Good afternoon, political readers.
I hope some of you can enjoy a day off today.
Columbus Day is celebrated by many in the venue as a day of indigenous people honoring Native American history and culture, first recognized by President Franklin de Roosevelt in 1934 as a national holiday.
This year, President Joe Biden became the first president to mark the day of Indigenous Peoples with the Presidential Declaration.
While the day is not over yet, here are some tips on thoughtful ways to celebrate.
Its Amy With today’s top news in Washington:
He voted to impeach Trump in 2020. What’s in store for these Republicans in 2022?
Ten GOP lawmakers voted in favor of former President Donald Trump on January 6 on charges of instigating a coup, a group of Trump supporters overturning the Capitol during the electoral vote count that certified the 2020 election results. The House approved the indictment, but Trump acquitted him in the second impeachment hearing of the Senate president’s term.
The success or failure of 10 GOP members in the 2022 midterms shows whether the Republican Party has walked away from Trump or has sufficient autonomy to end the political career of those who have crossed him.
Ohio Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of 10 Republicans, announced he would not seek reelection next fall.
Hell has no anger at the insults of the impeached President: Trump vowed to avenge those who voted to impeach him, endorsing Gonzalez’s opponent, former Trump White House aide Max Miller. In addition to Gonzalez’s opponent, Trump has endorsed primary Republican challengers in three of the other nine races.
“1 down, 9 to go,” Trump said in a statement on his website the day Gonzalez made the announcement.
Real quick: stories you want to read
- “I don’t want to abandon Afghanistan”: The sudden acquisition of the Taliban and the uncertain response of the US State Department have hit nearly 100 Fulbright semifinalists in Afghanistan.
- Harmful comments: North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson’s statements about sexism and homosexuality as “filthy” have doubled after calling for widespread condemnation and resignation.
- Central Senator of Coal Country: Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., is opposed to Biden’s plan to quickly eliminate fossil fuels, already against a major portion of the infrastructure bill that accelerates the transition to clean energy. And if they don’t, penalize them.
- Omar on cancellation of student loans: Rep. 18 members of Congress, led by Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, signed a letter to Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Friday.
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Trump’s secretary of state candidates set up the ‘Big Lie’ battlefield
In the 2022 midterms, secretaries of state competitions are emerging as important as who controls the governor’s mansion or congress, but have more direct consequences for the election, including the 2024 presidential race.
Trump’s “Big Lie” campaign: It has been almost a year since President Joe Biden won the White House, yet there remains a constant belief among many right-wing voters that the 2020 election is “geared up” against Trump.
That has sparked interest in the Secretary of State’s roles.
What does the Secretary of State do? In 36 states, Secretaries of State are elected by voters and have varying degrees of power. They are often responsible for maintaining registration lists and statewide voter databases and standardizing election results.
Trump has endorsed or supported GOP candidates in at least four swing states. One common thread among them is: they questioned the 2020 voting process, otherwise they would not directly state that the result was stolen.
Trump’s false claims to the stolen election and his attempts to overturn the outcome have been rejected by many court jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court, including fact-checkers, state audits and more than 60 failed lawsuits.
Final Election Results: Biden won the popular vote and 74 electoral votes by nearly 7 million votes nationwide in the 2020 presidential race.
In Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan, Republican state secretary of state candidates regularly interact and form a coalition with the support of Trump allies to win in 2022. Went for Trump.
“If we do not elect a secretary of state who does not want to cancel the election results – whatever those results are – we are in big trouble,” said state Rep. Bee Nguyen, Georgia’s candidate for secretary of state.
Today is National Coming Out Day, which in 1987 celebrates the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.– Amy