- 12:06 pm Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
After delaying an event set for today to name Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate because of last night’s terror attack in France, Donald Trump instead used Twitter to make that announcement on Friday morning, selecting a Governor and former member of Congress who has been seen by many as a reliable conservative during his years in politics.
“He’s in many ways sort of the anti-Trump, but he has a strong record, a long record as a strong conservative,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), who replaced Pence in Congress, after Pence was elected Governor of Indiana in 2012.
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- 1:54 pm Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
With many Republicans in the Congress still not totally sold on Donald Trump as their party’s nominee for President, the news that his running mate might be Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana – a former member of Congress – had GOP lawmakers feeling better about the road to the November elections.
“Mike Pence understands the House, he’s a rock solid conservative and I think he would go a long way with a lot of people,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
“It does with me,” Chaffetz told reporters.
A few feet away off the House floor, Pence also won the glowing support of Rep. [More]
- 10:31 am Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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After drawing fire from all sides over her criticism of Republican candidate Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today said she regretted making critical public comments about Trump, though she stopped short of apologizing to the GOP standard bearer.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said in a written statement.
“Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect,” Ginsburg concluded.
While Ginsburg did not mention Trump by name, it wasn’t hard to figure out who she was talking [More]
- 11:40 pm Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
After a round of meetings on the road in Indiana, Donald Trump announced on Wednesday night that he would officially unveil his choice of a running mate on Friday in New York, as speculation focused on Gov. Mike Pence and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Trump and his family met first with Pence; the two had campaigned together on Tuesday night in Indiana.
“It was very warm,” the Indiana Governor said of his meeting with the Trumps. “Just one family meeting with another.”
Trump told Fox News he had maybe three or four names that had made the final cut.
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- 6:45 pm Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
If there is one thing that we have learned from watching Donald Trump over the course of this race for President, it is that Trump certainly understands how the news media operates, and how to take advantage of the spotlight. And that’s been very true in his search for a running mate as well.
Trump had news organizations on red alert all day on Wednesday, as he surreptitiously gathered top candidates for Vice President in Indiana, where he had rallied with supporters on Tuesday night.
Trump was spotted first with Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, who had headlined that rally [More]
- 8:55 pm Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
For the last four days, four different Republicans have had a Vice Presidential trial balloon lifted over Washington, D.C., to see if they might just be the person standing next to Donald Trump next week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as Trump’s running mate, as Trump’s campaign works to squeeze every bit of suspense out of this pick.
Over the weekend, the name that was floated was Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, now retired, but once the top intelligence official for the military, who was in the spotlight.
By Monday, the focus had shifted to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, [More]
- 3:30 pm Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Often when people talk to me about politics, whether about what’s going on in the Congress, or in the race for President, they express absolute shock at the views of those who support the other major party, as Democrats and Republicans look at the same item and come back with much different reactions on the pressing issues for America.
All of that was on full display at a hearing Tuesday of the House Judiciary Committee with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
For Republicans, the hearing was a chance to demand answers from Lynch about the refusal to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her email [More]
- 4:21 pm Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
As speculation swirled over his choice of a running mate, Donald Trump used a speech in Virginia on Monday to argue that he would be the best candidate to deal with the growing national debate over race and law enforcement.
“We must maintain law and order at the highest level, or we will cease to have a country,” Trump told his audience.
While Trump’s speech was supposed to be a focus in Virginia Beach on reform of the VA, his line – that almost seemed directly out of the GOP playbook of 1968 – drew immediate attention.
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- 9:50 pm Sunday, July 10th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
As lawmakers in Congress work a final week in Washington, D.C. before a legislative break that will take them until after Labor Day, look for members of both parties to continue to jab at each over gun violence, especially in the wake of last week’s police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana and the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.
For Democrats in the Congress, gun control is an issue that they’ve rallied around more and more in recent weeks, as they try to put Republicans on the defensive over their op