Tag: Midterm Elections (2018)

Why Trump Fears Women of Color

Conservatives tacitly recognize the political power of women of color when they try to discredit them through ridicule and harassment. Consider President Trump’s attacks on the members of “the squad” who have proven to be remarkably deft and savvy politicians. Or recall that Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia played referee, scorekeeper and contestant so he […]

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The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill

Image Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill An outspoken progressive wing in the House has seized the country’s attention. But the path to power for Democrats may depend on moderates, who have a very different vision for the party. Meet one of them. Since Democrats retook the House last November, the world has […]

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Steve King Narrowly Won His Last Race. His Challenger, J.D. Scholten, Is Running Again.

J. D. Scholten, a Democrat who nearly toppled Representative Steve King of Iowa in a heavily Republican district in 2018, announced on Monday that he would run again for the seat in 2020. His decision sets up a possible rematch with Mr. King, whose history of racist remarks has made him a pariah among Republican […]

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Trump Fuels Racial Disharmony. Will It Motivate or Discourage Black Voters?

DETROIT — Mark Greer is a black Detroiter so outraged by President Trump’s regular stream of invective toward people of color that he does his best to avoid exposure to him. So when he clicked on a YouTube link last month to watch an episode of “The Breakfast Club,” a morning radio show popular with […]

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A Rare Do-Over Congressional Election Is a Chance to Battle-Test 2020 Strategies

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — The Republican competing in the do-over race in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District has been running an ad featuring circus music and wobbling clown dolls. The dolls, he says in the commercial, represent “the crazy liberal clowns” of today’s Democratic Party. “They’re not funny,” the candidate, state Senator Dan Bishop, declares. “They’re […]

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Election Fraud in North Carolina Leads to New Charges for Republican Operative

A Republican operative in North Carolina has been charged in connection with a voter-turnout effort that investigators said was intended to manipulate the results of a now-overturned general election for Congress last year. In an indictment announced on Tuesday, the operative, L. McCrae Dowless Jr., was accused of obstruction of justice and illegal possession of […]

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Democrats Know Trump’s Playbook on Race. They’re Not Sure How to Respond.

WASHINGTON — For three weeks President Trump has engaged in the sort of racial divisiveness unseen from a national political figure since the days of George Wallace, pushing forward with grievance-based attacks against Democrats of color that he is convinced will energize his base of rural white voters. But Democrats who might otherwise be giddy […]

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Is Just Ousting Trump a Sufficient Goal? Democrats Are Divided Over the Answer.

WAUKEE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders preaches “political revolution” to the crowds at his campaign rallies. When not posing for thousands of selfies, Elizabeth Warren promises “big, systemic change.” And Pete Buttigieg warns his packed town hall audiences that the “riskiest thing we could do is try too hard to play it safe.” But speaking to […]

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How Democrats Defeat Donald Trump

Surprise, surprise: Donald Trump has no bottom. Just when you think he has sunk as low as he can, he stages a rally like that atrocity in North Carolina on Wednesday night and sinks lower. But the key takeaway isn’t that he’s a demagogue or a racist: These were facts put into evidence long ago. […]

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House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Representative Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress for 27 years, rising to become the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. He has become a boldface name in the age of President Trump, the linchpin of many Democrats’ hopes […]

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Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign

President Trump’s approval ratings are under water in national polls. His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak. His advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of election results and polling […]

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Trump Voters Are Not the Only Voters

The anti-Trump vote is the single largest coalition in American politics. That was true in 2016, despite Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the Electoral College. It was true in 2017, after Democrats won major victories in Virginia and Alabama. And it was true in 2018, when the anti-Trump coalition gave Democrats a majority in the House […]

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Money Gap Among Democrats Grows as Inslee, Castro and Gillibrand Report Small Hauls

The gap between the rich and the poor in the Democratic presidential primary is big — and growing. Some of the second-tier candidates began announcing their fund-raising hauls for the second quarter of 2019 on Monday afternoon as the filing deadline of midnight approached. Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington ($3 million), former housing secretary Julian […]

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Get It Together, Democrats

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party is having a rough summer so far: Congressional Democrats have a weak, confusing message about Robert Mueller’s findings. Congressional Republicans outfoxed Democrats on a border funding bill. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, […]

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Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit?

The 2020 presidential election is poised to have the highest turnout in a century, with the potential to reshape the composition of the electorate in a decisive way. But perhaps surprisingly, it is not obvious which party would benefit. There are opportunities and risks for both parties, based on an Upshot analysis of voter registration […]

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There Are Really Two Distinct White Working Classes

At Nancy Pelosi’s news conference last week, a reporter asked her about Joe Biden’s comments on his congenial dealings in the senate of the 1970s with the Southern Democrats James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge, who were both staunch opponents of Civil Rights legislation and racial integration: There’s been a back‑and‑forth between Vice President Biden […]

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Gender Gap Closes When Everyone’s on the Ballot, Study Shows

Since Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress in 1916, the numbers game for women in elected office has been marked by largely glacial progress. But a new report lays out the extent to which women and people of color have gained ground in elections around the country over the last two years. […]

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Democrat in Competitive California District Joins Call for Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Representative Katie Porter, a law professor who narrowly flipped part of Republicans’ Southern California stronghold to the Democrats in last year’s midterm elections, said on Monday that she would support opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The announcement makes Ms. Porter one of the first to endorse impeachment of the 40 or […]

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When It Comes to the Senate, the Democrats Have Their Work Cut Out for Them

For Democrats to overcome the Republican advantage in the struggle for control of the Senate, they will need a massive turnout effort and a wave election even more powerful than the one that won them the House in 2018. But first let me backtrack for a minute. The political landscape would seem, on the surface, […]

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