House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy defeated Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday to retain his post as the top Republican in the House a week after Democrats flipped control of the chamber.
Mr. McCarthy of California won 159-43.
Most of the other leadership races were uncontested and decided on a voice vote.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was named minority whip and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming became the House Republican Conference Chair as her father former Vice President Dick Cheney, sporting a cowboy hat, looked on from the room.
Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota was tapped to lead the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm. Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina was elected Republican Conference Vice Chair and Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri became Republican Conference Secretary.
In the only other competitive race, Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama defeated David Schweikert to lead the Republican Policy Committee.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday was named Senate Democratic leader as both parties met to decide their leadership teams for the next Congress.
Schumer was reelected as minority leader by acclamation in the closed-door meeting, according to a source.
Schumer, in a statement, said he was “excited and humbled” to remain in the top Democratic spot.
“We have a unique opportunity in the new Congress to reach more bipartisan agreements to get things done for families across the country, and we will be ready to work with the president and our Republican colleagues on issues where we agree,” he said.
“However, we will not shy away from standing up to President Trump and Congressional Republicans with everything we’ve got when the values we as Americans hold dear are threatened,” he added.
Schumer, who has served in the post since 2017, was not expected to face competition for the caucus’s top spot.
Democrats picked up two more House seats on Wednesday as Republican Reps. Jeff Denham of California and Tom MacArthur of New Jersey acknowledged they'd been defeated.
The two Democratic victories give Democrats a total of 32 net pickups in the House, bringing the current balance of power come January in Washington to 227 Democrats and 200 Republicans. Eight House races remain undecided.
Denham, who represented the 10th District in the state's Central Valley, said in a statement he'd met in person with Democratic challenger Josh Harder.
"It has been an absolute honor to serve our community and represent the Central Valley in Congress over the past eight years. The enormity of the responsibility was never lost on me," he said in the statement. "My wife Sonia and I look forward to starting the next chapter of our life."
California's 10th District was one of several House races in which, as of Wednesday morning, CNN had not yet projected a winner -- including five in California. In three of the remaining four, the Democratic candidates have inched ahead, while the party is closing the gap in one more -- the 39th District, where Republican Young Kim faces Democrat Gil Cisneros. Those races could pad a new Democratic majority in the House.
Denham was among the Republicans who pushed an ultimately failed "discharge petition" to force a House vote on legislation that would have protected Dreamers.
The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting “irregularities” it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.
The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as “cure affidavits,” those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 — the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate.
Audio of a Florida Democratic Party caller leaving a voicemail message asking a Palm Beach County voter to fix their vote by mail ballot after Election Day, which is not allowed, was also sent to POLITICO separately. It was not part of the information turned over to federal prosecutors.
Among the counties in question is Broward, which emerged as the epicenter of controversy as three statewide races and three local legislative races went into recounts following the Nov. 6 elections. Republicans have pointed to embattled Broward Elections chief Brenda Snipes' record of past election gaffes in arguing that the largely Democratic country is tilted against them — perhaps fraudulently so.
DOS officials have repeatedly told the media that the monitors they sent to Broward County saw no election fraud. It wasn't until Tuesday that the office revealed publicly that it had turned over information to federal prosecutors.
The information was sent on Nov. 9 by Bradley McVay, DOS’ interim general counsel, who asked that the altered dates be investigated.
Broward County Elections Supervisor To Be 'Forced From Office' After Violating Florida Law, Says Report
After a judge found her to have violated Florida elections law and amid reports of more highly suspicious actions by her office, the supervisor of elections for Broward County, Brenda Snipes, is expected to be "forced from office" by either Gov. Rick Scott or governor-elect Ron DeSantis, Politico reports.
"Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines," Politico's Marc Caputo writes. "So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes — culminating in her office’s troubles in the aftermath of Florida’s chaotic 2018 elections — that her days in office are now numbered, insiders and lawmakers say."
Even Snipes' fellow Democrats have begun to abandon her amid her increasingly indefensible mishandling of the count, which has already resulted in a judge finding her in violation of Florida election law, Snipes' office accidentally mixing invalidated ballots into legitimate results, and a suspicious series of reports of "found" ballots and illegally transported ballots.
The situation is adding up to "the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension from office at the hands of either Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis," Caputo reports.
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"Hillary Will Run Again." The sub-headline went further: "Reinventing herself as a liberal firebrand, Mrs. Clinton will easily capture the 2020 nomination."
And the lead was declarative:
"Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0. More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle—back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994. True to her name, Mrs. Clinton will fight this out until the last dog dies. She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House."
The piece was written by Mark Penn, a pollster and senior adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995-2008, and Andrew Stein, former Democratic Manhattan borough president and president of the New York City Council. Yes, the story took two people to write.
The article ticks through a lot of Hillary's history, often referring to the former Democratic presidential nominee as if she's computer software simply being updated.
"Hillary Clinton 2.0 was a moderate, building on the success of her communitarian 'It Takes a Village' appeals and pledging to bring home the bacon for New York. She emphasized her religious background, voiced strong support for Israel, voted for the Iraq war, and took a hard line against Iran," the authors write.
And like Hillary herself, the writers offer lots of lame excuses.
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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally to win the Arizona Senate race, the Associated Press projected Monday evening.
With Sinema's victory to flip the open seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, she becomes the first Democrat Arizona has elected to the Senate since 1988. She will not only be the state's first female senator but will also be the first openly bisexual senator in U.S. history.
Shortly after the race was called in her favor, Sinema wrote on Twitter that she will "be an independent voice for all Arizonans."
A judge ordered Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes to allow immediate inspection of voter records during an emergency hearing Friday.
The court was asked to intervene in the tight U.S. Senate race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott as the two sides prepare for a possible recount.
Judge Carol-Lisa Phillip said Snipes must allow inspections on or before 7 p.m. Friday evening. Phillips found that Snipes violated that law by failing to turn over the information to attorneys for Scott's Senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Lawyers for Snipes argued that requiring such a swift response would interfere with ongoing efforts to finish counting Broward County ballots. But lawyers for Scott contended the information is already required to be collected under state law and should take minutes to provide.
Scott filed a lawsuit Thursday night against, asking the court to order Snipes to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots.
But Snipes attorney said in court Friday that it would be inappropriate for the court to intervene at this time, simply because Scott wants the counting process to be sped up.
The attorney said Snipes is not refusing to turn over the records, but needs more time to do so.
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As both counties were still counting votes, Scott read a statement saying "unethical liberals" and "left-wing activists" were trying to "steal the election" by "coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere."
Scott filed the lawsuit as a candidate, but as the sitting governor, he said he also ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the handling of the ballots. President Donald Trump tweeted after Scott's news conference: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!"
In the lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court, the NRSC and Scott accuse Snipes, who has served in her role since 2003, of failing to provide information about outstanding ballots that had yet to be tabulated.
In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the NRSC and Scott accuse Bucher of not allowing the county's canvassing board to determine "all valid votes" from "overvoted" and "undervoted" absentee ballots and "has made determinations regarding voter intent herself."
"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud in Palm Beach and Broward counties," Scott said.
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'That was a misfire! Don’t worry!' MSNBC left red-faced after on-screen graphic declares Florida Democrat the winner of governor's race a day before polls open
The nation got an impossibly early peek at the outcome of the hotly-contested Florida governor's race on MSNBC – after the network mistakenly posted a graphic of the results before the polls even opened.
The network posted a graphic showing the two candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, who are facing off in one of the nation's marquis contests, during its Monday night broadcast.
Deadline Hollywood, which posted a screen grab of the graphic, showed it had Gillum grabbing a narrow victory. It had precise vote totals with a 49.4 to 48.8 and a gap of fewer than 46,000 votes.
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