Skip to content
Search AI Powered

Latest Stories

McConnell Wants the Law Changed to Ensure He's Replaced by a Republican If He Leaves the Senate Early

McConnell Wants the Law Changed to Ensure He's Replaced by a Republican If He Leaves the Senate Early
Samuel Corum/Getty Images

With 36 years under his belt, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is one of the longest-serving Senators in American history.

Having just won reelection in 2020, he's guaranteed another six years in office, but at 78 years old, McConnell's retirement or otherwise premature exit is far from out of the question.

When a vacancy opens in the Senate, it's up to the Governor of that Senator's state to appoint a replacement who will serve until the next election.

Though both of Kentucky's Senators are Republicans, its Governor—Andy Beshear—is a Democrat with years left in his term.

Republican Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers is looking to limit the Beshear's power over the appointment of departing U.S. Senators with a bill he introduced to the Kentucky State Senate last week.

Senate Bill 228 would amend the policy for appointing interim Senators to limit the governor's choice to three candidates offered by the departing Senator—a move that would let McConnell ensure he'd be replaced by a Republican if he left the Senate before the next election cycle.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, McConnell is a proponent of S.B. 228, Meghan Roos of Newsweek reports.

McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer told the press:

"Leader McConnell has discussed the legislation with President Stivers and is fully supportive of the measure."

Meanwhile, Beshear warned that the legislation would threaten government effectiveness:

"I believe that we've got to believe in the institution of government, of the separation of powers, more than we believe in our party. Whether or not we change the way that a vacancy is filled shouldn't be decided based on who's currently in the office. Once that happens, we start breaking the very institutions that keep us moving forward, even with changing partisanship over the years."

McConnell served as Senate Majority Leader from 2015 until January of this year—a tenure defined by his constant refusal to entertain legislation passed by a Democratic House or Supreme Court nominees offered by Democratic Presidents. Then-Senate Majority Leader McConnell became known as the "Grim Reaper" to the public for his willingness to let Democratic bills die on his desk. It was a nickname he embraced.

McConnell's support for the legislation is par for the course of his nearly 40 years in office.

The development has some wondering if McConnell expects his time in the Senate to end before 2027.

According to a recent poll, 53 percent of Republicans disapprove of McConnell's performance in the Senate.

More from News

Screenshot of J.D. Vance
Fox News

Vance Claims Dems Would Call Him 'Racist' For Drinking Diet Moutain Dew—And Here Come The Memes

Former President Donald Trump's running mate J.D. Vance was widely mocked after claiming Democrats would call him "racist" for drinking—get ready for it—Diet Mountain Dew.

At a rally in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, Vance remarked:

Keep ReadingShow less
Kamala Harris; A promotional shot from "Twisters"
Brandon Bell/Getty Images; Universal Pictures

Kamala Harris Brought In More Money In Her 'Opening Weekend' Than 'Twisters' Did—And Wow

Vice President Kamala Harris raised more than $81 million in 24 hours after officially launching her election campaign—an amount that surpasses even the opening weekend haul of the blockbuster movie Twisters.

Twisters, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, is a standalone sequel to 1996's Twister that's received generally positive reviews from critics since its release this past weekend. The movie made $80.5 million over its opening weekend—just shy of what Harris raised in the immediate aftermath since President Joe Biden dropped out of the race and endorsed her to be his successor.

Keep ReadingShow less
Restaurant server writing down meal order
Photo by Jessie McCall on Unsplash

Things Customers Do And Say That Restaurant Employees Hate The Most

There's no question that there are some jobs, like retail and food service, that are annoying to work than others.

But even in the food industry, some customer behaviors really make food service workers question their decision to work in the industry.

Keep ReadingShow less
George Conway; Kellyanne Conway
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Riccardo Savi/Getty Images

George Conway Epically Trolls Ex-Wife Kellyanne After Her Tone-Deaf Rant Against Kamala Harris

Conservative attorney George Conway trolled his ex-wife, Trump-era presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway after she griped on Fox News that Vice President Kamala Harris "does not speak well."

Ms. Conway's remark came after President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race and endorsed Harris. At 81, Biden faced increasing concerns within his party about his age and capacity to serve another term, along with fears of a potential loss to former President Donald Trump—who is 78—in November.

Keep ReadingShow less
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds; Lady Deadpool
Taylor Hill/WireImage/GettyImages, Marvel Entertainment

Ryan Reynolds Hilariously Responds To Rumors That Blake Lively Is Playing Lady Deadpool

A new trailer for the upcoming Marvel film Deadpool & Wolverine teased a brief cameo by Lady Deadpool, which sparked several fan theories as to who might be under the mask.

Some thought the female version of Deadpool could be Taylor Swift, playing off rumors of her cameo in the movie that was neither confirmed nor denied by the MCU film's director.

Keep ReadingShow less