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The Future of the U.S. House of Representatives

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^^^^ To be honest, I am not sure how all of this is going to shake out. It does not look good for Conners future. 

 

For Democrats as a whole, we will have a much clearer picture after the 2018 election.  It seems clear that Democrats will gain seats.  How many is the big question.

 

Oh dear, California will decide who controls the House of Representatives

 

http://www.latimes.c...1201-story.html

 

Introduction:

 

(Los Angeles Times) In Election Day next November, the nation will be watching California to see whether the Democrats can retake the House of Representatives. Nearly one-third of the congressional districts represented by Republicans that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016 are in the Golden State, and if the Democrats are to regain the gavel in the House, they’ll need to win most of those districts. A passel of Democratic challengers have already announced they’re running against the Republican incumbents, and thousands of activists from such groups as Indivisible have begun mobilizing voters.

 

The outcome of these elections, however, will be determined not only by the appeal and resources of the candidates, the mobilizations on their behalf, and President Trump’s unpopularity. A host of other factors — California’s top-two primary system, the likelihood of viable Latino candidates for governor and U.S. senator, the probability of a gas-tax repeal initiative, and the efforts of Democratic candidates for statewide office to win Republican voters — will likely play a crucial role in deciding the congressional contests the Democrats need to win.

 

Midterm elections are invariably about turnout: The party that does the better job of getting its voters to the polls is usually the winner. That will present a massive obstacle to California Republicans next November, inasmuch as their membership has so shriveled in recent years that they can no longer field competitive candidates in statewide races. What compounds their challenge is the state’s bizarre jungle primary, in which the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the November runoff.

 

That means that potential Republican voters a year hence (if recent polls are even marginally accurate) will likely be confronted with two Democratic candidates for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, incumbent Dianne Feinstein and State Senate President Kevin de León. These are not choices that will spur many Republicans to bother going to the polls, which could have a significant effect on the GOP’s efforts to hold its embattled congressional and state legislative seats.

 

Compounding the Republicans’ challenge will be the probability of heightened Latino turnout. Trump’s broadsides against fictitious “Mexican rapists” and his heightened efforts to deport people in the country illegally have understandably bestirred California Latinos

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This Ridiculous GOP Gerrymander Could Give Democrats a Better Crack at Winning the House

 

http://www.motherjon...t-at-the-house/

 

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(Mother Jones) Creed’s Seafood and Steaks in King-of-Prussia, Pennsylvania, looks like any other restaurant tucked up against a highway intersection, a place for diners in the Philadelphia exurbs to drive for a chop and a couple of glasses of wine.

 

The state’s 7th District has been likened to a drawing of Goofy kicking Donald Duck.

 

But it also happens to be a significant piece of Pennsylvania’s political geography—and part of the reason Republican control of Congress could, despite the GOP’s troubles, be hard for Democrats to break in 2018. The state’s 7th congressional district, whose convoluted shape has been likened to a drawing of Goofy kicking Donald Duck, snakes through a bottleneck as narrow as the restaurant and its parking lot, forming a tiny land bridge that connects pools of mostly Republican voters.

 

On Monday, Pennsylvania’s appellate Commonwealth Court will begin hearing a now fast-tracked case that could invalidate the 2011 map that created the 7th District and the state’s 17 other congressional districts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ordered the lower court to issue, by year’s end, a ruling on whether the map is an unconstitutional gerrymander, holding open the possibility that all the state’s districts could be redrawn before the 2018 midterm elections.

 

While Pennsylvania has roughly equal numbers of Democratic and Republican voters (Donald Trump won here by just 44,000 votes out of more than 6 million cast), for the last six years its congressional delegation has been made up of 13 Republicans and just five Democrats, who mostly represent Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. As Democrats scour the country for the approximately two dozen candidates and winnable districts they’ll need to take back the House, a redrawn congressional map in Pennsylvania could present the party with some prime opportunities to pick up seats.

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Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district.

Mother Jones; National Atlas


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Arizona State Sen. Kimberly Yee Expresses Interest in Franks’ Seat

 

https://www.rollcall...ce=weekendreads

 

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(Roll Call) Arizona state Sen. Kimberly Yee expressed interest in replacing Republican Rep. Trent Franks after he announced his resignation on Thursday.

 

Franks, who represents Arizona’s 8th District, announced he would resign after amid a House Ethics Committee Investigation about discussions he had with two female staffers about surrogacy.

 

In a message to CQ, Yee responded “Yes, I am interested.”

 

“I have received a lot of encouragement to run for Congress and I am considering it,” she wrote.

 

If elected, Yee would be the first Republican woman of Chinese descent elected to the House of Representatives.


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Female Kansas congressional candidate drops out over sexual harassment claim by male subordinate

 

http://www.latimes.c...1215-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) Given the months-long stream of allegations of sexual harassment by powerful people, the big political news in Kansas on Friday sounded numbingly familiar: A prominent Democratic congressional candidate quit the 2018 race after journalists unearthed a former subordinate’s claim of sexual harassment.

 

But there was a twist. The candidate is a woman, Andrea Ramsey, and the alleged victim is a man who said she fired him for refusing her sexual advances more than a decade ago.

 

Ramsey appears to be the first prominent woman accused of wrongdoing in the “Me Too” era, which ignited after prominent Hollywood actresses accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and abuse.

 

In a Facebook post on Friday, Ramsey said the accusation against her was a “lie” by a disgruntled former employee.

 

“Let me be clear: I never engaged in any of the alleged behavior,” she wrote. “These false allegations are disgraceful and demean the moment this country is in. For far too long, complaints of sexual harassment have been completely ignored.”


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Nevada Democrat under pressure amid sexual harassment allegations says he won't seek reelection

 

http://www.latimes.c...1216-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) Ruben Kihuen, a Nevada congressman seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, said Saturday he will not seek reelection next year amid allegations of sexual harassment and the launch of a House Ethics Committee investigation.

 

The 37-year-old freshman congressman is the latest lawmaker to say he would not seek another term or resign after being accused of improper behavior toward women.

Kihuen had been under intense pressure from Democratic Party leaders both in Congress and within Nevada to step aside after stories surfaced in BuzzFeed and the Nevada Independent about inappropriate touching and sexually suggestive text messages to a female staffer and a lobbyist in Nevada’s State Capitol. Since then, two other women have made similar allegations.

 

“I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question. I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and I look forward to clearing my name,” he said in a statement. “Due process and the presumption of innocence are bedrock legal principles which have guided our nation for centuries, and they should not be lost to unsubstantiated hearsay and innuendo.”

 

His statement continued: “However, the allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign. Therefore, it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection.”


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Democrat wins Va. House seat in recount by single vote; creating 50-50 tie in state legislature

A Republican seat flipped Democratic in a wild recount Tuesday - with the Democrat winning by a single vote - creating a rare 50-50 tie between the parties in the House of Delegates and refashioning the political landscape in Richmond.
Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the apparent winner in the 94th District of the House of Delegates, seizing the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey. A three-judge panel still must certify the results, an event scheduled for Wednesday.
Of the 23,866 votes cast in the Newport News district on Election Day, Yancey held a tenuous lead of just 10 votes going into Tuesday’s recount.
But five hours and much nailbiting later, after painstaking counting overseen by local elections officials and the clerk of court, Yancey’s lead narrowed before it gradually disappeared and then reversed, allowing Simonds to beat him by one vote.
The final tally: 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey.


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Democrat wins Va. House seat in recount by single vote; creating 50-50 tie in state legislature

A Republican seat flipped Democratic in a wild recount Tuesday - with the Democrat winning by a single vote - creating a rare 50-50 tie between the parties in the House of Delegates and refashioning the political landscape in Richmond.
Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the apparent winner in the 94th District of the House of Delegates, seizing the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey. A three-judge panel still must certify the results, an event scheduled for Wednesday.
Of the 23,866 votes cast in the Newport News district on Election Day, Yancey held a tenuous lead of just 10 votes going into Tuesday’s recount.
But five hours and much nailbiting later, after painstaking counting overseen by local elections officials and the clerk of court, Yancey’s lead narrowed before it gradually disappeared and then reversed, allowing Simonds to beat him by one vote.
The final tally: 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey.

 

 

Wow. This is definitely a case where every vote truly counts. I wonder how often a single vote has had such a major consequences like this.



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House and Senate pass GOP tax plan despite unpopularity with the public

 

http://www.latimes.c...1219-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) The House and Senate passed the sweeping GOP tax plan on near-party-line votes as congressional Republicans moved to give President Trump his most significant legislative victory of the year — one that has come at a steep political cost.

 

Polling indicates the $1.5-trillion package remains broadly unpopular, contributing to a political environment in which surveys, including some by Republican groups, show the party in serious danger of losing control of Congress in next year’s midterm election.

 

Those political problems may be especially acute in parts of California, where the bill, sold as a tax-cut, is expected to lead to tax increases for a significant number of individuals and families. That’s largely because it curtails the current deduction for state and local income and property taxes.

 

….Americans reject the tax plan by a wide margin, roughly 2 to 1, according to a new Monmouth University poll. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released Tuesday, just 24% of respondents said the tax bill was a good idea, compared with 41% who called it a bad one — a significant decline from the bill’s standing earlier this fall.

 

….As Monmouth warned in its analysis of the polling data, the bill gets especially poor ratings in suburban areas where the Republicans already have struggled this year


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Democrat wins Va. House seat in recount by single vote; creating 50-50 tie in state legislature

 

Here is an update on that story.

 

The one-vote win for Democrats in a Virginia state house race may have just slipped away

 

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/19/16797572/virginia-house-delegates-recount-democrats

 

Introduction:

 

When the recount of the vote tally for a key race in last month’s Virginia House of Delegates elections concluded on Tuesday, a Democratic challenger ended up leading a Republican incumbent by just one vote — an outcome that would have deprived Republicans of their majority in the chamber.

 

But in another twist Wednesday, that one-vote victory reverted back to a tied race, putting control of the chamber in question again.

 

A three-judge panel in charge of certifying the recount’s outcome found that one ballot for the Republican candidate hadn’t been counted — but should have been. (The person filling out the ballot appeared to have marked it for the Democrat, but then crossed that out and marked it for the Republican instead.)

 

So the race between Delegate David Yancey ® and Shelly Simonds (D) is tied at 11,608 votes for each candidate. And under Virginia state law, that means the winner will be determined by a random drawing (scheduled for next week). Things are even more complicated than that, since according to the Washington Post, the loser of that drawing can request another recount.

 

The gist is that we probably won’t know who won this race for a while— and, accordingly, whether next year’s Virginia House of Delegates is likely to have a 51 to 49 Republican majority, or a 50-50 even split between the parties.


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Well, that fucking sucks.

 

The entire system is rigged by the goddamn republicans. Think about it the democrats won by a crap load but still manage to lose control of the goddamn house. How is that fair? it isn't.



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Democrats’ Hopes for Two Districts in Texas

 

http://www.motherjon...cts-in-texas-2/

 

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(Mother Jones) Texas Democrats have big plans for the 2018 midterm elections. Popular Rep. Beto O’Rourke is gunning for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat. Scandal-plagued Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold is retiring at the end of his term, and his district could be redrawn before his last day on the job. And there’s a Democrat running in all 36 of the state’s congressional districts—something, according to the state party, that hasn’t happened in more than 25 years.

 

But as my colleague Tim Murphy wrote in his September/October cover story, voting in Texas is more difficult than in almost any other state—often to the detriment of Democrats. Thanks to the state’s infamously gerrymandered districts, Democrats have few places where they can realistically pick off incumbent Republicans, even with the kind of increased African American turnout that propelled Doug Jones to his surprise Senate win in Alabama. That’s why Texas Democrats are focusing on two solidly Republican districts that Hillary Clinton flipped in 2016: Rep. John Culberson’s District 7, near Houston, and Rep. Pete Sessions’ District 32, around Dallas. 

 

Both districts primarily consist of white, educated, and reliably Republican voters, many of whom couldn’t stomach pulling the lever for Donald Trump last year. “Trump will represent a millstone around both Culberson and Sessions’ necks,” said Mark Jones, a political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. “The lower his approval rating, the worse Culberson and Sessions will do.”

 

Culberson, in particular, already has seen an outpouring of grassroots opposition tied to his support for the president. As Murphy wrote in his piece earlier this year:

Few places in America moved as sharply toward Democrats last fall as the Harris County district currently represented in Congress by Republican John Culberson. The 7th District, which Mitt Romney won by 21.3 points in 2012, went to Clinton by 1.4. Culberson, a loyal Trump supporter, has faced mostly token opposition since being elected 17 years ago to the seat once held by George H.W. Bush, but at least six progressives have signed up to run against him, and local party members and grassroots groups have already held two candidate forums.

 

 

http://www.chron.com...ge-11277266.php

 

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(Chron) Democratic candidate Alex Triantaphyllis announced Monday that he raised over $450,000 from more than 1,100 contributors since he entered the race for Texas's 7th Congressional District this spring.

 

After expenses, that leaves him with $400,000 cash on hand more nearly 16-months out from the 2018 election.

 

Two other Democrats are Debra Kerner, an educator who served on the board of the Harris County Department of Education, and Joshua Butler, an administrator at the University of TexasHealth Science Center.

 

Also in the hunt are Laura Moser, a Democratic activist and writer who recently moved back to her native Houston from Washington, D.C., and Houston trial lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher.

 

 

https://mic.com/arti...sive#.vJE86eIry

 

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(Mic) Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has held his House seat for Texas' 32nd Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Dallas and its suburbs, for two decades.

 

…So far, two natives of the district with solid liberal bona fides have declared their candidacies. Colin Allred, a lawyer and former Obama administration official declared less than two weeks ago and Ed Meier, a former Clinton campaign staffer, threw his hat into the ring on Wednesday.


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Michigan Republicans Accused of ‘Severe’ Gerrymandering

 

https://www.courthou...gerrymandering/

 

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(Courthouse News) – Michigan’s League of Women Voters filed a federal lawsuit claiming the state’s election maps are designed to disadvantage Democrats and diminish the impact of their votes.

 

The women’s group and 11 Democratic voters sued Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson for declaratory and injunctive relief Friday in Detroit federal court. They are represented by Joseph H. Yeager Jr. of the Indianapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels.

 

“Michigan’s durable and severe partisan gerrymander of state legislative and congressional districts violates individual plaintiffs’ First Amendment free speech and association rights and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights,” the complaint states.

 

The voters claim Michigan’s election map system “intentionally places them in voting districts that reduce or eliminate the power of their votes.”

 

They claim the 2011 redistricting process was “a particularly egregious” example of partisan gerrymandering, with the plans being “developed in a private, secret process by Republican consultants, legislative staff and legislators to the exclusion of Democrats and the public.”

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Finally, indications that 2018 may very well be a blow out year for Democrats.

 

As 2017 ends, Republicans struggle to counter a Democratic wave

 

http://www.latimes.c...1226-story.html

 

Introduction:

 

(Los Angeles Time) The clock is ticking on the Republican majority in Congress: The GOP has just over 10 months to avoid a rout in 2018.

 

Republicans could do it. They have time and several important factors on their side: a good economy, low crime rates, achievements of significance to the party’s followers.

 

Nevertheless, as 2017 closes, almost all signs point toward big Democratic gains next year, largely driven by President Trump’s widespread unpopularity. And some of the pugnacious instincts that helped the president win election a year ago may now be worsening his party’s dilemma.

 

Midterm elections “are a referendum on the party in power,” notes Sean Trende, political analyst for the Real Clear Politics website. During the Obama years, Trende correctly forecast that Democrats had underestimated the potential of a surge of conservative white Americans voting Republican. Now, he says, Republicans are making a mistake in assuming that turnout will once again favor them in an off-year election.

 

Trump has “terrible numbers,” Democrats have a large advantage in polls, and “it all adds up to a really rough midterm” for the GOP, Trende says.


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Michigan Voters Sue to Force Special US House Election

 

https://www.courthou...house-election/

 

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(Courthouse News) – Voters say in a federal lawsuit that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to leave disgraced former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s congressional seat vacant until the next general election leaves minority residents in the Detroit area without a voice for most of 2018.

 

Debra Rhodes and four other residents of Michigan’s 13th congressional district, who includes parts of Detroit and its suburbs, sued the governor in Detroit federal court on Wednesday.

 

Represented by Detroit attorney Michael Gilmore, the voters say they want to protect their “constitutional right to legislative representation and the fundamental right to vote.”

The congressional seat at issue became vacant when 88-year-old Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. retired on Dec. 5 after facing allegations of sexual harassment. He had held the seat since 1964.

 

The plaintiffs are challenging Snyder’s decision to wait to fill the seat in the next regular election on Nov. 6, 2018.


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California Republican Representative Ed Royce won't seek reelection

 

http://beta.latimes....0108-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce will not run for reelection, he announced Monday.

 

Royce, a Republican from Fullerton who was first elected to Congress in 1992, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is known as a hawk and a free trade advocate.

 

He is the first California Republican to announce a retirement in what's expected to be a tough year for the GOP at the ballot box.

 

"In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin's continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia," Royce said in a statement Monday.

 

"With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November."

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House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) at a 2015 press conference on Capitol Hill.

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GOP’s Election Hijacking Tactics in North Carolina Thwarted in Court

 

https://www.alternet...gging-elections

 

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(Alternet) When a federal appeals court threw out North Carolina’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander this week, it didn’t just boost Democrats’ chances of winning in 2018’s midterm elections.

 

It served as the latest example of what the state’s GOP has done to hijack the voting process by nothing less than a political coup—or a deliberate effort to turn a once-purple state with the South’s most progressive voting laws into a red-run vote-suppressing bastion.

 

“It’s hard to imagine a more egregious gerrymander,” Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a University of Chicago Law School professor who has been leading the legal battle to overturn extreme redistricting at the Supreme Court, wrote on ElectionLawblog. The ruling by Judge James A. Wynn Jr. was the first time a federal appeals court struck down a congressional map as an illegal partisan gerrymander.

 

“The authors of the [now-overturned] North Carolina plan gleefully boasted of their partisan motives, achieved some of the worst partisan asymmetries of the last half-century, and ensured that their handiwork would be immune to all but the biggest wave—all in a state whose political geography, according to the computer simulations, mildly favors Democrats,” Stephanopoulos said.

 

The lengthy ruling is the third major court decision that declares North Carolina’s Republicans have broken the law when carving up the state’s electoral districts after the 2011 Census. The focus of Wynn’s ruling are the state’s 13 U.S. House seats, 10 of which are held by Republicans. That decision follows two prior federal court rulings that two House seats and 28 state legislative seatswere illegal racial gerrymanders, because they drew districts using the voters' racial identities.


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A related thread on the 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections has been started.  Below is a link to that thread:

 

http://www.futuretim...tives-election/


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Let us hope the Democrats of Montana can come up with a better candidate than this to represent them in Congress.

 

Former Republican White Supremacist Tries Running as Democrat for Montana State House Seat

 

https://www.alternet...ana-state-house

 

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(Alternet) A man known for trying to recruit LGBT and black people to the Ku Klux Klan to create a more “inclusive” hate group is running for Montana’s House of Representatives — as a Democrat.

 

As the Helena Independent Record reported Thursday, Klansman John Abarr has filed as a Democrat in Montana’s House District 21, which covers Great Falls, Montana.

In a statement responding to Abarr’s announcement, Montana Democrats blasted the candidate.

 

“John Abarr is a failed former-Republican House candidate with a revolting history of promoting white supremacy,” the group said. “His views have no place in Montana, and we condemn him and his campaign without exception.”

 

Abarr apologized on his campaign websites to Montanans “for promoting bigotry and hate against minorities,” and claimed his plans for an “inclusive” KKK were a “hoax” invented by Lee Enterprises, a company that owns newspapers in the state. He also said he now believes LGBTQ people deserve rights and are not a “threat” to white people.


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A prime example of why Democrats need to pay attention and vote in off year elections.  They simply cannot otherwise depend on the system to allow a fair counting of their votes in Congressional contests.

 

The Battle Over Racial Gerrymandering Is Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court

 

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(Mother Jones) The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two racial gerrymandering cases out of Texas after a federal district court found the state’s political maps intentionally discriminate against minority voters. This is the third major redistricting case the court will hear this term that has the power to shape political maps across the country.

 

This summer, a three-judge panel in San Antonio found that Texas Republicans intentionally weakened the voting power of African American and Latino voters when it drew multiple state House and congressional districts. This was the ninth racial discrimination in voting case the state has lost since 2011, which includes a long legal battle over its stringent voter ID requirement. Now, the Supreme Court will determine whether Texas’ maps can stand. 

 

…The court’s conservative majority signaled sympathy with Texas Republicans in September when the five conservatives, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, blocked the lower court’s order to redraw Texas’ maps until the high court could rule on the case. The four liberal justices dissented…This means…voting rights advocates will face an uphill battle when the court hears this case.

 

As Mother Jones previously reported:

 

After Texas created new maps in 2011, a federal district court in Texas this year found that certain districts in those maps—as well as slightly altered maps adopted in 2013—were drawn in a way that discriminated against Hispanic and African American voters. The court also found that the Republican-controlled legislature intentionally discriminated in creating those districts. The issue of intentionality is important because it allows the courts to place Texas under a process laid out by the 1965 Voting Rights Act called “preclearance,” under which all changes to elections would have to be approved by the federal government. Courts have repeatedly found that Texas sought to undercut the power of minority voters through its political maps, voter ID law, and other election reforms. The state has lost nine racial discrimination cases since 2011.

 

Before the end of the Supreme Court’s term this summer, the justices will have weighed in on racial gerrymandering in Texas and partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and Maryland….Republican lawmakers in North Carolina today asked the court to also overturn a recent federal court finding of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering against the state’s congressional map.

 

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Shirley Connuck, right, of Falls Church, Va., holds up a sign representing a district in Texas, as the Supreme Court hears a case on possible partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures on October 3, 2017. 

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Report: Trump Pledges To Campaign For Midterms As GOPers Fear Tough Fight

 

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(Talking Points Memo) President Donald Trump promised last week to campaign for Republican members of Congress after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned him that the political landscape is not in their party’s favor, the Washington Post reportedSunday.

 

The Washington Post reported, citing unnamed White House officials, that McCarthy explained the political landscape to Trump in a slide presentation while the President was at Camp David last weekend. According to an unnamed official cited in the report, McCarthy warned Trump of potential outcomes ranging from a scenario where Republicans lose control of the House to another where Republicans maintain control but lose seats.

 

Amid a wave of impending Republican retirements, most recently including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Trump’s own approval ratings, which are at a historic low for a president barely finished with his first year in office, Republicans are taking up a defensive position.

 

“We are going to have a very challenging cycle,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) told reporters last week. “There’s no question the majority’s at risk.”


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