Warner, Kaine urge Northam to resign as presser fails to quell Dems’ fury

Warner, Kaine urge Northam to resign as presser fails to quell Dems’ fury

By Quint Forgey (Politico) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s public insistence Saturday that he was not pictured in a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page did little to placate members of his own party — with the commonwealth’s two Democratic U.S. Senators urging the governor to step down. “After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said in a joint statement with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Read...
Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away

Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away

By David Siders (Politico) – EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke said Friday that it could take him months to decide whether to run for president, adding that he does not want to “raise expectations” about a 2020 bid. O’Rourke told POLITICO after a speaking engagement here that he has no timetable for making a decision, which he said could “potentially” be months away. Read...
‘Florida is Trump’s state to lose’

‘Florida is Trump’s state to lose’

By Marc Caputo (Politico) – The nation’s biggest swing state looks even more like Trump Country heading into 2020. Newly released Florida voter data suggest President Donald Trump will begin his reelection campaign as the favorite in a state that offers a windfall of 29 electoral votes. The driving force: white voters who broke Republican and showed up in such big numbers in 2018 that it looked as if they were casting ballots in a presidential election and not a midterm. Read...
Abrams and Gillum are likely 2020 kingmakers

Abrams and Gillum are likely 2020 kingmakers

By Marc Caputo (Politico) – Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum — two of the Democratic Party’s breakout candidates of 2018, despite losing their elections for governor of Georgia and Florida — are looking to parlay their near-success into the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020. The pair of young, progressive African-American pols amassed so much political fame that they’re a must-call for the growing roster of likely Democratic presidential contenders. They’re also on some early and unofficial lists as possible vice-presidential running mates. Read...
McConnell tightens grip with Senate GOP amid shutdown fallout

McConnell tightens grip with Senate GOP amid shutdown fallout

By Burgess Everett (Politico) – A handful of Senate Republicans are expressing frustration with their party’s handling of the ongoing government shutdown. But Mitch McConnell is a long way from facing any sort of rebellion. The Senate majority leader is standing firm in his resolve to not move a muscle on any government funding bill that would not have the president’s approval. That’s earned him scorn among Democrats given that he endorsed a funding bill that didn’t include the president’s much-sought additional border wall funding of more than $5 billion in December. Read...