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Rep. Jim Jordan says he won’t run for Senate in 2022 after Sen. Rob Portman announces retirement

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In the wake of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) announcing that he would not seek reelection in 2022, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) has dispelled rumors that he plans to run for the position.

Jordan “is solely focused on representing the great people of Ohio’s Fourth District, and will not be running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Rob Portman,” a spokesperson for his office told Cleveland.com Thursday.

“Mr. Jordan believes at this time he is better suited to represent Ohioans in the House of Representatives, where as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, he can advance an America first agenda, promote conservative values, and hold big government accountable,” the spokesperson added.

This statement puts to rests rumors and speculation that Jordan, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, would try to run for Portman’s seat, someone who has generally been seen as part of the Republican establishment and not part of the Trump wing of the GOP. Portman was first elected in 2010 and reelected in 2016.

Ever since former President Barack Obama won Ohio in 2008 and 2012, the Buckeye State has been shifting rightward, with Trump winning the state in 2016 and 2020. It should be noted that the only statewide Democrat is Sen. Sherrod Brown.

In his retirement announcement, Portman pointed to the increasing partisan gridlock at the national level as the country moves further to the political extremes.

“We live in an increasingly polarized country where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground,” he said.

With Ohio still considered a battleground state and the U.S. Senate split 50-50, the 2022 Senate race in Ohio will very likely be a contentious one and will help determine which of the two major parties control the upper chamber for at least until 2024.

With Jordan out of the picture, other Ohio GOP congressmen have reportedly expressed interest in running, according to The Hill—such as Reps. Reps. Mike Turner, Steve Stivers, Brad Wenstrup and David Joyce.

Likewise, there are some Democrats whom The Hill reports have not ruled out a 2022 Senate run, most notably Reps. Tim Ryan and Joyce Beatty.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Fox News reports:

Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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