2018 Elections Headlines

  • The Parkland Effect might cost this Republican her seat in Congress

    On a Saturday in early April, 200 people gathered at the public library in Sterling, Virginia, cramming into a meeting room that might have comfortably fit about half that number. As attendees made their way to their seats—or, for many, their standing spots—they were greeted by volunteers from a group called Gays Against Guns, who […]

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  • One of Congress’ Most Unpopular Republicans Might Not Even Have a Democratic Opponent in November

    Early last month, at a debate between the Democratic candidates running to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the 15-term Orange County, California, Republican, local business owner Laura Oatman addressed a longstanding fear among the district’s Democratic voters. “I want to address the elephant in the room. There’s a lot of chatter on Facebook about, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s […]

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  • Democrats think they're poised for huge victories in these 10 states

    On Election Night in 2010, as Republicans swept races big and small across the country, Jessica Post found herself sitting on a cold sidewalk outside an Irish pub in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Then the field director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the party organization that helps get state-level candidates elected, Post promised herself in that […]

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  • Here's how Trump is rigging democracy at the voting booth.

    Today we’re launching a new Mother Jones video series explaining everything you need to know about efforts to undermine voting in America. We’ve covered this territory for years. In 2012, Kevin Drum detailed the GOP’s 10-year campaign to gin up voter fraud hysteria in an attempt to bring back Jim Crow at the ballot box. In […]

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  • For the first time in generations, being "tough on crime" is a political liability

    District attorney races are rarely competitive. Roughly 85 percent of incumbents run unopposed in campaigns that draw little fanfare. The result, some criminal justice experts say, is that tough-on-crime DAs have reigned for decades, driving a nearly 30-year surge in jail and prison populations with their aggressive charging and sentencing policies. And while this inertia persists, a […]

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  • Ex-Bush staffers are trying to build their own political party — and they know it's going to be a steep climb

    Former staffers for President George W. Bush are trying to start their own political party. They know it will be an uphill battle. Some former staffers from President George W. Bush's administration are trying to build up a new political party. The group behind the effort is referring to itself as the Serve America Movement, or SAM. On Wednesday, SAM ran a full-page ad in The New York Times announcing its intentions to build a political party. SAM's CEO, Sarah Lenti, served under Condoleezza...

    Business Insider
  • Editorial: Conservatives Dismiss the Kids at Their Peril

    This weekend, hundreds of thousands of young people participated in the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C., the culmination of efforts by student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who had survived the recent shooting that claimed 17 lives. As expected, many of the speakers at the march called on Congress to pass further gun-control legislation. But the protest was different in tone from earlier rallies like the 2016 Women’s March. It was organized...

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