Tag: -midterms-2018

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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The Outsider Democrats Who Built the Blue Wave

On Saturday, November 3, three days before the midterms, 200 volunteers gathered in Modena, New York, to canvass for Antonio Delgado, an African American lawyer and first-time congressional candidate. A local field staffer, a cheery young man named Todd, told me that so many people had shown up around the […]

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Scott Walker Thought He Could Get Away With Corporate Welfare

Scott Walker thought he had cracked the code. “You divide and conquer,” he famously told a major right-wing donor, days before beginning his first term as Wisconsin’s governor. If he could break the public employee unions, who funded Democratic candidates in his state, Republicans would never lose an election again. […]

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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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Is Climate Bipartisanship Dead?

In 2016, two members of Congress—one Republican and one Democrat—decided they wanted to end partisan gridlock over global warming. So, in partnership with the advocacy group Citizens’ Climate Lobby, they founded the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. To join, members of Congress would have to publicly declare their concern about human-caused […]

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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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Ayanna Pressley Goes to Washington

Photo: GMG (Getty) It was a win destined to go viral: Ayanna Pressley, Boston’s first black city councilor, beating out 10-time incumbent Mark Capuano in a stunning upset for the Massachusetts 7th congressional seat. Video taken of Pressley shows the moment she found out about her win—in a forest-green sheath […]

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Colorado’s Jared Polis Will Become The First Openly Gay Man In American History To Win A Race For Governor

Getty Image According to projections by CNN, Democrat Jared Polis, who currently serves in the House of Representatives, will win the race for governor in Colorado, making him the first openly gay male candidate to win an election for governor. Reports CNN: The historic first for Polis means Democrats will […]

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