With just weeks to go before the November election, a sleeper U.S. Senate race in a deeply Republican state is starting to garner some attention.
A poll released on Sept. 28 showed Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan with a razor-thin 1 point lead over his main challenger, Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon.
While Gross is technically an independent, Democrats are backing him as part of the party’s efforts to gain a majority in the closely divided Senate. And their battle has been roiled by a series of controversies, including leaked videos and a dispute over an alleged bear attack.
Gross, whose father was the state’s Democratic attorney general in the 1970s, has leaned on his colorful background in his effort to unseat Sullivan. His ads have described him as having been “born
Lansing — The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate moved Thursday to replace some of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders while laying the groundwork for a dispute by tying an extension of unemployment benefits to new legal protections for businesses.
The Senate tie-barred a six-week extension of the maximum length of jobless assistance, which is widely supported in Lansing, to proposals that would shield businesses from some legal claims over COVID-19 exposure. The tie-bar would essentially force Whitmer to veto both proposals or sign both.
Many Democratic lawmakers have previously opposed the immunity bills, which passed the House last month.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, said Republicans were putting “politics and games” in front of people’s economic well being.
The Michigan Capitol is pictured on Tuesday. June 23, 2020. (Photo: Craig Mauger / The Detroit News)
A senior German government official suppressed a 2018 intelligence report on China’s influence in Germany for fear of damaging business relationships between the two countries, Axios reported on Tuesday.
The report detailed China’s growing attempts to influence German society, business, and politics, two U.S. intelligence officials said. However, a high-ranking official moved to prevent the report from being disseminated throughout the German government. Only small number of senior officials have read the report, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“As a matter of principle, the German government does not comment on matters concerning intelligence findings or activities of the intelligence services,” a government spokesperson told Axios.
The news comes after Chancellor Merkel in September refused to ban Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from operating on 5G networks in the country, bucking U.S.