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...
U.S. Rep. McBath unable to help constituents

U.S. Rep. McBath unable to help constituents

A letter obtained by InsiderAdvantage to a constituent of newly-elected U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., admits her office is unable to fulfill routine constituent requests. It recommends a constituent’s request for help be shifted to the staff of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. McBath’s office refuses to comment on why some experienced staffers were not retained after she won the election, or why her present staffers are incapable of handling letters and coordinating with various federal agencies. See the full letter below....
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...
Middle Georgia Named 2019 Great American Defense Community

Middle Georgia Named 2019 Great American Defense Community

Middle Georgia has been recognized as one of five communities across the country named to the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities by the Association of Defense Communities. The award recognizes the overall support that communities and regions in the United States provide to service members and military families. “I’m so proud of Middle Georgia for being named a 2019 Great American Defense Community,” said U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA). “This special recognition is a testament to the successes that the people of Robins Air Force Base and this community have had over the last few years. “For example, Middle Georgia has been able to successfully: eliminate the encroachment threat to Robins, support the Veterans Education Center, and build partnerships between the base and colleges and universities,” Perdue continued. “These efforts are indicative of the community’s commitment to fulfilling the needs of not just the base, but the entire Air Force. All of this would not be possible without the leadership of General Kubinec, Colonel Drew, Chrissy Miner, and the 21st Century Partnership. To the people of Middle Georgia, thank you for all you do to support the men and women of Robins Air Force Base. I truly could not be more proud of my hometown.” “The saying in Middle Georgia, EDIMGIAFAD, Every Day in Middle Georgia is Armed Forces Appreciation Day, is more than just a saying as demonstrated daily by the partnerships the community builds to support Robins Air Force Base and their mission,” said Chrissy Miner, President and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership. “The community strives to help improve the quality of life of...
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...