Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

A majority of New York state residents say that Republican Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress just a few weeks after he was sworn in, due to his many lies on the campaign trail in 2022. Santos has lied about so many issues that some media outlets, including HuffPost, have created running tallies of all the statements he made while campaigning for the House that were later revealed to… Source Source / Read More: Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

McCarthy Fails to Win First Two Ballots for Speaker of the House

Republicans have officially taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives following their narrow victory in the 2022 midterm elections — but who will lead the party is still in question, as GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) failed to garner the votes necessary to become Speaker of the House on Tuesday. Instead, in the first round of voting, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York)… Source Source / Read More: McCarthy Fails to Win First Two Ballots for Speaker of the House

Biden WH Reminds GOP Leaders: You Don’t Have Oversight Powers Until Next Week

President Joe Biden’s White House Counsel has penned a letter to key Republican legislators, telling them they will have to reissue requests for documents they’ve made in the past month relating to investigations they plan to open when the party controls the House. When it became clear that Republicans would win control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)… Source Source / Read More: Biden WH Reminds GOP Leaders: You Don’t Have Oversight Powers Until Next Week

Meet the Congress Members Trading Defense Stocks While Shaping Military Policy

The New York Times reported this week that 97 members of Congress “bought or sold stocks, bonds, or other financial assets that intersected with their congressional work or reported similar transactions by their spouse or a dependent child” between 2019 and 2021. With more than 3,700 such trades in those three years alone, the investigation reveals potential conflicts of interest in nearly every area of policymaking. Defense policy is no different. At least 25 members sat on committees that shape national security policy while simultaneously trading financial assets in companies that could create competing interests with their work, such as…

Dems Favored to Win the Senate Due to “Weak” GOP Choices, FiveThirtyEight Says

For the first time this election cycle, FiveThirtyEight says that Democrats have a better shot of retaining control of the Senate than Republicans have of winning control of the chamber. The site, known for predicting election outcomes, noted that the change has come in part due to Republicans selecting “weak candidates” in some of the key races for this fall’s midterm contests. FiveThirtyEight’s election model uses polling data and other statistics to simulate the election 40,000 times in order to get a snapshot of who will win. Ultimately, Democrats won the Senate in 52 out of every 100 outcomes simulated…

Number of Competitive Seats in House Decreases Following Drawing of New Maps

The total number of competitive seats in Congress appears to be shrinking as states finalize their new maps, a new analysis shows. According to FiveThirtyEight, of the 335 seats in the House of Representatives that have been redrawn by state legislatures across the U.S. so far, only 27 seats have been deemed competitive. In every district besides those 27, one political party has an advantage of at least five points over the other, making it relatively safe for that party to assume they will win. There are still 100 districts within nine different states that haven’t been mapped out yet,…

Control of House Up in Air as More Dems Say They Won’t Seek Reelection in 2022

House Democrats have an upward climb to keep control of the House in next year’s midterm elections — especially as 21 House Democrats have announced they will not seek reelection next year. Democrats currently control the House with a 221-213 majority with one vacancy — Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) died in April. On Monday, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) became the latest Democrat to announce she would not run for reelection. Murphy is a key centrist in the House and sits on the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Many of those leaving the House are among the…

Meadows Blasts McCarthy’s Leadership, Says Trump Should Be Speaker of the House

Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff for former President Donald Trump, criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) in two separate interviews this week. Meadows took issue with the way McCarthy has been leading Republicans in the House, stating on a podcast hosted by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) that he and other GOP leaders aren’t “skating to where the puck is,” utilizing a hockey analogy to deride the highest-ranking Republican in Congress. “I would give them a grade of ‘D,’” Meadows said, adding that Republicans weren’t forcing Democrats to take enough “tough votes” in the House. In a separate…

House Votes to Censure Paul Gosar Over Video Depicting Him Killing Ocasio-Cortez

The House has voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) Wednesday, sending a harsh rebuke to the far right representative for sharing a video last week depicting an anime version of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and attacking President Joe Biden. The House voted 223-207 to censure Gosar and remove him from his committee assignments. Gosar had been seated on the Natural Resources Committee and the House Oversight Committee, which broadly oversees the government and internal congressional affairs. Ocasio-Cortez currently also serves on the latter committee. Only two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), voted…