Tag: Midterm Elections (2018)

‘Why Aren’t Democrats Winning the Hispanic Vote 80-20 or 90-10?’

The future success of the Democratic Party depends on the crucial — but unsettled — allegiance of the nation’s growing Hispanic electorate. Fernand Amandi, a Democratic pollster and podcast host based in Miami, addressed the party’s Latino quandary in a December interview with The Associated Press: The question is not are Democrats winning the Hispanic […]

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Is Trump Good for Trump?

With more than a year and a half to go before the 2020 elections, Republicans can take comfort in a number of factors. The result of the Mueller investigation has set back Democratic hopes for an easy victory; the history of presidents running for a second term favors incumbents; and the economy under Trump is […]

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Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

WASHINGTON — No issue animated the Democrats’ 2018 congressional campaigns like health care and the promises to expand access to insurance and to lower costs. But as House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of governance in the coming weeks, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on the issue that delivered their majority. Centrists from […]

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2020 Democrats Want to Build a Movement, Not a Traditional Campaign

Alexandra Rojas was shocked. So was Waleed Shahid. The pair, two vocal leaders of Justice Democrats, the advocacy group whose uncompromising style has made it a nuisance among Washington traditionalists, had a meeting request from aides to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was fresh into her presidential campaign. As Ms. Warren sought to push the party […]

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Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It’s Not Just About Beto)

ImageBeto O’Rourke at a rally in Austin in October 2018. He won a lot of voters who had voted for Republicans and for minor-party candidates.CreditJay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press The dream of a “Blue Texas” has captured the imagination of Democrats for nearly a decade, and Beto O’Rourke has come closer than anyone to […]

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Beto O’Rourke Moves Toward a 2020 Race He Could Upend, Ready or Not

Beto O’Rourke has driven alone across the plains, straining to find his emotional bearings — or at least a Pancake House in Liberal, Kan. He has collected an “El Pasoan of the Year” award, before a modest audience, and smiled coyly through an interview with Oprah Winfrey, before a bigger one. He has surfaced on […]

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How Much Does Nancy Pelosi Have to Worry About a Left-Center Split?

There is a larger story behind the bitterness expressed inside the House Democratic caucus last week after 26 moderate Democratic members defied the leadership to support a Republican proposal to require reporting undocumented immigrants who try to buy guns to immigration authorities. Two key wings of the congressional Democratic Party have divergent political interests — […]

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Pennsylvania Democrats Wonder How Far Is Too Far Left in 2020

SHALER, Pa. — This should be an upbeat moment for Pennsylvania Democrats, desperate to deprive President Trump of a second term. In elections last year, two Trump-like Republicans running for governor and senator lost to Democrats by blowout margins. Four Democrats wrestled away Republican-held congressional seats, including Conor Lamb, whose victory here outside Pittsburgh seemed […]

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Political Memo: Michael Cohen’s Testimony Opens New Phase of Political Turbulence for Trump

A small group of Republican strategists opposed to President Trump, branding themselves Defending Democracy Together, quietly conducted polling and focus groups last fall to gauge whether the president was vulnerable to a primary challenge in 2020. Assembling a presentation for sympathetic political donors, they listed points of weakness for Mr. Trump such as “tweeting/temperament” and […]

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Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party

RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican politicians across the country have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud. Some have made unproven claims about how rampant it has become in order to pass voter ID laws and open sweeping investigations. The sanctity of the vote, they have said, must be protected at all costs. But […]

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news analysis: Can Peer Pressure Defeat Trump?

Twelve years ago, social scientists cracked the code on how to get Americans to vote. Before a special election in Michigan, 100,000 households received slightly different mailers: One reminded them that voting was their civic duty. Another applied gentle social pressure by including the voting history of everyone in that particular household (“Who votes is […]

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Inside a Fly-by-Night Operation to Harvest Ballots in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kelly Hendrix was recruited into an illicit effort to sway a congressional race by a customer at the fast-food restaurant where she worked. One day, Ms. Hendrix was serving burgers and biscuits at a Hardee’s in Bladen County. Soon after that, she was engaged in political shenanigans at the behest of her […]

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Election Fraud in North Carolina? State Board Will Hear Evidence This Week.

More than three months after an election that might have been tainted by fraud — and more than six weeks after the new Congress convened without a representative from North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District — state regulators are scheduled to meet on Monday to consider evidence of possible misconduct. The hearing, which could prompt the […]

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Trump Is Driving Out Precious Republican Voters

Ever since Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, much of the media attention has been on how Democrats need to reconsider their strategy for winning voters in future elections, particularly Obama-to-Trump voters. But the results of the 2018 midterm elections suggest that Republicans have some soul-searching to do as well. They lost […]

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Trump Is Making ‘Socialism’ Sound Pretty Good

Only a handful of Democrats in Congress (and just one Democrat-adjacent presidential contender) identify as “socialist,” but they appear to be the chief targets of President Trump as he faces a confident Democratic opposition in the House of Representatives. “We are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” he said in his […]

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The Political Magic of Us Vs. Them

However often President Trump strays from his favored political strategy, he faithfully returns to it like a dog to a bone: first, polarize the American electorate along racial, cultural and economic lines, then exploit the schisms that have supplanted the class divisions that were once central to both American and European partisan politics. On one […]

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Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It

At first glance, in the wake of the roars of approval President Trump received from Republican lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it may seem fanciful to think the president might be forced out of office by members of his own party. At second glance, too. Yet sometimes things that […]

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Democrats Unite to Begin Push to Protect Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

WASHINGTON — Democrats, claiming a mandate from voters, opened a legislative campaign on Wednesday to secure protections under the Affordable Care Act for people with pre-existing medical conditions, putting aside divisions over a more ambitious push for “Medicare for all” in favor of shoring up existing law. “Health care was the single most important issue […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Address Unlikely to Bring Harmony

WASHINGTON — President Trump is to deliver what aides called a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but any hope of harmony was dispelled long before he left the White House. The president and Democrats spent the hours before his State […]

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