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Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer may have a far easier path to re-election after the GOP frontrunners were kicked off the ballot for botched election fraud schemes.
"Two of the leading candidates for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor say they will ask the courts to intervene after they were found ineligible Thursday for the August primary, reshaping the race to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the battleground state this fall," Click on Detroit Channel 4 News reported Thursday.
"Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who has led in most primary polls, and businessman Perry Johnson, along with three other lesser-known candidates, did not qualify for the ballot. The state elections bureau recommended they be disqualified, saying it found thousands of fraudulent signatures on petitions submitted by the candidates."
Neil Vigdor wrote in The New York Times the disqualification, "sent the race, in a key battleground state, into chaos and dealt a serious blow to the party’s plans to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic incumbent."
In addition to the frontrunners, Republicans Donna Brandenburg, Michael Brown and Michael Markey were also disqualified.
Johnson has spent millions on his campaign.
"The Republicans who remain on the ballot are Dixon, who recently was endorsed by the family of former Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, real estate agent Ryan Kelley, businessman Kevin Rinke, pastor Ralph Rebandt and chiropractor Garrett Soldano," Channel 4 reported.
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On Thursday, NBC's Garrett Haake pressured Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) — the congressman who represents Uvalde — why it is legal in his state for 18-year-olds to purchase AR-style semiautomatic long guns. Gonzales repeatedly refused to answer the question and offered a series of dodges, noted The Daily Beast.
"Interviewing Gonzales near the scene of the massacre on Thursday morning, Haake pointedly asked why an 18-year-old can’t buy a beer for another three years but they can purchase an AR-15 in the state," reported Justin Baragona. "Gonzales clearly had no response. 'We have to be unified,' he shrugged, apparently trying his level best to avoid the question."
"'Why does an 18-year-old in Texas need to be able to buy an assault rifle?' Haake pushed back," noted the report. "'The reality is this isn’t a new topic,' the Texas Republican deflected once more. 'There’s been a lot of legislation that’s been out there.' 'You haven’t answered my question though,' the frustrated NBC reporter pressed again. 'Why does an 18-year-old need an AR-15 in the state of Texas?' Not budging an inch, Gonzales replied: 'This is how the legislative process works, Congress determines the laws. Right now we have a Congress that won’t talk to one another. There’s so much rhetoric and hate.'"
Gonzales, who was first elected to Congress in 2020, voted against two recent pieces of legislation aimed at improving background checks for firearm purchases. Those bills passed the House but are stuck in the Senate.
Under federal law, handguns can only be sold to individuals over 21. The age to purchase long guns, though, is 18 — which includes AR-style semiautomatic rifles. Some states have passed their own laws raising the age to purchase these weapons, although a pair of Trump-appointed federal appeals judges recently ruled against California's law doing so.
This debate comes as the National Rifle Association is set to hold a convention in Houston, which several prominent Texas Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott are scheduled to speak at — although Abbott has evaded questions about whether he still plans to attend following the Uvalde school shooting.
Watch the exchange below:
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The House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol has not been provided the resources from Congress to pursue its investigation as widely as it had attempted, according to a new report by Politico.
"This week, the committee began filing motions to dismiss certain lawsuits it’s seemed to deem less worthy of its legal resources," Politico reported. "That includes one filed by Ali Alexander, a founder of the 'Stop the Steal' group, and Christine Torre, the mother of a man charged for entering the Capitol on Jan. 6. The panel also moved to dismiss a separate lawsuit by [John] Eastman filed in D.C."
Even though public hearings are slated to begin on June 8, the select committee has also been delaying action in another batch of litigation.
"Among the witnesses who have filed lawsuits that the select committee has largely ignored are Phil Waldron, who pushed discredited claims to top Trump White House officials about voting machine irregularities; Amy Harris, a photographer with ties to members of the Proud Boys; Kelly Meggs, a leader of the Oath Keepers; Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party; and Alex Jones, the pro-Trump broadcaster," Politico reported.
"In nearly every one of those cases, the select committee has opted to repeatedly defer engaging on the matter, using nearly identical language. Lawmakers have emphasized that in many cases, they’ve already obtained the information and evidence they were seeking from other sources."
The select committee has aggressively litigated lawsuits with Trump, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the Republican National Committee, and Eastman.
Read the full report.
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