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How a Blue Wave Wiped Out Republicans in the Largest County in Texas

This makes me smile https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-a-blue-wave-wiped-out-republicans-in-the-largest-county-in-texas-1542709801?mod=e2fb&fbclid=IwAR3AJieq-AYSuYJf_oIpH5_uFIVyoVpxBNRWVnF4SiQap-YaYIdrIaBBW3w

An energized Democratic electorate wasn’t enough to defeat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz this month, but in the state’s most populous county, it created a blue landslide.

Nearly every Republican in Harris County, home to Houston, was unseated on Nov. 6, including 59 judges and the top executive, Ed Emmett, a moderate who won in 2014 with 83% of the vote.

Mr. Emmett, whose official title is county judge and who was widely lauded for steering the county through the devastation of Hurricane Harvey last year, lost to political novice Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat who said she has never previously attended a meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, which she will soon oversee. The 27-year-old won by less than 2 percentage points and will now help run a metro area that encompasses some 4.6 million people, the third-most-populous county in the U.S.

The Harris County election drew national attention in part because 17 African-American women, all Democrats, won judgeships, a symbolic shift for one of the nation’s most diverse cities. But it also demonstrates the growing political divide between more liberal cities and conservative rural areas that is evident even in red states like Texas, where every elected statewide official is a Republican.

Mississippi Senate- Sri Preston Kulkarni is working to help Mike Espy

Sri ran for congress in Texas CD 22 but lost. I am hoping that Sri runs in 2020. This was posted on facebook by Sri
Hi All,
On Tuesday, Mike Espy could be elected the first African-American US Senator from Mississippi since Reconstruction. He is the former US Secretary of Agriculture and US Congressman. Espy is a moderate Democrat who was within 1 point of his opponent on election day. (Tuesday is the runoff election). His opponent has said that we should make it harder for students to vote (because they will vote Democrat) and recently publicly complimented one of her supporters by saying that if he invited her to a public hanging she would "be in the front row." (Mississippi had the most lynchings of any state in the south.) If this feels like we are still fighting the Civil Rights battles of the 1960's, you are not alone.
With a runoff election the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, turnout for this will be low (on election day the total turnout was less than 900,000) so every phone call or text message will make a difference. A lot of folks (especially low income) can't be reached by phone, so in person door knocks are huge. (This isn't a persuasion activity. We literally just have to get people to show up, as many don't even know there's an election happening).
I am going to be flying into Jackson at 1:30pm on Friday, staying through Sunday night. (If anyone wants to drive back together, that would be great).
If you want to get to Jackson earlier than me, they start canvassing at 10am. The address is :
460 Briarwood Dr, Jackson, MS
Otherwise just give me a call when you arrive:
If anyone wants to split an Air BnB, let me know.
See you in Mississippi!

I cannot go to Mississippi but I will make calls for Espy

Democratic wins in the midterms were driven largely by African American voters


I have a suggestion for TIME Person of the Year: Jamal Khashoggi


Luckovich-Lock Her Up, Lock Her Up....

A federal judge temporarily blocks Trump admin's restrictions barring asylum for migrants who enter


Judge bars Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who enter illegally

Source: NBC

A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.
U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum. The regulations, which will remain in place for three months absent a court order, could potentially make it harder for thousands of people who enter the U.S. to avoid deportation.

"Individuals are entitled to asylum if they cross between ports of entry," said Baher Azmy, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights. "It couldn't be clearer."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/judge-bars-trump-administration-denying-asylum-migrants-who-enter-illegally-n938271?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

Luckovich-trump commenting on our troops


The Finns have a new hashtag that is great-#haravointi



Democrats Did Better Than It Seems In Senate Races

If Hillary Clinton was serving as POTUS (She was selected by the majority of the voters), then the Democrats would have lost a larger number of senate seats this cycle due to the map https://politicalwire.com/2018/11/19/democrats-did-better-than-it-seems-in-the-senate-races/
FiveThirtyEight: “The 2018 election has become a tale of divided government: the House broke for Democrats, but the Senate held for Republicans — and what’s more, Republicans were even able to expand their majority in the Senate. The election has also become a tale of blue waves. But don’t those tales contradict one another? Not really. What the ‘split decision’ narrative sometimes misses is just how well Democrats performed in the Senate despite having to defend more seats than Republicans — and in territory that was largely more favorable to the GOP.”

“Much of this is overshadowed because Democrats did lose Senate seats… But if we look at a state’s partisan lean and the vote share margin in each Senate race, we see Democrats managed to outperform how their states leaned politically in almost every single race — including in the 10 states with a Democratic incumbent that President Trump won in 2016.”

However, First Read notes that Democratic performance in red states might have been their ceiling.
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