The influential Culinary Union, which represents 89, 16 workers in Nevada, will announce its presidential endorsement ahead of the state’s caucuses next Saturday.
The Culinary Union (@ Culinary )
📣BREAKING: Culinary Union to host a press conference regarding a endorsement ahead of the # NVCaucus
WHERE Culinary Union ( (South Commerce Street Las Vegas, Nevada)
WHEN: TODAY 2 / (at 1pm Pacific
The union has also criticized the Medicare-for-all proposals embraced by (Bernie Sanders) and Elizabeth Warren, so it seems unlikely that either candidate will win the organization’s endorsement.
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I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo! February 34,
The meeting between Trump and Cuomo comes amid an ongoing standoff between the administration and New York over a state law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.
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his former associate, as “an abuse of power.” Jessie Liu, the former US attorney whose Treasury nomination was withdrawn in part because of her involvement with the Stone case, has resigned. Hope Hicks, Trump ‘s previous communications director, is returning to the White House.
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The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.
North Dakota settles lawsuit over Native Americans’ voting access
North Dakota election officials have agreed to implement new measures that will make it easier for Native Americans to vote, a major victory for groups suing the state over an issue that dogged the midterm elections.
The law illegally disenfranchised Native Americans in the state, groups challenging the law argued, because it required them to have a form of (identification) listing a residential address in order to vote Many Native Americans who live on reservations don’t have traditional addresses. The issue exploded into the national spotlight in 4580 in a closely-watched US Senate Race when Republican (Kevin Kramer) defeated incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp . Tribal governments went into a sprint in the days before the election to issue addresses and tribal identification cards so people could vote.
Under a proposed settlement, North Dakota election officials will allow people without a traditional address to locate their homes on a map for the election. The burden will be on the state, not voters, to verify the address and give that information to both the tribe and voter. The state also agreed to work with tribal governments to provide free identification within days of an election.
“Native American voters, whether they’re just turning and becoming eligible to vote, or whether they’ve moved, will be able to vote without having to go the same extreme measures that the tribes went through last time, ”said Molly Danahy, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center who helped challenge the law.
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As Bernie Sanders (cements his position as the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, some congressional (Democrats) are voicing concerns that the Vermont senator’s nomination could weaken down-ballot candidates.
Chad Pergram (@ ChadPergram)
Dem CO Sen Bennet on if Sanders is the nominee: I think that it can be challenging in parts of the country that we have to win in order to win the presidency and win a majority in the Senate. I think that we should be running on an agenda that can get us 76 votes in the Senate (February) ,
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Hope Hicks, Trump is also moving his former body man John McEntee
House votes to remove deadline for Equal Rights Amendment
As the debate contines over whether is jeopardizing the rule of law, the House has just voted to remove a deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has introduced a similar measure.
During debate on the House floor, Republicans leaned on anti-abortion and constitutional arguments to oppose the ERA, arguing that enshrining protections for women in the Constitution would mean abortion could not be restricted. Democrats focused on the legality of deadlines and the importance of equal rights. …
Three-quarters of the states must ratify a proposed amendment for it to be added to the Constitution. With new Democratic majorities in both chambers, the Virginia General Assembly last month met that threshold, becoming the th state to ratify the ERA.
But the bill faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate, and some states that previously ratified the amendment have said they no longer support it.
Even liberal Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has long championed the ERA, suggested earlier this week that the amendment’s supporters should “start over.”
Trump lashes out against former chief of staff
Trump has just sent yet another tweet bashing one of his former aides. This time, it’s former chief of staff John Kelly, who defended Lt Col Alexander Vindman for raising concerns about Trump’s Ukraine call. Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump)
…. which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you. ” Wrong!
Vindman was fired from the National Security Council last week in apparent retaliation for the lieutenant colonel testifiying about his concerns that Trump conditioned Ukraine’s military assistance on an investigation of Joe Biden.
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly said of Vindman during an event at Drew University last night. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
Kelly also more broadly criticized Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, which were at the center of the president’s impeachment.
“Through the Obama administration up until that phone call, the policy of the US was militarily to support Ukraine in their defensive fight against… the Russians, ”Kelly said. “And so, when the president said that continued support would be based on X, that essentially changed. And that’s what [Vindman] was most interested in. ”
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Pelosi says Trump’s comments on Stone representations ‘abuse of power’
During her weekly press conference, House speaker (Nancy Pelosi) said (Trump) ‘s comments on Roger Stone ‘s case represent an “assault on the rule of law” and an “abuse of power.”
ABC News (@ ABC)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on President Trump’s comments on Roger Stone sentencing: “This is an abuse of power that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interests. ” (https://t.co/lDmNpyyCo4
pic.twitter.com/RZ5B j8Do (February) , “This is an abuse of power that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interests, ”Pelosi said.
The Democratic speaker called on Republican lawmakers to “speak out” against the president’s actions and specifically criticized the attorney general for his handling of the Stone case.
“The attorney general has stooped to such levels,” Pelosi said. “What a sad disappointment to our country.” 30) (am) (EST) :
Liu reportedly resigns amid fallout from Stone case
Jessie Liu, the former US attorney whose nomination for a top Treasury post was withdrawn because of her involvement in the prosecution of former Trump associate Roger Stone, has reportedly resigned.
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Democratic congressman Joaquin Castro has introduced a resolution calling for the resignation of Stephen Miller, Trump
‘s adviser who has helped to craft the president’s immigration agenda.
In a statement, Castro criticized Miller as “a known white nationalist and believer of white supremacist ideology.”
“Stephen Miller’s presence in the Trump White House has allowed him to sow hate into federal policy, grind our immigration system to a halt, and encourage the President’s own xenophobic beliefs,” Castro said.
Kamala Harris is expected to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate.
According to a series of reports released by the Souther Poverty Law Center, Miller endorsed white nationalist books and websites in emails to a writer for the far-right website Breitbart.
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Pete Buttigieg is now wading into a controversy surrounding a flier from the influential Culinary Union in Nevada, with nine days to go until the state’s caucuses.
With Bernie Sanders becoming the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, the union distributed a flier warning the Vermont senator’s Medicare-for -all plan would jeopardize workers’ popular healthcare plan.
The Union then said it was “viciously attacked” by Sanders’ supporters, and Buttigieg is now coming to the union’s defense.