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January 23, 2022

Lawmakers Deliver Low Blows on Capitol Hill

Amid a fight over voting legislation, lawmakers are hurling personal attacks on Capitol Hill, with Democrats lashing out at Republicans with racially charged criticisms.

“So today, if they don’t vote — that’s evil. And we want America to know that they are cooperating with evil,” said Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

Beatty’s remarks came after leading about 20 Black Caucus members on a walk from the House’s Lincoln Room to the Senate to demand passage of voting legislation.

As some media outlets blame centrist Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for blocking changes to filibuster rules, some Democrats are pointing the finger across the aisle.

“We see Republicans trying to undermine the right of citizens to vote, and that’s why it’s not passing,” House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told reporters.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, suggested that the GOP opposes these bills because they don’t want another Black president after Barack Obama’s 2008 victory.

“What happened to the modern day Republican Party? Was it the election that took place in 2008? Did that disturb you? Did that throw you off? Were you confused by that, still trying to figure out how it occurred?” Jeffries told reporters.

“What happened to the modern day Republican Party? It’s a cult right now. Is it because the cult leader has told you to oppose voting rights?”


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Fury over voting rights fight turns personal on Capitol Hill 

January 18, 2022

Poll: US Political Party Preference Shifted Greatly in 2021

A new Gallup poll found that Americans’ political preferences shifted significantly from Democratic to Republican last year.

In the first quarter of last year, 49% of Americans said they identified as a Democrat or a lean-Democratic independent, while 40% said they were a Republican or a lean-Republican independent. This marked the largest lead Democrats had over the GOP since 2012.

But the percentage of respondents who identified with the left started to fall, with more people beginning to align themselves with the right.

In the second quarter, while the percentage of Americans who identified as Democrats or lean-Democratic independents held steady at 49%, more Americans said they were Republicans or lean-Republican independents, increasing to 43%.

The third quarter marked a 4-point drop for Democrats, falling to 45%, while Republicans climbed to 44%.

By the fourth quarter of 2021, more Americans said they identified with the right than the left, 47% to 42%.

However, Gallup noted that the GOP’s advantage seems to be tapering off. Currently, Republicans have a 2 percentage point lead over the Democrats, 46% to 44%.

Gallup polled 12,000 randomly sampled U.S. adults throughout 2021. The margin of sampling error is 1 percentage point.


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U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021

January 15, 2022

RNC Threatens to Block GOP Nominees from Presidential Debates

The Republican National Committee (RNC) sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) threatening to block future GOP nominees from official debates if it fails to make “meaningful reforms.”

So long as the CPD appears intent on stonewalling the meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and nonpartisan actor, the RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere,” RNC chair Ronna McDaniel wrote.

“Accordingly, the RNC will initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates,” she added. 

According to the New York Times, who first reported the move, the GOP has long accused the CPD of favoring Democrats. The nonprofit CPD has described itself as nonpartisan.

Per the letter, the RNC first began its discussions with the debate commission’s co-chair, Frank Fahrenkopf, in June 2021.

“The RNC wrote to the CPD [in June] outlining its serious missteps and the partisan actions of its board members, explaining that these actions have damaged the RNC’s faith that the CPD can provide a fair and impartial forum for presidential debates,” McDaniel wrote.

The CPD responded to the allegations of bias in a statement to Axios.

“The CPD’s plans for 2024 will be based on fairness, neutrality and a firm commitment to help the American public learn about the candidates and the issues,” the commission wrote.

The RNC has shared our concerns with the CPD in good faith, carefully documenting why the party and its voters have lost faith in your organization, and we have proposed commonsense reforms that would restore trust in the debates process,” the committee said, adding, “Unfortunately, neither the tone nor substance of your latest response inspires confidence that the CPD will meaningfully address the serious issues which the RNC has raised.”


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RNC threatens to block candidates from participating in official debates

January 8, 2022

GOP Goes After ‘Big Tech’ Following Greene’s Twitter Ban

After Twitter banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)’s personal account, Republicans are bolstering their attacks against “Big Tech” and social media giants.

Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing statement, saying the platform was “a disgrace to democracy.”

“They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country,” Trump said. “Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) addressed the situation, vowing that the GOP will hold the social media giant “accountable,” should they win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

Twitter banned Trump a year ago, but experts say Greene’s ban sets a “more far-reaching precedent,” since Trump’s ban came as he was about to leave office.

“The fact that Twitter cut her off, despite being an elected official, is a substantial change in the broad latitude that elected officials have had in the past,” said Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also criticized the company’s decision to permanently suspend a “sitting member of Congress.”

“It is clear any speech that does not fit Big Tech’s orthodoxy gets muzzled. America is poorer for that conduct,” McCarthy said in a statement.

Twitter’s action against Greene is fueling accusations from the GOP that “Big Tech” has an anti-conservative bias.

McCarthy said he directed “relevant committees and task forces to continue their work in getting answers — voluntarily or through rigorous congressional oversight — from Twitter and other Big Tech companies surrounding their decision to silence certain Americans and to hold these companies accountable.”

“House Republicans will be ready to take action that protects Americans when they express their constitutionally safeguarded views, just like we have laws on the books today that prohibit discrimination by corporations in many other contexts,” he said. 


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Twitter’s Marjorie Taylor Greene ban fuels GOP attacks on ‘Big Tech’

January 7, 2022

High-Ranking Lawmaker Tries to ‘Pants’ Ref at High School Basketball Game [Video]

A high-ranking Tennessee lawmaker, Rep. Jeremy Faison (R), apologized after losing his temper at a high school basketball game, where he was ejected after a half-hearted attempt at pulling down the referee’s pants.

“I acted the fool tonight and lost my temper on a ref. I was wanting him to fight me. [I] totally lost my junk and got booted from the gym,” Faison wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

“I’ve never really lost my temper but I did tonight and it was completely stupid of me,” Faison continued. “Emotions getting in the way of rational thoughts are never good. I hope to be able to find the ref and ask for his forgiveness. I was bad wrong.”

According to The Guardian, Faison’s son plays on the Lakeway Christian Academy basketball team, and the opposing team, Providence Academy, live-streamed the game. The video shows Faison sitting in the stands before players enter a scuffle in the third quarter over a jump ball.

Faison, the Tennessee House GOP Chairman, reportedly entered the court, and a referee told him to leave. Faison pointed at the official and said: “You can’t tell me to leave the floor, this was your fault.” At that point, Faison grabbed the referee’s pants, tugged down on them, and walked away.

News of the incident quickly spread, drawing some criticism of Faison’s actions.

“As I have said, many in the supermajority are childish schoolyard bullies, focused on petty retaliation. ‘Pantsing’ a ref on the gym floor is next level bullying…not even the stuff of middle school locker rooms,” Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-TN) tweeted.


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High-ranking Tennessee Republican apologizes after apparent attempt to ‘pants’ ref

January 7, 2022

Dick Cheney ‘Deeply Disappointed’ in GOP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he was “deeply disappointed” in Republican leadership over its response to the January 6 Capitol riot.

Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), were the only two members of the GOP on Capitol Hill for the incident’s one-year anniversary on Thursday.

The former vice president told an ABC reporter he decided to attend because of the event’s historical importance.

“I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” Cheney said. “It’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years.”

“I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” he added.

One by one, Democratic House members approached Cheney to shake his hand.

However, the Democrats received criticism for doing so, with some accusing them of hypocrisy.

“Dick Cheney has done more to hurt American democracy than almost anyone alive. He is not your friend,” the Gravel Institute tweeted.

“Dick Cheney being warmly embraced by Democrats on the House floor is a fitting symbol of what January 6 really represents to the future of America,” Saagar Enjeti, co-host of Breaking Points, tweeted.


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Dick Cheney visits Capitol for Jan. 6, criticizes GOP leadership

January 1, 2022

GOP Optimism Rises Amid Potential Red Wave in 2022

Optimism is growing among Congressional Republicans that the 2022 midterms could bring a red wave, flipping both chambers of Congress to a GOP majority.

“I’ve been telling Democrats, especially Democrats in targeted seats, enjoy the holidays, and you got a decision to make: retire or lose next fall,” said Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Speaking to The Hill, Emmer said that while a Republican majority in the House isn’t guaranteed, as many as 70 Democrats could lose their seats, warning “in this environment, no Democrat is safe.”

Several factors are contributing to the GOP’s optimism. Historically, the party in the White House loses seats in the midterm elections. Besides that, President Joe Biden’s declining approval ratings could point to an overall advantage for Republicans.

“I’m very confident that we’re gonna take back the House,” Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) said. “I think that on the key issues right now, all the energy is on our side. And when I look at all the polling data, it matches what I see in the district, voters are concerned about inflation, crime, the border, Afghanistan, and all those issues are in our favor.”

Some Democrats concede that their House majority is on shaky ground.

“The environment is particularly dour, both because of rising prices, economic anxiety, frustration about feeling stagnant when it comes to COVID, that it is not behind us despite the fact that we’ve been living with it for two years,” Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said. “If this environment holds, it’s going to be pretty damning.”

The pollster thinks Democrats should stop praising their previous accomplishments and instead acknowledge that “people are pissed off.”

“I think understanding that people are pissed off and that that’s OK and that there’s an understanding of what those lives are like and a desire, and the goal is fixing those things and looking in touch with people, those are the things that Democrats can do tonally,” Murphy said. “I think pointing to, ‘Hey, things are actually great’ just sounds totally tone deaf.”

Roughly two dozen House Democrats announced they’re retiring, with some running for another office and others leaving politics entirely.

“They’re running for the hills,” GOP pollster Robert Blizzard said. “I think they see the writing on the wall.”



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GOP optimism grows over possible red wave in 2022

November 12, 2021

GOP infrastructure supporters bombarded with threats

Last week, the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed through the House by 228-206 with 13 Republican votes. Since then, those 13 GOP representatives have been subject to threatening phone calls, including one who says he received a death threat.

“This madness has to stop,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who said his offices received dozens of threatening phone calls after his yes vote. The fervent correspondences included one obscenity-ridden rant wherein the caller repeatedly called Upton a “traitor” and said he hoped Upton, his family, and his aides would die. The 18-term moderate closed his two offices for a day to increase their security.

The 13 supports also faced intense rebuking from within their own party. According to the Associated Press, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called them “traitors.”

“If Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to be mean to me, that’s fine. I love America very much. I would never ever do anything to hurt this country.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said that the 10 of the 13 defectors who are the senior Republicans on committees should be removed from their posts. “I respect their right to vote their districts and their conscience. But that doesn’t mean that they should get the privilege of leading [House Republicans],” Biggs said.

The bipartisan measure aims to create jobs and improve things like the country’s roads, water systems, and broadband coverage. Additionally, it will send funds into every state. President Joe Biden plans to sign it on Monday.

Democrats condemn Republican opposition to the bill on policy and political grounds.

“It’s a sad statement of how the other party has lost its way,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.). “If you want our country to fail so you can say things are bad and win power for yourself, you act like the House Republicans are.”

Though the two parties once collaborated on things that have a mutual and national benefit, like infrastructure projects, the dynamic is now far more complicated.

“When it comes to policy these days, we’re basically divided into two tribes. And you stick with your tribe, and you don’t try to help the other tribe,” GOP strategist Glen Bolger said.

However, some within the GOP are pushing back against cries for retaliation against the 13 pro-infrastructure members. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who opposed the bill, said the 13 Republicans are “among some of our very best members” and voted yes “because it was the right thing for their districts.”

Some of the 13 members are taking the criticism in stride. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) said he voted yes because his state would receive more than $20 billion in funds “we desperately need.” Van Drew dismissed the notion that the measure would “catapult the president” politically.

“If Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to be mean to me, that’s fine,” Van Drew said. “I love America very much. I would never ever do anything to hurt this country.”

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Death threats, tweets jolt GOP infrastructure supporters

November 8, 2021

Sesame Street’s Big Bird Promotes Pfizer Vaccine

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) lamented on Twitter that this was “Government propaganda … for your 5-year-old” after the official Twitter handle for Sesame Street’s most famous puppet, Big Bird, put out the following tweet: “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy. Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!”

The CDC recently signed off for doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Other political commentators expressed concern over the alleged propaganda targeting kids, with Lisa Boothe tweeting “Brainwashing children who are not at risk from covid” as being “twisted.”

Others tweeted out support for Big Bird’s promotion of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

What do you think?

Is Big Bird a puppet for Big Pharma, or just a puppet? Comment Below.

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October 30, 2021

GOP Rep. Kinzinger not seeking reelection, vows ‘broader fight nationwide’ against Trumpism

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said he is not seeking reelection next year, marking an end to a 12-year congressional career capped off by outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump.

“There’s little to no desire to bridge our differences, and unity is no longer a word we use,” Kinzinger said in a video announcing his retirement in January 2023. “It has also become increasingly obvious that in order to break the narrative, I cannot focus on both a reelection to Congress and a broader fight nationwide.”

“I want to make it clear,” he added. “This isn’t the end of my political future, but the beginning.”

Kinzinger is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January after the riot at the U.S. Capitol. He is the second member of that group to announce their retirement from Congress, joining Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH).

Hours after Kinzinger’s announcement, Trump released a statement that read, “2 down, 8 to go!”

“In this day, to prevail or survive, you must belong to a tribe,” Kinzinger said in the video. “Our political parties only survive by appealing to the most motivated and the most extreme elements within it. And the price tag to power has skyrocketed, and fear and distrust has served as an effective strategy to meet that cost.”

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Kinzinger retiring from Congress, vows ‘broader fight nationwide’ against Trumpism

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