Category Archives: Elections

Supreme Court will hear case on constitutionality of gerrymandering for political advantage

Is there anything in politics more boring than redistricting? Not much. Is there anything more important? Very little. If congressional districts are allowed to be drawn based on how favourable they might be in delivering seats to one party or … Continue reading

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A “door knocker” piece Republicans are using in the Georgia 6th to attack Democrat Jon Ossoff – the smell of desparation

This one has it all: “Liberal extremists” are pouring money into the district; he stands with Nancy Pelosi, and not Georgia; and doesn’t represent “our values” because he “doesn’t live in the district” and outside money is supporting him. Apparently … Continue reading

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Georgia 6th special House campaign is in its final days. And it’s going to be close

The vote for the Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is on Tuesday and this one is certainly too close to call.  For Democrats, the crazy-making part is that so much effort has been put into stealing this generally safe Republican seat … Continue reading

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Gillespie wins GOP nomination and Northam the Democratic for the Virginia gubernatorial

Ed Gillespie is expected to win the Republican nomination for Virginia governor but only by a hair over Prince William County Board of Supervisors chair Corey Stewart. And it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Gillespie, a former chairman of … Continue reading

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Party nominees chosen for 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race

Is anyone paying attention to this year’s gubernatorial election in New Jersey? Apparently not, but they are going ahead with the vote anyway. Yesterday they held a primary in the state to determine the party candidates for the general election … Continue reading

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Democrats experiment in the South Carolina 5th special election

House Democrats’ will be spending a bit of money on the upcoming special House election in the South Caolina 5th congressional district – $275,000 on their candidate Archie Parnell, to be exact. The statement issued by the party makes it … Continue reading

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Tennessee governor’s race takes shape

According to a new poll,  U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R)  is the best known candidate among Democrats and Republicans considering a run for governor of Tennessee. The poll found that 49 percent of registered voters at least know Black’s name, which … Continue reading

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Even if Democrats lose the GA-6th, it’ll be okay

The expectations game in politics is infuriating. Democrats have put up exceedingly respectable efforts in three very red congressional district special elections, losing in each case by margins far smaller than would have been the case if Trump’s administration had … Continue reading

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Maine Supreme Court strikes down ranked ballot system

Last week Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court struck down what would have been the nation’s  first ranked-choice voting system – a new voting system previously approved by a referendum. This  would have impacted gubernatorial, congressional and legislative elections. Such a system is … Continue reading

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Democrats need to win seats like the Minnesota 2nd congressional district in 2018

Jeff Erdmann, a Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN high school football coach, has announced he will be seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party (DFL) nomination for the Minnesota 2nd congressional district in 2018. First-term Republican Jason Lewis currently holds the seat. He is a … Continue reading

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Montana House special election candidate Greg Gianforte assaults reporter for asking TrumpCare question

Greg Gianforte is under a lot of pressure. This election shouldn’t be close, but it is. When Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, asked Republican candidate Gianforte about his support for Trump’s healthcare plan the candidate “body slammed” the reporter. The … Continue reading

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First two seats flip to Democrats in the Trump era

In New Hampshire, Democrat Edie DesMarais won a state house race on Tuesday, which is the first seat to flip from Democrats to Republicans in the country since President Trump was elected. The district voted for Trump in 2016 by … Continue reading

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New York Times explores the New Jersey 2017 governor’s race

The New York Times provides a deep dive on candidates for New Jersey governor in today’s paper. Christie is on the way out.  Find out who might be on the way in. Everyone sees this one as Lean Democratic because … Continue reading

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Ossoff ahead in new poll for the Georgia 6th special House Election

On June 20th, voters will decide the special House election in the Georgia 6th. A new poll by Survey USA shows Democrat Jon Ossoff leading the race with 51 percent, compared to Karen Handel’s 44 percent. Six percent  remain undecided. … Continue reading

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Recount confirms Republican Ralph Norman’s nomination for the South Carolina 5th

The vote was so close in last week’s Republican primary for the South Carolina 5th District that a mandatory recount kicked in.  Lucky for former state Rep. Ralph Norman the recount verified his election night victory over S.C. House Speaker Pro Tem … Continue reading

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New super PAC ad attacks Rob Quist (D) in the Montana special House election

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF)  has released one last ad on behalf of Republican Greg Gianforte in the Montana state-wide special House election before the May 25th Election Day. The spot attacks Democratic candidate Rob Quist for various fiduciary improprieties. … Continue reading

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Look for a closer-than-expected outcome in the Montana special House election

It’s easy to forget that while things are imploding around Trump, some semblance of normal politics continues around the country. The Montana state-wide special House election is a week away and though this should be an easy win for Republicans, … Continue reading

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Democrat Phil Murphy frontrunner in NJ Governor race

Joe Biden is scheduled to be in New Jersey over the Memorial Day weekend to stump for Phil Murphy, the consensus Democratic front-runner for governor. Gov. Christie is term-limited which is probably lucky for him as he is one of the … Continue reading

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Recount possible in the SC-5th Congressional District GOP primary

Hard to believe but there is political news beyond the latest stupid, corrupt, or insane thing Donald Trump just did. With all votes counted in yesterday’s Republican primary  for the open South Carolina’s 5th District seat, it would appear we … Continue reading

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Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) won’t run for U.S. Senate, leaving Josh Mandel to face Sen. Sherrod Brown (D)

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting today that  Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi will not run for the U.S. Senate next year against Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. This likely means that Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel will try to unseat Brown … Continue reading

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