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Late GOP rally could save Republican House seat in Utah

  • 10:22 pm Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Over a week after being publicly ridiculed for losing her seat in Congress by President Donald Trump, Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on Friday night was on the verge of pulling off a stunning comeback in her re-election bid, as the continued counting of ballots in her Utah district finally pushed her into the lead by a slender 419 votes.

“Hard to see how she relinquishes that now,” said Dave Wasserman, an elections expert who has been forecasting a possible comeback by Love for several days.

Still being tabulated are thousands of provisional ballots in Utah and Salt Lake counties, which take time [More]

After Acosta ruling, Trump says press will face new rules on behavior

  • 1:32 pm Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after a federal judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, President Donald Trump said new rules would be put in place at the White House governing the behavior of reporters, and if those rules are violated, then that would be grounds to pull the press pass of the offending reporter.

“People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations,” President Trump told reporters after a bill signing ceremony at the White House, saying he wants to enforce rules of decorum.

“Decorum. You can’t take three questions and four questions. You can’t [More]

Democrats head home with Pelosi’s future unclear in House

  • 4:00 am Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While allies of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed hard this week to put her on the way to become the next Speaker of the House, a small group of Democratic holdouts is threatening to block her from getting to 218 votes on the floor in January, leaving Democrats uncertain about their leadership.

“I’m concerned about the situation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), as he left a closed door meeting of House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

“I can’t say that I’m optimistic,” Connolly told reporters, noting that those opposed to Pelosi as the next Speaker did [More]

Democrats continue 2018 election gains in House

  • 3:14 pm Thursday, November 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In what has almost been a daily event since Election Day last week, Democrats won two more GOP seats in the House on Thursday, as a new form of runoff election in Maine knocked off a Republican incumbent, and Democrats defeated another Republican in California, increasing the gains of Democrats to 36 seats, with six GOP seats still undecided.

In Maine, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) had asked a federal judge to block the final tabulation of results in his district under the format known as “ranked choice voting” – but the judge refused, saying that was a political question, as Maine [More]

Jamie Dupree: “I will never, ever give up”

  • 1:06 am Thursday, November 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Normally, I’m not at a loss for words.

Whether it’s on the radio, on Twitter, or on my blog, I churn out copy at all hours of the day and night.

But as I sit here at my dinner table (still clad in my tuxedo) after arriving home from an awards ceremony with hundreds of my reporting colleagues in Washington, I honestly don’t know what to say.

So, the best thing to do is let others speak for me.

What happened on Wednesday night was the Radio Television Correspondent’s Association – which credentials reporters on Capitol Hill – honored me with a [More]

Democrats turn up war of words over Florida, Georgia vote counts

  • 1:22 pm Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Watching vote count battles from afar on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats stepped up their attacks on Republicans in both Florida and Georgia on Wednesday, broadly accusing GOP officials of standing in the way of a fair vote count in undecided races in those two states.

“President Trump and Governor Scott have just lied,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer told reporters just off the Senate floor, accusing Republicans of inventing election fraud charges to undercut calls by Democrats for a full vote count.

“They’ve said there is fraud when their own Republican officials in Florida have said there’s no fraud,” Schumer added, again [More]

Democrats edging toward California blowout in U.S. House

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the lame duck, post-election Congress returned to work on Tuesday, the 2018 election gains of Democrats continued to grow, with news organizations declaring a fourth GOP seat for Democrats in California, as other vote numbers indicated that Republicans could lose two more seats in what was once the hotbed of national GOP conservatism, Orange County.

The latest GOP lawmaker to go down to defeat was Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), a more moderate conservative who had tried but failed to broker a GOP agreement on immigration, as his slim lead from Election Day was swamped by a tide of mail-in ballots [More]

Budget deficit starts fast in new fiscal year

  • 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The new fiscal year got off to a rocky start in October, as the Treasury Department reported Tuesday that Uncle Sam ran a budget deficit of $100 billion last month, up 60 percent from a year earlier, and the largest deficit in October since 2015.

Compared to the same month a year ago, spending was up by over $50 billion, while revenues increased by $17 billion, again demonstrating stronger economic growth – but that growth has not brought the federal deficit under control as promised repeatedly by GOP leaders in Congress and the White House.

The feds brought in $252.7 billion in [More]

Democrats in Congress rally behind Georgia vote fight

  • 11:24 am Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As a pair of federal judges issued rulings to force the counting of provisional and absentee ballots in the race for Governor in Georgia, Democrats in the Congress demanded a full count in the state, accusing Republican Brian Kemp of being worried about tallying all the votes in his race against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

“In Georgia, every vote should be counted,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). “And that is how our candidate can have a fair shot.”

Appearing at a Capitol Hill event of the National Action Network, a civil rights group run by Rev. Al Sharpton, Klobuchar teed off on [More]

Lame Duck Congress returns to changed political landscape

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Lawmakers in Congress return to Washington Tuesday for a post-election session with substantial change just weeks away on Capitol Hill, as Democrats get ready to take charge of the U.S. House in January, signaling the start of more aggressive oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration.

“As we travel to Washington for this lame duck period, House Democrats are anything but lame ducks,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We are flying high and taking pride in the greatest Democratic victory in the House since 1974.”

“We have great opportunity, and therefore great responsibility to get results for the American people,” [More]

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