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    Default US midterm elections coverage

    Feel free to merge all my posts on this subject into this thread if I've spread myself out too much. Thought this might be a good place to collect articles on how the elections are going.

    Starting with predictable and absurd news from Georgia:

    https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt-...jinnomVB5Oq9M/
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    Texas delivers some light fascist entertainment:

    https://www.texastribune.org/2018/11...el-paso-texas/
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    Note that third-world "shitholes" are better at conducting elections than these stable geniuses:

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    East Coast - represent:

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    Voting isn't sufficiently rock 'n' roll for Detroit:

    https://eu.freep.com/story/news/loca...ay/1901491002/
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    Everything is bigger in Texas, even the cock-ups:

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    This is a new twist on the age-old relationship between bad weather and voting:

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...ections-965331

    It is, also, pretty ridiculous.
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    I'll be honest and say my voting experience wasn't great either. The official TX polling locations were incorrect for my precinct, took me 20 minutes out of my way. (And the new location was super empty so no line so not all bad).

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    Also sad that NJ stayed blue. It was a long shot but even really liberal people disliked Mendez.

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    So, GOP made gains in the Senate, the Democrats took the House (along with flipping six governors). More progress for the GOP in the senior house than I would have expected considering the losses elsewhere, but I'm not surprised they held onto the Senate, not with so many fewer GOP senate seats up for reelection. Looks to me like there's one House seat that is going to go into recounts: the Georgian 6th District has the GOP candidate leading his opponent by 57 votes out of 302,600 cast.

    Kobach lost in Kansas, good news. OTOH, it looks like that indicted & racist jackass Duncan Hunter in California's 50th district is going to keep his seat.
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    TX 23rd called for Will Hurd even though final results appear to show a narrow victory for Gina Ortiz Jones with all precincts reporting. Not often the AP makes a premature call.
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    Looks like the voter suppression efforts in Georgia worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    Looks like the voter suppression efforts in Georgia worked.
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    So really the GOP wins across the board. They get to keep packing the courts with right wingers and now, in the Democratic House, they have someone to "force" them to compromise and reduce the deficit, something they literally could not do with a GOP House. So now we'll see the media blitz of "too much entitlement spending is causing the deficit!" Democrats will compromise on a bill that mixes social safety net spending cuts with some modest tax hikes, and take the blame for both in 2020. More-than-incremental progress towards the Right Wing Utopia of unfettered Money, I'd say.
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    Democrats get to embarrass Trump and his officials with hearings into their many mess-ups (and crimes). An effective Democratic veto over the budget doesn't hurt either.
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    Oversight, investigations, medicaid expansion in several states, several crucial governorships and AG:s, a chance to build support locally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Democrats get to embarrass Trump and his officials with hearings into their many mess-ups (and crimes). An effective Democratic veto over the budget doesn't hurt either.
    Embarrass Trump? Seriously? The man literally has no shame at all. Impossible.

    Anyway, I think the veto on the budget is what the GOP wants. They'll try to maneuver the Dems to compromise on a budget bill involving program cuts and maybe a small tax hike. The GOP probably is concerned about the ballooning deficit, but they want to use it to at least nibble at medicare/ medicaid/ social security.
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    Dems went all in on healthcare, and were rewarded for it; if they compromise on that and give the GOP a win they'll be punished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Dems went all in on healthcare, and were rewarded for it; if they compromise on that and give the GOP a win they'll be punished.
    Exactly! That's why the GOP wins. If the Dems refuse to compromise on a deficit reduction plan, then the deficit could be spun as their fault, so they lose in 2020. But if they DO compromise on a plan by accepting spending cuts, then they ALSO lose in 2020. The GOP will not accept a tax increase alone, and their base doesn't give a shit about compromise at all, so they win either way.
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    Why are people in your country so dumb. Why.
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    Also, Democrats have been in similar situations before wrt the deficit. What strategies have they used before to save the US's finances?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Also, Democrats have been in similar situations before wrt the deficit. What strategies have they used before to save the US's finances?
    They compromised. It's what you do when you actually want to govern in good faith. But that's not what the GOP's been doing, and to get what they really want, they don't have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleFuzzy View Post
    So, GOP made gains in the Senate, the Democrats took the House (along with flipping six governors). More progress for the GOP in the senior house than I would have expected considering the losses elsewhere, but I'm not surprised they held onto the Senate, not with so many fewer GOP senate seats up for reelection. Looks to me like there's one House seat that is going to go into recounts: the Georgian 6th District has the GOP candidate leading his opponent by 57 votes out of 302,600 cast.

    Kobach lost in Kansas, good news. OTOH, it looks like that indicted & racist jackass Duncan Hunter in California's 50th district is going to keep his seat.
    I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around West Virginia. The state that voted for Trump by a greater margin than any other state and they keep electing a "moderate" Democrat to the senate.

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    Kind of shocked the mid-terms went pretty much as expected. I generally expect political news out of the U.S to be some form of major upset/unprecedented scandal/constitutional crisis/all of the above.

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    Nunes lost his committee chair. So I'm at least a little happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint
    Kind of shocked the mid-terms went pretty much as expected. I generally expect political news out of the U.S to be some form of major upset/unprecedented scandal/constitutional crisis/all of the above.
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    My county ended up being an island of sanity in an ocean of depravity. Dems control the local level and we voted for improvement taxes.

    Honestly surprised the state turned down lowering their property taxes. It would have destoryed public services, but so few people around here seemed capable of understanding that before the polls opened. Departments all over were running on a shoestring budget this last year to prep for that amendment passing. Curious how the budgets are going to look next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post

    So, what you're saying, Donald, is that the Democrats should ceaselessly investigate every aspect of your administration? Because that's what I'm hearing.
    He's making threats like a childish bully -- he won't play with house Dems unless he picks the games and makes up the rules.


    I was able to vote in about 20 minutes at my new district/polling place. Pleasantry surprised that my changed address/registration was glitch-free. They didn't even want to see my new voter ID card or updated driver's license, just my old one.

    It probably would have been even faster if it hadn't been manned by all senior volunteers who were verrryyy slow (with trouble reading the books' print and numbers). There were six machines but I voted alone....because there was a man out front 'pre-sorting' people by last name, as if we couldn't see the big alphabet signs hanging above the tables, which created the only wait line. And not sure why it took 2 people to hand me the computer card.

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    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/getting-ugly-fast

    Not sure whether to laugh or be aghast. The GOP really just doesn't like democracy, does it?
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