Tag Archives: 2018 elections

37 GOP House Seats Rated “Toss Up Or Worse”

From the nonpartisan Cook Political Report: For Republicans, the 2018 House playing field is a lot like a game of Whack-a-Mole: everywhere they turn, new problems keep popping up in surprising places. In January, we rated 20 GOP-held seats as Toss Ups or worse, including three leaning towards Democrats. With today’s changes, we now rate 37 GOP-held seats as Toss ...

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OHIO: House Special Election Still Too Close To Call

The Associated Press reports: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Troy Balderson has declared victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in Tuesday’s 12th Congressional District special election. Balderson is ahead of O’Connor by roughly 1,700 votes or 0.8 percent. Though all precincts are reporting, there has not been an official winner declared. According to the Associated Press, there are at ...

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Obama Endorses 81 Democrats Ahead Of Midterms

USA Today reports: Former President Barack Obama announced endorsements Wednesday of 81 Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections, and said he is “eager” to help his party gain seats in a contest widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump. While Obama did not mention Trump by name, he said in the public statement outlining his plans that ...

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Senate Republicans Block Election Security Funding

The Associated Press reports: The Republican-controlled Senate has defeated a push by Democrats to set aside an additional $250 million for states to upgrade their voting systems to protect against hacking and other cyberattacks. An amendment offered by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy received 50 yes votes, 10 short of the 60 needed for approval. Leahy said securing U.S. elections and ...

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BREAKING: Facebook Identifies “Sophisticated Attempt” To Influence Midterms Via Fake Accounts And Pages

The New York Times reports: Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages that are believed to be engaging in political activity ahead of November’s midterm elections, according to three people briefed on the matter. In a series of briefings on Capitol Hill this week, the company told ...

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Tom Steyer To Spend At Least $110M On Midterms

Politico reports: Tom Steyer has set plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, making the billionaire investor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left and placing him on a path to create a parallel party infrastructure with polling, analytics and staffing capabilities that stand to shape and define the issues the party runs on in ...

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CEOs Reap Millions From Trump’s New Tax Law

Politico reports: Some of the biggest winners from President Donald Trump’s new tax law are corporate executives who have reaped gains as their companies buy back a record amount of stock, a practice that rewards shareholders by boosting the value of existing shares. A POLITICO review of data disclosed in SEC filings shows the executives, who often receive most of ...

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Steve Bannon Warns Right Wingers: If You Don’t Vote For RINOs, Trump Might Get Impeached [VIDEO]

According to Steve Bannon, if Democrats take back the House, their very first action will be to launch impeachment proceedings against Glorious Leader. He’s probably not wrong. Mediaite reports: On Friday night, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon appeared on Hannity to warn Trump voters about the possibility of Democrats taking back Congress in the 2018 midterms. He referred ...

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POLL: Dems Hold Big Leads In Key Midwest Races

NBC News reports: New polls in three key Midwestern states show Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates trailing their Democratic counterparts in hypothetical matchups — particularly GOP Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, where only a third of voters say he deserves to be re-elected and where he trails his leading Democratic challenger by more than 10 points. According to new polling ...

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Stonewall Democrats Back Cuomo Over Cynthia Nixon

The New York Daily News reports: Citing his record on gay rights issues, a landmark LGBTQ Democrat club Wednesday night endorsed Gov. Cuomo’s re-election bid. The Stonewall Democratic Club backed Cuomo over Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon, who is a lesbian. In choosing Cuomo, the Stonewall Democrats cited his successful push in 2011 to make New York the first large ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Judge Orders State To Lift GOP Ban On Using College Campuses As Early Voting Sites

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Calling it a “lopsided” burden on college students, a federal judge today told Florida that college and university campuses can be used as early voting sites in this year’s elections. In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker called the ban put in place by Secretary of State Ken Detzner [photo above] unconstitutional. He said ...

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Democrats +12 In New Generic US House Poll

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: With almost 2-1 backing from women, Democrats take a 51 – 39 percent lead in hypothetical races for the U.S. House of Representatives this year, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Women back Democratic candidates 57 – 32 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Men are divided with 46 ...

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Michelle Obama Leads Get Out The Vote Drive [VIDEO]

Vox reports: Michelle Obama may not want to run for president, but she’s still dipping her toe into politics as the country approaches November’s midterm elections. Unlike her husband, though, who will be hitting the campaign trail in November, she’s not rallying voters specifically to Democrats. The initiative launched Thursday, July 19, with a public service announcement. According to people ...

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Comey: If You Believe In America, Vote For Democrats

CNBC reports: Former FBI director and long-time Republican supporter James Comey is urging American voters to support Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. Comey’s tweet comes as tensions continue to boil over in Washington, following President Donald Trump’s extraordinary press briefing alongside his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday. Speaking next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump repeatedly rejected the ...

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Trump Publicly Sides With Putin On Russian Hacking

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to publicly side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies, refusing to condemn the Kremlin for interference in the 2016 election and saying that “I don’t see any reason” to believe that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic computer servers. Trump’s remarkable statement, during a news conference in ...

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STUDY: Dark Money Funds 40% Of Congressional Ads

USA Today reports: Secret donors financed more than four out of every 10 television ads that outside groups broadcast this year to influence November’s high-stakes congressional elections, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Kantar Media data. Leading the way: organizations affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, whose conservative donor network plows hundreds of millions of dollars into politics and ...

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MONTANA: Court Boots Green Party From 2018 Ballot

The Helena Independent Record reports: A Helena judge is ordering the Montana Green Party removed from the ballot this fall, saying the group did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify. Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds on Monday signed an order directing the Secretary of State to take the Montana Green Party off the ballot after he invalidated signatures ...

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MEXICO: Leftist Candidate Wins Presidency In Landslide

CBS news reports: Angry and frustrated over corruption and violence, Mexican voters delivered a tidal wave presidential election victory to leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, giving him a broad mandate to upend the political establishment and govern for the poor. An official quick count from electoral authorities late Sunday forecast that Lopez Obrador would win with between 53 percent and ...

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Obama To Dems: Stop Pining For A Magical Savior

Politico reports: Barack Obama’s message to Democrats: Stop dreaming of him. Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday in the lush backyard of two Beverly Hills megadonors, Obama warned of a country and world on the brink — “you are right to be concerned,” he told the crowd — but said they’d flub their chance to change that if ...

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GOP Ad Cites Maxine Waters, Madonna, Samantha Bee, Snoop Dogg: The Left Is Totally “Unhinged” [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Last night, the Republican Party released their newest ad, and as political campaign ads go, this one nailed it on timing, at least. The news since the weekend has been dominated by stories of confrontations with Trump officials and the comments by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urging her supporters to harass Trump officials in public. The ad features ...

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