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Lawmakers. Business icons. Movers and shakers. If there’s ‘Just One Name’ you need to know today, this person is the one.


Tina Kotek, Oregon’s next governor, prioritizing homelessness challenges

The Democratic Speaker of Oregon’s state House of Representatives, Tina Kotek, helped raise the minimum wage and pass statewide rent control. She’s slated to become one of the country’s first two openly lesbian governors. Kotek takes office in 2023, and she said her top priority is to tackle homelessness. Multnomah County, which includes Portland, reported more […]

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Katie Hobbs plans to repeal Arizona’s ‘draconian’ abortion ban

After a tense election, and six days of ballot counting, Democrat Katie Hobbs officially flipped the Arizona governor’s seat, by 1 percentage point. As one of nine new governors entering 2023, Katie Hobbs is just one name you need to know. Hobbs was a social worker and has served in the state House and Senate. […]

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Josh Green wants to address Hawaii’s homelessness, tourism challenges

Josh Green is a medical doctor, former state senator and representative who has transitioned from Hawaii’s lieutenant governor to the state’s governor. During his gubernatorial campaign, the Democrat touted his management of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Commonwealth Fund ranked Hawaii first in the country for its COVID-19 pandemic response. Hawaii’s economy suffered during shutdowns, particularly because […]

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Sheriff turned Gov. Joe Lombardo wants to crack down on Nevada crime

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, a Republican, unseated the incumbent governor of Nevada, Democrat Steve Sisolak. He won by about a percentage point in November. Lombardo is a veteran. He served in the Army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve. He began his law enforcement career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department before […]

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Wes Moore wants to raise Maryland’s minimum wage in 2023

Wes Moore is combat veteran and author who ran to replace Maryland’s popular, term-limited Republican Governor Larry Hogan. Moore won by 30 points. “Everybody in the state needs to understand that we are going to focus on economics. That this is about how we are going to focus on pathways to work, wages, and wealth. […]

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Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey wants to fix Boston’s transit system

Maura Healey is the first woman governor of Massachusetts. Beyond making waves as the state’s first female governor, she also flipped the seat that a Republican held for two terms. “I stand before you tonight, proud to be the first woman and the first gay person ever elected governor of Massachusetts,” Healy said after her […]

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Jim Pillen aims to lower Nebraska property taxes

There was a time when Jim Pillen wore a Husker jersey. Now, this hog farmer and veterinarian is about to assume governorship in Nebraska where he won nearly 60% of the vote in the red state.  Pillen won the GOP’s nomination even though former President Donald Trump had endorsed his competitor, Charles Herbster, in the […]

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Shapiro assumes Pennsylvania governor’s seat with moderate platform

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro won the gubernatorial race by 14 points in a swing state. Shapiro is the first candidate to succeed a governor of the same party there since 1966. Shapiro made his Jewish faith a central part of his campaign, pitting him against his Republican competitor, Doug Mastriano, who employed Christian themes […]

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders could phase out state income tax as Arkansas governor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will follow in her father, Mike Huckabee’s, footsteps by taking office as the next governor of Arkansas. Sanders is the first woman to hold the position. President Trump endorsed the former White House press secretary on the campaign trail. Her vision for Arkansas involves phasing out the state income tax. “We have to do it […]

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Rep. Tim Ryan polling just behind J.D. Vance in tight Ohio Senate race

After a failed bid to challenge House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a brief presidential run, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, has a shot at an Ohio Senate seat. Ryan and his Republican competitor, J.D. Vance, are running for retiring Sen. Rob Portman’s seat, which he has held, as a Republican, for two terms. Ohio […]

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Republican Allan Fung could turn Rhode Island red

Heading into the midterms, the Democrats’ strategy is clear. They’re presenting Republicans as pro-Trump, pro-life, and skeptical of election results. But Republican Congressional candidate Allan Fung said he is a moderate and could flip a congressional district in Rhode Island that has been blue since 1991. Fung said he doesn’t support late-term abortions but he […]

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Youngkin stumps for pro-Trump candidates, dismisses presidential run

Less than a year into his term as Virginia’s governor, Glenn Youngkin has stumped for several politicians nationwide. Several of the candidates have been pro-Trump nominees for governor, including Joe Lombardo, Tudor Dixon and Kari Lake. Youngkin has avoided embracing former President Donald Trump himself, but he has continued to support those who do. That […]

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From pillows to politics: Mike Lindell leading election deniers movement

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has changed his public perception from an infomercial staple into one of the leading figures in the election denial movement. Following a meeting in August 2016 with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Lindell was inspired to become a staunch supporter of the future commander-in-chief. “When I met with Donald Trump, it felt […]

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‘Oregon deserves better’: Republican Drazan in toss up race for governor

A Republican has not occupied Oregon’s governor’s mansion since 1987. Fast forward to 2022 and former state representative Christine Drazan is in a three-way race that could flip the Beaver State red.  “Oregon deserves better. I’m Christine Drazan. If you’re looking for a third term of Kate Brown, you got two great choices: Tina Kotek […]

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World Bank President David Malpass rejects calls to resign over climate flub

World Bank President David Malpass found himself in the international hot seat after botching his answer responding to allegations he’s a climate denier. During New York City’s Climate Week in September, Malpass dodged a New York Times reporter’s repeated questions regarding the human impact on climate change. “Do you accept the scientific consensus that the […]

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How rising anti-ESG crusader Ramaswamy is shaking up corporate America

He’s anti-woke, anti-ESG and he’s hoping to shake up the corporate world. Activist investor Vivek Ramaswamy is putting money behind his mission to counter so-called “woke capitalism” with two new asset management funds backed by some big players. This year Ramaswamy launched Strive Asset Management, a conservative counter to funds like BlackRock. Backed by billionaires […]

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Grassley faces tightest race yet as midterms approach in Iowa

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is 89 years old and running for re-election in Iowa this fall. If he wins, he will be 95 at the end of his next term. Grassley is armed with seven terms in Congress and a Donald Trump endorsement. “I was born at night, but not last night,” Grassley said at a […]

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Charlie Crist hopes to dethrone Ron DeSantis as Florida governor

Rep. Charlie Crist, D-FL, previously served as Florida’s governor as a Republican. In 2022, he’s running as a Democrat against incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Crist’s gubernatorial campaign has focused on uniting Floridians, but following his Democratic primary victory, he struck a different tone.  ”Those that support the governor should stay with him and vote for […]

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FBI’s Brian Auten under scrutiny for role in Trump, Biden investigations

The FBI played a major role in high-profile investigations during the last two presidencies. Analyst Brian Auten has been at the center of them all. He played part in the Trump-Russia probe, Hunter Biden laptop investigation, and is now reportedly involved in the investigation of classified documents stored at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Chuck […]

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The UK’s conservative Tory Party has new leader in PM Liz Truss

After months of hustings (campaign events), Liz Truss, the British Foreign Secretary, won the race to become the UK’s prime minister. Truss defeated Rishi Sunak, a former member of Parliament, to become the leader of the conservative Tory Party.  “I have a bold vision for our future backed up by huge experience,” Truss said in […]

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Sarah Palin’s run for Alaska’s House seat: Is Trump’s backing enough?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) secured a spot in her state’s ranked-choice general election. Palin is running to become the state’s lone US congressional representative in the House. She’s one of four candidates looking to occupy the seat previously held by longtime Rep. Don Young (R) who passed away in March.  Palin, the 2008 […]

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LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman continues to defend Saudi-backed league

Greg Norman, the Australian entrepreneur and former professional golfer, is now the CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf. As a professional golfer, Norman won more than 90 tournaments and two Open Championships. In spite of those wins, he was not invited to the 2022 Open Championship, as criticism circulated around his new position with LIV Golf. The […]

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Mark Kelly: From space to an Arizona Senate seat

Sen. Mark Kelly (D) will run for re-election in Arizona against Republican Blake Masters this fall. Kelly is a former navy combat pilot who flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. Kelly later worked for NASA as an astronaut alongside his twin brother Scott. Mark visited space four times. In 1996, Mark stayed on Earth […]

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Abortion stances central to Georgia Senate battle between Warnock, Walker

After a historic win in 2020, flipping a Georgia Senate seat blue during a special election, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is fighting to retain his seat in Washington. Warnock made a name for himself by leveraging his influence as pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, formerly led by Rev. Dr. Martin […]

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Can Andrew Yang make the Forward Party a viable third option?

Andrew Yang–a former Democratic candidate for president and mayor of New York–has spearheaded a new political party called the Forward Party. He is working with co-chair Christine Todd Whitman–the former New Jersey Republican governor. While campaigning as a Democrat, Yang supported universal basic income and criticized automation. Yang left the Democratic Party in October 2021 […]

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Memes playing pivotal role in PA Senate race between Fetterman, Oz

John Fetterman is back on the campaign trail after experiencing a life-threatening health scare in March. Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor has appeared before the media after recovering from a stroke.  The tattoo-bearing, hoodie-wearing, and meme-sharing politician is running for U.S. Senate against former TV doctor Mehmet Oz. Both are vying to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey […]

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From finance to football, Mellody Hobson is shaking up corporate America

Mellody Hobson is one of the most powerful women in corporate America. While some may not know her name, she is breaking barriers in finance and football. Hobson is the co-CEO of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, the first Black-owned mutual investment firm in the U.S., which oversees nearly $18B in assets. She’s on the board of […]

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Can Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman help Biden lower gas prices?

At 36, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has made a name for himself on the world stage as the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia. The crown prince is the son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who ascended the throne following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah, in 2015. MBS quickly rose in […]

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Misconduct allegations threaten Vince McMahon’s hold on WWE

WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon revolutionized the sport of wrestling into a staple of mainstream entertainment over the course of his decades-long career. However, fresh allegations of misconduct could destabilize the once unshakeable control McMahon had held over the industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, McMahon paid out more than $12 million in […]

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Mike Pence pushes pro-life campaign ahead of midterms

Former Vice President Mike Pence contributed $500,000 to Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America to support an ad campaign leading up to the midterm elections. Following the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, which handed decisions on abortion over to state governments, Pence has taken an even more conservative stance on the subject. In an […]

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Boris Johnson remains UK prime minister. But for how much longer?

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continued to stir up controversy within his party after narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote. A week later, he introduced a bill which some Tory members of Parliament strongly disliked. According to the Financial Times, they accused Johnson of “damaging the UK and everything the Conservatives stand for.” The bill […]

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“I think people would understand”: Is Pope Francis ready to retire?

Nearly a decade ago, thousands of the faithful packed inside St. Peter’s Square, awaiting the signs of a new spiritual leader – Pope Francis. During his tenure, the South American leader has been a force to reckon with in the Catholic Church. However, a recent injury and his plans to appoint new cardinals have many […]

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Col. Gail Curley investigating leaked Supreme Court opinion on abortion rights

Colonel Gail Curley, the Supreme Court marshal, has begun investigating the leaked draft opinion regarding Dobbs v. Jackson. The final ruling in this case could overturn precedents that protect abortion rights, including Roe v. Wade. As part of that investigation, officials have required law clerks to provide their phone records, according to a CNN report. […]

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Herschel Walker hoping to tackle Sen. Warnock in Georgia

Herschel Walker is an ex-football player and businessman who has made a household name in Georgia. He is now leveraging that notoriety in a bid to become the state’s first black Republican Senator.  Walker is hoping to oust Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock in the deep south which could sway the balance of power in […]

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Xi Jinping looks to third term as COVID lockdowns draw criticism

Chinese President Xi Jinping has faced pressure to control the spread of COVID-19 and continue to grow the economy as his potential third term nears. He can legally seek out another term in power because the National People’s Congress removed presidential term limits in 2018. Xi’s approach to managing COVID-19 has been one of several policies […]

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Finland PM Sanna Marin considers joining NATO as Russia wages war

Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin said the possibility of her country joining NATO was for the security of its citizens and has called for the international community to unite in stepping up sanctions against Russia. The announcement moves the Nordic nation, which shares an 800-mile border with Russia, one step closer to membership in the […]

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Nina Jankowicz to battle immigration smugglers, Russian disinformation

If you only saw Nina Jankowicz’s viral video on social media, you would think she was auditioning for a role in a Broadway musical. Instead, she is in line to lead the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board. You can just call me the Mary Poppins of disinformation 💁🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/eGV9lpctYn pic.twitter.com/WVQFA2bPmq — Nina Jankowicz […]

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Will Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s Florida fumble cost him his job?

After just two years on the job, Disney CEO Bob Chapek is already in the hot seat after stumbles over Florida’s controversial Parental Rights in Education law, dubbed by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. Now, new reports indicate entertainment insiders are questioning whether Chapek can hold onto the Disney magic and his job when his […]

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Microsoft, Twitter in Lina Khan’s crosshairs in FTC’s Big Tech crackdown

The biggest tech deal in history is at risk over increased scrutiny by antitrust enforcers within the Federal Trade Commission, led by a 33-year-old legal scholar and prominent Big Tech critic. Chair Lina Khan has in her crosshairs Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and it’s not her only target. The agency is also […]

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Peter Thiel: Donald Trump’s ally in Silicon Valley

German-American billionaire Peter Thiel first created a name for himself in tech. But the venture capitalist has merged his passion for tech with politics, supporting Donald Trump and pitting him against some Silicon Valley elites. Thiel supported the growth and success of some of the world’s most successful companies. He co-founded PayPal and was one of […]

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“What happened to him?”: Dr. Oz trades TV show for Pennsylvania Senate bid

After 13 seasons of hosting his daytime talk show, Dr. Oz is trying to bridge the gap from celebrity cardiologist to celebrity conservative. The renowned heart surgeon is running for Senate in Pennsylvania because he disliked how the federal government handled COVID-19.   “We lost too many lives, too many jobs, and too many opportunities because […]

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Alexander Lukashenko demanding seat at the table with Putin, Zelenskyy

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has allowed Russian troops to stage in his country while confirming to international press that he is “on friendly terms” with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko also insisted Belarus must be included in any negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, according to Belarusian state news outlet Belta. “There can be no separate agreements behind […]

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Andy Jassy: Amazon innovator or Jeff Bezos 2.0?

Since Jeff Bezos stepped down last July, Andy Jassy has taken over as the new CEO of Amazon. He’s been challenged by slow profit growth, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage, and the company’s first union. But experts say he’s equipped to handle the challenges, just like his predecessor. “Jassy knows how Jeff thinks, Jassy […]

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Letitia James: Democrats’ hero, Republicans’ headache

Letitia James, the top prosecutor in New York, is going after America’s most powerful men and organizations, including former President Donald Trump. James is beloved by the left and despised by the right for taking on cases that align with the liberal agenda.  “She comes across as unbalanced to me, but she’s just a trailblazer […]

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Experts: No major hurdles for SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

When President Joe Biden named Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill retiring Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat on the United States Supreme Court, he fulfilled a campaign promise. If confirmed, Jackson will become the first Black female associate justice in history.  “For too long, our government and courts haven’t looked like America,” President Joe Biden said during […]

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How Volodymyr Zelenskyy transformed from Ukrainian TV talent to Russian military target

Known for his social media prowess and underdog positioning in the conflict with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become a household name around the world. Once a comedian and actor, Zelenskyy starred in “Servant of the People”–a sitcom about a schoolteacher who becomes president. In 2018, after Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, Zelenskyy actually ran […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin: The architect behind Ukraine invasions

Vladimir Putin has led Russia as Prime Minister and President for more than two decades. Putin has marked much of his time in the Kremlin as a thorn in the side of many Americans. “The bad guys in the world will begin to do precisely what you are seeing Vladimir Putin do today,” former Secretary of […]

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Elon Musk: What’s next for the world’s richest man?

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, is considered one of the most influential people globally, but those titles do not come without criticism. At age 50, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO continues to shake up the auto industry and expand the possibilities of space travel.  In 2021, Tesla reported record growth in each quarter as […]

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“The Blueprint to End Gun Violence” front and center for Mayor Eric Adams

In the first month of his term, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced his own “Blueprint to End Gun Violence,” which includes strategies like increasing the number of officers on patrol and expanding partnerships to work more closely with federal and state law enforcement. Rising gun violence has brought more attention to Adams’ plan and […]

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Nikki Haley: “If Biden loved our country, he would step down and take” Harris with him

Speaking in a Fox News Radio interview on Wednesday, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley urged President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to resign. Her chief concerns in the interview focused on President Biden’s foreign policy. “You’ve got anywhere from Putin, Xi, Kim Jong Un in North Korea to the Ayatollahs in Iran, they […]

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Jerome Powell’s inflation problem to define second term leading Fed

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was finally confirmed Thursday to a second term after a three-month delay. He’s led the central bank since 2018, after then-President Donald Trump nominated him to the position. President Joe Biden renominated him last year but the Senate dragged on the confirmation process as inflation reached its highest level in […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell: Merely an Epstein associate or a criminal accomplice?

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began Monday, as the 59-year-old former socialite is charged with six counts of sexual exploitation. With her former companion Jeffrey Epstein dead, many see Maxwell as his proxy in the Manhattan courtroom. Depending on the jury’s decision, she could be held responsible for the sex-trafficking network that the pair allegedly used to abuse […]

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Pramila Jayapal: Striving to save Democrats’ agenda through compromise

The House of Representatives is prepared to vote on the infrastructure and spending bills this week, according to Representative Pramila Jayapal. As Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Jayapal has been one of the leaders working toward compromise within the Democratic Party. Her most recent challenge has been bringing moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. […]

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Kyrsten Sinema: From progressive prize to Democrat dealbreaker

Recent polling shows about a third of Arizona Democrats say their senior senator, Kyrsten Sinema is doing a bad job representing Arizonans. Elected as part of 2018’s “Blue Wave,” Sinema was Arizona’s first Democrat to head to the Senate in more than 20 years. After first being hailed as the progressive savior for the historically conservative state, Sinema now […]

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Liz Cheney: Trump’s loudest GOP critic, Democrats’ anti-Trump ally

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is gearing up for one of the most anticipated congressional midterm races of 2022. Cheney is building up her war chest to fend off at least four other Republican candidates, including one backed by former President Donald Trump. Trump hopes to use his political clout to unseat Wyoming’s lone congresswoman. Cheney has been […]

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Kristi Noem: According to the bookies, she’s a betting favorite for 2024

As South Dakota’s first female governor, Kristi Noem has made history before. Some say she’s being groomed to be the first female president. As governor, Noem has made herself a household name. “My guess is that a year ago most of you had no idea who I was, but unlike the D.C. media, I’m sure you […]

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul not new to cleaning up after disgraced politicians

Gov. Kathy Hochul is the first woman to lead New York state, but it is not her first time taking over for a politician because of sexual misconduct. Hochul takes over for former Governor Andrew Cuomo and will complete the last 15 months of his term.

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Rep. Cori Bush: The new progressive ally and a lightning rod for the right

Since taking office in January, progressive Democrats have praised Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush for pushing to extend the nationwide eviction moratorium. Meanwhile, Republicans say it’s hypocritical of Bush to support defunding police while paying thousands for private security.

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Just One Name: Governor Greg Abbott takes Texas politics to national stage

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s conservative views are back in the spotlight now that President Joe Biden has condemned his state ban on mask mandates. Abbott has taken firm stances in his gubernatorial career, and he’s marked 2021 with his approach to managing the pandemic, push for voting legislation and erection of the border wall.

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Will new GOP conference chair Elise Stefanik unite or divide a fractured party?

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York replaced Liz Cheney as GOP Conference Chair making her the third highest ranking Republican in the House. Will she help unite or further divide the party?

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Nikki Haley keeps laying groundwork for a 2024 presidential bid

As GOP leaders jockey to be the new face of the party following Donald Trump’s presidency, former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley continues to boost her profile and presidential prospects.

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SecDef Lloyd Austin travels to defend America at home and abroad

SecDef Lloyd Austin has been traveling since taking office, meeting world leaders. What’s his plan to protect America at home and abroad?

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DeSantis 2024? How Florida’s governor is positioned as Trumpism heir

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is emerging as the next GOP darling and Trumpism heir. As the 2024 presidential race looms, speculation swirls around whether DeSantis will run as Trump’s vice president or for his own seat in the Oval Office.

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Will Matthew McConaughey have a starring role in Texas state politics?

July 4th Update: Matthew McConaughey posted a Fourth of July message that preaches hope and unity. It also hints at his political ambitions.  Watch it here. ***** Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey may be in the running to be the next governor of Texas. McConaughey has not formally announced his candidacy just yet or completely […]

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Joe Manchin holds the keys to passing bills through the United States Senate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) can make or break President Joe Biden’s infrastructure spending and agenda. Manchin is West Virginia’s only Democrat on Capitol Hill, so he needs to keep conservatives in mind to keep his seat.

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