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Paul Ryan Emerges From Health Care Defeat Badly Damaged

 

https://www.nytimes....ss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

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Less than 18 months after being elected speaker, Mr. Ryan has emerged from the defeat of the health care bill badly damaged, retaining a grip on the job but left to confront the realities of his failure — imperiling the odd-couple partnership that was supposed to sustain a new era of conservative government under unified Republican rule.

 

So far, to the surprise of some close to Mr. Trump, the president has remained upbeat on Mr. Ryan, a frequent punching bag during the 2016 campaign and an ideological mismatch whose instincts informed the molding and selling of the health bill far more than the president’s own.

 

But after a humiliating defeat, which many Trump advisers are eager to pin on the speaker, Mr. Ryan is now tasked with defending not just his leadership abilities but his very brand of conservatism in a party fitfully searching for a coherent policy identity that can deliver tangible victories.

 

In this first fight, Mr. Ryan’s more orthodox right-leaning vision was co-opted only halfheartedly by Mr. Trump, who has few fixed political beliefs, in service of a bill the president never well understood, even as he laid on the superlatives in praising it. Now, Mr. Ryan must tug a ruptured conference toward future agenda items, like overhauling the tax code, made all the more difficult by this initial failure.

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Paul Ryan spoke to reporters on Friday about withdrawing the health care act.

Credit:Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times


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Democrats Call on House Intelligence Committee Chair to Recuse Himself

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving Trump associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance, the Republican congressman said Monday, prompting the top Democrat on the committee to call on Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's Russia probe.

 

Rep. Adam Schiff said Nunes' connections to the White House have raised insurmountable public doubts about whether the committee could credibly investigate the president's campaign associates.

 

"I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman," Schiff said in a statement Monday.

 

Nunes confirmed Monday that he met with the source at the White House complex, but he denied coordinating with the president's aides.

 

After reviewing the information last week, Nunes called a news conference to announce that U.S. spy agencies may have inadvertently captured Trump and his associates in routine targeting of foreigners' communications. Trump quickly seized on the statements as at least partial vindication for his assertion that President Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower — though Nunes, Schiff and FBI Director James Comey have said there is no such evidence.

 


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George Takei announces Bid for Congressional Seat of Davin Nunes

 

http://the-daily.buz...8fc7bd31dd7c3e2

 

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George Takei and his husband Brad have been long time Los Angelinos, so when word got out that they were scoping property out in rural Tulare County, California, people grew curious as to why.

 

It appears that famous duo have purchased a ranch-style home in Visalia for the express purpose: George Takei is running for Congress.

 

Takei told us over the phone:

 

Well, I guess the jig is up. 

With what is going on now in the country, I couldn’t stand by any longer merely as a citizen. I knew I had to take a bigger stand. So that’s why I’m running for Congress. My hope is to challenge Davin Nunes for his seat in 2018.


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Nunes Steps Away From Russia Probe

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman is stepping aside from leading a congressional investigation of Russian interference in last year's U.S. presidential election, citing ethics complaints that he mishandled classified information.

 

The decision by Rep. Devin Nunes of California comes amid partisan turmoil on the House intelligence committee. Democrats have alleged that Nunes, who was on President Donald Trump's transition team, is too close to the White House and cannot lead an impartial inquiry. In an extraordinary step, the usually-quiet House Ethics Committee said that it is investigating whether Nunes improperly disclosed classified information. President Donald Trump said Nunes is "a very honorable guy."

 

Nunes blamed "left-wing activist groups" for filing accusations against him with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

 

"The charges are entirely false and politically motivated and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power," Nunes said in a statement.

 

Nunes' move could be seen as a win for Democrats whose cries for an independent panel to investigate Russia's possible ties with the Trump campaign have grown. They have pointed in particular to two Nunes trips to the White House — one announced, one not — as evidence that his loyalty to Trump outweighs his commitment to leading a bipartisan investigation.


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GOP Wins Tight Kansas Race in First House Vote of Trump Administration

 

http://www.upi.com/T.../6261491919697/

 

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April 11 (UPI) -- The Republican Party on Tuesday narrowly survived the United States' first real electoral response to President Donald Trump's election when Ron Estes won a close race for a House seat in traditionally Republican Kansas vacated by the new CIA director.

 

Estes, 60, defeated civil rights lawyer James Thompson by about 5 percentage points in a district Trump carried with 60 percent of the vote.

 

Estes will represent the Kansas 4th Congressional District, which encompasses Wichita and surrounding areas. The special election was held to replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who is now Trump's director of central intelligence.

 

…Tuesday's vote in Kansas is the first of several special elections this year that will fill congressional seats vacated by Trump appointments.

 

Montana will stage a vote to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on May 25. Georgia will hold a primary next week to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and an election in June. South Carolina will have a primary in May and an election in June to replace Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney. Alabama will hold votes next year to replace Jeff Sessions, Trump's attorney general.

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Voters in Kansas' 4th District cast their ballots Tuesday to elect Ron Estes to fill a House seat vacated by new CIA Director Mike Pompeo in the first U.S. congressional election since the start of the Trump administration.

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High-profile Georgia Congressional Race Heads to a Runoff

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia congressional election is headed to a runoff that will ratchet up the already significant national attention — and campaign cash — on a race that poses an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

 

Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, and Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, will meet in the June 20 runoff. But as they campaign across the northern suburbs of Atlanta, they will act largely as proxies for the roiled political atmosphere in Washington and across the country.

 

Ossoff led an 18-candidate field of Republicans, Democrats and independents, the entire slate placed on a single ballot to choose a successor to Republican Tom Price, who resigned to join Trump's administration as health secretary. But Ossoff fell shy of the majority required to claim Georgia's 6th Congressional District outright, opening the door to Handel, who finished a distant second but ahead of a gaggle of Republican contenders.

 

Republicans believe a two-candidate scenario will benefit them in a district that has been in Republican hands since 1978, when Atlanta suburbanites elected a young congressman named Newt Gingrich. But Ossoff's campaign maintains momentum, fueled by more than $8 million in contributions from all over the nation, and liberal advocacy groups on Tuesday hailed his first-place finish as a success in its own right.

 

 

National leaders in both major parties agreed the Georgia race is a prime test run for the 2018 election cycle, because the affluent, well-educated district is replete with the kind of voters Democrats must win over to have any chance at reclaiming a House majority and winning more governor's races.

 

 

Here is the vote count total as reported in the New York Times:

 

 

CANDIDATE

PARTY

VOTES

PCT.

 

 

Jon Ossoff

Dem.

92,390

48.1%

   

Karen Handel

Rep.

37,993 

19.8%

   

Bob Gray

Rep.

20,755

10.8%

   

Dan Moody

Rep.

16,994

  8.8%

   

Judson Hill

Rep.

 16,848

   8.8%

 

   

 Others

 

    7,104

    3.7%

   

100% reporting (210 of 210 precincts)

 

Source of vote count:  http://www.nytimes.c...tion-district-6


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Jason Chaffetz, Powerful House Republican, Won’t Run in 2018

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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WASHINGTON — Representative Jason Chaffetz, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told supporters on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election to Congress — or for any office — in 2018.

 

Mr. Chaffetz, 50, a Utah Republican who plainly relished his oversight role more under a Democratic administration, said he was ready to return to the private sector after more than 13 years in public service, calling his decision a “personal” one.

 

“I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career,” he said in a statement. “After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time.”

 

He said his decision was not based on either health or political concerns, adding that he was “confident” of his re-election should he have pursued it and retained support from Speaker Paul D. Ryan for his committee chairmanship.

 

More than 18 months out from the election in the heavily Republican district, there were already possible signs of a challenging race in Mr. Chaffetz’s future. Kathryn Allen, a physician and political newcomer running as a Democrat, has already raised nearly $400,000 more than Mr. Chaffetz this year, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday — most of it from donors outside of Utah. And Mr. Chaffetz had also acquired a primary challenger: Damian W. Kidd, a lawyer and another newcomer who accused the congressman of caring more about himself than his district.


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National Democratic Party Fails to be Bold in Montana's Special Election

 

http://www.latimes.c...0531-story.html

 

 

 

Polls had just closed in Montana and my friend Paul turned on the radio to see if we could hear the result of the state’s hotly contested congressional election.

 

What we got was The Five on Fox News, a quintet of loudmouths talking over each other. In my normal daily life as a constant consumer of current events I have become accustomed to the shouting matches that dominate so much of what passes for “news” in the broadcast media. However, after a week of escape from cellphones, email and TV, the absurdity of the loud and lame commentary on The Five was jarring. It was a reminder that, among the many explanations for why American politics have become so polarized, the hype and harsh rhetoric on talk radio and cable television place high on the list of culprits.

 

The topic of discussion on The Five was Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's assault on a reporter who was trying to get a straight answer about the GOP healthcare bill. The radio debate was not illuminating in the least, but those of us listening in the truck did wonder if the violent incident would change the outcome of the election after a campaign in which Gianforte, a multimillionaire New Jersey transplant, had maintained a solid lead over his Democratic rival, Rob Quist, a bluegrass musician, rancher and lifelong Montanan.

 

It turned out that manhandling a member of the news media did not have much impact on the vote. Gianforte won by a comfortable six-point margin, although that was far from the 20% advantage Montanans gave Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in November. According to an analysis of returns in the Missoulian newspaper, the assault spiked Quist’s numbers in Democratic strongholds like Missoula and Bozeman, but Gianforte got an election-day boost in rural counties where Trump is popular and where freedom of the press appears to be less appreciated. The numbers suggested that people’s reaction to Gianforte’s unprovoked attack were heavily influenced by partisanship, not by the facts of the situation.


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Montana's Body-Slamming-Marred Special Election

 

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On Thursday voters in Montana went to the polls in a special election to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who left Congress in March. (See below for the results, beginning at 7 p.m. PT.) The race was marred by a fishing-hole dispute, a concert at a nudist resort, and, in the waning hours of the campaign, a misdemeanor assault by the Republican front-runner, Greg Gianforte, who "body slammed" a reporter. No one ever called Montana politics boring.

 

The race has major national implications: Although Republicans consistently carry the state at the presidential level, Democrats have won statewide races for senator and governor in Montana in recent years—and this contest offers the party's most serious opportunity yet to chip away at the Republican majority in Congress and show that with the right candidate and message, it can compete and win in Trump Country. Gianforte, a businessman, has consistently led in the polls against Democrat Rob Quist, a country music singer.

 

After Gianforte narrowly lost his bid for governor last fall (largely on the basis of a decade-old lawsuit over fishing access), he kept a low profile during his comeback bid and sought to win election by avoiding taking a position on the most contentious issue in Washington: the Republican health care bill, which would leave an additional 23 million Americans without health insurance by 2026. Quist, an unabashed economic populist, campaigned aggressively on a single-payer platform and ran ads about his own preexisting condition (a botched gallbladder operation). Gianforte stalled for the final 21 days of the race, insisting first that he would wait to pass judgment until after a new Congressional Budget Office score had been released, and then after the CBO report was released, body-slamming the first reporter who asked his position. Win or lose, he's due back in Bozeman in June for a court date.

gianforte.jpg

 

Greg Gianforte 

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Press Groups Lodge Ethics Complaint Against New Montana Congressman

 

http://www.courthous...na-congressman/

 

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Journalism advocacy groups on Friday filed an ethics complaint against Greg Gianforte, a Republican who assaulted a reporter the night before winning a U.S. House special election in Montana.

 

Press groups PEN America, the Society for Professional Journalists, Free Press and Reporters Without Borders lodged a formal complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics over Gianforte’s assault of Ben Jacobs, a reporter with The Guardian.

 

Montana’s special election was required because Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., had resigned his U.S. House seat in March to become President Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary. The night before the election, Gianforte attacked Jacobs when the reporter attempted to ask Gianforte a question about Trump’s health care plan.

 

Jacobs recorded the incident and immediately contacted police. Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault that night, but went on to win the May 25 election. He has until June 6 to appear on the misdemeanor assault charges in Bozeman municipal court.

 

Gianforte faces a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $500 fine if convicted. The Gallatin county attorney is also reviewing the case to see if additional charges are merited.


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Kim Weaver Withdraws Her Candidacy in Iowa's 4th District Race for Congress

 

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/06/03/kim-weaver-withdraws-her-candidacy-iowas-4th-district-race-congress/368389001/

 

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Kim Weaver is ending her campaign for Iowa's 4th Congressional District. 

 

In a Facebook post Saturday, Weaver, a Democrat, cited threats to her safety, financial security and her mother's ongoing health problems as reasons for her withdrawal. 

 

"Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats," Weaver said in the Facebook post. "While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern."

 

In an interview with the Des Moines Register on Saturday, Weaver added to that rationale, alleging that the state of Iowa's Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman, where she is an employee, saw its budget cut this year as "punishment" for her political candidacy. 

 

The office received a $164,000 cut this year — a 12 percent reduction from the previous year. 

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Kim Weaver

(Photo: Special to The Des Moines Register)


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House GOP Takes Aim at Financial Regulations

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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A decade ago, the first inklings of the coming recession emerged as a housing bubble fueled by scant regulation, low-interest rates and easy credit gradually began to crater and soon would take the rest of the economy along for the painful ride.

 

…After the economy stabilized, Congress shifted from economic stimulus and bailouts to establishing the kind of regulatory framework that might keep another Great Recession from happening. The result was the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

 

This week, House Republicans will vote on legislation to gut Dodd-Frank and replace it with their own version.

 

The replacement in the House has been authored by Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the chairman of the Financial Services Committee. At its core, the Financial Choice Act would give banks regulatory relief so long as they meet a strict basic requirement for the capital they build to cover unexpected big losses.

Federal regulators would also lose the power to dismantle a failing financial firm and sell off the pieces if they decide its collapse could endanger the system. The legislation also paints a bull's eye on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which gained powers to scrutinize the practices of virtually any business selling financial products and services, such as credit card companies, payday lenders, mortgage servicers and debt collectors. Hensarling's bill would eliminate those powers.


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If anyone still trusts the polls.

 

Jon Ossoff Might Really Win the Georgia Special Election

 

http://www.motherjon...a-karen-handel/

 

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dropped a new poll of the most expensive special congressional election in history, and it is good news for Democrat Jon Ossoff and liberals across the country who have placed inordinately high stakes on Georgia’s 6th District just six months after a Republican cruised to reelection there by 23 points. According to the AJC, Ossoff leads Republican Karen Handel by seven points, 51 to 44, which is outside the margin of error. Another poll released Thursday showed Ossoff with a three-point lead, 50 to 47.

 

The election is still 11 days away, but early voting began a week and a half ago and is proceeding at a rapid clip that is almost on par with the early-voting turnout of the 2016 presidential election.

 

An Ossoff win wouldn’t make much of a dent in the Republican majority in the House and, after raising $23 million (a record for a House candidate who is not self-funding), he’d likely to have to raise a ton of money again as a top Republican target in 18 months. But Democrats have latched onto the seat, previously held by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (and, years earlier, Newt Gingrich), as a way to make a major statement months into President Donald Trump’s term. Hillary Clinton nearly carried the district during her presidential campaign, and the Democrats’ strategy for retaking the House hinges on replicating that success—not just in Georgia’s 6th but in similar affluent suburban districts in California, Kansas, Texas, and elsewhere. An Ossoff win would be a strong signal that they can, and it would hand an energized grassroots a badly needed breakthrough.

 

Republican criticism of Ossoff has mostly focused on personal issues, such as his youth, his support from national Democrats, a brief stint making documentaries for Al Jazeera, and, bizarrely, a video of a college-age Ossoff dressed as Han Solo. To the disappointment of some on the party’s left flank, Ossoff has run openly as a moderate; he told reporters recently that he opposed a single-payer health care plan (which is fast becoming the party’s new standard) and in a historically conservative district has focused on issues like cutting government waste and promoting the tech industry.

 

But one big progressive plank he has adopted—support for a living wage—produced one of the campaign’s signature moments. At a debate on Monday, Ossoff and Handel were asked if they supported raising the minimum wage to a “livable wage.” (The questioner did not specify an amount, but the most common figure thrown out by proponents is $15 an hour.) Ossoff said yes. Handel very much did not.

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Jimmy Gomez Wins Los Angeles Congressional Election

 

http://www.latimes.c...0606-story.html

 

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State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez was elected as Los Angeles’ newest member of Congress on Tuesday, defeating attorney Robert Lee Ahn in a sharply contested battle for the 34th Congressional District.

 

Gomez will take the seat vacated by Xavier Becerra, who became state attorney general earlier this year, and will represent one of the poorest, most immigrant-heavy districts in the state, where the effects of President Trump’s policies on immigration and healthcare will be acutely felt.

 

His election continues a decades-old tradition of Democratic Latino representation in the district, which stretches from downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights and incorporates Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Koreatown. If Ahn had won, he would have become the second Korean American elected to the House and the first Korean American Democrat.

 

Shortly before Ahn called to concede, Gomez, 42, thanked hundreds of cheering supporters for their efforts to get him elected and pledged to represent all of his constituents after a hard-fought battle with fellow Democrat Ahn.

 

“Today, our community said yes to California values, our progressive values,” Gomez said at his election party at his Highland Park campaign headquarters. “All of you here that helped me on this campaign, we are the resistance.”

 

 

 

WASHINGTON-- Our Revolution congratulated their endorsed candidate Jimmy Gomez on his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

“Jimmy Gomez’s victory indicates that Californians are hungry for bold, progressive representation,” said Executive Director Shannon Jackson. “Jimmy Gomez is one of the key co-authors of SB 562, which would create a single-payer health care system in California. We look forward to Jimmy bringing his passion to provide health care for everyone to the U.S. House of Representatives. Now more than ever, we need leaders like Jimmy Gomez in Washington, D.C building momentum for a national single-payer health care system. Our Revolution is proud to have supported his candidacy, and we look forward to his leadership in Congress.”

 

Our Revolution local groups and volunteers supported Gomez’s victory by sending thousands of emails and text messages to our members urging them to support Jimmy Gomez in this important race.

 

https://ourrevolutio...gomezs-victory/

 

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HOUSE DEMS RAKING IN SMALL-DOLLAR DONATIONS

 

http://www.populist....dispatches.html

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump’s list of accomplishments as president isn’t very long, but he can claim a hefty dose of the credit for this one: House Democrats have already raised more money online in 2017 than they did in all of 2015, Laura Clawson noted (5/18).

 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $20 mln in online contributions since the start of the year from contributions averaging just $18, according to the DCCC, beating the $19.7 mln the committee raised during 2015, the last off-year ahead of an election year.

 

The Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee has been working to improve their online collections — but the haul­ was only $1.7 mln, according to the National Journal.

 

Republicans don’t have as much motivation to increase their small-dollar contributions, though, since they have the Koch brothers and other billionaires ready to buy elections for them, Clawson noted.


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Anything on Puerto Rico voting to become a state?



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Anything on Puerto Rico voting to become a state?

 

 

Yuli Ban has started a thread on the topic of statehood for Puerto Rico.

 

In follow-up to earlier stories on the Montana special election race:

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

Introduction:

 

WASHINGTON — Greg Gianforte, the millionaire Republican who on the eve of Montana’s special election for its U.S. House seat was accused of “body-slamming” a reporter, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor assault, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

 

After initially sentencing Gianforte to four days in jail, Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West reduced the penalty. Instead of jail time, Gianforte must perform 40 hours of community service, complete 20 hours of anger management training and pay $385 in fines and fees. 


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I received late my June 5, 2017 edition of The Nation.  In some ways it was a depressing read. One article was about the Montana congressional races where hopes that the Democrats would pick that seat up were dashed (see #48 above).

 

Another article was about the primary in Virginia, were progressive Tom Perriello lost out in his bid to win the Democratic nomination for governor to a more establishment oriented rival.

 

Still, sandwiched between those two stories was an excellent and highly encouraging interview with Pramila Jayapal.  A theme of the interview was how to serve in Congress as a member of the opposition party.  Jaypal's answers were quite intelligent and showed her to have a deep understanding of both the dangers and opportunities of the present moment.  

 

Despite her freshman status, Jaypal is already seen as a leader of the Democratic resistance.  Born in India, Jaypal came to Georgetown when she was 16 to study. Although a woman of color, she understands the need to bring alienated whites back into a winning coalition.

 

It is well worth a read next time you are in your local library.  Or, you can read it as one of your six free articles at The Nation website.


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Damn

 

President Trump Taunts Democrats Over Georgia Special Election Loss

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/06/21/donald-trump-georgia-karen-handel-jon-ossoff-democrats/103061312/

 

 

WASHINGTON – Celebrating Republican special election wins in Georgia and South Carolina, President Trump taunted Democrats Wednesday over their intense opposition to his presidency.

 

"Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare,Tax Cuts,Security. Obstruction doesn't work!" the president tweeted.

 

It should be noted: Even Republicans who control both the House and Senate and members of the Trump administration have had trouble agreeing with each other on a path forward for major priorities such as health care, tax reform, and other issues.

 

Stressing that Republicans have now won special elections in Georgia, South Carolina, Montana, and Kansas, Trump tweeted.late Tuesday: "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0."

 

 

Of course, Trump failed to mention the victory of Jimmy Gomez in California, or that the margin of victory from previous elections in those 5 districts has in some cases shrunk dramatically.  


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Are those states (Georgia, South Carolina, Montana, and Kansas) normally strong republican states? Or have any of these actually been surprise upsets?

 







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