Eric Garcia

Kid Rock Trailing Stabenow by 18 Points in New Poll
Earlier polls had shown the rock-rapper closer to incumbent Michigan Democratic senator

As he continues to consider a Senate run, Kid Rock got some bad news that a new poll shows him trailing Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow significantly in a potential race in Michigan.

The poll, conducted by Marketing Resource Group, shows Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, trailing Stabenow by 18 points. That is a sizable difference from other polls, such as one from August that showed Ritchie with an 8-point deficit

House Democratic Candidates Capitalize on Graham-Cassidy
House hopefuls appealing to Republican senators to vote against repealing 2010 health care law

Democratic House candidates are trying to appeal to Republican senators in their states as the GOP prepares for another vote to repeal the 2010 health care law.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is his intention to vote next week on the health care legislation spearheaded by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

‘Native Gardens’ Explores Race and Class Divides
Takes jabs at political climate

As questions about immigration and identity surrounding who gets to be “American” continue to roil political debates, the play “Native Gardens” explores the divides of race, class and how they intertwine on a local level.

The play, showing at the Arena Stage, chronicles Pablo and Tania Del Valle, played by Dan Domingues and Jacqueline Correa, as they buy a fixer-upper home in a high-end Washington, D.C., neighborhood next to Frank and Virginia Butley.

Single Payer Democrats: Save Obamacare Now, Single Payer Later
Comes as Cassidy-Graham revives Republican hopes of repeal

Democratic senators who threw their support behind single-payer health care last week are prioritizing the 2010 health care law as Republicans take one more crack at repealing it.

At an event with Democratic senators and liberal activists, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who sponsored the single-payer bill, criticized Republicans for trying to ram through a health care proposal from Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Report: Nearly Half of Millennials Unsatisfied With Trump
Most think country is headed in wrong direction or are unsure

A new report shows nearly a majority of millennials disapprove of President Donald Trump and many are dissatisfied with the direction of the United States.

The 2017 Millennial Impact Report surveyed 3,000 Millennials between the ages of 18 and 37. It showed two-thirds of millennials voted in 2016, half of them for Hillary Clinton.

Kid Rock’s United States of ’Merica
Detroit artist, aka Robert Ritchie, registering voters at concerts

Musician and potential Michigan Senate candidate Kid Rock is registering voters at his shows in Detroit.

The musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, posted on Twitter that he would be registering voters during his stint at Detroit’s Little Caesar’s Arena, where he is performing six concerts.

Report: Former Challenger to Admit He Took Payment From Brady Campaign
Former challenger will plead guilty to hiding $90,000 payment

Lawyers for a former Democratic primary challenger to Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady said his client plans to Read more...
Reichert Says He Would Have Arrested Trump
If Trump had made infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ comments in former sheriff’s jurisdiction

Retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert said if President Donald Trump had made his 2005 comments about grabbing women in Washington when he was a cop, he would have arrested him.

Reichert was speaking in an interview with Vice News about the difficulty moderate Republicans face. 

Rohrabacher’s Democratic Opponents Slam Comments About Charlottesville
Rohrabacher called violence during white supremacist rally a ‘total hoax’

Two of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Democratic opponents lambasted him for calling racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month a “total hoax.”

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Rohrabacher said it was possible that a “former Hillary (Clinton) or Bernie (Sanders) supporter” organized “Civil War re-enactors” to rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Booker Tacks Toward Democratic Party’s Base
Liberals eye New Jersey senator warily over ties to Wall Street and drug companies

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked on burnishing his liberal credentials on economic and health care policy this week, which could appeal to his Democratic Party’s skeptical base. 

The first-term senator is considered among the many potential Democrats in the chamber who could run for president in 2020. But liberals are wary of him because of what they see as his ties to financial industries.

Report: Navy Reviewing Murphy's Disclosure of Affair
Pennsylvania congressman is also an officer in the Navy Reserve

The U.S. Navy is reviewing Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy’s admission last week of having an extramarital affair.

A Navy spokesperson confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that a review is underway for Murphy, a commander the Navy Reserve.

Weiner’s Lawyers Say Teen Sexting Partner Wanted to Influence Election
Disgraced former congressman to be sentenced Sept. 25

Lawyers for disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner claim that the teenage girl to whom he sent explicit messages wanted to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Weiner’s lawyers said that Weiner never sought out teenage girls, The Associated Press reported. But they admitted that Weiner’s acts were “born of deep sickness.”

Walters Gets Another Democratic Challenger
Seven Democrats running to replace California congresswoman

Republican Rep. Mimi Walters on Tuesday received her seventh Democratic challenger for next year’s election in California’s 45th District.

Greg Ramsay, a former health care executive and ice cream shop owner, told the Los Angeles Times he believes he can have crossover appeal with nonpartisan voters and some Republicans.

Porn Actress Doesn’t Like Cruz Back
‘But I’m happy to see that he could be a fan of mine,’ she says

The pornographic actress in the video briefly liked by Sen. Ted Cruz’s Twitter account said she’s not a fan of the Texas Republican.

“With his stance against the porn industry and adult entertainment, I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz,” actress Cory Chase told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

Diane Black Unsure about Finishing Her Term
House Budget Committee chairwoman said she wants to get budget passed before making a decision

Tennessee Rep. Diane Black is unsure if she will finish her current term in Congress as she runs for governor.

Black told reporters at the Tennessee State Fair on Monday that she had not yet made that decision, the Tennesseean in Nashville reported.

Cruz’s Twitter Account Liked a Porn Video
Staff says “offensive tweet” has been removed

Twitter followers of Sen. Ted Cruz got an eyeful when they checked what the Texas Republican was liking these days.

Cruz’s personal account late Monday showed he liked a two-minute pornographic video from the Twitter account @SexuallPosts, the New York Daily News reported.

Moulton Raises $600,000 for Veteran Candidates He Endorsed
Massachusetts Democrat says Congress needs the ‘fresh perspective’ that his fellow veterans bring

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton raised $600,000 for the Democratic candidates he endorsed in his attempt to recruit more veterans to run for Congress.

The announcement came after a forum at Harvard University, Moulton’s alma mater, with four of the candidates he has endorsed: Dan Feehan in Minnesota’s 1st District, Roger Dean Huffstelter in Virginia’s 5th District, Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s 6th District, and Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey’s 11th District.

Report: Corker Weighing Re-election or Retirement
Source says Tennessee Republican senator has talked to McConnell about his future

Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker is weighing whether to run for re-election in 2018 or retire.

Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN last week that he was weighing the decision.

Dent: ‘The Country’s in a Pretty Tough Spot Right Now’
Moderate Republican congressman speaks to supporters after announcing his retirement

Speaking to staff, family, friends and the media on Sunday, Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who announced his retirement last week, said he was concerned about the future of the country.

Dent said he originally planned to announce his retirement at the event Sunday, but some of his colleagues leaked that he was planning on leaving Congress, the Reading Eagle reported.

Curbelo Might Move Family to a Shelter During Irma
Said he doesn’t feel fully secure in his home even though it’s outside evacuation area

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida said he might move his family to a shelter as Hurricane Irma moves toward Miami.

Curbelo’s family lives in a part of Miami that is not part of a mandatory evacuation order, but Curbelo said that he might still move, the Miami Herald reported.