Three-time Republican congressional nominee Casper Stockham declares bid for Colorado GOP chair

The Colorado Republican who ran four unsuccessful congressional races across three election cycles in the last decade wants to run the state GOP. Casper Stockham, who finished third in the Republicans' state chair race in 2021, announced on Wednesday that he's making another run for the job, saying he wants to change the way voters think about the GOP by focusing less on winning elections and more on building community across the state.
The Jewish Press

Likud MKs Cross Free Speech Red Line Attempting to Protect IDF Soldiers

The Givati soldier who was documented telling anarchists last week in Hebron, “Soon Ben Gvir will make order around here, you ate it,” was sentenced to ten days in a military prison, then his sentence was commuted to six days, and the case of his buddy who was recorded losing his cool and punching an anarchist in the same incident is still being investigated, as best I know. Both soldiers were condemned by their commander-in-chief, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, even before any of it had been investigated, which was abominable. Now, two Likud MKs, Miki Zohar and Eli Dallal, are trying to solve a relatively straightforward problem by imposing a draconian law that bans photographing IDF soldiers in action.

5th Circuit may back Biden social cost of carbon

A federal appeals court appeared poised Tuesday to uphold the Biden administration’s use of an interim climate metric to estimate the costs of rising greenhouse gas emissions. In oral arguments, a three-judge panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed skeptical that Republican-led states challenging the federal...

Biden gas ban: A national model or ‘executive fiat’?

The Biden administration’s new plans to phase out fossil fuel use in federal buildings is spurring indignation from gas advocates and reviving questions about the climate promises of federal agencies. Outlined by administration officials in a press call yesterday, the plans include a first-ever building performance standard for federal...

With one election over, San Jose politicos look to the next

It’s deja vu in San Jose politics. As elected leaders on Monday settled a political fight over filling two upcoming vacancies on the San Jose City Council, some former politicos are eyeing a return to their old posts. The council voted just before midnight to appoint successors to two soon-to-be-vacant seats in Districts 8 and 10. The seats are opening because District 8 Councilmember Sylvia Arenas won her election for county supervisor and District 10 Councilmember Matt Mahan was elected mayor.

Commons suspended in row over Michael Gove’s Cumbria coal mine statement

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle suspended action in the Commons after a bust-up over cabinet minister Michael Gove’s statement on the approval of the coal mine in Cumbria.Mr Gove said approving the controversial coal mine was “the right thing to do” and insisted he was satisfied that it would be “net zero-compliant”.But the Speaker then suspended a debate on the decision over the government’s failure to provide Mr Gove’s full statement to Labour’s shadow climate secretary Ed Miliband and other opposition leaders.“There’s something missing between what I have been provided, the opposition have been provided,” said Sir Lindsay. “That is not according to the ministerial code – we don’t work like that.”Visibly angry, he added: “The shadow secretary has not been able to read what’s been said. I am going to suspend the House of five minutes. Sorry about this – this is not the way we do good government.”More follows… Read More UK Politics news: Follow for the latestSunak to be prime minister as Mordaunt withdraws
Washington Post

House to pass same-sex marriage bill in one of Pelosi’s last acts as speaker

Today, the House is poised to send a bill protecting same-sex marriages to President Biden’s desk, marking one of the last major legislative achievements during the tenure of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D), who is stepping down from leadership next month when Republicans take control of the chamber. The bill would require that people be considered married in any state as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed. It is designed to protect marriages if the Supreme Court reverses course on the issue.
Washington Post

How to respond to an expected surge at the border

The Trump-era public health measure known as Title 42, which empowered U.S. border authorities to remove migrants without hearing their asylum claims, is scheduled to expire Dec. 21, by order of a federal judge who rightly found its utility in preventing covid-19’s spread has lapsed. The Biden administration is now bracing for a surge of unauthorized border crossers, many of them seeking asylum, on top of already historic levels.
Houston Chronicle

Democrats, Republicans race to strike year-end tax and spending deal

WASHINGTON - Democrats want to expand a tax credit that aids low-income families. Republicans hope to preserve a set of tax breaks that benefits businesses. And both parties hope to prevent a federal government shutdown. Put the pieces together and Congress should have the ingredients for an easy, year-end legislative...

Bill overhauling control of public education passes Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to strip the State Board of Education of most of its powers and redirect control over the implementation of education policy to the governor’s office. Several top Republicans, including Gov. Mike DeWine, have signaled their support for the 2,144-page proposal to rename the […]

Morning Headlines - Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

Poll: Desantis Surges To 5-Point Lead Over Weakened Trump In 2024 Primary Matchup. A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now leads former President Donald Trump by 5 percentage points in the race for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Trump previously led DeSantis by double-digit margins...