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An inmate serving life term for two murders is running for a US Senate seat, thanks to loophole

Leonard Richards was convicted of killing his half-sister May Wilson in 1982, and his lawyer Robert Stratton in 1987, and is now serving a life term for the two murders at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater.


Kaine, Stewart agree to US Senate debate in October

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GOP, Dem rivals raise millions in Tennessee US Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican U.S.Rep. Marsha Blackburnnarrowly outraised Democratic formerGov. Phil Bredesenlast quarter and maintains a 2-to-1 cash advantage against him in the open U.S. Senate contest in Tennessee, according to totals released by the campaigns.The campaign finance numbers sh


Behind bars for 2 murders, he's running for US Senate seat in Minnesota

Leonard Joseph Richards, 72, is serving a life sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater for murdering his half-sister and his lawyer. (Minnesota Department of Corrections)


It’s legal: Prison inmate vying for US Senate in Minnesota

Minnesota law bars inmates from running for state-level offices, but they can run for federal office. Leonard Richards is keenly aware of the loophole, and he’s unsuccessfully sought federal office several times despite serving a prison sentence that offers no parole, the Star Tribune reported.


AP News - Minnesota law allows inmate to vie for US Senate seat

Leonard Richards was convicted of killing his half-sister, May Wilson, in 1982, and of fatally shooting his lawyer, Robert Stratton, in 1987. The 75-year-old has unsuccessfully sought federal office several times.


Democrats Push Senate to Take Legal Action Backing Pre-existing Condition Protections

Two of the Democrats leading the effort face Republican challengers in 2018 who have signed on to the legal effort that could undermine the regulations from the 2010 health care law: state attorneys general in Missouri, Josh Hawley, and West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey.

ROLL CALL ONLINE - 2018-07-19 15:30:41

Senate leader asks for proposals to block future Russian meddling

July 19, 2018 / 2:58 PM / Updated 40 minutes ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he had called on two key Senate panels to recommend additional action aimed at preventing future election meddling by Russia as well as hold hearings on Russia sanctio

REUTERS - 2018-07-19 14:57:44

Brett Kavanaugh's poll numbers aren't good. Will it matter?

President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has the lowest initial net support for confirmation compared with other recent Supreme Court nominees, according to two new polls released this week.A new Gallup survey shows 41% of Americans want the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh

CNN - 2018-07-19 13:34:46

U.S. lawmakers set to grill Trump's consumer watchdog pick

Kraninger, 43, is a senior official at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She has extensive government managerial experience including at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which she helped set up, and at OMB where she manages the financial regulation portfolio, accordi

REUTERS - 2018-07-19 14:20:35

Frustrated senators want answers on Trump's foreign meetings

“Americans and the members of this committee deserve to know what the president and foreign autocrats are agreeing to behind closed doors,” New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, the committee’s top Democrat, argued in the hearing, which had been scheduled to discuss routine nominations but quickly ven

NBC NEWS - 2018-07-19 05:12:00

The Senate delivered a rare, unified rebuke of Trump on Russia

The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously (98-0) in favor of aresolutionexpressing Congress's opposition to the US government allowing Russia to question US officials.It came after Trump signaled he might be open allowing Russia to interrogate nearly a dozen Americans, including former US ambassador

BUSINESS INSIDER - 2018-07-19 00:00:00

Senate resolution introduced to show support for US intelligence agencies

Flake and Coons, both members of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, will speak on the Senate floor Thursday to request unanimous passage of the resolution.

CNN - 2018-07-18 23:06:37

Senate, after Helsinki, eyes swift sanctions in case of more...

Senator John Cornyn speaks to the media during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

REUTERS - 2018-07-18 21:31:36

Opinion | The case for censuring Trump

Sixty-four years ago, the U.S. Senatecensuredthe bullying demagogue Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin forconductthat “tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” McCarthy lingered in the Senate for another 2 ½ years., but the censure essentially ended his early-1950s “Red Scare” reig

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-07-18 18:15:00

Senate Democrats warn of 'gigantic loopholes' in Trump tax cuts

The Democrats’ report comes at a time when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Trump signed into law in December, has become a political football in the Nov. 6 congressional campaign.

REUTERS - 2018-07-18 18:10:52

Why the US is obligated to defend Montenegro

Trump, in an interview on Fox News, appeared to cast doubt on his willingness to defend the country, calling the people of Montenegro "strong" and "aggressive," suggesting that its aggressiveness could draw the US into World War III due to the NATO's mutual security clause enshrined in Article 5 of

CNN - 2018-07-18 16:43:13

The Senate is making a big mistake as it drags its feet over EXIM Bank confirmations

The U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM) provides critical financing for American companies selling goods and services abroad.Because the bank has lacked a board quorum since July 2015, it can’t approve any transaction over $10 million, causing U.S. companies large and small to forfeit sales to foreign co

CNBC - 2018-07-18 15:39:39

Big money rolls in as GOP challenger pressures NJ Democrat Menendez for traditionally safe Senate seat

The money race for a traditionally safe Democratic U.S. Senate seat is heating up in New Jersey.Incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, raised $9 million as of the end of June. Former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, his GOP opponent, has given more than $15 million to his own campaign.Hugin has sought to ne

CNBC - 2018-07-18 14:32:59

Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds

All told, Democratic candidates in 10 of the most critical races are sitting on $75 million, while their Republican rivals hold $33 million in cash on hand, according to a review of campaign finance documents filed in recent days.