'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gave a damn': Pelosi slams GOP for stalled talks on virus relief
WASHINGTON — Frankly, they don’t give a damn, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday of President Donald Trump and Republicans in the Senate.Asked about meeting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the White House in the middle in talks for a new coronavirus relief package — and perhaps getting half a loaf — the House speaker ripped the Republicans not even coming close, or caring about the impacts of delayed federal aid.“This is not half a loaf. This is not even being in the same room,” Pelosi told the reporter who inquired. “Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gave a ...
New York Daily News
Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi could be first and second in line for president. How did Bay Area politics manage that?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties.And to many in the rest of the country who see the region as a left-leaning outlier, this may be hard to imagine: If the Democrats take the White House and maintain control of the House this fall, arguably the two most politically powerful women in the history of the United States — No. 1 and No. 2 in line for president — would hail from the Bay Area.Kamala Harris, Democratic presi...
The Mercury News
Rep. Ilhan Omar wins contentious primary in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar won a five-way Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary Tuesday in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, topping her nearest contender by double digits after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Central time.Her leading challenger, Democratic newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, trailed significantly with more than 90% of the vote counted. He conceded at his Minneapolis campaign headquarters shortly after 9 p.m.The much-anticipated contest in the district was seen as a test to Omar’s first term in Congress, where she rose to prominence as a member of “The Squad” and a frequent...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Gretchen Whitmer for VP? Here are pros, cons of putting her on Biden ticket
DETROIT — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is likely to announce his running mate this week and there’s renewed buzz about it being Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.That buzz is based almost entirely on an Associated Press report late last week that cited unnamed sources saying Whitmer had flown to Delaware the weekend before to meet with Biden, fueling speculation her chances were on the upswing after having dropped somewhat in recent months.It’s not known what Biden and Whitmer, who is one of the campaign’s national co-chairs, discussed. It’s equally as likely Biden talked to her about...
Detroit Free Press
Puerto Rico's Supreme Court agrees to hear lawsuits on suspended election
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Amid an unprecedented electoral debacle, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico said Monday it will evaluate claims filed by two candidates from opposing political parties who are calling for all the votes cast at Sunday’s suspended primary election to be counted immediately.The parties involved have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to file their positions to the island’s high court.The joint lawsuits from the two gubernatorial candidates seek to challenge an emergency order from the elections commission of Puerto Rico (Comisión Estatal de Elecciones, in Spanish) to keep ballot boxes sea...
Oakland ready for Trump attacks if 'proud daughter' Kamala Harris joins Democratic ticket
OAKLAND, Calif. — When Joe Biden’s vice presidential search committee met with a who’s who of California Democrats on a Zoom call late last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf used up every second of her turn to make an urgent pitch for Kamala Harris, a self-described proud “daughter of Oakland, California.”Schaaf has known the U.S. senator since they were both barely 30 years old and extolled her virtues as a fierce advocate for Oakland’s progressive values.But Oaklanders know that Harris won’t be the only one in the spotlight if she’s who Biden chooses to join the Democratic ticket for the Whi...
The Mercury News
Matt Lieberman urged to quit Georgia Senate bid over 'racist' tropes in 2018 book
ATLANTA — The chairwoman of Georgia’s Democratic Party on Friday condemned Senate candidate Matt Lieberman for authoring a book with “racist and discriminatory tropes,” while the head of the state NAACP called on the Democrat to abandon the race.Lieberman, the son of former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, faced the calls to quit his bid after the Huffington Post published a piece about his 2018 self-published novel “Lucius,” which involves a racist character who is sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan.“Let me be clear: Racist and discriminatory tropes have no place in our politics and no p...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nation and world news briefs
1 in 3 Americans would refuse COVID-19 vaccine, new Gallup poll findsOne in 3 Americans would refuse an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine even if it were offered at no cost, a new Gallup poll released Friday found.The results, based on survey conducted between July 20 and Aug. 2, found that 65% of respondents said they would accept the offer and get themselves vaccinated while 35% said they would not.The new poll falls in line with previous Gallup findings suggesting political party preference plays a strong role in Americans’ views on COVID-19.Eighty-one% of Democrats would be willing to get v...
Tribune News Service
Despite crowd limits, NC says it's willing to accommodate delegates to the GOP convention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina’s state health director told Republican convention officials Friday that the state could “flexibly enforce” its crowd restrictions to accommodate several hundred delegates at the Charlotte event this month.The decision all but clears the way for the GOP to have more than 300 delegates renominate President Donald Trump at the Charlotte Convention Center on Aug. 24.“We understand that some events necessary to conduct official convention business may require measures that would not be allowed for a normal event,” health director Elizabeth Tilson wrote RNC official...
The Charlotte Observer
Florida Democrats wanted to add 1 million voters in 2020. They didn't come close
MIAMI — Florida Democrats have a problem: There was supposed to be more of them by now.Following narrow losses in 2018 races for Florida governor and U.S. Senate, Democrats emerged from the midterms with a new resolve to register more voters in the nation’s largest swing state as a path to victory in 2020. Former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, fresh off a stinging 34,000-vote loss, vowed to “flip Florida blue” by registering or “re-engaging” 1 million voters, including 200,000 new Democrats added by the Florida Democratic Party.But those initiatives fell well short of their goals. And ...