Biden nominates Atlanta mayor for Democratic National Committee post
ATLANTA — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for a position with the Democratic National Committee that would place her in charge of civic engagement and voter protection, according to a Thursday evening news release from the campaign. “Mayor Bottoms is the only Mayor in Atlanta’s history to have served in all three branches of government, serving as a judge and City Councilmember before being sworn in as Mayor,” the release said. “Leading with a progressive agenda focused on equity and affordable housing, Mayor Bottoms serves as Chair of the Community D...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Danny Westneat: 'Close to brainwashed:' What happened to the GOP under Trump?
What, in the world, just happened in the Republican Party? "A lot of people in the party have been close to brainwashed, it seems to me," says a former Republican congressman, Rod Chandler. "I hardly recognize it anymore." On Monday, Chandler signed a letter along with 25 former GOP U.S. House and Senate members calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached in the wake of the Capitol insurrection. He used to represent Washington's 8th Congressional District (Seattle's Eastside suburbs), and I called him because he's a lifelong Republican I got to know well when I was a reporter back in th...
The Seattle Times
Calls grow for Sen. Cruz to be punished for his role in challenging electors
WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of last week's mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, the calls for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to be punished for his leading role in challenging the presidential electors are now building to a crescendo. To be sure, the central figure of blame is President Donald Trump, who the Democratically controlled House is expected to impeach Wednesday for inciting insurrection — with support from at least one Republican leader, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. But the blowback to Cruz, who gave Trump supporters false hope of a way to undo the election of Democrat Joe Biden, continues....
Missouri House Democrats demand Josh Hawley’s resignation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Democrats have introduced a resolution in the Missouri House demanding that U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley resign over “his leading role in inciting sedition and violent insurrection” against the United States. The resolution could trigger an extraordinary debate among state legislators over the actions of Missouri’s junior senator. Hawley led a failed effort to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in key states, even after a violent mob rushed the Capitol and halted the process for several hours last week. “There must be accountability for this dangerous behavi...
The Kansas City Star
Prominent Mich. Republican couple joins conservative Facebook group discussing possibility of civil war
DETROIT – Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, and his wife, Meshawn Maddock, who is poised to become the next co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, have joined a Facebook group where members have discussed the possibility of a civil war, decried a ban on open carry inside the state Capitol and hope for a "big cleanup" of elected leaders. The Maddocks have played a leading role in the effort to overturn Michigan's election results, and the two were in Washington, D.C., when the president's supporters stormed the Capitol building in a deadly assault last Wednesday. Meshawn Maddock ...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Florida’s radicalized GOP shares responsibility for inciting an insurrection
Florida’s Republican Party used to be led by reasonable people who defended conservative principles, people like U.S. Rep. Lou Frey, Gov. Jeb Bush., Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings and state Sen. Jim King. The Florida GOP looks more like an extremist group these days than a political party. Today’s radicalized party is led by a host of MAGA militants who gave life to Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election and contributed to last week’s attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Their words, actions or complicit silence encouraged the frenzy that culminated with a mob storming the U.S. Capitol, sc...
In politically calculated move, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan suspends bid for another term but doesn’t bow out
CHICAGO — Scandal-plagued Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday suspended his bid to keep running the Illinois House, even as he left open the possibility he could reemerge if Democrats can’t agree on a replacement. The move was politically calculated, an aide privately acknowledged, as Madigan plays a waiting game. The state has several important issues to resolve, and the new House that gets sworn in Wednesday can’t tackle any of them until a speaker is elected. The longer that process drags on, the greater the pressure on anti-Madigan lawmakers to compromise — which could allow the speaker, a p...
Illinois Rep. Mary Miller apologizes for using Hitler reference in speech, but blames others for trying to twist her words
CHICAGO — Facing increasing calls for her resignation after citing Adolf Hitler in a recent speech, newly inaugurated Downstate Illinois U.S. Rep. Mary Miller apologized Friday and said she regretted using the reference while blaming others for “intentionally trying to twist my words.” Miller, only days into office, received condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike as well as Jewish anti-defamation groups for referencing the Nazi master of the Holocaust in a Tuesday speech to Moms for America, a conservative group that says its mission is to “raise a new generation of patriots” throug...
Mary Schmich: The lessons of Insurrection Day 2021
Welcome to class, students. Today we’re going to review the historic events of Jan. 6, 2021, in the United States of America. Who can tell me what that date means? Anyone? Come on, kids. It was only 40 years ago! The people who lived through it were sure it would live in infamy forever. I was just a baby, but my Great-Aunt Mary, may she rest in peace, used to tell me stories, about how scary and sad and yet inevitable that day seemed when it happened. No, Josh, 40 years ago was not the Middle Ages. Jan. 6, 2021. Anyone? Insurrection Day! Correct, Ava! Thank God someone did the assigned reading...
Michigan activist who helped bus Trump supporters to US Capitol in line for party leadership role
LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan GOP activist who organized busloads of Trump supporters who travelled to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a Wednesday protest that devolved into a riot is about to become state co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The proposed leadership role for Meshawn Maddock is not sitting well with some party members. On Wednesday, Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox announced she would not seek a second two-year term — a decision she said in an email to party members she arrived at over the Christmas holidays. The unexpected announcement from Cox means that unde...
Detroit Free Press