Today is Election Day for the Republican National Committee.
Current Republican National Committee chairwoman Rhona McDaniel is on track to win a fourth term in Friday’s election, but faces serious challenges as the party grapples with its own future in the shadow of former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump. a controversial challenge.
California Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who is seeking McDaniel’s job, has the support of prominent Republicans, including Florida Gov. and potential 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis. DeSantis). Trump himself has remained neutral in the campaign.
Meanwhile, more than 100 of the 168 actual Republican committee members voted for McDaniel, enough for her to win and serve another two years.
The committee will hold elections by secret ballot during its plenary session on Friday, wrapping up their three-day winter session in Dana Point, California.
Here’s what else is going on in politics:
- president biden Five former Memphis police officers called for “peaceful protests” Thursday after they were charged in the Tire Nichols case.
- California State Bar Association Seeking to revoke the legal license of Donald Trump attorney John Eastman.
- House Democrats Seeks to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which banned federal funding for most abortions.
- Monterey Park Memorial: Harris pushed for stricter gun legislation.
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Biden calls for ‘peaceful protests’ ahead of release of body camera footage in Tire Nichols case
President Joe Biden said Tye Nichols’ family should conduct a “swift, full and impartial investigation” into his death, and called for the investigation after five former Memphis police officers were charged with second-degree murder on Thursday. “Peaceful Protest”.
“Anger is understandable, but violence is absolutely unacceptable,” Biden said in his first statement on the Nichols case. “Violence is destructive and illegal. It has no place in peaceful protest for justice.”
Nichols, 29, died on Jan. 7 after a traffic stop resulted in “two encounters with officers,” according to Memphis police. Nichols “complained of shortness of breath,” police said. A video of the interaction, recorded by body cameras worn by the police officers, was scheduled to be released Friday night. Nichols is black. The five officers charged in the case are also black.
“We can’t ignore the fact that fatal encounters with law enforcement affect black and brown people differently,” Biden said, renewing calls for police reform legislation that stalled in Congress last year.
– Joey Garrison
Memphis Police Incident: ‘It’s a crime’: Ex-Memphis cop arrested, faces murder charges in Tire Nichols’ death