censure by the GOP in her home state of Wyoming for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump. “Look I think people all across Wyoming understand and recognize that our most important duty is to the Constitution,” Cheney told Fox News Sunday. “And as I’ve explained and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state, voters all across the state, the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment, and it doesn’t bend to partisanship, it doesn’t bend to political pressure, it’s the most important oath that we take.” The Wyoming Republican Party on Saturday called on Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House,...
    One of the 10 Republican House members to support the impeachment of former President Donald Trump is facing blowback for their vote in their home state. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been one of the more vocal critics of the Trump administration in the GOP, has officially been censured by the LaSalle County Republican Party. In a statement released via Twitter on Wednesday night, the local-level committee from the state’s 16th Congressional District revealed that it had voted “overwhelmingly” to pass the resolution, with 88 percent of precinct committeemen voting yes to censure the six-term Congress member. According to Committee Chairman Larry Smith, there had been an outpouring from Illinois Republicans expressing their frustration with Kinzinger’s recent activities. “The LaSalle County Republicans have received hundreds upon hundreds of emails, text messages, and phone calls from our county and beyond expressing their frustration and a lot more with Congressman Kinzinger’s actions and statements the past few months. Many have been very direct that their support for the Republican Party is over if Congressman Kinzinger’s behavior isn’t addressed.” For his part,...
    With Democrats officially regaining control of the Senate on Wednesday, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release the results of Georgia’s Jan. 5 regular and special Senate runoffs, as well as the contest that same day for state Public Service Commission for each of the state's 14 congressional districts. To help you follow along, we’ve put together a sheet with the results of each of these contests, as well as the 2020 presidential race. Raphael Warnock defeated appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler 51.0-49.0 in a special election for the final two years of former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's term, while fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican Sen. David Perdue by a slightly narrower 50.6-49.4 in the contest for a regular six-year term. At the same time, though, Republican incumbent Bubba McDonald won re-election to the Public Service Commission by fending off Democrat Daniel Blackman 50.4-49.6. Warnock, Ossoff, and McDonald each won the same six Democratic-held House seats that now-President Joe Biden took two months before when he was winning 49.5-49.3, while the remaining eight Republican-controlled constituencies voted for all of the...
    South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide makes its second stop in South Carolina, where Team Red enjoyed a stronger-than-expected year. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. You can also click here to learn more about why this data is so difficult to come by. Campaign Action While most Palmetto State polls showed Donald Trump running well behind his 55-41 2016 margin of victory, Trump ended up taking South Carolina by only a slightly smaller 55-43 last week. Trump once again carried six of the state's seven congressional districts, with Joe Biden winning House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's heavily Democratic 6th District. The closest constituency,...
    Minnesota Republican congressional candidate Michelle Fischbach on Tuesday evening won the state's 7th District, ousting longtime Democratic Rep. Colin Peterson. Fischbach received 53.5% of the vote compared to Peterson's nearly 40% with 1,328 out of 1,329 precincts reported. CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX NEWS’ LIVE PROBABILITY DIALS "I am honored to have the outpouring of support from Minnesota families across #mn07," Fischbach tweeted Tuesday. "I am grateful for the backing and am excited to hit the ground running in Washington to work on behalf of MN." President Trump endorsed Fischbach in March and asked Minnesotans to vote for her in the state's primary election in August. An October FiveThirtyEight report named Peterson the most vulnerable incumbent in the House of Representatives ahead of this year's general election. CLICK HERE TO INTERACT WITH FOX NEWS VOTER ANALYSIS Peterson has been in office since 1991 representing Minnesota's 7th Congressional District -- the largest in the state -- which leans more red than blue and voted for Donald Trump in 2016. Fischbach served as Minnesota's lieutenant governor from 2018 to 2019 and was the state's first female...
    CHICAGO, Illinois -- Voters are making important choices about the politicians they want to represent them, but they will also have a chance to vote on changing the state constitution to move from a flat tax to a graduated income tax, where the wealthy pay more.Top races in Illinois, including President of the United States*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of past vote reporting and expectations about how the vote will report this year.All Local 2020 Election Results"In these times, these very challenging economic times, when you start talking about tax of any kind, people turn off," said political analyst Laura Washington.RELATED: Gov. JB Pritzker outlines proposed graduated income taxEMBED More News Videos Gov. JB Pritzker outlined the goals that his proposed graduate income tax plan would achieve. "(It) requires 60% of the people that vote to say yes, which is a huge hurdle; or more than 50% of everybody that votes. That's a more difficult task as well," said...
    Election night is almost here—Tuesday!—and we have a lot of exciting races in store. As Democrats fight to reclaim the White House, they're also engaged in a cross-country battle to win back the Senate. In addition, Team Blue is looking to pad its House majority, as well as hold some important governorships. What follows is an hour-by-hour guide to this year's key House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. With the coronavirus pandemic fueling a surge in mail voting, however, election watchers everywhere should expect that we might not learn the winners in every race for some time—perhaps days or even weeks. At the top of this post is our map showing poll closing times across the country. All times are Eastern, though we also have versions for each of the other five U.S. timezones. And for a quick reference for every competitive contest in the nation, check out our race ratings page. 6 PM ET Indiana (Eastern Time Zone), and Kentucky (Eastern Time Zone) • Indiana: The most competitive contest in the Hoosier State by far is the open seat race...
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