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RNC to host GA ‘Victory Rally’ with Trump, other GOP figures amid both Senate runoffs

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) is set to host a ‘Victory Rally’ in Georgia on December 5 that will feature President Donald Trump and other Republicans, according to an email sent out by the RNC on Wednesday.

This rally, according to a tweet from ABC News’ Johnny Verhovek, is scheduled to take place in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday at 7 pm at the regional airport. The event will see remarks from Trump, Georgia Sens. David Perdue (R) and Kelly Loeffler (R), candidate for Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, and other Republicans.

This is amidst the two side-by-side runoff elections for both of the Peach State’s U.S. Senate seats that will determine which political party will control the upper chamber of Congress, albeit with a slim majority, likely until the 2022 midterm elections.

Perdue and Loeffler currently face brutal re-election fights in both their January 5 runoff races against well-funded Democratic opponents, Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock respectively. On November 3 both Senate races, featuring multiple candidates, resulted in no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote, which automatically triggered runoffs between the two highest vote-getters in each race in accordance with state law.

If Democrats sweep both seats in January, they will control 50 out of the 100 Senate seats and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote. Whether or not they can achieve this hat trick will make or break which of President-elect Joe Biden‘s cabinet picks will be confirmed by the Senate once he officially becomes president on January 20.

It should be noted that the Loeffler-Warnock race is also a special election, since Loeffler was appointed by Georgia’s governor in December 2019 to succeed then-Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) after he announced that he would be stepping down for health reasons. The winner of this special election’s runoff will serve the remainder of Isakson’s term, which ends on January 3, 2023.

Since the runoffs began about a month ago, a flood of high-profile Republicans and Democrats have flocked to Georgia to campaign for their respective party’s pair of senatorial candidates. Many speculate that a big motivator behind these big-name political figures’ aggressive campaigning in the runoffs is to set themselves up for potential presidential bids in 2024. This has especially been said of Vice President Mike Pence now that Trump won’t have a second term in the White House, although a similar amount of speculation has emerged in recent weeks that Trump might try to run again in 2024.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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