DeSantis touts African-American appointees following heated campaign

DeSantis touts African-American appointees following heated campaign

By David Smiley (Tampa Bay Times) – Ron DeSantis was accused on the campaign trail of courting bigots. Now, as Florida’s governor, he’s courting African Americans. Coming off a contentious campaign dominated by allegations of racism, DeSantis touted the diversity of his administration Monday during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech at a historically black church in South Florida. In an event intended to promote his plan to expand school vouchers, he also highlighted his minority hires for top posts. 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...
Perdue continues to push for term limits

Perdue continues to push for term limits

  If you haven’t noticed, there’s kind of a lot going on in Washington D.C. right now.  The ongoing government shutdown certainly hasn’t stopped any politicking from carrying on, and though you might not know it from watching the news, legislators are still pursuing goals unrelated to border walls, Russia, or bipartisan bickering. One of those goals is the idea of constitutional term limits, which U.S. Sen. David Perdue has championed since heading to Washington in 2014.  Georgia’s junior senator joined up with some very high profile Republicans – Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT), to introduce a Constitutional Amendment that would impose term limits on members of Congress – three terms in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate. Perdue has pushed the idea of ‘citizen legislators’ since early in his time in office in 2015.  Indeed, he is the prime example of one, not having held any elected position before running for Senate and pledging to serve no more than two terms in office, (his first expires in 2020).  Term limits are always a popular idea among the general public.  A poll last year from McLaughlin & Associates showed that some 80% of Americans supported the idea of mandated term limits, including 89% of Republicans.  President Donald Trump rose to popularity raging against “career politicians,” and pledging to “drain the swamp,” a mission he has found more difficult than anticipated. “We need more citizen legislators, not career politicians. The rise of career politicians has created the constant gridlock crippling Washington,” said Senator Perdue Tuesday. “Term limits for Members of Congress are...
‘Not a whole lot of red lights’: Beto O’Rourke leaning toward 2020 run

‘Not a whole lot of red lights’: Beto O’Rourke leaning toward 2020 run

By David Siders (Politico) – Beto O’Rourke is leaning toward running for president, according to four people who have spoken with him or his advisers in recent days. But for a presidential contender, his radio silence is becoming increasingly awkward. In Iowa and New Hampshire — where Democrats are accustomed to being courted aggressively by presidential contenders — calls from Democratic Party organizers to O’Rourke’s advisers go unreturned. And a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that O’Rourke won’t make any decision before February and is preparing for a solo road trip — but avoiding early nominating states — bewildered even his supporters. Read...
Romney makes same mistake that cost him the White House

Romney makes same mistake that cost him the White House

In a recent op-ed for The Washington Post, Mitt Romney made the same mistake that many Republicans did in 2012 — a mistake that cost him the White House. With his attempted character assassination of the president, a fellow Republican, Romney put self-interest ahead of the larger national interest: conservative Republican governance. The op-ed brought to mind 2012, when many Republicans chose to divide the party by continually bashing each other. Romney eventually discovered that many discouraged GOP voters decided to stay home on Election Day. Do not mistake what I’m saying for an attack on Romney. It isn’t. The matter is bigger than both Romney and President Trump. It is about the future direction of the nation. Like others who have run for president and failed, Romney has taken a stance that smacks of jealousy and resentment. It does nothing but serve the radical liberal left and further divides conservatives. As the only former chief executive of a Fortune 500 company in Congress, I was initially thrilled by the prospect of welcoming another business guy to the Senate. But Romney’s behavior — before he was sworn in or cast his first vote as the new senator from Utah — was deeply disappointing. He ran to the media instead of picking up the phone. That is exactly what is wrong with Washington. Too many career politicians focus on finger-pointing for their own self-interest rather than on getting results. We have seen what a divided party means for Republicans. It means we help put Democrats in charge. It means we help them advance their radical liberal agenda, which has proven...