Four Republican members of the Minnesota House are breaking away from their caucus to form their own group, exposing a rift in the GOP and potentially altering the political dynamics at the Capitol. Reps. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, Tim Miller of Prinsburg, Cal Bahr of East Bethel and Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal released a statement Monday calling themselves the New House Republican Caucus. In their statement, the members said they wanted more control over hiring and management of their own staff. "We … believe this new caucus will allow our members to optimize our ability to serve our constituents and properly represent them at the State Capitol," they said in the statement. GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who will be minority leader after the Democrats took the majority in the November election, wrote a letter to colleagues that was obtained by the Star Tribune, informing his colleagues of the breakaway caucus. He said the move will require the existing GOP caucus to … [Read more...] about Four House Republicans break away from their own caucus to form a new one
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By Craig Hlavaty Published 12:29 pm CDT, Monday, October 8, 2018 PHOTOS: Texas from way up above Jay B. Sauceda, better known as one of the brain and CEO behind the popular Texas Humor web store, has a new book out. "A Mile Above Texas" is about what we look like from the wings of a single-engine Cessna thousands of feet in the air. >>>See more of Sauceda's photographic handiwork... less PHOTOS: Texas from way up above Jay B. Sauceda, better known as one of the brain and CEO behind the popular Texas Humor web store, has a new book out. "A Mile Above Texas" is about what we look like from ... more Photo: Jay B. Sauceda Released by University of Texas Press on Oct. 3, the 200-page photo book comes with 142 aerial photos that Sauceda took in 2015. In all he would take over 44,000 images over a nearly 4,000-mile odyssey, logging 36 hours in the air and stopping at 12 … [Read more...] about “A Mile Above Texas” gives God’s point of view of the Lone Star State
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE AUSTIN, Tex. — Brett Kavanaugh, former Attorney General Eric Holder said, behaves "more like a political operative" than a Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, lamented the pending Kavanaugh confirmation vote, saying that "it shouldn't have to be female members of the Republican Party to get it right." Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for one of Kavanaugh's accusers, spoke to a sold-out theater. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., drew a hero's welcome, after her startling exchange with Kavanaugh about blackout drinking at last Thursday's Judiciary Committee hearing went viral. The controversy surrounding President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court drowned out virtually every other conversation at this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival, an annual gathering by the nonprofit news site that draws a … [Read more...] about Potential 2020 candidates gather at the Texas Tribune Festival. Talk of the White House? No, just Kavanaugh.
You’re in a tough campaign — a long slog with weeks still to go — and a TV station releases results of a poll that shows your candidate ahead by 9 points. Good news, right? Cause for optimism, at least? Not if you want your supporters to dig a little deeper into their hearts — and into their wallets. Which is why the headline of a text message recently sent out by the campaign of U.S. Sen. Tina Smith to her supporters made just such a scenario seem like a cause for concern: “KSTP/SurveyUSA: Smith Holds Single-Digit Lead in US Senate Race.” Technically, yes, ‘9’ is a single digit. Though as single-digits go, it’s a big one. And yet, according to Smith’s campaign, it was also a call to arms: “Can you rush an urgent contribution of $3 or more so we can stop our opponent from gaining one more inch of ground?” the message read. This is how political candidate solicitations tend to go these days. Repeated asks for … [Read more...] about In the world of candidate fundraising appeals, good news is bad, bad news is awesome, and ‘dark forces’ are all around us
Fox News is facing a Hollywood backlash after presenter Laura Ingraham described detention centres for children on the southern US border as "essentially summer camps". In addition, Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, appearing on the channel, claimed children crying at the border after being separated from their parents were "child actors".Creator of the animated sitcom Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, which is made by Fox, tweeted that he was "embarrassed to work for this company".Modern Family creator Steven Levitan said he would stop working for the company when the show ended."I have no problem with fact-based conservatism (such as WSJ), but Fox News's 23-hour-a-day support of the NRA, conspiracy theories and Trump's lies gets harder to swallow every day as I drive onto that lot to make a show about inclusion," he tweeted."I look forward to seeing Modern Family through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere." Paul Feig, who directed comedies Spy and The … [Read more...] about Backlash after Fox News ‘summer camps’ migration comment