Roy Moore to announce Alabama Senate decision Thursday


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Roy Moore, the controversial Republican judge who lost a 2017 Senate race in Alabama, will announce Thursday whether he plans to run again in 2020.

Moore’s wife, Kayla, wrote a note to friends asking them to be at an event Thursday afternoon for his announcement.

"Judge has spoken with most all of you on the phone over the past few weeks and is appreciative of your warm support," Kayla Moore wrote in the note, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO. "We will be making an official announcement regarding the [Senate] race in Montgomery this Thursday" afternoon.

Moore lost to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in a 2017 special election amid allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore with young girls decades ago. Jones is running for re-election next year and is considered one of the most vulnerable senators on the ballot.

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Roy Moore to announce Alabama Senate decision Thursday


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Roy Moore, the controversial Republican judge who lost a 2017 Senate race in Alabama, will announce Thursday whether he plans to run again in 2020.

Moore’s wife, Kayla, wrote a note to friends asking them to be at an event Thursday afternoon for his announcement.

"Judge has spoken with most all of you on the phone over the past few weeks and is appreciative of your warm support," Kayla Moore wrote in the note, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO. "We will be making an official announcement regarding the [Senate] race in Montgomery this Thursday" afternoon.

Moore lost to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in a 2017 special election amid allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore with young girls decades ago. Jones is running for re-election next year and is considered one of the most vulnerable senators on the ballot.

Moore told POLITICO in an interview last month he Continue reading “Roy Moore to announce Alabama Senate decision Thursday”

Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren


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President Donald Trump’s reelection machine is setting its sights on a new target, one it had left for dead just a few months ago: Elizabeth Warren.

With the Massachusetts senator rising in polls and driving a populist message that threatens to cut into the president’s blue-collar base, the Trump campaign is training its firepower on Warren with an eye toward blunting her momentum.

Trump aides and their allies at the Republican National Committee, who initially believed their money and manpower were better focused elsewhere, are digging up opposition research, deploying camera-wielding trackers, and preparing to brand Warren as a liberal extremist. The reassessment of Warren, confirmed in conversations with more than a half-dozen Trump advisers, reflects the volatility of the massive Democratic primary and how the reelection campaign is reacting to it.

The Trump team — including the president himself — had been focused almost exclusively on Joe Biden to Continue reading “Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren”

Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren


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President Donald Trump’s reelection machine is setting its sights on a new target, one it had left for dead just a few months ago: Elizabeth Warren.

With the Massachusetts senator rising in polls and driving a populist message that threatens to cut into the president’s blue-collar base, the Trump campaign is training its firepower on Warren with an eye toward blunting her momentum.

Trump aides and their allies at the Republican National Committee, who initially believed their money and manpower were better focused elsewhere, are digging up opposition research, deploying camera-wielding trackers, and preparing to brand Warren as a liberal extremist. The reassessment of Warren, confirmed in conversations with more than a half-dozen Trump advisers, reflects the volatility of the massive Democratic primary and how the reelection campaign is reacting to it.

The Trump team — including the president himself — had been focused almost exclusively on Joe Biden to Continue reading “Trump campaign zeroes in on a new threat: Elizabeth Warren”

Trump looks to squash Amash


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Donald Trump and his top allies are moving to make Justin Amash pay for becoming the sole Republican congressman to call for the president’s impeachment.

Trump and his top advisers have discussed the prospect of backing a primary challenge to the Michigan lawmaker — a highly unusual move for a president against a member of his own party that would effectively amount to a warning shot to other Republicans thinking of crossing him. The conversations come as the billionaire DeVos family, which has deep ties to the administration and remains one of Michigan’s most powerful families, has announced it will cut off the congressman. That move could send a signal to other conservative donors deciding whether to invest in Amash.

Trump has raised the primary challenge idea with Vice President Mike Pence and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a close Trump ally who co-founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus with Continue reading “Trump looks to squash Amash”

Trump looks to squash Amash


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Donald Trump and his top allies are moving to make Justin Amash pay for becoming the sole Republican congressman to call for the president’s impeachment.

Trump and his top advisers have discussed the prospect of backing a primary challenge to the Michigan lawmaker — a highly unusual move for a president against a member of his own party that would effectively amount to a warning shot to other Republicans thinking of crossing him. The conversations come as the billionaire DeVos family, which has deep ties to the administration and remains one of Michigan’s most powerful families, has announced it will cut off the congressman. That move could send a signal to other conservative donors deciding whether to invest in Amash.

Trump has raised the primary challenge idea with Vice President Mike Pence and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a close Trump ally who co-founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus with Continue reading “Trump looks to squash Amash”

John James announces Senate bid in Michigan


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Republican John James announced another campaign for Senate in Michigan Thursday, setting up a major clash with first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.

James, a veteran and businessman, ran for Senate in 2018, losing by 7 percentage points to Sen. Debbie Stabenow. But Senate Republicans have eagerly recruited him to run again, believing his proven fundraising ability and a full campaign cycle to run would make him even more competitive this time around.

Republicans are mostly on defense next year as they seek to protect their 53-47 Senate majority, and putting Michigan in play would be a critical boost, giving them another offensive opportunity, along with Alabama, to cushion their control of the chamber.

"I believe that the time again is to serve," James said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s morning show. "I believe that right now nothing has changed. I still have a passion for service, I still have a Continue reading “John James announces Senate bid in Michigan”

Trump tries to upend the 2020 map


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President Donald Trump is targeting a trio of states that he lost in 2016 — a move aimed at widening his path to reelection that comes as he’s struggling in the Rust Belt states that propelled him to the White House.

Trump officials are zeroing in on New Mexico, Nevada and New Hampshire, where they insist there’s an opening despite heavy losses Republicans suffered there in the midterms. They’ve deployed around a half-dozen staffers to New Hampshire and several to Nevada, an unusually early investment in places that favor Democrats. And the campaign is doing polling to tease out Trump’s level of support in New Mexico, a focal point for campaign manager Brad Parscale, and they have discussed dispatching aides to the blue state.

The maneuvering underscores how Trump is trying to capitalize on his vast financial and organizational advantage over Democrats. Yet it also illustrates how the president, whose Continue reading “Trump tries to upend the 2020 map”

Maryland Gov. Hogan won’t challenge Trump for Republican nomination


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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will not challenge Donald Trump in a 2020 GOP primary, leaving the president’s Republican critics with few options to prevent his re-nomination.

Hogan’s decision, first reported Saturday afternoon by the Washington Post, was confirmed by three people close to him.

The popular two-term governor had been weighing a challenge to the president and had received encouragement from "never-Trump" Republicans, including conservative commentator William Kristol. Hogan, who won reelection in liberal Maryland last year by a landslide, has cast himself as one of the few prominent Republican officeholders who is willing to speak out openly against the president.

But those close to the 63-year-old have long acknowledged that a 2020 primary run was unlikely. Trump remains wildly popular with the Republican base, and his reelection team has launched a comprehensive effort to ensure that delegates to the 2020 GOP convention will support him.

In a statement that Continue reading “Maryland Gov. Hogan won’t challenge Trump for Republican nomination”

Maryland Gov. Hogan won’t challenge Trump for Republican nomination


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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will not challenge Donald Trump in a 2020 GOP primary, leaving the president’s Republican critics with few options to prevent his re-nomination.

Hogan’s decision, first reported Saturday afternoon by the Washington Post, was confirmed by three people close to him.

The popular two-term governor had been weighing a challenge to the president and had received encouragement from "never-Trump" Republicans, including conservative commentator William Kristol. Hogan, who won reelection in liberal Maryland last year by a landslide, has cast himself as one of the few prominent Republican officeholders who is willing to speak out openly against the president.

But those close to the 63-year-old have long acknowledged that a 2020 primary run was unlikely. Trump remains wildly popular with the Republican base, and his reelection team has launched a comprehensive effort to ensure that delegates to the 2020 GOP convention will support him.

In a statement that Continue reading “Maryland Gov. Hogan won’t challenge Trump for Republican nomination”