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  • Republicans fear deep losses in 2018 elections

    12/13/2017 6:13:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 203 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    After years of strong gains in states across the country, Republicans now fear they stand to lose hundreds of state legislative seats in next year’s midterm elections if there is a significant voter backlash against President Trump. Any losses would come at the worst time: Just ahead of the redistricting process that begins with the 2020 census.
  • Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to resign Wednesday to run for governor

    12/06/2017 6:45:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    Dallas ^ | 12/6/17 | Gromer Jeffers, Jr
    Democrat Lupe Valdez will resign as Dallas County sheriff today to run for governor against incumbent Republican Greg Abbott. "Like so many hardworking Texans, I know it's tough deciding between buying food, finding a decent place to live, and setting aside money for college tuition. Opportunity in Texas ought to be as big as this great state, but it is out of reach for far too many, that's why I'm running for Texas Governor," Valdez said in a statement released by her campaign. "I'm a proud Texas Democrat. I believe good government can make people's lives better, and I intend...
  • I.O.C. Gives Russia Major Punishment for Winter Olympics

    12/05/2017 10:51:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 12-5-2017 | REBECCA R. RUIZ and TARIQ PANJADEC
    Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals. That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping...
  • Mary Taylor will stay in the governor's race after Mike DeWine and Jon Husted join forces (Ohio)

    11/30/2017 5:47:08 PM PST · by Impy · 21 replies ^ | 11-30-2017 | Seth A. Richardson
    Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said Thursday she would not drop out of the governor's race after the bombshell announcement that Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted would join together on a ticket. DeWine and Husted are both the fundraising and polling leaders in the GOP primary to succeed term-limited Gov. John Kasich. The two announced Thursday they would combine forces with DeWine running as governor and Husted as his number two. Speculation mounted that Taylor, who has lagged DeWine, Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in campaign cash, would announce she was dropping out of...
  • Typical homeowner will pay $174 more to City Hall, Chicago Public Schools in 2018

    11/28/2017 5:13:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/20/17 | Hal Dardick
    **SNIP** Still, thanks to previous decisions made by the Emanuel-controlled City Hall and Chicago Public Schools, the typical homeowner will have to pay $174 more in taxes next year. About $97 of that increase can be chalked up to property tax hikes, but Emanuel also is boosting 911 fees by $40 a year for a family with three phone lines, and water bills will go up $37 for the typical home. All told, the average family will be paying $1,813 more a year in taxes and fees to the city and schools than they did before Emanuel took office in...
  • $10K Bitcoin By 2018? Looks Like Tim Draper Was On The Money

    11/28/2017 8:21:42 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Fobes ^ | 11/26/17 | Jesse Damiani
    As Bitcoin values continue to climb, the prophecy by the 'Nostradamus of the markets' is coming true. In September of 2014, in an interview with Fox Business, Tim Draper claimed Bitcoin would hit $10,000 USD in three years. To put that in perspective, Bitcoin was worth $413 USD at the time of the interview. Even strong believers in bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general were skeptical of such massive overall growth—particularly after the intense fluctuations the market, like the crash of 2011, in which the cryptocurrency declined in value by 94 percent. Well, today, Bitcoin surged past $9,000—having increased well over...
  • Dems are using the Roy Moore sexual scandal to spin 2018 races

    11/20/2017 10:26:02 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 51 replies
    Axios ^ | 11/20/17 | Shannon Vavra
    Democrats are working to use the sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore to campaign against Republicans up for elections in 2018 and some are using the controversy to try and raise funds for themselves, Politico reports. Why it matters: They're making it an electoral issue when Republicans can likely do the same and spin it right back at them, given Sen. Al Franken's misconduct with journalist Leeann Tweeden. Bottom line is you can expect this issue to play out in 2018 campaign messages, and candidates on both sides of the aisle will be expected to answer for their colleague's behavior...
  • Dems see control of Congress in reach after Tuesday’s elections

    11/08/2017 12:21:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Democratic leaders in Congress said Tuesday’s massive victories for their party were a rejection of President Trump and predicted a wave election next year that could even switch control of the U.S. House. “The door is certainly open for us,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, told reporters as she took stock of Democratic wins at the top in New Jersey and Virginia, and in down-ballot races across the country.
  • 7 Reasons Mitt Romney Should Run For Senate In Utah

    11/04/2017 4:30:28 PM PDT · by Mafe · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 3, 2017 | Tom Joyce
    After 42 years, it is time Utah changes up senators. When incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch was elected to his seventh term in 2012, he vowed it would be his last. Recently, however, the 83-year-old told KUTV he will run again—unless his friend Mitt Romney calls him and says he would like to run. Then Hatch would step aside. Here are seven reasons Romney should take Hatch up on that offer. 1. Gives Utah Time to Find a Long-term Solution According to The Salt Lake Tribune, 75 percent of voters said Hatch should not run again. By 2024, he would be...
  • Fox News poll: Dems lead by 15 points on generic ballot

    10/25/2017 4:36:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    The (s)Hill ^ | 10/25/17 | Avery Anapol
    Democratic candidates lead by 15 points in a hypothetical match-up for the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new Fox News poll. In the survey, 50 percent of respondents said that if the election for Congress were held today, they would vote for the Democratic candidate. Only 35 percent said they would vote for a Republican. A year ago, the same question showed voters evenly split, with 45 percent saying they would vote for a Democrat, and 45 percent saying they would vote Republican.
  • Rift Widens Within GOP in Battle for Control of Party

    10/24/2017 7:58:08 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/24/2017 | Michael Bener and Kristina Peterson
    WASHINGTON — The fault lines within the Republican Party cracked further on Tuesday as feuding between President Donald Trump and senators intensified within the U.S. Capitol, and anti-establishment activists claimed political momentum outside of it. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, in a speech where he announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, sharply criticized Mr. Trump, declaring himself unwilling to follow the lead of a president whose behavior in office is “not normal” and “dangerous to a democracy.”
  • Kid Rock: 'F--- no, I'm not running for Senate'

    10/24/2017 8:11:39 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/2017 | Judy Kurtz
    Kid Rock is ending months of speculation about a possible Senate bid, saying, “F--- no, I’m not running for Senate.” “Are you f---ing kidding me? Who couldn’t figure that out?” the “All Summer Long” singer said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday. “I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour, too. Are you f---ing shitting me?” he asked Stern. The performer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, had flirted for months with a possible Republican bid against Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, hawking “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” T-shirts and criticizing the Democrat, saying Americans were “sick and...
  • Study: GOP likely to retain power after 2018 midterms

    10/23/2017 12:07:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | October 22, 2017 | Rich Robinson and Rob Richie, FAIRVOTE
    FairVote, a nonpartisan think tank that analyzes elections and proposes electoral reforms, has issued its new Monopoly Politics 2018 report on U.S. House elections. Using its proven model, the organization projects that Republicans are likely to maintain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives absent an historic partisan wave in 2018. FairVote’s model has missed only one high-confidence projection in more than a 1,000 congressional races in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 cycles. This year we have made high-confidence projections in 374 of 435 U.S. House races, including 208 sure wins for Republicans and 166 for Democrats. That means...
  • DNC enters 2018 in cash panic (donors take a knee)

    10/22/2017 4:48:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020. Here in the halls of Bally's hotel and casino for the DNC's fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and strategists: The DNC's...
  • Author says Democrats abandoned working class ("What's the Matter with Kansas?")

    10/21/2017 9:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Lincoln Star Journal ^ | October 21, 2017 | Don Walton
    Thomas Frank, the author best-known for "What's the Matter with Kansas?" who's also a Washington political journalist, places the blame for the election of President Donald Trump squarely on the back of the Democratic Party and its abandonment of working-class Americans. "They love it when unions work hard for them and give them campaign funds," Frank said in a telephone interview. "But they aren't deeply concerned with the problems faced by working-class people," he said. "They need to stop taking those people for granted." What they got in exchange for that neglect was Trump, he said. Frank will be in...
  • Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018 (Syracuse Mayor, NY24)

    10/19/2017 9:50:43 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 7 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | Chris Baker
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018. Miner has long been mentioned as a potential challenger to U.S. Rep. John Katko for Central New York's 24th Congressional District. Thursday morning, she ruled out a run. "After much thoughtful consideration and conversations with my family, I have decided I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2018," Miner said in a statement Thursday. "This was not an easy decision given magnitude of issues faced by our community, but I believe we are best served supporting other progressive leaders in this election both at...
  • Dem donor Steyer wrong to push impeachment platform in 2018

    10/12/2017 7:38:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2017 | Brent Budowsky, opinion contributor
    California Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer should be applauded for his powerful efforts to support progressive causes and candidates and to strongly resist the egregious wrongs being done by President Trump. However, this week, Steyer went much too far by writing a letter demanding that Democrats running in the 2018 midterm elections make the impeachment of President Trump a central issue in their campaigns. Yes, as Steyer correctly charges, Trump creates a clear and present danger to the core values and institutions of the republic. But no, making impeachment a defining issue in the 2018 campaign is not a smart move...
  • Republicans nationwide begin to chase Steve Bannon’s endorsement

    10/11/2017 9:04:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 11, 2017 | Katie Glueck
    FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The Steve Bannon primary is on—and it’s playing out at every level of government. Top Senate recruits are wooing him by phone, and candidates for state legislature are cornering him at political rallies. Primary rivals are openly jockeying for the support of his network, and insurgent Republican hopefuls text him, dine with him and traipse to his Washington townhouse in the hopes of securing his blessing. “Steve is one of Washington’s Pied Pipers of the conservative movement,” said Brett Doster, media consultant for Roy Moore, the GOP candidate who won a hotly contested Alabama Senate primary runoff,...
  • Bannon wants candidates to challenge 'every Republican incumbent' except Cruz

    10/09/2017 8:45:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 9, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Stephen Bannon is looking to challenge every sitting GOP lawmaker except Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), saying "no one is safe" as he looks to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterms and beyond. "There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz," Bannon told host Sean Hannity on Fox News' "Hannity" on Monday night. The former White House chief strategist said he plans recruit candidates who can run against the lawmakers who have not faithfully fought to enact Trump's agenda. "There's a basic agenda that Trump ran on and won. He...
  • Democrats cling to the impossible: Winning the Senate in 2018

    09/15/2017 10:44:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 15, 2017 | Kevin Robillard and Gabriel Debenedetti
    Senate Democrats are three seats shy of a majority and almost entirely on defense in the 2018 elections, making it all but impossible for them to retake the chamber next year. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen are privately refusing to rule out an improbable midterm victory, even though they must first defend 10 incumbents in states President Donald Trump won. Their insistence is primarily to keep donors invested and excited about next year’s Senate races, said a handful of top party operatives. But Democrats also want to be prepared to...