POLITICS 11/29/2018 05:13 pm ET The state had millions of mail-in votes to count after Election Day. By Sam Levine House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday it was “bizarre” that Republicans lost House races in California in races they appeared to be winning on election night, saying the state’s election processes were “very strange” and he did not understand how vote totals could change after Election Day. This year, Democrats flipped six seats in California, including several by very narrow margins. Democrats could flip a seventh: As ballots continued to be counted, The Associated Press, considered the gold standard in projecting elections, retracted its call that Republican Rep. David Valadao would win re-election. This month, President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) suggested something was amiss as Florida counties continued to count ballots after Election Day and Scott’s Democratic opponent in their … [Read more...] about California Takes Its Time Counting Ballots. Paul Ryan Thinks That’s Really Weird.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Associated Press FILE - Mitt Romney, Republican U.S. Sen.-elect from Utah, speaks to an election night party after his victory Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. Related Links What can Utah, U.S. expect from Mitt Romney in the Senate? Mitt Romney is headed to Washington after all — as U.S. senator for Utah SALT LAKE CITY — House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Mitt Romney will be a moral force for the Republican Party in Congress, while a new poll shows that Utahns want the newly elected senator to stand up to President Donald Trump. Ryan, Romney's 2012 presidential running mate, predicted Romney would inherit the role the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., played on Capitol Hill, according to Politico. Ryan said he thinks Romney has a chance to be a moral force in a GOP increasingly driven by identity politics. "It’s great that he’s coming," the outgoing speaker said at a question-and-answer session the Washington Post … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney could be GOP ‘standard-bearer’; Utah voters want him to stand up to Trump
Last Updated Nov 29, 2018 11:31 AM EST House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty this morning to lying to Congress, should "prosecuted to the extent of the law." In a Washington Post interview, Ryan also said he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller's job is not in jeopardy."I believe he will be left to do his job," Ryan said. "If I were really, really stressed about Bob Mueller, I'd do something. I'm not."Ryan's interview, one of his last as he prepares to leave Congress after 20 years, came as Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a New York federal courtroom. Cohen admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Ryan said the the plea showed that Congress was properly conducting oversight by bringing Cohen in to testify under oath under penalty of felony.In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan says Michael Cohen should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law
MADISON, Wis. — Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan says his two biggest regrets as he prepares to leave office are not successfully dealing with immigration and the national debt. The Republican lawmaker sat for an interview Thursday with The Washington Post as he prepares to retire after 20 years in Congress. Ryan says if the national debt and immigration can be addressed, "we will have a great 21st century." But Ryan says "history is going to be very good to this majority" because of the tax reform bill Republicans passed under his leadership. Ryan says he also has sympathy for Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is vying to succeed him as speaker. Ryan says he was able to become speaker on his terms, but "this is the benefit Nancy does not have." … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan lists immigration, debt as biggest regrets
The night before the midterm elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan touted “tax reform 2.0,” the economy, and the rebuilding of the United States military as the agenda accomplishments of the Republican-controlled Congress. “Frankly, our members feel pretty good because they have a really good message … I mean look at what we’ve just been able to achieve in Congress with the President in the last two years,” Ryan told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “A record economy, the military being rebuilt, people feeling better about things … wages growing faster than they have since before the recession.”The accomplishments of the GOP Congress, though, have been slim with Ryan in charge. Despite President Trump winning the 2016 presidential election with a populist message on healthcare and a nationalist message on immigration, Ryan and the Republican Congress failed to deliver reforms on either of the issues. That failure was evident in the midterm … [Read more...] about Midterms: Paul Ryan’s Republicanism Tanks at the Ballot Box. Again