Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020 Elections
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

Phone a Friend: Democrats Look Beyond Campaign Volunteers to Boost Turnout
2020 Elections
Phone a Friend: Democrats Look Beyond Campaign Volunteers to Boost Turnout

WASHINGTON — An average voter might not listen to a campaign volunteer calling to say that this is the most important election of their lifetime. Voters have heard that line before. But that voter might be more inclined to listen... Read More

Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable
Opinion Polls
Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable

WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch closer to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and Joe Biden enjoys a national lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race, there’s also an intense battle going on for control of Congress.... Read More

Analysis: How a Democratic Sweep on Nov. 3 Could Restore Congress’ Power
Congress
Analysis: How a Democratic Sweep on Nov. 3 Could Restore Congress’ Power

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers enter the home stretch of the 2020 campaign season at a time when they have never looked weaker. Still hoping to pass another round of virus relief, but thus far unwilling to make the compromises needed to... Read More

Democrats Focus on Health Care in Opposing Trump Court Pick
Supreme Court
Democrats Focus on Health Care in Opposing Trump Court Pick

Democrats zeroed in on the risk to Americans’ health care coverage in previewing the tactics they’ll use to oppose the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s new Supreme Court pick. Regardless, Barrett’s confirmation seems assured given the Republican... Read More

McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
Congress
McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
2020-09-08 21:24:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it's unlikely to appeal to Democrats who have already passed a much more sweeping package in the House. The... Read More

McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done
Political News
McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts about whether Congress can get a deal on another pandemic relief package when lawmakers return to Washington after a monthlong recess, despite the Trump administration’s push for a quick, targeted stimulus. “I don’t... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
Congress
Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say
Congress
Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say

A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks remains in limbo as August draws to a close without an agreement among lawmakers on a relief package. Talks about the relief package, which is expected to include stimulus checks, resumed last week,... Read More

Chamber of Commerce Bucks Tradition, Announces Host of Democrat Endorsements
Political News
Chamber of Commerce Bucks Tradition, Announces Host of Democrat Endorsements
2020-08-31 15:44:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a top lobbying group for decades, with the lion’s share of the organization’s support going to conservative candidates. However, in a surprising change from convention, the chamber is now prepared to... Read More

Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus
Political News
Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows returned to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday in a bid to pressure Democrats into accepting a slimmed-down economic stimulus bill after weeks of deadlock. The House has convened for a rare Saturday session... Read More

5 Takeaways From The Final Night of the DNC
Political News
5 Takeaways From The Final Night of the DNC

The Democratic National Convention is over and — no surprise — Joe Biden accepted his party’s nomination for president on Thursday night. In all the decades he coveted the presidency, Biden probably didn’t picture the moment quite as understated as... Read More

Joe Biden Accepts Democratic Nomination Promising ‘We’ll Find The Light Once More’
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Accepts Democratic Nomination Promising ‘We’ll Find The Light Once More’

MILWAUKEE — Joe Biden made his case Thursday for a major course correction in America as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, forcefully indicting the Trump administration as he laid out a vision to reunify the nation and restore competence... Read More

114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
Congress
114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
2020-08-21 15:20:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the floor to consideration of a bill to extend an emergency bonus to unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus... Read More

Democrats Pound Their Message: To Oust Trump, You Must Vote
2020 Elections
Democrats Pound Their Message: To Oust Trump, You Must Vote

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama warned that American democracy could falter if President Donald Trump is reelected, a stunning rebuke of his successor that was echoed by Kamala Harris at the Democratic Convention as she embraced her historic role as the... Read More

Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package
Political News
Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are planning to roll out a “skinny” version of their eight-bill COVID-19 aid package with $10 billion added for the U.S. Postal Service as early as this week. The legislation will be composed of provisions that... Read More

McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck
Political News
McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’d support whatever agreement the Trump administration and congressional Democrats reach on a coronavirus relief package, even if he has “some problems with certain parts of it.” The Kentucky Republican, who... Read More

Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
Census
Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
2020-07-30 14:01:04
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats attacked the president’s plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census during a congressional hearing Wednesday while Republicans said they wanted to prevent foreign influence. The House Oversight Committee held what it called an “emergency hearing”... Read More

Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier
State News
Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier

Democrats on Tuesday notched two victories in lawsuits aimed at making it easier to vote by mail during the pandemic. The state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness or notary requirements for people voting by mail throughout the 2020... Read More

With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations
2020 Elections
With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations

A group of Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. senators has once again posted massive fundraising numbers, raising the party’s hopes of reclaiming the Senate from the GOP in the November election. The Democrats’ figures, which include donations between April... Read More

1 Ad, 3 Accents: How Democrats Aim to Win Latino Votes
Political News
1 Ad, 3 Accents: How Democrats Aim to Win Latino Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.”... Read More

Democrats, Biden Look to Accelerate Southern Political Shift
Political News
Democrats, Biden Look to Accelerate Southern Political Shift

ATLANTA (AP) — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation. Now, during a national reckoning on racism,... Read More

House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill
Congress
House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — The House will cut short its work week and vote Wednesday on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Democrats hail as transformative and Republicans dismiss as doomed. The House had originally scheduled votes for Thursday, but late Tuesday... Read More

United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
Political News
United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
2020-06-30 16:32:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both parties on Capitol Hill continue to demand answers from the Trump administration about reported bounties paid by Russian operatives to Afghan insurgents for targeting American troops. Administration officials held a briefing for a limited number... Read More

House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035
Climate
House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that’s sure to inflame opponents on the right. The proposal will be released at an event at... Read More

Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election
Research
Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election

Democrats and Republicans hold starkly diverging views of the U.S. economy and the gap is widening as the pandemic persists, casting a shadow over President Donald Trump’s hopes for a V-shaped recovery powered by pent-up demand as nationwide lockdowns ease.... Read More

Georgia Democrats Set New Primary Turnout Record, Outpacing GOP Voters
State News
Georgia Democrats Set New Primary Turnout Record, Outpacing GOP Voters

ATLANTA — Democrats set a new turnout record for primary voting in last week’s Georgia vote, soaring past 1 million voters to outpace Republicans during an election plagued by significant obstacles at polling sites. The latest results, still being tallied... Read More

Congress Tackling Police Reform, But GOP and Democratic Lawmakers Differ on Aims
Congress
Congress Tackling Police Reform, But GOP and Democratic Lawmakers Differ on Aims

WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of another black man’s death at the hands of a white police officer, this time in Atlanta, Republican allies of President Trump clashed Sunday with Democratic lawmakers over police-reform legislation expected to be a focal... Read More

After Primaries Debacle, Georgia Democrats Gearing Up For Best Election ‘In Many Generations’
2020 Elections
After Primaries Debacle, Georgia Democrats Gearing Up For Best Election ‘In Many Generations’
2020-06-11 19:14:35
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Election season got off to a rocky start in Georgia on Tuesday with voters across the state facing long lines and technical glitches with new ballot machines during the primaries, which had been delayed twice due to the... Read More

Democrats Seek Answers on Surveillance of Protesters by Federal Agencies
Congress
Democrats Seek Answers on Surveillance of Protesters by Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are probing the possible use of high-tech surveillance tools by federal law enforcement agencies to monitor protesters at nationwide marches against police brutality. House Democrats have in recent days sent letters to the FBI, Drug Enforcement... Read More

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