The Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents 700 editorial and business employees, voted 277 to 265 last night against a new contract conceding wage and other benefit cuts, negotiated after the New York Times Company said it needed to come up with $20 million in annual savings to keep the paper open. Now, in order to meet the Times Company’s request, the paper says it will resort to implementing a 23 percent wage reduction for all Guild members, effective next week. “We are disappointed that … the Boston Newspaper Guild did not ratify the Globe’s final proposal,” the Globe said in a statement last night. “We regret having to take this action, but have no financially viable alternative.” [Boston Herald]
Seems likely Democrats will eventually get up to about 60 million total votes for the House once unprocessed ballots from California are tallied. Maybe a bit more (~61M?) based on what’s left in other states. Those are similar numbers to what recent GOP presidential candidates have received.
Trump got 63M votes, Romney 61M, McCain 60M. Democratic votes for the House this year should be very close to that range. There’s not any precedent for an opposition party coming this close to matching the president’s vote total from 2 years earlier. The closest to an exception was when Democratic House candidates in 1970 got 92% of Nixon’s vote total from 1968.
Of course, this reflects three things we already knew:
1) Trump was elected despite losing the popular vote;
2) Democrats’s won by a big margin this year and
3) Turnout was VERY high.
But Trump is a very unpopular president, and I don’t think that’s totally sunk in yet in how he’s covered.
About 60 million people turned out to vote for Democrats for the House this year. That is a **crazy** number. (Republicans got 45m votes in the 2010 wave.) And this was sort of missed. Why so many stories about Trump voters in truck stops and not so many about “the resistance”?