Tag Archives: US Senate

Why Senator Cardin is a fitting opponent for Chelsea Manning

Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Solomon

“The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, has become a big star in national media by routinely denouncing Russia as a dire threat to American democracy. The senior senator from Maryland personifies the highly dangerous opportunism that has set in among leading Democrats on the subject of Russia. Chelsea Manning confirmed on Sunday that she is challenging Senator Cardin’s re-election effort in the Democratic primary this June. Her campaign has real potential to raise key issues. … As his party’s ranking member of the key Senate committee on foreign policy, Cardin is at the tip of the anti-Russia propaganda spear. After three decades in Congress including nearly a dozen years in the Senate, he’s an old hand at spinning. No one has worked harder to get political mileage out of ‘Russiagate.'” (01/16/18)


AZ: Disgraced crook Joe Arpaio cranks Teh Krazy up to 11

Source: ABC News

“Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County and an outspoken ‘birther,’ said Saturday he is not surprised that Hawaiians received an erroneous emergency mobile alert about an imminent ballistic missile attack because ‘there’s something wrong with that government.’ Case in point, according to Arpaio? Former President Barack Obama’s ‘fraudulent’ Hawaii birth certificate. Arpaio claims Obama was not born in the U.S., despite what the birth certificate says. … Arpaio is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his term.” (01/15/18)


MD: Former political prisoner Chelsea Manning files for US Senate race vs. Cardin

Source: Baltimore Sun

“Chelsea Manning, the transgender Maryland woman convicted of sharing thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed her candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin in this year’s election. Manning declared her intentions Jan. 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday. She is running as a Democrat.” (01/13/18)


Will Sheriff Joe be the next Roy Moore?

Source: National Review
by Theodore Kupfer

“Joe Arpaio, the infamous former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., announced on Tuesday that he is running for the Senate seat soon to be left open by retiring Republican senator Jeff Flake. … His decision to run could help [Martha] McSally, splitting the hardline populist vote and clearing the congresswoman’s path to the nomination. … The danger, however, is that Arpaio becomes the next Roy Moore: winning the primary only to lose in embarrassing fashion in the general election.” (01/11/18)


US Senate Democrats collect co-sponsors to reinstate corporate welfare program for Big Data

Source: Tech Times

“Democrats in the U.S. have now collected co-sponsors for a measure that would invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s vote against net neutrality. To overturn the net neutrality repeal, Senate would use the Congressional Review Act. In December, the FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules which protected [the bottom lines of bandwidth hogs like Netflix and YouTube]. … Using the Congressional Review Act, lawmakers can debate, vote, and undo actions by federal agencies. For the Congressional Review Act, Democrats needed only 30 votes.” (01/10/18)


UT: Hatch to retire from US Senate, clearing way for Romney

Source: CNN

“Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election this year …. Hatch, the Senate’s longest serving Republican, has wrestled with the decision for months, emboldened by the entreaties of President Donald Trump to seek an eighth term. Now, it sets up a potential path for Trump critic [Mitt] Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, to reclaim the spotlight as a conservative counterpoint to the President.” (01/02/17)


AL: State certifies Jones election win as Moore’s court challenge fails

Source: NBC News

“Alabama officials certified the results of its special Senate election Thursday, officially naming Democrat Doug Jones the victor not long after a judge rejected a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore. Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones’ victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed.” (12/28/17)


AL: Moore challenges US Senate election defeat, alleges rampant voter fraud

Source: Fox News

“Roy Moore filed an election complaint late Wednesday, claiming voter fraud altered the outcome of Alabama’s Senate race, paving the way for Democrat Doug Jones’ victory. The Moore campaign said in a statement that the purpose of the complaint is to delay the certification of the election results until ‘a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted.’ The request came just a day before the State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet and certify the results of the election. … The election complaint also includes an affidavit from Moore saying that he underwent a polygraph test and confirmed that the allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls are ‘completely false.'” (12/28/17)


UT: Salt Lake paper says Hatch should end his career, or voters should end it for him

Source: US News & World Report

“The editorial board of Utah’s largest newspaper blasted Sen. Orrin Hatch in a column accusing him of an ‘utter lack of integrity’ and urging him not to run for re-election next year as it would be ‘basically a theft from the Utah electorate.’ The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday named Hatch, 83, its ‘Utahn of the Year,’ a dubious honor it says the longest-serving Republican in Senate history earned by his ‘part in the dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments,’ ‘his role … in passing a major overhaul in the nation’s tax code,’ and ‘his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.’ … President Donald Trump has launched an effort to sway Hatch to run again. In large part seen as an attempt to block Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee who is seen as Hatch’s obvious successor, from running.” (12/26/17)


Relieved by Roy Moore’s defeat? Thank a Libertarian

Libertarian Party

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Republican candidate Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senate. The Moore campaign was plagued by allegations of sexual impropriety, and voters turned away in droves from what was once considered a safe GOP seat. The race was so close, though, that Jones won by a margin of only 1.5 percent — less than the 1.7 percent of votes for write-in candidates, including Libertarian Ron Bishop. … According to Bishop campaign staffer Jim Albea, it will be several weeks before we know how many of the write-in votes went to Bishop. Libertarian candidates usually draw equally from disaffected Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Considering the slim margin of victory in such a heavily Republican state, though, Bishop probably turned far more voters away from Moore than from Jones. He did so with an unabashed campaign championing free trade, a balanced budget, lower taxes, and other common-sense Libertarian positions …” (12/14/17)