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As Some Democrats Bail on Biden, Fetterman Digs In

Senator defends president, mocks peers he sees as weak-kneed

(Newser) - The number of congressional Democrats calling for President Biden to step aside , either in public or in private, is growing. One person most definitely not in that camp is Sen. John Fetterman, who campaigned with the president across his home state of Pennsylvania on Sunday.
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Disney Heir: No More Donations Until Biden Goes

Abigail Disney says she'll halt funds out of 'realism, not disrespect'

(Newser) - As fallout continues over President Biden's weak debate performance against former President Trump, the turmoil has spread to top Democratic donors, including one particularly high-profile name who now says she'll halt the money flow until Biden is replaced. "I intend to stop any contributions to the party...

Bidens, Democrats Debate What to Do
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Bidens, Democrats Consider Next Steps

Poll shows fewer voters believe president up to the job mentally

(Newser) - Prominent members of the party said Sunday that Democrats have nothing to worry about if President Biden remains their nominee, though a few acknowledged concern—which could be increased by the devastating findings of a new poll. Biden made no public appearances Sunday; he was spending the day at Camp...

As Democrats Slip, Gallup Finds, Independents Solidify Share

Democrats and Republicans account for equal, smaller slices of electorate

(Newser) - Independents reign as the voting bloc for political candidates to deal with this election year, new data show. Gallup has found that 43% of US adults identified as independent in its survey, while 27% of respondents said they're Democrats or Republicans. That's a low for Democrats, Axios reports....

In Battle for House, Democrats Keep Chipping Away
In Battle for House, Democrats
Keep Chipping Away
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In Battle for House, Democrats Keep Chipping Away

More seats in the West slip away from Republicans, though GOP is still favored

(Newser) - Republicans were in good shape Friday afternoon in their attempt to take control of the House once all votes are counted, but it's not a lock. Democrats are winning more races and gaining ground in others, a couple of analyses of the election show. Politico and the Washington Post...

Exit Stage Right: Tulsi Gabbard Leaves Democratic Party

Former presidential candidate and congresswoman delivers blistering critique

(Newser) - Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the Democratic Party once and for all. Per ABC News, the former House rep from Hawaii and presidential candidate made her announcement via Twitter . “I can no longer remain in today's Democratic Party that's under the complete control of an elitist cabal of...

Biden Trots Out New Term for MAGA, GOP

President describes philosophy as 'semi-fascism'

(Newser) - Aiming to turn months of legislative accomplishments into political energy, President Biden sought Thursday to underscore the choice facing voters in the midterm elections, comparing Republican ideology to "semi-fascism," as he led a kickoff rally and a fundraiser in Maryland. "You need to vote to literally save...

State Lawmaker Jumps Ship, Joins Democrats
A State Lawmaker
Defects From GOP

A State Lawmaker Defects From GOP

Colorado's Kevin Priola cites GOP positions on climate change, claims of a stolen election

(Newser) - On Sunday, Democrats held a 20-15 edge in the Colorado state Senate. On Monday, their advantage rose to 21-14, but not because of a special election. Instead, longtime Republican Kevin Priola switched parties to become a Democrat, reports the Denver Post . In a public letter , he cited two main reasons:...

Democrats Help Election Denier Beat Meijer, Then Hear About It

Kinzinger points out party asks where the Republicans defending democracy are

(Newser) - Voters in western Michigan have made their decision, but GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said the Democratic Party owns it. Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump after the attack on the Capitol, will be leaving Congress after losing his GOP primary Tuesday to a challenger who says...

Poll Shows Republicans With an Edge Before Midterms

Respondents trust GOP to handle inflation over Democrats by 21 points

(Newser) - For the first time since 2014, voters say they're more likely to vote Republican in the congressional midterm elections, a new poll shows. That snapshot has been meaningful in the past: GOP candidates led by 5 percentage points before the vote eight years ago and went on to win...

GOP Quits Debates, Calls Commission Biased
GOP Pulls Out of Future Debates

GOP Pulls Out of Future Debates

Party wants changes in presidential campaign events after Trump complained

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee had been warning for months about no longer participating in the presidential debates organized by the commission that's held them since 1988. Spurred on by former President Donald Trump, Republicans have picked up their criticism of the Commission on Presidential Debates as biased toward Democrats,...

Bloomberg Issues 'Dire Warning' to Dems After San Fran Vote

Ex-NYC mayor says midterms will be a 'wipeout' for Democrats unless they shift to more moderate path

(Newser) - Three liberal members of San Francisco's city school board were booted last week, and while some say not to read too much into one local vote, others are concerned that the special election could be a "bellwether" of sorts for nationwide politics. In that latter camp is Michael...

Democrats Prevent Biden's Plan From Working
Biden's Plan
From Working

Democrats Prevent Biden's Plan From Working

Divisions have presidency nearing failure, Jonathan Chait writes

(Newser) - Joe Biden came into office with a plan. The president would concentrate on practical issues to win back the working-class voters who had supported Donald Trump. He'd avoid getting caught up in the causes of the Democrats' progressive wing. Polls provided the evidence that child care, community college, expanding...

Joe Manchin Says What a Lot of Democrats Are Thinking

'I don't know where in the hell I belong'

(Newser) - Joe Manchin might as well have "Democratic holdout" made part of his official title, and the West Virginia senator acknowledged his outlier status in two different forums:
  • "I'm totally out of sync with 48 other Democrats," Manchin told reporters at a dinner Monday night, per the

Democrats Talk About Dethroning Iowa Caucuses

Problems in the last presidential race add to arguments about diversity, process

(Newser) - The handling of the last Iowa Democratic caucuses mostly just pleased Republicans. On top of several other reasons why the exercise isn't a great way to deliver the first campaign victory to a presidential candidate, technical problems derailed the counting of results in February 2020. It's enough to...

Biden Team Fears Damage From Virginia Loss

Biden Team Fears
Damage From
Virginia Loss
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Biden Team Fears Damage From Virginia Loss

McAuliffe leads Youngkin, but Democrats worry about complacency

(Newser) - Worried about the implications for President Biden's agenda and the party, Democratic officials are going all in on Terry McAuliffe's candidacy for governor of Virginia. Biden's team and national party leaders are planning to become more involved in the campaign, Politico reports. With five weeks of campaigning...

Pelosi Struggles to Bridge Chasm Within Her Party
Biden Will Try to Break
Logjam Himself

Biden Will Try to Break Logjam Himself

And Bernie Sanders is ticked at two fellow Democratic senators who remain holdouts

(Newser) - The shutdown has been averted , at least temporarily. Now the focus is solely on whether Democrats can reach a compromise on legislation crucial to President Biden's agenda. Toward that end, Biden himself will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with House Democrats later Friday afternoon, reports the Hill and...

Democratic Pollsters: We Got It Wrong Again

5 firms admit 'major errors' in predicting 2020 outcome, have no definitive solution

(Newser) - Five of the Democratic Party's six biggest polling firms are admitting "major errors" in their 2020 polling data, with "no consensus on a solution." A Tuesday letter signed by ALG Research, Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, GBAO Strategies, Global Strategy Group, and Normington Petts describes a months-long effort...

Ocasio-Cortez: Progressives Aren't the Problem

With races over, lawmaker lists Democratic Party's shortcomings

(Newser) - US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has provided her post-election assessment of the state of the Democratic Party, and it includes a few complaints. The New York lawmaker finds the shortcoming in the party's online operation, for instance, to be competence. Any internal criticism was postponed while Democrats united behind the...

Dems Are Dealt a Blow Over Absentee Ballots

An appeals court halts extension for absentee ballots in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Trump in the key presidential battleground state, the AP reports. As it stands, ballots will now be due by 8pm on Election Day....

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