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The 2018 mid-term elections
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:04 am    Post subject: Judges Confirm Tie in Virginia Race Reply with quote

Judges deny Democrat's request to undo recount decision
A three-judge panel has refused to reverse a decision that stripped the Democratic candidate of her apparent one-vote victory in the race for a House seat.
Republican majority at stake » [It won't be so easy, Whomping Willow!]
[Associated Press] ALAN SUDERMAN

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A three-judge panel on Wednesday refused to reverse a decision that stripped the Democratic candidate of her apparent one-vote victory in the race for a House seat, meaning a winner will be chosen with names drawn from a bowl.

The panel denied a request from Democrat Shelly Simonds to undo its decision to count a ballot in favor of Republican incumbent David Yancey in the November election — after a dramatic recount that had put Simonds up by one vote.

The move sets the stage for a Thursday morning tiebreak, with Virginia election officials picking a winner from a ceramic bowl.

The outcome could determine partisan control of the Virginia House of Delegates, the nation's oldest legislative body that was until recently in firm Republican control. Democrats rode a tidal wave powered by unhappiness with GOP President Donald Trump in last month's elections to erase Republicans' 66-34 advantage.

If Simonds wins, the partisan split will be 50-50. If Yancey wins, Republicans will have a 51-49 majority.

At the heart of the dispute in the race is a single ballot in which the voter filled in the bubble for both Simonds and Yancey. The voter also drew a single slash through the bubble for Simonds and picked Republican candidates in statewide races.

The ballot wasn't counted during the recount and was identified after a Republican election official raised concerns the following day.

The judges strongly defended their decision to count the ballot in their ruling Wednesday, saying "the right of a citizen to cast a free vote has been secured to us by the blood of patriots."

"The manifest injustice against which we must always guard is the chance that a single vote may not be counted," the judges wrote.

Simonds said she was disappointed with the court's ruling but was ready to draw the saga to a "positive conclusion." She sent a letter to Yancey asking him to agree that both sides would accept Thursday's random drawing as final, and not seek another recount.

Yancey declined the offer, saying he is "not going to deny myself or the people of the 94th district due process." If he were to lose Thursday's drawing and then ask for a recount, it could allow Republicans to start the 2018 legislative session next week at a 50-49 majority, which would let them pick a speaker and set committee assignments.

Adding another wrinkle: The Newport News seat is not the only contested House race. Democrats have filed a legal challenge in a close Fredericksburg-area where several voters were given the wrong ballots. A hearing in that case is set for Friday.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:00 am    Post subject: Alternative Fox News report! Reply with quote

Trust Whomping Willow to be as gullible as Unmask and post an alternative Fox News report. It seems the Republicans are running scared now and spouting even more and more Caca del Toro than before.... Angela has remained rather silent about all this for some time now so maybe she is seeing she was wrong to vote for Trump in the first place?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:20 am    Post subject: Re: Alternative Fox News report! Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
Angela has remained rather silent about all this for some time now so maybe she is seeing she was wrong to vote for Trump in the first place?

Angela didn't vote for Trump as, like me, she's not a US citizen and doesn't vote in the US. But it's certain she would have if she could have. Like UnMask, she hates Hillary Clinton.

Although recently, she asked me why I painted her (in our collective email exchange with the French-speaking group) as a Trump supporter when she wasn't really. Rolling Eyes - I had to laugh at her and remind her of the heated fights we had during the campaign in 2016 and how she always had an explanation or an excuse for any silly or frankly mean thing he said or did... Also remember how she defended the Muslim travel ban? So maybe, yes, she changed her mind a bit about Trump. For the time being, all she posts are jokes and funny videos. wink

On an off-topic aside, I didn't know the phrase "Caca del Toro" - I find it very funny!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:37 am    Post subject: Re: Alternative Fox News report! Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
Trust Whomping Willow to be as gullible as Unmask and post an alternative Fox News report. It seems the Republicans are running scared now and spouting even more and more Caca del Toro than before....

I must say, though, that it was eye-opening to see their spin - and see how they could convince people like Whomping Willow or UnMask that they are in the right. Those people actually believe that Trump has done great things and is being victimized. How they can believe it is beyond me, but they obviously do. They just ignore all the silly and harmful things that their idol says or does. Also obviously, we're not living on the same planet, let alone in the same country... Rolling Eyes

I liked it when one of the guys said that "If Trump's name was Donald Obama, this would be the scandal of the century!" - Invoking the double standard on their side. I mean, how blind can you be? What would they have said if Obama had tweeted that Trump was "sick or bad"? Or if Obama had done a tenth of what Trump has done that has harmed the country possibly irreparably?

I give up trying to understand, it's just all inexplicable...

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It seems the Republicans are running scared now and spouting even more and more Caca del Toro than before....

Why shouldn't they, as long as there are people who believe them and swallow the Caca del Toro? Over a third of the population does, it seems. Pale sigh
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:05 am    Post subject: Double standard Reply with quote

You are so right Angelina saying if it was Donald Obama (or even Barack Trump given his son is Barron...lol) well.....

Caca del Toro comes up in the definiton of suspicion: Bullshit in the cow yard... super grin
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:56 am    Post subject: Can blue state GOP govs survive a blue wave? Reply with quote

Can blue state Republican governors survive a blue wave?
by Kristen Soltis Anderson

It’s hard to get voters to say they like much of anyone in elected office these days. For many Republicans in Congress, running for re-election in the 2018 midterms is a daunting prospect and a steady stream of retirements has put an exclamation point on the matter.

However, voters still like some of their elected officials — especially, it turns out, Republican governors in blue states. Despite the way partisanship has warped public opinion of countless issues over the last year, competence still counts, and it seems voters are willing to reward leaders who govern well, even if they are of the other party.

It seems so obvious, and yet can’t be stated enough in politics: The best way to overcome a tough political environment? Do a good job. And luckily for Republicans, several GOP blue-state governors are doing just that.

By most measures, the 2018 midterm elections are shaping up to be an ugly affair for the Republican Party. Despite low unemployment and a stock market that keeps hitting new highs, presidential job approval hovers around 40 percent, hardly a figure to celebrate. Data points such as the “generic ballot” — a measure of voter attitudes toward the parties in general — give Democrats a 17 point advantage over Republicans.

But it isn’t just Congress that is up for grabs in the midterms. Governor’s mansions — many of which are inhabited by Republicans — are also on the table, and reporting earlier this week is that Republican operatives are also growing nervous about how their gubernatorial candidates will fare in this political environment. Republicans are defending around two dozen seats, while Democrats are defending fewer than ten.

Just how much trouble are Republicans in on that front? Polling by Morning Consult from late 2017 tested the job approval ratings of every governor in the U.S. and ranked them from most to least popular. Republicans take all ten of the top slots, but also take eight of the ten at the bottom of the list.

Some, like Gov. Sam Brownback in Kansas, proves that being of the “right” political party doesn’t mean much if your state is angry what you’ve done to the state budget.

Former Gov. Chris Christie, whose term expires this week, leaves office with a dreadful approval rating, clocking in at only 18 percent.

But throughout the rest of the Northeast, many Republican governors are soaring. Gov. Charlie Baker in Massachusetts gets a stellar job approval rating of 74 percent, in the same state where President Trump gets just 29 percent approval, according to new polling from WBUR. In second place is Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who 61 percent of voters in the state say is doing a good job. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by extraordinary margins, that Hogan retains a seven-point lead in polls asking Maryland voters who they expect to vote for is a feat only possible through his strong record. Govs. Phil Scott of Vermont and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire also get high marks, despite representing states that are hardly “Trump Country” or safe Republican terrain.

For federal races, being able to carefully navigate the Trump Era is a significant challenge. Even if you are a rising star in Congress who has not been shy about criticizing President Trump — the Will Hurds and Carlos Curbelos of the world — you still get tagged with a “votes 96.7% of the time with Trump!” attack, even when most of those votes are fairly anodyne, non-“Trumpy” measures like “extension of government funding for four weeks” or “disaster relief for Puerto Rico,” or are things like voting to table “articles of impeachment against Trump,” which most Democrats don’t even support. Furthermore, your ability to tout your own independent achievements is limited by the challenge of, well, getting Congress to pass something.

Governors can more effectively avoid this mess, especially if the people they serve think they’ve governed well. Govs. Hogan and Baker can point to sub-4 percent unemployment rates in their states. In Nevada, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval can note that Nevada’s unemployment was four points higher than the U.S. overall figure when he took office, and today is less than a point above it, at just five percent. They don’t have to cast votes “for” or “against” Trump at all, and can talk about the roads and bridges they have built and the programs they have reformed. At the same time, they can’t hide behind the curtain of partisanship if they fail their state; being the Republican governor of a very Republican state like Kansas hasn’t saved Brownback’s approval rating from being dismal.

Republicans are going to be on defense across the country in November. And yes, even those Republicans who are popular should remain vigilant. But the success of so many Republicans in deep-blue territory in the Northeast underscores that governing effectively goes a long way, and that people are willing to give you a thumbs-up even if you’re on the other team, so long as you’re doing your job well. What could be a very ugly November for Republicans may well be less ugly because of the hard work and effective leadership of a handful of blue-state Republicans who are defying the odds.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/can-blue-state-republican-governors-survive-a-blue-wave/article/2646139
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:43 pm    Post subject: Fire & Fury to the Aid of Republicans Reply with quote

Trump Thinks An Attack On The US Would Be Great For Republicans in the mid-term elections Eek
A recent report from The Washington Post says that those closest to Donald Trump claim that the President believes that an attack on US soil would certainly help his Party’s chances of winning the midterm elections this year. Not only is this a dangerous way of thinking, but he’s also probably correct in his analysis – it worked for George W. Bush and it could absolutely work for Trump.

https://youtu.be/zP5HYUMPWTU


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: DEMS Will Win Midterms Reply with quote

Howard Dean: 'Devin Nunes is DISHONEST, Trump is DISHONEST.' DEMS Will Win Midterms
With all the madness going on with Republicans and Donald Trump, Howard Dean believe Democrats will benefit and trounce Republicans in the 2018 Midterms.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:45 pm    Post subject: Russia Already Trying To Meddle In 2018 Midterms Reply with quote

Tillerson Says Russia Is Already Trying To Meddle In 2018 Midterms
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia is already trying to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections and the U.S. isn’t prepared to counter the threat.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: Russia Already Trying To Meddle In 2018 Midterms Reply with quote

Do Quy if that really is true and the Russians are meddling and the government is doing nothing about it then we know why don't we... It will be the only way they can win some seats and not lose their majority in both houses...
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