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Representing Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto will be the first Latina woman to ever hold a seat in the Senate after beating out her Republican opponent to replace retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader.

The granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, Cortez Masto spent two terms as Nevada’s attorney general, during which time she pushed legislation to crack down on manufacturing of methamphetamine in the state.

In September, Cortez Masto told Fusion that if elected to the Senate, she’d focus on passing comprehensive reform on an issue close to her heart.

If they repeal Obamacare, they are in for a rude awakening. I don’t think they want to get rid of health care for 21 million Americans. I don’t think they want to be those who say that if you have a disability, you can’t get insurance — the way it used to be before Obamacare. … They repeal Obamacare at their peril.
Read Harry Reid's Speech Calling on Donald Trump to Rescind Stephen Bannon's Appointment
Here's the full transcript of his remarks from the Senate floor

Sen. Harry Reid spoke out on Tuesday against Donald Trump’s early actions as president-elect, calling on him to “Rise to the dignity of the office…instead of hiding behind your Twitter account.”

Of concern to Reid and his allies (as well as many Republicans) is the appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief White House strategist and senior advisor. The former Breitbart chief executive is known to promote white nationalist, anti-Semitic, racist and misogynist viewpoints, and many see his presence in the White House as a dangerous proposition.

“If we fail to hold Trump accountable,” Reid said, “we all bear a measure of responsibility for normalizing his behavior.”


Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren named to Senate Democratic leadership team

Senate Democrats voted on Tuesday to elect New York Sen. Chuck Schumer as their next minority leader, replacing outgoing Sen. Harry Reid who is retiring at the end of his term. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will be part of the minority leadership. This news comes after Sanders supporters protested in Chuck Schumer’s office.
Rep. Ellison formally announces run for DNC chair
"I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together," Rep. Keith Ellison said.

Rep. Keith Ellison formally announced his candidacy to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and if given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives,” Ellison said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

The Minnesota congressman had been laying the groundwork to run for DNC chairman even before the deep losses Democrats suffered on Election Day. In recent days, his efforts have begun to come into public view.

Ellison, who played a prominent role in Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, has already been endorsed for chairman by Sanders and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid, as well as Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also said Ellison would make a “terrific” chairman.

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