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  1. Are Democrats Crying Wolf on Threat to Abortion Rights?The threat to abortion rights is very real, even if conservatives have grown adept at pretending otherwise.
  2. How Democrats Plan to Turn Kennedy’s Retirement Into a Political WinThe party will block Trump’s next Supreme Court justice — or, at least, remind voters that the GOP is a threat to their health care while trying.
  3. Why the GOP Might Face More Humiliation on ImmigrationRepublican attempts to pass a bill were huge failures. But there’s always room to fail again.
  4. Democrats Won’t Win by Getting ‘Tough’ on Illegal ImmigrationThe Democrats’ liability on immigration has less to do with concerns about border security than it does with white fears of demographic change.
  5. California Bans New Local Soda Taxes Until 2031Beverage companies played political hardball to win a broad concession from the legislature.
  6. Democrats’ 2020 Hopefuls Refuse to Disagree (on the Midterms)With hundreds of races and candidates in play, Sanders, Warren, Biden, and the rest have not once taken different sides in a primary this year.
  7. Democrats Scolded for Misusing Mitch McConnell’s Made-up Supreme Court RuleComplaining about McConnell’s hypocrisy may be all Democrats can do right now, but it’s not fair to stretch the truth about his brazen scheme.
  8. How Should Democrats Tackle Trump in the Midterms? Focus on His NarcissismResearch on how to hone the Dems’ anti-Trump message found what resonates most is the idea that he puts himself ahead of what’s good for the country.
  9. Giant Gender Gap Opening Up Among Younger VotersWe think of “young voters” as a strongly pro-Democratic demographic. But that’s really just young women.
  10. Trump’s Latest Attack on Obamacare Is a Huge Gift to DemocratsThe White House’s push to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions is the perfect campaign issue for Democratic candidates.
  11. The Polls Are Swinging to the Democrats AgainThe 2018 Democratic wave: Now you see it, now you don’t, now you see it again.
  12. How 3 Races in California Could Cost Democrats Control of the HouseIn key districts, Democratic disarray is threatening to put winnable seats out of reach.
  13. Turnout for an Epochal California Primary Will Probably Be TerribleThe stakes in the June 5 top-two primary in the Golden State are very high. But voters aren’t that excited, and the outcome is hard to predict.
  14. It’s the Year of Democratic Women. The GOP Remains a Party of MenA lot more women are running for Congress as Democrats — and winning primaries — while the GOP remains a boy’s club.
  15. GOP Primary Loser Chided for Not Getting Over Smears Like Trump’s Rivals DidIf Lyin’ Ted Cruz and “nutjob” Lindsey Graham could forgive Trump, other Republicans should grin and bear it, too.
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    Stacey Abrams’s Win Is Just the BeginningHer victory is a lesson in how to break the rules of politics.
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    5 Reasons We’re Excited About Stacey AbramsShe could be America’s first black female governor — and she moonlights as a romance novelist.
  18. Democrats Have Finally Found Their Midterm MessageThe party has boiled Trump’s scandals and the GOP’s regressive policies down into a one-word story: corruption.
  19. Teacher Protests Spread to North CarolinaLike teachers in other states, those in North Carolina are looking to political changes in November to secure legislative support for their demands.
  20. Everyone Wants to Be the Next Attorney General of New YorkThe field of potential candidates to replace Eric Schneiderman has gotten very big, very fast. Will it even include Preet Bharara?
  21. Trump Adds ‘Cutting Children’s Health Care’ to GOP’s 2018 PlatformDemocrats say Republicans will pay for their tax cuts by taking health care from working people. Trump is about to affirm this campaign message.
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    Schneiderman Shows It’s Risky to Choose a Male CandidateThe New York attorney general’s swift fall from champion of #MeToo to example of #MeToo fate is another warning to people in politics.
  23. Schneiderman Shows It’s Risky to Choose a Male CandidateThe New York attorney general’s swift fall from champion of #MeToo to example of #MeToo fate is another warning to people in politics.
  24. From Impeachment to SCOTUS, Republicans Scramble for Ways to Rev Up the BaseFrom possible SCOTUS openings to impeachment to deep state conspiracies, the GOP is trying to get conservative voters psyched out of their skulls.
  25. A Red State Finally Rejects an Abortion BanIn South Carolina a Democratic legislator mockingly asks Republicans to pass a total abortion ban they know to be unconstitutional. They nearly did.
  26. Scott Walker Will Give 671,00 Wisconsin Families an Election-Year CheckThe Wisconsin governor’s $100 child subsidy is a dumb, cynical policy — but there’s a lot Democrats can learn from it.
  27. West Virginia Republicans Lie About Each Other’s Imaginary Hillary TiesHillary Clinton’s value as a devil figure in the GOP is so powerful that two WV Senate candidates are just making up stuff about each other and HRC.
  28. What the Midterms Would Look Like If Clinton Had WonThe silver lining of Trump’s presidential win for Democrats is that their party is facing a good, not a potentially disastrous, midterm election.
  29. No, Democratic Populism Won’t Force Republicans to Accept Big GovernmentReihan Salam wants Republicans to develop a positive agenda of universal programs the white working class will embrace. It’s not going to happen.
  30. California GOP Hopes Gas Tax Repeal Will Drive Voters to the PollsWith a Democratic wave building for 2018, Golden State Republicans are banking on a ballot initiative to repeal a controversial gas tax increase.
  31. If Democrats Are So Strong, Why Is Their Polling Lead So Weak?More and more observers are noting that House polls for November aren’t showing the sort of Democratic margins we’ve seen in special elections.
  32. Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office — and Kill Payday LendersKirsten Gillibrand’s bill establishing a public option for banking would help the poor, bolster the post office, and devastate usurers.
  33. Evangelicals Have Displaced Catholics As the Anti-Abortion Movement’s BaseThe shift of white Evangelicals into the anti-abortion camp has had a lot to do with partisan polarization over abortion policy.
  34. Cuomo Goes to War With Working Families Party Before Vote to Endorse NixonNixon may get both a general election ballot line and fresh evidence that Cuomo is “Andrew the Bully.”
  35. Oklahoma Teachers Win a Partial VictoryNow teachers have forced GOP politicians into raising pay in a second state. But the fight continues in other states, spilling over into elections.
  36. Cynical Balanced Budget Amendment Defeated, Just As GOP PlannedAfter slashing revenues with a tax cut bill, and then increasing spending through an omnibus bill, Republicans claim to favor a balanced budget.
  37. Why Republicans Love Talking About Impeachment – For NowWhile Democrats debate impeachment, Republicans are using it to whip up their base.
  38. Incremental Health Reform Can Still (Slowly) WorkWhile single-payer is a giant leap to universal health coverage, smaller steps have been and probably will continue to be necessary.
  39. Maryland Adopts Automatic Voter RegistrationTo Republicans’ chagrin, Marylanders will now be automatically registered to vote when they interact with state agencies.
  40. The House Midterm Landscape is Settling — and It Looks Treacherous for the GOPWhile the big-picture factors affecting the 2018 elections have marginally improved for Republicans, individual races aren’t looking so hot for them.
  41. Bernie’s Criticisms Don’t Mean Democrats Are in DisarraySanders is and has always been a gadfly. So his criticisms of the Democratic Party don’t mean it’s fatally divided.
  42. Rep. Esty Forced to Retire After Scandal Over Abusive StafferThe Connecticut Democrat’s political demise was quick, and could even open up a rare 2018 opportunity for Republicans.
  43. Why Democrats Could See a Polling Boost Right Before the MidtermsIn 2016, a late October spike in Obamacare premiums helped the GOP win the presidency; this year, it might just cost them the House.
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    Would You Vote for This 13-Year-Old Running for Governor of Vermont?The state doesn’t have an age restriction, yet.
  45. The Remarkable, Maddening Career of Zell MillerA remembrance of my former boss, a man who zig-zagged through political history.
  46. Lamb Win Could Point to Democratic Resurgence in Lily-white DistrictsUnder the right circumstances, it looks like Democrats can again win in places where they don’t have their customary minority base.
  47. 5 Lessons From the Pennsylvania Special ElectionThe GOP’s House Majority is (probably) not long for this earth — and four other takeaways from Conor Lamb’s success in the heart of Trump country.
  48. Trump Brings Back Ancient GOP Tradition of ProtectionismHe appears to be a true believer in reversing globalization, not just using tariffs as a weapon. That’s both new — and very old — for Republicans.
  49. Texas Primary Roundup: Democratic Turnout Shows Progress, But No RevolutionMany contests won’t be resolved until a May runoff, but some upsets enlivened 2018’s first statewide election.
  50. Cynthia Nixon Could Mount a Primary Challenge to CuomoThe incumbent governor would like a lefty-free route to reelection and perhaps a 2020 presidential contest. But Cynthia Nixon could stand in his way.
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