4-11-2017 Political Nuggets….
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is America’s most popular senator, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) held his spot as the least popular, according to a survey of more than 85,000 voters. (Morning Consult) Among governors, New Jersey’s Chris Christie (R) is the least popular, while Republicans in traditionally blue states – Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland – are the most popular. ( Morning Consult)
- Voters in Kansas’ 4th District head to the polls today in a special election to replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R), who’s now director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The contest is unexpectedly close and has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump. (Roll Call)
- Robert Bentley resigned as governor of Alabama following a sex scandal that made him the subject of criminal investigations and nearly led to his impeachment. (AL.com)
- Trump’s voice has been largely absent from the debate over Syria since he ordered a missile strike there last week. U.S. military officials reportedly concluded that Russia knew in advance about Syria’s chemical weapons attack that prompted American military action. (The New York Times)
- Turf wars and micromanaging as far up as the Oval Office have left hundreds of key administration jobs unfilled: The White House has nominated just 46 of the 553 appointments that require Senate confirmation. (Politico)