DNC rally with anti-abortion candidate fuels backlash
Elana Schor, Politico
The addition of an anti-abortion Nebraska mayoral candidate to a Democratic National Committee “unity tour” sparked blowback from the left on Thursday. Democrat Heath Mello, a Bernie Sanders-backed candidate for mayor of Omaha, is scheduled to appear with Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the DNC’s new deputy chair, at a sold-out rally on Thursday.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week he was amazed that a judge in Hawaii could block President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. Sessions made the comments in an interview with “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday evening that was put online Wednesday.
Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC invests $800,000 in Montana
David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner
The super PAC aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is purchasing $800,000 of television advertising on Montana television to boost the Republican candidate in a May 25 special election for a vacant House seat as the GOP moves to defend another front in the battle for control of Congress. Beginning Friday, the Congressional Leadership Fund is airing a 30-second spot on broadcast and cable television in the Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Missoula media markets.
Utah Prepares Special Election as Rep. Chaffetz Says He May Step Down Early
Natalie Andrews, The Wall Street Journal
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the top Republican on the House committee primarily responsible for conducting oversight and investigations of the Trump administration, said Thursday he may leave Congress before his term ends, a day after announcing he would not run for re-election in 2018. “My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving early,” he said.