Clashes among New York Democrats after redistricting redo
The intra-party battle is not the result Democrats envisioned for the once-a-decade redistricting in a state where they control the governor’s mansion and the Legislature. After a successful legal challenge from Republicans produced new court-drawn congressional maps, Democrats were left with tougher battles against Republicans and among themselves. The lines of Maloney’s district, the 18th, were also changed under the court’s rewrite, cutting his home in Cold Spring into the reconfigured 17th District. He quickly declared he would run in the 17th, a move that angered some other New York Democrats who saw it as unfair to Jones, who represents that district now. Before they were struck down by a state court, Congressional district maps initially drawn by the state Legislature would have given Democrats a strong majority in 22 of 26 congressional districts.wftv.com
Only in N.Y.: Upper West Side’s Nadler vs. Upper East Side’s Maloney
A court-ordered redistricting map has created a cross-town battle that has never happened: One House committee chair, Jerrold Nadler of New York's Upper West Side, is set to face off against Manhattan's other House committee chair, Carolyn B. Maloney of the Upper East Side.washingtonpost.com
House Democrats scramble after redistricting lessens competitive edge
Democrats became newly worried this month as favorable redistricting maps in Florida and New York were struck down and replaced with district lines that will likely make it even more difficult to keep their already slim majority in the House.washingtonpost.com
The Trailer: Could Madison Cawthorn lose? Primary challengers come for the party-crashers.
Primary challengers go after Madison Cawthorn, pollsters say Republicans lost the Ketanji Brown Jackson fight, and the Republican challenging the Democrats' campaign chair explains why he can win.washingtonpost.com
Coronavirus: Rep. Sean Maloney tests positive for COVID-19
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said he tested positive Tuesday morning for COVID-19. “It is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and our communities.”This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. While I am experiencing minor cold-like symptoms, I’m grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted, which is protecting me from more severe illness. Since the start of the pandemic, several lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, including Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. Over 312 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in 5.5 million deaths, according to the university.wftv.com
Democrats sell infrastructure bill, push for Biden backup
“Now is the time to turn the corner,” said New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Democratic Congressional Committee chairman. Republican Glenn Youngkin won Virginia's governorship in an upset last week, and his party took control of the state House. That happened after Youngkin's Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, suggested in vain that Democrats should act more quickly to pass the infrastructure bill. “If we do not support the human infrastructure, which is truly what’s driving this country, we aren’t supporting infrastructure," she said. In Minnesota, Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat representing swing suburbs outside the Twin Cities, described the infrastructure plan as equally a jobs and public projects plan.wftv.com
Dems ask McCarthy to recant Pelosi taunt as tensions rise
Several House Democrats have called on House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to apologize to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or resign after audio surfaced of him saying at a fundraiser over the weekend that it would be “hard not to hit her” with a gavel if he’s sworn in as speaker after the 2022 midterm elections.
‘Something’s going on’: UFOs threaten national security, US politicians warn
Some members of Congress were given advanced details about Pentagon report, which is scheduled to be released before 25 June A screengrab from an unclassified US navy video authorized for release from the defense department shows interactions with unidentified aerial phenomena. Photograph: Us Department Of Defense Handout/EPA A group of senior American politicians have warned that UFOs pose “national security concerns” after getting a confidential briefing on a highly anticipated report on unidenews.yahoo.com
Man arrested in Puerto Rico after killing dog on golf course
Puerto Rico police said Monday that they arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a dog that had stolen his ball on a golf course at a well-known resort. Authorities identified the man as Salil Zaveri and said the shooting occurred Saturday at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort in the north coastal town of Río Grande. Police said he used a 9mm gun to shoot the dog several times.news.yahoo.com
Charlie Crist glided to Democratic nomination for Florida governor in 2014. This time won’t be so easy
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If politics were the movies, this past week brought the premiere of another sequel from a familiar film franchise — “Charlie Crist the Candidate: Part IX.” As Crist makes another run for Florida governor, one question is whether he can still attract an audience. Or will the latest version turn into a box office flop? He’s unquestionably a top-tier candidate — and not ...news.yahoo.com
Top Dems call on Cuomo to resign amid harassment allegations
FILE - This Monday, March 8, 2021, file photo shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confronted a stunning series of defections Friday amid allegations of sexual harassment that left the high-profile Democrat fighting for his political survival, angry and alone. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”AdThe escalating political crisis has spawned an impeachment inquiry in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and threatens to cast a cloud over President Joe Biden’s early days in office. Biden, a longtime ally of Cuomo and his father, former New York Gov. “The victims of sexual assault concern me more than politics or other narrow considerations, and I believe Governor Cuomo must step aside," Maloney said.
The Educated Aren’t Immune From Absurd Conspiracy Theories
By Jill RichardsonConspiracy theories like QAnon are outlandish, dangerous, and often absurd. But in a world where your parents’ income didn’t affect your shot at a college education, students from the poorest half of the state would account for, well, half of the freshman class. How does that relate to conspiracy theories? The constant refrain I hear is, “If they knew what I knew, they’d believe what I believe.” That’s absolutely not true. Perhaps learning to understand why people fall prey to conspiracy theories can help us learn how to reduce people’s susceptibility to them.flaglerlive.com
GOP eyes path to power by making peace with the far right
The votes also suggest that Washington Republicans are unable, or unwilling, to purge far-right radicals from their party, despite some GOP leaders' best wishes. And whether Washington Republicans like it or not, those who think like Greene make up a significant portion of the party's base. AdGiddy Democrats celebrated the obvious perils of their rivals' political dilemma, particularly after all but 11 House Republicans voted to defend Greene's committee assignments on Thursday. AdBut it was the House Republicans' refusal to distance themselves from Greene that threatened to haunt the party for the foreseeable future. Republican strategist and former White House aide Ari Fleischer was among the optimists.
House Dems' campaign chief a moderate who wins in Trump land
The party's House majority will be as meager as 222-213 next year, the tightest partisan gap in two decades. Maloney worked on Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign and joined the White House after Clinton's 1996 reelection. “Those of us in the LGBT community have seen the system work, and it has worked because we worked,” Maloney said. In 2018 he sought the House campaign committee chairmanship but withdrew when he was hospitalized for an infection. Farrell runs a consulting firm that he says was blacklisted by the campaign committee under Bustos after it helped candidates challenging Democratic incumbents.
House Dems pick moderate New Yorker to lead campaign arm
Maloney will lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps recruit House candidates, raises money and provides campaign guidance. The 2022 election looms as a difficult one for House Democrats. Also Thursday, Democrats elected Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., to chair the House Appropriations Committee. At the Agriculture panel, Scott replaces Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who lost his House reelection after 15 House terms. Democrats went into November’s elections with a 232-197 House majority, along with an independent and five vacancies.
Trump, Lee, Tillis: Congress reconsiders testing its own
Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., became the latest members of Congress to test positive for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans. All three attended the White House Rose Garden introduction Saturday of Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Nationally and on Capitol Hill, there are no comprehensive plans requiring testing or wearing masks. House members can vote by proxy through their colleagues, to cut down on the number of people milling around. Lee, Tillis and other Republican members of the panel were among those who attended the Rose Garden event on Saturday.
House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for documents on Biden's son
WASHINGTON The House Foreign Affairs Committee has subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents he turned over to a Senate panel that is investigating Hunter Biden, a son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The committee says Pompeo had delivered more than 16,000 pages of records to the Senate but refused to send the same materials to the Democrat-led House. The subpoena represents another escalation in an election-year battle between Democrats and the GOP Senate committees investigating Hunter Biden. Democrats have criticized Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in particular for his probe of Hunter Biden and the gas company Burisma. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, and Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to aid Burisma.