McConnell and Kaine unveil bill to raise tobacco age to 21

McConnell and Kaine unveil bill to raise tobacco age to 21

By Sarah Owermohle (Politico) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday introduced legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21 — now a bipartisan effort that addresses some of the criticism public health groups had of an earlier proposal they saw as too industry-friendly. McConnell‘s bill is now joined by Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, who has backedlegislation to ban indoor smoking and some flavored products in the past. The version released would raise the age to 21 for everyone, backtracking on McConnell’s April promise to exempt “men and women who served in uniform.” Nor does his Tobacco-Free Youth Act block states from taking more stringent steps on tobacco, including moves to address the growing teen vaping epidemic. Read...
Trump on Beto: ‘What the hell happened?’

Trump on Beto: ‘What the hell happened?’

By Katie Galioto (Politico) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday weighed in on Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign with a question: “What the hell happened?” “Beto’s falling fast,” the president told a crowd at a liquified natural gas export facility in Louisiana, spending a few minutes of his speech on taking shots at the pool of Democrats hoping to challenge his claim on the White House in 2020. “I think we’re gonna win it big,” Trump said of the coming general election. “I’m looking at the competition. You sort of dream about competition like that. Read...
Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class

Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class

By The Associated Press (Politico) – PLAINS, Ga. — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, joined the large crowd at former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class in rural South Georgia. At Carter’s invitation Buttigieg stood and read from the Bible as part of the lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. “You know him?” Carter had said earlier in reference to Buttigieg, drawing a laugh from the crowd. Read...
Beto O’Rourke calls for $5T to fight climate change

Beto O’Rourke calls for $5T to fight climate change

By Zack Coleman (Politico) – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke labeled climate change “the greatest threat we face” as he called for $5 trillion to be spent over the next decade with the goal of neutralizing carbon emissions in the U.S. by mid-century. The former Texas congressman’s plan is among the most detailed of the crowded Democratic 2020 field, but it does not define how it would achieve dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Its goal for getting the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 also aligns with the ambitious aims of the Green New Deal, a lofty set of climate priorities advanced by activists and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).  Read...
Harris building support in South Carolina

Harris building support in South Carolina

By Christopher Cadelago (Politico) – Sen. Kamala Harris is making inroads with elected officials and leaders in South Carolina ahead of her fourth visit to the crucial early-voting state this week — snagging the much-sought endorsement of former state Rep. Bakari Sellers on Monday. Sellers, who is from Denmark, S.C., will campaign with Harris and formally announce his support for the California Democrat during a Saturday town hall at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Harris is returning to the state on Friday for a town hall at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. Read...