We’re 7 days from Georgia’s Senate run-off election. Here’s the news that you’ll want to know:
Nancy Pelosi may lose her role as Speaker this weekend.
“‘That means there are a number of members who voted against [Speaker Nancy Pelosi] last time have to vote for her,” the [Rep. Elise Stefanik] New York Republican told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” ‘It’s not just the socialist, far-left progressives like AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,) Jamaal Bowman, and others withholding their votes, but also some of the middle-of-the-road Democrats.‘” (Newsmax)
- The House will elect the Speaker this weekend, when the 117th Congress begins on Sunday, January 3. The role of Speaker is decided by a vote of the entire House, i.e. all the U.S. Representatives elected in November.
- After disappointing election results for House Democrat in November, Nancy Pelosi has a very narrow margin for victory — and incoming progressives haven’t shown commitment to voting for her.
As The Hill reported, when asked about support for Pelosi, Rep.-elect Cori Bush said: “What I’m going to do is make sure that the voices of the people of St. Louis are heard and that we have what we need and so you’ll find out then.” Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman said: “You will find out when my vote is tallied.”
- As Newsmax reported, Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican, told Fox News that “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s time as the chamber’s leader is in ‘peril’ because her Democrat majority is ‘so slim’ that she can only afford to lose a few votes.”
Federal judge overturns two Georgia counties’ removal of 4,000 voters from voter rolls ahead of the January 5 Senate run-off election
“The bulk of the registrations that the counties sought to rescind, more than 4,000, were in Muscogee County, which Biden won handily in November. An additional 150 were from Ben Hill County, which Trump won by a wide margin. The suit, brought by Majority Forward, represented by National Democratic Party attorney Marc Elias, followed an effort to challenge the lengthy roster of voters simply because their registrations appeared to match U.S. Postal Service change-of address records.” (POLITICO)
- Two Georgia counties — one pro-Trump, one pro-Biden in the 2020 presidential election — have been ordered by a federal judge to stop their removal of voter registration for approximately 4,000 voters ahead of the Georgia Senate run-off on January 5.
- The counties reportedly “seemed to have improperly relied on unverified change-of-address data to invalidate” the voter registrations, according to National Review.
- As POLITICO reported, with the emphasis our own: “[Judge] Gardner’s 11-page ruling released Monday night noted that the removals of the voters appeared to violate federal law because they were not given proper notice and because they qualify as the type of systematic voter roll cleaning that is not permitted within 90 days of a federal election.”
- The judge in the case — Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner — is sister of Stacey Abrams, a national Democratic leader and past candidate for Georgia governor. According to National Review, Muscogee County’s board had filed a motion for Judge Gardner to recuse herself due to her sister’s prominent role in the lead-up to the Georgia election; however, the judge’s opinion stated that she found “no basis for recusal.”
President Trump will hold a rally for Georgia Senate candidates next Monday.
“The president tweeted on Sunday that he will head to Georgia on Jan. 4 for a rally backing Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) before the runoffs that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. ‘On behalf of two GREAT Senators, @sendavidperdue & @KLoeffler, I will be going to Georgia on Monday night, January 4th., to have a big and wonderful RALLY,’ Trump posted. “So important for our Country that they win!'” (The Hill)
- President Trump announced he will host a rally next Monday for the Republican candidates in Georgia’s Senate run-off election. That’s the night before Election Day for the run-off.
- The Georgia election will determine control of the Senate in 2021. Right now, it’s split at 50 Republicans to 48 Democrats. That’s why both parties see it as a “must-win” election.
- President Trump previously campaigned in Georgia for the Republican candidates.