Here are the top four stories to start your day:
1: Dem Virginian Lawmaker Moves to Consider Impeaching Lieutenant Governor
Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D) sent his colleagues a letter on Sunday which included a draft resolution to begin impeachment hearings for Virginia’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, The New York Times reports.
Hope’s letter stresses that the resolution “is not impeachment. It is the beginning of a process to investigate whether the Courts Committee would recommend impeachment.”:
Is not impeachment. It is the beginning of a process to investigate whether the Courts Committee would recommend impeachment.
Hope said the sexual assault allegations “constitute conduct sufficient to provide grounds for impeachment.”
Some Democratic state lawmakers worry about the optics of impeaching Fairfax, who is black, while allowing Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring to stay in office after they admitted to wearing black face.
2: Dem Lawmaker Says Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitic Tweet Is “Deeply Hurtful To Jews”
Freshman Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) took to Twitter on Sunday to say that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) claiming that American politicians support Israel because they are being paid off by pro-Israel lobbying groups is “deeply hurtful to Jews.”
“When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes against people of any faith, I will not be silent. Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. But go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is truly unacceptable.”
Congresswoman Omar was asked on Twitter who she thought is “paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.” She responded by saying “AIPAC!” which is a leading pro-Israel lobbying group.
Chelsea Clinton tweeted that she would reach out to Congresswoman Omar saying, “I also think we have to call out anti-Semetic language and tropes on all sides.”
3: Funding Talks Stall As Another Shutdown Looms
On Sunday, lawmakers said that negotiations over government funding have stalled just five days before a deadline to reach a deal to keep the government open.
Lawmakers told The Washington Post that President Trump’s demand for a border wall, which led to latest shut down, was not the main issue in the break down of negotiations. Rather, Democratic lawmakers were seeking to put a cap on the number of illegal immigrants the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency can detain.
Early on Friday, lawmakers were optimistic they could strike a deal by Monday to pass the funding bill before Friday. However, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) said on Fox News the talks are stalled:
I think the talks are stalled right now. I’m not confident we’re going to get there.”
4: Poll Finds New York Gov. Cuomo’s Favorability Has Dropped
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest ever to 43% down from 51% last month, according to the Siena College Research Institute’s poll.
Siena College pollster noted that both Cuomo’s favorability and job performance have dropped since last month, “And it is a dramatic drop in both ratings from last month.”
Now, for the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably. It’s his lowest favorability rating ever and his lowest-ever job performance as governor.
The poll found that Cuomo saw the largest drop in support from the southern part of the state. It also found that New Yorkers’ favorability of the state legislature, and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have dropped.