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Dems win Senate seat in Arizona, as Florida’s Scott heads to D.C.

  • 6:54 pm Monday, November 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Democrats on Monday won back a seat in the U.S. Senate as Republican Martha McSally conceded defeat in Arizona after Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) saw her lead increase for a third straight day, while in Florida, aides to GOP Gov. Rick Scott said he would go to Capitol Hill for freshman orientation this week, even as his Senate race was still the subject of a recount in the Sunshine State.

Not long after new vote totals showed Sinema leading by over 38,000 votes, McSally issued a statement on Twitter, congratulating Sinema for her upset victory, which will limit overall GOP gains [More]

Amid Senate split, Dems gain in House, as vote count rolls on

  • 8:01 pm Sunday, November 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

It was not a quiet weekend for elections officials around the country, as vote counting gave Democrats the edge in a Senate race in Arizona, while Republicans kept their leads in key races as a recount began for Senate and Governor in Florida. Meanwhile in the House, Democrats continued to slowly pick off more GOP seats, increasing the size of their new majority for 2019, as a small group of races for Congress could remain undecided for days, if not weeks.

Most of the political battling was taking place over the recounts in Florida, where top Republicans repeatedly made charges [More]

October was highest month for illegal immigration under President Trump

  • 8:28 pm Saturday, November 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The number of people picked up by U.S. law enforcement illegally crossing the border with Mexico surged to its highest point since President Donald Trump took office, as federal officials reported that 60,745 people were apprehended in October, surging almost 75 percent from October of 2017, as the Trump Administration continues to call for extra action on illegal immigration.

“We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into our country legally,” the President said Friday before leaving for a weekend trip to France. “They have to come into our country legally.”

The jump in the number [More]

Tale of two elections as Dems take House, GOP expands Senate majority

  • 2:16 am Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Americans rendered a split verdict on the Congress under President Donald Trump, as Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by knocking off a series of incumbent Democratic Senators, while Democrats strung together a series of victories in all corners of the country to win back the majority in the House for the first time since big GOP victories in the 2010 elections.

“President Trump called Leader Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on the historic Senate gains,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as she said the President also spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who could be [More]

Early vote shows clear surge, especially in younger voters

  • 4:00 am Sunday, November 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With over 30 million votes already cast in the 2018 mid-term elections, the raw data about who is voting clearly shows a more energized mid-term electorate in many states than in the last mid-term election in 2014, with plenty of evidence that younger voters are getting out in much larger numbers as well, as the two parties try to figure out whether those benchmarks can help push them to victory on Tuesday.

As of Saturday, 28 states had already surpassed their mid-term early vote totals from 2014, according to University of Florida elections expert and early vote tracker Michael McDonald, as [More]

Senate panel says woman admits fake accusation against Kavanaugh

  • 7:34 pm Friday, November 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the Justice Department to further investigate a California woman, claiming that she admitted making a false accusation of rape against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, saying the woman confessed Thursday that she made the accusation to help derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

“When questioned by Committee investigators she admitted it was false, a “ploy,” and a “tactic,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) wrote in a letter to the Attorney General and the FBI Director. “She was opposed to Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

In his letter, Grassley described how committee investigators had interviewed [More]

White House touts gains in final pre-election jobs report

  • 12:26 pm Friday, November 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With fresh evidence that the economy continues to grow at a higher pace, GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump said Friday that the economic improvements were exactly what they had promised to do, making the case for voters to back Republicans on Tuesday in the 2018 mid-term elections.

“These are incredible numbers,” President Trump tweeted on Friday morning. “Keep it going, Vote Republican!”

The latest jobs report showed the nation’s unemployment rate holding at 3.7 percent, a historically low level, as 250,000 jobs were created in the month of October, with wages also increasing.

The average monthly job growth so far in 2018 [More]

Trump continues to target Senate Democrats in final GOP push

  • 3:00 am Friday, November 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Friday will travel to Indiana and West Virginia, continuing his effort to push Republicans over the finish line in the 2018 mid-term elections and ensure that they keep control of the U.S. Senate, as the President will target Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), two of a series of Senate Democrats who face a stiff challenge on Election Day.

“Clare McCaskill has been saying nice things about me, but she will never vote with me,” President Trump told a Thursday night rally in Columbia, Missouri, as he targeted the Democratic incumbent from the Show [More]

Trump says GOP election loss will mean big stock market losses

  • 8:05 pm Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Just before leaving for the first of his final eleven campaign rallies in the last dash to Election Day, President Donald Trump said if Republicans lose in the mid-term elections next week, then that will definitely have a very negative impact on the stock markets and for average American investors on Wall Street.

“If the mid-terms for some reason don’t do so well for Republicans, I think you all are going to lose a lot of money,” the President said at an event on jobs at the White House.

“I hate to say that – I think you’re going to lose a [More]

Trump vows court fight over birthright citizenship, but plans for executive order unclear

  • 12:06 pm Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again called for an end to birthright citizenship for those born in the U.S. to the parents of illegal immigrants, declaring on Twitter that the issue would ultimately be decided by the courts, but it wasn’t clear if the President would actually issue any order on the subject in the days leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections, as Mr. Trump sparred with Republicans who weren’t on board with his idea.

“I will keep our Country safe,” the President said in a flurry of morning tweets. “This case will be settled by the United States Supreme [More]