- 12:02 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Accused by multiple women of unwanted sexual advances both before and after he was elected to Congress, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday that he would resign his seat ‘in the coming weeks,’ even as he denied the veracity of the various charges leveled against him.
“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” Franken said. “Others I remember very differently.”
“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator – nothing – has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken added in a short speech, in which he [More]
- 11:51 am Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With more stories of sexual misconduct surfacing against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), a group of female Democratic Party Senators on Wednesday publicly called for Franken’s resignation, as they were swiftly joined by other Democrats on Capitol Hill, and the head of the national party, making it clear there was no place in elected office for the embattled Minnesota Democrat. Franken was said to be scheduling an announcement on Thursday.
“It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women, and he should resign,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
“Sexual harassment and misconduct should [More]
- 5:01 pm Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Over the last 18 months, hardly a day goes by without a listener or reader asking about my health and my voice, and when I will be back on the radio talking about politics, the Congress and President Trump. Even more questions came my way this week after a veteran lawmaker went to the House floor to give a speech about my medical predicament, publicly offering welcome words of encouragement.
“Mr. Speaker, I would like to talk about Jamie Dupree,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) began, as she detailed some of the troubles that I have been experiencing since the spring of [More]
- 10:49 am Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The firestorm over sexual misconduct claimed the career of the Dean of the U.S. House on Tuesday, as Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), currently the longest-serving member in the House, announced that he would resign from his office, as he immediately endorsed his son, John Conyers III to replace him in the U.S. House.
“I am retiring today,” Conyers said on the Mildred Gattis radio show in Detroit.
Speaking by telephone from a hospital in the Detroit area where he is being treated for a stress-related condition, Conyers said little about the allegations against him.
“I want everyone to know how much I appreciate [More]
- 10:41 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After shying away from Roy Moore over multiple allegations of past sexual misconduct, national Republicans jumped back into the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, as President Donald Trump on Monday publicly endorsed Moore, and the Republican National Committee decided to start spending money again on Moore’s embattled campaign, with one week until a special election in the Yellowhammer State.
“Go get ’em, Roy!” was what Moore said he was told by the President, as Mr. Trump called Moore from Air Force One on Monday morning, hours after tweeting his support for the controversial GOP nominee for U.S. Senate [More]
- 12:59 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A few hours after tweeting out his support for controversial Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the White House said President Donald Trump called Moore from Air Force One on Monday, making clear his support for Moore’s election bid, putting Mr. Trump squarely at odds with a number of GOP Senators who have said they find Moore to be an unacceptable candidate.
“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” reporters were told by Principal White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj [More]
- 11:38 pm Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After the Senate voted late Friday night to approve a GOP tax reform bill, Republicans in the Congress this week will start work on final negotiations between the House and Senate on tax legislation, as GOP leaders and President Donald Trump look to produce the first sweeping reforms of the federal tax code since 1986.
If you look at the calendar, Christmas is just three weeks away. Congress had been aiming to wrap up work by Friday, December 15, but now a stop gap budget plan may extend work until December 22.
So, that means the GOP has about two and [More]
- 8:03 am Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With a Congressional hearing set for Thursday before a U.S. House committee, some details have come forward in recent days on human resources settlements involving members of Congress, which were paid with taxpayer dollars, as lawmakers in both parties said it was time to expose the full details to the public.
In a letter to the head of the Committee on House Administration – which oversees operations of the House of Representatives – officials detailed legal settlements over the last five years involving Congressional offices and committees, detailing a total of six claims in that time.
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), who chairs [More]
- 1:52 am Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
In another big step forward for Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump, Republicans muscled a sweeping tax reform bill through the Senate early on Saturday morning, setting up House-Senate negotiations starting next week, as the White House pressed lawmakers to strike a final GOP deal in coming weeks, with a goal of getting the bill to the President’s desk by Christmas.
“This tax bill is going to ignite our economy,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). “We delivered on an historic opportunity to cut taxes and fix the archaic tax code.”
“The vast majority of middle class families are going to get [More]
- 11:50 am Friday, December 1st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plead guilty on Friday to one felony count of making false statements to the FBI, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections reached into the inner circles of President Donald Trump’s administration, as Flynn admitted that he did not tell the truth about conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country,” Flynn said in a written statement.
“I accept [More]