HOTLINE EXTRA: Sen.-elect Hawley Facing State Investigation

Plus: DNC looks to prevent repeat of 2016 nomination fiasco.

Sen.-elect Josh Hawley
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Dec. 10, 2018, 8 p.m.

Hawley may start term under investigation

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has asked state Auditor Nicole Galloway to begin investigating whether Sen.-elect Josh Hawley used his state attorney general office to support his Senate bid, The Kansas City Star reports. Galloway's office has subpoena power, which Ashcroft's does not.

Alexander riding high favorable ratings

Internal polling conducted by Whit Ayres of North Star Opinion Research for Sen. Lamar Alexander on Nov. 26-29 among 600 likely Republican voters found that the Tennessee Republican had a 65-22 percent favorability rating, according to The Tennessee Journal. Alexander, who has not said if he'll seek reelection in 2020, also posted a similar job approval among self-described "very conservative" respondents.

DNC rolls out new anti-bias rules

HuffPost reports that the Democratic National Committee has instituted new rules for staff and officers meant to combat the allegations of favoritism that dogged the organization in 2016. Among the new rules are bans on endorsing presidential candidates, financial contributions to certain candidates, and sending internal and external communications expressing positions on presidential candidates.

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