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Trump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us'

President Trump brushed off the news of rapper Kanye West’s presidential bid and his subsequent comments that he no longer supports the president.

He is always going to be for us, and his wife is going to be for us,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, referring to West and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West.

Trump brushed off comments that West made earlier this week, telling Forbes that he is “taking the red hat off," referring to Trump’s signature red “Make America Great Again” campaign baseball caps.

Trump did not, however, criticize West in his interview with Hannity and maintained that he thinks West will support him in his reelection bid.


Pea Rodriguez Faces Texas State Rep. Gutierrez In District 19 Democratic Runoff

Attorney Xochil Peña Rodriguez will go up against State Rep. Roland Gutierrez in the July 14 Democratic primary runoff election for Texas' Senate District 19. The victor will face Republican incumbent Sen. Pete Flores in the November general election.

SD 19 covers a large swath of Texas, stretching across 17 counties including parts of Bexar and Atascosa, and south along the U.S.-Mexico border. The district was reliably blue until Flores' special election upset after Sen. Carlos Uresti resigned the office amid felony corruption charges.

Neither Peña Rodriguez (43%) or Gutierrez (37%) surpassed the 50% threshold to secure the district's Democratic nomination on Super Tuesday.

Gutierrez is a six-term state representative, immigration lawyer and former San Antonio City Council member. In the Texas House, he is currently a member of the Energy Resources and Pensions, Investments & Financial Services committees. Gutierrez made an unsuccessful bid for the SD 19 seat in 2018.

First-time candidate Peña Rodriguez is a lawyer and the daughter of former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez. She previously served as associate counsel for the University of Texas at San Antonio and assistant city attorney for the City of San Antonio. She currently serves on the San Antonio/Bexar County Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census.


Dan Crenshaw trashes fellow veteran Tammy Duckworth


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In a Trump campaign meet-up this week, Rep. Dan Crenshaw said the left "stands for the destruction of America” and "even liberal veterans probably don’t agree with that, unless you’re Tammy Duckworth.”

GOP Lawmaker Wants More to Get Virus

Alabama state Sen. Del Marsh (R) said he is not concerned about the state reaching more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus in one day, WSFA reports..

Marsh says he wants to see more people with COVID-19 because “we start reaching an immunity as more people have it and get through it.”


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Kamala Harris endorses Monique Worrell for Orlando State Attorney

California’s U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a former Democratic presidential candidate and now a leading contender for the party’s vice presidential pick, has endorsed Monique Worrell in Orlando’s State Attorney election, Worrell’s campaign announced Thursday.

Worrell is a former law professor and justice reform lawyer running for the office opening up for Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit, which serves Orange and Osceola counties. She is in a fierce four-way Democratic primary battle with former Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr., the current JC 9 Chief Assistant State Attorney Deborah Barra and another Assistant State Attorney, Ryan Williams of Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit, who also is a former assistant state attorney in JC 9.

Worrell already has received Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ endorsement, and earlier this week announced backing from singer John Legend.

The latest announcement from Worrell’s campaign did not include a statement from Harris.

“For far too long, the State Attorney’s Office has helped perpetuate the notion that justice is a privilege for the wealthy and that poverty is deserving of criminal punishment,” Worrell said. “I am running for state attorney to change the culture of prosecution and disrupt the concentration of power that has held a grip on our criminal legal system. It is time to create a system that represents fairness and equality, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or how much money you have.”


After losing big on Super Tuesday, Texas progressives hope to salvage some victories in July

Judging from March, the ideological left wing of the Democratic Party in Texas should be inconsolable.

After months of high hopes, the faction ran into a centrist buzz saw in the March 3 primary. Joe Biden practically locked up the Democratic presidential nomination, and progressive candidates experienced electoral drubbings.

Among the fallen: presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, congressional candidate Jessica Cisneros, U.S. Senate hopeful Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, and Audia Jones, a candidate for Harris County District attorney endorsed by Sanders.

But rather than licking their political wounds, leading progressive candidates still in the fight say they’re invigorated — and eager to use the coronavirus pandemic, fights over voting by mail and calls for police reform to score some late victories in the July runoffs.

“Every time we have a progressive run, we get a little bit closer,” said Sara Stapleton-Barrera, who is in a runoff against state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville. “I feel like we’re slowly winning the war, but we have to get through some of these battles first.”

Perhaps the most energy is coming from Austin, where two runoffs have the attention of progressives. José Garza is competing in the nationally watched Democratic primary runoff for Travis County district attorney. Mike Siegel is vying for his party’s nomination in the 10th Congressional District’s Democratic primary runoff.


Two major Texas counties are trimming polling locations as workers pull out over coronavirus

A lack of workers willing to run polling sites as Texas continues to report record coronavirus infections is forcing election officials in two major counties to scale back plans for the July 14 primary runoff elections.

Citing a drop-off spurred by fear of the virus, Bexar County, the state’s fourth largest, is expected to close at least eight of its planned 226 voting locations for next Tuesday, according to County Judge Nelson Wolff.

In Tarrant County, the third largest, election officials learned Thursday that the local Republican and Democratic parties had agreed to shutter two of 173 sites planned for election day voting after the parties were unable to find election judges to run the polling places.

Although poll workers are generally being provided with protective gear, Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to not require voters to wear masks when they show up at polling locations is driving some poll workers away, Wolff said.


FLIPPABLE: Daniel Bennett for WV-HD-63

Daniel Bennett is a candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates 63.


5 veto override attempts at NC legislature fail, including 4 about reopening

Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County applauds visitors in the gallery after the House failed to override three bills vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP) (Photo: Robert Willett, AP)
RALEIGH - The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short July 8 in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact.

Four vetoes upheld in House or Senate votes were related to Cooper's orders limiting business activities or mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gyms, bars, skating rinks and large entertainment venues have been closed by Cooper since March. A fifth veto — on a bill addressing concealed carry inside certain churches — also was upheld.

Republicans passed the virus-related bills in response to constituents and trade groups pleading for help, worried that they'll have to permanently close and lay off their employees.

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