2022 midterms

Where Things Stand: Pastor Trades Vax Exemptions For Church Dues Prime Badge
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Jackson Lahmeyer is a Tulsa-based 29-year-old pastor, small business owner and GOP candidate challenging Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) in 2022. And he’ll get you out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons if you pay the right price.

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Where Things Stand: TPM EVENT STARTS AT 6 P.M. ET Prime Badge
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Tonight, TPM is hosting a live virtual discussion on redistricting and the perhaps inevitable shift in House control post-midterms.

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We’ve got an impressive lineup of panelist who will dig into, among other things:

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For Some Candidates, A Trump Endorsement Could Actually Be The Kiss Of Death
UNITED STATES - JULY 21: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is seen in the Capitol before the senate conducted a procedural vote on the infrastructure bill on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is seen in the senate subway during a vote in the Capitol on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27: J.D. Vance, author of the book "Hillbilly Elegy," poses for a portrait photograph near the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C., January 27, 2017. Vance has become the nation's go-to angry, white, rural translator. The book has sold almost half a million copies since late June. Vance, a product of rural Ohio, a former Marine and Yale School grad, has the nation's top-selling book. He's become a CNN commentator, in-demand speaker, and plans to move back to Ohio from SF where he's worked as a principal in an investment firm. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 6: Photographs of election day activity on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joel Prince for The Washington Post)
Where Things Stand: McConnell Might Still Be Open To Having A Spine Prime Badge
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Against Trump, that is.

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Where Things Stand: Willing Hostages With No Agenda Prime Badge
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Former President Trump spoke at a GOP convention gathering in North Carolina over the weekend, where he not only gave his endorsement in the state’s crowded Republican primary for an open Senate seat, but also vowed to continue weighing in on races that will be crucial to the party’s midterm success.

The key ingredient to earning that coveted Trump endorsement, of course, remains fealty to the former president and his ongoing list of grievances.

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Where Things Stand: Pool Of Pro-Trump Election Critics Running For Office Grows Prime Badge
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A handful of proponents of the Big Lie have launched bids for secretary of state — elected, state-level positions that will have a say in voting operations for future election cycles.

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UNITED STATES - MAY 22: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., speaks at a news conference in Cannon Building to announce a legislative package that will help the Veterans Affairs Department eliminate the backlog of veteran's claims by 2015.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 30: Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., left, and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., attend a news conference on the China Task Force report in the Capitol’s Rayburn Room on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The report outlines bipartisan action to combat threats from China. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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