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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Democrats Are Being Pulled Both Left And Center

Reprinted with permission from The American Prospect.

 

Are the Democrats, as so many people believe, moving left, or are they gravitating to the center? Actually, the results of this year’s primary and general elections show there is movement in both directions, setting the party up for future conflicts.

Let’s look at the congressional results. Perry Bacon, Jr. at FiveThirtyEight makes the case that the Democrats are moving left by comparing their House membership in 2010, the last time they controlled the chamber, to their incoming membership. Eight years ago, the Progressive Caucus had 80 members, while the Blue Dog Coalition, the most conservative Democrats, had 54.…

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FBI Probing North Carolina Election Fraud

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

The FBI is now investigating possible election fraud by Republicans in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

Lorrin Freeman, the district attorney for Wake County, confirmed in a statement to CNN that the FBI has gotten involved.

State election officials also told the Washington Post that they have been working with the FBI, as well as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert Higdon.

Mark Harris, the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, had a slim lead over his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready. But the state election board declined to certify the result due to evidence of fraud, which included Harris winning a suspiciously high number of absentee ballot votes in at least one county.…

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Paul Ryan Silent On Wisconsin GOP Power Grab

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is refusing to publicly condemn the effort by his fellow Republicans to grab power in Wisconsin after they lost the gubernatorial election.

Just a few weeks ago Ryan was in his home state, campaigning side-by-side with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Touting the incumbent, Ryan said the state was “working” as a result of policies the conservative governor had put in place. Less than a week later, voters rejected Ryan’s empty claims and voted Walker out of office.

Since then, the sore loser Republicans in the state legislature have staged a nakedly partisan attempt to curtail the power of Democrat Tony Evers, who will be Wisconsin’s next governor.…

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