Democrats look for bipartisan deal on China economic bill as rest of agenda founders
The Biden administration is pushing a bill to provide billions to address a computer chip shortage and fund research that supporters say will help the country compete with China on emerging technologies.washingtonpost.com
'Lies through her teeth every single day': Ron DeSantis hits back at Jen Psaki for comments about Florida schools
"Obviously they have got a lot of other problems, let's just be honest," DeSantis said of the Biden administration. "This has not been a great show over the last year."news.yahoo.com
Black and Latino voters have been shortchanged in redistricting, advocates and some judges say
Republicans' powerful 2011 maps have limited the number of seats available for them to flip in this year's redistricting, but they have chopped up minority communities in some states.washingtonpost.com
Lawmaker criticized for slurs arrested on shoplifting counts
A Delaware lawmaker who came under fire last year for using a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers was arrested on shoplifting charges Tuesday, just days after announcing that he was resigning for health reasons. Newark police said a warrant was issued Tuesday for Rep. Gerald Brady’s arrest on two counts of shoplifting, and that Brady, 65, turned himself in a few hours later. House Democrats announced last Friday that Brady was resigning effective Feb. 4, but they did not disclose that he was under criminal investigation.news.yahoo.com
Manufacturers have less than five days’ supply of some computer chips, Commerce Department says
A new Commerce Department report highlighted the severity of a global shortage that has hobbled manufacturing and fueled inflation for more than a year, and that defies easy solutions.washingtonpost.com
Biden lashes out at Fox reporter in hot mic moment
President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic Monday calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity after the journalist asked him a question about inflation. It was Biden's second hot mic moment in a week, both in response to questions from Fox News. (Jan. 24)news.yahoo.com
Jan. 6 committee has spoken with former Trump attorney general Barr, chairman says
The House committee’s conversations with Barr are further indication that several former Trump administration officials are cooperating with the panel even as others are fighting efforts to compel their testimony.washingtonpost.com
Tech companies spent almost $70 million lobbying Washington in 2021 as Congress sought to rein in their power
Seven large tech companies spent nearly $70 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2021 as policymakers from both parties weighed legislation to curtail their power and influence.washingtonpost.com
'I am American’: Black Americans use social media to respond to McConnell’s comments on voting
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Black Americans “are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans,” sparking outrage online. His office said he misspoke and meant to say “other Americans."washingtonpost.com
Here’s Where the Battle Over Voting Stands in U.S.
A bedrock democratic institution, voting, continues to divide the two major U.S. political parties. States run by Republicans and states run by Democrats are increasingly diverging in their policies on registering to vote, voting in person and voting by mail. These state-by-state battles are a legacy of the 2020 presidential election and former President Donald Trump’s insistence, contrary to all evidence, that it was stolen from him and delivered to Joe Biden. Even the process of declaring whicwashingtonpost.com
Schumer: 'We made progress' on voting bill, filibuster rules
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats "made progress” toward changing the Senate’s filibuster rules to advance voting legislation, despite the dramatic collapse of the package that his party says is central to protecting democracy.
Why Democrats spent a year on a failed voting rights push
Democrats pushed ahead on a quest that was improbable at best, resulting in a fresh demonstration of impotence by a party and president who vowed to make government work. But those involved said they had no choice but to fight.washingtonpost.com
Beto O’Rourke announces $7.2 million in fundraising in first 46 days of campaign; Greg Abbott touts $18.9 million over last six months
The latest fundraising figures in the governor’s race confirm what’s long been seen as the state of play: O’Rourke is a strong fundraiser, but Abbott, with over $65 million saved up, is on another level.
Shelley Luther, anti-lockdown activist and GOP candidate, said Chinese students should be banned from Texas universities
Luther became nationally known at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 when she refused to shut down her Dallas salon in defiance of emergency orders. She was sentenced to a week in jail but was released after only a few days.
Beto O’Rourke targets Gov. Greg Abbott for vetoing bill to improve internet access in rural Texas
Abbott vetoed legislation in June that would have helped shore up the Universal Service Fund, which supports telecommunications in rural Texas. He said it would have “imposed a new fee on millions of Texans.”
“Every constitutional right is now at risk": Legal experts warn Supreme Court action on Texas abortion law could lead to copycats
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the majority was straying from the court’s precedent to step in when state laws chill the exercise of constitutional rights while allowing other states to follow suit.
Analysis: Texas’ electric grid is half-ready for another winter freeze
Chances are, winter weather won’t be as bad as it was last February. Chances are, Texas won’t have the electric blackouts that caused so much misery then. And chances are, whatever happens will have some influence on the 2022 elections.
After Texas Democrats’ woeful performance last year, the 2022 race to chair the party is already heating up
Current state party leader Gilberto Hinojosa has indicated he isn’t going anywhere. But that hasn’t stopped open discussion about leadership of the party with several months until convention delegates vote on the position.
A growing number of Texas Republicans want a fourth special session to pass COVID-19 vaccine mandate ban
It remains unclear whether Gov. Greg Abbott — the only official with the power to convene special sessions — will order state lawmakers back to Austin, or what issues he would include on the agenda.
Freshman state Rep. Jasmine Crockett is running for Dallas congressional seat, with Eddie Bernice Johnson’s backing
Crockett is running for the seat vacated by Johnson, who announced Saturday that she would not seek reelection in the 30th Congressional District after serving nearly three decades in Congress. The seat is solidly Democratic.
Beto O’Rourke targets South Texas in bid to win back Democratic voters he’ll need to beat Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022
O’Rourke has ground to make up after his own underwhelming performance with voters there in 2018 when he ran for U.S. Senate — and turning out more Latino voters has long been key to Democratic hopes statewide.