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Pelosi wins Democrats’ nod to maintain the speaker’s gavel

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats nominated Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday as the speaker to lead them into Joe Biden’s presidency, but she’d be guiding a smaller and ideologically divided majority as she tries shepherding his agenda toward enactment.

Democrats used a voice vote to make Pelosi, D-Calif., their choice to serve two more years in her post. Scattered around the country, it was the party’s first virtual leadership election, a response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Republicans, in contrast, met in a crowded hotel ballroom on Tuesday and re-elected their current leadership team.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and No. 3 party leader Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., Congress’ highest ranking Black member, were re-elected to their positions, like Pelosi without opposition. Clyburn revived Biden’s faltering bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this year by helping him win the South Carolina primary, a turnaround moment in Biden’s campaign.

“Let us

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  • November 18, 2020
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Georgia Democrats To The Resistance: Please Don’t Come Here For Senate Runoffs

Georgia Democrats appreciate the enthusiasm. They really do. They very much want to win the Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate, and they want all the help they can get. 

But they really don’t want people from around the country rushing there to help out in the middle of a pandemic. 

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, but please do not ― I repeat, do not book plane tickets or gas up your car and make plans to travel to Georgia,” said Seth Bringman, spokesperson for former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. “There is a pandemic, and thanks to so-called leaders like Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ― who downplayed the virus while profiting from it ― cases are rising across the country.”

Bringman emphasized that Democrats in the state are “not looking for an influx of people at this time” and that

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  • November 12, 2020
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Confident Democrats can’t help second-guessing Biden choices

Democrats are largely confident about Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report MORE‘s chances of winning the White House, but are second guessing some decisions the Democratic nominee’s campaign made with his late travel schedule. 

The backseat driving includes criticism of the campaign’s decision to send Biden to red-state Georgia on Tuesday instead of focusing on a must-win state like Michigan or Wisconsin. Biden’s running mate Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report Maya Rudolph says she loves playing Kamala Harris on SNL: ‘Feels like being on the side of the good guys’ MORE (D-Calif.) is also headed to

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  • October 30, 2020
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8 Down-Ballot Races To Watch If Democrats Win Really Big

Republicans are already anticipating some losses in next week’s elections, but there’s a lingering nightmare scenario they also have to brace for: What happens if Democrats win big — like, really big?

Democrats’ top priority is kicking President Donald Trump out of office, but to actually enact their agenda they have to win back the Senate, expand their majority in the House and put more Democratic governors in office. 

Democrats are reluctant to be too excited publicly about polls showing Joe Biden leading Trump, remembering the heartbreak of 2016 and knowing that the pandemic significantly complicates forecasting this election. But they have their eyes on seats their party hasn’t won in more than 50 years, and in states that Trump won by more than 20 percentage points. 

These races are urban, suburban and rural — they stretch from Alaska, to the California foothills, to suburban Texas. To win would mean

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  • October 29, 2020
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Can Democrats flip the Senate? A battle between a Nasa astronaut and a female fighter pilot in Arizona may decide

 In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, Martha McSally, R-Ariz., leaves in a T-6 World War II airplane after speaking at a rally in Phoenix. - Matt York/AP
In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, Martha McSally, R-Ariz., leaves in a T-6 World War II airplane after speaking at a rally in Phoenix. – Matt York/AP

On Wednesday Sep 23, the front page of the Arizona Republic carried a headline that would have shocked its readers just five years ago: “McCain endorses Biden”. 

Not John McCain, the famed Republican senator who served the state for 31 years and revelled in frustrating President Donald Trump until his death by cancer in 2018. Instead, it was his widow Cindy McCain who urged her fellow Republicans not to fear crossing party lines. 

“I think it’s a stab in the back, and I think it is an embarrassment,” says Lana Dorazio, an outreach coordinator for the anti-lockdown Great State Alliance. She is meeting friends outside a megachurch near Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, where the President’s second son Eric Trump has just graced an

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  • September 27, 2020
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Biden’s low-key campaign style worries some Democrats

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach.

Since his Aug. 11 selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Biden has had 22 days where he either didn’t make public appearances, held only virtual fundraisers or ventured from his Delaware home solely for church, according to an Associated Press analysis of his schedules. He made 12 visits outside of Delaware during that period, including Friday when he went to Washington and paid respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

During the same time, President Donald Trump had 24 trips that took him to 17 different states, not counting a personal visit to New York to see his ailing brother in the

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  • September 25, 2020
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Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats forced to hold e-conferences due to coronavirus pandemic

It’s party conference time – but not as we know and love it (and often hated it, too).

Gone are the three weeks of plotting and posturing in big halls, whispered briefings over tepid food, grazing on sausage rolls at fringes and rounding each day with liver-destroying receptions.

This year, thanks to coronavirus, it’s all online. Welcome to the e-conferences, an event that everyone can attend but, frankly, may prove tame since the best action usually takes place not on stage but in bars, corridors and nearby kebab houses.

For the control freaks at No 10 or Victoria Street it is a dream come true – a chance for ultimate message discipline without MPs or members. No chance of it being derailed by an unauthorised 3am reshuffle briefing in the Radisson Hotel bar.

They’re doing their best to recreate some of the fun.

Labour is staging a quiz night on

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  • September 18, 2020
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Republicans are knocking on voters’ doors. Democrats aren’t. Will it affect the 2020 outcome?

Democrats think it’s dangerous and unnecessary. Republicans consider it safe and essential.

And both agree that, when it comes to in-person voter communication, neither side has ever experienced a dynamic like the one in this election.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created a stark divide in the way the ideological left and right have chosen to campaign this year, with liberals all but abandoning the traditional political tactic of sending staffers and volunteers door-to-door to talk with voters at home — commonly known as canvassing — while conservatives continue to do so with only relatively minor interruptions.

The split is emblematic of a wider divide between the two parties during the pandemic that has affected how they regard everything from mask mandates to travel restrictions. And in the view of veteran political operatives, it has also created a unique set of circumstances for the final eight-week stretch of the 2020

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  • September 8, 2020
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Democrats adapt roll call, keynote to virus

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The pageantry often associated with presidential conventions will be remade again as Democrats gather virtually for a second day.

The roll call vote of state delegations, which typically unfolds over several hours of fanfare, will instead be abbreviated Tuesday. And the keynote speech that has launched political careers in the past will be delivered by multiple speakers — without an adoring crowd cheering them on.

Coming off the heels of speeches from Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders calling for action and unity in Monday night’s kickoff, the all-virtual convention continues Tuesday for two hours starting at 9 p.m. EST. Though Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is in Milwaukee, the convention host city, most party and elected officials, activists and musical acts will be appearing from livestreams and pretaped videos from around the country.

It all builds toward Joe Biden formally accepting the Democratic nomination on

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  • August 18, 2020
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Trump to campaign in battleground states as Democrats embrace Joe Biden, Kamala Harris at convention

WASHINGTON – As Joe Biden and the Democrats convene virtually this week, President Donald Trump plans to get in some words edgewise.

Trump will campaign in four battleground states – Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona and Pennsylvania – as Democratic delegates meet online to nominate Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris during the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday.

The itinerary includes a stop near the city where Biden was born – Scranton, Pennsylvania – on Thursday, just hours before the former vice president is scheduled to deliver his nomination acceptance speech.

Trump “will deliver remarks on a half century of Joe Biden failing America,” the campaign said in announcing the stop at a building products business in Old Forge, less than 10 miles from Scranton.

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One.
President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One.

Trump plans to travel on three of the four days of this week’s Democratic convention, which will be

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  • August 17, 2020