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caucus night for minneapolis dflers


minneapolis dflers caucused for city council, park board and mayoral races in ward 9 at south high school and elsewhere around the city tuesday evening, april 4, 2017. so many people attended the precinct 2 caucus that they had to move the caucus from a classroom to the school cafeteria at south. at another location, minneapolis dflers caucused at the brian coyle community center, the crowd was too big for the building and caucus goers were directed to go outside to the soccer field next door.






african american caucus seeks formal apology after rep. maxine waters is cut off


the california democratic party african american caucus is asking the state party for a formal apology to u.s. rep. maxine waters and its members for what it called disrespect by a private subcontractor at its weekend state convention.waters, a los angeles democrat known for her comments on president trump, had been speaking at a caucus meeting during the event saturday night when the sound to her microphone was cut off.in a statement released late wednesday, the caucus said it had concluded an investigation with the sacramento city council and executive staff from the california democratic party to determine what transpired. they found the state party retained the event planning firm frontrunner to produce the convention, attended by nearly 3,000 people from across the state. frontrunner






new caucus to advocate for nasa's needs in congress


updated 12:25 p.m. eastern. washington — the co-founder of a new congressional caucus devoted to nasa said he hopes to use it to advocate for the agency's needs in congress once a new administrator is in place. rep. steve knight (r-calif.) co-founded the new nasa caucus in october with rep. marcy kaptur (d-ohio). the bipartisan caucus now has about 50 members, he said in a nov. 30 speech at a commercial spaceflight federation breakfast here. "we're going to talk about what nasa can do, what the private industry can do, what commercial spaceflight is going to be doing, what everything is going to be doing, all meshed together," he said. [us will return to the moon, mike pence says] knight said later that the caucus didn't have any specific legislative priorities at this time. rather, he sai






african american caucus request formal apology after u.s. rep. maxine waters was


the california democratic party african american caucus is asking the state party for a formal apology to u.s. rep. maxine waters and its members for what it called disrespect by a private subcontractor at its weekend state convention.waters, a los angeles democrat known for her comments on president trump, had been speaking at a caucus meeting during the event saturday night when the sound to her microphone was cut off.in a statement released late wednesday, the caucus said it had concluded an investigation with the sacramento city council and executive staff from the california democratic party executive staff to determine what transpired. they found the state party retained the event planning firm frontrunner to produce the convention, attended by nearly 3,000 people from across the sta






oklahoma lawmaker wants non-english-speaking schoolkids turned over to immigrati


a republican member in the oklahoma house is suggesting that tens of thousands of non-english speaking students in public schools be turned over to u.s. immigration officials as cost-saving measure in the cash-strapped state.broken arrow republican rep. mike ritze told news9 in an interview wednesday that the newly created republican platform caucus believes the state could save $60 million if oklahoma would identify what the caucus believes is 82,000 non-english speaking students "and then turn them over" to immigration and customs enforcement to determine whether they are citizens.it's unclear from the segment if he was referring to turning over the students' names or rounding up the children. the state department of education said there are actually about 50,000 english learners in pre-






cancer survivor caucus launches as research cuts loom


walnut creek — congress has hundreds of them – from the “american sikh congressional caucus” to the “congressional interstate 11 caucus” to the “congressional bourbon caucus.”now an east bay congressman is launching a new caucus that members of congress no doubt hope they’ll never have to join: the congressional cancer survivors caucus.“cancer is not a partisan issue,” said rep. mark desaulnier, d-walnut creek, who has leukemia and filed the paperwork to create the caucus last week.but it’s hard to escape the politics, because the trump administration is gearing up to fight for budget cuts that desaulnier and many cancer groups say would hamstring cancer research.“people who have experienced it generally understand that public research has contributed to the fact that they and their relati






what is the house freedom caucus and why is trump attacking its members?


rep. dave brat, r-va., and other members of the house freedom caucus arrive at the white house on march 23, 2017. the group was negotiating the health care repeal bill that ultimately fell through. (photo: evan vucci, ap)on thursday, president trump threatened to defeat members of the freedom caucus in the 2018 midterm elections. so what is the freedom caucus, and why is the president of the united states threatening to defeat members of his own party? let's start from the beginning:how did we get here?the freedom caucus, a group of hardline conservatives in the house, was one of the critical forces in defeating the obamacare repeal bill that republicans tried to bring to the house floor last week. the group of far-right republicans spent weeks in negotiations with trump and the white hous






what is the house freedom caucus and why is trump attacking its members?


rep. dave brat, r-va., and other members of the house freedom caucus arrive at the white house on march 23, 2017. the group was negotiating the health care repeal bill that ultimately fell through. (photo: evan vucci, ap)on thursday, president trump threatened to defeat members of the freedom caucus in the 2018 midterm elections. so what is the freedom caucus, and why is the president of the united states threatening to defeat members of his own party? let's start from the beginning:how did we get here?the freedom caucus, a group of hardline conservatives in the house, was one of the critical forces in defeating the obamacare repeal bill that republicans tried to bring to the house floor last week. the group of far-right republicans spent weeks in negotiations with trump and the white hous






black lawmakers agree to meet regularly with president trump


from left, rep. andre carson, d-ind., congressional black caucus rep. cedric richmond, d-la., rep. karen bass, d-calif., rep. gwen moore, d-wis., and other members of the congressional black caucus meet with president donald trump in the cabinet room of the white house in washington, wednesday, march 22, 2017. (ap photo/andrew harnik) org xmit: dcah107(photo: andrew harnik, ap) 7 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — members of the congressional black caucus said they were surprised wednesday how little president trump seemed to know about some problems facing african americans, but said they're pleased he wants to meet regularly to discuss pressing issues.“he listened and we talked and we proposed a lot of solutions, many of which i think he had never heard before,’’ said rep. cedric ri






john ivison: maxime bernier says conservative leadership race is down to himself


maxime bernier believes the conservative leadership contest has become a two-horse race.“i think so,” he concedes. “i am looking to kevin o’leary as an opponent and waiting to see his platform.”at a rally in ottawa this week, bernier’s chief organizer, ontario mp alex nuttall, said he believes the campaign will sign up 30,000 new members by the time eligibility to vote in the may election is cut off in just under three weeks.in an interview, the long, lean member from quebec’s beauce region said the campaign has signed up around 10,000 members — a significant number, given the existing membership is under 100,000, but a far cry from the huge influx nuttall pledged.what is clear, though, is that the second act in bernier’s political career has already exceeded expectations — he is signing u






black lawmakers agree to meet regularly with president trump


from left, rep. andre carson, d-ind., congressional black caucus rep. cedric richmond, d-la., rep. karen bass, d-calif., rep. gwen moore, d-wis., and other members of the congressional black caucus meet with president donald trump in the cabinet room of the white house in washington, wednesday, march 22, 2017. (ap photo/andrew harnik) org xmit: dcah107(photo: andrew harnik, ap) 3 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — members of the congressional black caucus said they were surprised wednesday how little president trump seemed to know about some problems facing african americans, but said they're pleased he wants to meet regularly to discuss pressing issues.“he listened and we talked and we proposed a lot of solutions, many of which i think he had never heard before,’’ said rep. cedric richm






‘anything that will help people will be wiped out’


distinguished linguist and commentator noam chomsky dismissed the efforts of the republican party to come up with a suitable replacement for the affordable care act, saying compromises with the conservative wing will make the next version of  trumpcare worthless.appearing on democracy today, chomsky was asked by host amy goodman if trump might have a “nixon goes to china moment” since he has in the past supported a single-payer health system.“he’s extremely angry right now at the freedom caucus,” goodman stated. “he can’t decide which is the villains in this much more, the freedom caucus or the democrats.”“i think they’ll probably revise it,” chomsky replied. “and trump is all over the place about what he believes. he’ll say anything that comes to mind at 3am. the people who are really set






congressional black caucus turns down trump invitation


washington — the congressional black caucus has turned down an invitation to meet with president donald trump, telling him they believe their concerns are falling on "deaf ears" at the white house and his policies are causing "legitimate alarm" among african-american lawmakers.black caucus chairman cedric richmond told trump in a wednesday letter that his proposed budget cuts would "destroy minority communities" and said trump and his cabinet haven't responded to several letters penned by caucus members.trump and top members of the caucus met in march, but richmond says there has been no follow-through on promises like helping black lawmakers meet with trump's cabinet.richmond's letter responded to an invitation from white house aide omarosa manigault, who won fame as a contestant on "the






a look at the best new foods at target field


minneapolis dflers caucused for city council, park board and mayoral races in ward 9 at south high school and elsewhere around the city tuesday evening, april 4, 2017. so many people attended the precinct 2 caucus that they had to move the caucus from a classroom to the school cafeteria at south. at another location, minneapolis dflers caucused at the brian coyle community center, the crowd was too big for the building and caucus goers were directed to go outside to the soccer field next door.






the freedom caucus blew its chance to govern


mark wilson, getty imagesrep. mark meadows, a republican from north carolina and chairman of the house freedom caucus, leaves a closed-door meeting of the caucus last thursday at the u.s. capitol.a few days before the house freedom caucus brought down the american health care act, rep. mark meadows laid out the stakes for his group: “this is a defining moment for our nation, but it’s also a defining moment for the freedom caucus.”the north carolina republican was right. the vote was indeed a defining moment — a test in which the freedom caucus had to decide: would it remain a minoritarian opposition bloc whose only role was to defend truth without compromise? or could it become something bigger, transforming itself into a majoritarian governing force that could lead congress toward achieva






key conservative lawmaker says making headway on healthcare bill


u.s. representative mark meadows, chairman of the conservative house freedom caucus, said on wednesday he is very encouraged by the negotiations with republican leadership over a sweeping healthcare bill.“i’m very encouraged that we might be seeing some real headway,” meadows told reporters before a caucus meeting. earlier, a freedom caucus aide said more than 25 members of the group opposed the legislation to replace obamacare, enough votes to sink the bill in thursday’s scheduled vote.(reporting by david morgan; writing by eric beech)






trump says he’ll ‘fight’ gop freedom caucus members in 2018 if they don’t ‘get o


president donald trump issued a threat to members of the house freedom caucus on thursday in which he warned them of possible primary challenges if they don’t line up to back his agenda.“the freedom caucus will hurt the entire republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, and fast,” the president tweeted. “we must fight them, and dems, in 2018!”the freedom caucus will hurt the entire republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. we must fight them, & dems, in 2018!— donald j. trump (@realdonaldtrump) march 30, 2017trump has previously criticized the freedom caucus for nuking house speaker paul ryan’s proposed health care plan, which died without receiving a vote last friday. this marks the first time, however, that the president has suggested that he will back primary challen






republican lawmaker quits conservative house group over healthcare conflict


republican u.s. representative ted poe resigned from the housefreedom caucus on sunday over the conservative legislative group’s role in sinking a healthcareoverhaul championed by president donald trump.“saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do,” the texas lawmakersaid in a statement. “leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective member of congress.”poe was in favor of the republican legislation, but the freedom caucus argued the proposal did not go far enough in repealing the 2010 affordable care act, popularly known as obamacare.the freedom caucus, consisting of the house of representatives’ most conservative members, was instrumental in dealing trump a stunning political setback on friday when republican houseleaders pulled the healthcare le






new caucus to advocate for nasa's needs in congress


the co-founder of a new congressional caucus devoted to nasa said he hopes to use it to advocate for the agency's needs in congress once a new administrator is in place.






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrepublican representative from north carolina and chairman of the house freedom caucus mark meadows speaks to members of the news media after leaving a meeting of the house freedom caucus, on capitol hill march 23.(photo: michael reynolds, epa) 12655 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the afforda






house freedom caucus will not oppose obamacare repeal en bloc


rep. mark meadows, r-n.c, is pictured in 2013. meadows said that the freedom caucus will not take an official position on the obamacare repeal.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 18 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — the conservative house freedom caucus has decided not to vote as a bloc to oppose the republican plan to repeal and replace obamacare, a decision that could pave the way for the legislation to pass the house this week.“we’re not taking any official positions,” rep. mark meadows, r-n.c., chairman of the freedom caucus, told reporters monday. “i’m going to encourage them to vote for their constituents.”members of the group had previously raised concerns about the house bill, saying it wasn’t conservative enough and threatening to vote against it. because no democrats are expected






legis. carrié solages expelled from nassau democratic caucus


nassau county legis. carrié solages, who was arrested last week on charges related to alleged domestic violence, has been stripped of legislative committee assignments and expelled from the democrats’ caucus.but as solages sat silently monday at his first legislative meeting since the arrest, party leaders said they’re unlikely to replace him as their candidate this fall in his district covering elmont and valley stream.most popular“i’m here to ensure the community’s interests are best served,” nassau democratic chairman jay jacobs said in a telephone interview. “i haven’t seen or heard anything to indicate carrié has lost the community’s political support.”minority leader kevan abrahams (d-freeport) notified solages in a letter late last week of his expulsion from the caucus.“it is clear






legis. carrié solages expelled from nassau democratic caucus


nassau county legis. carrié solages, who was arrested last week on charges related to alleged domestic violence, has been stripped of legislative committee assignments and expelled from democrats’ caucus.but as solages sat silently monday at his first legislative meeting since the arrest, party leaders said they’re unlikely to replace him as their candidate this fall in his district covering elmont and valley stream.most popular“i’m here to ensure the community’s interests are best served,” nassau democratic chairman jay jacobs said in a telephone interview. “i haven’t seen or heard anything to indicate carrié has lost the community’s political support.”minority leader kevan abrahams (d-freeport) had notified solages in a letter late last week of his expulsion from the minority democratic






legis. carrié solages expelled from nassau democratic caucus


nassau county legis. carrié solages, who was arrested last week on charges related to alleged domestic violence, has been stripped of legislative committee assignments and expelled from the democrats’ caucus.but as solages sat silently monday at his first legislative meeting since the arrest, party leaders said they’re unlikely to replace him as their candidate this fall in his district covering elmont and valley stream.most popular“i’m here to ensure the community’s interests are best served,” nassau democratic chairman jay jacobs said in a telephone interview. “i haven’t seen or heard anything to indicate carrié has lost the community’s political support.”minority leader kevan abrahams (d-freeport) notified solages in a letter late last week of his expulsion from the caucus.“it is clear






freedom caucus leader warns trump they have the votes to block obamacare replace


president donald trump warned republicans that they could lose their seats in 2018 if they didn’t support the obamacare replacement, but the gop house freedom caucus leader rep. mark meadows (r-nc) isn’t freaking out over it.according to the daily kos, meadows said “there are enough holdouts among conservatives to prevent the gop’s obamacare repeal plan.” trump singled out meadows in his threat, noting “i think mark meadows will get there, too. mark, i’m coming after you,” the hill reported.meadows said, “it’s a temporary job, and i’ve known that from day one.” he confirmed there are at least 21 freedom caucus members who oppose the affordable care act replacement.






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare speaker paul ryan suspended the vote on the american health care act after too many republicans defected. video provided by newsy newslookrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 15 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves th






trump takes aim at freedom caucus over defeat of gop health care plan


rep. mark meadows, r-n.c.(photo: michael reynolds, epa) 45 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — despite calling freedom caucus members friends last week, president trump seemed to take aim sunday at the republican hard-line conservatives and blame them in part for the collapse of the party’s health care repeal plan.“democrats are smiling in d.c. that the freedom caucus, with the help of club for growth and heritage, have saved planned parenthood & ocare!’’ trump tweeted early sunday.the tweet came on the heels of a major blow for republicans when leaders pulled friday their plan to replace and repeal the affordable care act, because they didn't have enough gop support to pass the measure. several moderate republicans and members of the freedom caucus vowed not to support it. all the dem






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 11836 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the affordable car






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 10597 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the affordable car






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 9675 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the affordable care






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 7819 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the affordable care






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 5528 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the affordable care






collapse of obamacare repeal plan puts freedom caucus in complicated spot


closeskip in skipxembedxshare house speaker paul ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the gop bill to replace obamacare. usa todayrep. mark meadows, r-n.c., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the house freedom caucus to discuss the health care bill on capitol hill on march 23, 2017. meadows chairs the conservative caucus.(photo: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images) 4043 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — the house freedom caucus scored a victory with conservatives friday when house speaker paul ryan and president trump decided to abandon legislation to repeal and replace obamacare. but the group now also must face a party and a president frustrated that their demands for a more conservative approach forced the legislation to a standstill that leaves the affordable care






vice president mike pence faces backlash for photo of freedom caucus meeting


vice president mike pence (photo: justin sullivan, getty images)in the age of social media, optics are everything.so the responses to a tweet from vice president mike pence of his and president trump's meeting with the house freedom caucus shouldn't be a surprise.the problem? the photo of the meeting on the obamacare replacement bill didn't include a single woman.as a note: the conservative freedom caucus doesn't have any female members.read or share this story: http://usat.ly/2mw2gyh






vice president mike pence faces backlash for photo of freedom caucus meeting


vice president mike pence (photo: justin sullivan, getty images)in the age of social media, optics are everything.so the responses to a tweet from vice president mike pence of his and president trump's meeting with the house freedom caucus shouldn't be a surprise.the problem? the photo of the meeting on the obamacare replacement bill didn't include a single woman.as a note: the conservative freedom caucus doesn't have any female members.read or share this story: http://usat.ly/2mw2gyh






vice president mike pence faces backlash for photo of freedom caucus meeting


vice president mike pence (photo: justin sullivan, getty images)in the age of social media, optics are everything.so the responses to a tweet from vice president mike pence of his and president trump's meeting with the house freedom caucus shouldn't be a surprise.the problem? the photo of the meeting on the obamacare replacement bill didn't include a single woman.as a note: the conservative freedom caucus doesn't have any female members.read or share this story: http://usat.ly/2mw2gyh






15 times drew carey got s ed on "whose line"


over the years, drew carey has gotten burned many, many times on “whose line is it anyway?” but the fifteen in this video are the best burns.full story at youtube.more great humor. posted by josh urich