Washington House seat in play amid increased polarization
VANCOUVER, Wash. — (AP) — For years, a congressional seat in a Republican district in southwest Washington has evaded Democrats. Now Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Trump-endorsed Republican Joe Kent are fighting for the seat. “Even though Republicans continue to dominate the 3rd District, they are split in their perspectives,” he said. “This is a Republican district, and it will be for a while. Stephan said “the polarization of the rest of the country can be visualized in the 3rd District."wftv.com
Impeachment vote gives Dems chance at Washington House seat
Where the 22% of voters who voted for Herrera Beutler in the primary fall in the general will be key for who ultimately prevails, said Mark Stephan, an associate professor of political science at Washington State University-Vancouver. “Even though Republicans continue to dominate the 3rd District, they are split in their perspectives,” he said. “This is a Republican district and it will be for a while. But there’s this small sliver of chance for the Democrats now.”The former president garnered just 38% of the statewide vote in 2020 but narrowly won southwest Washinton's 3rd District with 50.6% of the vote. In comparison, Herrera Beutler captured more than 56% in her race that year.wftv.com
Rep. Herrera Beutler, who voted to impeach Trump, concedes
Election 2022 Washington House FILE - Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks at a Memorial Day observance event on May 30, 2022, in Vancouver, Wash. Beutler conceded her race in Washington state's top two primary for the 3rd Congressional District. Trump had targeted the six-term incumbent and endorsed Joe Kent, a former Green Beret, in the 3rd Congressional District contest. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival. Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse advanced to the general election in his Washington state primary last week, fending off a Trump-endorsed rival, and will appear on the November ballot with Democratic opponent Doug White.wftv.com
WA GOP House member who voted to impeach Trump concedes
Trump had targeted the six-term incumbent and endorsed Joe Kent, a former Green Beret, in the 3rd Congressional District contest. The district is in southwest Washington state, across the border from Portland, Oregon. According to the secretary of state’s office, the last incumbent member of Congress to lose in a primary in Washington state was Rep. John Miller, who lost to Ralph Horr in 1930. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse advanced to the general election in his Washington state primary last week, fending off a Trump-endorsed rival, and will appear on the November ballot with Democratic opponent Doug White.wftv.com
Trump's pick overtakes GOP House member who voted to impeach
Under the state's primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two vote getters advance to the November election, regardless of party. Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez had already advanced to the November ballot since she was the top vote getter after the Aug. 2 primary, with 31% of the vote. Of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment, four opted not to run for reelection. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.wftv.com
Trump House pick overtakes Rep. who voted for impeachment
Of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment, four opted not to run for reelection. Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was defeated in a primary Tuesday by Trump-endorsed John Gibbs and Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina lost to a Trump-endorsed challenger in June. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival. Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse advanced to the general election in his Washington state primary last week, fending off a Trump-endorsed rival, and will appear on the November ballot with Democratic opponent Doug White.wftv.com
GOP Rep. who voted to impeach advances in Washington primary
Election 2022 Washington House FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, photo, Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington. Both drew interparty challenges due to their vote to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In the 3rd Congressional District in southwestern Washington, Democrat Marie Perez was the top vote getter, with 31% of the vote. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.wftv.com
Trump endorsee gains on GOP incumbent who voted to impeach
Both drew interparty challenges due to their vote to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Democrat Marie Perez was the top vote getter in the 3rd Congressional District in southwestern Washington, with 31% of the vote. Of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump's impeachment, four opted not to run for reelection. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.wftv.com
Trump endorsee gains on GOP incumbent who voted to impeach
Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection, appeared well positioned Friday to advance to the general election in his Washington state primary, while fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who took the same vote, fought to hold off a Trump-backed opponent. Democrat Marie Perez was the top vote getter in the 3rd Congressional District in southwestern Washington, with 31% of the vote.news.yahoo.com
Open primary may save Trump's GOP targets in Washington
Election 2022-Washington Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler does some last minute campaigning over Interstate 5 with supporters in Vancouver, Wash. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. Trump-endorsed candidates in both races were in third place. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. The number of Republican candidates in these particular two races gave an advantage to Democrats' chances in claiming one of the top two spots, leaving the Republican vote split, Clayton notes. Herrera Beutler faced eight opponents, half of whom are Republicans, and Newhouse faced seven, including six Republicans.wftv.com
House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump face primaries
In Arizona, GOP voters will decide whether to nominate a major QAnon figure for a congressional seat. Some of the top elections:FACING VOTERS AFTER IMPEACHMENT VOTESThe three House Republicans facing primary challenges Tuesday for impeaching Trump say they don't regret their vote. The winner will face Democrat Hillary Scholten in November in the state’s Democratic-leaning 3rd Congressional District. She's running in a newly drawn Detroit-area district where the winner is expected to easily carry the 12th Congressional District seat in November. Hernandez, who recently stepped down from the state Legislature to focus on his campaign, faces another former lawmaker in the Democratic primary.wftv.com
GOP's links to extremism surface in congressional primary
But taken broadly, Kent's recent relationships and activities reinforce concerns about the GOP's ties to extremist groups. “There’s a through line,” said Dave Neiwert, an author and journalist who has covered right-wing extremism in the Pacific Northwest for decades. And former Trump administration official Max Miller, the Republican nominee for an Ohio congressional seat, was accused of physical abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Gibson regularly promotes Kent’s campaign on social media and spoke at a Kent fundraiser last year. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with there being a white people special interest group,” Kent said during the YouTube interview with a group called the American Populist Union.wftv.com
House incumbent targeted by Trump faces tough primary in WA
“For me and my team and the way we look at it, it’s another tough election,” Herrera Beutler told The Associated Press. Washington is a vote by mail state, and voters don’t have to declare a party affiliation. But Herrera Beutler could also be edged out. Rep. Tom Rice, a five-term congressman, was ousted by a Trump-endorsed state lawmaker in last month’s South Carolina primary. Kent, who moved to Portland with his two young sons to be closer to family, ultimately moved across the border to Washington state the following year.wftv.com
What we know about Trump's actions as insurrection unfolded
Members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection are holding their first prime-time hearing to share what they have uncovered about then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
CDC’s Walensky defends mask-wearing for younger children
Responding to a question from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, defended the wearing of masks for young children to slow the spread of coronavirus.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Lawmaker says Capitol police didn't grasp threat
In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman pays respects to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)WASHINGTON – The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local):12:30 p.m. The lawmaker who's chair of a hearing on the Jan. 6 riot says the U.S. Capitol Police’s acting chief failed to understand the threat facing lawmakers that day. The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the agency’s incident command protocols “were not adhered to” on the day of the Capitol insurrection. AdActing Chief Yogananda Pittman says commanders in charge of supervising the officers were supposed to be giving directions as the violent mob stormed the Capitol.
Chief: Police heeded Capitol attack warnings but overwhelmed
In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman pays respects to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. However, she denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection. AdEven if it had reached the top officials, Pittman argued, Capitol Police wouldn't have done anything differently. Before she was named acting police chief — Sund, the former chief, resigned after the riot — Pittman was the assistant chief in charge of intelligence operations. In her testimony, Pittman denied that race played a role in the failure to heed warning signs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riot
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol. After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent commission to examine the deadly insurrection. AdInvestigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. An independent commission along the lines of the one that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks would probably require legislation to create.
Support grows for Capitol riot inquiry after Trump acquittal
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., walks on Capitol Hill after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Trump was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the acquittal gives him a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. We needed more senators with spines.”AdMcConnell told Republican senators shortly before the vote that he would vote to acquit Trump. Beutler's statement late Friday that Trump rebuffed a plea from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to call off the rioters was ultimately entered into the trial record.
Dem retreat on witnesses brings messy end to Trump trial
The House Democrats charged that Trump incited the violent insurrection, which left five dead, and the former president appeared to side with the rioters on the call. A few hours later, the Senate voted to acquit Trump, 57-43, the majority falling short of the two-thirds needed for conviction. The momentary chaos, and the House Democrats’ eventual retreat on witnesses, was emblematic of the prosecutors’ challenge throughout the trial. But “we overwhelmingly proved our case.”Several senators agreed — three of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump had voted not to call witnesses. “The House managers did a masterful job,” he said after the final vote.
Senate nears verdict in Trump impeachment trial after moving ahead without witnesses
The Senate reversed course on Saturday and declined to call witnesses in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, after a surprise vote allowing testimony threatened to delay the process. After reaching an agreement to bypass calling witnesses, the House impeachment managers and Trump's lawyers moved on to up to four hours of closing arguments. The Senate is now moving to vote on the impeachment charge, incitement to insurrection. Once it voted to allow testimony, the chamber could have with a simple majority called specific witnesses. The Senate voted to allow witnesses by a 55-45 margin, as five Republicans joined all Democrats.cnbc.com
The Latest: Democrats weigh call for impeachment witnesses
___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S SECOND SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL:The Senate met in a rare weekend session to wrap up Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. He joked: “We’re going to Disney World!”AdThe vote on Trump’s impeachment was 57-43, with seven Republicans joining all Democrats to vote for Trump’s conviction. The White House was not involved in the discussion on Capitol Hill about calling witnesses for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The proceedings in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial have come to an abrupt halt, with senators seemingly confused about the next steps. Senators have voted to consider witnesses in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
Rep. Herrera Beutler in middle of impeachment trial turmoil
(Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)VANCOUVER, Wash. – Jaime Herrera Beutler has spent a decade in Congress as a low-key moderate Republican who largely avoided heated partisan battles. Herrera Beutler has worked to help other families facing long-term medical crises and has pushed legislation to make child care more affordable. Like other Republicans who broke with Trump, Herrera Beutler was condemned by her local and state party. Herrera Beutler said people should not be surprised by her recent statements surrounding impeachment and her conversation with McCarthy. ___This story has been corrected to reflect that Herrera Beutler represents Washington's 3rd Congressional District.
Democratic-led House kicks Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off committees
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., walks back to her office after speaking on the floor of the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Though Trump left the White House two week ago, his devoted followers are numerous among the party’s voters, and he and Greene are allies. Even social media stars like Greene could find it harder to define themselves without the spotlights that committees provide. Thune said House Republicans needed to issue a “really strong” rebuke of Greene’s conspiratorial formulations.
GOP Congresswoman on voting to impeach Trump: "I felt like I had to"
asked Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Washington State, was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump. "I don't know," Herrera Beutler replied. Watch: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler describe her experience as the Capitol was under attack:Ahead on #CBSSunday Pres. But whatever happens to President Trump, there is still the question of healing the rift in a deeply-divided country.cbsnews.com
An unprecedented impeachment
An unprecedented impeachment President Donald Trump became the first chief executive to be impeached twice, when the House of Representatives voted this past week that he had incited a violent insurrection upon the U.S. Capitol. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who joined with nine other Republicans to vote for impeachment.cbsnews.com
Veteran House incumbents cling to seats as districts evolve
But there’s a smaller category of lawmakers like Peterson and GOP Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio who also merit attention: long-term incumbents of both parties fighting to preserve their careers. Over 90% of House incumbents are usually reelected, thanks to name recognition and campaign fundraising advantages. “There are people who traditionally voted Republican who don't identify with the current Republican Party," Schroder, 43, a businesswoman and local public health official, said in an interview. Democratic and Republican campaign committees and other organizations allied with party leadership are aiming the bulk of their spending at each others' softest seats and defending vulnerable incumbents. The Congressional Leadership Fund, aligned with House GOP leadership, planned to spend $3.3 million more, which Republicans said could grow.
Coronavirus response hurt by lack of funding for public health labs, CDC director tells Congress
Lack of funding has hampered the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told lawmakers Tuesday. "The truth is we've underinvested in the public health labs," Redfield told them. "There's not enough equipment, there's not enough people, there's not enough internal capacity, there's no search capacity," he said. According to health policy organization Trust for America's Health, the CDC's budget fell by 10% from 2010 to 2019. The CDC is partnering with Integrated DNA Technologies to manufacture the tests under a CDC contract.cnbc.com