Dems Shalala, Mucarsel-Powell win GOP Florida US House seats
MIAMI (AP) — Democrats Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on Tuesday won a pair of Florida U.S. House seats that had been held by Republicans.
Shalala, the ex-Health and Human Services secretary running for elective office for the first time at age 77, won the 27th District over former television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar. The district was represented for decades by GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring.
Ex-Cabinet secretary Shalala wins Democratic House primary
MIAMI (AP) — Former Clinton administration Cabinet member and university president Donna Shalala won the Democratic nomination Tuesday for a U.S. House seat in Florida widely seen as one of the party's best chances nationally for a pickup from the GOP.
Shalala will meet Republican nominee Maria Elvira Salazar in the November general election.
The Latest: Ex-Cabinet secretary Shalala wins House primary
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the primary election in Florida (all times local):
Former Clinton administration Cabinet member and university president Donna Shalala has won the Democratic nomination for a U.S. House seat in Florida.
Shalala defeated four candidates Tuesday in the Miami-area race. Incumbent Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is retiring. The seat is widely viewed as one of the Democrats' best chances for a pickup.
Ex-cabinet secretary, university head Shalala bids for House
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — She's been president of two major universities. She served as President Bill Clinton's Health and Human Services secretary for eight years. Now, at age 77, Donna Shalala is embarking on a new adventure: a Democratic run for the U.S. House.
The Miami-area District 27 seat, long occupied by retiring moderate Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is viewed as one of the best chances nationwide for a Democratic pickup in the party's quest to win House control from the GOP.
Florida candidate says alien abduction doesn’t define her
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. House candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has a long list of accomplishments to bolster her campaign in Florida. But she is perhaps best known for claiming that she was abducted by space aliens as a child.
Rodriguez Aguilera is a longshot in the race for the Miami-area seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Yet last weekend, the Miami Herald endorsed her for the GOP nomination in the Tuesday primary out of a field of nine candidates.
Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump's backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet saying they should quit wasting their time on it.
The Friday tweet is hardly the first time the president has abandoned his allies in a moment of need. Over and over, Trump has proven himself a saboteur, willing to walk away from promises and blow up a deal, undermining the GOP agenda in Congress.
Trump sabotages GOP plans in Congress. Again.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump's backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting their time on it.
It's hardly the first time the president has abandoned his allies in a moment of need. Over and over, Trump has proven himself a saboteur, willing to walk away from promises and blow up a deal, undermining the GOP agenda in Congress.
Florida congressman adds name to list of GOP retirements
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., said Wednesday he will retire when his fourth term ends in January and intends to return to practicing law, joining a growing number of departing GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
"I never viewed this amazing opportunity as a job or a career," said Ross, who served in the state Legislature before winning election in 2010 to a congressional district in central Florida that strongly leans Republican.
Scott Pruitt should be fired by Trump, House Republicans Carlos Curbelo, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen say
Two House Republicans on Tuesday said Scott Pruitt should resign or that President Trump should fire him, becoming the first sitting officeholders in the GOP to call on the embattled EPA administrator to step aside amid a growing list of controversies and ethical questions.
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami Republican congresswoman is defending a well-known Florida school shooting survivor from another lawmaker who attacked her for wearing a Cuban flag patch as she advocated for gun control in Washington.
Miami Republican seeks probe of ex-intern over Venezuela
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is asking the Treasury Department to investigate a former congressional intern who's now helping Venezuela's socialist government develop a cryptocurrency to evade U.S. sanctions.
The Miami Republican sent a letter Tuesday to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying Gabriel Jimenez owns a company in Florida identical in name to the one helping position the so-called petro among international investors.
MIAMI (AP) — Former Clinton cabinet member Donna Shalala is vying to win the Democratic nomination to flip a Florida district long held by a popular Republican congresswoman, but her sights are already set on President Donald Trump.
President Bill Clinton's former Health and Human Services secretary is 77, a decade older than the retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and she's never run for elective office before.
Shalala To Fight Trump If Elected To Congress
MIAMI (AP) — Donna Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary and president of the University of Miami, is running as a Democrat for the congressional seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
According to Federal Election Commission paperwork filed Monday, Shalala, 77, will run in Florida's 27th district, which includes much of Miami Beach, downtown Miami and coastal Miami-Dade County.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
GOP moderates furious, leaders muted on Trump furor
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP leaders mostly stayed quiet but more moderate Republicans reacted sharply against President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about "shithole" countries in Africa during a White House meeting Thursday. Democrats howled with outrage.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told an audience in Milwaukee that Trump's comments were "very unfortunate, unhelpful" but quickly changed the topic to his own family's history of emigrating from Ireland.
Trump Immigration Statement Draws Angry Response
Trump sends diplomat known for candid views to Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration will send to Venezuela as its top diplomatic envoy a former ambassador with a reputation for candidness and controversy at a time when relations between the countries are rapidly deteriorating.
The decision to send Todd D. Robinson to Venezuela was confirmed by the office of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican.
GOP Rep. Charlie Dent announces retirement from House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, leader of an influential caucus of GOP moderates in the House, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election to an eighth House term next year.
Dent, who has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said in an interview that he never intended to serve as long as he has. But he also said the polarization and conflict on Capitol Hill that make even routine legislating difficult "get tiring."
Lawmakers weigh in on Trump’s comments on Charlottesville
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers are reacting to President Donald Trump's latest comments on the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president said he believes "there's blame on both sides" for what transpired.
— Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan: "We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."
First Cuban-American in Congress to Retire
Lawmakers worry Trump immigration orders weaken protections for sex crime, domestic violence victims
A bipartisan group of 41 House members expressed concerns to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that President Donald Trump's executive orders threaten to hurt protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term next year, saying it's time to move on after 38 years in office.
The 64-year-old Republican was elected last November to Florida's redrawn 27th district, a stretch of southeast Miami-Dade County that is heavily Democratic. Hillary Clinton won it over Donald Trump by 20 percentage points, and Ros-Lehtinen was able to win it by 10 percentage points.
The Latest: Congresswoman explains why she’s retiring
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the retirement of Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (all times local):
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is explaining her decision to retirement in a long piece in The Miami Herald.
The piece was posted to the paper's website Sunday afternoon. In it, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress called it a personal decision.
Nicaraguan appealing for asylum in Florida deported
MIAMI (AP) — Immigration authorities have deported a Nicaraguan man appealing for asylum despite pleas by immigrant rights groups in South Florida.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that 25-year-old Espilvio Sanchez-Benavidez was deported following a court's order.
Sanchez-Benavidez is appealing an asylum case that was denied in 2015 for lack of evidence. He arrived in the U.S. in 2013 after receiving death threats following the killing of two relatives.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican health care overhaul (all times local):
The anti-tax group Club for Growth is targeting 10 House Republicans with television advertising this week urging them to oppose the GOP health care bill.
The ads, airing only through Wednesday, call the House bill "Ryancare," after House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and "a bad idea doubling down on disaster."
The Republican health care plan will leave more Americans uninsured.
Republican leaders are pushing legislation, strongly supported by President Donald Trump, aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The findings by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found 14 million people would lose health care coverage in the first year alone and 24 million in all by 2026.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
The Democrat represents Illinois' 10th district. He announced his appointment this week to one of five seats reserved on the council for congressional representatives.
The council was established by Congress in 1980 to govern the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.