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2018 Midterms

  1. 2018 midterms
    Remember That Disputed N.C. Congressional Race? We May Learn Its Fate Next WeekA new state election board will hold a public hearing and could order new elections — as could the Democratic-controlled House itself.
  2. 2020 elections
    Woodall’s Retirement Shows How Quickly Georgia’s Political Landscape is ChangingRob Woodall nearly lost a historically Republican district. And now he’s hanging it up.
  3. state of the union address
    Abrams Delivers in State of the Union ResponseIt was the best SOTU response in years, and showed why southern — and not just southern — Democrats are excited about her future.
  4. state of the union address
    Here’s a Real Bipartisan Idea: Make Trump Leave If He Loses in 2020Since Republicans are so excited about comity, they should agree to eject Trump from the White House if he loses in 2020 but claims “voter fraud.”
  5. vision 2020
    Biden and Beto Boosted GOP Candidates in 2018. That’s Disqualifying.In a historically important midterm election, Biden and O’Rourke boosted vulnerable GOP incumbents over the objections of local Democratic parties.
  6. health care
    Trump May Try to Kill Medicaid As We Know It by Executive FiatHaving failed for decades to pass legislation ending Medicaid as an entitlement program, Republicans may now try to get there by state waivers.
  7. 2020 elections
    Roberts Retirement Gives Dems Another Long-Shot Senate Target for 2020With Kris Kobach mulling a race, anything could happen.
  8. politics
    Pelosi Returns to Speakership With a Far More Cohesive Democratic MajorityPelosi’s last House majority had significant divisions and bore the burden of Obama’s agenda. Today’s Democrats must only fight and investigate Trump.
  9. power
    The New Face of Power Officially Takes Control TodayThe 116th Congress will be the most diverse set of lawmakers in history.
  10. 2020 elections
    6 Reasons Bernie Sanders Has Lost His 2016 MojoSanders isn’t as unique as he was in 2016, but he is four years older and can’t get away with any mistakes.
  11. 2020 elections
    Note to Michael Bloomberg: Money Can’t Buy You LoveNot even Bloomberg has enough money to make him a viable Democratic presidential candidate.
  12. politics
    Nevada Becomes First State With Women-Majority LegislatureIt really was the “year of the woman” at the state legislative level.
  13. senate
    McSally Appointment Makes Arizona Sixth State With Two Women As SenatorsMcSally will have to run again in 2020, and if she wins and wants a full term, yet again in 2022. Four Western states now have two women as senators.
  14. 2018 midterms
    Unlike Obama, Trump’s Response to Midterm Defeat Was to Double DownObama took responsibility for his party’s defeat and at least offered negotiations with the opposing party. Trump: not so much.
  15. 2018 midterms
    Even Old Folks Trended Democratic in 2018The Democratic future depends on young and minority voters and college-educated women. But many seniors vote, and more of them are voting Democratic.
  16. 2018 midterms
    Democrats Won Big With a Key Demographic of Trump’s Base During MidtermsIf you’re looking for a key 2020 demographic, white working class women who aren’t evangelicals could be crucial in battleground states.
  17. government shutdown
    Oops, Trump Now Needs the Votes of Those GOP House ‘Losers’ He MockedAre the lame-duck Republicans Trump scorned going to race back to Washington to help him save face in the shutdown battle? Probably not.
  18. 2020 elections
    Does Donald Trump Have a Reelection Strategy?Trump seems incapable of “pivoting to the center” or becoming more popular. So either he’ll wing it, or focus on demonizing his opponent.
  19. race
    Surprise: Black Voters Still Don’t Like Donald TrumpTrump’s claim he would get 95 percent of the black vote in 2020 is looking like absolutely the polar opposite of reality.
  20. 2020 elections
    Trump Better Get Used to a Democratic HouseThe odds of Republicans regaining the House in 2020 even if Trump is reelected aren’t great.
  21. elections
    Why ‘Election Night’ Is an Outdated and Dangerous Relic of the PastMore and more, the traditional media-driven drama of single-day voting and vote counting is out of line with reality. And that’s bad for democracy.
  22. the national interest
    The More Republicans Lose, the Harder They Work to Rig the GameAnti-democratic forces are winning the post-election.
  23. house democrats
    Messaging or Investigating? How Should House Democrats Use Their Limited Power?Take a lesson from the GOP, Democrats, and focus on regaining power more than arguing over how it will be used.
  24. 2018 midterms
    Josh Hawley Under Investigation for Letting Campaign Run His Public OfficeA media probe uncovered some funny business with campaign consultants ordering his state employee staff around.
  25. 2018 midterms
    Susan Collins Is the Last New England Republican in CongressOnce a rock-ribbed Republican region, New England is getting very blue, except for a couple of atypically moderate governors.
  26. 2020 election
    When Barack Met BetoThe flirtation of ObamaWorld with Beto O’Rourke’s presidential ambitions is worth its weight in gold to the Texan.
  27. 2018 midterms
    John Barrow, Who Inspired No One, Loses In GA Secretary of State RunoffGeorgia Democrats tried to capture Brian Kemp’s old secretary of state job on Tuesday by running a centrist, and failed.
  28. 2020 elections
    Did Trump’s Win Mean Anybody Can Be President?The huge Democratic 2020 field that’s taking shape is an alarming sign that all standards of presidential viability have been eliminated.
  29. 2018 midterms
    Democratic Weakness Among Florida Latinos in 2018 a WarningA poor performance among Latinos cost Democrats the governorship and a Senate seat in this key battleground state. They’d better focus on it soon.
  30. kris kobach
    Could Kris Kobach Be Trump’s Next DHS Secretary?Trump clearly wants to dump Kirstjen Nielsen. The fiery nativist from Kansas would test GOP loyalty, but would please the president.
  31. 2018 midterms
    Total GOP Control in Washington Is About to End. What Did They Get Out of It?For two years Republicans have theoretically had the power to remake the federal government. How did that work out for them? It was a mixed bag.
  32. 2018 midterms
    Kevin McCarthy Rises to Power at Expense of His Defeated California ColleaguesThe new House GOP leader led his California colleagues to a slaughter in the midterms through his loyalty to Trump and his agenda.
  33. 2018 midterms
    Voter Fraud — But Not the Kind That Worries the GOP — Roils North Carolina RaceRepublican Mark Harris’s narrow win over Democrat Dan McCready is being investigated due to allegations of irregularities with absentee ballots.
  34. voting rights
    Tim Scott Kills Confirmation of Judge Accused of Vote SuppressionThomas Farr has been a close associate of North Carolina’s Republican warriors against voting rights. Two GOP defections stopped his confirmation.
  35. 2018 midterms
    The New Republican Myth of California Voter FraudPaul Ryan and other Republicans are implying that California’s slow vote counts disguise fraud. It’s important to debunk these myths before 2020.
  36. 2018 midterms
    With One Final Democratic Victory, Midterms EndAll in all, it was a good year for donkeys, and a good start on their 2020 goals.
  37. abortion
    Just When Their Party Needs Them, Pro-Choice Republicans Are VanishingIt’s not going to be easy for Republicans to win back the suburbanites, women, and millennials they are losing when they are all for banning abortion.
  38. 2018 midterms
    Cindy Hyde-Smith Joins a Rare Club: Women Elected to High Office in the SouthMike Espy’s election would have been truly historic. But Cindy Hyde-Smith made some modest history of her own.
  39. 2018 midterms
    Can a 27-Year-Old Political Neophyte Run the Third-Largest County in America?Lina Hidalgo was elected to run a county with a $5 billion budget, thanks to Beto and straight-ticket voting. And she has a plan.
  40. politics
    The Cruelty of Cindy Hyde-SmithCindy Hyde-Smith winked glibly at Mississippi’s brutal violence toward black people. Then, she got elected to Congress.
  41. politics
    Black Mississippi Deserves BetterCindy Hyde-Smith winked glibly at Mississippi’s brutal violence toward black people. Then, she got elected to Congress.
  42. 2018 midterms
    Hyde-Smith Defeats Espy in Mississippi, But Not by the Expected MarginMike Espy held his own in an uphill fight against Hyde-Smith, whose racially-tinged gaffes weren’t quite enough to elect a Democrat in Mississippi.
  43. 2018 midterms
    Democrats Made Gains on Redistricting, But the Game’s Not Over YetDemocrats are in a better position than they were a decade ago, but what happens in the next two years will matter a great deal.
  44. 2018 midterms
    Mike Espy’s Quest to Make Southern History in Mississippi’s Senate RunoffIf he pulls off an upset against Cindy Hyde-Smith, Espy would be the first African-American Democrat to win a Senate seat in the former Confederacy.
  45. politics
    The Suburbs May Not Be As Progressive As Democrats Would Like, But They Could BeThough some midterm voters backed Democratic candidates but rejected progressive proposals, the party’s left flank can still win over suburbanites.
  46. 2018 midterms
    Utah Republican Mia Love Fires Back at Trump in Concession SpeechTrump mocked the defeat of the first black Republican woman in Congress. Love suggested he was part of her party’s minority outreach problem.
  47. the psephological arts
    The Polls Were Fine If Not Perfect in 2018Polls were more accurate than average and didn’t show any notable partisan lean, despite the sky-high turnout that surprised everybody.
  48. 2018 midterms
    Why Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Comments Weren’t ‘Accidental’The Mississippi senator’s glib comments about hangings, voter suppression, and the Confederacy negate claims she meant them innocently.
  49. 2018 midterms
    2018 Midterms Offered More Proof That Split-Ticket Voting Is a Thing of the PastDespite some much-publicized exceptions, voters in the 2018 midterms tended to go all-in on one party.
  50. 2018 midterms
    Dixieland’s Favorite Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Sported Confederate Garb in 2014The GOP senator who keeps saying racially offensive things saw nothing wrong with donning Confederate garb at Jefferson Davis’s home.
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