Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won’t run for Senate despite recruitment effort by GOP leaders

This post was originally published on this siteMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that he will not be a candidate for US Senate, following a quiet campaign by Republican leaders to convince the term-limited governor to run.

Biden urged to roll back COVID restrictions after FOUR Dem governors announced end to school masking

This post was originally published on this site President Joe Biden is facing increased calls for a return to normalcy from COVID-19 after four Democrat-led states lifted mask mandates in schools while case rates continue to decline. On Monday, the Democrat governors of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon all announced plans to life mask mandates […]

Supreme Court restores GOP-drawn congressional map in Alabama

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Moderate GOP governors rule out Senate bids

Blue-state Republican governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire have both ruled out running for Senate in a serious blow to Republicans’ ambitions to retake the upper chamber in November.
The four senators representing the two states are all Democrats.
Hogan ruled out challenging Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) at a press conference Tuesday, despite the urging of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other prominent Republicans, The Associated Press reported.
“I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate,” the term-limited Maryland governor said. “I sincerely appreciate all the people who have been encouraging me to consider it.”
Hogan has floated the idea of running for president, but a moderate like him would be unlikely to win the GOP primary.
In November 2021, Sununu publicly announced he would not run against Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), CNN reported.
“I’d rather push myself 120 miles an hour delivering wins for New Hampshire than … slow down, end up on Capitol Hill debating partisan politics without results. That’s why I am going to run for a fourth term” as governor, he said.
Sununu told The Washington Examiner last month he was “pretty close” to running for a Senate seat and was even “ready to make an announcement,” but that he wasn’t comfortable with the idea that he was “just going to be a roadblock” to President Biden’s agenda “for two years.”
Biden quoted Sununu’s remarks during a Jan. 19 press conference as part of his larger critique of Republican obstructionism.
“I don’t appreciate the president using my words out of context,” Sununu said on CNN’s State of the Union when asked how he felt about Biden’s remarks. “I’ve been critical of both sides of the aisle … all 100 senators.”

Multiple states to end mask mandates in schools and other indoor places

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Key states making moves to change election laws and voting options

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US Army releases first climate strategy with goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

This post was originally published on this siteThe US Army released its first climate strategy on Tuesday with goals to reduce the Army’s greenhouse gas pollution by 50% by 2030 and attain “net-zero” emissions by 2050.

The Supreme Court may completely hollow out the Voting Rights Act by 2024

This post was originally published on this siteThe Supreme Court’s action late Monday in an Alabama redistricting case foreshadows a new threat to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and electoral opportunities for Blacks and other racial minorities nationwide.

Republicans are not lining up to defend Trump’s Jan. 6 argument

This post was originally published on this siteApparently many Republicans agree that Trump was wrong.

Was the January jobs report really that good?

It appears the U.S. economy didn’t dodge the Omicron bullet after all.
The Labor Department’s jobs report, which was released Friday, showed that the U.S. economy added 467,000 jobs in January and that the unemployment rate increased only slightly to 4.0 percent.
Several outlets hailed these numbers as a pleasant and unexpected surprise after many experts predicted a downturn due to Omicron. Politico called the report “phenomenal.” The Democratic Party hailed it as evidence of “the Biden Boom.” Glassdoor senior economist Daniel Zhao wrote that the report “signals that the job market recovery is plowing forward, despite Omicron headwinds.”
But was it? According to Matt Yglesias’ Slow Boring newsletter, not really.
“One natural interpretation of these numbers is that the fears of an Omicron impact on the economy were wrong. But this is incorrect,” Yglesias wrote.
“January happens to be the month when the [Bureau of Labor Statistics] does an annual update of some of its models,” he continued. “With updated [census] data, they’re able to generate new and better estimates. The January jobs gains came entirely from these changes.”
Without the adjustment for new census data, the economy actually lost jobs between December 2021 and January 2022. Thanks to the adjustment, gains that actually took place in previous months showed up in January’s report.
“That doesn’t mean the jobs aren’t real,” Yglesias wrote. “But they are jobs we had all along. Using consistent household survey data, employment fell in January … for precisely the reason the Biden administration was worried it would fall: lots of people missed work because they were sick” with Omicron.
Axios reported Tuesday that over “1 million men surged into the job market last month … compared to just 39,000 women,” a conclusion Yglesias also disputed.
“[I]t’s not that a ton of men newly entered the labor force, a bunch of working age men who’d been around all along got counted correctly,” he tweeted.
In other words it’s not that a ton of men newly entered the labor force, a bunch of working age men who’d been around all along got counted correctly.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 8, 2022

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