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New York GOP congresswoman-elect reveals interest in forming House anti-socialist 'Squad'

Newly elected House GOP members could form an "anti-socialist squad" to counter the ideas of far-left Democrats, Rep.-elect Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., told "Fox & Friends" Friday.

“I can tell you here in NYC, and I assume in cities across America, people were really fed up with the direction the Democrats were trying to take us,” said Malliotakis, who will represent New York's 11th District, which covers Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn.

Malliotakis added that political figures like New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had moved the city “so much to the left.”

“And you have individuals like my opponent [Democratic Rep. Max Rose], who had rallied with the 'Defund the police' movement and really had just gone along with the gang," she said, "and people want to see a two-party system, they want to see checks and balances, and I will be the only Republican representing our city in Washington and it is a much-needed voice and perspective.”


Can't make this up!

Biden names former Alito clerk to top White House job

Source: Politico

Joe Biden on Tuesday added a slew of top staffers to his White House team with sterling Democratic credentials. But one of his appointments has a line on her resume that would also make Republicans proud: Onetime clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Dana Remus, who most recently served as general counsel to the Biden campaign, will become counsel to the president in the new administration. Before joining the campaign, Remus worked as the General Counsel of the Obama Foundation, and as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel for Ethics during the Obama administration.

A Biden transition official described Remus as “a distinguished attorney with years of experience serving as counsel to Democratic leaders” who is “fully committed to helping execute President-elect Biden’s bold agenda for our country."

But it’s Remus’ experience clerking for Alito in 2008 that could prove especially valuable to the Biden administration as it gears up for repeated clashes with the Court’s 6 to 3 conservative majority in the years ahead.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-names-former-alito-clerk-to-top-white-house-job/ar-BB1b6n4r?li=BBnb7Kz

House Democrats ask to delay Supreme Court arguments over Mueller docs

Source: CNN

(CNN)The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to postpone oral arguments in an upcoming case concerning grand jury material redacted from former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

The lawyers argued that now that Joe Biden has been elected president and a new Congress will begin in early January, a "newly constituted" committee will determine whether it wishes to continue to pursue the documents.

If the court grants the request, it would put off a major separation of powers fight, testing the ability of the Justice Department to control grand jury information from a historic, deeply political investigation it conducted that could also aid congressional investigations.

In February, the Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to take up the case, blocking the release of the documents for now.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/17/politics/house-democrats-supreme-court-mueller/index.html

Anti-Colin Kaepernick candidate Burgess Owens wins election to Congress in Utah

Source: USA Today

A Black conservative former NFL player who had been harshly critical of player protests in the league has won his bid for Congress in central Utah after making racial issues part of his election effort to win white voters.

Burgess Owens, a Republican who played safety for the New York Jets in the 1970s, beat Rep. Ben McAdams, the white Democratic incumbent who first was elected in Utah’s 4th Congressional District in 2018.

The ballot count took two weeks after Election Day but ended up like this, as of Monday: 47.5% for Owens and 46.9% for McAdams, a difference of 2,139 votes out of more than 372,000 votes cast.

McAdams conceded the election Monday and called Owens to congratulate him. “He expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve #UT04 and his commitment to a smooth transition,” Owens wrote in a post on Twitter. “My sincere thanks to him for both. Thank you my fellow Utahns, I am committed to have an open ear to serve you. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2020/11/16/anti-colin-kaepernick-candidate-burgess-owens-wins-house-seat-utah/6319937002/

Rep. Max Rose concedes to GOP challenger Nicole Malliotakis in NYC congressional upset

Source: Daily News

Rep. Max Rose conceded his first race for reelection to Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis on Thursday, putting New York City’s only congressional battleground district back under GOP control.

Malliotakis declared victory on election night last week, but Rose initially refused to back down, citing thousands of outstanding mail-in ballots cast in the race for the 11th congressional district, which covers all of Staten Island and a sliver of Southern Brooklyn.

As ballots continued to be tallied Thursday afternoon, though, Rose acknowledged he no longer had a path to victory.

“I have called to congratulate Congresswoman-elect Malliotakis on her win and concede the race," Rose said in a statement. “Representing this district has been the honor of my life ... I love Staten Island and Brooklyn."

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-elections-government/ny-election-nyc-malliotakis-rose-20201112-snxxxra7pfduvbubel6ykqwyje-story.html

Max Rose (D) - Nicole Malliotakis (R) race

NY-11 has taken really, really long to call this race. Nicole is leading, but Rose has non conceded, saying there are plenty of ballots left to count. It's stuck at 95%. Any idea when we might get some news?

Republican Dan Sullivan wins reelection in US Senate race in Alaska

Source: CNN

(CNN)Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan will win reelection in Alaska, CNN projected Wednesday, defeating independent Al Gross, who was running with the backing of national Democrats.

Sullivan joins the growing ranks of Republican incumbents who have successfully defended seats that Democrats targeted this year in their efforts to win the Senate majority. Democrats are now looking to what is expected to be two Georgia runoff races in January as their only remaining shot at winning a majority in the chamber.

Sullivan, first elected in 2014, highlighted his record in the Senate to argue that he has delivered for Alaskans and attempted to portray Gross as a far-left liberal.

Gross, in contrast, attacked Sullivan's record in Washington and emphasized his own medical background as a doctor while pushing a message that he would work to improve health care affordability and access amid the coronavirus crisis.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/politics/alaska-senate-results-dan-sullivan-republican-reelection/index.html

Which GA Senate race will be easier to win?

Or are they about the same in odds?

North Carolina Senate race

What are the chances we win this? I know it's unlikely, but how unlikely is it? Because if we win, we only need one Georgia Senate seat to get to 50.

Manchin shoots down chance that Senate Democrats nix filibuster, expand court

Source: The Hill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Monday night effectively shot down any chance that Democrats are able to nix the legislative filibuster if they find themselves with control of the Senate next year.

Democrats are currently poised to have 48 seats in January and are fighting to win two seats in Georgia that would give the party control of the Senate because in a 50-50 split Vice President Harris could break a tie, giving the party the majority.

Manchin, during an interview with Fox News, said that if there's a 50-50 tie that he would not vote to nix the legislative filibuster, a decision that would take it off the table for Democrats. In order to nix the legislative filibuster should they have 50 seats, Democrats would need the support of every member of their caucus including Manchin.

"50-50 means there's a tie. But if one senator does not vote on the Democratic side there is no tie. ... When they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that," Manchin said.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/525236-manchin-shoot-down-chance-that-senate-democrats-nix-filibuster-expand-court
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