WASHINGTON — Texas Democrats have a bona fide home-state presidential candidate for the first time in decades, thanks to former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro. They may soon have another legit contender in former El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke. But most of the state's Democrats in Congress have so far avoided weighing in on the crowded White House primary.Only two of the 13 Texas Democrats in D.C. have made a presidential endorsement — both for Castro. One is Castro's twin brother, San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro, while the other is Dallas Rep. Colin Allred, who worked for Julián Castro when the candidate was U.S. housing secretary.The rest are content, for now, to sit on the sidelines."I'm keeping my powder dry and my dough wet," Houston Rep. Al Green said.The endorsement game is not the be-all-end-all, now or at any stage in the White House race.The Texans' wait-and-see approach also might vanish if O'Rourke follows through on his strong hints that he … [Read more...] about With 2 Texas Dems – Castro, O’Rourke – likely in White House race, who will Texans in Congress back?
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Andrew Selsky, Associated Press Updated 11:23 am PST, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington. Merkley announced Tuesday, March 5, 2019 that he would not seek his party's 2020 presidential nomination but will focus on his Senate re-election. less FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington. Merkley announced Tuesday, March 5, 2019 that he would not seek his party's ... more Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., speaks during the U.S. Conference of … [Read more...] about Sen. Merkley decides to stay out of crowded White House race
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First-term Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California, a rising party star and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, launched her 2020 campaign for the White House on Monday in an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” FILE PHOTO: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, talks to to Christine Blasey Ford, testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Harris, 54, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, enters the race with the potential advantage of being the Democratic candidate who looks most like the party’s increasingly diverse base of young, female and minority voters. “Let’s do this, together. Let’s claim our future. For ourselves, for our children, and for our country,” Harris said in a campaign video that was released to coincide with her television … [Read more...] about Democratic Senator Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race
close Video Andrew Gillum wins Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wins Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary. Ed Henry reports. The first test of the 2020 race for the White House – and of the possible impeachment of President Trump before he can even run for re-election – will come this November in the Florida election for governor. In the Florida primary Tuesday, voters selected Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis as the gubernatorial candidates of their respective parties. Gillum won an upset victory over three better-funded Democratic candidates, while DeSantis captured the Republican nomination with the help of an endorsement from President Trump. The outcome of the Gillum-DeSantis race – between candidates who are polar opposites in many ways – will be a profound indicator of three things: how the American people feel about the policies of President Trump; … [Read more...] about Florida governor’s election will be Trump’s first test of the 2020 White House race
WASHINGTON (Circa) — Since President Donald Trump issued the Space Command directive in June, there has been a mix of reactions from enthusiasm to skepticism, but mostly questions about how the administration would carry out its vision. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis provided a bullet-point outline of the administration's ambitious plans to establish Space Command as an entirely new branch of the U.S. military by 2020. While some hoped the Thursday speech would provide clarity on the path forward, the four points outlined in the plan revealed the immensity of the task that the administration seeks to undertake at breakneck speed. "Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already," Pence said, stressing the urgency of the new military force. "The United States will not shrink from this challenge." There is little debate that space has become increasingly contested and congested in recent decades, with dozens … [Read more...] about White House race for Space Force raises questions about a 6th military branch