2018 elections / 8 posts found

Republican Rick Scott Comes Out on Top After a Dramatic Florida Recount

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The final results of the Florida Senate race were finally announced Sunday afternoon, revealing Republican Rick Scott ahead of Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes, out of nearly 8.2 million cast—that’s a margin of just .12 percent. The Florida secretary of state is expected to certify the results on Tuesday. Nelson released a concession video on Twitter just after 3pm on Sunday, in which he called on Floridians to continue to fight to preserve health care, the environment, the social safety net, and to oppose attacks on voting rights and other civil rights. Well, things turned out a little […]

In These 5 Races, Climate Change Has Taken Center Stage

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This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Earlier this fall, the world’s top climate scientists gave humanity about 10 years to avoid a future that really sucks. With the midterm elections right around the corner, that warning means voters are effectively deciding which candidates to trust with the keys to the climate. If voters are sufficiently worried about warming, that anxiety might help determine who is put in office. According to Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, worry is a stronger predictor of policy support than other emotions. “We found […]

Unleash the Investigations! What Dems Could Do If They Win the House.

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Doug Chayka If Democrats win one or both houses of Congress in November, they’ll have a real say in how the country is run for the first time since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Even if the White House and the GOP won’t cooperate with them, there are still a lot of things Dems could do to bring back some checks and balances: Block bills: Republicans can’t repeal Obamacare or keep cutting taxes for the wealthy if they aren’t running Congress. Conduct oversight and investigations: According to Axios, the GOP is already preparing for Democrats to launch dozens of probes if they […]

The Most Important Election of Our Lives

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You hear it almost every time: This is the most important election of our lives. And there’s usually an element of truth. Ronald Reagan defeating Jimmy Carter led to an orgy of tax cuts for the wealthy and a blitz of deregulation that altered the US government and American society. The 1994 election brought Newt Gingrich to power as House speaker and a so-called Republican Revolution that ensured a national health insurance program sought by Bill Clinton would stay dead. George W. Bush’s Supreme Court-imposed victory over Al Gore placed in office a man who would launch the disastrous Iraq […]

North Carolina’s New Election Law Is Going to Make It Harder for Rural Constituents to Vote

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This story was originally published by ProPublica. In June, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation mandating that all early voting sites in the state remain open for uniform hours on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a move supporters argued would reduce confusion and ultimately make early voting easier and more accessible. But with the start of early voting only weeks away, county election officials across the state—who previously had control over setting polling hours in their jurisdictions—say the new law has hamstrung their ability to best serve voters. Some officials in rural counties say they’ve had to shrink […]

Trump’s Lies Have Grown Far More Frequent—and More Dangerous

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In recent months, the steady stream became a deluge. Although Washington Post journalists and other fact-checkers have dutifully documented President Donald Trump’s now more than 5,000 misleading statements and outright lies, the American public may no longer pay much attention to the exhausting flood of misinformation. Now, a book-length study from the nonpartisan RAND Corporation warns that a growing disregard for basic facts could have dire longterm consequences for American democracy. From June through August, Trump averaged more than 15 bogus statements a day—more than triple his daily rate in 2017. Recently, he went after Google, falsely claiming the country’s biggest information search tool […]

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to gun violence, and now she’s fighting for a better America

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to gun violence, and now she’s fighting for a better America The November 2018 election is coming up, and more women than ever are running for Congress. In our She’s Running series, HelloGiggles is highlighting some of the young, progressive women candidates who are reshaping the face of politics just by campaigning—and could have a hand in reshaping our future. Still need to register to vote? Do it here. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, born in Ecuador, immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with her mother and three sisters seeking the “American Dream.” Now, she’s in the running for a […]

It’s Not Just Kobach: Three Vote-Suppressing Secretaries of State Are Overseeing Their Own Elections

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Tuesday’s too-close-to-call Republican primary election for Kansas governor has plunged the state into an ethics crisis. Secretary of State Kris Kobach emerged with a 121-vote lead over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, and a recount appears inevitable. But Kobach, the most prominent national advocate for policies that make it harder to vote, is in charge of overseeing the state’s elections. After days of mounting pressure, Kobach on Friday agreed grudgingly to let his top deputy oversee the recount. Still, that doesn’t negate the glaring conflicts of interest in a race where a candidate has shaped the state’s election policies from the start and, if he emerges on top, […]