Tag: Elections, Senate

Martha McSally Says She Is a Survivor of Sexual Assault in the Military

WASHINGTON — Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona and the first woman in the Air Force to fly in combat, said on Wednesday that she had been raped by a superior officer while serving, an experience that almost led her to quit the military after 18 years. Ms. McSally, who […]

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The Administration You Save May Be Your Own

Almost none of the Democratic senators running for president want to abolish the filibuster. “We should not be doing anything to mess with the strength of the filibuster,” says Cory Booker. “Having just lived through being in the minority and how destructive the 51-vote threshold has been for Supreme Court […]

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How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump

Among the casualties of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall is the reputation of the majority leader Mitch McConnell as a Senate institutionalist. The evidence of the last few days has confirmed, if there were still any doubt, that he is no such thing. […]

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Mark Kelly to Run for Senate in Arizona

Mark Kelly, the former astronaut and gun-control activist who is married to Gabrielle Giffords, announced on Tuesday that he would run for Senate in Arizona, challenging appointed Senator Martha McSally and intensifying the Democratic threat to Republicans’ narrow control of the chamber. Mr. Kelly’s entry sets up a possible general […]

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Democrats Are Urging Stacey Abrams to Run for Senate. She’s Listening.

Stacey Abrams’s defeat in the Georgia governor’s race was only a few weeks old when she arrived in New York in December to meet with campaign donors and political allies. At a reception in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, a supporter asked her what she would do next. Ms. Abrams, attendees recalled, […]

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Harris Wofford, Ex-Senator Who Pushed Volunteerism, Dies at 92

Harris Wofford, a former United States senator from Pennsylvania whose passion for getting people involved helped create John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps, Bill Clinton’s AmeriCorps and other service organizations and made him America’s volunteer in chief, died on Monday night in Washington. He was 92. His son Daniel said his […]

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Republicans Are in Lock Step With Trump on Shutdown. But for How Long?

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — On Day 20 of the partial government shutdown last week, a small band of federal workers, shivering in 25-degree weather, staged a rally to send what their organizer, Eric Engle, said was a message to Senator Shelley Moore Capito: “We need to end this shutdown. If it […]

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Pressure Builds on Republican Senate to End Shutdown as Trump Prepares a Visit

WASHINGTON — President Trump, hours after making a direct televised appeal to the nation, is facing growing uneasiness within his party that threatens to undercut his use of a prolonged government shutdown to pressure Democrats in Congress to pay for his long-promised border wall. As the cracks in Republican unity […]

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Trump the Vulnerable

Now that a new Congress has taken office, the vote count from the 2018 midterms is all but final. It shows that Democrats won the national popular vote in the House races by almost nine percentage points. That margin is smashing — larger, by comparison, than in any presidential race […]

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Unease of Senate Republicans Over 2020 Races Puts Pressure on McConnell to Engage on Shutdown

WASHINGTON — For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has remained conspicuously on the sidelines, insisting that it was up to President Trump and Democrats to negotiate an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government. But with the shutdown soon to enter its third week, and Mr. […]

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LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race

Reid Hoffman, the tech billionaire whose money was spent on Russian-style social media deception in a Senate race last year, apologized on Wednesday, saying in a statement that he had not approved the operation and did not support such tactics in American politics. Mr. Hoffman said he had no idea […]

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Lamar Alexander Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020

WASHINGTON — Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and one of the last bridges to bipartisanship in the Senate, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2020. In a statement, Mr. Alexander, 78, a senator since 2003 and a former Tennessee governor, said that “now it is […]

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Jon Kyl to Leave Arizona Senate Seat, Setting Up Tussle Over His Replacement

WASHINGTON — Senator Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, announced Friday that he would resign at the end of the year, again opening up the seat previously held by John McCain and creating a showdown between Republicans in Washington and Arizona over who should replace Mr. Kyl in an increasingly competitive […]

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Cindy Hyde-Smith Is Teaching Us What Segregation Academies Taught Her

On Tuesday, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith won a hard-fought runoff election over her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy. That Mississippi is sending a Republican back to Washington is hardly a surprise, but Ms. Hyde-Smith gave the opposition hope in the closing weeks of the campaign as she careened from one gaffe to […]

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Cindy Hyde-Smith Holds Off Mike Espy to Keep Mississippi Senate Seat

JACKSON, Miss. — Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Mississippi Republican who had to apologize for a cavalier reference to a public hanging, won a special runoff election on Tuesday, defeating the Democratic nominee, Mike Espy, who was trying become the state’s first black senator since Reconstruction. Ms. Hyde-Smith’s victory, reported by […]

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M.L.B. Asks Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith to Return $5,000 Donation

Around the time that inflammatory comments by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi endorsing public hangings surfaced on video, Major League Baseball donated $5,000 to her campaign. After word of the donation — the maximum legal amount — broke over the weekend, M.L.B. asked for the money back. The contribution, first […]

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What Are Corrupt Politicians Thankful for? Partisan Warfare

Under federal indictment, Republican Representatives Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California are both heading back to Congress. Rep. Collins has been charged with insider trading for using his concurrent position as a director of a pharmaceutical company to tip off associates, including his son, about negative […]

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Race and Mississippi History Form Backdrop to Senate Debate

JACKSON, Miss. — The last debate (we promise!) of the 2018 midterm campaign is taking place Tuesday night in Jackson, Miss., as Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican, meets the Democrat Mike Espy in what will be the only joint forum between the two candidates before next Tuesday’s runoff election. The […]

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The Conversation: For a Second There, We Stopped Talking About Trump

Gail Collins: Whole new world, Bret. Got a new Congress coming in, and a new … Well, there are some new governors. Same old president. And I do want to ask you about the dreaded wall, among other Trumpisms. But first, any particular election takeaways? Bret Stephens: The good news, […]

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Brenda Snipes, Broward County’s Embattled Elections Chief, to Resign

MIAMI — Brenda C. Snipes, the elections supervisor of Broward County, Fla., turned in a letter of resignation on Sunday, hours after the conclusion of a vote recount that exposed a series of failures in her office, including a poorly designed ballot that may have contributed to a weak showing […]

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