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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

“Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we’ve got, we focused on winning elections,” said Mayes in his announcement. “For me, I’m at the point in my life where I’m done with gamesmanship.”

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Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

The move not only shrinks the Republican caucus, which is already relegated to superminority status in both chambers of the California legislature, it also leaves Republicans with just one day to find a replacement candidate to run against Mayes before the filing deadline.

Republicans were wiped out in California in 2018, with the previously GOP stronghold of Orange County electing Democrats to all seven of its congressional districts.


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Conservatives are finally waking up to the fact that Republican tax plans hurt them: columnist

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Washington Post columnist Henry Olsen thinks that conservatives are finally waking up to the idea that the Republican's tax policies don't benefit the bottom line for their families.

It has been 16 years since Thomas Frank published his book What's the Matter with Kansas, which makes the case that Republicans consistently vote against their own economic interest because they're distracted by issues like LGBT equality and abortion. Since then, Republicans have continued to push tax plans that support the "trickle-down economics" theory that giving huge tax benefits to the top percent of wage earners and to corporations.

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Mitch McConnell rigged the impeachment trial in a way that traps GOP lawmakers into backing Trump: columnist

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Writing for the Washington Post, Paul Waldman explained that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it nearly impossible for anyone in his caucus to vote in defiance of President Donald Trump and still hope to have any future in politics.

While it has been a given that multiple Republican lawmakers are under the gun because they represent so-called "swing states," Waldman said that states are less likely to flip back and forth in future elections because the battleline between Democrats and Republicans have hardened under Trump.

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‘I can’t wait for revenge’: White House aide vows payback over Trump impeachment trial

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The White House legislative liaison is seeking revenge as President Donald Trump faces an impeachment trial in the Senate.

According to Bloomberg reporter Daniel Flatley, legislative affairs director Eric Ueland walked past a group of reporters at the Capitol and said, "I can't wait for revenge."

White House liaison Eric Ueland just walked by a pen of reporters and said “I can’t wait for the revenge.”

— Daniel Flatley (@DanielPFlatley) January 23, 2020

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