Who is Mark Harris? The former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, Harris’ rise paralleled the fusion of the religious right and the Republican Party. He won the 9th District congressional seat over Democrat Dan McCready, but that’s in jeopardy.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, wants his GOP colleagues to get smarter about the judges they nominate, urging them to steer clear of candidates with questionable records on race. Republicans aren’t getting the message.
Sen. Ted Cruz has long pushed changes to prevent keep violent offenders from getting out early. In the final days of the Congressional calendar, the Texas Republican got his way, something criminal justice reform advocates hope will bring other reluctant conservatives on board.
CIA Director Gina Haspel was on Capitol Hill to brief a select group of senators on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, faulted the Trump administration’s approach.
Republican Sens. Tim Scott and Jeff Flake said Thursday they would not support Raleigh attorney Thomas Farr’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, enough to stop his confirmation.
Activists and elected officials are waiting for Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate’s only black Republican, to decide whether he’ll vote to confirm Thomas Farr to a federal judgeship. Farr has allegedly worked to suppress black voting rights.