Arizona GOP loses bid to undo $18K in fees over 2020 lawsuit
An appeals court has rejected a bid by the Arizona Republican Party and its lawyers to undo $18,000 in attorneys’ fees that they were ordered to pay for bringing one of the party’s failed lawsuits challenging President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state.
Trump rewards ally Devin Nunes with Medal of Freedom
President Donald Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Nunes. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to one of his most outspoken congressional allies, California Rep. Devin Nunes, as he looks to reward loyalists with just over two weeks left in his term. Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has been an ardent backer of Trump's during probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president's 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House. In a statement, the White House credited Nunes with uncovering “the greatest scandal in American history," referencing Nunes' efforts to discredit the Russia investigation. U.S. intelligence agencies and multiple congressional committees concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump’s candidacy.
Florida nearly set precarious precedent for electors in 2000, former state leaders say
The same thing nearly happened in Florida during the 2000 recount. A resolution was proposed to appoint electors for president and vice president who would be ordered to vote for a specific candidate. John McKay was the Senate president at the time. What nearly happened in Florida 20 years ago likely would have set a precedent for today’s legislatures in contested states. And the window for any state legislatures to vote is narrowing.
COVID-19 testing optional for Florida House members
Incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is requiring all senators to take a COVID-19 test prior to entering the Senate chambers on Nov. 17. “Members are constitutional officers who have a right to be in the chamber,” Sprowls' spokeswoman Jenna Sarkissian said in an email Tuesday, when asked about a testing requirement. Since desks won’t be rearranged inside the House chamber, members who seek greater social distancing or have underlying medical conditions can request special seating accommodations, according to a guide issued by House leaders last week. The testing requirement applies to senators, as well as certain staff and guests who will be authorized to be in the Senate chamber during the organization session. Next week’s organization session includes swearing in new members and the official selection of Sprowls and Simpson as leaders of the House and Senate.
Trump signs temporary government funding bill
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts Thursday. Trump signed the bill, which was approved by sweeping bipartisan agreement Wednesday, into law early Thursday morning shortly after returning from campaigning in Minnesota. The measure would keep the government running through Dec. 11 and passed by a 84-10 vote. The House passed the bill last week. The legislation — called a continuing resolution, or CR, in Washington-speak — would keep every federal agency running at current funding levels through Dec. 11, which will keep the government afloat past an election that could reshuffle Washington’s balance of power.
Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he's OK
AUSTIN, Texas – Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on Facebook showing him smiling in a hospital gown and giving a thumbs-up. The post came after a video took off on social media showing Paul having trouble speaking during an appearance on his livestreamed show “Ron Paul Liberty Report.” The video cuts away to the interviewer as Paul struggles. Paul is the father of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., whose office did not immediately return a message Friday. He faced an electorate frustrated by a weak economy and two wars, and saw his once outsider views become more mainstream.
Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has canceled segments of the Republican National Convention scheduled for Florida next month, citing a flare-up of the coronavirus. To have a big convention is not the right time," Trump said of Jacksonville. Trump moved parts of the GOP convention to Florida last month amid a dispute with North Carolinas Democratic leaders over holding an event indoors with maskless supporters. But those plans were steadily scaled back as virus cases spiked in Florida and much of the country over the last month. A small subset of GOP delegates will still gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally renominate Trump on Aug. 24.
Trump shakes up campaign after mishaps, replacing Parscale
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien. Trump and Parscales relationship had been strained since a Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally that drew a dismal crowd, infuriating the president. Parscale, a political novice, ran Trumps digital advertising in 2016 and was credited with helping bring about his surprise victory. Stepien has been in politics for years, working for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and serving as Trumps national field director in 2016.
Man driven by dislike of President Trump in GOP tent attack, report shows
He then showed investigators a video he recorded while driving towards the tent, according to JSO, but the video cut out before he hit the tent. Witnesses said he “flipped off” the people near the tent before driving away. The suspect told investigators he does not like President Trump and that was part of the reason he wanted to run over the tent, according to the arrest report. Senators, and even President Donald Trump. “But I suspect him saying I do not like Donald Trump is gonna be used as part of his confession to push harder to have these charges brought against him,” Peoples-Waters said.
Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain Have Another Awkward Exchange on 'The View': '
As the ladies discussed Liz Cheney, Meghan McCain revealed that she had unsuccessfully tried to get the GOP congresswoman to appear on The View. "We do, but I dont understand what this is telling me," Whoopi Goldberg replied, referencing the teleprompter, which read, "Meghan, we'll get you when we get back." "Yeah, Whoopi gets to do her job," McCain snapped back, before Goldberg took the show to its break. After McCain and Joy Behar's back-and-forth turned into a screaming match, Goldberg told everybody to "take a breath." RELATED CONTENT: Whoopi Goldberg Lectures Meghan McCain on 'Respect' on 'The View' Embed Code RestartWhoopi Goldberg Asks Meghan McCain to 'Respect' Her 'View' Co-HostsWhoopi Goldberg Addresses Misconceptions About Meghan McCain and Joy Behar's Relationship on 'The View'Meghan McCain Wishes Her 'Favorite Sparring Partner' Joy Behar a Happy Birthday