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« Reply #75 on: September 11, 2022, 06:23:39 PM »
« edited: September 12, 2022, 05:04:44 PM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

Friday, February 7, 2025 -
FOX NEWS ALERT
, "this is Bret Baier, Fox News, and this is big! can now confirm that President DeSantis will nominate United States Court Appeals Judge for the 11th District, Barbara Lagoa to the position of Attorney General and Former Solicitor General, Noel Francisco to be Deputy Attorney General.
What many of our viewers will not know, Lagoa is not only the first Hispanic woman nominated to such a high profile position, but Lagoa will be the first Cuban-Hispanic to be selected as Attorney General. She has served on the Florida Supreme court, being appointed in January, 2019 by then Governor Ron DeSantis, in November of that same year, President Trump nominated Lagoa as a Judge on the Court of Appeals out of the 11th District
It had been strongly rumored that Judge Lagoa would be the President's second appointee, particularly after the demolition derby that led to Ted Cruz's withdrawal as the President's nominee. This nomination means that Logoa will be the second Hispanic to be a member of his administration, to other is Carlos Gimenez, who is Secretary of Homeland Security.
We have our White House Correspondent, Peter Doocy, on site, Peter what can you tell our viewer's?
Doocy: Well just a few minutes ago, White House Chief Counsel, Chris Sprowls gave me some background on the deliberations that the President had with Republican leaders as well as his staff, and from what I was told, the President decided last night while in the residence that it would be Barbara Lagoa and there will be a formal announcement in the East Room later today. From what I was also told, the President will also nominate Noel Francisco, formerly Solicitor General to be Deputy General. Back to you Bret.
Baier: Thank you Peter
Well again this is a big event, Barbara Lagoa will become the second woman to be selected as the nation's Attorney General, the last was Janet Reno, who served under Bill Clinton.
Britt Hume, your thoughts.
Hume: "It becomes clear that the Republican party under Ron DeSantis is a lot different from the Republican party that Reagan led, or even the one that George W. Bush led. Just think of this Bret, and as much as Democrats want to suggest that most of DeSantis's appointments of minorities to positions is tokenism It stretches credulity when Byron Donalds, an African American now is holding the most visible position within the administration, that of White House Chief of Staff, that is hardly tokenism. Maybe Democrats might want to consider this, Ron DeSantis is reshaping the Republican party into a more inclusive and dynamic party, with more minorities now moving into the party of Lincoln, and the nomination of Barbara Lagoa, makes it clear that the Democrats don't seem to have the answers, they once thought they did, Brett?
Baier: Well there you have it folks, President DeSantis has asked Barbara Lagoa to be his Attorney General and from what we so far know, she has agreed. Truly a momentous and historic nomination. Now back to our regular programming.
Switched over to CNN (Commercial break in progress)

Other Developments, Special House elections:
Florida-19: Former State Senator, Kathleen Passidomo, for the Republican's and Cindy Banyai, who ran against Byron Donalds in 2020 and 2022.
Florida-21: State Representative Dana Trabulsy, for the Republican's and Corinna Robinson, for the Democrats, in 2022, Robinson ran against Brian Mast.
Florida-28: The Republican field is fluid. The contenders in the primary will include State Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez,  Miami Mayor, Francisco X. Suarez and Former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who lost reelection in 2018 for Florida-26. The Democrat candidate will likely be State Senator, Annette Taddeo
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« Reply #76 on: September 11, 2022, 08:52:22 PM »
« Edited: September 11, 2022, 08:55:23 PM by SaintStan86 »

Looks fairly decent, and it will be interesting to see how Ted Cruz feels about being the Robert Bork of the millennial generation, as well as the state of Texas Republicans in the post-Bush, post-Cruz era, and with a gubernatorial race like no other on the horizon...

Meanwhile, here are the gubernatorial possibilities for the midterms...

Alabama: 82-year-old Republican Kay Ivey is term-limited. With the exception of NBA on TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley, it's hard to find a credible Democrat to run for this seat, and even Barkley may be too Joe Rogan-esque even by the standards of Alabama Democrats.

Alaska: Republican Mike Dunleavy (NOT the former NBA coach) is term-limited. While generally a Republican state, the state has a big independent streak and ranked-choice voting to boot.

Arizona: Democrat Katie Hobbs is eligible for a second term, having defeated Kari Lake in 2022. Lake is looking at another run with Donald Trump ready to pounce at any moment to endorse her, but another Republican other than incumbent Secretary of State Mark Finchem could be looking at the seat as well. One thing is for sure: the McCain machine of yore is essentially in the wilderness.

Arkansas: Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders has already declared for a second term. Democrats are hoping to recruit Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott to run, but is Arkansas ready for a Black Governor? Especially outside of the Delta, Little Rock and NW Arkansas?

California: Democrat Gavin Newsom is term-limited, and the only race speculation about him is for President in 2028. This is not to say a presidential run isn't possible - Ronald Reagan ran for President six years after leaving Sacramento - but with California Republicans finding their groove in its traditional bastions, as well as among multigenerational Hispanic and Asian households, Democrats face a conundrum. Would Kamala Harris solve it? Or dwell away in the safe space of her Montecito mansion?

Colorado: Democrat Jared Polis is term-limited and his only real prospect for any elected office going forward is running for the Senate - and he's not going to challenge his like-minded predecessor John Hickenlooper anytime soon. For Polis, the future is mainly being an elder statesman both amongst Colorado Democrats and LGBTQ+ Democrats.

Connecticut: Democrat Ned Lamont is eligible for a third term. His two-time GOP nominee, Bob Stefanowski, is not running again, and Lamont himself is the source of speculation for 2028 as well.

Florida: Republican Jeanette Nuñez has taken her place in the Florida sun. The Democrats will be chomping at the bit to take her out, having moved on from Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried.

Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp is term-limited and DONE with politics. It's open season in Georgia now. Democrats have moved on from Stacey Abrams and have pivoted their speculation to an arguably "more electable" name: Rep. Lucy McBath.

Hawaii: Gov. Josh Green will seek a second term. Do Republicans even have a prayer in paradise?

Idaho: Gov. Brad Little is eligible to seek a third term, but the far right is having none of him. Will he run? Or won't he? One thing is clear: Boise suburbanites and the Mormons in the east would like nothing to do with the anarchists in the Panhandle.

Illinois: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has the perfect political all-you-can-eat buffet: no term limits, continued popularity amongst Democrats and independents, and speculation around 2028. While Republicans are certainly seeking out a strong candidate to run in 2026 (or at least someone other than Darren Bailey or Bill Brady), the Senate remains the big focus with Dick Durbin the speculation of retirement rumors. Former Rep. Peter Roskam (who represented the same suburban Chicago district that Rep. Peter Breen has since won back for the GOP) has an exploratory committee, and State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington and venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan are rumored to consider runs as well.

Iowa: Bypassed by the DeSantis administration - not that it mattered save for vice presidential speculation in 2024 - Gov. Kim Reynolds is eligible to run for a third full term and has the carte blanche to do so. The only question is: Will the Democrats nominate a stronger candidate this time around?

Kansas: Gov. Derek Schmidt is eligible to run for a second term, as Democrats try to convince former Gov. Laura Kelly to make a comeback.

Maine: Gov. Janet Mills is term-limited until 2030, and Republicans have moved on from Paul LePage. Ranked-choice voting also complicates things.

(Editor's note: I wonder if anyone is keeping score on election reforms in different states, such as RCV, legislature reforms, term limits, mail-in ballots, voter ID, closing the primaries, etc.) that could alter the way elections are done at the state level...

Maryland: Gov. Wes Moore is already being compared to Barack Obama and some are hoping he makes a run in 2028. But Moore's main focus is running for a certain second term.

Massachusetts: Gov. Maura Healey is seeking a second term. Will the Republicans pick a moderate Charlie Baker type or another Donald Trump clone? Will DeSantis even have a say?

Michigan: Gov. Tudor Dixon was the surprise winner of 2022. Can Gretchen Whitmer make a comeback? Or do Democrats consider her the "Beto O'Rourke/Stacey Abrams of the Midwest" and move on to someone else instead? Like State Sen. Mallory McMorrow?

Minnesota: Gov. Tim Walz can run for another term, and Rep. Tom Emmer has his pick of Senate against Tina Smith or his second gubernatorial run (after the first in 2010 against Mark Dayton).

Nebraska: Gov. Jim Pillen is popular and favored to win a second term in 2026. His predecessor, Pete Ricketts, is the target of Senate rumors. Pete Festersen, the Omaha City Council President who gave Deb Fischer a heart attack of a run in 2024, is more focused on potentially challenging Rep. Don Bacon in the 2nd District.

Nevada: Gov. Joe Lombardo vs. former Gov. Steve Sisolak? It appears inevitable...but the odds of the race being set in stone aren't even on the sportsbook yet...

New Hampshire: Forget a sixth term as Governor. For Gov. Chris Sununu, it's all about whether or not he will challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

New Mexico: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is term-limited and is not going to run for Senate. Both parties will be looking at legislators in Santa Fe for their next Governor, but most especially the Republicans.

New York: No matter how hated she is amongst Republicans, Gov. Kathy Hochul can run for a second full term and there's nothing the NYRSC can do about it. But it won't stop Republicans from going hardcore after her...if the Conservatives and Independence types align behind them, that is...

Ohio: 79-year-old Republican Mike DeWine is term-limited in 2026, and while Lt. Gov. Jon Husted effectively is his choice as successor, conservatives may be looking elsewhere. Democrats do have their options, but it all comes down to both suburban votes in Columbus and Cincinnati and blue-collar voters in northeast Ohio, Toledo and especially along the Ohio River.

Oklahoma: Kevin Stitt cannot run for reelection anymore. The GOP has plenty of options, but Democrats are hoping that a blue-collar revamp and suburban teachers will work to their advantage.

Oregon: After losing the Governor's Mansion to Christine Drazan in 2022, Democrats will be hard-pressed to reinvigorate themselves statewide. Will they? Or will they continue to let Portland bully the rest of the state's Democratic establishment?

Pennsylvania: No one expected Doug Mastriano to be Governor given all the polls that favored Josh Shapiro. Can Democrats make a comeback in 2026 by taking cues from Bob Casey Jr.'s 2024 Senate triumph? Or get offset by high expectations leading to a blue-collar surprise?

Rhode Island: Dan McKee will be 75 in 2026. Can the Democrat win a second full term? Or will a younger, more progressive challenger upstage him? Better yet, will he even run? And who will the GOP recruit?

South Carolina: Republican Gov. Henry McMaster cannot run for reelection because of term limits. The GOP has to also contend with Sen. Lindsey Graham possibly retiring on one end and newly appointed Sen. Catherine Templeton looking to prove her conservative bonafides on the other, as Democrats aim to capture the former seat while former Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin mulls a run for Governor, hoping to become the first Democrat since Jim Hodges to win that post in a state with a one-quarter, nearly evenly dispersed, Black electorate.

South Dakota: Gov. Kristi Noem is term-limited and bound for Secretary of the Interior under President DeSantis. Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden waits in the wings to become the new Governor.

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee is term-limited, and Republicans have their pick of top candidates to succeed him. The Democrats will have to rely on someone from Nashville or Memphis to try to reclaim the Governor's Mansion in a state whose dramatic shift towards being heavily Republican is owed to the Democrats' diminished strength in rural west and middle Tennessee. (East Tennessee, by virtue of its historical pro-Union pedigree that extends into southern Kentucky, is near-uniformly Republican.)

Texas: There are no term limits in the Lone Star State, but conservatives are making it a big priority to push them, and this issue in fact is considered a "top priority" of Texas Republicans with many grassroots leaders threatening a revolt if term limits and closed primaries are not passed. The Texas Legislature has also banned Democrats from serving as committee chairs, having achieved this goal during RNC Chairman Matt Rinaldi's tenure as state GOP Chairman. Regardless of what happens to term limits statewide, Gov. Greg Abbott is on the fence about running for a fourth term with his only adopted daughter now a college graduate and on the verge of getting married, while former Rep. Vicente Gonzalez is on the verge of launching an exploratory committee to run for Governor.

Vermont: Gov. Phil Scott is one of two remaining Republicans in New England, and he appears to be leaning towards a sixth term. Who will the Democrats run?

Wisconsin: Much like his "blue wall" counterparts Tudor Dixon and Doug Mastriano, Tim Michels was also all but written off, but still beat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers who is mulling a rematch.

Wyoming: Republican Mark Gordon is term-limited, and the Republicans pretty much have their fill of successors. The one thing that Democrats are hoping for? Either a Republican splinter vote from former Rep. Liz Cheney or a 2022 Utah U.S. Senate race-esque situation where Democrats run no one and endorse Cheney instead.

And that's not even counting these two states:

New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy is term-limited and going nowhere. His 2021 GOP challenger, Jack Ciattarelli, is back for a return run, but will he succeed this time in a state whose GOP has been reinvigorated since his surprisingly close result?

Virginia: Republicans have their successor to Secretary of Commerce Glenn Youngkin installed. And her name is Gov. Winsome Sears. Who will the Democrats nominate to challenge her in a state that, before 2021, was seemingly lost for the GOP? (For those keeping score at home, Attorney General Jason Miyares tops the Senate speculation for 2026 regardless of what happens to him in 2025...)
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« Reply #77 on: September 12, 2022, 03:28:51 AM »
« Edited: September 12, 2022, 03:44:41 AM by SaintStan86 »

Meanwhile, here are the initial Hill Committee targets. If a district is not listed here, it's because that district is where DeSantis or Harris did well enough to where neither the DCCC nor NRCC are prioritizing it.

DCCC

AK-AL: Sarah Palin
AZ-02: Eli Crane (Northern Arizona) - might run for Governor
AZ-04: Kelly Cooper (South Phoenix suburbs)
AZ-06: Juan Ciscomani (Tucson suburbs, SE Arizona)
AR-02: French Hill (Little Rock and suburbs) - leaning towards retirement
CA-09: Tom Patti (Stockton)
CA-22: David Valadao (Hanford, south Fresno and west Bakersfield) - potential retirement?
CA-26: Matt Jacobs (Ventura County including Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley)
CA-27: Mike Garcia (North Los Angeles County) - potential gubernatorial candidate
CA-45: Michelle Steel (Huntington Beach, Garden Grove) - potential statewide office
CA-47: Scott Baugh (Irvine, Newport Beach)
CA-49: Brian Maryott (San Clemente, Escondido, Camp Pendleton)
CO-03: Lauren Boebert (Grand Junction, Pueblo) - potential primary challenge
CO-07: Erik Aadland (Western Denver suburbs including Jefferson County)
CO-08: Barb Kirkmeyer (Northern Denver suburbs from Thornton up to Greeley)
CT-02: Mike France (Norwich, New London, Storrs) - potential gubernatorial run
CT-05: George Logan (Most of Litchfield County, plus Waterbury and Danbury)
FL-02: Neal Dunn (Tallahassee and Panama City) - potential retirement
FL-04: Aaron Bean (West and downtown Jacksonville)
FL-13: Anna Paulina Luna (Pinellas County save for St. Petersburg)
FL-15: Laurel Lee (northern Tampa suburbs)
FL-21: VACANT, was Brian Mast (northern Palm Beach County, plus the Treasure Coast)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar (Miami and Coral Gables)
FL-28: VACANT, was Carlos Giménez (south Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys)
IL-05: Nimish Jani (northwest Chicago and suburbs from Rosemont and Arlington Heights to Schaumburg) - Definitely a top target given the circumstances of 2024 when the former Democratic incumbent (Raja Krishnamoorthi who has been indicted and is now facing trial) was raided by the FBI
IL-06: Peter Breen (Western Chicago suburbs; entirely within DuPage County)
IL-07: Keith Pekau (SW Cook County as well as most of Downers Grove in Chicago suburbs)
IL-08: Catalina Lauf (Outer northwest Chicago suburbs from Palatine to McHenry and northern Kane counties)
IL-11: George Pearson (Chicago's southern suburbs including most of Will County)
IL-12: Mike Bost (Metro East suburbs of St. Louis)
IL-17: Esther Joy King (Quincy, Moline and much of western Illinois)
IN-01: Jennifer-Ruth Green (Northwest Indiana)
IA-02: Ashley Hinson (NE Iowa including Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Mason City)
IA-03: Zach Nunn (Des Moines and southern Iowa including Ottumwa)
KS-02: Jake LaTurner (Topeka, Pittsburg and much of eastern Kansas)
KS-03: Amanda Adkins (Kansas City area)
KY-06: Andy Barr (Lexington area)
MD-06: Neil Parrott (Western Maryland, northwest DMV suburbs)
MA-09: Jesse Brown (South Shore suburbs of Boston, Cape Cod and New Bedford)
MI-04: Bill Huizenga (Kalamazoo and SW Michigan) - potential retirement target
MI-07: Tom Barrett (Lansing to northwestern Detroit exurbs including Livingston County)
MI-08: Paul Junge (Flint and Mid-Michigan region)
MI-10: Mike MacDonald (Southern and central Macomb County, plus Rochester Hills in Oakland County)
MN-01: Brad Finstad (Southern Minnesota)
MN-02: Tyler Kistner (south Twin Cities suburbs) - potential Senate candidate
MN-08: Pete Stauber (northern Minnesota including Duluth) - potential Senate candidate
MO-02: Dean Plocher (western St. Louis suburbs)
MT-01: Ryan Zinke (western Montana including Missoula and Bozeman)
NE-01: Mike Flood (Lincoln and much of eastern Nebraska sans Omaha) - potential Senate candidate
NE-02: Don Bacon (Omaha and most suburbs)
NV-01: Mark Robertson (Las Vegas and southern Clark County including Henderson)
NV-02: Mark Amodei (Reno and northern Nevada)
NV-03: April Becker (Western Las Vegas suburbs including Summerlin)
NH-01: Matt Mowers (Manchester and Seacoast and Lakes regions) - potential gubernatorial or Senate candidate
NH-02: Bob Burns (Nashua, Keene and North Country region)
NJ-03: Bob Healey (Burlington County and inland parts of the Shore)
NJ-05: Christopher DePhillips (Northern Bergen and Passaic counties, other suburbs NW of New York City)
NJ-11: Tayfun Selen (Morris and western Essex County west of Newark)
NM-02: Yvette Herrell (southern New Mexico)
NM-03: Alexis Martinez Johnson (northern and eastern New Mexico)
NY-01: Nick LaLota (central and eastern Suffolk County including the Hamptons)
NY-02: Andrew Garbarino (South Shore areas on Long Island across Nassau and Suffolk counties)
NY-03: George Santos (North Shore areas on Long Island, as well as a northeast sliver of Queens)
NY-04: Anthony D'Esposito (SW Nassau County) - in the top of the pile for the Democrats
NY-17: Mike Lawler (Hudson Valley suburbs north of New York City including northern Westchester, Putnam and Rockland)
NY-18: Colin Schmitt (mid-Hudson Valley exurbs north of NYC including most of Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties)
NY-19: Marc Molinaro (southern Capital District area + Binghamton)
NY-22: Brandon Williams (Syracuse and Utica) - likely trial balloon for midsized and rural America
NC-06: Jon Hardister (Greensboro)
NC-08: Mark Walker (High Point, Fayetteville and rural and exurban areas in between)
NC-13: Bo Hines (southern Research Triangle suburbs)
OH-03: Mike Turner (Dayton and immediate suburbs, plus Middletown) - potential retirement or gubernatorial run
OH-05: Bob Latta (Toledo and surrounding northwest Ohio) - potential retirement
OH-10: Max Miller (Lorain and western Cleveland suburbs)
OH-15: Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (Akron and Canton)
OR-05: Lori Chavez-DeRemer (southeast Portland suburbs including most of Clackamas County, as well as Salem and Bend)
OR-06: Mike Erickson (southwest Portland suburbs and exurbs)
PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (Bucks and eastern sliver of Montgomery counties) - may retire or face primary challenge
PA-04: Todd Stephens (most of Montgomery and Berks counties)
PA-06: Guy Ciarrocchi (Chester County and Reading)
PA-07: Lisa Scheller (Lehigh Valley)
PA-10: Scott Perry (Harrisburg and York)
PA-17: Jeremy Shaffer (west and NW Pittsburgh suburbs)
RI-02: Allan Fung (southern Providence suburbs from Cranston southward)
TX-07: Pierce Bush (west and southwest Houston)
TX-15: Monica De La Cruz (Weslaco to eastern San Antonio suburbs)
TX-23: Tony Gonzales (western San Antonio suburbs, Del Rio, Big Bend region)
TX-27: Mayra Flores (west Corpus Christi, Victoria and McAllen)
TX-28: Cassy Garcia (Laredo and south San Antonio suburbs)
TX-34: Morgan Cisneros Graham (east Corpus Christi, Brownsville and Rockport)
VA-02: Jen Kiggans (Virginia Beach and south Hampton Roads region)
VA-05: Bob Good (Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville)
VA-07: Yesli Vega (exurban Northern Virginia)
WA-03: Joe Kent (southwest Washington including Vancouver)
WA-08: Matt Larkin (eastern Seattle suburbs, plus Wenatchee)
WI-01: Bryan Steil (southeast Wisconsin including Kenosha, Janesville and Racine)
WI-03: Derrick Van Orden (western Wisconsin including La Crosse and Eau Claire)

NRCC

AL-02: Kirk Hatcher (Montgomery, northern Mobile)
CA-06: Ami Bera (North Sacramento, Arden-Arcade area)
CA-25: Manuel Pérez (Coachella, El Centro)
CA-46: Lou Correa (Anaheim, Santa Ana)
CO-06: Jason Crow (Aurora, southwest Arapahoe County)
CT-04: Jim Himes (Fairfield County including Bridgeport)
DE-AL: Bryan Townsend
FL-09: Darren Soto (South Orlando, east Orange County and all of Osceola County)
FL-22: David Silvers (most of Palm Beach County)
FL-23: Jared Moskowitz (Boca Raton and northern Broward County) - might run for Governor
FL-25: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fort Lauderdale area) - potential retirement
GA-02: James Beverly (Albany, Columbus, Macon and SW Georgia)
GA-07: Lucy McBath (most of Gwinnett County) - potential candidate for Governor
IL-10: Brad Schneider (Chicago's North Shore suburbs from Waukegan down to Wilmette)
IA-01: Mike Matson (Southeast Iowa including Davenport, Iowa City and SE corner of Des Moines metro area)
KY-03: Morgan McGarvey (Louisville)
ME-01: Ethan Strimling (Portland and southern Maine)
MD-02: Johnny Olszewski (Northern Baltimore suburbs)
MD-03: Sarah Elfreth (Southern and western Baltimore suburbs)
MA-02: Joseph Early Jr. (Worcester area)
MI-03: Hillary Scholten (Grand Rapids)
MI-11: Haley Stevens (Southern and central Oakland County) - potential gubernatorial candidate
MN-03: Melisa Franzen (Western Twin Cities suburbs)
MS-02: Chuck Espy (Jackson and Delta region)
NV-04: Mo Denis (North Las Vegas and northern Clark County, plus central Nevada)
NJ-06: Frank Pallone (Jersey Shore region as well as much of Middlesex County) - likely retirement
NM-01: Melanie Stansbury (Albuquerque area)
NY-20: Phil Steck (Capitol District including Albany)
NY-25: Joe Morelle (Rochester)
NY-26: Brian Higgins (Buffalo and Niagara Falls) - potential retirement target
NC-01: Don Davis (northeastern North Carolina)
OH-01: John Cranley (Cincinnati)
OR-04: Chris Edwards (much of western Oregon outside Portland area including Eugene, Coos Bay and Corvallis)
PA-08: Matt Cartwright (most of NE Pennsylvania including Scranton and Wilkes-Barre)
PA-12: Summer Lee (Pittsburgh and eastern suburbs)
TX-32: Colin Allred (north Dallas and immediate suburbs) - potential candidate for Texas Attorney General
VA-04: Donald McEachin (Richmond and southside Virginia)
VA-10: Jennifer Wexton (western Northern Virginia suburbs of DMV including Loudoun County)
WA-02: Seth Fleetwood (northern Puget Sound region including Everett and Bellingham)
WA-06: Derek Kilmer (Western Washington outside of metro Seattle and Vancouver)

The list includes a number of suburban and working-class areas where DeSantis won by less than 10 percent, as well as potential retirement targets across the country that are expected to be at least somewhat competitive in an open seat race. Not much is expected though outside of the basic count of pickups in the House, due to the very fluid nature of congressional races; even though it is very unlikely that there will be Senators or DeSantis administration members who served in Congress beginning AFTER 2024, as it is virtually impossible to predict the complete outcome for every congressional seat and their potential incumbents beyond 2024. Remember that virtually no one heard of Dan Crenshaw other than being a recent college grad with a young wife who just sneaked into a GOP runoff in March 2018. Guess where he is now...
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« Reply #78 on: September 12, 2022, 04:03:42 AM »

Meanwhile, here are the initial Hill Committee targets. If a district is not listed here, it's because that district is where DeSantis or Harris did well enough to where neither the DCCC nor NRCC are prioritizing it.

DCCC

AK-AL: Sarah Palin
AZ-02: Eli Crane (Northern Arizona) - might run for Governor
AZ-04: Kelly Cooper (South Phoenix suburbs)
AZ-06: Juan Ciscomani (Tucson suburbs, SE Arizona)
AR-02: French Hill (Little Rock and suburbs) - leaning towards retirement
CA-09: Tom Patti (Stockton)
CA-22: David Valadao (Hanford, south Fresno and west Bakersfield) - potential retirement?
CA-26: Matt Jacobs (Ventura County including Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley)
CA-27: Mike Garcia (North Los Angeles County) - potential gubernatorial candidate
CA-45: Michelle Steel (Huntington Beach, Garden Grove) - potential statewide office
CA-47: Scott Baugh (Irvine, Newport Beach)
CA-49: Brian Maryott (San Clemente, Escondido, Camp Pendleton)
CO-03: Lauren Boebert (Grand Junction, Pueblo) - potential primary challenge
CO-07: Erik Aadland (Western Denver suburbs including Jefferson County)
CO-08: Barb Kirkmeyer (Northern Denver suburbs from Thornton up to Greeley)
CT-02: Mike France (Norwich, New London, Storrs) - potential gubernatorial run
CT-05: George Logan (Most of Litchfield County, plus Waterbury and Danbury)
FL-02: Neal Dunn (Tallahassee and Panama City) - potential retirement
FL-04: Aaron Bean (West and downtown Jacksonville)
FL-13: Anna Paulina Luna (Pinellas County save for St. Petersburg)
FL-15: Laurel Lee (northern Tampa suburbs)
FL-21: VACANT, was Brian Mast (northern Palm Beach County, plus the Treasure Coast)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar (Miami and Coral Gables)
FL-28: VACANT, was Carlos Giménez (south Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys)
IL-05: Nimish Jani (northwest Chicago and suburbs from Rosemont and Arlington Heights to Schaumburg) - Definitely a top target given the circumstances of 2024 when the former Democratic incumbent (Raja Krishnamoorthi who has been indicted and is now facing trial) was raided by the FBI
IL-06: Peter Breen (Western Chicago suburbs; entirely within DuPage County)
IL-07: Keith Pekau (SW Cook County as well as most of Downers Grove in Chicago suburbs)
IL-08: Catalina Lauf (Outer northwest Chicago suburbs from Palatine to McHenry and northern Kane counties)
IL-11: George Pearson (Chicago's southern suburbs including most of Will County)
IL-12: Mike Bost (Metro East suburbs of St. Louis)
IL-17: Esther Joy King (Quincy, Moline and much of western Illinois)
IN-01: Jennifer-Ruth Green (Northwest Indiana)
IA-02: Ashley Hinson (NE Iowa including Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Mason City)
IA-03: Zach Nunn (Des Moines and southern Iowa including Ottumwa)
KS-02: Jake LaTurner (Topeka, Pittsburg and much of eastern Kansas)
KS-03: Amanda Adkins (Kansas City area)
KY-06: Andy Barr (Lexington area)
MD-06: Neil Parrott (Western Maryland, northwest DMV suburbs)
MA-09: Jesse Brown (South Shore suburbs of Boston, Cape Cod and New Bedford)
MI-04: Bill Huizenga (Kalamazoo and SW Michigan) - potential retirement target
MI-07: Tom Barrett (Lansing to northwestern Detroit exurbs including Livingston County)
MI-08: Paul Junge (Flint and Mid-Michigan region)
MI-10: Mike MacDonald (Southern and central Macomb County, plus Rochester Hills in Oakland County)
MN-01: Brad Finstad (Southern Minnesota)
MN-02: Tyler Kistner (south Twin Cities suburbs) - potential Senate candidate
MN-08: Pete Stauber (northern Minnesota including Duluth) - potential Senate candidate
MO-02: Dean Plocher (western St. Louis suburbs)
MT-01: Ryan Zinke (western Montana including Missoula and Bozeman)
NE-01: Mike Flood (Lincoln and much of eastern Nebraska sans Omaha) - potential Senate candidate
NE-02: Don Bacon (Omaha and most suburbs)
NV-01: Mark Robertson (Las Vegas and southern Clark County including Henderson)
NV-02: Mark Amodei (Reno and northern Nevada)
NV-03: April Becker (Western Las Vegas suburbs including Summerlin)
NH-01: Matt Mowers (Manchester and Seacoast and Lakes regions) - potential gubernatorial or Senate candidate
NH-02: Bob Burns (Nashua, Keene and North Country region)
NJ-03: Bob Healey (Burlington County and inland parts of the Shore)
NJ-05: Christopher DePhillips (Northern Bergen and Passaic counties, other suburbs NW of New York City)
NJ-11: Tayfun Selen (Morris and western Essex County west of Newark)
NM-02: Yvette Herrell (southern New Mexico)
NM-03: Alexis Martinez Johnson (northern and eastern New Mexico)
NY-01: Nick LaLota (central and eastern Suffolk County including the Hamptons)
NY-02: Andrew Garbarino (South Shore areas on Long Island across Nassau and Suffolk counties)
NY-03: George Santos (North Shore areas on Long Island, as well as a northeast sliver of Queens)
NY-04: Anthony D'Esposito (SW Nassau County) - in the top of the pile for the Democrats
NY-17: Mike Lawler (Hudson Valley suburbs north of New York City including northern Westchester, Putnam and Rockland)
NY-18: Colin Schmitt (mid-Hudson Valley exurbs north of NYC including most of Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties)
NY-19: Marc Molinaro (southern Capital District area + Binghamton)
NY-22: Brandon Williams (Syracuse and Utica) - likely trial balloon for midsized and rural America
NC-06: Jon Hardister (Greensboro)
NC-08: Mark Walker (High Point, Fayetteville and rural and exurban areas in between)
NC-13: Bo Hines (southern Research Triangle suburbs)
OH-03: Mike Turner (Dayton and immediate suburbs, plus Middletown) - potential retirement or gubernatorial run
OH-05: Bob Latta (Toledo and surrounding northwest Ohio) - potential retirement
OH-10: Max Miller (Lorain and western Cleveland suburbs)
OH-15: Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (Akron and Canton)
OR-05: Lori Chavez-DeRemer (southeast Portland suburbs including most of Clackamas County, as well as Salem and Bend)
OR-06: Mike Erickson (southwest Portland suburbs and exurbs)
PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (Bucks and eastern sliver of Montgomery counties) - may retire or face primary challenge
PA-04: Todd Stephens (most of Montgomery and Berks counties)
PA-06: Guy Ciarrocchi (Chester County and Reading)
PA-07: Lisa Scheller (Lehigh Valley)
PA-10: Scott Perry (Harrisburg and York)
PA-17: Jeremy Shaffer (west and NW Pittsburgh suburbs)
RI-02: Allan Fung (southern Providence suburbs from Cranston southward)
TX-07: Pierce Bush (west and southwest Houston)
TX-15: Monica De La Cruz (Weslaco to eastern San Antonio suburbs)
TX-23: Tony Gonzales (western San Antonio suburbs, Del Rio, Big Bend region)
TX-27: Mayra Flores (west Corpus Christi, Victoria and McAllen)
TX-28: Cassy Garcia (Laredo and south San Antonio suburbs)
TX-34: Morgan Cisneros Graham (east Corpus Christi, Brownsville and Rockport)
VA-02: Jen Kiggans (Virginia Beach and south Hampton Roads region)
VA-05: Bob Good (Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville)
VA-07: Yesli Vega (exurban Northern Virginia)
WA-03: Joe Kent (southwest Washington including Vancouver)
WA-08: Matt Larkin (eastern Seattle suburbs, plus Wenatchee)
WI-01: Bryan Steil (southeast Wisconsin including Kenosha, Janesville and Racine)
WI-03: Derrick Van Orden (western Wisconsin including La Crosse and Eau Claire)

NRCC

AL-02: Kirk Hatcher (Montgomery, northern Mobile)
CA-06: Ami Bera (North Sacramento, Arden-Arcade area)
CA-25: Manuel Pérez (Coachella, El Centro)
CA-46: Lou Correa (Anaheim, Santa Ana)
CO-06: Jason Crow (Aurora, southwest Arapahoe County)
CT-04: Jim Himes (Fairfield County including Bridgeport)
DE-AL: Bryan Townsend
FL-09: Darren Soto (South Orlando, east Orange County and all of Osceola County)
FL-22: David Silvers (most of Palm Beach County)
FL-23: Jared Moskowitz (Boca Raton and northern Broward County) - might run for Governor
FL-25: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fort Lauderdale area) - potential retirement
GA-02: James Beverly (Albany, Columbus, Macon and SW Georgia)
GA-07: Lucy McBath (most of Gwinnett County) - potential candidate for Governor
IL-10: Brad Schneider (Chicago's North Shore suburbs from Waukegan down to Wilmette)
IA-01: Mike Matson (Southeast Iowa including Davenport, Iowa City and SE corner of Des Moines metro area)
KY-03: Morgan McGarvey (Louisville)
ME-01: Ethan Strimling (Portland and southern Maine)
MD-02: Johnny Olszewski (Northern Baltimore suburbs)
MD-03: Sarah Elfreth (Southern and western Baltimore suburbs)
MA-02: Joseph Early Jr. (Worcester area)
MI-03: Hillary Scholten (Grand Rapids)
MI-11: Haley Stevens (Southern and central Oakland County) - potential gubernatorial candidate
MN-03: Melisa Franzen (Western Twin Cities suburbs)
MS-02: Chuck Espy (Jackson and Delta region)
NV-04: Mo Denis (North Las Vegas and northern Clark County, plus central Nevada)
NJ-06: Frank Pallone (Jersey Shore region as well as much of Middlesex County) - likely retirement
NM-01: Melanie Stansbury (Albuquerque area)
NY-20: Phil Steck (Capitol District including Albany)
NY-25: Joe Morelle (Rochester)
NY-26: Brian Higgins (Buffalo and Niagara Falls) - potential retirement target
NC-01: Don Davis (northeastern North Carolina)
OH-01: John Cranley (Cincinnati)
OR-04: Chris Edwards (much of western Oregon outside Portland area including Eugene, Coos Bay and Corvallis)
PA-08: Matt Cartwright (most of NE Pennsylvania including Scranton and Wilkes-Barre)
PA-12: Summer Lee (Pittsburgh and eastern suburbs)
TX-32: Colin Allred (north Dallas and immediate suburbs) - potential candidate for Texas Attorney General
VA-04: Donald McEachin (Richmond and southside Virginia)
VA-10: Jennifer Wexton (western Northern Virginia suburbs of DMV including Loudoun County)
WA-02: Seth Fleetwood (northern Puget Sound region including Everett and Bellingham)
WA-06: Derek Kilmer (Western Washington outside of metro Seattle and Vancouver)

The list includes a number of suburban and working-class areas where DeSantis won by less than 10 percent, as well as potential retirement targets across the country that are expected to be at least somewhat competitive in an open seat race. Not much is expected though outside of the basic count of pickups in the House, due to the very fluid nature of congressional races; even though it is very unlikely that there will be Senators or DeSantis administration members who served in Congress beginning AFTER 2024, as it is virtually impossible to predict the complete outcome for every congressional seat and their potential incumbents beyond 2024. Remember that virtually no one heard of Dan Crenshaw other than being a recent college grad with a young wife who just sneaked into a GOP runoff in March 2018. Guess where he is now...

LOL at the RCCC targeting any districts. Although given the nature of this TL it's possible we won't see a House less than 300 Rs until President Loomer's second midterm in 2054.
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« Reply #79 on: September 12, 2022, 06:57:29 AM »
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Both the DCCC and the RCCC have a target list for who they deem are the most likely vulnerable seats; revisions will made, dependent on political realities.
With regards to the Governorship races, the situation is currently fluid.

Inasmuch that the ink has hardly dried on the certification documents on President DeSantis election and while the 2028 presidential election is still in the distance. However, many Democrats sizing up their prospects, with that in mind, it might be a useful exercise to handicap and review a potential Democratic field.

Kamala Harris: The party's nominee in last year's election, cannot be ruled out as possibility, and even if she lost in a landslide, and even if there are those, who will lay blame for the electoral disaster at her feet, she still commands the loyalty of many in her party. If Harris were to throw her hat into the ring. She might, as was the case with Adlai Stevenson in 1956, could be seeking a rematch. Nonetheless the former Vice President has not committed on either another presidential campaign or even a possible run for Governor of California.
Gavin Newsom,  the current Governor of California, is term limited, but cannot be ruled out as a possibility and given the fact he dinged then Governor DeSantis during the 2022 election cycle, he will be tempted to give it a shot, even if fellow Californian, Harris maybe in the mix.
Cory Booker sought the presidential nomination back in 2020, but came up short, he might see 2028 as his year.
Phil Murphy , who's tenure as Governor of New Jersey concludes in January of next year and he will have plenty of time to explore his chances.
Pete Buttigieg, tried for the party's nomination in 2020, but being Mayor of a small city (South Bend) in Indiana, didn't help, nor  did his age or the fact that he was gay. However his stint as Biden's Secretary of Transportation, gives him a claim on experience and the fact he oversaw the infrastructure efforts, ensures that he will be regarded as a serious contender, should he decide to run.
Amy Klobuchar, the former Senator from Minnesota, he ran for the party's presidential nomination in both 2020 and 2024, but her moment may have come and gone.
J.B. Pritzker, his tenure as Governor of Illinois has been deemed a success, he will hope to win the support of Obama.
Westley Moore, the Governor of Maryland, has Obama like qualities, and may hope to catch fire if he decides to run.
Andy Beshear,  the Governor of Kentucky, will be term-limited as of the 2027 off-year election cycle, just in time to throw his hat into the ring. He might have appeal in flyover country. So he can't be ruled out.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Congresswoman elected in 2018, she is regarded as the standard bearer of the Progressive wing of the party, may launch a run, but it is more likely to see election to the Senate, should  Chuck Schumer call it a day.
Other possibilities include Kathy Kochul, the Governor of New York, as well as Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, many will recall that he was the party's Vice presidential nominee last year.
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« Reply #80 on: September 12, 2022, 09:45:19 AM »
« Edited: September 12, 2022, 10:06:42 AM by 2016 »

Friday February 7th 2025
NBC NEWS AIRS MIDDAY SPECIAL REPORT AHEAD OF PRESIDENT DESANTIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM LATE THIS AFTERNOON TO NOMINATE BARBARA LAGOA AS HIS CHOICE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL; EXPERTS LIKE CHUCK TODD, ANDREA MITCHELL NICOLLE WALLACE & EUGENE ROBINSON WEIGH IN HOW THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DIVERSIFYING
Lester Holt: Good Afternoon! I am Lester Holt of NBC NEWS and welcome to this Special Report. 5 Days after former Texas Senator Ted Cruz withdrew his Nomination for Attorney General President Ron DeSantis is set to make a groundbreaking Announcement late this Afternoon to officially announce that he has tapped United States Court of Appeals Judge BARBARA LAGOA as his Choice for Attorney General.

Savannah Guthrie: Judge Lagoa would only be the 2nd Woman to occupy this Office after the late Janet Reno in the Clinton Administration. We have Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Nicolle Wallace and Eugene Robinson here with us to weigh in. Chuck, set the stage for us!

Chuck Todd: Lester, Savannah this feels big. However if you look at our Board who is already confirmed in the DeSantis' Administration is does set a Trend: Byron Donalds, Tim Scott, Carlos Gimenez and of course his Vice President Nikki Haley not to mention that Jeanette Nuñez & Winsome Sears took Governorships in Florida & Virginia. Todays Late Afternoon Announcement is probably the most consequential one since the he announced Haley as his Running Mate last Summer.
You know before we came on air here I stumbled accross a Clip from FOX NEWS and what Brit Hume said last Night. Watch:

(Clip from Brit Hume at FOX NEWS talking how the Republican Party is diversifying)

You know Lester, Savannah, God Bless him. He saw this happening waaay before we did last year and the Election Results speak for themselves. The Point he is making is that DeSantis is taking the Republican Party on a very different path then even Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush making it more dynamic & inclusive, bringing in more Minorities, etc. And I tell you what Lester: This will keep continueing until Democrats find a good answer to it. We basically have a National Border Crisis that hasn't been resolved and Voters especially in Hispanic Communities are fed up with this.

Lester Holt: Nicolle, you seem to want to jump in here?

Nicolle Wallace: To Chucks & for the matter Brit Humes Point: This is how we, Republicans, always wanted our Party to be, more diverse & inclusive. We had buoyers remorse when John McCain got only 33 % of the Hispanic Vote and Mitt Romney had only 27 %. Of Course then Donald Trump came and threw us some curveballs into our path but now DeSantis seems to have charted for us the right path forward and Judge Lagoa fits into this perfectly. Democrats ignored the warning signs when DeSantis tapped Haley as his Running Mate which was the first sign what could be coming and kept doing their thing. Guess what: They got burned for it!

Eugene Robinson: The Democratic Party has to refind themselves first before they can start an effective Opposition. Maybe it is time to reach out to those folks who voted for Andrew Yang & Adam Kinzinger last year particularly their Economic Platform which was very appealing to Voters. The thing is with his 6.5 % he got his "Forward Party" is now eligible in all 50 States since he crossed the 5 % threshold but no effort has been made.

Lester Holt: Thank You all and we will see you in a few hours.
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« Reply #81 on: September 12, 2022, 10:19:25 AM »

President Stanton & SaintStan86,
I actually have Annette Taddeo running and be confirmed as the new Florida Democratic State Party Chairwoman since Manny Diaz flubbed everything so badly. They have to rebuilt their State Party before they can muster an effectiv challenge to Nuñez and other Florida Statewide Officeholders.
Therefore I have Debbie Mucarsel-Powell running in the FL-28 Special Election.
Florida Republicans have currently a 498,000 Registration Avantage at the beginning of 2025.
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« Reply #82 on: September 12, 2022, 10:41:05 AM »

Here's what I'm thinking as far as elections:

2028: DeSantis def. Ocasio-Cortez, 535-3
2032: Haley def. Ramirez-Rosa, 535-3 (CA loses 15 EVs for being socialist)
2036: Haley def. Fried, 475-63
2040: Loomer def. Crist, 472-66
2044: Loomer def. Harris, 468-70
2048: Gallagher def. Emhoff, 428-110
2052: Gallagher def. Tliab, 417-121
2056: Gallagher def. Pressley, 398-140
2060: Gallagher def. Ramirez-Rosa, 372-166

As far as laws:
-Total immigration ban
-Total abortion ban
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« Reply #83 on: September 12, 2022, 12:30:43 PM »
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Saturday, February 8 2025
CNN NEWS ALERT
"Hello to our viewer's here in the United States and from around the world, this is Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room: The White House has announced that Secretary of State, Robert O'Brien will be visiting Poland, Ukraine, before flying to Turkey and Israel: The White House stated that Secretary of State, O'Brien will be visiting Poland for a NATO meeting and then will visit Ukraine, then will make a brief stopover in Turkey, before travelling to Israel. This developing story comes on the heels of the other big news story, in which yesterday President DeSantis announced his choice for Attorney General. It appears from what we're hearing and what Kaitlin Collins is reporting. We're going over to the White House, where we have Kaitlin Collins standing by, Kaitlin, what are you hearing?
Collins: Wolf, from what I have so far been told, is that the DeSantis administration wants to kick-start the peace process and get Israel and the Palestinians along with other interested parties around the table, talking instead of shooting at each other. However, Wolf, from what I was told earlier, that O'Brien during the upcoming NATO meeting in Warsaw, will be brought up to speed on the importance of supporting Ukraine in its ongoing war with Russia.  It is important to add, that the DeSantis administration had expressed reservations on the issue of funding Ukrainian military operations. Wolf back to you.
Blitzer: Thank you Kaitlin. I have with me, in the Situation Room, Scott Jennings, Kirsten Powers and David Urban, welcome to the Situation Room. Before we go to the upcoming trip, let's discuss the other big story of the week, the nomination of Barbara Lagoa as Attorney General, why is this such a big thing? Kirsten, your thoughts.
Powers: I think it's not just the fact that Barbara Lagoa is a woman, her ethnic background and being a Cuban-Hispanic tells us so much about why the President decided to go with her,  but not only that, her legal credentials are beyond reproach and this indicates that DeSantis is not just looking towards next year's midterms, but has his eye very firmly on 2028, the Lagoa nomination tells us that.
Blitzer: Scott? You want to jump in?
Jennings: Yeah, you can't underestimate what the Lagoa nomination has done to the political conversation! How can anyone, even Democrats say anything, that isn't complimentary about Lagoa? Their silence so far, indicates how much worse their political problems have become, it should also be noted that the Senate majority leader, Senator Cornyn has said, and I will quote the following, "This nomination will be fast tracked and Barbara Lagoa will be our next Attorney General within the next week". You contrast these words with the pushback that Cornyn allowed to develop during the Cruz hearings"
Blitzer: David your thoughts?
Urban: Wolf, this President continues to outmaneuver Democrats at every step and they know it and if they are not careful, things could get worse if things keep on going the way they have. The Lagoa situation is just another manifestation of  what is becoming a bigger problem for Democrats. What is worse, is that the President doesn't telegraph he will appoint a woman or a Hispanic before doing so, he just allows the appointment to speak for itself. You contrast this with how Democrats make appointments, as was the case with Joe Biden five years ago saying he'd select a woman to be his Vice President, I think it sent a terrible message, but you still have that party accusing the President of engaging in tokenism!
I think the appointment of Lagoa, is that this President putting Democrats on notice, and saying to them, DON'T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED!
Blitzer: Thank you everyone, the other story that we are covering here at CNN, is the upcoming O'Brien trip, but before that, we will take a break.
(Commercial break), I flick over to Fox News, another Commercial break.
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« Reply #84 on: September 12, 2022, 02:03:25 PM »
« Edited: September 15, 2022, 06:46:01 PM by 2016 »

Updated Post with more Nominations now confirmed

60TH PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION
CABINET CONFIRMATIONS

ROBERT CHARLES O'BRIEN as Secretary of State (confirmed via proforma Voice Vote)

KENNETH BRAITHWAITE as Secretary of Defense (confirmed via proforma Voice Vote)

DAVID HAROLD MCCORMICK as Secretary of the Treasury (confirmed via proforma Voice Vote)

All 3 Individuals were confirmed because of a Deal that had been struck between Republican Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn of Texas & Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles "Chuck" Schumer of New York before President DeSantis took Office on Monday, January 20th at Noon.
O'Brien, Braithwaite & McCormick were sworn into Office on the Morning of Tuesday, January 21st by Vice President Nikki Haley.
White House Chief of Staff Byron Lowell Donalds & National Security Advisor Dina Habib Powell-McCormick took the Oath of Office that same Day.


BRIAN JEFFERY MAST as Secretary of Veterans Affairs (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 75-25; Summitted Resignation to the Speaker of the House Monday, January 27th 2025)

CARLOS ANTONIO GIMENEZ as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 82-18; Summitted Resignation to the Speaker of the House Monday, January 27th 2025)

Vice President Nikki Haley once again administered the Oath of Office for both, Mast & Gimenez during the Afternoon Hours of Monday, January 27th 2025 after both House Members summitted their Resignations in the Morning.

The next Confirmation Roll Call Votes will be for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to be Secretary of Commerce and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse to be Secretary of Education. The Senate will likely to vote during the Senate Business Hours on Tuesday, January 28th 2022 or Wednesday, January 29th 2022 as Senate Majority Leader Cornyn has already filled for Cloture.

GLENN ALLEN YOUNGKIN as Secretary of the Department of Commerce (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 85-15; Resigned as 74th Governor of Virginia on Thursday January 30th 2025; Sworn in as Secretary of Commerce Friday January 31st 2025)

BENJAMIN ERIC SASSE as Secretary of the Department of Education (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 83-16; Summitted Resignation to the Senate Thursday January 30th 2025; Sworn in as Secretary of Education Friday January 31st 2025)

JON MAEDE HUNTSMAN as Secretary of the Department of Energy (confirmed via proforma Voice Vote; Sworn in Secretary of Energy Friday February 7th 2025)

TIMOTHY EUGENE SCOTT as Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development (confirmed via proforma Voice Vote; Summitted Resignation to the Senate Thursday February 6th 2025; Sworn in as Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Friday February 7th 2025)

CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS STEWART as Director of National Intelligence (confirmed via proforma Voice Vote; Summitted Resignation to the Speaker of the House Thursday February 6th 2025; Sworn in as Director of National Intelligence Friday February 7th 2025)

NICOLE ROBILOTTO NASON as Secretary of the Department of Transportation (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 66-33; Sworn in as Secretary of Transportation Friday February 7th 2025)

In another Deal reached between Majority Leader Cornyn & Minority Leader Schumer 3 more of President DeSantis Cabinet Nominations were confirmed on Thursday, February 6th 2025 by a proforma Vote: Jon Meade Huntsman as Secretary of Energy, Timothy Eugene Scott as Secretary of Housing & Urban Development & Christopher Douglas Stewart as Director of National Intelligence. The Senate conducted one Roll Call Vote and confirmed Nicole Robilotto Nason as Secretary of Transportation with a 66-33 Vote.

JOHN LEE RATCLIFFE as Director of Central Intelligence Agency (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 71-27;Sworn in as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Wednesday February 12th 2025)

Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn of Texas has indicated that at least 4 more Votes will be taken next week for the Nomination of Interior, Health & Human Services, Agriculture and the Environment Protection Agency.

KRISTI LYNN NOEM as Secretary of the Department of the Interior (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 58-42; Sworn in as Secretary of the Interior Friday February 14th 2025)

BENJAMIN SOLOMON CARSON SR as Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 67-33;)

RYAN FRANCIS QUARLES as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 76-24;)

ERIC EIKENBERG as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (confirmed via Senate Roll Call Vote 70-30;)

The Week from Monday, February 17th to Friday February 21st 2025 will likely be the Final Week where the Final DeSantis' Cabinet Confirmation Votes will take place.

Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn has scheduled Votes for the Department of Labor, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the Director of the Office of Management & Budget, the U. S. Trade Representative as well as the Chair of the Council of Econmic Advisors and the the Director of the Office of Science & Tech Policy with potentially either the Vote for Attorney General or Ambassador to the United Nations being the Final ones.

P. S. Getting near the end now!
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« Reply #85 on: September 12, 2022, 03:12:26 PM »
« Edited: September 13, 2022, 10:50:46 PM by 2016 »

Friday 7th February 2025 Late Afternoon/Early Evening
NBC NEWS AIRS A SPECIAL REPORT AGAIN....
NBC BREAKING NEWS
PRESIDENT DESANTIS OFFICIALLY NOMINATES UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE FOR THE 11TH DISTRICT BARBARA LAGOA AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Lester Holt: I am Lester Holt and welcome back to another Special Report today. What you are currently seeing is a Picture Shot from the White House East Room where President DeSantis is about to officially announce Judge Barbara Lagoa as his choice for Attorney General. Before the President, the Vice President and Judge Lagoa and her Family comes out let's go quickly to our Chief White House Correspondent Kristen Welker. Kristen!

Kristen Welker: Thanks Lester! Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn just announced that this Nomination will be fast-tracked and he expects a Confirmation Vote before President DeSantis gives his Speech before a Joint Session of Congress later this month. They are about to come out so let's listen in.


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President DeSantis, Vice President Haley and Judge Barbara Lagoa come out of the Door and enter the White House East Room.

President Ron DeSantis: Distinguished Guests, Members of the Media, Members of Congress and my fellow Americans I am here today to announce who will our Attorney General during my Presidency. It's a Woman who has impeccable credentials, a brillant legal mind and an incredible skill set. I've asked Judge BARBARA LAGOA as Attorney General of the United States of America.

Judge Barbara Lagoa: Mr. President, thank you for giving me this Opportunity to serve in your Administration and serve the people of this great Country of ours. I humbly & gratefully accept your Nomination as Attorney General of the United States of America.
Maam Vice President, Members of the Media, Members of Congress and all the people of this great Country being Attorney General bears huge responsibility but the Attorney General is not the Presidents personal Lawyer. For too long previous Administrations, Republicans & Democrats alike, have used the Department of Justice for their own Politcal Gain and have weaponized it. This is about to end. A Chief Law Enforcement Officer of this Country should not be used for Politcal Gain. Over the course of the last six years I have had the privilige to serve as Justice on the Florida State Supreme Court and as Judge on the Federal Bench and my uttomost desire is to restore trust in this Department. The American People need to know when this Department does something is does it right and it's not used for a politcal outmaneuvering. Thank You!


The Media takes some Pictures before DeSantis, Haley and Lagoa leave the East Room again.

Lester Holt: Chuck, your reaction to this now?

Chuck Todd: I think Judge Lagoa hit all the Points here. The DoJ has been badly damaged over the last four to six years and it's important to restore trust to the American People.

Lester Holt: That concludes our Special Report.

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« Reply #86 on: September 12, 2022, 04:39:47 PM »
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Senate Minority Leader,  Chuck Schumer(D.-New York), Applauds Lagoa nomination.[/i][/b]
In remarks before a press gaggle outside his office, the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer offered up a few remarks, "I must commend President DeSantis on his selection of not only someone who is hispanic, but also woman to be Attorney General!"
Unidentified Reporter: Senator, have you anything to say, regarding Judge Lagoa's qualifications or her judicial record?
Schumer: I will get back to you on that.

Later that evening on Hannity
Sean Hannity: I wouldn't have believed it, unless I heard it folks, but there you have it! All Schumer had to say about Judge Lagoa's nomination, was her ethnicity and her gender. This is it folks, all Democrats care about is gender or ethnicity and little else, and they wonder why they lost big-time! Well when you have Schumer commenting on our next Attorney General's ethnicity and gender and little else, Democrats haven't learned anything! Next up, what is Dennis Miller's take Schumer's remarks and now that Kamala Harris is living in Montecito, how does she get on with the neigbors? We will be right back after this! (Commercial break).
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« Reply #87 on: September 13, 2022, 04:02:25 AM »
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Monday, February 10, 2025

DeSantis polling holding steady; Lagoa appointment winning positive reviews from Senator's as she does the rounds on Capitol HillWith the controversy surrounding the Cruz nomination almost forgotten, and the positive vibes surrounding thr nomination of Barbara Lagoa as Attorney General, DeSantis's polling average is remaining stable, and has even ticked up in recent day's. Over the weekend on the various Sunday morning news shows, the main topic of conversation was Barbara Lagoa, on ABC's This Week, hosted by George Stephanoupolos and Chris Christie, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, said the Lagoa nomination "Is a game changer", while over on NBC's Meet The Press,  hosted by Chuck Todd, two Senator's engaged in a verbal sparring match, Senator's  Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, raised concerns on Lagoa's position on Abortion, however Senator Michele Tafoya of Minnesota, suggested that Democrats seemed to be "One trick ponies, focusing on the abstracts, if it's not Abortion,  it's guns with you bunch!"
The White House is expected to unveil a laundry list of items that the President will speak about in his upcoming speech to congress in over two weeks time.
Republican's are expected to hold Florida-19, Florida-21, but Florida-28 could be the most competitive in elections scheduled for April 22.
At NATO meeting in Warsaw, Poland, Secretary of State, Robert O'Brien has reiterated continuing support for Ukraine, in its continuing struggle to eject Russia from that country.
British Prime Minister, Liz Truss will visit Washington on March 3.
JOHN RATCLIFFE,  confirmed as Director of the CIA (71 Aye, 27 Nay).
Ratcliffe,  tendered his resignation as Congressman from Texas 5th congressional district. Governor Greg Abbott has scheduled a Special election for the vacant house for April 12.
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« Reply #88 on: September 13, 2022, 08:24:43 AM »
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Sunday February 9th 2025
SUNDAY SHOWS: UNSURPRISINGLY MUCH OF IT WAS CENTERED AROUND THE NOMINATION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE UPCOMING NATO MEETING IN WARSAW, POLAND ATTENDED BY SECRETARY OF STATE ROBERT O'BRIEN; ON NBC MTP MODERATOR CHUCK TODD UNVEILED THE FIRST NBC NEWS POLL SINCE PRESIDENT DESANTIS TOOK OFFICE ON JANUARY 20TH
One of the Panelists on NBC said quote:"You know who the most important Person is besides the President when it comes to Foreign Policy Chuck: His Vice President Nikki Haley. DeSantis is not born Foreign Policy Hawk like for example George W. Bush was but he has surrounded himself with good people. Particularly Nikki Haley I expect is someone who will shape the White House Foreign Policy in a big time way at least for the first two years. She did this when she was UN-Ambassador under Trump and the former President really nominated an inexperienced guy like Rex Tillerson."
Chuck Todd on the NBC NEWS POLL: President DeSantis Job Approval 65 % (that's a healthy Number); Congressional Job Approval: 45 % (still negative but it's ticking upward from the bottom we saw in 2022); 55 % of Respondents say Country needs to move past the 2020 Election Controversy and the subsequent January 6th 2021 Insurrection. Only 38 % have a favorable Opinion of Ted Cruz (that tells us pretty much why he could not get confirmed as AG); However 73 % have a favorable Opinion of President DeSantis 2nd Choice for AG Barbara Lagoa (that's impressive). Overall 58 % have a favorable Opinion how DeSantis Cabinet Nominations have been handled; When it comes to Policy 63 % want the Border Crisis to be resolved, 77 % Approve of the Presidents Executive Order to cancel all COVID-19 Restrictions, 80 % are scared of the Nations National Depth and 60 % wanted a National Balanced Budget Amendment (that's the highest we've seen when we asked this Question). Republicans enjoying a 46-39 Advantage on the Question who should control Congress after 2022 at this very early stage.
Todd quipped: Once President DeSantis Cabinet is confirmed and after the Presidents Speech before a Joint Session of Congress I expect the House & Senate to make some big moves to resolve these Issues. The Border & Balanced Budget were two of the Centerpieces of the DeSantis 2024 Campaign.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY with Shannon Bream had former Judiciary Chairman, South Carolina Lindsey Graham on the Show where he said he was very impressed with the Selection of Barbara Lagoa as Attorney General and he expects an easy Confirmation for her at some Point next week. Bream mentioned that quote "You got a new Senate Colleague in your Home State to be sworn in next week". Graham said: "Yes, I know Shannon very exiting. I've know Catherine a very long time when she was serving in the Administration of our Vice President then Governor Nikki Haley. She will be a fantastic Senator for South Carolinians". When asked about his own Race in 2026 Graham said "We'll see. I haven't made a Decision on that yet."
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« Reply #89 on: September 13, 2022, 09:15:45 AM »
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Monday February 10th 2025
THE SENATE CONFIRMED CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEE RATCLIFFE AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BY A 71-27 ROLL CALL VOTE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE LAGOA MAKES HER ROUNDS ON CAPITOL HILL AHEAD OF HER SENATE HEARING; CORNYN ANNOUNCES THAT APPOINTED SENATORS TEMPLETON & HEINEMAN WILL BE SWORN IN TOMORROW MORNING
Today the Senate confirmed Congressman John Lee Ratcliffe of Texas as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by a vote of 71-27. Since Ratcliffe did not take his Seat when Congress reconvened in January Texas Governor Greg Abbott already was able to issue a Special Election on April 12th with a Runoff potentially in May (should no one reach 50 %) and a likely Special General Election in June.
DeSantis Appointee for Attorney General Barbara Lagoa made the rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of her Confirmation Hearing next week and was generally well received on both sides of the aisle.
Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn announced that appointed Senators Catherine Templeton (R-South Carolina) & Dave Heineman (R-Nebraska) will be Sworn-In tomorrow morning. When asked by CNN's Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju why the rush Majority Whip John Thune quipped: "We expect some contentious Senate Votes this week so we need all hands on deck. We scheduled the more easy confirmation Votes first as you can see in the Nominees that have been already confirmed." When pressed who are the more contentious Votes Cornyn & Thune stayed mum.
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« Reply #90 on: September 13, 2022, 10:14:49 AM »
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2025: LAGOA CONFIRMATION HEARINGS WILL COMMENCE ON EITHER MONDAY OR TUESDAY NEXT WEEK, ACCORDING  TO STATEMENT RELEASED BY OFFICE OF THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER.
The Senate majority leader,John Cornyn, released a statement, which announced that Judge Lagoa's confirmation hearing  as Attorney General, will commence next week, the statement issued by Cornyn's office, read as follows, "Confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Barbara Lagoa  to be the nation's eighty-seventh Attorney General, will commence on either Monday or Tuesday of next week, the hope is that Judge Lagoa will win a speedy and expeditious confirmation as soon as possible".

OFFICE OF FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, RELEASE STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE DATE OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. The office of the nation's 44th President has announced the date of the opening of the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Center, on March 23, 2025, which is the 15th Anniversary of his signing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The former President's office, confirmed that invitations have been extended to all the President's, past and present.
 President DeSantis during a press conference, discussing problems surrounding Cruz nomination.
 DeSantis, speaks via phone inviting Judge Barbara Lagoa to serve as Attorney General.
 Oval office as it will be under President DeSantis; note the rug is the same used by Reagan and Trump.
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« Reply #91 on: September 13, 2022, 12:33:55 PM »
« Edited: October 11, 2022, 06:47:52 PM by 2016 »

CAMPAIGN NEWS 2025/2026
FLORIDA
STATE PARTY LEADERS CONFIRMED: THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC STATE PARTY CONFIRMED THAT IT HAS SELECTED FORMER STATE SENATOR & CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ANNETTE TADDEO TO REPLACE OUTGOING STATE PARTY CHAIR MANNY DIAZ WHILE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER WILL TAKE OVER THE REIGNS FROM JOE GRUTERS WHO TOOK A JOB IN THE DESANTIS ADMINISTRATION
State Parties in the Sunshine State, the Home State of President DeSantis confirmed to various local News Outlets around the State that they have selected their new State Party Leaders for at least the next 2 Years after Central Cmte Vote took place over the weekend. Democrats selected former State Senator, Congressional Candidate & 2014' Running Mate of Gubernatorial Nominee Charlie Crist ANNETTE TADDEO as State Party Chairwoman. Taddeo accepting her new Post said: "It's more important right now to rebuild the Florida Democratic State Party" after enduring heavy defeats in 2022 & 2024 then to run for Congress (Taddeo was mentioned as a Candidate for the now Vacant Congressional Seat formerly held by current Homeland Security Secretary Carlos Gimenez).
On the Republican Side Republican State Party Vice Chair CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER took over the reigns from JOE GRUTERS who took a Job in the White House West Wing. Ziegler accepting his new Post said:"I will do everything in my Power to protect President DeSantis legacy in his Home State when he was Governor here and we will work as hard to keep Florida RED in 2026". This comes on the heels of the Florida Divisions of Elections showing Republicans with a 498,000 Voter Registration Advantage over Democrats which might explain the 13-Point Victory DeSantis had during the 2024 Presidential Election in FLORIDA.

VIRGINIA
CONGRESSWOMAN JENNIFER WEXTON & CONGRESSMAN DONALD MCEACHIN LAUNCH GUBERNATORIAL BIDS TO UNSEAT GOVERNOR WINSOME SEARS
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D VA-10) and Rep. Donald McEachin (D VA-4) launched Bids to unseat newly sworn in Governor Winsome Sears in this years Gubernatorial Race which could become a very expensive one. Virginia was a microscope of the struggles the Democratic Party endured during the Biden Presidency. In 2021 a relative unknown Glenn Youngkin managed to beat former Governor Terry McAuliffe riding Winsome Sears, then a Lieutenant Governor Candidate and Jason Miyares, then a Candidate for Virginia Attorney General to victory. In 2022, with no Statewide Race on the Ballot and Turnout relativly low Democrats lost two Virginia House Districts (In the 2nd District Jen Kiggans beat Rep. Elaine Luria & in VA-7 little known Yesli Vega beat Rep. Abigail Spanberger). On top of that Republican Presidential Nominee, now President Ron DeSantis managed to win the Commonwealths' 13 Electoral Votes during the 2024 Presidential Election for the first time since George W. Bush in 2004 and in one of the biggest shocks of Election Night 2024 2017 Virginia Lieutenant Governor Nominee Jill Vogel managed to beat 2-Term Incumbent Senator, '2016 Vice Presidential Nominee & former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.
In the Aftermath National Democratic Party Leaders ripped then Vice President Kamala Harris for barely campaigning in the Commonwealth while National Republican Party Leaders drew similarities to Wisconsin' 2016 when then Speaker of the House Paul Ryan & then Governor Scott Walker managed to win the States' 10 Electoral Votes for then Candidate Donald Trump.
"This was all about Glenn Youngkin and the Machinery he built up after becoming Governor".
Virginia State Party Officials vowed to rebuild VIRGINIA.

SPECIAL ELECTIONS SET FOR 2025

FLORIDA-19 (Primary March 18/General: April 22)
FLORIDA-21 (Primary March 18/General April 22)
FLORIDA-22 (Primary March 18/General April 22)
TEXAS-5 (Primary April 15/Runoff & General TBD)
UTAH-2 (Yet to be Scheduled)

NEW JERSEY, VIRGINIA PRIMARIES SET FOR 2025

NEW JERSEY (Primary June 10/General November 4)
VIRGINIA (Primary June 10/General November 4)
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« Reply #92 on: September 13, 2022, 12:52:36 PM »

Nice work except I shall mention that Ratcliffe refused to take his seat in the House upon being nominated to lead the CIA. I will also go on a limb and say that former Rep. Lance Gooden will be running for his old congressional seat that Ratcliffe had just won. In other words, it will be like nothing ever happened.

Also, another important milestone to note is that President DeSantis has called his agenda "100 Days of Freedom" which concludes April 30, 2025.

As for the special elections, I shall mention that most anyone who ran against Byron Donalds in FL-19 would be a prime candidate for that seat, provided that they still live there. I know for one former State House Majority Leader Dane Eagle, who finished just behind Donalds and went on to work in the DeSantis administration I'm told, is from Cape Coral which is in FL-19. Other cities include Fort Myers, Naples, Estero, Bonita Springs, Marco Island and Sanibel. That district should be a slam dunk for the GOP.

FL-21 seems a little bit more complicated, the Democratic establishment having been a bit more established in years past before the collapse of the very infamous Tim Mahoney, who himself beat the even more infamous Mark Foley and which couldn't even salvage Allen West's career. All of St. Lucie and Martin counties are in here along with Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and some rather swampy (as in geographically swampy, NOT politically) northern sections of Palm Beach County. Not in FL-21? Mar-a-Lago. That's in FL-22...Sad!

FL-28 is perhaps the most complicated for sure. Monroe County is the only consistent portion - as it includes all of the Florida Keys and the very bottom of the Everglades. The Miami-Dade portion stretches from Florida International University and Miami's western suburbs west of Florida's Turnpike - Sweetwater, Miccosukee and Tamiami come to mind, down to Homestead, Cutler Ridge and Florida City, as well as an Air Reserve Base. The southern portion is certainly more Democratic than the rest of the district, though the Keys have an independent streak all to themselves.

As for the other special elections, there is going to be intense pressure on Pete Ricketts to enter the Nebraska Senate race to replace Ben Sasse, Lance Gooden (as aforementioned) is the overwhelming favorite to return to Congress in TX-05, and UT-02 will pit Salt Lake City and its northern suburbs against St. George - an arguably more (especially socially) conservative part of the state that is closer to Las Vegas than the Mormon Temple.

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« Reply #93 on: September 13, 2022, 12:59:25 PM »

@SaintStan86,
I think PRESIDENT STANTON has Dan Eagle being selected as Lt. Gov in FL.
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« Reply #94 on: September 13, 2022, 04:10:04 PM »
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FRANK LUNTZ POLLING, PRETTY MUCH MIRRORS THE POLLING FIGURES ON THE DATA DOWNLOAD SEGMENT OF MTP. However Luntz's extensive polling results indicates, some troubling news for Democrats. Luntz stated, "Democrats are currently occupying a policy vacuum and don't seem to have any kind of coherent initiatives in which they can compete with Republican's, the Balance Budget Amendment and the Border issue from the perspective of the voter's makes sense. Plus, the fact, is that DeSantis's polling indicates he's in a very strong position to get most, if not all of his agenda passed by April 30, which will be the 100 day mark of his administration. This could be the productive period of action for a President since LBJ's Great Society salad day's".
When pressed by Bret Baier, the host of Special Report, on Fox News, what did Luntz's focus groups attribute to DeSantis's unprecedented success so far? Luntz's response was telling, "His can-do optimism, as well as his straight-talking candor! It's these qualities that voter's seem to appreciate...". As for Luntz's bad news for Democrats, "If anything, DeSantis's support amongst rank and file Democrats has only grown since the election day figures, so any Democrat with presidential ambitions,  will have to figure a way to win back these voter's, or the exodus is only gonna continue".
Asked about the polling on MTP, as well as Luntz's findings, DNC chairman,  Tim Ryan, dismissed the results as a "...mere flash in the pan snapshot, I don't believe that these numbers will last...but if they, we will need to have a re-think!".  The White House,  was asked to comment on the latest polling, Communications Director Christina Pushaw,  remarked "We are encouraged and it means, that the American people recognize that the administration and Congress are doing the job that we were sent to do! Bottom line, we are encouraged!"
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« Reply #95 on: September 13, 2022, 06:12:44 PM »
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Tuesday February 11th 2025
TEMPLETON, HEINEMAN SWORN IN AS NEW SENATORS; SENATOR RUBIO SHUTS DOWN DEMOCRATIC COUNTERPART IN CONTENTIOUS HEARING FOR UN-AMBASSADOR RIC GRENELL; VOTE TO CONFIRM KRISTI NOEM AS SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO BE TAKEN TONIGHT PER MAJORITY LEADERS OFFICE
Appointed Senators Catherine Templeton & Dave Heineman were sworn in as Senators this Morning by Vice President Nikki Haley. Particularly for Templeton who was flanked on the right by Senator Lindsey Graham and on the left by new HUD Secretary Tim Scott (who came over to watch her swearing-in Ceremony), it marked a Special Moment having served under Haleys tutelage when Haley was Governor of South Carolina all those years ago.
In her first floor speech as a Senator around Midday Templeton paid an emotional tribute to her Predecessor Tim Scott, who was the first Republican African-American Senator from the South since Reconstruction. Templeton remarked "His Legacy within these walls will never be forgotten and we all have big shoes to fill to fill that void he left behind".
Meanwhile Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who is a Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Cmte. had a contentious exchange with one of his Democratic Counterparts in the Senate Hearing to confirm Ric Grenell as Ambassador to the United Nations:"It seems you haven't gotten the Memo Senator. Voters are tired of hearing about the 2020 Election. They have moved on from citing the 55 % in the NBC Poll released Sunday. I will not let you derail this Man's life".
The Office of Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn released a Statement after lunch saying "The Vote to confirm South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as Secretary of the Interior will be held tonight". Both, Cornyn & Senate Majority Whip John Thune are confident Noem will be confirmed however the cited that there could be some defections. With Templeton & Heineman sworn in Republicans have 65 Votes so technically they have 15 to spare. Vice President Haley will be presiding over that vote just in case there is a tie which Cornyn & Thune don't expect they will have.
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« Reply #96 on: September 13, 2022, 06:37:55 PM »
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Obviously Democrats are attempting to create discord, but it says everything when Rubio , isn't tolerating any kind of nonsense. Maybe Democrats haven't gotten the memo yet, they should ask for it and read it carefully, because it's like they don't understand the math yet.  Just hope that Republicans don't do to Democrats what that party did to the GOP , whilst they controlled things! Well not too much.
WHITE HOUSE HAS CONFIRMED THAT PRESIDENT DESANTIS,  ALONG WITH THE FIRST LADY, HAVE GRACIOUSLY ACCEPTED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INVITATION TO ATTEND OPENING OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. THE OFFICES OF FORMER PRESIDENT'S CLINTON, BUSH AND BIDEN HAVE ALSO CORDIALLY ACCEPTED THE INVITATION: NO WORD ON FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PLAN'S .
However if all four former President's  join both Obama  and President DeSantis at the event, it will mean that there will be six President's past and present in attendance, the greatest number since 2009, at which President Obama's and his three predecessor's gathered in the Oval office.
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« Reply #97 on: September 13, 2022, 09:38:38 PM »

While I largely am serving as a "consultant" on this TL given my earnest, successful attempt at a complete TL was achieved through the OG Blank Canvas, I am also going to provide some direction as well to speed this thing along as well. The special election prospects are just one example...

Potential Candidates for Special Elections:

FL-19 (primary 3/18, general 4/22): This has been a rather transient seat the last several cycles, especially since Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV - also known as Connie Mack IV - left it to run for the Senate against now-NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in 2012. Former State House Majority Leader Dane Eagle (who narrowly finished second behind Donalds in 2020) is now Gov. Jeanette Nuñez's Lieutenant Governor and unlikely to pursue the seat after such a sudden appointment to a higher-profile post. Wealthy businessman Casey Askar, who finished a very close third with 20 percent behind Donalds (22.6) and Eagle (21.9) in 2020, has already declared along with urologist William Figlesthaler who got 18.3 percent in that same 2020 primary - one that proved to be so nasty that Askar has even sued his past opponents following the primary, particularly due to Figlesthaler's comments (including even a false rumor that Donalds had dropped out).

Former Rep. Curt Clawson, a one-time potential Senate contender in 2016 - when Sen. Marco Rubio was running for President and then-Rep. Ron DeSantis was himself running for Rubio's Senate seat - who ultimately decided not to seek reelection after just one and a quarter terms to support his widowed father (who has since passed away), has already declared for the seat as well and stressed the importance of "electing a common sense, big-tent conservative in the tradition of President Ron DeSantis to serve the people of Southwest Florida". Clawson is well-off and leisurely but not one to throw money away - like many in this district - and is also a former Purdue basketball player under the legendary Gene Keady.

Outside of past contenders for this Republican slice of paradise in southwest Florida, current electeds here include State Sen. Ray Rodrigues, State Reps. Mike Giallombardo and Jenna Persons, and former Sanibel Councilman and South Florida Water Management District Chairman Chauncey Goss, whose father Porter Goss once represented this same area in Congress from 1989 until his 2004 appointment to head the CIA under George W. Bush. Even Connie Mack IV - whose father Connie Mack III held the same seat from 1983 until his 1988 election to the U.S. Senate, and who himself succeeded the elder Goss in 2005 - has a potential congressional heir in the pipeline in Connie Mack V.

The prospect of a nepotistic successor in the district (most certainly regarding Mack, but also Goss as well) has led to the recent launch of a super PAC, aptly titled "F**k Nepotism PAC", with a mailing address linked to a large post office box in Fort Myers and a Change.org petition calling for the FEC to allow a PAC with such an obscene title to be registered (accompanied with an ad campaign both on YouTube and on TV in the district narrated with distorted voices and deepfakes, with such claims as (in distorted voice) "If you believe this seat belongs to the people and not a bunch of spoiled brats, then sign is. If you don't believe so, then stop calling yourself a 'conservative Republican'"). No clues exist as to who the source of this PAC is

As for the Democratic chances of a pickup here? Not very likely. The district has long been amongst the safest Republican locales from Ronald Reagan through the Bushes to Donald Trump and favorite son DeSantis, and the prospect of a Democrat winning this seat would make anyone who bets on that prospect - dare I say - filthy rich.

FL-21 (primary 3/18, general 4/22): Democrats looking for a YUGE upset will find better luck here in this Treasure Coast district that covers St. Lucie and Martin counties, as well as northern Palm Beach County. DeSantis won a majority here in 2024, and Donald Trump, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush all won majorities here in the low 50s. It has only voted once for a Democrat - Barack Obama in 2008 - when Florida was in a death spiral and its GOP standard bearer was a silver-haired slickster named Charlie Crist. Two former state legislators - former State Rep. MaryLynn Magar and former State Senate President Joe Negron, the latter of whom lost a 2006 bid to replace disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley to Democrat Tim Mahoney (who himself faced his own personal scandal of extramarital affairs and paid-off mistresses that cost him his reelection in 2008) - have declared their intentions to run to succeed Mast.

Tom Rooney, the Republican who beat Mahoney in 2008 and served five terms in the House, has not indicated whether or not he will run again. Neither has former Rep. Allen West, who is still registered to vote in Texas where he recently served as state GOP Chairman, but once sought this seat in 2012 after redistricting complicated his reelection efforts further south in a Boca Raton-based district that year, or former Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who defeated West in 2012 and held the seat for two terms before making an ill-fated run for the Senate against Marco Rubio in 2016. While this is a relatively competitive district on paper that likely gave DeSantis 55+ percent of the vote, a Democratic upset is definitely not out of the woods here - at least compared to FL-19.

FL-28 (primary 3/18, general 4/22): This is the one Democratic prospect for a pickup out of the five House specials. There is no shortage of high-profile Republicans in Miami-Dade west of Florida's Turnpike and in the Keys who would like to chomp at the bit for this seat. All thing said, State Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez appears to have cleared the deck for the GOP, but former Rep. and 2024 nominee Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, former State Rep. Robert Asencio (who himself ran against Giménez in 2022) and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne McGhee will duke it out for the Democrats.

TX-05 (primary 4/12): Gov. Greg Abbott - who is primarily focused on tying loose ends in the Texas Legislature and securing conservative goals, while also being clearly on the fence about his future with term limits set to finally be passed by the Lege (whose committees are now 100% controlled by Republicans) in Austin - has scheduled a special election for this April to fill the congressional seat John Ratcliffe chose to not take office in due to his appointment as Director of the CIA. The consensus Republican in this district is former Rep. Lance Gooden, who has filed to run for his old congressional seat, and whose old staff being entirely rehired by Ratcliffe following weeks of no personnel moves (before his tapping by DeSantis to lead the CIA) raised plenty of speculation as to the future of the heavily Republican east DFW Metroplex district that Gooden represented for three terms, before embarking on a bid for the U.S. Senate (where he lost the GOP runoff to now-Sen. Dan Crenshaw). As DeSantis won 70 percent of the vote here in 2024 and Gooden has effectively cleared the GOP deck, this is really a coronation now to give Gooden his old job back.

Also, do keep in mind that in the original TL, Texas (along with Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Alabama) had their districts redrawn due to court orders, rulings and other circumstances that occurred following the 2022 election. While there were wholesale changes including the creation of a majority Hispanic district exclusive to western parts of Dallas and Dallas County, not much changed in the 5th. This is the redrawn map of Texas, plus a zoom-in of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, that highlights the new 5th that was drawn in this TL:





UT-02: State Sen. Daniel Thatcher, St. George Mayor Michele Randall and State Rep. Tim Jimenez have emerged as the consensus favorites to succeed Chris Stewart in this west suburban Salt Lake City/southern Utah district that gave Ron DeSantis upwards of 65 percent of the vote in 2024. Jimenez appears to be the odds-on favorite for this seat.

NE-SEN: Former Gov. Pete Ricketts tops the list for the GOP. If not him, Rep. Mike Flood or Adrian Smith, as well Angus beef and bull semen farmer Charles Herbster, would make a run of it. While Democrats do intend to nominate a candidate, 2024 U.S. Senate nominee and Omaha City Councilmember Pete Festersen is not one of them. Democrats have two candidates in mind: State Sen. Lynne Walz - whose district in the Unicameral (so named because Nebraska's legislature only has one chamber) includes her hometown of Fremont where Education Sec. Ben Sasse is originally from, and former State Sen. Tony Vargas, who unsuccessfully challenged Omaha-based Rep. Don Bacon in 2022.

SC-SEN: Sen. Catherine Templeton is running in the special election to fill the remainder of Tim Scott's seat. The Democrats are more focused on the Senate seat of Lindsey Graham who is the rumored target of retirement speculation, especially once the entire Cabinet of the DeSantis administration + DeSantis's "100 Days of Freedom" is up on May 1st. That is not to say there won't be a decent challenger for the Dems for the upcoming special election, but Democrats would much rather have a Democrat who can serve a full six years versus one likely to be roadkill in two (especially given what happened to Raphael Warnock next door in Georgia in 2022).

Speaking of "100 Days of Freedom", I'm surprised not much has been discussed about that in the interim. Pretty sure DeSantis is waiting until he gets his picks in and addresses Congress in the joint session to seal the deal. But there has to be progress being made in the interim policy wise, is there not?...

Lastly, what about U.S. Ambassadors to Russia and China? Those have to be very important posts with the situation at hand...
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« Reply #98 on: September 13, 2022, 10:08:46 PM »

FYI for those who may be wondering how Pierce Bush got elected over Lizzie Fletcher in TX-07, this is what the same redraw in this TL looks like in Houston:

In this redraw, Biden won 12.8 percent in 2020, but Gov. Greg Abbott won it twice in 2014 and 2018, and in this TL it likely gave Abbott a third term and voted for DeSantis with at least a plurality or somewhere in the 50-55 range. Expect Pierce Bush to be a relatively moderate to conservative Republican compared to his neighbors...
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« Reply #99 on: September 13, 2022, 11:12:47 PM »

Hey @SaintStan86 welcome aboard, as "Consultant" , full-time contributor, or part-time contributor, you are more than welcome to participate,  with your presence along with @2016 and others, this TL can only be enriched 🙂
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