Teacher’s union boss courts GOP, key Hispanic groups in bid for Biden’s education secretary pick

The former president of the nation’s largest teachers union is working to lock up support from Republican senators and Hispanic leaders in her bid to be picked as Education secretary, according to officials familiar with the talks.

a close up of Lily Eskelsen García who is smiling at the camera: Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.

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Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.

Lily Eskelsen García is expected to score the backing of more than 40 Hispanic groups finalizing a letter endorsing her for the position this week. She has also strategized in recent weeks with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the retiring chair of the Senate committee that oversees education and himself a former Education secretary.

“We’ve talked with her and gave her advice on how to get bipartisan support,” said David Cleary, Alexander’s chief of staff and veteran of education policy on Capitol Hill. “There’s a good argument to be made for Lily.”

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a collection of more

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With Trump, Biden Tight in Electoral College Race, Election Looks Headed for Pennsylvania Courts

If neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden can confirm 270 Electoral College votes without Pennsylvania, all eyes will turn to the state, focusing sights upon court clashes over its counting of mail-in ballots.

Pennsylvania, with its 20 Electoral College votes, has previously been deemed a potential tipping point and was considered a likely kingmaker ahead of Election Day.

President Trump insisted he is winning the state in the early hours of Wednesday, during a defiant press conference in which he prematurely claimed victory amid ongoing vote counts.

Criticizing the potential for votes to be counted later than he would like, Trump said: “We want the law to be used in a proper manner so we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to

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