Blue Wave

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Hundreds of thousands of midterm votes are still being counted across the United States, but you can already verify this result: The Democratic blue wave contained a lot of azul. The national Democratic Party, which — after ignoring Latinos for too long — wised up and spent more than $30 million...
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It's not an even playing field. Even casual observers of American politics likely know that gerrymandering is a serious problem in the United States. Elected leaders — most extensively but not exclusively, Republicans — have twisted district maps to secure disproportionate power for the ruling party, undermining the significance of votes across the country.On Monday's episode of "The Rachel Maddow Show," the provided a rather stark display of how these efforts have seriously distorted democracy in this country, even with the massive blue wave that surged in the 2018 midterm elections. She used Wisconsin's state legislature as a key example."Way more people went to the polls on Election Day in Wisconsin and voted for a Democrat for their state legislature than voted for a Republican," she explained. "Democrats got a majority of those votes — clearly — 53 percent of the votes cast for state legislatures in Wisconsin were cast for Democrats. Republicans down with 45. De...
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The bill was never going to be a winner. When Republicans finally passed their tax cuts bill at the end of 2017, the party seemed to genuinely believe that the accomplishment would produce a wave of enthusiasm that they could ride to success in the 2018 midterm elections.Now that the elections have been held, and GOP has proven to be deeply unpopular and has lost a whopping 38 house seats (at least), it's clear that didn't happen. And new analysis from Jim Tankersley and Ben Casselman of the New York Times found that not only did the tax bill do little to nothing to help them in the midterms, it produced significant drag on their electoral hopes in many key districts.The law "appears to have done more to hurt, than help, Republicans in high-tax districts across California, New Jersey, Virginia andother states," they wrote.Why? It is because of the new limits on the state and local income tax deduction (SALT).It can sound a little dry and complicated, but the legislation essentia...
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Concealed Online is an anonymously owned (the owner won't divulge his identity due to fear of reprisals) company whose customers complain scammed them by tricking them into taking its online curriculum for Virginia's farcical easy concealed carry permits, without divulging that these permits are useless in the rest of America. During the 2018 midterm season, Concealed Online bought $2,000,000 worth of ads on Facebook that warned Republicans that a coming Blue Wave would result in Democrats "coming for their guns" and urging them to get their concealed carry permits before that happened (again, without prominently divulging that these permits were useless outside of Virginia). We know about the ads because of Facebook's voluntary transparency measures about political ads. Concealed Online gets an F from the Better Business Bureau. Concealed Online completed Facebook's "political advertiser" registration, and Facebook says that its ads did not violate Facebook's standards. Instead...
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the results of Florida's election recount (all times local):
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Incoming Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday credited his opponent, Andrew Gillum (D), with turning out droves of Democrats in this month's election."I think the fact that he was their nominee, he was reall...
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It's the first time in history they've all gravitated to one party. If there was one demographic group that blunted the force of the “blue wave” in this month’s midterm elections, it was rural white voters. Even as Republicans lost control of the suburban areas that had been their strongholds in the 1980s and 1990s, Republicans extended their hold over rural America. The GOP is now on the verge of uniting nearly all rural white voters into a single party – which has never happened before.For most of the Republican Party’s history, the notion that the GOP would become the party of rural whites was unimaginable. Rural whites were the last voter group in the South to leave the Democratic Party; they did not begin consistently voting Republican until the 1990s, nearly a generation after suburban white southerners entered the GOP. But now rural whites in both North and South are the stronghold of the GOP and the key to the party’s future. Why have rural whites t...
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A future Trumpian world, including possibly a shattered and increasingly “nationalist” Europe, is no laughing matter. Whatever you may think of President Trump, it’s important to be fair to him. You might have noticed that, on his recent trip to France (“five days of fury”), officially to mourn and praise America’s war dead on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, he managed to miss his first scheduled ceremony. It was at a cemetery where some of those American war dead were buried. He skipped it, thanks to a little uncomfortable rain, and came late for the second of those events at the Suresnes American Cemetery just outside Paris (this time complaining publicly about the rain). As TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon reminds us today, such acts brought a good deal of derision upon the president in Europe and here (or rather in the world of everywhere that we know as the Internet). What went unreported amid the mockery and the presidential excuses (the preside...
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Defeated Rep. Jason Lewis blames the GOP’s House defeat on McCain. He probably saved the party from far worse Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Lewis claims that “The Republican Party lost its House majority on July 28, 2017, when Sen. John McCain ended the party’s seven-year quest to repeal Obamacare.” Up to then, he says, the Republican leadership had done “an admirable job herding cats,” culminating in the passage by the House (on their second try) of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Then McCain blew it all in the Senate.Nonsense. The cat-herders who wrote the AHCA were themselves to blame. From the beginning, the AHCA had no credibility in tackling the problem that ranks No. 1 in the health care concerns of voters: Guaranteeing affordable access to health care for the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.Here is what really happened.The AHCA's promise of high-risk pools was a shamLewis claims that the AHCA would have covered the most d...
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Republicans had carried Orange County in every presidential race going back to 1936 until the district backed Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points in 2016. Orange County, California, long one of the biggest Republican strongholds in the country, is expected to have zero Republicans representing it in Congress next year.Democrat Katie Porter officially defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in California's 45th congressional district on Thursday, and Democrat Gil Cisneros has taken nearly a 1,000-vote lead over Republican Young Kim in the last uncalled California race, in the state's 39th district. If Cisneros' lead holds – and most observers expect it to grow – Orange County will have zero Republican representatives. Before this year's midterms, the GOP held four of the six House seats that are entirely or partly in the county.Porter was declared the winner over Walters after taking a 6,000-vote lead. Earlier, Democrat Harley Rouda ousted 15-term incumbent Repub...
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Between the Federalist Society’s iron grip on the Supreme Court and the ever-encroaching dangers of global warming, the future—both for the country and the planet as a whole—looks impossibly bleak. If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editor and co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.“The biggest issue of freedom of the press is not that Trump is mean to reporters, as he...
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Kyrsten Sinema became the first Democrat to win an Arizona Senate seat in 30 years. As the returns poured in on the night of last week’s midterm elections, a narrative swiftly began to take shape: although Democrats succeeded in retaking the House of Representatives from Republican control, the vaunted “blue wave” had failed to materialize.
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As the blue wave washed into governor's mansions across the country, the governorships of two of the bluest states -- Maryland and Massachusetts -- remained high, dry and red, write Steve Koczela and Mileah Kromer. Credit their campaigns for staking out the route to re-election
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While speaking to NBC on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence stated that Republicans had good results in the 2018 elections in races for the Senate and governorships, and “we didn’t really see that blue wave in the House of Representatives come our way.” Pence said, “We made history by expanding our majority in the Senate. We had — we won some great elections in governor’s offices around the country, and we didn’t really see that blue wave in the House of Representatives come our way.” He added, “I think it’s because the American people see the results.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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CNN's Harry Enten predicts that Democrats will continue to pick up seats in the House of Representatives as results from the 2018 midterm elections continue to come in.
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Voting is never enough, but it’s crucial. That’s why Trump and his followers want to render it meaningless. As the truism holds, if voting didn't matter, they wouldn't try to keep you from doing it."This is folk wisdom intended to inspire people to fight for more democracy and not less of it.Donald Trump, movement conservatives and the Republican Party exist in their own distorted reality. As such, they have twisted an exhortation to democracy into a modus operandi where democracy is snuffed out and voting rights are denied to anyone who dares to disagree with them.The 2018 midterm elections were and are replete with such examples.In Georgia, Texas, Florida and elsewhere, Republican officials have purged hundreds of thousands of voters from registration lists, reduced the number of polling places in black and brown and poor communities, refused to count mail-in and absentee ballots and sent out false information designed to confuse voters about how and when to vote. They are...
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Women made history in 2018, but there is more to the story than the Democratic "blue wave."
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A slow-moving blue wave is on the verge of washing away the House Republicans' California delegation - a once-strong faction of the GOP that rivaled the powerful Texas delegation.Democrats have flipped f...
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It didn’t even look like a blue wave on election night. Now it’s looking like a potential tsunami, at least in California. As late votes poured in, largely from mailed ballots, the Democrats’ tally rose and swept away Republicans. What happened in the final days of the election season to generate...
 
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The coalition of Republican attorneys general hoping to bring down Obamacare is losing at least one member, thanks to last week's blue wave in state elections.
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There was a blue wave during the midterms, and much of it can be attributed to the GOP’s problem with women in the suburbs.
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Democrats have picked up 33 seats in the House and could get to 39. Despite feeling a let down on election night, Democrats' House gains are their biggest since the wave election following Watergate.
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A blue wave that washed over Republican-held suburbs across the country in last week's midterm elections has reshaped the nation's political map.
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He's finally realizing he got crushed at the ballot box. In the past week, President Donald Trump has behaved even more frantically and erratically than he normally does — tweeting aggressively, excessively insulting reporters and skipping opportunities to on American veterans, triggering negative press reports.And according to a new report from the Washington Post documenting what it called "five days of fury," it's not just his public persona that has become more dour and testy. Behind the scenes, Trump is lashing out at allies and expressing his frustration toward those around him as the results from the 2018 midterm elections continue to pour in and look increasingly bad for the Republican Party.“He was frustrated with the trip. And he’s itching to make some changes,” one anonymous official told the Post, referring to Trump's visit this week to Europe. “This is a week where things could get really dicey."Even when British Prime Minister Teresa May reached out o...
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It's the constitutional remedy for a criminal president. A week after the 2018 midterms, the news keeps getting better for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats needed to gain 23 or more seats in order to obtain a House majority; as of November 13, they have gained at least 32—although that number could climb as high as 38, 39 or 40 after all the votes are counted. Republicans appear to have slightly increased their majority in the Senate, but November 6 was undeniably a blue wave in the House—not to mention all the state legislature seats that Democrats won.And with all those victories comes talk of impeaching President Donald Trump.But impeachment, even with the new House majority, probably isn’t on the table—which doesn’t mean that House Democrats won’t find many other ways in which to be a major thorn in the president’s side.Only two days after the election, the New York Times ran an op-ed by billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer th...
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One week ago, three distinct but overlapping currents combined to shift tidal forces in America's midterm elections – and smash the Republican Party's congressional fortress.
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Trump has been as outrageous as ever on Twitter. President Donald Trump can always be counted on to post outrageous things on Twitter, his favorite social media outlet. Twitter’s format lends itself to soundbites, not in-depth or nuanced analysis—and Trump is a master of soundbites, which is why the president is so effective at using Twitter to rally and fire up his far-right base. Some liberals and progressives have argued that Twitter should terminate—or at least suspend—Trump’s account in light of all the offensive things he has posted. But that’s a terrible idea. First, it’s important to know what one’s political opponents think and believe, however misguided they are. Second, Democrats should be happy that Trump’s tweets are making the GOP brand look so bad—and post-2018 midterms, Trump has been as outrageous as ever on Twitter.Here are six of President Trump’s most-outrageous post-midterms tweets.1. Trump Implied That Kyrsten Sinema Was Trying to Steal...
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'Over the last week we've moved from relief at winning the House to rejoicing at a genuine wave of diverse, progressive and inspiring Democrats winning office'
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The consensus on election night seemed clear: although Democrats regained the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, no blue wave had materialised. The Democrats have now picked up at least 32 seats in the House and are on course for four more, in addition to flipping seven governorships and eight state legislative chambers. On Monday night, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona’s Senate race, beating Martha McSally in a landmark victory to take the seat held by retiring Republican senator Jeff Flake.
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No, it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night.As vote counting presses ...
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NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House and statehouses. The […]
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NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night.
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NEW YORK (AP) — No it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on Election Night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives and […]
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Democrats won a narrow U.S. House majority appealing to minorities, college-educated women and suburbanites who want solutions to problems in their daily lives, not a revolution. The Great Blue Wave of radical progressivism, which promised gains of 40-plus seats, never materialized. Democrats who snatched Republican seats were largely moderates who ran on clean governments and […]
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The spin game is now in full swing. At first, it seemed the Blue Wave wasn't
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An election-night rush to judgment is tempting, but deeply unwise in a tainted political environment.
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Here & Now's Elise Hu talks with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, about how Democrats fared now that more races have been called since election night.
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Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter questioned if the news media underappreciated the “strength of the blue wave” at the midterm election. “Did the news media underappreciate the strength of the blue wave in the House on Tuesday night? Five days later, it sure looks that way,” Stelter opened the segment. “Back on Tuesday, wave spotters said the midterms were not delivering the huge repudiation of President Trump that the Democrats wanted to deliver.” Stelter noted how CNN’s Van Jones called the results of Tuesday’s election “heartbreaking,” but then said a “blue wave” is “becoming more true every day” since votes are still being counted. “Votes are still being counted in Arizona, and California, and other states and recounts are taking place. So it now appears the Democrats will pick up at least 35 seats in the House. I mean, here’s the map already. They’re already far...
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Several progressive Democrats won this week. What makes this midterm wave election different? With all the caveats and confusion still hanging in the air after this week's victories (and defeats), what stands out? The role of grassroots activists, working through new and old organizations, certainly played an outsized role. Matt Ewing of Swing Left says he has seen that happen before — if not quite on the same scale seen this time around. What stands out for him is the generational leadership impact, which could fundamentally change the course of history.“In 2006, I was with MoveOn.org and we took back the House, and that was an amazing time,” Ewing told Salon this week. “We were trying to end the war in Iraq. We were trying to get our country off of this militaristic footing, and taking back the House is enormously important in sending that signal. "As I look at what is different this time, I do feel like what you're seeing is we didn't just take back the House, we ele...
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As expected, Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, but the much-anticipated “blue wave” failed to appear. History shows the first midterm election for the party in the White House usually results in a loss, often a big loss, in that party’s House members. President Barack Obama, for example, lost 63 seats in the […]
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The "This Week" Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, including the impact of Democrats taking control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
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Tuesday's blue wave in the House is set to leave behind a GOP conference that is far more conservative - and more loyal to President Trump.A large chunk of centrist Republicans were either wiped out at the polls on...
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If the Electoral College is the barometer, this state is deep red. But it’s the only one that has elected three female Democratic governors.
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To the editor: In American politics we think we have a Trump problem, but President Trump is a mere blemish on the face of the real monster. The cancer that is destroying us from within is a rural America that is being left behind. The economies, education systems and overall health of those outside...
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To the editor: In American politics we think we have a Trump problem, but President Trump is a mere blemish on the face of the real monster. The cancer that is destroying us from within is a rural America that is being left behind. The economies, education systems and overall health of those outside...
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The Florida elections have become a flashpoint in American politics. An anonymous tip led to the discovery of “scores” of absentee ballots in a mail distribution facility that pipe bombs traveled through — after Miami-Dade County announced it finalized its vote counts for the 2018 midterms.The Miami New Times reported that the Opa-locka mail distribution center was evacuated in October after Trump megafan Cesar Sayoc allegedly sent pipe bombs that passed through the facility.That same center reportedly is still home to a huge number of uncounted mail-in ballots. Two sources that spoke to the New Times estimated the total could be in the hundreds or thousands.Local activists demonstrated outside the mail facility and at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department over the uncounted ballots — but according to an official with the Elections Department, the ballots are now invalid.Spokesperson Suzy Trutie said the office is aware of the ballots but according to its...
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Rural areas resisted the election's big blue wave
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The "blue wave" took a little longer to crest, but after several days of vote counting it looks like Democrats beat the midterm average.
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WASHINGTON ― As more votes are counted and more seats flip from red to blue,
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For the first time in his presidency, Trump faces a Democratic Party with real power. On November 3—three days before Election Day 2018—NBC’s long-running “Saturday Night Live” featured a hilarious skit making fun of nervous Democratic voters who were trying to fake optimism but feared that a blue wave wouldn’t come about. Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, however, had been reassuring pessimistic Democrats, urging them to cheer up because the chances of a blue wave were, in fact, quite good. It turns out that Robinson’s optimism was justified: Democrats obtained a majority in the House of Representatives and won well over 300 seats in state legislatures as well. And Robinson enjoys some good-natured gloating in his latest Washington Post column—asserting that Democrats should savor their victory and enjoy the many ways in which they will be able to hold President Donald Trump accountable in 2019.“This will be fun to watch,” Robinson gloats. An...
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Trump, Steyer argues, deserves impeachment for “a longstanding pattern of obstructing justice” by trying to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation. With Democrats having obtained a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms, a debate one will be hearing a lot in Democratic Party circles is: to impeach, or not to impeach? Democratic opponents of impeaching President Donald Trump argue that even with a House majority; Democrats shouldn’t overplay their hand. But Democratic activist Tom Steyer, founder of Need to Impeach and NextGen America, doesn’t agree. Steyer is very much a proponent of impeachment, and he outlines his reasons in his latest op-ed for the New York Times. Steyer opens his article by describing the blue wave that occurred on November 6. Democrats, Steyer notes, “received 7% more votes than Republicans—about three million—in an election that saw a higher percentage of voters than any midterm since...
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To the editor: I know the members of the Times Editorial Board are very smart, and most of the time I agree with them. But no matter how many seats the Democrats will have in the House, I don’t understand how this midterm election can be called a “blue wave” — maybe a “teal ripple” better describes...
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Many Democrats were disappointed Tuesday night. But that reaction now looks premature. After the initial results from the 2018 midterm elections were tabulated this week, most observers seemed to accept the conclusion that while the Democrats had a decent but disappointing night — even as President Donald Trump and his allies implausibly treated the night as a vindication for the GOP.But the mildly despondent Democratic reaction is beginning to look misguided. The much-predicted blue wave actually did come in this week in a big way — even if few observers noticed at first.Part of the problem was that many of the races were far from decided by the end of Tuesday night — and many are still up in the air. But as of this writing, FiveThirtyEight projects that Democrats will win a net gain of 37 seats in the house. That not only gives them control but represents a monumental turnaround — which is particularly impressive considering the GOP's extensive gerrymandering of the cou...
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The forecast for Tuesday’s midterm elections called for a blue wave to crash on our shores. What occurred was more of a steady, light blue rain.
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Technically, President Donald J. Trump, wasn’t on the ballot on Tuesday, November 6. But for all intents and purposes, the 2018 midterms became a referendum on Trump’s presidency—and Trumpism received some positive feedback from rural voters along with a great deal of negative feedback from non-rural voters. The positive feedback came in the United States Senate, where Trump’s relentless campaigning on behalf of fellow Republicans appeared to work in rural areas: Republicans expanded their Senate majority by at least two seats. And Republican Ron DeSantis’ narrow victory over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Florida’s gubernatorial race was also a narrow victory for Trump and a disappointment for Democrats. But Trumpism was decisively rejected in the House of Representatives, where Democrats obtained a majority—and that majority will be a definite game-changer for Trump’s presidency. Steve Schmidt, a NeverTrump conservative and former Republican strategist who wa...
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Republicans staved off a blue wave thanks to the Republican National Committee’s largest-ever ground game and record-setting fundraising, and President Trump’s energizing rallies for our candidates.
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Enough Americans rose up against President Trump on Tuesday to take from him and his party one house of Congress, and that will partially block his path of destruction through the nation. For that we are grateful. Democrats also won governor’s offices previously held by Republicans in Kansas, Maine,...
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