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Three Congressional resignations: Dec. 5-8, 2017

One Senator and two Congressmen resign over sexual harassment accusations

Three members of Congress resigned this week; following is the status of how they will get replaced.

  • Dec. 8: Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ-8) resigned, effective immediately.
    Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) will set the date for a special election.
    (AZ law requires a special election because Rep. Franks resigned more than 6 months before the next scheduled election in Nov. 2018)
  • Dec. 7: Senator Al Franken (D-MN) resigned, effective "in the coming weeks".
    Governor Mark Dayton (D-MN) will appoint an interim Senator until a special election is held in Nov. 2018.
    (Federal law requires that the governor appoint to fill Senate vacancies; then a special election in Nov. 2018 will fill the vacant seat from 2018 until the regularly-scheduled election in Nov. 2020)

  • Dec. 5: Congressman John Conyers (D-MI-13) resigned, effective immediately.
    Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) opted to keep the House seat vacant for 11 months, until Nov. 2018.
    (MI law allows for a special election anytime between now and the next election; Snyder chose the special election date to coincide with the general election date in Nov. 2018)

Source: Numerous news sources; see House membership roster and Senate membership roster for eventual replacements.


Gubernatorial results in New Jersey and Virginia: Nov. 7, 2017

Democrats win in both governor races of 2017

Only two states elected governors in 2017, VA and NJ; here are the results:

Democratic contendersStatusRepublican contendersStatus
Phil Murphy, bankerWon N.J. governorship, Nov. 2017Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant GovernorLost N.J. general election Nov 7, 2017
John S. Wisniewski, State AssemblymanLost N.J. Dem. primary, June 2017Jack Ciattarelli, State AssemblymanLost N.J. GOP primary, June 2017
  Chris Christie, incumbent N.J. governorRetiring 2018
Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor-electWon VA governorship, Nov. 2017Ed Gillespie, Former RNC ChairLost VA general election Nov 7, 2017
Tom Perriello, former U.S. RepLost VA Dem. primary, June 2017Frank Wagner, VA State SenatorLost VA GOP primary, June 2017
Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chairTerm-limited VA Governor as of Jan. 2018Corey Stewart, County SupervisorLost VA GOP primary, June 2017
Kathie Allen (D-UT-3)Lost House UT-3 special election, Nov. 7, 2017John Curtis, mayor of ProvoWon House UT-3 special election, Nov. 7 2017
(Click on the links above to see the issue stances of the winners and losers of the NJ, VA, and UT elections)

Source: Excerpts from 2017 NJ governor debates and NJ gubernatorial race in 50-state context.


Two Congressional resignations: Oct. 5-21, 2017

Murphy resigns over sexual misconduct; Tiberi resigns for a better job

Two members of Congress resigned this week; following is the status of how they will get replaced.

  • Oct. 5: Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) resigned, effective Oct. 21.
    Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) set the date for the special election for March 13, 2018.
    (Republicans nominated State Rep. Rick Saccone on Nov. 11; Democrats nominated Conor Lamb Nov. 19)

  • Oct. 19: Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12) resigned, effective Jan. 31, 2018, to take a job with the Ohio Business Roundtable, leaving his constituents unrepresented, and then requiring taxpayers to foot the bill for a special election to replace him.
    Governor John Kasich (R-OH) will set the special election date after Tiberi's resignation takes effect.
    (Contenders include Democratic Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and Republican State Sen. Troy Balderson)

Source: Numerous news sources; see House membership roster for eventual replacements.


Alabama Senate primary & runoff: August 15 & September 26, 2017

Incumbent Luther Strange defeated

  • Nov. 18, 2016: Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions appointed as United States Attorney General
  • Feb. 9, 2017: Luther Strange appointed as interim Senator
  • Aug. 15, 2017: Roy Moore places first in Republican primary
  • Sept. 26, 2017: Roy Moore wins Republican runoff
  • Dec. 12, 2017: Roy Moore (R) faces Doug Jones (D) in general election

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017
For more: excerpts from 2017 Alabama special election.


Special House Elections: June 20, 2017

Trump Cabinet appointees replaced in U.S. House of Representatives

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017


Gubernatorial primary in Virginia: June 13, 2017

Head-to-head race defined for November 2017

OnTheIssues covers the major candidates in the Virginia gubernatorial race; the election will take place on Nov. 7, 2017 (only two states will elect governors in 2017: VA and NJ):

Democratic contendersStatusRepublican contendersStatus
Ralph Northam, Lieutenant GovernorWon Dem. primary, June 2017Ed Gillespie, Former RNC ChairWon GOP primary, June 2017
Tom Perriello, former U.S. RepLost Dem. primary, June 2017Frank Wagner, State SenatorLost GOP primary, June 2017
Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chairTerm-limited as of Jan. 2018Corey Stewart, County SupervisorLost GOP primary, June 2017
Gerry Connolly, U.S. RepDeclined Dem. primary, Dec. 2015Rob Wittman, U.S. RepWithdrew from GOP primary, Dec. 2016
  Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of VirginiaDeclined GOP primary, May 2016
(Click on the links above to see the issue stances of the winners and losers of the VA primary)

Source: Excerpts from 2017 VA governor debates and VA gubernatorial race in 50-state context.


Special House Elections: April-May-June, 2017

Appointees replaced in U.S. House of Representatives

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017


New Alabama Governor: April 10, 2017

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey seated after Governor resigns; calls for Special Senate Election

  • Feb. 8: Senator Jeff Sessions (R) appointed by Donald Trump as U.S. Attorney General.
  • Feb. 9: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) appointed by Gov. Bentley to the U.S. Senate to replace Jeff Sessions, while Strange was investigating Bentley for impeachment.
  • April 10: Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned instead of facing impeachment, and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.
  • April 18: Newly-seated Gov. Kay Ivey (R) calls for special Senate election to un-do Bentley's Senate appointment, as a "victory for the rule of law."
  • April 20: State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) suspended from the Supreme Court, for the second time since 2003; Moore then announced his candidacy for the Senate (Moore defeated Strange in the runoff on Sept. 26; then Moore was accused of sexual misconduct).

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017


Gubernatorial State of the State speeches: March 4, 2017

Excerpts from each state

OnTheIssues excerpts State of the State speeches for every incumbent govnernor, as they become available. Following is the list completed so far:

    State of the State speech excerpts by Independent Governors:
  • Alaska Bill Walker 1/18/17

Source: OnTheIssues state of state speeches and OnTheIssues gubernatorial coverage.


State of the Union: Feb. 28, 2017

Trump's addrss to joint session of Congress, plus hte Democratic response

    Pres. Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress was popularly called the "State of the Union" address, although that formal speech is not constitutionally required of an incoming president. Some excerpts:
  • Budget & Economy: Restart engine after worst financial recovery in 65 years.
  • Foreign Policy: America is once again ready to lead.
  • Government Reform: For every new regulation, must eliminate two old ones.
  • Health Care: Slash restraints at FDA; get blessed with more miracle drugs.
  • Homeland Security: Cannot allow beachhead of radical Islamic terrorism.
  • War & Peace: ISIS are lawless savages; extinguish them from our planet.
  • Gov. Steve Beshear (Democratic response): Russia is not our friend; don't ignore serious threats.

Source: Transcripts of State of the Union speech
For more: full excerpts of Trump's State of the Union speech, plus the Democratic response.


Gubernatorial appointments: Feb. 9, 2017

Four appointees by four state governors

    As a result of President Trump's cabinet appointments, and one Senate election, several new officeholders have assumed office (listed below). There will also be five special elections for the U.S. House of Representatives, later this spring, to replace additional cabinet appointments (governors don't make House appointments; only Senate and Attorney General appointments like those below).

  • Jan. 14: New Iowa governor Kim Reynolds (R, was Lieutenant Governor)

  • Jan. 24: New California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D, was U.S. House member; appointed by Governor)

  • Jan. 24: New South Carolina governor Henry McMaster (R, was Lieutenant Governor)

  • Feb. 9: New Alabama Senator Luther Strange (R, was State Attorney General; appointed by Governor)

Source: OnTheIssues archives; see House coverage for additional upcoming special elections.


Cabinet appointee replacements: Jan. 26, 2017

Who will replace Trump's cabinet nominees?

    Following is a list of Cabinet nominees who are also elected officials, and the status of the election to replace them:
  • Alabama Senate special election to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions, appointed as Attorney General, will have his replacement appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley(R), who could also call for a special election. Gov. Bentley is under threat of impeachment from Alabama's Attorney General, Luther Strange, who is also the frontrunner in the special election.
  • Montana House special election to replace Rep. Ryan Zinke, appointed as Secretary of Interior, should have his replacement appointed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock(D), under a new 2015 law, but the Montana Secretary of State (who would be in charge of a special election) claims that the new law establishing House appointments is unconstitutional. Former gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte(R) and Rob Quist (D) have announced their candidacy, among others.
  • Kansas House special election to replace Rep. Mike Pompeo, appointed as CIA Director: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback set April 11 as the date for the special election to replace Rep. Pompeo. Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt(R) and former State Rep. and former Treasurer Dennis McKinney(D) have announced their candidacy, among others.
  • Georgia House special election to replace Rep. Tom Price appointed as Health and Human Services secretary: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will set the date for the special election to replace Rep. Price. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel(R) and Jon Ossoff (D) are likely contenders, among others.
  • South Carolina gubernatorial succession: Gov. Nikki Haley appointed as UN Ambassador: Gov. Haley resigned and Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster became governor. McMaster spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, delivering the official nomination speech for Trump.
  • Iowa gubernatorial succession: : Gov. Terry Branstad appointed as Ambassador to China: Gov. Branstad will resign and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will become governor.
  • South Carolina House special election to replace Rep. Mick Mulvaney appointed as Budget Director: Gov. Henry McMaster will set the date for the special election to replace Rep. Mulvaney. State Rep. Ralph Norman(R) and State Rep. Tommy Pope (R) are likely contenders, among others.
  • California House special election to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra: (not related to Trump's Cabinet!) California Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected in November to the U.S. Senate; Governor Jerry_Brown then appointed Rep. Becerra to replace Sen. Harris as Attorney General. Gov. Brown then set a date of April 4 for the special election to replace A.G. Becerra, with a runoff date of June 6, if no candidate gets over 50% of the vote.
    Some of those elections above sure look like "the swamp" that Trump pledged to drain!

Source: Numerous news source.
For more: Cabinet Members On the Issues.


First bills of 115th Congress: Jan. 13, 2017

Republicans introduce first set of bills for 2017-2018

  • Congress introduces many bills as soon as Congress convenes (which occured on Jan. 3)
  • Some of those bills are "re-filings" from previous Congresses -- the same purpose, the same text, but it didn't pass last time, so the sponsor is trying again this year.
  • For newly-inaugurated first-time members of Congress, this is the best means to establish their priorities (since they are unlikely, as incoming freshmen, to have written a bill already!)
  • We looked over our collection of "key bills" from previous Congresses, identifying those which have been re-filed, and then added to those any new co-sponsors (with a 2017 date instead of the old date).
  • The list on the left are the bills from previous Congresses, with new incoming freshmen added with 2017 dates.
  • The list on the right are the corresponding bills from the 115th Congress, which we'll check again in a few weeks for more co-sponsors.
  • Most of these bills are Republican-favored bills; the sponsor has re-filed them because they failed while Obama was President, and are now hoping for passage under President Trump.
    Bill from previous Congress, with links to new co-sponsorsBill from 115th Congress, with all current co-sponsors
    No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.7
    Death Tax Repeal Act (2013)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.198
    Birthright Citizenship Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.140
    Fair Tax Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.25 and S.18
    National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (2009)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.38
    Balanced Budget Amendment (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.J.Res.29
    Deport Convicted Foreign Criminals Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.82
    PRENDA: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.147
    Interstate Transportation of Firearms act (2015)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.358


    • For this second set of pairs of bills....
    • The pairs of bills below meet the same criteria as the set above, but they have no new co-sponsors yet.
    • Often, a bill's main sponsor has to take some time to gather up co-sponsors to sign the bill.
    • We'll check back in a few weeks and add the new co-sponsors, again focusing on incoming freshmen Members.
    • For now, we link the bill from the previous Congresses to the corresponding bill from the 115th Congress (the links include the currently-empty list of new sponsors)
    • We'll do the same for the 115th Senate in a few weeks too -- the Senate is traditionally slower at filing bills than the House.
      Bill from previous Congress, which have no new co-sponsors so farBill from 115th Congress, awaiting new co-sponsors
      Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act (2013)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.138
      Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.200
      Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (2013)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.217
      Housing Fairness Act (2011)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.149
      Federal Sunset Act (2009)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.31
      Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act (2015)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.265
      Original Living Wage Act (2015)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.122
      African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act (2014)Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.226
      Source: OnTheIssues archives.
      For more: House of Representatives.


      115th Congress inaugurated: Jan. 3, 2017

      Republican majorities in both chambers elect leadership (and Democrats too)

        The person who is 2nd in line for the Presidency, and the person who is 3rd in line for the Presidency, were elected today, but hardly anyone noticed despite the importance of this vote for the Constitutionally-defined "line of succcession." The Constitution specifies that the Speaker of the House is 2nd in line, after the Vice President -- and further specifies that the President Pro-Tem of the Senate is 3rd in line -- those two positions were filled by elections today. Try googling this event and you will find very little -- so we summarize the results here.

        New members of the 115th Congress are sworn in today, two weeks ahead of the presidential inauguration. The first order of business, for both chambers, is to elect new leadership. Leadership positions are elected by partisan votes, with separate votes for each party's leadership positions. The new Congressional leaders are:

      PositionMember
      President of the SenateVice President Mike Pence (R, IN)
      President Pro-Tem of the SenateOrrin Hatch (R, UT)
      Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell (R, KY)
      Senate Majority WhipJohn Cornyn (R, TX)
      Senate Minority LeaderCharles Schumer (D, NY)
      Senate Minority WhipDick Durbin (D, IL)
      Speaker of the HousePaul Ryan (R, WI)
      House Majority LeaderKevin McCarthy (R, CA)
      House Majority WhipSteve Scalise (R, LA)
      House Minority LeaderNancy Pelosi (D, CA)
      House Minority WhipSteny Hoyer (D, MD)

      IFFY Awards: Dec. 31, 2016

      OnTheIssues.org presents our annual IFFY awards for "iffy" candidates

        OnTheIssues condemns candidates with an "IFFY Award" for running an "Issue-Free campaign." These are "iffy" candidates because they refused to provide voters with information on what they believe and how they will legislate. They are likely to be "iffy legislators" too -- never providing their constituents with information, on the belief that the less voters know, the more likely the "iffy" candidates are to get re-elected.

        An IFFY award is a non-partisan condemnation: OnTheIssues doesn't care WHAT candidates' issue stances are -- as long as they HAVE issue stances!

        At OnTheIssues, we believe that candidates should make clear their issue stances, and if they don't do that, then they should not run for office at all, and if they get elected and still won't divulge their issue stances, that they should resign or be driven from office by outraged constituents.

        The following candidates comprise our IFFY award recipients for 2016. One of them was elected Governor, and the other four Will be seated in the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2017 -- and we recommend that you write to them demanding that they speak on the issues!

      • Anthony Brown Democrat U.S. Rep Maryland- district 4

      • Jim Justice West Virginia Democratic Governor-elect

      • Lou Correa Democrat U.S. Rep California- district 46

      • Ted Budd Republican U.S. Rep North Carolina- district 13

      • Trey Hollingsworth Republican U.S. Rep Indiana- district 9

      Source: OnTheIssues research and a remarkable lack of news sources.


      Louisiana Runoffs: Dec. 10, 2016

      Three final members of Congress

        Lousiana's elections on November 8th left three seats in Congress undecided, because Louisiana law requires a "runoff" election between the top two vote-getters if no one gets over 50% of the vote.

        Winners of the three runoff races:

      • Senator-Elect John Neely Kennedy(R) beat Foster Campbell(D).
      • District 3 Representative-Elect Clay Higgins(R) replaced Charles Boustany(R) who retired to run for Senate.
      • District 4 Representative-Elect Mike Johnson(R) replaced John Fleming(R) who retired to run for Senate.

      Source: OnTheIssues archives and New Orleans Times-Picayune.
      For more: Louisiana Politicians on the Issues.


      Cabinet nominations: Dec. 4, 2016

      Who will get nominated? Actual accouncements plus speculation

      Source: PoliticalWire.com and numerous news source.
      For more: Cabinet Members On the Issues.


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