Herschel Walker Hasn’t Answered Reporters’ Questions Since Start of October

Herschel Walker, former NFL star turned Republican nominee for Georgia senator, has not spoken to reporters on the campaign trail in nearly two months, according to reporting from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While he has granted interview requests to news agencies that frequently platform right-wing talking points, Walker has refused to speak with media at public events in his campaign to win the runoff election contest against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia) — a move that is unusual, as “earned media” is considered a vital part of any political campaign. According to the Atlanta-based newspaper, Walker has not answered any questions from…

Raphael Warnock Leads Herschel Walker by 4 Points in Runoff Election Poll

A new poll in Georgia finds that Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) is 4 points ahead of his Republican opponent, former NFL running back Herschel Walker, in their runoff election contest scheduled for December 6. The two candidates will square off in a rematch of their midterm contest earlier this month. Georgia law requires candidates to attain a majority of votes in order to win an election. Although Warnock defeated Walker by nearly 40,000 votes, the Democrat did not reach the 50 percent-plus-one-vote threshold needed to remain in office. No other candidates will be on the runoff ballot. In the new…

Abortion Protected Democrats in Midterms, But Democrats Won’t Protect Abortion

These midterms were supposed to be a red tsunami. But due in large part to the anger at overturning Roe v. Wade and support for reproductive rights, there was hardly a red ripple. The Republicans will likely take the House by a tiny margin, and the Democrats will retain — or maybe even expand — their majority in the Senate. The Democrats successfully positioned themselves as a vote for reproductive rights which, as these elections showed, are at top of mind for many people. Across the country, including in red states, ballot initiatives indicated support for abortion, and after inflation,…

Elections Matter, But What We Do Between Them Matters Even More

I am sick and tired of the horse race approach to election analysis. Of course, in a winner-take-all system, every vote matters, but the carnival of every election season — the noise, the color, the razzle-dazzle — can create a spellbinding distraction. Both during and after each election, those of us committed to building the movement for social and racial justice must stay focused on the larger context and fundamental questions. Capitalist democracy has always been “flawed” and fraught. Still, the right-wing alternative — authoritarian rule — is a frightening and threatening but all-too-real alternative. So, we have to politically…

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Projected to Win Crucial Nevada Senate Race for Dems

Originally published by The 19th Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican Adam Laxalt in one of the most crucial Senate contests of the 2022 midterms, Decision Desk HQ projects. This means Democrats are projected to control the Senate. Cortez Masto, the first and only Latina in the U.S. Senate, was first elected to the chamber in 2016 after two terms as attorney general. She took over the seat held for years by the powerful former Sen. Harry Reid, who built up a formidable political machine in the state. Laxalt, a member of a Nevada political dynasty whose grandfather and…

South Dakota Approved Medicaid Expansion, But Implementation May Not Be Easy

South Dakotans voted Tuesday to expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover thousands of additional low-income residents, becoming the seventh state to approve expansion via the ballot box. But as other conservative states have shown, voter approval doesn’t always mean politicians and administrators will rush to implement the change. In Missouri, for example, experts said subpar publicity efforts and an outdated application system led to a glacial pace of enrollment after voters there approved Medicaid expansion in 2020. A similarly slow rollout could occur in South Dakota, said Tricia Brooks, a Georgetown University research professor who studies Medicaid. South Dakota’s…

Abortion and Investment Helped Democrats Turn the Tide in State Legislatures

Originally published by The 19th. Democrats defied significant headwinds on Tuesday to win races up and down the ballot, campaigning on abortion and reproductive freedom. But their gains were perhaps most significant — and surprising — in the state legislatures where they’ve been on defense for a decade. Democrats are on track to win back dozens of seats nationwide and flip control of up to four legislative chambers in key Midwestern battleground states, results with significant implications for abortion access. “We’re thrilled by these results,” Jessica Post, president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, told The 19th. “We think we’ll…

The Largest Political Donation in US History Took Place in the 2022 Midterms

Despite GOP-orchestrated voter suppression and the disenfranchisement of many voters, tens of millions of people exercised their right to vote on November 8, and the 2022 midterms did not usher in the more widespread and acute breakdown of the democratic process that many had feared could occur. There were no reports of major violence at the polls, for example, and majorities of voters in most states repudiated the election deniers who sought control over state election apparatuses solely to ensure that they could produce GOP electoral college victories even if the electorate had rejected such outcomes at the polls. Yet…

Experts Say GOP House Takeover Would’ve Been Impossible Without Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering played a major role in helping Republicans win the House in the midterm elections this year, according to political experts and analysts. The redistricting of congressional boundaries takes place in the U.S. every 10 years. When legislative leaders manipulate the process in order to win in future election cycles, it’s called gerrymandering — named after Elbridge Gerry, a former vice president and governor of Massachusetts who used the redistricting process to his advantage. Historically, gerrymandering has been used to ensure that people of color could not elect their own leaders to office, a method of voter suppression that continues…

Worsening Climate Change Could Make It Harder to Vote

Originally published by Prism. Twenty-seven days before the 2018 midterm elections, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle and devastated tens of thousands of homes and buildings, displacing families and forcing the closure of multiple polling locations in eight impacted counties. The polling place consolidation led to a 7% decline in voter turnout that year, which was roughly the equivalent of 13,800 ballots going uncast in the election, according to analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice. Climate change means that extreme weather events like hurricanes are becoming increasingly frequent and devastating due to both their intensity and the…

DOJ Considering Special Counsel for Trump Cases in Event He Runs for President

Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have reportedly engaged in discussions over whether two investigations involving former President Donald Trump would require the use of a special counsel should he decide to run for president. According to reporting from CNN, which cited numerous sources familiar with the talks, the special counsel would oversee the investigations into the January 6 Capitol attack and Trump’s improper transfer of thousands of government documents from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate following his departure from office. The report is the clearest indication yet that the DOJ is moving forward with its inquiries and will…

Copaganda Arrests Our Imaginations

“There’s so much deference to police around everything to do with public safety. What they say is taken as gospel without question, without requiring proof of concept, without requiring any kind of accountability for when what they’re saying actually doesn’t line up with the facts or people’s experiences,” says author and activist Andrea Ritchie. In this episode of “Movement Memos,” Ritchie and host Kelly Hayes discuss Ritchie’s new book, No More Police, coauthored with Mariame Kaba, and talk about how copaganda “shapes our imagination about what policing is, what it’s doing, what it’s not doing, and the necessity of it.”…

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