Security at debate didn’t realize John Hickenlooper was a candidate

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas – RC1866C8A6A0

I’m with security on this one. Who?

As Hickenlooper, who is participating in Thursday night’s debate, attempted to go inside the hall to take questions from reporters, a security guard stopped him after mistaking him for a member of the press.

“Are you here to pick up press credentials?” the security guard asked, according to NPR’s Scott Detrow.

“I’m a candidate,” Hickenlooper replied.

Steve King removed from committee assignments following racist comments

He never should have been re-elected but, alas:

(CNN)Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has been stripped of committee assignments following racist comments he made to The New York Times in a report published last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Monday.

McCarthy announced that the House Republican Steering Committee — which oversees committee assignments — met Monday night and made a decision that King “will not be serving on committees in this Congress.”
Earlier Monday, a pair of the Senate’s most high-profile Republicans on Monday sharply condemned King, the highest ranking GOP officials to publicly rebuke King after comments he made to The New York Times that were sympathetic to white supremacists.

The criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Utah freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, comes as the House plans to vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution to disapprove of the actions of King, who has a history of making incendiary comments related to race and immigration.

Sarah Palin Not Invited to McCain’s Funeral

It would have been better if she hadn’t been invited as his running mate but ok I guess:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), her onetime running mate.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Palin had not been invited. A source within the Palin family told NBC News that “out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point.”

When the Bar for Decency is So Low You Can Accidentally Trip Over It

One of the clips that is being used around the internet and twitter to illustrate what an honest guy McCain was is this clip from the 2008 campaign when some racist white woman says Obama can’t be trusted because he’s an Arab:

And good for John McCain to immediately shut her down (we’ll ignore for the moment that his clumsy response implies that you’re either an Arab or a decent person), but it’s just sad that we have to take a moment when a politician stops one of his supporters from smearing his opponent with an egregious lie and herald this as a shining moment of honor.

GOP House Majority Leader Confuses his Twitter Settings with Censorship

The entire GOP is just really, really dumb.

More Than Two Dozen Democratic Senators Call on Franken to Resign

From Politico:

More than a dozen Democratic senators, including the top Senate Democrat, on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first of Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats to take that step and was quickly followed by more than two dozen others. The first batch of resignation calls came from female senators, followed by a slew of male Democrats and eventually the majority of the 48-member caucus.

Franken plans to make an unspecified announcement on Thursday, according to his office. The state director for his Minnesota colleague, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said in a statement that Klobuchar spoke with Franken directly early Wednesday and offered no further comment beyond pointing to Franken’s planned announcement.

Update:
Al Franken is expected to resign tomorrow. So the Democrats are ousting their known sexual assaulters and the GOP is fully supporting theirs.

A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.

The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.