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But without an alleged child predatorlike Republican Roy Moore on the ticket in 2020, Jones will almost certainly have an uphill climb to re election.
Still, the national progressive groups that raised money for Jones and marshaled volunteers on his behalf insist that his best route to a second term is to embrace populist policies and stick to core liberal convictions, rather than blazing the kind of cautious, moderate path more typical of red state Democrats.
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At the same time, Sweeney added, «Nobody is expecting him to come in and govern like a Jeff Merkley [D Ore.] or an Elizabeth Warren [D Mass.].»
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«I am confident that Republicans in Alabama are no different,» Chamberlain said.
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In his victory speech Tuesday night, Jones called on Congress to immediately renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage to low and moderate income kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid. (Sixteen states are due to run out of the funds needed to keep the program running by the end of January, if Congress fails to act.)
But Jones is already on the brink of disappointing activists who want him to wade into last minute attempts to thwart the Republican tax bill.
Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo Mobile, a progressive phone company with an online network canada goose uk shop of 5 million activists, asked Jones to join Democratic leaders in calling for the GOP to delay a vote on the massive tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate.
Canada Goose Outlet «This is his first test,» Zaheed said. «He needs to speak out now. That’s gonna tell us a lot about how he is going to represent Alabamians over the next three years.» Canada Goose Outlet
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And Jones appears most comfortable speaking about his desire to project a more sophisticated view of lawmakers from the Deep South by dint of his liberal stances on social issues and openness to bipartisan cooperation.
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