Today, Florida Governor DeSantis is set to launch his 2024 presidential campaign. DeSantis is viewed as former president Donald Trump’s chief rival for the Republican party’s nomination. He will announce his decision in an online conversation with Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
On Friday, President Biden tapped Staff Secretary Neera Tanden as new Domestic Policy advisor, as Susan Rice will be stepping down at the end of the month.
Fox News reached a settlement with Dominion Voting Systems on Tuesday afternoon; avoiding a potentially lengthy trial. Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News in 2021, citing claims and accusations made by multiple Fox News hosts and guests on Fox News, Fox Business, and host Lou Dobbs on social media.
Bipartisan congressional leaders unveiled a government funding bill early on Tuesday that amends federal election laws to stop future attacks similar to the one on January 6 and to make it more difficult for candidates to steal elections.To prevent a government shutdown that is set to start this weekend, they anticipate passing the bill in the upcoming days. Joe Biden, the vice president, supports it, and it is the result of extensive negotiations between the two parties.
The Democratic candidate, Raphael Warnock won over the swing state of Georgia, with a 2.7% lead, effectively defeating the Republican candidate and former football star, Herschel Walker. This win marks the end of the 2022 Midterm elections, as Georgia’s runoff election was the final vote needed to determine which party would hold the Senate majority. With Senator Warnock representing Georgia as a Democrat, his victory is in turn a victory for his party as a whole. Warnock’s win gave the Democrats the 52-49 Senate majority that they needed in order to no longer rely on vice president, Kamala Harris, for her tie-breaking votes.
Tomorrow is election day, but early voting has been going on for a while now. NPR’s Domenico Montanaro is scrubbing the hype over election day in favor of “election season.” He claims that election day merely marks the end of the first phase [early voting] of this election season, and the start of the next phase. This year, voting season has the potential to last a lot longer than hoped. Increased numbers of mail in votes and a potential run-off are some of the main factors that could lead to this extended voting season.
In just 29 days, the US Midterm Elections will take place, the results of which will set the tone for the remainder of President Biden’s term. The US Midterms, which gets its name from its convenient (or perhaps, inconvenient) timing, is when House representatives, a third of Senators, and most state Governors race for election and re-election. The results of which will determine which party holds the majority, and thus influence the President’s political agendas.
Exit polls say that far-right politician Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister after she won 26% of the popular vote. This general election came after former prime minister Mario Draghi resigned as the Italian Prime minister triggering the snap general election, which closed today. An election that was originally meant to occur in the spring of 2023.
On Wednesday, democrat Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska’s only U.S. House of Representative seat, stealing the seat from Republican representative Sarah Palin. The latter sought a political comeback in the state where she was once the governor. Peltola will become the first Alaska Native to serve in the House and the first woman to hold the seat. She will serve the remaining months of the late Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young’s term. Young had held the seat for 49 years before his death in March.
At the New England Council and Saint Anselm College’s “Politics & Eggs” event yesterday morning in New Hampshire, Mike Pence revealed that if he was called to testify regarding the details of the Jan. 6th capitol riots in front of the committee investigating the incident, he “would consider it.” Following the loss of Trump and Biden in the 2020 election, Pence began to vocalize his lack of tolerance for Trump’s extremist attitudes.
A central Indiana man who has been accused of killing his ill wife and dumping her body in a creek, has won a Republican primary election from jail. Andrew Wilhoite, 40, was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Elizabeth “Nikki” Wilhoite back in late March. Authorities suspect that Nikki Wilhoite was killed by a blow from a concrete flower pot.
Republican JD Vance has won the US Senate primary election following an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. The endorsement came as a shock given Vance’s past criticism of Trump and even caused complaints against Trump. However, it also shows the influence Trump’s word has within the Republican party.