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12 January 2018, 08:24 | Devin Moran
Democrat Richard Shelby switched to the Republican party in 1994 when Democrats found it hard to win elections
Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in Wednesday as Alabama's newest US senator, reducing the Republican advantage to 51 to 49 and giving his party more room to impede President Trump's 2018 legislative agenda.
"I have been waiting my whole life and now I don't know what the hell to say", he said with a laugh.
- The President and First Lady will be in Atlanta next Monday as the guest of Mike Pence's Chief of Staff, who is a Georgia native. Smith is replacing former Minnesota Sen.
Franken last month announced that he would resign following allegations of sexual misconduct. Manchin is up for re-election in a state President Donald Trump won by more than 40 points in 2016, but Democrats believe the former governor's personal brand in the Mountain State will make him hard to beat.
Senate Republican aides privately conceded that Jones's vote will make it almost impossible to take another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act and may quiet talk of a push for a major entitlement overhaul this year.
Gresham, a former assistant secretary for government affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will be the only African-American chief of staff in a Democratic Senate office this Congress.
He'll return to the Senate chamber on Wednesday alongside the newly elected senator from Alabama.
- Bannon thinks Congressional Democrats will "crack" Don Jr. Corrupting and subverting the democratic process have never been blacks and Latinos "illegally" voting, much less ACORN, George Soros or any other boogeymen. He is even in favor of abortion rights, a delicate reality for a politician from Alabama. Jay Rockefeller (Democrat of West Virginia), will be legislative director.
- Trump's attorneys have sent Bannon a "cease and desist" letter.
Those Democrats stuck together on key votes over health care and taxes, showing they are not afraid to vote against Trump.
"The fact that he's been here for a long time".
Marge Baker, a top official at the progressive organization People for the America Way, agreed.
"There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than me", he said. "He ran as a pro-choice, pro-Obamacare, common-sense leader", she said.
In this December 4, 2017, file photo, then-Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference in Dolomite, Ala. And when do you break to prove your independence and represent your state's interests?
In an announcement on the State Capitol steps, Hobson, 56, outlined a platform very similar to the former Alabama chief justice's Senate campaign previous year, with an emphasis on military spending, opposition to abortion and LGBT rights and loyalty to President Donald Trump and his agenda, particularly on immigration. It was a contentious battle for the seat of former GOP Sen.
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