Politico: New ad targets Young on DeVos vote

January 30, 2017

By: Heather Cagyle FIRST IN HUDDLE: AD PRESSURES YOUNG ON DeVOS VOTE — A new ad from Democratic group End Citizens United is going up this morning featuring real-life Hoosiers calling on Sen. Todd Young to recuse himself from voting on Betsy DeVos’ nomination to lead the Education Department. Young is one of several senators […]

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The Hill: Anti-Devos calls jam Senate phone lines

January 26, 2017

By: Lydia Wheeler & Mallory Shelbourne Liberal groups have sought to jam Republican phones lines with protests of President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. Credo Action’s vice president and political director, Murshed Zaheed, said its members made 18,000 calls to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on DeVos, […]

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Politico Morning Education: New potential DeVos conflict on civil rights

January 20, 2017

By: Benjamin Wermund NEW POTENTIAL DEVOS CONFLICT ON CIVIL RIGHTS: If Betsy DeVos is confirmed to lead the Education Department, she may have to recuse herself from a civil rights complaint against West Michigan Aviation Academy, the charter school she and her husband founded. The charter, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., is one of hundreds […]

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Alaska Daily News: Alaska’s US senators push Trump nominees to guard fisheries, rural areas while cutting regulations

January 19, 2017

By: Erica Martinson Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan pressed Cabinet nominees to consider Alaska’s uniqueness, the difficulties of rural areas and the nation’s largest fisheries at a spate of confirmation hearings this week. Senators can publicly question President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet selections when they sit on the committee holding a confirmation hearing. For Murkowski, […]

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WUNC: 5 Things to Look for in Betsy DeVos’s Confirmation Hearing

January 17, 2017

By: Eric Westervelt There hasn’t been a more controversial pick for secretary of education, arguably, in recent memory than Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos. The Senate confirmation hearings for the billionaire Republican fundraiser and activist from Michigan start today. DeVos is a champion of vouchers and expanding charter schools in a broader push for […]

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Salon: Questions and conflicts: Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education choice, is surrounded by controversies

January 17, 2017

By: Alex Kotch Preparing for a packed first week of confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s numerous controversial cabinet picks, Democratic politicians and advocacy groups had to decide which nominees they would focus their energy on opposing. With so many distasteful characters, several of whom have attacked the very agencies they’ve been nominated to lead, opposing […]

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The Hill: Trump education pick to face Warren, Sanders

January 16, 2017

By: Lisa Hagen Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, is about to walk into the fire. Devos, a billionaire GOP donor, will take the first step toward a possible confirmation on Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will put her […]

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Real Clear Politics: Cabinet Nominees Enter Confirmation Battlefield

January 9, 2017

By: Caitlin Huey-Burns Democrats are also putting pressure on DeVos, Trump’s choice to head the Education Department. A group of Democratic senators has called on her to pay $5 million in election-related fines owed by her school-choice advocacy group, All Children Matter. Additionally, the pro-campaign finance reform groups End Citizens United and Every Voice are […]

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Education Week K-12: Supporters and Skeptics of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee for Education Secretary

January 9, 2017

By: Andrew Ujifusa Since President-elect Donald Trump nominated her to be his education secretary, Betsy DeVos has attracted a host of support and criticism, which could make her confirmation process quite different from past confirmation hearings for that position. But who’s in her corner, and who’s been throwing punches? The public-relations squabbling about DeVos has […]

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