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READ THE NEW RULES: White House spells out reporter guidelines

  • 4:41 pm Monday, November 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the White House on Monday backed off in a legal dispute with CNN over the press credentials of White House correspondent Jim Acosta, the White House announced new rules of behavior for reporters, which could result in the suspension of a reporter’s press pass for asking more than one question of the President or top administration officials.

“We have created these rules with a degree of regret,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who directly blamed Acosta for the change, after the CNN reporter locked horns with President Trump in a post-election news conference earlier this month, refusing [More]

GOP gains Senate seat as Nelson concedes Florida recount loss

  • 2:18 pm Sunday, November 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After a post-election vote fight that showcased vote counting troubles in two south Florida counties, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) conceded defeat to Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday, ensuring Republican gains in the Senate in the 2018 mid-term elections, and delivering a welcome piece of good post-election news for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

“I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service,” said Scott in a statement.

“My focus will not be on looking backward, but on doing exactly what I ran on,” Scott said. “Making Washington Work.”

“Thinks [More]

Late GOP rally could save Republican House seat in Utah

  • 10:22 pm Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Over a week after being publicly ridiculed for losing her seat in Congress by President Donald Trump, Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on Friday night was on the verge of pulling off a stunning comeback in her re-election bid, as the continued counting of ballots in her Utah district finally pushed her into the lead by a slender 419 votes.

“Hard to see how she relinquishes that now,” said Dave Wasserman, an elections expert who has been forecasting a possible comeback by Love for several days.

Still being tabulated are thousands of provisional ballots in Utah and Salt Lake counties, which take time [More]

After Acosta ruling, Trump says press will face new rules on behavior

  • 1:32 pm Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after a federal judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, President Donald Trump said new rules would be put in place at the White House governing the behavior of reporters, and if those rules are violated, then that would be grounds to pull the press pass of the offending reporter.

“People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations,” President Trump told reporters after a bill signing ceremony at the White House, saying he wants to enforce rules of decorum.

“Decorum. You can’t take three questions and four questions. You can’t [More]

Democrats head home with Pelosi’s future unclear in House

  • 4:00 am Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While allies of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed hard this week to put her on the way to become the next Speaker of the House, a small group of Democratic holdouts is threatening to block her from getting to 218 votes on the floor in January, leaving Democrats uncertain about their leadership.

“I’m concerned about the situation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), as he left a closed door meeting of House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

“I can’t say that I’m optimistic,” Connolly told reporters, noting that those opposed to Pelosi as the next Speaker did [More]

Democrats continue 2018 election gains in House

  • 3:14 pm Thursday, November 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In what has almost been a daily event since Election Day last week, Democrats won two more GOP seats in the House on Thursday, as a new form of runoff election in Maine knocked off a Republican incumbent, and Democrats defeated another Republican in California, increasing the gains of Democrats to 36 seats, with six GOP seats still undecided.

In Maine, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) had asked a federal judge to block the final tabulation of results in his district under the format known as “ranked choice voting” – but the judge refused, saying that was a political question, as Maine [More]

Jamie Dupree: “I will never, ever give up”

  • 1:06 am Thursday, November 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Normally, I’m not at a loss for words.

Whether it’s on the radio, on Twitter, or on my blog, I churn out copy at all hours of the day and night.

But as I sit here at my dinner table (still clad in my tuxedo) after arriving home from an awards ceremony with hundreds of my reporting colleagues in Washington, I honestly don’t know what to say.

So, the best thing to do is let others speak for me.

What happened on Wednesday night was the Radio Television Correspondent’s Association – which credentials reporters on Capitol Hill – honored me with a [More]

Democrats turn up war of words over Florida, Georgia vote counts

  • 1:22 pm Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Watching vote count battles from afar on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats stepped up their attacks on Republicans in both Florida and Georgia on Wednesday, broadly accusing GOP officials of standing in the way of a fair vote count in undecided races in those two states.

“President Trump and Governor Scott have just lied,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer told reporters just off the Senate floor, accusing Republicans of inventing election fraud charges to undercut calls by Democrats for a full vote count.

“They’ve said there is fraud when their own Republican officials in Florida have said there’s no fraud,” Schumer added, again [More]

Democrats edging toward California blowout in U.S. House

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the lame duck, post-election Congress returned to work on Tuesday, the 2018 election gains of Democrats continued to grow, with news organizations declaring a fourth GOP seat for Democrats in California, as other vote numbers indicated that Republicans could lose two more seats in what was once the hotbed of national GOP conservatism, Orange County.

The latest GOP lawmaker to go down to defeat was Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), a more moderate conservative who had tried but failed to broker a GOP agreement on immigration, as his slim lead from Election Day was swamped by a tide of mail-in ballots [More]

Budget deficit starts fast in new fiscal year

  • 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The new fiscal year got off to a rocky start in October, as the Treasury Department reported Tuesday that Uncle Sam ran a budget deficit of $100 billion last month, up 60 percent from a year earlier, and the largest deficit in October since 2015.

Compared to the same month a year ago, spending was up by over $50 billion, while revenues increased by $17 billion, again demonstrating stronger economic growth – but that growth has not brought the federal deficit under control as promised repeatedly by GOP leaders in Congress and the White House.

The feds brought in $252.7 billion in [More]