McConnell Gushes Over Sinema’s Push to Hand GOP Even More Filibuster Power

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heaped praise on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Monday after she resisted her party’s calls to reform the filibuster and helped Republicans block much of President Joe Biden’s first-term agenda. The Republican leader appeared alongside Sinema at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, touting the Democrat as “extraordinarily effective” and a “genuine moderate.” At one point McConnell lauded her as “the most effective first-term senator I’ve seen in my time in the Senate.” “She is today what we have too few of in the Democratic Party, a genuine, moderate, and a dealmaker,” McConnell…

House Dems’ New Anti-Progressive PAC Is Funded by Corporate Lobbyists and PACs

This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. A PAC formed last year by House Democrats to combat progressive primary challengers has so far relied almost exclusively on corporate PACs and lobbyists for its funding, according to a review of the group’s latest FEC disclosure report. Team Blue PAC was announced in June by three House members: Hakeem Jeffries of New York, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, co-chair of the centrist Problem Solvers Caucus; and Terri Sewell of Alabama, former vice…