Electoral Count Act set to deliver another blow to Trump
The House isn’t the only congressional chamber taking steps this week to counteract former President Trump, as legislation to overhaul how Congress counts electoral votes is one step closer to becoming law. Less than a day after a House panel investigating Jan. 6, 2021, issued four criminal referrals for the former president, the Senate unveiled…news.yahoo.com
McConnell on Jan. 6 criminal referral of Trump: ‘Entire nation knows who is responsible for that day’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday issued a terse response to the House Jan. 6 select committee’s decision to refer criminal charges against former President Trump to the Justice Department. “The entire nation knows who is responsible for that day. Beyond that, I don’t have any immediate observations,” McConnell said in a…news.yahoo.com
Ex-swing state MO became Republican over the past decade, but Democrats seek to reverse trend as midterms near
Missouri's top race is between Eric Schmitt and Trudy Busch Valentine for a U.S. Senator seat. The state is requiring residents to have voter identifications in this year's election.foxnews.com
GOP gives thumbs down to Biden's $47B emergency request
President Joe Biden’s request for more than $47 billion in emergency funding to help Ukraine and tackle COVID-19, monkeypox and natural disasters is encountering deep skepticism from Senate Republicans, signaling a showdown ahead. The early resistance on the size and scope of the spending request points to the fraught negotiations to come as Congress labors to pass a stopgap spending bill that would keep the federal government running past Oct. 1 or risk a federal shutdown. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that while Ukraine aid “is obviously a priority,” he downplayed the need for other funding — even in his Kentucky home state hit hard by devastating floods.news.yahoo.com
Greitens RINO video spurred threats to family, lawyer says
The lawyer for the ex-wife of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens says the family has been subjected to “serious threats” in the days since Greitens released a violent campaign video in which he declares he’s hunting RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only.
1/6 panel lawyer urged to run for Missouri US Senate seat
Former Republican U.S. Sen. John Danforth and others are urging a former federal prosecutor who now serves as an attorney for the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection to make an independent run for one of Missouri’s Senate seats.
St. Louis prosecutor, disciplinary panel reach agreement
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has reached an agreement with the Missouri Office of Disciplinary Counsel in which she acknowledges mistakes in her handling of the prosecution of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens but won’t face any severe penalties for those mistakes.
GOP Sen. Roy Blunt announces he will oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court nomination, says it will be a 'high point' for US to see her on the court
"I don't think she's the kind of judge that will really do the kind of work that I think needs to be done by the court," he said on ABC's "This Week."news.yahoo.com
Twitter suspends US Senate candidate for hateful conduct
A U.S. Senate candidate for Missouri says she has no plans to delete a transphobic tweet that violated Twitter's rules against hateful conduct, even after the social media platform said she won’t be able to tweet, retweet, follow or like posts until she does. Twitter suspended Vicky Hartzler ’s personal account on Monday. Hartzler's tweet, posted in mid-February, said: "Women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women,” and included her TV ad targeting transgender people in sports and particularly University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas.news.yahoo.com
Senate confirms big slate of Biden ambassadors to end 2021
The Senate has confirmed more than 30 ambassadors and other Biden administration nominees after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to schedule a vote on sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany.
A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump’s endorsement. Other Republicans worry he’ll give it.
Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens, forced from office in 2018, has hired several Trump associates for his campaign and has falsely suggested Trump could replace Biden before the next presidential election.washingtonpost.com
11 senators were totally absent from Jan. 6 commission vote
Eleven senators missed the high-stakes Senate procedural vote Friday on legislation to form a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission to investigate the Capitol attack. The vote was initially anticipated for Thursday, but when it got bumped to the Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend, several senators opted to maintain their travel plans and left Washington before casting their vote. Patty Murray of Washington and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – missed the Friday vote that started around 11:30 a.m. And nine Republicans were also absent from the chamber: Sens.news.yahoo.com
Michigan Secretary of State testifies at U.S. Senate hearing on voter reform bill
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson testified Wednesday that Michigan set an example of how voter reforms can result in successful elections during a U.S. Senate hearing on the For the People Act. Benson testified alongside three Democratic witnesses and two Republican witnesses on voter reforms and the 2020 presidential election. As a result, Benson said the number of people voting absentee in Michigan increased from 1.1 million in November 2016 to 3.3 million last year. Republican senators on the Committee on Rules and Administration expressed concerns about federal control over redistricting and voting rights. According to Blunt, of the 300 bills introduced in state legislatures, only two have been passed.mlive.com
The race to replace Missouri Senator Roy Blunt
The race to replace Missouri Senator Roy Blunt Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt announced this week that he would not seek reelection in 2022. Jay Rosenbaum, a politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio, joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano to discuss the implications of the race to fill his seat.cbsnews.com
GOP Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri won't run for reelection in 2022
Washington — Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri announced Monday he won't seek reelection in 2022, becoming the fifth GOP senator to say he will retire after next year's midterm elections. 4 member of GOP Senate leadership as chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and was widely expected to seek reelection in 2022. Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Rob Portman of Ohio and Richard Burr of North Carolina have all said they will decline to seek reelection for their seats. In February, Grassley said he expects to make a decision about whether he'll seek reelection "sometime in September, October or November" of this year. Blunt won reelection by less than three points in 2016, and GOP Senator Josh Hawley defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill by six points two years later.cbsnews.com