Friday, 20 October, 2017

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announces she's running for reelection

Scalise Doesn't Favor Added Gun Control Measures Sen. Dianne Feinstein announces she's running for reelection
Clarence Duncan | 10 October, 2017, 00:28

Feinstein's social media strategy created brief confusion on Twitter, until her spokesperson confirmed the validity of the account.

Feinstein has taken a leading role in efforts against gun violence, sponsoring an assault weapons ban in the 1990s and more recently the proposed ban on the modification used in the Las Vegas shooting that allows a semiautomatic weapon to perform like an automatic.

Feinstein has been showing all of the signs of another run in 2018, holding fundraisers and town hall meetings, and remaining an integral figure in Congress on gun-control and through her judiciary and intelligence committee posts.

Feinstein, 84, is California's senior senator and the oldest USA senator in office.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who heads the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, said Sunday he would be willing to support bump stock restrictions either by fiat or by a new law. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have, however, called for a review of federal policy that now permits bump stocks.

California's increasingly progressive political environment has left more "moderate" Democratic candidates on the defense.

California Democrats until recently appeared on a almost endless wait to rise in political circles - with Feinstein and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer as the state's long-standing US senators and fellow party member Jerry Brown serving four straight terms as governor. And two prominent Latino Democrats, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and state Sen. Kevin de León, the president pro tempore of the California State Senate, is seen as a particularly strong challenger, and there are likely to be others. For instance, former California Sen.

"What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assaults weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report", Harris said. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who has served since 1977, has still not officially stated whether he plans to run again.

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