Paul Waldman, The Washington Post Published 12:27 pm PDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 Most Americans don't vote in midterm elections; turnout in 2014 was 37 percent, in 2010 it was 42 percent, and in 2006 it was 41 percent. But to the parties, what matters isn't how many people get to the polls, it's whether their people get to the polls and the other party's don't. Right now, Republicans are beginning to worry that not only are Democratic unusually motivated, Republican voters are looking at the elections happening in seven weeks and saying, "Whatever." The GOP starts off at a disadvantage, because this is the first midterm of a new presidency, when the opposition almost always does well. That's because a president gives his opponents lots to be angry about, and anger may be the most powerful motivator in politics. Furthermore, President Donald Trump makes Democrats particularly angry with his combination of retrograde policy initiatives and personal loathsomeness. That … [Read more...] about Republicans are desperate to goose turnout in November
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Spain will hold a repeat parliamentary election on November 10, acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday after failing to secure enough support to be confirmed as premier. "It has been impossible to complete the mandate given to us by the Spanish people on April 28. They have made it impossible for us," Sanchez said, referring to opposition parties. "There is no majority in Congress that guarantees the formation of a government, which pushes us to a repeat election on Nov. 10." Spain has been in political limbo since an inconclusive election in April left Spanish socialist party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez without a majority to form a government. However, the election deadline is getting closer. If parliament does not confirm Sanchez as prime minister by Monday, September 23, Spain will have to hold another election on November 10. King Felipe has been carrying out consultations with party leaders who will tell him if they would back Sanchez’s bid to become premier. … [Read more...] about Spain to hold elections on November 10: Pedro Sanchez
Medicaid Expansion Mostly Dead...The hopes for Medicaid expansion in Utah appear very dim after both the House and Senate Republican caucuses failed to advance the new compromise plan drafted by the “Gang of 6” dubbed UtahAccess+. A Special Session long planned for October was scratched. This new effort was born after months of meetings by the “Gang of 6” following a stalemate on Medicaid expansion at the conclusion of the 2015 General Session. The UtahAccess+ plan closely resembled the Healthy Utah plan proposed by Governor Herbert during the session, with an emphasis on placing as many of the expansion population as possible on private employer plans through premium subsidies. The UtahAccess+ plan was expected to expand coverage to 126,500 Utahns currently without health insurance at a cost of about $78 million after federal matching funds were applied.In contrast to Healthy Utah, UtahAccess+ would have required a wide variety of health care providers and … [Read more...] about Utah November Legislative Update
They’re headed for the exits in Congress, 60 lawmakers in all, deciding they’ve had enough and opting to quit rather than run again in November.Some — like Minnesota's Democratic Sen. Al Franken, Michigan's Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. and Arizona's Republican Rep. Trent Franks — were chased out by sexual harassment charges.Others, like GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, wished to spare themselves what looked to be uphill reelection fights.Many more are leaving the House to advance their careers, running for Senate or seeking the governor’s office back home.Historically, it’s proved easier to win an open seat than oust an incumbent, which heartens Democrats vying to seize control of the House. Faced with an unusually high number of retirements, Republicans will be defending far more open seats in November than Democrats, who need a gain of 23 to take over.The GOP is in better shape in the Senate, where Democrats need to pick up just two seats for … [Read more...] about Does a rash of GOP retirements portend a Democratic wave in November?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Philip Bump by Philip Bump Email the author April 23 at 11:42 AM Email the author (Still image/CNN) CNN’s Brian Stelter aired a video Sunday drawing a clear line between the rhetoric used by President Trump and the rhetoric that airs on Fox News Channel. The segment paired comments from Fox News hosts with comments Trump made during a bilateral news conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort last week. Sean Hannity blames special counsel Robert … [Read more...] about CNN gets the direction of anti-Mueller rhetoric between Fox News and Trump backward