2018-11-10: News Headlines

wsws (2018-11-10). Tensions mount over US election contests in Florida, Georgia, Arizona. wsws.org The midterm results demonstrate again that the Democrats, far from offering an alternative to Trump and the Republicans, are part of the big business conspiracy against the working class.

RT (2018-11-10). Florida judge orders voter records inspection, siding with Republicans as recount looms. rt.com A Florida judge ruled the Broward County elections supervisor must allow inspection of voter records in response to a lawsuit from outgoing Governor Rick Scott, whose Senate victory is now in jeopardy thanks to late-counted votes.

David Dayen (2018-11-10). Democrats Who Voted to Deregulate Wall Street Got Wiped Out in a Setback for Bank Lobbyists. theintercept.com "It would be hard for Dem senators to think that cooperating with Republicans on financial policy is helpful to winning re-election," says a bank lobbyist.

Shared by britney (2018-11-10). At Long Last, Donald Trump Knows True Fear. truthout.org UPDATE: Saturday, November 10, 2018: A number of late results across the country have broken for Democratic candidates. When all is said and done, they will pick up a total of between 35 and 40 House seats, representing "the biggest Democratic gain in the House since the post-Watergate election of 1974" according to The Washington Post. The Senate and House races in Florida have STCLAIR (2018-11-10). Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy. zcomm.org I can't be the only one who spent the night of the midterms tossing and turning. Though I managed to shut off the coverage and try to sleep, spasms of anxiety woke me repeatedly throughout the dreary hours. Ultimately, Republicans picked off several red-state Senate seats while Democrats won back the House and at least Read more…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-11-09). Roaming Charges: Chuck and Nancy's House of Cards. counterpunch.org After Trump's election and the announcement that Chuck Schumer would lead the Democratic Resistance ©, I predicted that Schumer's infamous "Plan B" (pandering to upper-middle class suburban voters and disaffected Republicans with college degrees at the expense of blue collar voters) would result in the Democrats losing 5 senate seats. I confess I was wrong. They only lost four, unless, like me, you consider the retention of Robert Menendez and Joe Manchin a result even worse than a loss. More

RT (2018-11-09). Blame Russia? Trump jokes over Florida & Georgia vote shenanigans. rt.com As election officials in Florida and Georgia claim to have found more ballots and seek recounts in races narrowly won by Republicans, President Donald Trump is joking Russia might be behind it — and claiming fraud.

Louis Proyect (2018-11-09). Why Democrats Are So Okay With Losing. counterpunch.org Ever since the Democratic Party abandoned its New Deal legacy and adopted the neoliberal centrism associated with the Carter presidency and then cast in stone by the Democratic Leadership Council in 1985, each election loss has generated a chorus of remonstrations in the left-liberal press about the need to run "progressive" candidates if the party More

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-11-09). The Senate Is an Institutional Barrier to Democracy. truthout.org The 2018 midterms offer more proof that the US Senate must — someway, somehow — be democratically reformed or abolished. Unless projected outcomes in Arizona or Florida change, the Democratic Party stands to lose a net two Senate seats despite its senatorial candidates racking up, as counted so far, 46.7 million votes versus Republicans' 33.8 million. Even entirely excluding the more than 6.4 millio…

Shared by britney (2018-11-09). The Election Was Step One. Now It's Time to Take On the Capitalist Class. truthout.org Neoliberal House Democrats will collaborate with Trump unless grassroots pressure prevents them. Now that the midterm election is over, what can we do to preempt that collaboration? We need to shift from a short-term electoral to a long-term community and union focus, and shift from preaching to the choir to expanding our base. To build the multiracial working class coalition it will take to win in the face of climate crisis and neofascism, we must make a real commitment to solidarity and lift up a vision of a transformed society with democracy and dignity for all. Only we ourselves can save us. | On election nig…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-11-09). The Fight for Net Neutrality Heats Up as Democrats Take the House. truthout.org The fight to restore net neutrality is heating up in the wake of the midterm elections. | Every Democrat in the House of Representatives who supports reversing the Trump administration's decision to repeal popular net neutrality rules has held on to their seat. House Democrats also secured a majority in the lower chamber, setting the stage for a potential showdown between Congress, the White House and the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over how the government should regulate powerful internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Cox and Comcast. | Democratic state attorneys general,…

stuart_m (2018-11-09). US midterms: This is what polarisation, not democracy, looks like. greenleft.org.au Coulda been, shoulda been. | The November 6 midterm elections should have been a ringing repudiation of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And if not for the dismal state of US "democracy" and the two-party system, it would have been. | In Election 2018, a lot more people overall voted for the Democrats — the only real choice against the Republicans in the "world's greatest democracy," which itself is a sign of the dysfunction — than Republicans. | Democrats are predicted to end up winning the nationwide popular vote by a yawn…

Dave Lindorff (2018-11-09). Not a Blue Wave, But Perhaps a Foreshock. counterpunch.org The 2018 election looks at first glance like a wash: Republicans gained seats in the Senate and Democrats regained control of the House with enough of a margin to ensure that they can put some limits on presidential power. But longer term impacts of 2018 are, I believe, more significant. In this election, with President More

Aída Chávez (2018-11-09). Progressive Caucus Won't Say Whether It Supports Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. theintercept.com Nancy Pelosi is confident she will return to the Democratic majority as speaker, but the Progressive Caucus is not saying whether they support her bid.

Zaid Jilani (2018-11-09). Michigan's Democratic Governor-Elect Puts Blue Cross Blue Shield Executive on Transition Team — After the Company Funded Her Campaign. theintercept.com When former Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer faced a populist, progressive rival in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year, she had a little help from her health insurance industry friends. | Whitmer was hosted at a fundraiser thrown by lobbyists for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She netted $144,000 during a single day at the event. | The company's interest in the race came as no surprise, as Whitmer's chief rival, former Detroit public health chief Abdul El-Sayed, was campaigning on establi…

David Klion (2018-11-09). 'There's a Lot of New Ground for Democrats to Fight Over': A Q&A With Ben Rhodes. thenation.com 'There's a Lot of New Ground for Democrats to Fight Over': A Q&A With Ben Rhodes…

Whitney Webb (2018-11-09). Post-MidTerm Democrats Raise Jeff Sessions to the Level of a Mueller-Style "Hero" mintpressnews.com Coverage of the Mueller probe and the closely related "Russiagate" controversy has been central to the Democrats' strategy of casting themselves as the antithesis to Trump.

Jim Naureckas (2018-11-09). 'Moderation' and the Midterms. fair.org What worked for Democrats? Moderation, says Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, 11/7/18)—ignoring the instances where moderation failed bigly. | Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin ( 11/7/18) had some familiar-sounding advice for Democrats based on the results of the mid…

wsws (2018-11-09). Democrats rally to defend fired Attorney General Sessions, Special Counsel Mueller. wsws.org The Democrats and their "left" allies fear that Sessions' firing will derail the anti-Russia Mueller investigation.

Nick Pemberton (2018-11-09). When It Comes To Stone Throwing, Democrats Live In A Glass House. counterpunch.org While shepherds watched their flocks by night A mile away the soldiers dynamite the inn Of the little family whose fifteen year old, like David Threw a stone at the Israeli Goliath, but without David's success. For this crime against the mighty, the lowly are rendered homeless, And pitch their tent beside the empty tomb. More

Fred_F (2018-11-08). NSW government to introduce forced adoptions bill. greenleft.org.au About 100 people joined a snap protest outside New South Wales Parliament on November 7 to oppose the state Coalition government's attempt to amend the NSW Adoption Act 2000 and allow for a new generation of forced adoptions. | Speakers warned the proposed changes would institutionalise forced adoptions and raise the rate of Aboriginal and poor children being stolen from their families. | They included Public Sector Association assistant general secretary Tony Wright, Grandmothers Against Removals' Ann Weldon, Community Legal Centres (CLC) spokesperson Mark Riboldi, NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge, NSW Labor MLA…

Paul G. Pinsky (2018-11-08). 5 Lessons for the New Activist-Lawmaker Wave. thenation.com 5 Lessons for the New Activist-Lawmaker Wave…

Zaid Jilani (2018-11-08). A "Dragon Ball Z" Composer Unseated a Texas Republican Senator, and Other Down-Ballot Democratic Victories You Didn't Hear About. theintercept.com For Texas Democrats, Tuesday had some disappointing top-line news, as Republicans retained control of all statewide offices and Ted Cruz won his U.S. Senate re-election. But further down the ballot, the party saw some surprising successes. | Two congressional districts held by Republicans flipped to the Democratic side. In the state House, Texas Democrats picked up a dozen seats. In the state Senate, two more Repu…

Alex Emmons (2018-11-08). Democrats Encouraged Military Veterans to Run in Midterms. The Results Were Mixed. theintercept.com As much as the midterms were a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, the elections this week were also a test of the Democrats' strategy. And although Democrats took back the House of Representatives, a key component of their strategy was met with lukewarm results. | In the months after Trump was inaugurated, Democrats began to court veterans to run for Congress around the country. Politico reported last year that after hundreds of meetings with potential candidates, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee d…

Shaun King (2018-11-08). Why It's a Big Deal That Four Black Candidates Won Their State Attorney General Races. theintercept.com Democratic New York Attorney General-elect Letitia James celebrates her victory during an election night party in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 2018. | narrowly edged out his Republican opponent in Nevada. Ford previously served as the minority leader in the Nevada state Senate and then became the majority leader after Democrats took control in 2016. | Kwame Raoul, like most Democrats running for statewide office in Illinois this year, teleSUR Desk (2018-11-08). History made as minorities elected to Congress. mronline.org An election of "firsts: " Women, LGBTQ, Muslims, African-Americans and Native Americans score seats in the House and Senate. | Source

Democracy Now! (2018-11-08). Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon: Trump Firing Sessions Brings Back Troubling Memories. democracynow.org Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, flipping more than two dozen seats in a historic midterm election that gives Democrats subpoena power for the first time since President Donald Trump was elected two years ago. A day after the election, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump's firing of Sessions has led to many comparisons between Trump and former President Richard Nixon. On Wednesday, CNN's Jake Tapper called Sessions's ouster another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." He was referencing the infamous Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when the…

Randi Nord (2018-11-08). Three More States Just Voted in Favor of Marijuana. theantimedia.com Many industries have a vast financial interest in keeping marijuana prohibition laws on the books including pharmaceutical giants, alcohol lobbies, casinos, and the prison industrial complex. (MPN) — While Democrats and Republicans went toe-to-toe for control of Congress, voters across three states voted to relax marijuana laws, resulting in a huge victory for the grassroots decriminalization and …

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-08). Hatewatch Headlines 11/8/2018. splcenter.org Voters punished Republicans for their racism; Trump rips black reporter's 'racist' query; Governors can stop militias from massing on border; and more.

John Nichols (2018-11-08). The States That Elected Trump Have Turned Against Him. thenation.com The States That Elected Trump Have Turned Against Him…

Mary Kay Henry (2018-11-08). Working People Won the Midwest for the Democrats. thenation.com Working People Won the Midwest for the Democrats…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-07). Katrina vanden Heuvel: Democrats Must Offer Bold, Progressive Plan While Holding Trump Accountable. democracynow.org As Democrats retake the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, we speak with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, about the future of the Democratic Party. The Democrats picked up more than the 23 seats they needed to flip the House, but the Republican Party expanded its grip on the Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is poised to reclaim her gavel as speaker of the House, barring a leadership challenge.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-07). Headlines for November 7, 2018. democracynow.org Democrats Take the House of Representatives as GOP Gains in Senate, Democrat Stacey Abrams Refuses to Concede Georgia Governor's Race, Republican Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum in Florida Governor's Race, Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan Defeats Former NAACP Head Ben Jealous, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz Defeats Progressive Democratic Challenger Beto O'Rourke in Texas, Incumbent Senate Democrats Lose in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, Democrats Win Governor's Races in Maine and Midwestern States, Wave of Women Voters Brings Historic Firsts in Midterm Elections, Florida to Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million wit…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-11-07). Why Ben Jealous Lost the Maryland Governor's Race. theintercept.com Last night, Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, lost his race to incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, 56 percent to 43 percent. Jealous would have been Maryland's first African-American governor and was running on one of the most left-wing policy platforms in the country, | Although polls had been showing Hogan with a significant lead for months, progressives hoped a strong blue wave on Election Day could bring about a major upset. After all, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-1 ratio in Maryland. | But Jealous didn't lose because he ran on issues like "Medicare for All," a $15 m…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-07). In Rebuke of Trump, Democratic Women Help Seize House & 7 Governorships in Historic Midterm. democracynow.org In a historic midterm election, Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, flipping more than two dozen seats. This gives Democrats subpoena power for the first time since President Donald Trump was elected two years ago. While the Democrats will control the House, the Republicans picked up two more seats in the Senate. The midterms were a groundbreaking election for women. At least 100 women will serve in the U.S. House for the first time in U.S. history, including the first two Native American women and the first two Muslim women. We speak with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of…

Ryan Grim (2018-11-07). The Midterm Results Gave Everybody Just Enough to Keep Fighting. theintercept.com Voters went to the polls on Tuesday with an overwhelming belief that the American economy is in strong shape and that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Those voters surged to the kinds of numbers that the nation's electoral system was ill-equipped to handle, with reports of broken scanners and voting machines. Lines stretched around corners and into parking lots while voters waited for hours. | As the ballots were being counted, it became clear that there would be little clarity by the end of the night. Democrats, on the back of historic turnout —

Eds. (2018-11-07). U.S. Midterms: Native Americans unyielding battle against voter suppression. mronline.org Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that requires North Dakota voters to provide an I.D. with a residential address. The ruling has effectively made the process to vote next to impossible for Native Americans, who by-and-large do not have recognized addresses—but that's not stopping them. | Source

Deconstructed (2018-11-07). Midterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What Will Happen Next? theintercept.com It wasn't quite the blue wave, but the Democrats, while unable to win the Senate, took back control of the House for the first time since 2010.

Akela Lacy (2018-11-07). Women Built the 2018 Midterm Blue Wave — but the Last One Washed Them Out. theintercept.com Twenty-seven years ago, Anita Hill sat before a Senate committee and explained that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. At the time, only two women served in the upper chamber, and neither were on the Judiciary Committee. | The optics of Hill's hearing, along with the events that led up to and followed it, drove a record number of women to action — and into the Senate. | In 1992, the year following the hearing, now famously known as the "Year of the Woman," Americans voted four women into the Senate. That constituted a

Democracy Now! (2018-11-06). Headlines for November 6, 2018. democracynow.org Huge Turnout for Early Voting in Midterms as Technical Issues Surface, Trump Attacks Democrats and Migrants on Eve of Midterm Elections, Fallout from Racist Trump Campaign Ad Continues as Networks Pull Ad, Georgia Dem. Gov. Candidate Abrams Responds to Kemp Hacking Probe, Racist Robocalls Attack Georgia Dem. Gov. Candidate Abrams, Students Across Country Walk Out of Class to Cast Ballots in Midterms, NYC: Trial Begins over 2020 Census Citizenship Question, Coloradans to Vote on Divisive Oil and Gas Ballot Measures, Washington State Voters to Vote on Fee for Large Carbon Polluters, NYC: Local Leaders Decry Racist…

Don Fitz (2018-11-02). Restricting Election Reporting to Issues That Don't Matter – A guest perspective. fair.org According to news reports, candidates in a Missouri auditor debate "question[ed] each other's qualifications" (Kansas City Star, 9/14/18)…A campaign for state auditor can provoke an intense, even exciting, discussion of significant issues via their cost to government. Or they can sink into boring aspects of state finance. Or politicians can try to turn debates into a circus of insults. Which campaign the voters see depends very much on which aspects news media choose to cover. | As the Green Party candidate for Missouri state auditor, I brought up in the first candidates' debate (9/14/18) the

Ramón Castellblanch (2018-10-31). Republicans' Fake Pre-Existing Condition Coverage. progressive.org Unless candidates tell us how they're going to pay for their healthcare promises, we better not believe them.

Lawrence Wittner (2018-10-07). What's Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans? zcomm.org The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read more…

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