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Youngkin sets special election to fill Rep. McEachin’s seat

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin set a special election for Feb. 21 to fill the 4th Congressional District seat of the late Democratic Rep. A. Donald McEachin, as the field of candidates seeking the post grew on Monday.An experienced state lawmaker was among those launching a bid to succeed McEachin in representing the solidly Democratic district, which has its population base in Richmond and stretches south to the North Carolina border.Del. Lamont Bagby, who has represented part of suburban Richmond’s Henrico County in the state House of Delegates for nearly a decade and chairs the powerful legislative Black caucus, announced his candidacy at a community center named in his honor in the neighborhood where he grew up.”I hope that this run not only shows individuals that a young boy from Essex Village can make it, but also a young boy from Essex Village can lead — and lead with a heart, a heart like Donald McEachin had,” said Bagby, a former educator and school board member.
Donald McEachin listens to debate on the floor of the Virginia state Senate in Richmond, Va., Feb. 25, 2015.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)FORMER LOUDOUN COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT, SCHOOL OFFICIAL, INDICTED BY GRAND JURY OVER HANDLING OF SEXUAL ASSAULTSBagby has said he was close with McEachin, who died last month at 61 of what his staff said were complications of his long-running fight against colorectal cancer.Bagby was joined Monday by supporters including Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who endorsed him.Democratic state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, another well-regarded veteran lawmaker who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor last year, filed a statement of candidacy Friday and planned to make a “major announcement” Tuesday, according to a news release.Joe Morrissey, a flamboyant attorney who overcame a litany of past scandals to win election to the state Senate in 2020, also announced he would be holding a news conference related to the vacancy Tuesday.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
(REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst)VIRGINIA CHRISTIAN GROUP DENIED SERVICE AT RESTAURANTS OVER SAFETY CONCERNS: AMAZING HYPOCRITICAL’Democrat Joseph Preston, an attorney who served for a year in the General Assembly after winning a special election, declared his candidacy in a news release. And Tavorise Marks, a civil rights activist and former state House candidate, announced a run on social media.The partisan lean of the district presents an enormous challenge to any Republican candidate and makes it a prize for a Democrat. Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Youngkin last year in the district by 24 points, though he lost statewide by about two points, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine defeated his 2018 GOP opponent, Corey Stewart, in the district by 40 points, according to VPAP’s accounting.Each party will decide its own nominating method, and the nomination contests will be party-run.The 4th Congressional District Democratic Committee voted Monday night to hold a firehouse primary, in which voters cast ballots at multiple locations, on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Republicans’ plans weren’t immediately clear.The last day for candidates to file is Dec. 23, the governor’s office said.
FILE – U.S. Rep. Don McEachin, D-Va., speaks during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in Norfolk, Va., March 1, 2020.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)WA GOV. INSLEE’S EQUITY SUMMIT TELLS STATE AGENCIES ‘OBJECTIVITY,’ INDIVIDUALISM’ ROOTED IN ‘WHITE SUPREMACYOn the Republican side, pastor Leon Benjamin — who has embraced former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election and twice previously ran unsuccessfully against McEachin — announced he would run again.Dale Sturdifen, a retired Virginia State Police officer and staffer for right-wing U.S. Rep. Bob Good, also confirmed his candidacy to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.The timing of the election means it will likely coincide with the waning days of the 2023 General Assembly session. Victory by a current General Assembly member could have implications for close votes on legislation, particularly in the state Senate, which Democrats narrowly control.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcEachin, a lawyer in private practice known as an environmental and social justice advocate, was elected to his first term to the U.S. House in 2016 after serving in the General Assembly. Before his passing, he handily won reelection in November, defeating Benjamin.A funeral attended by members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was held last week.

Iowa judge rejects Gov. Reynolds’ appeal to reinstate fetal heartbeat abortion law

An Iowa judge has blocked a state law restricting abortion once a fetus’ heartbeat is detected, upholding a court decision from three years ago that said it violated the state constitution.Judge Celene Gogerty on Monday said there is no legal means for the court to reverse a permanent injunction issued against the state’s fetal heartbeat law in 2019. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.”I’m very disappointed in the ruling filed today by the district court, but regardless of the outcome, this case was always going to the Iowa Supreme Court,” Reynolds said. “We will appeal this decision immediately.”Iowa currently prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but Reynolds had sought to have the courts overturn a 2019 decision that struck down a bill she signed the previous year. The so-called “heartbeat law” made abortions illegal after a fetal heartbeat can be detected – usually around six weeks of pregnancy. The law contained exemptions for medical emergencies, incest and rape.PRO-LIFERS OUTRAGED AS ASSOCIATED PRESS REJECTS ‘FETAL HEARTBEAT,’ ‘LATE-TERM ABORTION’ AS VALID TERMS
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference at Iowa Spring Manufacturing, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Adel, Iowa.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Abortion providers have called the six-week restriction “extreme and dangerous,” pointing out that most women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in Iowa, led the successful 2019 lawsuit that challenged the heartbeat law as unconstitutional.  “The ruling affirms access to abortion and reflects the will of the growing majority of Iowans who support safe, legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa PAC said. “Every win—whether in the courts or in the legislature—ensures Iowans can turn to Planned Parenthood for the care they need.”Reynolds argued that because of decisions earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court that found there is no constitutional right to abortion, the Iowa judge should reverse the 2019 decision blocking the heartbeat law.AMERICANS SUPPORT ABORTION BANS PROHIBITED BY ROE V. WADE BUT CLAIM TO SUPPORT ROE – IS MEDIA BIAS WHY?
A 5-month fetus in the womb as imaged by sonogram / ultrasound
A Planned Parenthood location. 
(ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)Planned Parenthood attorneys countered that there is no precedent or legal support for reversing a decision finalized by a judge years earlier. They argued the legislature must pass a new law, and the judge agreed.In her decision Monday, Gogerty wrote that state law didn’t give her the power to dissolve the permanent injunction and let the new abortion law take effect. Even if she had that power, Gogerty wrote that the Iowa Supreme Court decision finding no constitutional right to abortion didn’t substantially change how the abortion law would have been judged under the Iowa Constitution, according to the Associated Press.In her statement, Reynolds reiterated there is no constitutional right to an abortion and expressed optimism that the state Supreme Court – which has five members nominated by Reynolds – would ultimately side with abortion opponents.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”As the Iowa and US Supreme Courts have made clear, there is no fundamental right to an abortion,” Reynolds said. “The decision of the people’s representatives to protect life should be honored, and I believe the court will ultimately do so. As long as I’m Governor, I will continue to fight for the sanctity of life and for the unborn.”

Lauren Boebert calls to ‘take the temperature down,’ focus on policy after narrow midterm win

Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert called for the temperature in D.C. to go “down,” noting that she is putting political bomb-throwing on the back burner in the GOP majority.Boebert posted a video after her narrow win in the 2022 midterm elections following an automatic recount.The GOP congresswoman told Fox News Digital that, while she will call out the “radical left,” she will not be making that her “top focus.”COLORADO ELECTION RESULTS: BOEBERT OPPONENT FRISCH CONCEDES RACE AHEAD OF LIKELY RECOUT
Rep. Lauren Boebert told Fox News Digital that while she will call out the radical left for what they’re doing, she will not be making that her “top focus.”
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)”In the minority, all we have is our voice. Now in the majority, conservatives must deliver the policies we ran on,” Boebert said in a Monday statement.”My strong voice for conservative values isn’t going anywhere,” she continued. “I’ll always call out the radical left for the hypocrisy and lies, but in the majority, that can’t be my top focus.”In her post, Boebert thanked supporters for voting her back into office and called for a political cool down in Washington.”Republicans have been entrusted with the majority and we must now prove we can take the temperature down in DC by leading not only with strength but grace,” Boebert wrote.The announcement comes after a midterm race that Boebert officially won following a recount.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBoebert’s opponent, Adam Frisch, a Democrat, conceded the election prior to the recount.With her win, the Republican congresswoman is headed back to Washington for her second term.

Vulnerable Montana senator won’t commit to re-election bid: ‘Retire or lose’ says state GOP

Sen. Jon Tester, the only Democrat to hold statewide office in Montana, will not commit to a re-election bid just yet. The Montana senator will be up for re-election to a fourth term in 2024, and Republicans have their eyes on picking up this seat as they fight to regain a Senate majority next cycle.   During a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Montana Democrat was pressed on his re-election ambitions, but refused to say whether he would seek re-election in 2024.A spokesperson for the senator’s office told Fox News that Tester would make a final determination after the New Year. Tester is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents next election cycle, representing a state that voted for former President Trump by +16 points in 2020 and saw a string of GOP victories in the 2022 midterm elections. THE 2024 SENATE BATTLE HAS BEGUN AND THE ELECTORAL MAP DOES NOT FAVOR DEMOCRATS”If the last two election cycles are any indication, running as a Democrat in 2024 statewide in Montana is a bleak endeavor,” Montana native and former Republican Senate and House leadership adviser AshLee Strong told Fox. “Republicans now hold all constitutional offices, have a supermajority in the state legislature, and hold three of the four federal offices. Retiring would allow Sen. Tester to leave on his own terms.”In addition to Tester’s seat, Democrats will face strong headwinds elsewhere in the country as they try to maintain a razor-thin Senate majority in the 2024 elections. The party will be defending 23 of the 34 Senate seats up for grabs next cycle. Of the 23 Democratic incumbents up for re-election, seven represent states won by former President Trump in either 2016 or 2020.
Sen. Jon Tester would be seeking his fourth term in the U.S. Senate if he decides to seek re-election in 2024. 
(Ting Shen/Bloomberg)The Montana GOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt told Fox that it “sounds like Sen. Tester is trying to decide whether to retire or lose,” in response to the senator’s NBC appearance.Though no clear Republican front-runner has challenged Tester just yet, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale and Congressman-elect Ryan Zinke have both been considered as potential GOP nominees.  Rosendale, who has represented Montana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2021, ran for U.S. Senate against Tester in 2018, losing by a narrow margin. Rosendale has communicated interest in a rematch with Tester, but has not yet announced his candidacy. Ryan Zinke, newly elected to Montana’s 1st Congressional District in 2022 midterm elections, has also hinted interest in the seat, but told The Associated Press he will not decide on a Senate run until next year.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRosendale and Zinke did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

WA Gov. Inslee’s equity summit tells state agencies ‘objectivity,’ ‘individualism’ rooted in ‘White supremacy’

FIRST ON FOX: Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee held a recent equity summit that included a governor-appointed state education agency telling other state agencies that concepts like “objectivity” and “individualism” are rooted in “White supremacy culture” and should be rejected in favor of “indigenous relational pedagogy.”During Inslee’s “2022 Governor’s Equity Summit” in Tacoma on Nov. 30, the interim executive director of the state’s Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), which consists of 12 governor-appointed members dedicated to advancing “educational justice,” gave a PowerPoint presentation titled “Internal Transformation: How an Education Agency is Transforming Itself in the Name of Justice.”PESB’s presentation began with a “land acknowledgment” recognizing “the original inhabitants of the spaces we occupy,” and it asked Zoom viewers and in-person attendees to “please take a few seconds to acknowledge the land that you are on as the traditional homeland of the Indigenous Peoples.” The land acknowledgment was followed by a “moment of silence” to consider how “this country has elevated a story of democracy and freedom while minimizing the impact of violence and oppression on marginalized communities, communities on whose backs this nation was built.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a climate event on Oct. 6, 2022, in San Francisco, California.
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Washington state’s Professional Educator Standards Board gave a presentation titled “Internal Transformation: How an Education Agency is Transforming Itself in the Name of Justice,” during Gov. Jay Inslee’s “2022 Governor’s Equity Summit” in Tacoma on Nov. 30.
(Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB))CHICAGO SCHOOL AT CENTER OF PROJECT VERITAS HIT OFFERS AFFINITY GROUPS FOR PRE-K, SAYS WHITE KIDS CAN’T ATTENDThe presentation then outlined some of the “cultural shifts” that PESB believes are “needed” in Washington state’s education department and other state agencies.”What does it look like when we move away from white supremacy culture toward indigenous relational pedagogy? What can you do tomorrow?” one of the slides asked.The slide listed multiple concepts that are supposedly rooted in “White Supremacy Culture,” drawing from Tema Okun’s 2020 article of the same name.The racist concepts, according to PESB’s presentation, included “Perfectionism,” “Worship of the written word,” “Individualism” and “Objectivity,” among multiple others, and the slide listed how those concepts can be replaced with “indigenous relational pedagogy.”
Washington state’s Professional Educator Standards Board recently examined “Aspects of White Supremacy Culture.”
(Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB))For instance, perfectionism is when “making a mistake is confused with being a mistake, doing wrong with being wrong,” according to the presentation. One way to remedy this, it said, is to “develop a learning organization, where it is expected that everyone will make mistakes and those mistakes offer opportunities for learning.”DOD SPENDS $91,000 ON DIVERSITY SEMINARS FOR AIR FORCE BANDThe presentation argued that “worship of the written word” discriminates against certain people, because “those with strong documentation and writing skills are more highly valued, even in organizations where ability to relate to others is key to the mission.” It suggested that state agencies “work to recognize the contributions and skills that every person brings” to the table.The presentation argued that individualism and the “desire for individual recognition and credit” creates a “lack of accountability, as the organization values those who can get things done on their own without needing supervision or guidance.” It suggested that state agencies “make people accountable as a group rather than as individuals.”
PESB’s presentation argued that individualism and the “desire for individual recognition and credit” creates a “lack of accountability, as the organization values those who can get things done on their own without needing supervision or guidance.”
(Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB))The presentation also dispelled the beliefs “that there is such a thing as being objective or ‘neutral,’” and that “emotions are inherently destructive, irrational, and should not play a role in decision-making or group process.””Recognize that we can know things emotionally and intuitively in ways that we may not be able to explain ‘rationally,’” it stated. “Understand that often ‘rational’ thinking is actually an emotional response couched in logic.”

Vladimir Putin cancels annual press conference as Russia stalls in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled his annual year-end press conference for the first time in 10 years on Tuesday.The press conferences have regularly lasted up to nearly five hours in past years, but the widely-televised event won’t happen this year, with most observers crediting Russia’s poor performance in Ukraine in recent weeks. Sentiment against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has also grown steadily within Russia throughout the conflict.”Although questions are almost certainly usually vetted in advance, the cancelation is likely due to increasing concerns about the prevalence of anti-war feeling in Russia,” the U.K. Defense Ministry wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Kremlin officials are almost certainly extremely sensitive about the possibility that any event attended by Putin could be hijacked by unsanctioned discussion about the ‘special military operation.’”Putin kicked off his invasion of Ukraine in February and initially made significant progress. Ukrainian forces, bolstered by tens of billions in funding from the U.S. and allies, stalled the invasion and successfully took back thousands of square miles of occupied territory this fall.RUSSIAN AGENTS MAY HAVE HACKED FORMER BRITISH PM LIZ TRUSS’S PHONE: REPORT
Russia President Vladimir Putin.
(Alexander Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Ukrainian servicemen ride on an armored personnel carrier as they make their way along a highway on the outskirts of Kryvyi Rih on April 28, 2022, amid Russia’s military invasion launched on Ukraine. (Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)
(ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)Putin mobilized 300,000 military reservists in September, a move that triggered a wave of military-age men to flee the country out of fear of a general draft. The infusion of fresh troops does not appear to have had much impact on the front lines, however.EXPLAINER: DIRTY BOMBS ARE DEVICES USED TO CREATE FEAR AND PANIC, ACTUALLY CAUSE FEW DEATHSAs a result, Putin’s strategy has largely shifted away from land grabs. Putin’s military has rained down missiles and shells onto Ukraine’s energy and water infrastructure since the late fall. Now many Ukrainian citizens are facing the country’s bitter winter with unreliable access to power and other necessities.President Biden’s administration announced an additional $53 billion in aid to assist the country in fixing its power grid and water infrastructure in late November.In total, the U.S. has sent nearly $20 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began in February.
U.S. President Joe Biden announces additional military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine as well as fresh sanctions against Russia, during a speech in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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A Ukrainian service member drives a captured Russian T-72 tank, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in the recently liberated village of Lukianivka, in Kyiv region, Ukraine March 27, 2022.  REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko

Colorado election results: Lauren Boebert wins re-election by 546 votes, recount confirms

Freedom Caucus firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo, has won her bid for re-election against Democrat Adam Frisch, an automatic recount confirmed Monday.The race was decided by 546 votes, fitting a pattern in the 2022 midterm elections when strong supporters of former President Trump finished with closer-than-expected margins or lost elections in swing districts.Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced the results Monday evening. Frisch gained a total of four votes in the recount, not nearly enough to catch up and overtake Boebert’s lead. An Aspen City Councilman, Frisch had already conceded the race last month after the first tally put him just under the state’s margin for a mandatory recount.”The red wave has begun!” Boebert declared on Twitter heading into the Nov. 8 election. However, as the results came in, it became clear there would be more of a red trickle. Though the GOP was favored to win Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, with Fox News’ Power Rankings listing the race as “likely Republican” as of Nov. 1, Boebert ran behind her Frisch most of the night. Republicans lost several key races they had hoped to win, frustrating their effort to recapture House and Senate majorities. When all was said and done, the GOP emerged with a razor-thin 222-seat majority in the House while Democrats gained a seat in the Senate. However, the Democratic Party’s would-be 51-seat Senate majority was unexpectedly snatched away by Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s decision to switch and register as an independent. KYRSTEN SINEMA’S SWITCH TO INDEPENDENT DESCRIBED AS ‘GUT PUNCH’ TO DEMOCRATS: ‘NO WIGGLE ROOM’
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., attends a House Second Amendment Caucus press conference at the U.S. Capitol June 8, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)”Republicans have been entrusted with the majority, and we must now prove we can take the temperature down in DC by leading not only with strength but grace,” Boebert said Sunday after the counties in her district completed their recounts. “Our conservative policies will help all Americans to overcome the challenges we face so each of us has the opportunity to live our very best life,” she tweeted. GOP SIGNALS INVESTIGATIONS, POSSIBLE SUBPOENAS ON COVID ORIGIN, DOMESTIC EXTREMISM MONITORING: REP. TURNERFrisch, a self-described moderate, ran a campaign that called out Boebert for “tweeting nonsense and lies” instead of working to advance legislation. He ran against what he called her “angertainment,” saying he would not back U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as party leader and described himself as a nonpartisan problem-solver.
Democratic House Candidate Adam Frisch listens to incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert during a debate at Colorado Mesa University as part of The Club 20 political conference Sept. 10, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colorado.
(RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)WHITE HOUSE CONDEMNS MARJORIE TAYLOR GREEN’S ‘VIOLENT’ REMARKS ON CAPITOL RIOT ORGANIZATIONBoebert’s time in Congress — she was first elected in 2020 — has been characterized by enthusiastic support for former President Trump, attention-grabbing fashion choices and controversial statements that made her a fixture of national media coverage.She has openly feuded with progressive lawmakers, including “Squad” members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and used her Twitter account to provoke her opponents and detractors, including moderate Republicans. 
Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, arrives to a State of the Union address by President Biden at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 1, 2022.
(Win McNamee/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBoebert was one of 147 GOP lawmakers to vote against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election and has openly supported Trump’s unproven claims that the election was illegitimate. A staunch Trump supporter, Boebert enthusiastically embraced the derogatory Democratic accusation of being an “Ultra MAGA” Republican and insisted the only way Republicans would lose in the 2022 midterms is if they “start acting like Democrats.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.