Chicken Fried Politics

Home » U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate

LATEST COVERAGE

TRUMP CAMPAIGNS FOR STRANGE IN ALABAMA AHEAD OF RUNOFF

Trump and Strange in Huntsville (Photo: Twitter)

President Donald Trump put his power and prestige directly on the line by traveling to Alabama to campaign for U.S. Senator Luther Strange, who is locked in bruising GOP primary runoff against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. But addressing Strange’s supporters in Huntsville just four days before Alabama Republicans make their decision, Trump conceded that his endorsement of Strange might turn out to be a mistake should the senator lose — and that he would campaign “like hell” for Moore if the challenger wins the September 26 vote. “I’m taking a big risk, because if he doesn’t make it, they’re going to go after me,” Trump said, a reference to the likely media reaction if Moore beats Strange, who also has the backing of  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies. (Posted September 23)

READ FULL STORY

STEWART VOWS “VICIOUS, RUTHLESS” RUN FOR VIRGINIA SEAT

Corey Stewart

Just a month after narrowly losing a Republican primary for Virginia governor, President Trump’s one-time state chairman, Corey Stewart, is vowing to run “the most vicious, ruthless” campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in 2018, accusing Hillary Clinton’s running mate of having “blind hatred” for Trump and trying to stop the president’s agenda. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, lost June’s GOP gubernatorial primary by just 4,500 votes to former Bush White House aide Ed Gillespie. (Posted July 13)

READ FULL STORY

JENKINS CHALLENGING MANCHIN FOR WEST VIRGINIA SEAT

Jenkins

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced that he will try to defeat U.S. Senator Joe Manchin in 2018, in what is expected to be one of the South’s hottest Senate races. Although Manchin, a former governor, styles himself as a moderate, Jenkins put out a blistering campaign video accusing Machin of straying from the values he was elected to represent by supporting Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Jenkins also tied himself firmly to Donald Trump, who won the Mountaineer State by a staggering 41 points in 2016. (Posted May 8)

READ FULL STORY

SOUTHERN SENATORS SPLIT OVER HIGH COURT FILIBUSTERS

Gorsuch

With the support of all 24 Southern Republicans, the U.S. Senate changed its rules to eliminate filibusters for Supreme Court nominations, clearing the way for confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime seat on the high court. Three of the four Southern Democratic senators — Bill Nelson of Florida and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia — supported a filibuster to block Gorsuch, prompting Republicans to end the practice. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who did,’t join the filibuster but voted against changing the rules, criticized both sides for “hypocrisy,” saying the filibuster flap shows “precisely what is wrong with Washington.”(Posted April 6)

READ FULL STORY

O’ROURKE KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN TO UNSEAT CRUZ IN TEXAS

O’Rourke kicks off campaign in El Paso.

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is giving up his safe House seat in order to make a long-shot bid to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Cruz,  kicked off his campaign March 31 with a rally in his hometown of El Paso, which he represents in Congress, followed by a weekend of stops in major cities around the Lone Star State. Without mentioning Cruz by name, O’Rourke accused him of putting political ambition above his job as a senator, saying that to meet the challenges of the future, Texans will need “a senator who’s working full time for Texas, a senator who’s not using this position of responsibility and power to serve his own interests, to run for president, to shut down the government.” O’Rourke is also positioning himself as aDonald Trump critic, saying the new administration is “focused on the wrong things instead of the right things that (are) going to get us ahead.” (Posted April 1)

READ FULL STORY

KAINE RULES OUT ANY RUN FOR 2020 DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION

Kaine

Kaine

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia says he is through with presidential-level politics and will not run for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Kaine made those remarks in a November 17 interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, his first in-depth interview since he and Hillary Clinton went down to defeat on November 8. “I want to run and serve in the Senate for a long time,” Kaine said. “I think the Catholic in me likes to go to the place where there is the most work to be done.” Kaine is up for re-election in Virginia in 2018. (Posted November 18)

READ FULL STORY

 


Have a comment on this post? Feel free to leave it below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

.

%d bloggers like this: