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How Josh Shapiro rode his record as Pennsylvania attorney general to the governor’s mansion
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How Josh Shapiro rode his record as Pennsylvania attorney general to the governor’s mansion

CNN  —  Josh Shapiro had a massive spending advantage and a weak Republican opponent, but the incoming Pennsylvania governor thinks Democrats should still take note of how he made voters see his fight-for-the-little-guy speeches as more than just talk – and racked up the party’s biggest margin in any swing-state race of 2022. “My sense is people don’t think government will have the courage to take on the powerful and then be able to deliver,” Shapiro said in an interview with CNN. “So I think some people are like, ‘This guy really did take on the big guy, and he really did deliver something.’” What he’s talking about is a wide record of six years as Pennsylvania attorney general. He didn’t just b...
Pat Toomey says Trump’s influence on GOP is ‘waning’
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Pat Toomey says Trump’s influence on GOP is ‘waning’

Washington CNN  —  Retiring Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey offered a pointed closing message for his fellow Republican colleagues on Sunday, saying that former President Donald Trump’s hold on the party is “waning.” “I have heard from many, many formerly very pro-Trump voters that they think it’s time for our party to move on,” Toomey told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “So yes, I think that process is underway. … It’s not a flip of a switch, it doesn’t happen overnight. He still has a significant following, that’s for sure. But I do think his influence is waning,” he added. Toomey’s comments highlight an ongoing rift within the GOP about how to respond to the party’s underwh...
Trump’s bad week is bad news for his comeback
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Trump’s bad week is bad news for his comeback

CNN  —  Former President Donald Trump’s bad week is bad news for his comeback. His family business was convicted Tuesday of criminal tax fraud. On the same day, his hand-picked candidate lost a winnable Senate race in a red state. The House January 6 committee has decided to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department – possibly of him or his close associates. And his call to terminate the Constitution has once again backed Republicans into a corner. So many premature political obituaries have been written for Trump that it would be foolish to write him off as he embarks on his third consecutive White House bid. But it’s getting more and more difficult to figure out how th...