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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Jamaal Bowman, Eliot Engel challenger, in N.Y. primary

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday endorsed Jamaal Bowman over longtime Rep. Eliot L. Engel ahead of a Democratic primary on June 23 in New York. “This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the ballot box,” said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat. The freshman firebrand had held back a bit on…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Jamaal Bowman, Eliot Engel challenger, in N.Y. primary

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday endorsed Jamaal Bowman over longtime Rep. Eliot L. Engel ahead of a Democratic primary on June 23 in New York.

“This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the ballot box,” said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat.

The freshman firebrand had held back a bit on endorsing insurgent challengers this cycle, but it’s a major coup for Mr. Bowman, whose campaign called Ms. Ocasio-Cortez “the most coveted endorsement in NYC politics.”

Mr. Engel, a longtime incumbent and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was caught on a hot mic this week saying, “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care” as he lobbied to speak at an event amid the unrest after the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

He later said he cares deeply about what’s happening in the country and thought it was important for people to know where he stood.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez launched her own political career by toppling former House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley in a June 2018 primary.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I only have a minute’ to speak at Democratic National Convention

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent members of the Democratic Party’s left-wing, reacted Wednesday to the news she will only get 60 seconds to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez will prerecord a one-minute speech from New York to be heard on Tuesday, two nights before former Vice President…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I only have a minute’ to speak at Democratic National Convention

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent members of the Democratic Party’s left-wing, reacted Wednesday to the news she will only get 60 seconds to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez will prerecord a one-minute speech from New York to be heard on Tuesday, two nights before former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is slated to formally accept his presidential nomination, Business Insider first reported.

The socialist Democrat, who endorsed Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, in the primaries but later partnered with Mr. Biden on his climate task force, reacted to the news on Twitter Wednesday night by sharing a poem, recited by the late civil rights leader Benjamin E. Mays, titled “God’s Minute.”

“I only have a minute.Sixty seconds in it.Forced upon me, I did not choose it,But I know that I must use it.Give account if I abuse it.Suffer, if I lose it.Only a tiny little minute,But eternity is in it.”- Dr. Benjamin E. Mays(and recited by Elijah Cummings) 💜 https://t.co/ul9CE7NriV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 12, 2020

The mostly online convention starts next Monday through Thursday and will feature a long list of notable speakers, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — who make up the rest of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive “Squad” — are not scheduled to speak at the event.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It’s ’embarrassing’ marijuana legalization excluded from DNC platform

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is embarrassed fellow Democrats recently excluded marijuana legalization from the party’s official platform, the congresswoman said in an interview out Thursday. The progressive lawmaker made her feelings clear during an interview conducted on Capitol Hill this week after Democratic National Committee delegates voted against including legal pot on its…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It’s ’embarrassing’ marijuana legalization excluded from DNC platform

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is embarrassed fellow Democrats recently excluded marijuana legalization from the party’s official platform, the congresswoman said in an interview out Thursday.

The progressive lawmaker made her feelings clear during an interview conducted on Capitol Hill this week after Democratic National Committee delegates voted against including legal pot on its policy plank.

“It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing that this is not on the Democratic platform,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told The News Station, a website that covers the marijuana industry, according to the outlet.

“The Democratic platform on this issue is more conservative than it was in 2016,” said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, the site reported.

DNC delegates voted 105-60 on Monday to exclude an amendment from the party’s platform that would have pushed for nationally legalizing marijuana, which is federally prohibited but legal in most states.

Rather than push to fully end prohibition, the DNC’s current draft platform contains language calling for the government to decriminalize marijuana and automatically expunge past convictions — a policy more in line with that of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden than Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

“There is an ideological diversity in the party, and right now the top of the ticket is in the more conservative part of the party,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “That’s the reality. And it’s on us to push.”

“In this issue, it’s not even about being futuristic or next generation,” she added, according to The News Station. “This is an idea whose time has come.”

Thirty-three states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, including 11 where adults are permitted to use pot for recreational purposes as well. Of those, nine have systems in place for regulating, taxing and selling retail weed.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans believe the use of marijuana should be made federally legal, according to the results of a Pew Research Center study released last year.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Steve King’s primary defeat is victory against white supremacy

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is celebrating Rep. Steve King’s loss in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, saying it knocks down one of the most high-profile “white supremacist” in Congress. “Goodbye, Rep. Steve King,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter. “You are certainly not the only white supremacist in federal government, but you were among the most prominent.” “It’s…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Steve King’s primary defeat is victory against white supremacy

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is celebrating Rep. Steve King’s loss in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, saying it knocks down one of the most high-profile “white supremacist” in Congress.

“Goodbye, Rep. Steve King,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter. “You are certainly not the only white supremacist in federal government, but you were among the most prominent.”

“It’s a shame Republicans held you up as long as they did,” the New York Democrat said.

Mr. King lost his five-way GOP primary contest Tuesday in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District to state Sen. Randy Feenstra.

Mr. King has served nine terms in Congress.

He has become a lightning rod for controversy and a pariah in his own party.

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