Tag: 2018 midterms

It’s Time for a New Voting Rights Act

In early 2011, when new census figures showed that Evergreen, Alabama, a small city midway between Montgomery and Mobile, had grown from 53 to 62 percent black over the previous ten years, the white majority on the city council took steps to maintain its political dominance. They redrew precinct lines, […]

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Democrats, Don’t Compromise With Trump

With Democrats in control of the House, they are now faced with the question of how best to use their legislative authority. Nancy Pelosi has already drafted a lengthy list of goals: lowering prescription drug prices, investing in infrastructure, restoring background checks for gun buyers, protecting Dreamers with legal residency […]

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The Republicans Broke Congress. Democrats Can Fix It.

In the great 1972 political satire The Candidate, Robert Redford plays a novice candidate who runs a slick campaign for Senate and wins an upset against an unbeatable incumbent. On election night, right before the media throng arrives, he turns to his campaign guru, played by Peter Boyle, and says, […]

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Winners and Losers From the 2018 Elections

Letitia James joins dozens of healthcare activists protesting in front of a Harlem charter school before the expected visit of House Speaker Paul Ryan on May 9, 2017 in New York City.Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) It’s hard to sugarcoat what happened on election Tuesday; Democrats won the House, which […]

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Under the Influence: If Every Vote Counts, How Much Should a Celebrity Endorsement?

Beyonce and Rihanna attend Rihanna’s 3rd Annual Diamond Ball Benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City.Photo: Kevin Mazur (Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundatio) It was the kind of Hail Mary some pray for—like a last-minute, death-row pardon. But when […]

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America Voted. The Climate Lost.

The last two years in American politics have spelled trouble for the global climate, thanks largely to the Trump administration. And the next two years probably won’t be much better, given the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Voters failed to pass a historic ballot initiative in Washington state to create […]

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Hollywood Elites Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep Donate Big Bucks to Elect Democrats

A new report reveals just how deeply Hollywood celebrities from Steven Spielberg to Jack Black are getting involved financially to help elect Democrats in the upcoming midterm. The Hill reports that Steven Spielberg gave $200,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a group that works to elect Democrats to the Senate. Spielberg also gave $100,000 to […]

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Hollywood’s Midterm Meltdown: ‘No Human Beings Are Illegal;’ Being Transgender the ‘Truest Form of America’s Freedom’

Less than two weeks away from the most expensive and perhaps the most consequential midterm election in a generation, some of Hollywood’s most influential stars have taken to social media to spew some derange and self-centered hot takes about President Donald Trump and the issues facing the nation. Left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, among other […]

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Another Texas District Not As Safe As The GOP Thought

Blue America has endorsed Mike Siegel for the congressional seat that stretches from Tomball and Cypress in the exurbs northwest of Houston, through Prairie View, Brenham and Weimar into northern Austin and its suburbs. Mike beat his TX-10 primary opponent with over 70% of the vote. Now he’ll face entrenched incumbent Michael McCaul, one of […]

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Take This Maine District Back For The People

Maine’s second congressional district isn’t white collar Portland or ritzy Kennebunkport. ME-02 is an all-American blue collar district. It’s a swing district that Obama won by about 10 points both times he ran but that Hillary lost by about 10 points to Trump. The Democratic establishment was looking for a Blue Dog to run, a […]

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Progressive Primary Winners Abandoned By The DCCC

Normally, I don’t buy into “lesser-of-two-evils” politics. If Democrats nominate a corrupt reactionary Blue Dog I’m at least as incensed as I am over a Republican. That’s not going to change either. And, I’m still saying that “normally” no longer applies, not with Trump and his Congressful of enablers and rubber stamps. I’m telling friends […]

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A Contrast In Oklahoma

There’s been so much buzz about Alexandria Ocasio’s massive win over Joe Crowley– and rightfully so– that we haven’t talked much about Tom Guild’s success in making it into the August 28 primary runoff in Oklahoma City. There were 6 Democrats in the primary last week and the top two now move on to the […]

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Latinx Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Beat One of the Most Powerful Democrats in the House

Photos: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/AP Holy shit. In one of the biggest political upsets of the decade, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year old socialist and former Bernie Sanders organizer from the Bronx, has defeated Joe Crowley—the fourth-most powerful Democrat in the House, one of the most powerful Democrats in New York City, widely seen as a potential successor […]

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GOP Tries To Run From Trump Stand On Pre-Existing Conditions

Oh, boy. Republicans who were swamped with protests the last time they tried to repeal Obamacare are freaking out over the Trump administration refusing to go to court to protect people with preexisting conditions. Notice no one wanted to go before a camera and defend it. The administration late Thursday asked a U.S. District Court […]

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GO TIME: Super Tuesday And Beyond

GO TIME: On Tuesday there are primaries in California, Iowa, New Jersey, South Dakota, Alabama, Mississippi, Montana and New Mexico. Three weeks later– on June 26–there are congressional primaries in Colorado, New York, Oklahoma (and Utah). When we show up at the polls — DEMOCRATS WIN. If you live in any of the states that […]

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