Tag: Elections, House of Representatives

How Democrats Defeat Donald Trump

Surprise, surprise: Donald Trump has no bottom. Just when you think he has sunk as low as he can, he stages a rally like that atrocity in North Carolina on Wednesday night and sinks lower. But the key takeaway isn’t that he’s a demagogue or a racist: These were facts put into evidence long ago. […]

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House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Representative Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress for 27 years, rising to become the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. He has become a boldface name in the age of President Trump, the linchpin of many Democrats’ hopes […]

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With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump’s Playbook

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is portrayed as wearing clown makeup. Democratic congressional candidates — including an Air Force combat veteran — are labeled “socialist losers” or anti-Semites. Others have been singled out as Lyin’ Lucy McBath, Fake Nurse Lauren Underwood, Little Max Rose and China Dan McCready. The National Republican […]

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He’s Gay. His Main Opponent Makes Homophobic Remarks.

In January, as Congress swore in a record 10 openly L.G.B.T.Q. members, Ritchie J. Torres, a 31-year-old Bronx councilman, recalled how the moment filled him with admiration, but also a sense that the accomplishment was still incomplete. Mr. Torres, who is the first openly gay person to hold elected office in the borough, noted that […]

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Scaling Wokeback Mountain

WASHINGTON — I was feeling on edge. Writing a column that sparks an internecine fight among the highest-profile women in the Democratic Party is nerve wracking. So I went to the gym. Alex Toussaint, the digital Peloton instructor inside the little screen on my spinning bike, had some wisdom for me — the kind of […]

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Amy McGrath Opens Campaign to Oust Mitch McConnell in 2020

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot whose star power in the Democratic Party in 2018 failed to capture her a House seat in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that she would seek to take on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for his seat in 2020. Ms. McGrath, 44, made […]

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Tensions Between Pelosi and Progressive Democrats of ‘the Squad’ Burst Into Flame

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they have no following in Congress. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shot back that she and three of her fellow liberal freshmen, darlings of the left known collectively as “the squad,” are wielding the real power in the party. Six months into the new House Democratic majority, long-simmering […]

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Amy McGrath Opens Challenge to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot who was a star Democratic candidate in 2018 but failed to capture a House seat in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that she would seek to take on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for his seat in 2020. Ms. McGrath, 44, made her […]

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A Battle of the Sexes in North Carolina Fuels a Wider Republican Clash

NEW BERN, N.C. — On a sultry summer morning, Diane McKillop stood in her driveway gushing over Dr. Joan Perry, the Republican congressional candidate who showed up at her door to ask for her vote. Ms. McKillop, a 72-year-old nurse, loves that Dr. Perry is a pediatrician and regards her as exactly the kind of […]

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Jessica Cisneros on Challenging an Incumbent Democrat: ‘There’s a Lot He Has Never Had to Justify’

Last month, Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old native of South Texas and immigration lawyer, announced her primary challenge against Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who represents Texas’s 28th District. Just five years ago, Ms. Cisneros worked as an intern in Washington for Mr. Cuellar, whom she now refers to as “Trump’s favorite Democrat.” With the help […]

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Politicians Can Pick Their Voters, Thanks to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to serve as an arbiter for what counts as extreme partisan gerrymandering, opening the door for politicians of both parties essentially to pick their voters, disfavoring parties that are not in power. The decision is anathema to America’s democratic ideals. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a majority decision […]

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What Is Gerrymandering? And Why Did the Supreme Court Rule on It?

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the federal courts cannot decide a question with momentous political consequences: Whether congressional district maps in Maryland and North Carolina that were drawn specifically to tilt political power in favor of one party — a practice known as partisan gerrymandering — are acceptable. District courts had thrown the […]

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Supreme Court Says Constitution Does Not Bar Partisan Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challengers opposed to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates. The vote in two cases was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. The court appeared […]

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The Supreme Court Is Due to Rule on Gerrymandering. What’s That?

The Supreme Court is expected on Thursday, the last day of its term, to rule on a question with momentous political consequences: Whether congressional district maps in Maryland and North Carolina are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders, unfairly benefiting Democrats in Maryland and Republicans in North Carolina. When the court heard arguments in the two cases in […]

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Congressman Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Money for Multiple Affairs, Prosecutors Say

LOS ANGELES — Just a few months after taking his seat in Congress in 2009, Duncan Hunter began an affair with a lobbyist and used campaign money to pay for dates, prosecutors said in a new court filing. On one of their first “solo getaways,” according to prosecutors, the pair went on a ski trip […]

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Gender Gap Closes When Everyone’s on the Ballot, Study Shows

Since Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress in 1916, the numbers game for women in elected office has been marked by largely glacial progress. But a new report lays out the extent to which women and people of color have gained ground in elections around the country over the last two years. […]

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At Demand for Roll Call Votes, Colleagues Grouse: ‘This Is So Stupid’

WASHINGTON — It was almost midnight, and the representatives of the people’s House were grouchy. For the first time in recent memory, a vote had been demanded on every amendment in a spending package, extending an already unwieldy and gridlocked process painfully late. Dinners were rescheduled. Meetings — and a congressional baseball practice — were […]

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Democrat in Competitive California District Joins Call for Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Representative Katie Porter, a law professor who narrowly flipped part of Republicans’ Southern California stronghold to the Democrats in last year’s midterm elections, said on Monday that she would support opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The announcement makes Ms. Porter one of the first to endorse impeachment of the 40 or […]

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When It Comes to the Senate, the Democrats Have Their Work Cut Out for Them

For Democrats to overcome the Republican advantage in the struggle for control of the Senate, they will need a massive turnout effort and a wave election even more powerful than the one that won them the House in 2018. But first let me backtrack for a minute. The political landscape would seem, on the surface, […]

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Insurgent Democrats, Many of Them Women, Worry a New Party Policy Will Block Them

WASHINGTON — A move by House Democratic leaders to thwart party members from mounting primary challenges to incumbents, even in safe Democratic districts, could have the unintended consequence of arresting the party’s shift toward a more female and racially diverse caucus, one of its most striking achievements of the last election. This past week, a […]

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