Dodge, deny or fib: Candidates stay vague on 2024 plans
Presidential aspirants running for reelection while dreaming of the highest office in the land often face an uncomfortable question: Will they commit to serving a full term — should they win one — when their best moment to take a shot at the White House may come sooner than that.
Health concerns block some Texans from testifying on voting
Former Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks against new proposed voting restrictions at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Proposed legislation before the GOP-led state Senate and House mirrors a nationwide campaign by Republicans that aims to restrict voting even more, with rules Democrats say disenfranchise racial and ethnic minorities. AdAmy Litzinger, of Austin, is among Texans who say the very health issues keeping her from testifying before lawmakers in person will also penalize her if stricter voting legislation becomes law. Brian Kemp drew protests Thursday when he signed into law a sweeping GOP-sponsored overhaul of state elections — and the fights will undoubtedly end up in the courts. AdBack in Austin, Jose Colon Uvalles was back at the Capitol again Friday to advocate against voting restrictions.
Bungled hearing delays GOP voting restriction bill in Texas
Former Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks against new proposed voting restrictions at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Acacia Coronado)AUSTIN, Texas – A procedural gaffe on Thursday forced the abrupt end of a Texas House hearing on a Republican-backed voting restrictions bill and at least temporarily deprived more than 100 people of the chance to testify about it, including some who said they had driven hundreds of miles to be there. The bungled end to the hearing stunned an overflow room of people who had waited hours to address lawmakers, including some who said they had traveled for hours to speak against the measure known as House Bill 6. That Democrat was state Rep. Nicole Collier, the chairwoman of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. “Any delay is good," said Emily Eby, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project who had traveled from Houston for the hearing.
For media following Georgia, nail-biting and lots of numbers
As the hour slipped past 2 a.m. on the East Coast, Democrat Raphael Warnock beat Republican Kelly Loeffler. King and MSNBC's Kornacki dominated their networks with headache-inducing number crunching. Warnock and Ossoff jumped to early leads, but as more votes came in, the Republicans swung in front. After midnight, the Times judged both Warnock and Ossoff had a better than 95% chance of winning. Fox News spent less time on raw numbers to showcase their prime-time stars, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
State legislative elections key to redistricting power
“There is no exaggeration here, the Texas state House is the key to future power in America. Holder's group has given money to 261 state legislative candidates who could influence redistricting in 11 states. Democrats are being countered financially by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which also coordinated the GOP's successful effort a decade ago. But Democrats need to flip just nine seats to take control of the state House for the first time since 2002. “If we flip the Texas House, redistricting is coming up!
Impatient Democrats want Biden to do more in Texas
Ann Grannan puts a flag on her car before a Ridin' With Biden event Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Plano, Texas. Democrats in Texas are pressing Joe Biden to make a harder run at Texas with less than three weeks until Election Day. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AUSTIN, Texas – The whispers about Texas are picking up again. “They've stuck their toes in the water and they figured out that it's pretty warm,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, the longtime chairman of the Texas Democratic Party. And Texas is just one Sun Belt state where Biden is making an unusual late push.
Senate Democrats' fundraising success puts GOP on defensive
(Bob Daemmrich/Nexstar/KXAN via AP, Pool)WASHINGTON – Buoyed by massive fundraising success, Democratic Senate candidates are mounting a push in Republican states that few would have thought possible just a few months ago, placing continued GOP control of the chamber at risk. MJ Hegar in Texas reported raising over $13 million during the same period for her race against Republican Sen. John Cornyn. In deep-red Kentucky, Amy McGrath has posted strong fundraising numbers against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In Mississippi, Mike Espy reported raising $4 million in his rematch against Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. O'Rourke was criticized for being too stingy with his cash, only reluctantly aiding other Democrats, though he eventually donated large amounts to the Texas Democratic Party.
Graham's last stand? Senator leads Barrett court hearings
For Graham, the Republican Senate majority and Trump himself, the hearings three weeks before Election Day could be a last stand. But they're also a real-time test of whether that's enough to counter a jaw-dropping $57 million fundraising haul by Graham's Democratic opponent in the South Carolina race, Jaime Harrison. He once vowed to oppose any Supreme Court confirmation hearings in presidential election years. But the days leading up to the Barrett hearings were particularly challenging for Graham. Back then, Trump had called Graham a “lightweight” and a “liberal,” and famously made public the senator's cell phone number.
7 takeaways from the third Democratic presidential debate
Democrats met for their third debate of the 2020 presidential primary Thursday night in Houston. And he argued it's "the most cost-effective approach to providing health care" to everyone in the country. It was a notable shift in the tenor of a health care debate that had, to this point in the race, largely been dominated by the progressive candidates. And in the second debate, Warren and Sanders stood side-by-side and batted away criticism from candidates who didn't qualify for the third debate. She tried to be a unifying voice during the health care debate.
6 things to watch for during Democratic debate
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are shown on television monitors in the press room of the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019, in Detroit. Thursday will be the first time they'll share a debate stage -- a reality that could offer Democratic voters a stark view of the contrasts in how the two approach politics. This is exactly the debate we want to have," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said. And headed into the third debate, Harris' campaign is suggesting the risk isn't worth repeating. But it looks like an 11th, billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer, will meet the Democratic National Committee's qualifying threshold for the October round.
Trump brags about rally size during hospital visit
Cell phone video taken by hospital staff in El Paso shows President Donald Trump bragging about his earlier rally there and insulting El Paso native and presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Beto O'Rourke lashes out on Trump after El Paso shooting
CNN(CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke reacted angrily Sunday to an inquiry about the motivations behind the deadly massacre in El Paso, Texas, where the shooter allegedly targeted immigrants, saying "connect the dots" because President Donald Trump is "promoting racism." You know, I it's these questions that you know the answers to," O'Rourke replied. He's not tolerating racism, he's promoting racism. He's not tolerating violence, he's inciting racism and violence in this country. After the shooting on Saturday, Trump called the tragedy an "act of cowardice" and said there "are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing people."
20 people killed in El Paso shooting, Texas governor says
(CNN) - Twenty people were killed and more than two dozen were injured in a mass shooting at an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, according to Texas and local authorities. FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie said more investigative work was needed before determining whether there was a possible hate crime. "Today's shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice," the President wrote. "We know there is a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now," he said. "But I'll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world," he added.
What we know about the shooting in El Paso, Texas
A shooting at at a sprawling shopping complex in El Paso on Saturday left at least 20 people dead, Texas Gov. Thirteen people were taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso, where one later died, medical center spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Immigration officials in El Paso, which sits on the US-Mexico border pledged their support to the community. Hector Mancha, US Customs and Border Protection El Paso director of field operations, and Gloria Chavez, US Border Patrol El Paso sector interim chief patrol agent, released a joint statement on behalf of both agencies on Twitter. "El Paso is our home and we offer any assistance we can today and beyond," the statement read.
Sanders, Warren fight back in support of 'Medicare for All'
Over and over, Sanders and Warren insisted their plans to transform the nation's economy and health care system make up the core of a winning message. Sanders said Trump exploited racism and others said the president's rhetoric revived memories of the worst in the country's history, including slavery. But perhaps no issue illustrates the evolving divide within the Democratic Party more than health care. In targeting Medicare for All, the more moderate candidates consistently sought to undermine the signature domestic policy proposal of the top two progressives on the stage, Sanders and Warren. "They're running on telling half the country that their health care is illegal," Delaney said.
6 things to watch on night 1 of Democratic presidential debate
(CNN) - The second round of Democratic debates kicks off Tuesday night in Detroit with the primary's leading progressives, Sens. Warren and Sanders share the stageIf it's debate night drama you're craving, both of these campaigns have a warning: look elsewhere. Progressives like Warren and Sanders argue that embracing the grassroots and turning out new voters is the way to win. Whether that record will be enough to stir up the Democratic primary voter base is another question. Hickenlooper, a popular former governor from another Western state, has so far failed to catch on and the crowded debate stage will make Bullock's task that much more difficult.
What Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, others aim to do tonight
Instead, O'Rourke is likely to focus on his own bevy of policy plans, punctuated by personal anecdotes he has collected on the campaign trail. The Minnesota senator, in preparation for Wednesday night's debate, watched video of the 2016 Republican primary debates -- raucous affairs where the massive field led to free-wielding and unpredictable exchanges. And Wednesday night's debate is unlikely to look any different for the Washington governor. RyanRyan told CNN that he has one strategy going into Wednesday night's debate: "I've got no real strategy other than be myself." De BlasioThe New York Mayor is going into the first Democratic debate with a clear goal: highlight contrast.
Democrats face climate, immigration issues in Florida
Inslee, who has made climate change a focus of his campaign, visited the Everglades on Monday and planned Tuesday to stop in the Little Haiti neighborhood to talk about how climate change is exacerbating economic equality in that community. With the debates drawing focus to the state, Florida Democrats have made suggestions to presidential hopefuls about places they should visit and topics they should cover as they try to court Floridians in the coming months. Shaw said talking about how the candidates hope to mitigate the effects of climate change is a must. If youre in Florida and youre not talking about climate change, youre doing it wrong, said Shaw, who has endorsed South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. Eskamani said she wants to hear candidates talk about their policies on abortion access, ending corporate welfare and addressing climate change.