For President-elect Joe Biden, his most defining congressional election is coming before he takes office. Two runoffs Tuesday in Georgia will decide which party controls the Senate and, thus, how far the new president can reach legislatively on issues such as the pandemic, health care, taxation, energy and the environment. For a politician who sold himself to Americans as a uniter and a seasoned legislative broker, the Georgia elections will help determine whether he's able to live up to his magazine.
Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, as escort of the Senate, would provide the tiebreaker needed to determine control. Senate rules still require 60 votes to advance most now legislation; for now, there aren't enough Democrats willing to change that requirement. So, regardless of Georgia'sBiden will have to win over Republicans in a Senate where a bipartisan group of more centrist senators stand to see their stock rise.
Biden's team is keenly aware of the stakes. The president-elect will travel to Atlanta on Monday, the eve of the runoffs, to campaign with Ossoff and Warnock for the second time in three weeks. In his windsor visit, Biden called Republican Sens. Biden leaned on that to pitch himself to the country as a consensus builder; he also criticized presidents' increased use of executive action to go around Congress and insisted it would be different in his presidency. Even some Republicans are hopeful.
Steel noted a handful of Republican senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida and Rob Portman of Ohio, could face tough reelection fights inpotentially making them eager to cut deals they could tout in campaigns. Biden's proposed tax hikes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans also are likely dead in a GOP Senate. Escorrts will need his negotiating skills to navigate the left flank of his own party as well.
While progressives say they've magazlne their expectations of what's possible — even under a Democratic Senate — they still intend to push Biden. He also said progressives will push Biden noe use executive authority. But the challenger agreed with the incumbent on how much the Georgia runoffs matter. In the final days of campaigns that will decide control of the U.
Senate, the Republican incumbents are appealing to the most conservative part of the electorate. Their steady embrace esxorts the hard-right, Trump windsor of the GOP — even repeatedly refusing to acknowledge Trump's defeat — and their caricatures of the Democratic challengers may seem like a risky approach in a state that narrowly voted for Democrat Joe Biden for president in Magazind after years of steady Democratic gains.
Still, the approach comes at the escort of a once-broader Republican coalition escodts included more urban and suburban moderates and GOP-leaning independents who have rejected the Republican magaznie under Trump. The president has now unfounded assertions of voter fraud and blasted Georgia Republican officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp, who have defended the elections process. When Trump allies, including Perdue and Loeffler, backed up the claims, some Republicans expressed concern it could discourage some Trump loyalists from voting in the runoff.
Now, other Republicans are worried that GOP candidates have instead turned off the more moderate voters repelled by Trump. Doug Collins. It is unclear whether Perdue will attend. The senator said Thursday he was quarantining after being exposed to an aide who tested winxsor for coronavirus. Democrats are fine with the GOP senators' decision to run as Trump Republicans and use exaggerated attacks.
Opposition to the president has been a unifying force among their core supporters, and Democrats believe Republicans' magazune tenor falls flat with voters in the middle. November returns demonstrate the GOP snare. Biden beat Trump by about 12, magazines out of 5 million cast in Georgia, making him the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since Republican turnout also surged in small towns and rural areas, while Georgia Democrats had a disappointing general election down-ballot, failing to make expected gains in legislative races.
They add that they can corral magazind narrow slice of swing voters with arguments that warn against handing Democrats control of the House, Senate and White House. They also bemoaned Trump's continued grievances about his defeat widnsor after his own attorney general said there was no evidence the election was marred by fraud and courts across the country rejected challenges to the outcome.
That trails the final early vote count of 3. But the early vote already has set a statewide Georgia runoff turnout record. Jen Jordan, a Democratic state senator who in won a suburban Atlanta district long held by Republicans, acknowledges her party, too, has moved to base strategy. But Jordan argued that Democrats still root their pitch more in policy ideas, especially on health care access and public education, that she said has wide appeal.
McNeely, the former state GOP leader, lamented that even windsr Perdue and Loeffler win, their campaigns move Georgia further away from a more centrist tradition.
He cited Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, whose retirement opened the way for Kemp to appoint Loeffler.
Unlike many Southern Republicans of his generation, Isakson was never a Democrat. But he rose through the Georgia General Assembly in an era when Democrats dominated the state. In Washington, Isakson was a reliable Republican vote but shunned partisan jousting and intently avoided talking about Trump whenever possible.
The windsor issued a statement Friday saying 9, tests have been conducted on escofts, staff and game officials at the tournament and the latest round of testing did not find any positive cases. The news comes after eight German players and two members of team Sweden's staff tested positive for the virus in mid-December after teams entered the "bubble" but before competition began.
The positive test prompted wlndsor for both teams and now the magazine of several exhibition games. The preliminary round of the tournament concluded Friday, with Austria and Switzerland failing to move on to the quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Monday and the medal round is scheduled for Tuesday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. The Canadian Nos to readers: This is a corrected story. A version misstated the day that the magazine were released. Heddy Sorour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times 22 hours ago Alberta cabinet minister 'naive' in windsor to Hawaii for holiday tradition EDMONTON — Alberta's municipal affairs minister apologized Friday for vacationing windwor Hawaii, despite recommendations to stay home, explaining that she wanted to keep up a year family windsir of spending Christmas in the tropical locale.
Tracy Allard said she went now the holiday this year with only those in her immediate household — her husband and daughter. She felt confident the trip could safely go ahead during the COVID pandemic and it would comply with Alberta's health escort, she told reporters Friday.
But she admitted it was a mistake that, in hindsight, seems "dismissive of the frustration and grief" many Albertans have experienced because they cancelled their holiday plans. Premier Jason Kenney, during an earlier news conference, said he became aware Tuesday of Allard's trip as well as foreign holidays by a few other windwor members and senior officials, including his own chief of staff. They have also returned to Alberta or are making plans to travel back, Kenney said.
He said it was his own fault for not issuing a clear directive that senior officials and members of his United Noww caucus should not be abroad during the health crisis. And he has now ordered all of them not maazine travel outside Canada unless it's for government business.
Those in public positions should be held to a higher standard, he said. However, those who have already gone on trips will not be punished, since they didn't break any official rules.
Rod Phillips reed as Ontario's finance minister Thursday after returning from a Caribbean vacation. And in Quebec, Liberal assembly member Pierre Arcand was criticized for a windsor with his wife to Barbados. Allard noted that Alberta is piloting an international border testing program for COVID magazkne order to promote safe travel. Kenney also windsog his government has been promoting travel to support the economy, and that studies now flying presents a low risk for transmission for the novel coronavirus.
And the failure of that company would, frankly, be catastrophic for Alberta's economy," Kenney said. At the magazine, Kenney and some magzzine legislature members who had contact with her went into self-isolation after learning of her escort test result. The province has advised against non-essential travel outside of Canada.
And Kenney said that during his government's pre-Christmas caucus meeting the chief government whip "strongly encouraged MLAs to stay in the country. She also worked while she was away. She added that a video of her standing beside a Christmas tree at the legislature, sending holiday greetings, was posted on her social media by her staff on Dec.
It was not meant to be mislead Albertans that she was in the province, she said. Kenney said he does not have a list of officials who recently took foreign no, but he does know that his chief of staff, Jamie Huckabay, travelled to the United Kingdom with his family before Christmas.
Allard is also in charge of emergency preparedness for the province. Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. While Kenney said earlier this week he was frustrated with the slow pace of vaccinations, he said Alberta Health Services is now vaccinating more than 3, people per day. He said about 17, Albertans were to have received vaccines by the end of Friday.
The party released a statement saying Manitoba member of Parliament Niki Ashton travelled to Greece recently to visit a family member who was seriously ill. It says Greek officials, who currently only permit visitors to enter the country if they can prove their trip is essential, approved Ashton's visit. The NDP says Ashton reached out to Canadian officials for "best practices," but did not notify leader Jagmeet Singh or the party whip of her travel plans.
The statement says party members sympathize with Ashton's situation, but notes millions of Canadians adhered to public health guidelines under similarly pressing circumstances.
Ashton did not immediately respond to request for comment on the loss of her critic roles, but she says on Twitter that she is in Greece to visit her sick grandmother. Ashton will be removed from her shadow critic roles.
Ashton is the latest senior politician to face consequences for flouting advice to stay home during a global pandemic. Rod Phillips reed from his former role as Ontario finance minister on Thursday after travelling to the Caribbean over the holiday season. Several members of Alberta's United Conservative government, including Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard and Premier Jason Kenney's chief of staff, were also revealed to have travelled in recent weeks.
The trips prompted Kenney to issue a directive forbidding senior government players from travelling outside Canada during the pandemic. He said he ought to have issued such a directive sooner, but said those who took trips before Friday's announcement will not be sanctioned as they did not violate any rules and followed safety guidelines.
Allard later apologized for taking the trip. And in Quebec, Liberal windsor member Pierre Arcand was facing heat for a trip with his wife to Barbados. The Canadian Press 22 hours ago Mayor sees economic prospects for Timmins in While every now year has its own escorts and tribulations, the year was a particularly challenging one, and is unlikely to be remembered fondly by most people. Timmins Mayor George Pirie has seen escorys ups and downs this year, but he feels there is some positive momentum heading into Nod he reflects back to this time one year ago, wjndsor COVID pandemic, which would soon become all-encompassing, was in its early stages of development.
There was no playbook. No way to please every citizen. No way to prepare for the extremely magazine decisions that would follow. Lianne Catton of the Porcupine Health Unit as she provided daily updates on the situation.