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January 29, 2018

On Saturday, casino magnate Steve Wynn stepped down as national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, a day after The Wall Street Journal reported that Wynn had engaged in a "decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct," citing interviews with more than 150 current and former casino workers. Democrats took the chance to demand the RNC and Republican candidates Wynn backed return his money or donate an equal amount to charity, as the RNC pressured Democrats to after the sexual misconduct accusations hit Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein. On Sunday, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert had what must have seemed to someone like a hot new twist to the story: Wynn donated to Nevada Democrats, too.

Wynn did hedge his bets, and not just in Nevada, donating to Hillary Clinton in 2016 as well as the RNC and his friend President Trump, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). The Nevada Democratic Party did not return Fox News' requests for comment, but Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Sabrina Singh seemed happy to engage, telling Fox News that the DNC "hadn't accepted a dollar from Wynn" and would wait patiently "until the RNC decided what it will do with the millions Wynn raised as their national finance chair." Peter Weber

November 8, 2017

After defeating incumbent Republican Bob Marshall for the rights to a seat in the Virginia state legislature Tuesday, Danica Roem is set to become the first openly transgender lawmaker to be elected and seated in a state legislature in the U.S. Roem's defeat of Marshall was particularly noteworthy because her opponent had once referred to himself as Virginia's "resident homophobe."

After her victory, Roem, a 33-year-old journalist and singer for a thrash metal band, was asked to comment on Marshall. She replied: "I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now."

Marshall's campaign ran an ad accusing Roem of engaging in "lewd behavior" and additionally authorized a campaign mailer that misgendered Roem, referring to the candidate with male pronouns. The Marshall campaign later tried to downplay the attacks, and the Republican Party of Virginia claimed in a statement that the mailer in question was "not about Roem being transgender."

Marshall, who served a 13-term tenure spanning 25 years, has a long history of supporting deeply conservative social laws and has previously said that he was on a "crusade" to uphold Christian beliefs. In January, he filed a bill in the Virginia General Assembly that would restrict public bathroom use by transgender individuals, even as he admitted that the bill was unlikely to pass. The bill reportedly inspired Roem to challenge Marshall for his seat.

In her victory speech, Roem said: "When you champion inclusion, when you champion equality, when you champion equity, and you focus on the issues that unite us, like building up our infrastructure, taking care of our roads, making sure that our teacher pay isn't the lowest in Northern Virginia ... This is the important stuff. We can't get lost in discrimination." Kelly O'Meara Morales

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