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Three shunned Republicans make a ‘pariah caucus’ — but they’re leaving their districts without much of a Congressman

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Three Republicans have been pulled from any committee or leadership positions as a result of their own stupidity. While the rare act of ethics is commendable, it means three Congressional districts don’t have much of an elected official.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was barely reelected as he faced an epic scandal where he’s accused of using campaign cash to fund his family’s lavish lifestyle.

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) is in a similar boat after it was announced he was being indicted for securities fraud.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is an unapologetic racist, who’s making his party look bad.

These three districts may have constituent services and a voting member, but they don’t have the advocate that they once did, according to Politico.

“Now, while the rest of their colleagues work on crafting bills, the trio of committee exiles are searching for ways to spend their time on Capitol Hill so they’re not just waiting around to vote or aimlessly roaming the hallways,” the site reported Monday.

“I suppose they can form a ‘pariah caucus,’” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).

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“I’m disappointed, but I’m making the best of it,” Collins told Politico. “Each day, you get up and you do your best. You can’t control what you can’t control. But in my case, you offset it.”

The act of booting a member off of their committees is a relatively new thing. Politico noted it was 2006 when a Democratic member of the Ways and Means Committee was being investigated and he was removed.

“You would obviously prefer to be on the committees,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said. “You know the old saying: Congress on the floor is Congress in theater. Congress in committee is Congress at work.”

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Hunter and Collins will at least have a resolution in their court cases that could restore their powers if they’re not found guilty. However, as their trials continue, they could be removed from their own voters.

It’s unclear what Republicans intend to do with Steve King. His racist comments have been part of his persona for a very long time and they’re likely to continue in the future. Republicans haven’t managed to get him to leave Congress.

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Mississippi Republican who lost to Democrat by 14 votes files request for state House to void the election and declare her the winner

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On Thursday, Mississippi Today reported that state Rep. Ashley Henley, who lost her bid for re-election to Democrat Hester Jackson-McCray by just 14 votes in November, has filed a request for the GOP-controlled state legislature to overturn the results of the election and seat Henley for another term.

Henley cites what she claims are several irregularities in voter signature collection, and "missing" ballots. "There were irregularities that happened, absolutely, documented, very much so that bring into question the legitimacy of the election results," said Henley said. "That is without question."

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Trump’s campaign manager mocked for proudly sharing poll that suggests Dems will keep the House in 2020

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale posted a poll that was meant to warn Democrats off of their impeachment efforts, by showing how it was hurting their prospects in a competitive House race.

Specifically, the "confidential" poll showed freshman Rep. Kendra Horn (R-OK) down seven points against a generic Republican, and impeachment opposed 52 percent to 45 percent:

Nancy Pelosi is marching members of her caucus off the plank and into the abyss.

Impeachment is killing her freshman members and polling proves it.

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Two House Democrats push a clever plan that calls Republicans’ bluff on their Biden attacks

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Democratic Reps. Katie Porter of California and Max Rose of New York introduced a clever plan this week that will expose whether Republicans’ criticisms of former Vice President Joe Biden in the Ukraine scandal reflect good faith — or if, as many assume, they are just a shameful distraction and a bluff.

The lawmakers announced a bill on Wednesday called the Transparency in Executive Branch Officials’ Finances Act. It has two key components:

First, it would require all politically appointed executive branch officials, as well as the president and the vice president, to “disclose any positions they or any members of their extended families hold with foreign-owned businesses, any intellectual property they own that is protected or enforced by a foreign country, and whether any members of their families have stakes in companies that engage in significant foreign business dealings.”Second, it will “require the President and Vice President to disclose their tax returns for the previous five taxable years and prohibit political appointees from accepting payments from foreign entities.”

What’s clever about the proposal is that it latches on to two important issues, creating a wedge for Republicans. As part of the GOP’s defense of President Donald Trump in the Ukraine scandal, Republicans have argued that the president’s patently corrupt efforts to get a foreign country to investigate Biden, a political rival, were legitimate because the former vice president’s son created a conflict of interest by taking part in business in Ukraine.

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