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Politics - Parties, Candidates

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from politicians, candidates and interested parties - covering the U.S. political arena including state and national political parties.

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Republicans Must Denounce Anti-Gun Safety Leader Who Compared Gun Control Advocates to Anti-Semitic Mass Murderer
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Dec. 18 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news:

As the gun lobby and Republicans block the same proposals in Washington and Harrisburg, the City of Pittsburgh is attempting to pass commonsense gun safety laws following the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. These laws would help reduce gun violence, make our communities safer and protect Pennsylvanians.

However, Kim Stolfer, president of Firearms Owners Against Crime, stated his opposition to the commonsense laws with the following statement: "The fact is, what the city's doing is illegal ... Show Full Article

Texas Democrats Mourn the Passing of Former Austin Mayor Gus Garcia
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 17 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement:

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the passing of former Austin Mayor Gus Garcia:

"We are saddened to hear of former Mayor Gus Garcia's passing.

"To say Mayor Garcia was the definition of a transformative leader would be an understatement. His long career in public service began at a time when people of color were treated as second-class citizens.

"A political bridge builder, his brand of public service is something all elected officials aspire to become. He was ... Show Full Article

Roundup: Dem Govs Condemn Republican Lawsuit Against Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news:

Democratic governors across the country condemned the decision by a Texas judge Friday that undermined the entirety of the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic governors promised to fight the Texas decision and to lead in their states on ensuring more people had the ability to enroll for health coverage. Democratic governors have been a leading voice on protecting health care coverage, and stopping attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Below is a roundup of their statements reacting to the Texas decision.

DGA ... Show Full Article

Republicans Reckon With Revenue Forecast
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Dec. 17 -- The Indiana Democratic Party issued the following news release:

Ahead of a critical revenue forecast, Indiana Republicans are already framing a 'tight budget', forcing lawmakers to 'right-size' (read cut) the state's budget. It's in jarring contrast to the economic picture President Trump is painting, touting 'the greatest economy in the history of our country'. Statehouse Republicans are transforming a record economy into budget cuts and leaving Indiana teachers criminally underpaid. How? It's tough to imagine nearly a decade of economic policies putting corporate ... Show Full Article

North Carolina Democratic Party Issues Statement on Health Care Ruling in Texas
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Dec. 17 -- The North Carolina Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chairman Wayne Goodwin after a federal judge in Texas ruled core provisions of the Affordable Care Act were unconstitutional:

"In 2018, more than half a million North Carolinians relied on the Affordable Care Act to receive affordable health care coverage for themselves and their families. Another 500,000 would benefit from closing the health care coverage gap if North Carolina Republicans would drop their ideological refusals to expand Medicaid. Even more benefit from the ACA's protections ... Show Full Article

Green Party Says Cuomo's Proposals Would Help Doom the Planet
ALBANY, New York, Dec. 17 -- The Green Party issued the following news release:

Green Party of New York officers said Gov. Cuomo's State of the State preview was short on everything except Andrew Cuomo's positioning for the 2020 Presidential election. The party leadership said Cuomo's plans on climate change and health care will doom millions of New Yorkers who already suffer from the intensifying climate catastrophe, and from the ongoing health care emergency of nonexistent or expensive, poor insurance. They also stated that Cuomo's proposals for electoral reform needed to include RCV, proportional ... Show Full Article

CBC Statement on Russian Attempts to Suppress African American Turnout in the 2016 Election
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The Congressional Black Caucus issued the following joint statement:

Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) - led by Chairman L. Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), and Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) - issued the following joint statement in response to a new report prepared for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which reveals Russia targeted African American voters in attempts to suppress the vote in the 2016 election:

"During the 2016 presidential election cycle, hundreds ... Show Full Article