April 17, 2024

Nebraska State Sen. Mike McDonnell Joins Republican Party


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A state Democratic lawmaker has introduced he switched to the Republican Party, which ought to give the GOP a further enhance heading into the 2024 elections.

Nebraska state Sen. Mike McDonnell made the announcement in an interview with a neighborhood information outlet, explaining that the largest driver of his determination was his pro-life stance.

“When I ran for reelection in 2020, I was pro-life,” McDonnell told NewsChannel Nebraska. “I have asked the Democratic Party to respect my religious-based pro-life position. Instead, over the last year, they have decided to punish me for being pro-life.”

“The Douglas County Democrats voted not to seat me as a delegate and not to share party resources with me because I am pro-life. The state Democratic Party voted to censure me because I am pro-life. Being a Christian, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and pro-life is more important to me than being a registered Democrat,” he added.


“Today, I am changing my party affiliation to Republican,” he continued.

McDonnell’s change offers the Republicans a wholesome 33-seat majority within the Nebraska Legislature, which might be essential in legislative battles, significantly these involving the state’s distinctive electoral school system.

Currently, state lawmakers are contemplating a proposal that may change Nebraska again to a winner-take-all end result for electors, which most different states use. State lawmakers took up the difficulty on the urging of GOP Gov. Jim Pillen.

The invoice LB 764 launched by Senator Loren Lippincott (R-NE) goals to alter Nebraska’s present methodology of allocating electoral votes by congressional district to a winner-take-all system. The current system allocates electoral votes by district, and prior to now, they’ve gone each to Democratic and Republican presidential contenders.

Nebraska, nonetheless, is a GOP-dominated state, and altering the electoral vote allocation might be essential in a really tight election, which analysts count on this 12 months in a possible rematch between President Biden and former President Trump.

“I am a strong supporter of Senator Lippincott’s winner-take-all bill (LB 764) and have been from the start,” Pillen stated in a press launch.

“It would bring Nebraska into line with 48 of our fellow states, better reflect the founders’ intent, and ensure our state speaks with one unified voice in presidential elections,” Pillen added, urging the GOP-dominated legislature to shortly cross the invoice and ship it to him for signature.

Earlier this week, Trump made a giant promise to the nation ought to he win the 2024 election whereas on the similar time taking an enormous swipe at President Joe Biden.

During a marketing campaign rally in Green Bay, Wis., on Tuesday, Trump vowed to create a “Christian Visibility Day” after Biden introduced “Transgender Day of Visibility,” which simply occurred to fall on Easter Sunday this 12 months.

“And what the h— was Biden thinking when he declared Easter Sunday to be trans visibility day?” Trump requested his supporters, Fox News reported. “Such total disrespect to Christians.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for president promised that Nov. 5 can be “Christian Visibility Day” if he’s elected.

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“And on November 5th, it is going to be called something else. You know, it’s going to be called Christian Visibility Day,” Trump stated to a giant applause, the outlet famous.

The Trans day is traditionally acknowledged each March 31, one in all a number of days all through annually put aside for some type of LGBTQ activism.

Trump’s nationwide press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, has beforehand known as the “Trans Day of Visibility” “appalling and insulting” to a majority of the nation.