The judiciary committee voted not to advance the nomination of Hector LaSalle, setting up a likely legal fight between the governor and state Democrats. Gov. Hochul threated to hire a litigator to sue the State Senate to take up the nomination.
Republicans may not have enjoyed big victories like many expected in the 2022 midterm elections, but the predicted "red wave" did materialize in at least one critical arena: Southern state legislatures.
Democratic candidates for governor were victorious in key battleground states in 2022. Their successes, like those of Democrats up and down the ballot, were in part powered by the support of young voters, who backed Democrats by large margins.
The tension at the heart of Jeffries’ relationship with the key progressive bloc of his party could shape how the newly minted leader approaches his task as the first new House Democratic leader in two decades.