The rising backlash to Paul Ryan’s conservatism
In the days since House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that he will not seek reelection this year, much of the commentary has focused on his failures. Barring a sudden bout of legislative productivity, Ryan will relinquish the speaker’s gavel with a deficit-exploding tax cut for corporations and the rich as his only significant achievement. Fortunately, his career-defining goals of privatizing Social Security, converting Medicare into a voucher system and dismantling the safety net remain unfulfilled. And then, of course, there is his humiliating failure, dating back to the 2016 campaign, to stand up to President Trump.
Republicans in Congress have their eyes on cutting Social Security
It seems that the right-wing extremist Republicans in Congress have their eyes on cutting Social Security in order to balance the budget. This after they have given tax cuts to the top 2% of the wealthiest people. This tax cut to the wealthy will cause the US deficit to rise to 1 Trillion dollars within the next 18 months!
Democrats' turnout in Texas primary is highest in 16 years
Supporters of Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke cheer at a Democratic watch party on primary election night in Texas. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)
Neither that tragedy nor a mass shooting at a Texas church last fall played as dominant campaign issues in Texas, but with the GOP's majority in Congress on the line this fall, Democratic voters came out in force. Republicans kept their edge in the total number of votes cast, but Democrats made significant inroads into what has been Republican dominance for decades.
Texas Democrats on 2018 Statewide Primary Candidates
Austin, TX — This evening marks the end of the candidate filing period for the 2018 election. Texas Democrats have filled the statewide ticket with diverse, bold leaders. There are primaries for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, and Railroad Commissioner.
Statewides by the numbers:
28 Democratic candidates have filed for 13 statewide positions.
10 Democratic candidates have filed for Texas Governor.
8 Democratic women have filed for 7 different statewide positions, 4 women have no primary opponents.
5 Democrats including 4 sitting judges have filed for Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“A blue wave is rising in the Lone Star State. Texas Democrats are marching, organizing, and stepping up to serve. We are so excited to have a conversation about who we are and where we want to go as a Party.
GOP Congressman says it's time to 'purge' FBI of anti-Trump elements
Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney said Tuesday he wants leaders at the Department of Justice and the FBI to "purge" officials he says are politically biased against President Trump.
"People need a good, clean government," Rooney said in an interview on MSNBC.
In recent weeks, Republicans have sounded the alarm that bias within the law enforcement community is compromising Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates.
In the interview, Rooney mentioned FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom Mueller removed from the Russia investigation after learning about texts he sent disparaging Trump. He also raised concern about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was reportedly demoted for hiding ties to Fusion GPS, the company behind a notorious dossier alleging Trump's ties to Russia.
The freshman Republican from Naples said these revelations were "nerve-wracking" and went on to call the Russia probe "off-the-rails" and the work of the "deep state."
The Republican Grovelling at the White House Was an Alarm Call for 2018
The New Yorker - By John Cassidy December 22, 2017
A lot of unusual and disturbing things have happened in Washington this year. Yet for sheer bizarreness, it’s hard to think of anything that matched the scene on Wednesday afternoon on the South Lawn of the White House, where Republican leaders, celebrating the passage of their terrible tax bill, lavished praise on Donald Trump in the manner of Communist functionaries addressing Mao or Stalin.
“This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump Administration,” Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said. “Thank you, Mr. President, for all you are doing.” Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, added that passing the tax bill “could not have been done without exquisite Presidential leadership.” Senator Orrin Hatch, of Utah, spoke directly to Trump, saying, “You are one heckuva leader, and we’re all benefitting from it.” And Congresswoman Diane Black, of Tennessee, put it even more bluntly. “Thank you, President Trump, for allowing us to have you as our President,” she said.
Sanchez wins Dallas AFL-CIO endorsement
Arlington, TX, December 22, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) said today that she had won the endorsement of the Dallas AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), the Dallas area branch of the largest federation of unions in the United States.
“Thank you Dallas AFL-CIO for endorsing my campaign. I am so completely honored to have the backing of the working women and men of Dallas and surrounding counties. As I told them, I will always stand with Working Families,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez is the granddaughter of migrant farm workers who settled in Ellis County in the 1950s. She credits excellent public school teachers in Waxahachie for her being able to go to Rice University, which she could afford thanks to federal financial aid, multiple scholarships and the support of family.
“My upbringing was humble and I was taught the value of hard work. My parents and my grandparents always worked very hard, but they never had the protections workers deserve. We have to change that, so prosperity is shared by all,” added Sanchez. Sanchez is running on a platform of better jobs for our high school graduates, well-funded public schools and affordable, universal healthcare as well as working across the aisle for the betterment of her district. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits.
Randy Bryce Running to unseat Paul Ryan in Wisconsin
Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He joined the race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District because his values are our neighbors’ values, andWashington has gotten way off track. Randy was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and went to public schools. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted to Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal.
Once out of the army, he found his way to an apprenticeship as an iron worker, and has now been helping to build America for more than 20 years. He’s been active in Ironworkers Local 8, serving as political coordinator for the union, and until recently as a member of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council board of directors.
Currently Running for
US Representative for Wisconsin District 1, Democrat. Running againstPaul Ryan