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That didn’t take long.
News outlets had barely begun calling Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia for Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin before a number of pundits and political operatives began speculating about a possible White House run in the political newcomer’s near future.
But the internet domain name market was out ahead of even these political advance planners.
Over the last several weeks, a number of domain names have been snatched up, including GlennYoungkin2024.com, GlennYoungkin2028.com, GlennYoungkin2032.com, AmericaRunsonYoungkin.com, and pay attention here: DeSantisYoungkin2024.com.
Bringing some suburban women voters back into the GOP fold and appealing to independents while also motivating rural Trump voters to turn out, Youngkin, a political unknown when he started his campaign last year, staged a stunning upset over former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Youngkin led a ticket that swept the races for the three top statewide offices in Virginia, where Republicans had not won a statewide election since 2009. The GOP also flipped the House of Delegates, turning a Democratic 55-45 majority into a 52-48 Republican advantage.
With a faction of the Republican Party ready to pivot away from the polarizing Donald Trump in 2024 (in addition to a larger faction excited about no one but Trump), some, like New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, wasted no time sympathetically floating Youngkin as a possible GOP standard-bearer:
I’ll just say it: Glenn Youngkin should seriously consider running for president in 2024.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) November 3, 2021
To many, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the logical heir apparent to the MAGA policy legacy. The Sunshine State governor embodies a certain Trump-like fighting style that he has employed frequently against the media, his critics, and the Biden administration as he steered his state through the coronavirus pandemic without wrecking its economy.
Now, some eyes are turning toward Youngkin, whose somewhat more genteel persona made him a palatable, unthreatening candidate with crossover appeal in a blue-leaning state with a large population of federal government employees and contractors in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
DeSantis just got a challenger for the 2024 GOP nomination.Youngkin speaks the GOP platform with the optimism of Jeb Bush, the money of Rick Scott, and the aw shucks inflection of Ted Cruz. Like it or not, watch him closely.— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) November 3, 2021
For his part, the former president, who has continued to strongly hint but not confirm that he is thinking about a 2024 run for the White House, has updated his followers a number of times since Tuesday drawing out his connection to Youngkin’s victory.
“I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin,” wrote Trump in a note sent just after 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday. “Without you, he would not have been close to winning. The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before.”
On Wednesday morning, he emphasized the words of radio host John Fredericks, who said, “If there were no Trump in this election, there would be no Glenn Youngkin.”
Arizona lawmakers approve bill vetting voters for citizenship before they can vote
Arizona lawmakers approved new voter restrictions that supporters said ensure only U.S. citizens can cast ballots but opponents said will wipe countless voters off the state’s rolls.
A unanimous Republican caucus approved House Bill 2492 on Wednesday in the Senate, sending the legislation to Gov. Doug Ducey for consideration.
While Arizona is one of the few states that already require proof of citizenship before registering to vote, residents can bypass that by registering for a federal-only ballot under the National Voter Registration Act and can vote on federal contests.
HB 2492 would require counties to check those individuals for citizenship against multiple databases. Counties must reject any federal applications if they find the individual is not a U.S. citizen. Any official knowingly ignoring the requirement could be charged with a Class 6 felony.
Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to purge the voter rolls as revenge for the 2020 general election, where President Joe Biden narrowly defeated former President Donald Trump.
“This is absurd, illogical and discriminatory,” Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson, said.
Constitutional analysts told GOP lawmakers in another hearing the bill presents some issues that could face a legal challenge. Opponents were quick to note that in debate.
“We are voting on a bill that is unconstitutional and has a tremendous impact on the voters of the state of Arizona,” Sen. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix, said. “There are many provisions in this bill that are offensive, and that will have a negative impact on some communities more than others.”
Republicans said their legislation simply ensures U.S. citizens are the only ones voting in U.S. elections.
“The issue is making sure the citizens of this country are voting,” Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, said. “If you’re not a citizen of this country, you’re not allowed to vote. We have over 35,000 people registered to vote where we are not certain whether they’re citizens or not.”
The bill passed along partisan lines. Democrats gathered in Phoenix on Thursday to pressure Ducey to veto the legislation.
US Senators Question Motives of AT&T For Refusing To Renew OAN Contract…Cite AT&T Board Chairman’s Ties To Dominion Voting Machines
Two U.S. Senators, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have written an official letter to AT&T inquiring into its politically-motivated decision to cut One America News Network (OANN) from DirectTV. Cruz and Lee both press the AT&T Board of Directors for answers regarding the “personal financial” influences that may have swayed the company’s decision.
The decision to not renew its contract with OANN was announced by DirecTV in mid-January. DirecTV, which is primarily run by AT&T, has a contract with OANN that is set to expire in early April.
In response to this major decision, President Trump spoke out at an Arizona rally, saying, “This is horrible. This is a great network. These are great people. I watch it all the time and you really get the truth. And they want to cancel them now because of politics – for purely political reasons. It’s a disgrace what’s going on.”
“I don’t think that people are gonna stand for it,” added Trump.”Maybe what we should do is not use AT&T.”
On Tuesday, Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz submitted a letter to the members of the AT&T Board of Directors, expressing “grave concern for the future of journalism and political discourse in America.”
They then listed six specific facts/concerns regarding the issue:
- One American News Network (“OAN”) is being sued for alleged defamation by Dominion Voting Systems.
- Dominion Voting Systems is owned by Staple Street Capital.
- William Kennard is on the executive board of Staple Street Capital
- William Kennard is also the Chairman of AT&T’s board of directors
- AT&T owns 70% of DirecTV, and controls two seats on DirecTV’s board of directors
- DirecTV has decided not to renew its contract with OANN.
The main concern pointed out by Lee and Cruz is that William Kennard, the Chairman of AT&T’s board of directors and executive board member of Staple Street Capital, is pushing to end its contract with OANN to benefit his personal financial interests.
The Senators then request a response to the following question within 10 business days: “Did any employee or agent of AT&T at any time convey or suggest to any employee or agent of DirecTV an instruction or request not to renew OANN?”
Read the full letter below:
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