The gay son of newly sworn in Senator Doug Jones was giving the eyeball to Mike Pence during the swearing in ceremony. SFGate reports: Pence, a strict conservative who reportedly will not eat meals in the company of women other than his wife and who once penned a column about the destructive moral influence of Disney’s “Mulan,” has a record of opposing gay rights as a member of Congress and as governor of Indiana.
As a reminder that every vote counts, Republican David Yancey just won a tie breaker for a Virginia Assembly seat. That allows Republicans to maintain control of the Legislature by 51-49. Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds each received 11,607 votes. NPR reports that: the state election board shall “determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected.
Interestingly Pence has been raising a ton of money for his PAC- a bit unusual for a VP. WSJ quotes a former spokesman for (soon to be Utah Senator) Mitt Romney: Mr. Pence is a “safe choice, whereas Trump is a total wild card.” Pence is certainly set up to run in 2020 if Trump implodes or quits.
If the Dems take back the House in 2018, they will need to knock off people like Jeff Denham. He won reelection in a District that Hillary carried in 2016. SacBee writes about some of the challengers to Denham.
Trump had his lawyer try and convince Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Russia probe. From Time: The conversation between Don McGahn, the president’s White House counsel, and Sessions took place on the president’s orders and occurred just before the attorney general announced that he would step aside from the ongoing inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person with knowledge of the interaction. It is amazing the lengths to which Trump has gone to try and derail the investigation of his ties to Putin and Russia. But hey, nothing to see, nothing to see.
Fortune reports that my good friend Mike Tyson is looking to open a giant weed ranch…err “Cannabis Resort”. Iron Mike is going to join with all the lawmakers who totally bummed about Jeff Sessions’ decision to start enforcing marijuana laws even in states that have legalized it. Time mentions that this could even prompt Congress to legalize marijuana. Hopefully Sessions would then light up a giant blunt to celebrate.