Classic “Con Man Cory” Two-Step On Net Neutrality

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

CBS4 Denver reported on a rally this weekend urging the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission to reject a proposal to weaken FCC rules mandating “net neutrality”–in general, the requirement that all internet traffic be routed equally with no preferential treatment of origin:

A rally downtown on Saturday was the latest attempt to raise awareness for “Net Neutrality” days before a vote by the Federal Communications Commission expected to reverse the policy, supporters say the move will affect how consumers see online content…

The rally at Skyline Park featured multiple speakers in the afternoon arguing the internet is a utility that should available to all. Companies could charge content providers to get their material available at a faster rate, supporters say. Smaller businesses or independent sites may be at a disadvantage against larger corporations or major media outlets.

“What Net Neutrality protections, if they are overturned, would do is essentially make it so the internet is no longer a free and open place,” said Caroline Fry, another rally organizer.

But if Colorado internet users were hoping U.S. Senator Cory Gardner will intercede on their behalf, guess again:

“The FCC’s rule not only circumvents the lawmaking process, but also the very people who are responsible for the Internet’s evolution and success,” said Sen. Cory Gardner in a statement back in 2016.

Gardner has also said in past statements that the internet should not be regulated by a government agency using old rules but instead new legislation should be passed to address concerns of slowing speeds or blocking content to consumers.

With only a few days now until the FCC votes on net neutrality, if Sen. Gardner wants to provide an updated statement now is the time. The most recent response on the issue we could find is from a few months ago, in a response to a constituent as posted to reddit:

While I support consumers’ ability to access the Internet, [Pols emphasis] I had serious concerns that the FCC’s 2015 attempt to prevent Internet companies from blocking or slowing consumers relied on a 1930s portion of law, which was never intended to regulate the Internet. Using outdated regulation to police Internet companies threatens innovation and investment in the Internet. The FCC’s latest decision provides a new opportunity to find a way forward on bipartisan legislation that permanently prevents companies from blocking or slowing consumers…

Sen. Michael Bennet’s straightforward response in the same post, “I believe we should work together to protect net neutrality” and praising the 2015 FCC rules now under threat, is much more reassuring for activists working to protect net neutrality than Gardner’s view–shared by basically no one–that this proposal is a “new opportunity” for the most dysfunctional Congress in modern American history to pass legislation to protect net neutrality after it’s rolled back.

If you understand that Cory Gardner is making promises nobody has any expectation of keeping, this is fine.

But especially after the year we’ve had, let’s please not be under any delusions.

Get More Smarter on Monday (December 11)

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TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► Congressional Republicans continue to push their absurdly-flawed tax plan in an effort to pass the legislation before the end of the year. As the Washington Post reports, the GOP seems to be undeterred by the fact that they are trading clarity for speed:

Republicans are moving their tax plan toward final passage at stunning speed, blowing past Democrats before they’ve had time to fully mobilize against it but leaving the measure vulnerable to the types of expensive problems popping up in their massive and complex plan.

Questionable special-interest provisions have been stuffed in along the way, out of public view and in some cases literally in the dead of night. Drafting errors by exhausted staff are cropping up and need fixes, which must be tackled by congressional negotiators working to reconcile competing versions of the legislation passed separately by the House and the Senate.

And the melding process underway has opened the door to another frenzy of 11th-hour lobbying as special interests, including President Trump’s rich friends, make one last dash for cash before the final bill speeds through both chambers of Congress and onto Trump’s desk. Passage is expected the week before Christmas.

Poll after poll shows that Americans really hate the Republican tax plan, but the GOP seems to be careening toward a finish line nevertheless.

 

► Voters in Alabama are one day away from determining whether or not to send accused pedophile Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate. Democrat Doug Jones may be able to pull off a huge upset on Tuesday, particularly if Alabamians decide that they are too embarrassed to go with Moore at the ballot box. Alabama’s Senior Senator, Republican Richard Shelby, gave voice to that sentiment on Sunday when he revealed that he did not vote for Moore because of the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the GOP nominee.

Meanwhile, Politico explains how President Trump ultimately came around to convincing himself that it was okay to back Moore’s campaign:

Two factors nudged the president from private sympathy to public cheerleading for the besieged candidate that would eventually draw the RNC, which had severed ties with Moore, back into the race.

The first was a perceived pile-on against Moore from his own advisers that left the president resentful and angry. His daughter Ivanka Trump told The Associated Press in mid-November that “there’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” She was repeating a statement from the White House’s legislative director, Marc Short, who used the same phrase days earlier in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.

At the same time, the president had been asking aides for polling on the race, and Moore’s numbers began to bounce back. That meant a chance for Trump to claim credit for Moore’s comeback — and to redeem what he considered his mistaken and embarrassing endorsement of Moore’s primary opponent, Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed in February to temporarily fill the seat.

Trump is now doing the opposite of what his daughter, Ivanka, wants him to do, which is a strange story in and of itself.

If Moore does win the Alabama Senate election, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) will be under significant pressure to reaffirm previous statements that the Senate should vote to expel the former judge.

 

President Trump is facing new pressure over prior accusations of sexual harassment. From the New York Times:

Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard,” a surprising break from the administration’s longstanding assertion that the allegations are false and that voters rightly dismissed them when they elected Mr. Trump…

…“They should be heard, and they should be dealt with,” Ms. Haley said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

A group of women who have publicly accused Trump of harassment — at least 13 women have come forward already — detailed their claims during a news conference earlier today. The White House maintains its general response that all of Trump’s accusers are lying and that the American people are cool with these allegations because they elected Trump to the Presidency.

 

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Monday Open Thread

“Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.”

–Werner Herzog

Wait, We’re Supposed To Hate Lindsey Vonn Too?

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn of Vail.

Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn of Vail made headlines last week with her comments about who she would, and would not, be representing as an American Olympian at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

An enthusiastic yes to representing Americans, but not so much President Donald Trump as the Vail Daily reported:

“Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told [CNN’s Christina] Macfarlane in response to a question about how she’ll feel competing in an Olympic Games with President Trump in office…

“Would you accept an invitation to the White House if you were to win Olympic gold in Pyeongchang?” Macfarlane then asked her.

“Absolutely not,” Vonn replied. “No. But I have to win to be invited. No, actually I think every U.S. team member is invited, so no, I won’t go.”

This weekend, unfortunately, Vonn was injured in competition at the World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland–putting her Olympic hopes for 2018 in jeopardy depending on how quickly she can recover:

Lindsey Vonn finished a World Cup super-G race in extreme pain Saturday and was treated by race doctors for an apparent back injury.

The American star crossed the finish line in obvious distress, almost one second behind the then-leader, and slumped to the snow.

As Oliver Willis a former Media Matters for America researcher writes, the conservative blogosphere, already incensed by Vonn’s comments earlier in the week dissing President Trump, swung into action following news of Vonn’s injury–and it wasn’t pretty.

On the conservative blog Gateway Pundit, operated by Jim Hoft (who has been described as “The Dumbest Man on the Internet”), the Vonn injury was hailed as evidence of the “Trump Curse.” The story was headlined, “Trump Curse Hits Leftie Skier Hard.”

Hoft crassly wrote that Vonn “dropped to the ground at the finish line like a sack of flour.”

Trump fans on Twitter echoed the anti-Vonn sentiment. “Life comes at ya fast,” wrote one. “That’s what we call the ‘Trump effect’,” wrote another.

And then yesterday, FOX News put it all together for their millions of conservative viewers, making sure everybody implicitly understands that God punished Lindsey Vonn for daring to criticize the Dear Leader:

American skiing star Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from her Sunday events at the World Cup in Switzerland after suffering a back injury during a super-G race on Saturday.

The injury occurred two days after she criticized President Donald Trump in an interview about the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. [Pols emphasis]

Since Donald Trump has become President, Trump voters hoping to remain loyal and unconflicted in their support for what has turned out to be every bit as divisive and controversial a chief executive as Democrats’ most alarmist predictions before his election have had to swallow some pretty difficult choices. Leading Republican politicians like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake who have ended their careers rather than be associated with Trump. Residents of Trump-branded properties trying desperately to get his name off their homes and businesses. Whiplashing between love for the FBI before the election and fear and loathing of the FBI now that they’re zeroing in on Trump.

And then players of the National Football League took a knee. Now Joe Six Pack has to hate the NFL!

We can’t say for sure whether turning the Orwellian hatefest on one of America’s most beloved skiing champions will be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back–we honestly thought going after football would do that if anything would–but it’s getting awfully hard to keep up with the growing list of American icons you have to learn to viscerally despise in order to remain a Trump supporter today.

And at some point, maybe soon, the camel’s back has got to break.

At Least He’s Not Your Creepshow Ex-Congressman

Staffers for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

As the Washington Post reported last night, the wind-down of Rep. Trent Franks’ (R-AZ) career this week amid a bizarre allegation of sexual misconduct involving his female staff rapidly accelerated Friday as the icky details became public–turning what was expected to be a resignation within weeks into resignation effective immediately:

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) offered a female staff member $5 million if she would bear his child, said a woman who helped bring the matter to the attention of House leaders, prompting Franks’s immediate resignation Friday.

Andrea Lafferty said she encouraged the Franks aide, who had left his office after the alleged conduct, to bring the story to the attention of the House Republican leadership and was present when the aide was interviewed last week by House lawyers.

“He offered her $5 million if she would conceive a child, that’s what she told,” said Lafferty, who is president of the Traditional Values Coalition, an advocacy group that promotes social conservative views shared by Franks.

Ex-Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

It’s noteworthy that the far-right Traditional Values Coalition drove the bus against Rep. Franks, whose well-known president Andrea Lafferty was grossed out enough by the allegations to look past the substantial political commonality between them and call for Rep. Franks’ head:

Lafferty said she was struck by what she called the hypocrisy of Franks’s conduct: “Offering someone five million bucks is not a discussion of surrogacy,” she said Friday. “Trent Franks says that he’s a Christian and a conservative. I’m a Christian and conservative. What he did offends me. It’s not Christian, and it’s not conservative.”

Apparently she doesn’t watch Hulu.

To be clear, it’s not our intention to make any moral judgment about child surrogacy or other steps families may ethically take with other consenting adults to conceive children. Because in Rep. Franks’ case we don’t have to, despite his insistence in his resignation statement that he wasn’t looking to impregnate any surrogates the (pardon us) old-fashioned way:

The sources said Franks approached two female staffers about acting as a potential surrogate for him and his wife, who has struggled with fertility issues for years. But the aides were concerned that Franks was asking to have sexual relations with them. It was not clear to the women whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization. Franks opposes abortion rights as well as procedures that discard embryos.

A former staffer also alleged that Franks tried to persuade a female aide that they were in love by having her read an article that described how a person knows they’re in love with someone, the sources said. One woman believed she was the subject of retribution after rebuffing Franks…

The old-fashioned way is so much quicker and easier than a test tube, after all.

With that, the threshold for exiting stage left has definitely been reached.

Weekend Open Thread

“The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.”

–Ayn Rand

Cory Gardner: Let The Moore Backpedal Begin

Back that a** up, Cory.

Republican leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are softening their tone on accused pedophile and former judge Roy Moore as Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama approaches. And now so is Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma).

Gardner maintains that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which he helms for the 2018 cycle, will absolutely not support Moore’s candidacy. Of that, Gardner has been fairly consistent…but now he’s starting to backpedal on what happens if Moore wins on Tuesday.

Here’s the exact exchange between Gardner and Fox 31 reporter Joe St. George, as reported today:

JSG: “If Roy Moore wins, should he be seated?”

GARDNER: “Again, that’s a question…that’s a Constitutional question to the Supreme Court.”

 

This is a considerably different answer than the one Gardner gave on November 13. As the Denver Post reported at the time:

“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner said in a statement. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”

President Trump, the latter of whom is doubling-down on his support of Moore. Trump is in Pensacola, Florida today for a rally that is totally not at all about Roy Moore and the fact that Pensacola is in the same television market as Mobile, Alabama.

At Least He’s Not Your State Senator

We’re going to need a bigger coffee pot.

It’s time again for one of our longest-running features on Colorado Pols: “At Least They’re Not Your Legislator!”

Today we take you to Boston, where former Democratic state Sen. Brian A. Joyce just might have the most absurd story of corruption we’ve seen all year. As the Boston Globe reports:

Former state senator Brian A. Joyce was charged in a federal indictment Friday with using his Senate office as a front to collect about $1 million in bribes and kickbacks that were laundered through his law firm, along with getting hundreds of pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for free…

…Joyce is also accused of collecting hundreds of pounds of coffee – along with $125,089 in “purported legal fees” – from a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. On one occasion in 2015, he collected 504 pounds of coffee, worth an estimated $4,278, for free, authorities allege.

What could you possibly do with 504 pounds of coffee? Perhaps Joyce really needed to stay awake so that he could break so many laws:

Joyce faces more than 100 charges, an extraordinary amount outpacing the number of charges brought against other politicians in recent years, including former House Speaker Sal DiMasi and former state Senator Dianne Wilkerson, who was charged with one count of bribery.

The last time this many charges were brought against a federal defendant in Boston was in 2014, when Barry Cadden, the former head of New England Compounding Center, was charged with racketeering in connection with a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed dozens of people.

Upon further consideration, maybe we should just title this, “At Least You Don’t Live in Boston.”

ALEC: So THAT’S Where Lori Saine Was Taking Her Gun

Since the arrest earlier this week of GOP Rep. Lori Saine on allegations she brought a loaded 9mm handgun inside a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport, an unresolved detail, potentially irrelevant but still worth nailing down–where exactly was Rep. Saine traveling to with the gun she is alleged to have “knowingly” transported?

Yesterday evening the notorious American Legislation Exchange Council Tweeted the answer!

And as it turns out, it’s relevant as hell:

That’s right, folks! Rep. Lori Saine and her gun were traveling to Nashville, Tennessee to attend this year’s ALEC States & Nation Policy Summit, where she received the Public Sector State Chair of the Year Award. ALEC, as readers know, is a conservative organization that brings together (mostly) right-wing state lawmakers with conservative activists and lobbyists to formulate “model legislation” that has turned up around the country–including highly controversial examples like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, prompting a years-long campaign by a broad coalition of progressive activists to pressure corporations to withdraw their support from ALEC.

As a relatively unproductive member of the GOP House minority in Colorado, we’d be hard-pressed to tell you what Rep. Saine may have done to earn this national recognition, but it’s fascinating and we’d love to know more! ALEC’s reputation for secrecy makes that difficult, but perhaps Rep. Saine’s newly elevated profile will motivate reporters to inquire.

We assume it wasn’t for smuggling guns, because she’s not very good at that.

Friday Open Thread

“The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.”

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ex-Colorado GOP Chairman Steve Curtis Guilty of Voter Fraud

Former Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis.

Denver7 reporting from Weld County District Court, where a former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party was convicted today by a jury of felony forgery and election fraud–another development in what’s become a crazy week of Republican True Crime Stories™:

Steve Curtis, the former chairman for the Colorado Republican Party, was found guilty Thursday by a Weld County jury of voter fraud and forgery.

Curtis, 58, was arrested in March and accused of signing his wife’s mail-in ballot for her, which is a misdemeanor in Colorado. He was also charged with forgery of a public record, a fifth-degree felony…

“He knew exactly what he was doing,” argued Deputy District Attorney Tate Costin during closing arguments. “He received it in the mail, opened it, voted, signed it, sealed it back up and sent it in. If he were going to sign a name during this confused diabetic state, wouldn’t he sign his own name? Why her name? She hadn’t even lived in the house for 11 months.”

Curtis was the state’s GOP chairman from 1997 to 1999, and caused a stir ahead of the 2016 election when he said on KLZ 560: “It seems to be, and correct me if I’m wrong here, but virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.” [Pols emphasis]

Ex-Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis’ defense that health problems somehow compelled him to forge his wife’s name on her ballot didn’t fly with the jury, and now Mr. Curtis gets to spend the rest of his days reflecting on the irony of being convicted of a crime he claimed only those rascally Democrats ever commit! In truth, as we’ve consistently found to be the case in our years covering Colorado politics, is that Republicans tend to do approximately 100% of the hand-wringing about voter fraud and the commission thereof.

And with that, one of the storylines in what we’ve come to call Colorado GOP Crime Week–which started as a joke, then really became a thing–has gotten to the final chapter. Stay tuned to see how the Pueblo GOP treasurer wanted for theft on the lam in El Salvador and the developing case of Rep. Lori Saine‘s loaded pistol at the airport get resolved.

Never a dull moment, folks.

Americans Really, Really Hate GOP Tax Plan

In a nutshell, here’s what Americans think of the Republican tax plan.

The Republican tax plan has a whole lot of problems. According to a new poll, Americans absolutely don’t like the GOP tax scam — and that was before news came out that Senate Republicans screwed up language in the bill that could ultimately make corporations fare worse than ever before.

Business Insider sums up the results of a new CBS poll out today:

The Republican tax bill just got hit with another doozy of a poll on Thursday, adding to the growing amount of data showing Americans don’t like the bill.

A new CBS News poll found that 35% of Americans approve of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), while 53% disapprove. While approval was unsurprisingly split along party lines, independents were also opposed to the plan, with 33% approving rate and a 52% disapproving…

…The poll also suggested that Americans weren’t buying into the GOP argument that the plan was designed as a middle-class tax cut. Only 31% said it would help the middle class, while 69% said it would help wealthier Americans most and 76% said it would benefit corporations.

Also, just 28% said they believed businesses would create more jobs because of the TCJA, while 64% said they would not.

As John Harwood reported for CNBC earlier this week on a different poll from Quinnipiac University, Republicans are not seeing a political benefit to their sloppy bill-drafting:

The poll shows Americans oppose the Republican tax-cut effort by nearly two-to-one, as 29 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove. That’s a worse showing than Obamacare ever recorded, and more unpopular than former President Bill Clinton‘s tax increase plan when it passed in 1993. [Pols emphasis]

Just as daunting are results showing that most Americans don’t buy the core arguments Republicans have offered for their plans. Moreover, debate over the issue has harmed the party’s reputation…

…As a result, consideration of the matter has handed Democrats a fresh advantage over Republicans. In August, Americans split evenly over which party handles tax issues better. Now, Democrats hold an eight-percentage-point edge, 47 percent to 39 percent.

Watch out for that wave, Republicans.

Why Rep. Lori Saine’s Gun Goof Matters

Rep. Lori Saine (R) in Denver court yesterday.

KDVR FOX 31 reports that Rep. Lori Saine of Weld County was released late yesterday from Denver County jail on a personal recognizance bond, while the Denver DA’s office determines what charges to file after Saine walked into a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport carrying a loaded 9mm pistol:

Saine “knowingly” brought the weapon to the north security checkpoint, according to a probable cause statement.

However, Saine’s attorney, Randy Corporon, denied that claim on Wednesday night, saying she “forgot it was in her bag.”

DIA ranked fifth highest for firearms discovered in carry-on bags in the United States last year.

In the past 12 months, the Denver Police Department responded to 106 reports of a firearm within a security checkpoint at the airport.

Besides Saine, only one other person was arrested and jailed by police for possession of the weapon.

In response to news reports that many people busted with guns at DIA security checkpoints have not been arrested, social media lit up in the last 24 hours with conspiracist speculation that Rep. Saine might have been “targeted” some way due to her political affiliation. The implication that federal Transportation Security Administration and Denver Police Department professionals would in some way be harsher on a Republican lawmaker than others is not borne out by experience, and is dubious to the point of being counterproductive as a defense.

It therefore remains to be seen what the aggravating factor was in Saine’s case that resulted in her not only being cited but arrested and booked into Denver County jail–and we have no reason to assume there isn’t one. Did Rep. Saine attempt to use her status as a lawmaker to intimidate or otherwise persuade police officers to go easy on her? Did she have some kind of half-baked outburst about her “sovereign right” to pack heat? There is much left to be reported about the circumstances of Saine’s arrest, and our first instinct is not to imagine she was being persecuted.

Because in the end, there is only one person responsible for a loaded 9mm pistol being in Rep. Lori Saine’s possession as she entered an airport security checkpoint, and that is Rep. Lori Saine. This kind of negligence with firearms, in addition to posing a security risk at airports, is responsible for thousands of preventable deaths each year. We said the same thing back in 2014 when then-Rep. Jared Wright left a loaded handgun unattended in a hearing room at the Colorado state capitol. As a lead sponsor of legislation to repeal the gun safety laws passed in 2013, the only way Rep. Saine could have embarrassed herself more in this situation would be to have literally shot herself in the foot.

As it was she only did so metaphorically, and thank goodness nobody was hurt–which could well have been someone Rep. Saine cares about. Either way, we should all be able to agree that nobody with such a demonstrable instance of irresponsibility with guns should be trying to weaken our state’s gun laws.

Get More Smarter on Thursday (December 7)

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President Trump is trying to preemptively blame Democrats in the event of a government shutdown this weekend, once again banking on media outlets to pretend that Republicans don’t already have majorities in both the House and Senate. As the Washington Post reports, a potential government shutdown would be YUGELY costly to the American economy:

America could lose billions of dollars in economic activity if the federal government shuts down this December, a new report says.

On Wednesday, S&P Global analysts said a shutdown would cost the economy about $6.5 billion per week, or about 0.2 percent of gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter of 2017, as the impact of furloughing federal employees ripples across the country.

“If a shutdown were to take place so far into the quarter, fourth-quarter GDP would not have time to bounce back, which could shake investors and consumers and, as a result, possibly snuff out any economic momentum,” the report says. “The timing could not be worse.”

Lawmakers have until the end of Friday to reach an agreement to avert the shutdown. The House is slated to vote Thursday on a short-term deal to keep the government open while a longer spending agreement is negotiated, but the risk of shutdown looms.

 

► The tax plan that Senate Republicans rushed through in a floor vote early Saturday is apparently chock full of conflicting and confusing proposals that may actually make things worse for corporations in the United States.

Dylan Scott of Vox.com explains how Senate Republicans apparently screwed up language about the corporate alternative minimum tax.

 

President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — a decision that has significant foreign policy repercussions. Protests quickly broke out in Jerusalem following the announcement.

 

► Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken will resign his seat in the coming weeks in the wake of more sexual harassment accusations.

From Franken’s pending resignation, to Alabama’s Senate election and a decision by former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen to seek an open seat in Tennessee, there’s already a lot of movement to consider for 2018. Chris Cillizza and Eric Bradner take a look at the shifting Senate landscape in a story for CNN.

 

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