Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential candidate and Trump "critic", is to run for the Utah senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch's retirement.
Romney's run has already faced some resistance: the head of the state's Republican Party criticized him for not having deep enough ties to the state. Jenny Wilson, a Democratic candidate running for Senate in Utah, said this week that "Utah families deserve another Utahn as their senator, not a Massachusetts governor who thinks of our state as his vacation home."
If elected, the former governor would bring strong name recognition and influence as a first-term senator. While former aides expect Romney to push for conservative policies in the Senate, they also believe he will rebuke the president when necessary and potentially clash with him on some policies.
What ... what if he only votes with Trump 85% of time, like GOP rebel Jeff Flake? This could be revolutionary. Read the rest
Nebraska State Senator Paul Schumacher [R-22] [(402) 471-2715] has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would create 36-square-mile regions in the state where corporations would enjoy up to 99 years of sovereignty, with "no city or state taxes and no local or state regulations."
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Saturday's front page headline of the Alabama's Times Daily story about alleged sex offender Roy Moore -- the state's Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat -- reported an amusing error.
It proclaimed the Republican political party was divided over "sex clams," instead of "sex claims."
The headline was completely reworked in the online edition of the paper.
Naturally, folks on Twitter are having a field day over the mistake (check out the responses below):
Previously: Headline fail: Kansas students get 'first hand job experience'
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Edmund Burke wrote that "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing," but these are not good men. They're silent because they're too close to the catch. Read the rest
Roy Moore's judicial career died not on a hill but a tacky Christian cut of the 10 commandments inside the courthouse and hatin' on the gays. But he's back in style, thrashing incumbent Alabama Republican Sen. Luther Strange to take his party into the next election.
He's shamelessly racist, thinks parts of Illinois are under Sharia, wants homosexual behavior punished, and will look just fabulous in President-select Mike Pence's first cabinet.
President Donald Trump, who supported Luther Strange, spent election night deleting his Tweets supporting Luther Strange.
Here's an excerpt from one of Moore's poems.
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America the Beautiful, or so you used to be,
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride, I’m glad they’re not here to see,
Babies piled in dumpsters, abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty, your house is on the sand.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, a Republican, wrote on Twitter that he would drive through protestors who got in his way. Linking to an article about protests in St. Louis, where a white police officer was acquitted of murder after killing a black man, Bernstine called the protestors "thugs" and made clear his willingness to do likewise.
The remarks come barely a month after a white supremacist killed Heather Heyer, and hurt twenty others, by driving through a crowd of protestors with his car.
Saturday afternoon, Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Brandon Cwalina issued the following statement demanding an apology from Bernstine:
“Representative Bernstine should not have to be reminded that the right to peaceably assemble is so fundamental to our democracy that it is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Funny how it's always protestors who inspire angry fantasies about killing black people with cars (previously: Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds), rather than all the other things that involve pedestrians shutting streets down, such as sports.
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The North Carolina Republican Party has rebuked one of its mayoral candidates, Kimberley Paige Barnette, after she wrote “VOTE FOR ME! REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.” on her Facebook page.
Barnette, a former magistrate, has since removed and apologized for her remark, reports Jim Morrill with The Charlotte Observer. However, she then defended herself with this gem:
"There is a group called Congressional Black Caucus. I'm sorry if I described myself as white and it offended others."
If you're a person of color and you ever wondered why things didn't go your way in Mecklenburg County magistrate court, well, now you know why. Read the rest
Louisiana Republican congressman Clay Higgins shot video of himself talking about the need for invincible U.S. power—while wandering the gas chamber at Auschwitz.
In his five-minute ramble, Higgins explains the horrors that took place at the camp, where some 1.1m people, mostly Jews, where murdered by the Nazis during World War II. And that "this is why Homeland Security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible."
People keep talking about President Trump's behavior eroding international respect and trust for America. But he does get a lot of help from his friends.
Officials at the museum and memorial denounced him for using it as a stage for his politics, pointing out that there are signs asking for silence throughout the former death camp.
Higgins' politics have two sides, and so does his message, here. On one side, he's posing America—and its military power—as the force that overcame Nazi atrocity.
On the other, here's what he wants done to radical Muslims.
“Hunt them, identify them, and kill them,” declared US Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. “Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
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Rep Jeb Hensarling [R-TX/+1 202 225-3484/@RepHensarling] is the sponsor of HR 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, which will ban investors from putting petitions to the shareholders and board of publicly traded companies, except when investors own more than 1% of the company for at least three years.
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Lauralot points out that the Jesus of the Bible doesn't have much in common with the right-wing, evangelical Christ -- canon Jesus was "a brown Jew in the Middle East, conceived out of wedlock in an arguably interracial if not interspecies (deity and human) relationship, raised by his mother and stepfather in place of his absent father. He may not have had a Y chromosome. He spent his early youth as a refugee in Egypt, where his family no doubt survived initially on handouts from the wealthy."
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After physically attacking a reporter and allowing his spokesman to lie about it in an official statement, Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has formally apologized to his victim. He is also donating $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"My physical response to your legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful. As both a candidate for Office and a public official, I should be held to a high standard in my interactions with the press and the public. My treatment of you did not meet that standard."
"I made a mistake and humbly ask for your forgiveness," the letter stated.
Jacobs accepted the apology.
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Under The American Health Care Act -- presently the subject of a full-court press by House Republicans -- insurance companies will be allowed to discriminate against customers who have "pre-existing conditions," refusing to pay for problems stemming from them.
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In a party-line split, the U.S. Senate today voted to allow internet service providers to retain personal data without permission and sell it to whomever might pay for it.
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The Senate voted 50:48 in favor of S.J. 34, which would remove the rules and, under the authority of the Congressional Review Act, prevent similar rules from being enacted. It now heads to the House for approval.
“If signed by the President, this law would repeal the FCC’s widely-supported broadband privacy framework, and eliminate the requirement that cable and broadband providers offer customers a choice before selling their sensitive, personal information,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny in a joint statement.
Milo as “Ivana Wall,” speaking at Louisiana State University on Sep. 21, 2016. Say the name out loud and you'll get the joke. “Right about now your dick is probably confused,” read one of the slides on stage during the performance. Image: Reddit.
Pro-Trump and extremist right wing/white supremacist personality Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to deliver a speech at U.C. Berkeley, but his appearance was canceled by university officials tonight after big protests on campus that got out of hand with some people setting some objects on fire. No arrests or injuries reported.
Yiannopoulos is doing a speaking tour on college campuses to promote his male "Privilege" scholarship fund.
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On Election Night, you went to bed crying, and this time, I couldn't fix it. Like half the country, you thought you would be going to bed with your candidate as the president-elect. I wiped away a big, globby tear from the end of your nose, proud of you for caring so deeply about your country. I said it was going to be OK. I explained that, "politics goes back and forth, and this year it just wasn't our turn. Remember when I was for Obama and you were for Hillary, and she lost the primary, but you ended up liking Obama?" Your thirteen year-old defiance broke through your tears, as you declared, "No, this is different!"
You then spouted off a litany of things I didn't know you thought much about:
"It's different because Donald Trump doesn't have the basic morals of everything our country stands for. He doesn't even have the morals of a normal Republican. It's not that the other side won. It's that the person who won is literally against half of the people in the country. He doesn't like Muslims, Mexicans, anyone who is LGBT, he definitely doesn't like women, or people of color. He doesn't like ME. It seems like he only likes people like himself -- white males. How can he be our president?"
He's our president because people voted for him and he won the election. I will be raising you under a Donald Trump presidency until you go to college in four years. Read the rest