Fate of Biden Agenda Rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate
U.S. Senate
Fate of Biden Agenda Rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of... Read More

Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?
State News
Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.... Read More

Warnock Makes History With Senate Win as Dems Near Majority
Georgia
Warnock Makes History With Senate Win as Dems Near Majority

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years... Read More

One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
Elections
One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
2021-01-05 18:51:41
by Reece Nations

Georgia voters will decide the balance of power in Congress Tuesday in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact his governing agenda. Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler... Read More

Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'
State News
Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'

ATLANTA -- Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock delivered what his campaign billed as a closing message Tuesday in an ad that accuses Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of "trying to make you afraid of me because she's afraid of you."... Read More

McConnell Has Support In Hand to Override Trump’s Defense Bill Veto
U.S. Senate
McConnell Has Support In Hand to Override Trump’s Defense Bill Veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of this year’s defense bill, dealing an embarrassing blow to the outgoing commander in chief that suggests his firm grip on the Republican Party is loosening. McConnell,... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election
State News
Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election

ATLANTA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop the Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia. Attorney L. Lin Wood Jr. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta earlier this month, saying Georgia’s processes... Read More

Eligibility of 364,000 Georgia Voters Challenged Before Senate Runoffs
State News
Eligibility of 364,000 Georgia Voters Challenged Before Senate Runoffs

ATLANTA — A Texas-based organization is working with Georgia Republican Party members to challenge the eligibility of more than 364,000 Georgia voters who might have moved, an attempt to disqualify their ballots in the U.S. Senate runoffs. The effort questions... Read More

Newsom Picks Padilla to Fill Senate Seat Being Vacated by Harris
U.S. Senate
Newsom Picks Padilla to Fill Senate Seat Being Vacated by Harris
2020-12-22 21:02:27
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday appointed his Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The child of Mexican immigrants, Padilla will be California’s first Latino senator,... Read More

Senate Debates Tactics to Make America More Competitive with China
Trade
Senate Debates Tactics to Make America More Competitive with China
2020-12-17 14:36:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate continued a hardline crackdown on China Wednesday during a hearing on how to ratchet up American economic competitiveness. Economic advisors repeated warnings that the U.S. government needs to create more incentives for domestic industries that... Read More

Senate Confirms 3 to Federal Election Commission, Restoring a Full Slate
Elections
Senate Confirms 3 to Federal Election Commission, Restoring a Full Slate

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed three new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, giving the campaign finance regulator a full slate of six members for the first time since February 2017. Senators voted 92-4 to confirm Shana M. Broussard, who will be the agency's first... Read More

Georgia Senate Runoff: Loeffler, Warnock Face Off in Heated Debate
2020 Elections
Georgia Senate Runoff: Loeffler, Warnock Face Off in Heated Debate

ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and the Rev. Raphael Warnock faced off in their first, and possibly only, one-on-one debate Sunday night at the Atlanta Press Club, trading barbed attacks in their fight for the right to represent Georgia in the Senate for the next two years. Over the course of... Read More

Misinformation On Voter Fraud Dims GOP Senate Prospects, Official Warns
State News
Misinformation On Voter Fraud Dims GOP Senate Prospects, Official Warns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's false claim that he beat Joe Biden in last month's election — and won the state of Georgia — drew sharp rebukes Sunday from top Georgia officials, less than a month before a contest that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. Further roiling Trump's... Read More

Lamar Alexander Bids Farewell After 18 Years in the Senate
U.S. Senate
Lamar Alexander Bids Farewell After 18 Years in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander's farewell speech to the chamber in which he's served for 18 years — and was a staffer decades earlier — was a reminder to colleagues of why the retiring Tennessee Republican was such a popular and effective public figure. Alexander's... Read More

Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly Lands in Senate, Shrinking GOP Majority
U.S. Senate
Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly Lands in Senate, Shrinking GOP Majority

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kelly took the oath of office Wednesday, following the path of Ohio's John Glenn and others who once orbited the Earth and later landed on Capitol Hill. The Arizona Democrat, a former NASA astronaut and Navy pilot who flew combat missions in the Persian Gulf, was sworn... Read More

Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing
Economy
Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing

WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat said Tuesday that she's engaged in bipartisan discussions on COVID-19 aid and urged quick action even if that means "a short-term package for the next few months." "We need to act," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich.,... Read More

Perdue's Debate Dodge Highlights Opening Ga. Runoff Strategy
2020 Elections
Perdue's Debate Dodge Highlights Opening Ga. Runoff Strategy

ATLANTA — In the two weeks since the presidential election, U.S. Sen. David Perdue has held one public event, conducted a Fox News interview and announced he wouldn't participate in any debates with his Georgia runoff opponent, Jon Ossoff. The first-term Republican's opening strategy diverges sharply not only from Ossoff,... Read More

McConnell, Schumer to Remain Senate Leaders
U.S. Senate
McConnell, Schumer to Remain Senate Leaders

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York were reelected Tuesday to lead their parties in the Senate during the next Congress. The leadership elections, which occurred behind closed doors Tuesday morning, were held even though it's still unclear which party will hold... Read More

Republicans Have Edge to Keep Senate, and Block Biden if He Wins
U.S. Senate
Republicans Have Edge to Keep Senate, and Block Biden if He Wins

WASHINGTON — Republicans brushed back challengers in some of the most competitive Senate contests, bolstering the party's hopes of retaining control of the chamber and erecting a powerful firewall against a potential Joe Biden administration. As of early Wednesday evening, the Senate map stood at 48 Republicans and 47 Democrats, with five... Read More

Democrats' Hopes for Capturing a Senate Majority Fade
U.S. Senate
Democrats' Hopes for Capturing a Senate Majority Fade

WASHINGTON — Democrats' hopes of sweeping to a Senate majority faded as marquee contests stretched into overtime early Wednesday and some of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents remained in contention while the vote counts dragged on. Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine, whose defeats had been considered... Read More

10 Most Vulnerable Senators: Outspent Republicans Overrun Final List Before Election
2020 Elections
10 Most Vulnerable Senators: Outspent Republicans Overrun Final List Before Election

WASHINGTON — With Republicans making up the majority of vulnerable senators, Democrats hold promising prospects of winning control of the chamber. If they fail, it won't be for a lack of cash. Almost all the most vulnerable GOP senators on this final list financed their... Read More

ME Senate: Susan Collins (R)
Senate Watch
ME Senate: Susan Collins (R)
2020-10-28 16:07:21
by TWN Staff

About Collins: Susan Collins has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the hardest working members of Congress.  During her entire time in the U.S. Senate, she has never missed a roll-call vote – more than 7,300. Collins is... Read More

KS Senate: Roger Marshall (R)
Senate Watch
KS Senate: Roger Marshall (R)
2020-10-28 16:04:14
by TWN Staff

About Marshall: Dr. Roger Marshall is an OB/GYN, who has delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 25 years practicing in Great Bend. He also served as chairman of the board of Great Bend Regional Hospital for 14 years. For... Read More

IA Senate: Theresa Greenfield (D)
Senate Watch
IA Senate: Theresa Greenfield (D)
2020-10-28 15:58:12
by TWN Staff

About Greenfield:  Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm, where she and her four siblings learned the value of hard work and self-reliance. Her father encouraged his daughters to do everything the boys did on the Greenfield farm, and... Read More

IA Senate: Joni Ernst (R)
Senate Watch
IA Senate: Joni Ernst (R)
2020-10-28 15:56:20
by TWN Staff

About Ernst: In 2014 Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in federal office, and the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate.  A farmers’ daughter, Joni Ernst was taught to work hard, live simply,... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Raphael Warnock (D)
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GA Senate Special Election: Raphael Warnock (D)
2020-10-28 15:47:09
by TWN Staff

About Warnock:  Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Reverend Warnock’s father was a veteran, a small businessman, and a preacher. He spent the week hauling old cars to the local steel yard, and on... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Kelly Loeffler (R)
Senate Watch
GA Senate Special Election: Kelly Loeffler (R)
2020-10-28 15:41:50
by TWN Staff

About Loeffler: Kelly Loeffler is a conservative businesswoman and was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp to replace Johnny Isakson in the United States Senate. A lifelong Republican and proud Georgian, Kelly has worked in the Senate to spur... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Doug Collins (R)
Senate Watch
GA Senate Special Election: Doug Collins (R)
2020-10-28 15:40:41
by TWN Staff

About Collins: Doug Collins was born to Lenard and Dorothy Copelan Collins in Gainesville, Ga., in 1966.  In 1988, Collins attended the University of North Georgia and received his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Criminal Law. That same year,... Read More

GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
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GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
2020-10-28 15:31:28
by TWN Staff

About Ossoff: Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner. Ossoff and his wife Alisha, an OB/GYN physician, both grew up in Atlanta. Since 2013, Ossoff has served as the CEO of Insight TWI,... Read More

CO Senate: John Hickenlooper (D)
Senate Watch
CO Senate: John Hickenlooper (D)
2020-10-28 15:22:37
by TWN Staff

About Hickenlooper: John Wright Hickenlooper was named for his father, who passed away when he was only eight years old but continues to have a lasting influence on Hickenlooper’s life. Hickenlooper started out as a geologist, but after being laid... Read More

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