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The Left Will Take Over the Democratic Party, Just Give It Time - VICE

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:48

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The Left Will Take Over the Democratic Party, Just Give It Time
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If he'd managed to unite liberals and leftists against a centrist, or against a less capable liberal candidate, I suspect he'd be the nominee. But the Democratic Party needs to take the left seriously even if it's only getting 30 percent in ...

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Purple districts elect the most extreme legislators, driving polarization - Princeton University

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:56

Princeton University

Purple districts elect the most extreme legislators, driving polarization
Princeton University
So-called purple voting districts that change hands between Republicans and Democrats — rather than reliably conservative and liberal districts — are an underappreciated source of rising political polarization in state legislatures, according to a ...

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Is It Just an 'Atheists' Club'? Inside the House of Representatives' New Freethought Caucus - Pacific Standard

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:24

Pacific Standard

Is It Just an 'Atheists' Club'? Inside the House of Representatives' New Freethought Caucus
Pacific Standard
The nearly 500 registered caucuses in the House of Representatives cover seemingly every issue. They represent social problems (Homelessness Caucus, Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus); industries (Coal Caucus, Steel Caucus); diseases (Caucus on ...

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The Democrats' frightening embrace of socialism - Chicago Tribune

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:01

Chicago Tribune

The Democrats' frightening embrace of socialism
Chicago Tribune
Speaking at an event last week in New York City, Hillary Clinton said something interesting about Democrats today and their lurch to the left. Clinton said being a capitalist “probably” hurt her when campaigning against democratic socialist Sen. Bernie ...

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The Democratic establishment shows its strength where it most needs it - Washington Post

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:00

Washington Post

The Democratic establishment shows its strength where it most needs it
Washington Post
In Tuesday's primaries, Democratic candidates favored by party leaders advanced to the general election in every key House, Senate and gubernatorial race on the ballot. Perhaps nothing summed up the environment more than Richard Cordray's romp to the ...

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Shifting definitions of political terms keep us on our toes - Leader Publications

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:05

Leader Publications

Shifting definitions of political terms keep us on our toes
Leader Publications
The progressive label has historical relevance back to Teddy Roosevelt's day in the early 1900s, when it described him and other Republicans – yes, Republicans – who fought for labor reforms. But in the modern era, it is a Democratic word, which some ...

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Delaware's Senator Chris Coons: The National GOP's favorite Democrat? - WDEL 1150AM (blog)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:49

Delaware's Senator Chris Coons: The National GOP's favorite Democrat?
WDEL 1150AM (blog)
If you hear a conservative caller on a telephone talk-show, Delaware's junior Senator Chris Coons is simply a Trump-bashing "lib" Democrat, like the rest of Delaware's Congressional delegation. If you read a progressive blog such as Delaware Liberal ...

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Democratic Women Were Big Winners In Tuesday's Primaries - HuffPost

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:43

HuffPost

Democratic Women Were Big Winners In Tuesday's Primaries
HuffPost
Some face difficult general election contests in solidly GOP districts. Still, the showing in this year's primaries raises the question of whether progressive candidates can make inroads in Trump country. One contender is Liz Watson, a labor attorney ...

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Editorial: Open government has to matter more than politics - Madison.com

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:34

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Editorial: Open government has to matter more than politics
Madison.com
The pressure is now on legislative leaders — who happen to be conservative Republicans at this point — to knock down barriers to easy access to open records. And that should be the focus of advocates for transparency in state government. Democratic ...

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4 Takeaways From The Big Primary Kickoff Night - NPR

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:01

NPR

4 Takeaways From The Big Primary Kickoff Night
NPR
Midterms, especially primaries, are won and lost by activists. And right now, if Tuesday night's primary results are any indication, Democrats appear to be in better shape structurally than the GOP. It's still very early in primary season to draw ...
Trump push for conservative judges intensifies, to Democrats' dismayReuters

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Mixing it up: After last debate for California governor, will Gavin Newsom get his wish? - CALmatters

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 03:01

CALmatters

Mixing it up: After last debate for California governor, will Gavin Newsom get his wish?
CALmatters
On stage for 90 minutes tonight in San Jose, the top six contenders to be California's next governor echoed existing positions, with no one managing to score a breakout moment or strike a fatal blow. And there isn't much time left. California's “top ...
California's Governor Candidates Debate: Here's A Look At The Six ContendersCapital Public Radio News
California governor debate: Housing, gas tax take focusKSBW The Central Coast

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Victory no surprise for Tritch - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:02

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Victory no surprise for Tritch
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Tritch repeatedly has described herself as socially progressive, fiscally conservative and a political independent before announcing her candidacy as a Democrat last summer. Banks, who has been a state senator from Columbia City, a member of the ...

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Ohio voters make conservative choices in governor's primary – picking DeWine, Cordray - Idaho Press-Tribune

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 00:16

Ohio voters make conservative choices in governor's primary – picking DeWine, Cordray
Idaho Press-Tribune
Kasich's attempts to make the national Republican Party more moderate during a lackluster presidential run in 2016 may have endeared him to independent voters, but it's clearly cost him support on the right in his home state. Republican candidates ...

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Tritch wins 3-way Democratic congressional primary - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:33

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Tritch wins 3-way Democratic congressional primary
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
First-term Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Columbia City ran unopposed in the Republican primary. The 3rd District has not been represented by a Democrat since Jill Long Thompson from 1989 through 1994. "It's an overwhelmingly Republican district, the ...

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Patrick Morrisey beats Don Blankenship to win West Virginia Senate GOP primary - Vox

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:26

Vox

Patrick Morrisey beats Don Blankenship to win West Virginia Senate GOP primary
Vox
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey prevailed in Tuesday's West Virginia Senate Republican primary election, holding off coal boss Don Blankenship and averting a disaster for the DC establishment. Morrisey will now face Democratic Sen. Joe ...
4 Takeaways From The Big Primary Kickoff NightNPR
Trump push for conservative judges intensifies, to Democrats' dismayReuters

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Richard Cordray Beats Dennis Kucinich in Ohio Democratic Primary - Mother Jones

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:38

Mother Jones

Richard Cordray Beats Dennis Kucinich in Ohio Democratic Primary
Mother Jones
Richard Cordray will be the Democratic nominee for Ohio governor in November, according to the Associated Press, which called the race after Cordray locked in a large lead in early returns Tuesday night. He defeated former Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a ...
How the Ohio Democratic governor's primary is further dividing the leftMic
Ohio voters make conservative choices in governor's primary – picking DeWine, CordrayThe Conversation US
Richard Cordray Just Won Ohio's Democratic Primary. His Party Thinks Trump Will Help Make Him Governor.BuzzFeed News

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Another day, another low for Texas' lowest politician — state Rep. Jonathan Stickland - Dallas News

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:04

Dallas News

Another day, another low for Texas' lowest politician — state Rep. Jonathan Stickland
Dallas News
He's known for launching nasty social media attacks on — well, just about everybody, collectively and individually, and sometimes by name: not just the "liberal media," but specific reporters he doesn't like; Democrats; Republicans he considers ...

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How the Ohio Democratic governor's primary is further dividing the left - Mic

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:10

Mic

How the Ohio Democratic governor's primary is further dividing the left
Mic
Richard Cordray already had a strong progressive record when he entered the race to become Ohio's next governor. The former Democratic state attorney general became a national icon when he was picked to run the Obama administration's new consumer ...
Contentious bouts for gubernatorial nominations come to a close TuesdayToledo Blade

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Outspoken conservative County Board member, tavern owner Dave Wiganowsky dies at 68 - Madison.com

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:09

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Outspoken conservative County Board member, tavern owner Dave Wiganowsky dies at 68
Madison.com
Dave Wiganowsky, a former longtime conservative Dane County Board supervisor, died April 17. He was 68. Wiganowsky, who lived in the town of Burke, was first elected to the board in 1994 after unseating longtime liberal member Beverly Hill to represent ...

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Meet the GOP's favorite Democrat - Politico

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:00

Politico

Meet the GOP's favorite Democrat
Politico
The far more liberal Merkley “is just sort of puzzled by me,” Coons said with a chuckle. Liberal activists plainly want to see Coons behave more like Merkley, blocking Trump's agenda wherever possible. Unlike red-state Democrats who may feel compelled ...

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