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Kamala Debuts Use of Gender-Neutral ‘Latinx’ Term in Campaign Book

A new book by Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) abandons the term “Latino” in favor of the liberal activist-preferred “Latinx,” a gender-neutral term she has seldom used in the past.

The term “Latinx,” (pronounced “la-teen-ecks”), is an attempt to escape the use of masculine and feminine forms inherent in the Spanish language. Some activists began using the term as a way to refer to all people of Latin American descent without excluding people who identify as neither male nor female, such as the gender-nonconforming, transsexuals, and the gender fluid.

New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China

China’s technology theft and other unfair economic practices are one of several targets of activity for the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) took over the powerful foreign policy committee this month and said in an interview the panel plans to hold a hearing next month to examine America’s role in the world and the challenges it faces. Those challenges include China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and terrorism.

One priority will be moving ahead with a backlog of nominations for State Department and ambassadorial posts.

In First State of State, Sisolak Proposes Long List of Spending Increases, Pledges ‘No New Taxes’

During his first State of the State address, Nevada’s newly elected Gov. Steve Sisolak proposed several spending measures within a balanced budget that includes no new taxes.

Sisolak emphasized Nevada’s growing economy, the need for continued job growth and full employment, expanding access to health care services, and pay raises for state employees, including teachers.

He hopes with the expanded funding that “economic success makes it to every dinner table in Nevada.”

Dem Rep Calls for Campaign Finance Reform After Benefitting From Super PACs, Special Interests

With Monday marking the ninth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, first-term Rep. Gil Cisneros (D., Calif.) called on Congress to support campaign finance reform, despite his campaign benefitting from Democratic super PACs, special interest groups, and tens of thousands of dollars from the financial services industry.

Gillibrand 2020: My Bad

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) has been more than willing to denounce her past positions on guns and immigration as wrong and hurtful in a series of interviews.

The 2020 presidential candidate is one of the most liberal members of the Senate, but she’s called herself “wrong,” “callous,” “embarrassed,” and “ashamed” over her past views when she was a more moderate member of Congress.

Inspector Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Doesn’t Know

Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) still has a lot to uncover in regards to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“That is news to me. And that is big news,” exclaimed Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the revelation that then-candidate Donald Trump might have in negotiations with Russian officials on a possible Trump Tower in Moscow until October or November 2016.

Sanders and Booker Celebrate MLK Day in Early Primary State of South Carolina

Senators Cory Booker (D, N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) are spending the Martin Luther King Day holiday in South Carolina, the state that would hold the fourth caucus or primary in the 2020 presidential campaign.

Both are assumed to be in the process of deciding to run for president, or have already decided but simply haven’t announced.

In 2016, Sanders surprised rival Hillary Clinton and political watchers with his showing in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, but then got trounced in South Carolina by a 73-26 spread.