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11 Jan, 6 tweets, 2 min read
NEW: We've obtained a full list of all 212 Democratic House members who are co-sponsoring the articles of impeachment drafted by Reps. David Cicilline, Ted Lieu & Jamie Raskin. Also available at link: dkel.ec/3nCP7TD
Notable names not on the list of impeachment cosponsors:

• Scott Peters
• Ed Perlmutter
• Jim Himes
• Jared Golden
• Ron Kind

Three Biden appointees (Fudge, Haaland & Fudge) are unlikely to speak out. Presumably Pelosi & Hoyer are not on list for leadership reasons
Scott Peters has said he supports impeachment, so his absence is surprising. Jim Himes hasn't directly said so but he's been torching the GOP on Twitter, so not sure what that's about
Ed Perlmutter hasn't ruled out impeachment While Ron Kind said he was "skeptical" of impeachment but didn't say he opposed it chippewa.com/news/watch-now…
And finally, Jared Golden is the only remaining House Democrat who voted against an article of impeachment the first time around—specifically, the second one, which charged Trump with obstructing Congress. He hasn't said anything about impeachment this time
Since it didn't thread properly, adding here that Jared Golden JUST put out a statement backing impeachment

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10 Jan
I think there's a story here for a reporter interested in calling up some of these silent Republicans. The entire GOP loudly opposed last year's impeachment in unison. This time, almost none have spoken up ... and some have are *open* to impeachment
Quite the symmetry:

191 House Democrats have spoken out in favor of impeachment

191 House Republicans haven't said a word Image
A reason more Republicans are not speaking out in FAVOR of impeaching Trump: They're worried about getting murdered. Freshman GOP Rep. Peter Meijer said colleagues told him they knew they should've voted to certify the electoral vote but didn't out of fear reason.com/2021/01/08/ama… Image
Read 4 tweets
9 Jan
Saturday impeachment update. Here are the latest stats:

House (simple majority to impeach):

For: 189 (all Dems)
Maybe: 8 (6 D, 2 R)
Against: 13 (1 D, 12 R)

Senate (2/3rds to convict):

For: 24 (all Dems)
Maybe: 2 (both Rs)
Against: 2 (both Rs)

There are 27 House Dems we've been unable to find statements on (we've gone through every Twitter account, both official & campaign). Almost everyone supports some form of removal (like 25A or resignation), but some folks haven't expressly opined about impeachment
A number of articles of impeachment are circulating. The central one, by Reps. Lieu, Raskin, and Cicilline, now has 180 cosponsors. However, it likely won't appear on congress.gov until Monday at the soonest
Read 4 tweets
6 Jan
At least six House Democrats have already called for Trump's impeachment for inciting today's violent coup attempt:


Please let me know if you see others.
NY Rep. Mondaire Jones has also called for impeachment
Hawaii Rep. Kai Kahele is also on board with impeachment. Notably, he just replaced Tulsi Gabbard, who voted "present" on Trump's first impeachment
Read 18 tweets
15 May 20
Just before the House votes on Ds' coronavirus aid package, the HEROES Act, later today, Republicans will try to add a poison pill using a mechanism called the "motion to recommit." A better term for it is a troll amendment

If you're not familiar with these troll amendments, you can find a full backgrounder in the thread linked here: A very short version will follow
Summary: GOPers offer a bad-faith amendment that vulnerable Dems are afraid to vote against. Worst-case scenario: the amendment passes, making the full bill unpalatable to most Dems—and Republicans will still vote against the bill anyway
Read 11 tweets
5 Dec 19
It looks like some folks are hearing about the IDC for the first time tonight. Gather round, because if you don't already know about this gang of scumbag turncoat "Democrats" who enabled Republican rule in New York for years, you'll want learn 1/
"IDC" stood for "Independent Democratic Conference." Four members of the New York state Senate who'd been elected as Democrats, led by Jeff Klein, broke away from the party in 2011 and sided with the GOP majority in the chamber (Republicans had won back control in 2010) 2/
In exchange for turning traitor, these Benedicts Arnold were given plum committee chairs by Republicans, which came with major perks, particularly big extra pay bumps 3/ nytimes.com/2017/05/09/nyr…
Read 11 tweets
19 Oct 19
And let's also talk about "true progressive" Tulsi Gabbard when it comes to other issues. Her record is *awful*. I laid much of it out here, but now it's time for a thread: dailykos.com/stories/2019/1…
Gabbard has for years cultivated ties to violent Hindu nationalists in India, including now-PM Narendra Modi, who oversaw the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 that left over 1,000 Muslims dead when he was the state's chief minister theintercept.com/2019/01/05/tul…
Gabbard came up as a virulent anti-gay activist. As a member of the Hawaii legislature in 2004, she said, "As Democrats we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists" archives.starbulletin.com/2004/02/20/new…
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