The GOP senate candidate in Arizona is experiencing a polling bump. Martha McSally, the Republican running to replace the outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, is out to a six point lead over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. The polling bump is an anomaly in a race where the two have been locked in a dead heat for months. But comments Sinema made about Arizona back in 2011 could spell big trouble for the looney liberal—in a video of a speech seven years ago, Sinema called Arizona “the crazy state” and Arizonans “crazy.” She states in the video that Arizona is crazy because of one factor: “they’re called Republicans,” she said. She goes even further in comments at an out of state speech to liberal activists.
—QUOTABLE: ”I want to talk to you about some of the things that I think that you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona.” -Sinema in 2011 speech to liberal activists
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving ahead with a critical test vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. It will be on Friday morning at 10:30. The procedural vote will both pave the way for a final vote on whether to confirm the embattled SCOTUS nominee, and it will gauge support. Three Republican senators—Arizona’s Flake (Jeff), Maine’s Susan Collins, and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski—are still very much in question, but statements by Collins and The Flake strongly point to their willingness to vote yes and stop this insanity from repeating itself. If Friday’s vote goes as planned, McConnell is likely to call for a final vote over the weekend.
Fence-sitting Republican senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake appear satisfied with the newly released FBI report probing Brett Kavanaugh’s background. The probe was ordered by the White House after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full senate amid allegations of sexual impropriety.
Collins said: “It appears to be a very thorough investigation but I’m going back later to personally read the interviews.”
And Flake said: “We’ve seen no additional corroborating information.”
Both are moderate Republicans thought to be the critical swing votes that will determine whether the Senate will vote to confirm Kavanaugh in an expected Saturday floor vote.
Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley urged the senate to end this and just take the vote: “I trust that career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That’s exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it’s up to senators to fulfill their Constitutional duty and make a judgement.”
After a morning of posturing and speechifying, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee finally voted on advancing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to the full body. The early afternoon vote followed maneuvering by Republican Jeff Flake and his Democrat buddy Chris Coons. Flake agreed to vote yes provided the Senate called for a week-long investigation of the harassment allegations leveled against Kavanaugh.
MEANWHILE – President Trump deferred to the Senate on an investigation, but it was revealed over the weekend that the FBI was directed to carefully limit the scope of the investigation, and not include any other women who might come forward against Kavanaugh.