Oct 10, 2019

Rep. Nita Lowey will not seek re-election in 2020

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020.

Why it matters: The 82-year-old Lowey, who has served in Congress for 31 years, is responsible for all spending negotiations as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The 17th district of New York that she represents is a Democratic stronghold that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points in 2016, according to Roll Call.

Between the lines: The retirement will have political implications for the New York Democratic Party, which is experiencing a widening divide between establishment figures and left-wing insurgents — exemplified by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary victory in 2018 over 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley. Lowey was facing a primary challenge from 32-year-old progressive attorney Mondaire Jones.

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AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders for president

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a June press conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president as she appears alongside him at a rally in New York City on Saturday, the Washington Post first reported.

Why it matters: It's a major coup to be endorsed by a members of the influential "Squad," especially as Sanders was starting to flag in the 2020 election polls.

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Just 7 House Democrats continue to oppose the impeachment inquiry

Rep. Jeff Van Drew. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images

As the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump barrels on full speed ahead, at least 7 of the 235 Democrats in the House are continuing to hold out or openly criticize their party for pursuing impeachment, according to NBC News.

The big picture: All 7 holdouts represent districts that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, and most are freshmen lawmakers elected in the 2018 midterms. They consider their seats vulnerable and fear that impeachment will cost their party its House majority in the 2020 elections, despite polls showing that public support for impeaching Trump is rising.

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Bernie Sanders secures Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement at New York rally

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to a crowd of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally on Oct. 19 in New York City. Photo: JOHANNES EISELE / Contributor/Getty Images

2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday held his first campaign rally since his recent heart attack and surgery, joined by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

Why it matters: Sanders formally secured the coveted Ocasio-Cortez endorsement during the rally in Queens. The support shows Sanders is still a "formidable contender" and shifts the "conversation away from his health issues and age, infusing his campaign with a renewed sense of vitality," writes the New York Times.

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