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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]

Election overtime – it’s controversial, but much of it is normal

  • 8:33 pm Friday, November 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For those who watch elections in the states, and in Congress, every two years there is a familiar scenario as the votes are counted for days, and sometimes weeks after Election Day, as close races for the U.S. House and Senate can sometimes stretch until Thanksgiving as county elections boards go through provisional ballots, overseas military ballots, and absentees.

It’s normal.

But to a lot of average citizens who only tune in every two or four years, it seems hard to believe that three days after Election Day – let alone a week or two weeks – that elections officials [More]

Trump signs executive order blocking asylum for illegal immigrants

  • 11:23 am Friday, November 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after his administration set out new rules on how to deal with asylum seekers, President Donald Trump signed a new executive action which would not allow people who enter the United States illegally to ask for asylum, requiring anyone who wants that protection to petition at an official crossing along the southern border with Mexico.

“We need people in our country but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit,” the President said, as he made another move to block those in an immigration “caravan” in Mexico from getting into the U.S.

“They have to come [More]

Echoes of Bush v Gore as tight Florida Senate race explodes

  • 11:02 pm Thursday, November 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Overshadowing a growing vote fight over a close Governor’s race in Georgia, the race for U.S. Senate in Florida exploded into political finger pointing on Thursday, as President Donald Trump stood behind Gov. Rick Scott, who joined national Republicans in filing a lawsuit against a south Florida county elections chief, while Senators and top politicians in the Sunshine State openly trade barbs on social media with Republicans charging that Democrats were trying to swipe a seat in the U.S. Senate.

GOP Sen. Marco Rubio set off Democrats on Thursday morning, as he accused elections officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties [More]

Trump Administration sets stage to block asylum claims by illegal immigrants

  • 4:52 pm Thursday, November 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Laying the groundwork for an announcement on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump as soon as Friday, the Trump Administration is rolling out new rules for how the United States will deal with immigrants who make claims of asylum, setting new regulations which would make it almost impossible for people who cross into the U.S. illegally to make an asylum claim.

“The President has stated his commitment to securing the border, and we are working to insure that is possible,” a senior administration official told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

The new plan would require any immigrants who want to claim asylum because [More]

Flipping more GOP seats, Democrats keep adding to House majority

  • 12:03 pm Thursday, November 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With new victories in GOP House seats in the last 24 hours in New Mexico, Washington, and Georgia, and the possibility of others in New Jersey and California, House Democrats are slowly adding extra seats to their thin majority in the next Congress, as vote counting continues to play out in a number of states in the wake of Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

The latest seat to flip from Republican to Democrat came on Thursday in the suburbs to the east of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington State, as Democrat Kim Schrier won an open seat long held by Republicans, [More]

As Sessions is ousted, Democrats fear Trump will turn next to Mueller

  • 10:00 pm Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The sudden forced departure of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday drew howls of protest from Democrats in the Congress, with lawmakers expressing concern that President Donald Trump was intent on disrupting the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as Democrats now must wait eight weeks before they take charge of the U.S. House and weigh in more directly to protect the Russia investigation.

“While the President may have the authority to replace the Attorney General, this must not be the first step in an attempt to impede, obstruct or end [More]

Trump basks in GOP gains in Senate, warns Democrats over investigations

  • 2:54 pm Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after Republicans added seats in the U.S. Senate but lost control of the U.S. House in national mid-term elections, President Donald Trump personally took credit for his party’s Senate gains, ridiculing Republican lawmakers in the House who refused to accept his help on the campaign trail, as he threatened to investigate House Democrats if they spent time in Congress aiming investigations at him.

“They got nothing. Zero. You know why? Because there is nothing,” the President said about possible Democratic investigations on Russia and more, as he threatened to retaliate against Democrats in the House if they [More]