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Virginia Republicans’ messy, Trumpy race to pick a nominee for governor

Virginia Republicans’ messy, Trumpy race to pick a nominee for governor

GALAX, Virginia — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Cox was several minutes into a wonky election security answer at a diner when January 6 came up again. Did President Joe Biden win the election? Cox avoided directly answering the question at this recent event, though he had previously acknowledged that reality, the one GOP frontrunner willing…
Republicans feared Democrats’ voting protections bill polls well. A new poll says they’re right.

Republicans feared Democrats’ voting protections bill polls well. A new poll says they’re right.

Back in March, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer obtained a recording of an adviser to Mitch McConnell privately bemoaning, on a call with conservative group leaders, that Democrats’ big voting rights bill, the For the People Act, polled quite well. “When presented with a very neutral description” of it, “people were generally supportive,” the adviser…
Republicans and Democrats agree we need an infrastructure bill. That’s about all they agree on.

Republicans and Democrats agree we need an infrastructure bill. That’s about all they agree...

Infrastructure has long been held up in Washington as one of a dwindling few issues on which there can be bipartisan agreement. As Congress gets to work on negotiating an infrastructure bill and President Joe Biden touts his American Jobs Plan, Republican senators emphasized the potential for a bipartisan deal on Sunday. Of course, they…
State-level Republicans are making it easier to run over protesters

State-level Republicans are making it easier to run over protesters

In the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Republican lawmakers are advancing a a number of new anti-protest measures at the state level — including multiple bills that specifically make it easier for drivers to run down protesters. The most recent example of such a law came Wednesday, when Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt…
Republicans’ opening bid on infrastructure is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s plan

Republicans’ opening bid on infrastructure is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s...

Senate Republicans have unveiled their $568 billion infrastructure counterproposal. While it sets a substantial amount of money toward fixing roads and bridges, it’s about a quarter of the size of the Biden administration’s proposed infrastructure package. There’s a wide gap between the price tag on the GOP plan and the $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan…
Poll: 31 percent of Republicans think their party backs the American Rescue Plan

Poll: 31 percent of Republicans think their party backs the American Rescue Plan

Earlier this month, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) posted a jarring tweet: After being one of 49 Republican senators who voted against the American Rescue Plan (ARP), he proudly boasted that the pandemic relief it provided would be coming soon. “Independent restaurant operators have won $28.6 billion worth of targeted relief,” Wicker wrote in his post.…
Republicans are trying to outlaw wokeness. Literally.

Republicans are trying to outlaw wokeness. Literally.

We’re in the midst of something like a moral panic over so-called “cancel culture.” As I noted a few months ago, there’s a rising contingent of thinkers — on the left and right — who believe a culture of censoriousness has engulfed intellectual life over the last few years. To state the obvious upfront, it’s…
Georgia Republicans vote to roll back no-excuse absentee voting after Trump’s loss

Georgia Republicans vote to roll back no-excuse absentee voting after Trump’s loss

Georgia lawmakers have introduced more than 20 bills seeking to curtail voting rights this year, including legislation the Senate passed 29-20 today that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting for the vast majority of the state’s voters. The new bill would require voters to be absent from their precinct, have a physical disability or care for…
Republicans Are Now Criticizing Biden For Calling Speaker Pelosi “Nance”

Republicans Are Now Criticizing Biden For Calling Speaker Pelosi “Nance”

Lately, the GOP has had a lot of pressing issues to complain about: Dr. Seuss, Potato Head, and now, President Joe Biden’s choice nickname for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. During Wednesday’s House Democratic Caucus Virtual Issues Conference, Biden innocuously asked “Nance” whether he should take questions, and now, Republicans are up in arms, which has…
Senate Republicans are trying to drag out the stimulus process in the middle of a national emergency

Senate Republicans are trying to drag out the stimulus process in the middle of...

Senate Republicans — beginning with a reading of the entirety of the stimulus package on Thursday — are trying to drag out the legislative process on the bill as much as possible in an effort to make things uncomfortable for Democrats. That also means, however, that they’re delaying the legislation’s passage in the middle of…

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