Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Midterm election a ‘big day’ for Republicans

Tony Evers Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin speaks at a rally in Milwaukee. Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker US: Democrats take the House, but there was no landslide – Nordea Markets
Orlando Vargas | 10 November, 2018, 00:00

All the polls found impeachment to be unpopular, and House Republicans lost seats in the 1998 election - something rare for an opposition party in a midterm.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Texas is set to send its first Hispanic women to Congress, as Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their races. Democrats lead in nine of those, Republicans in 14.

While Engel is likely to spearhead Democratic initiatives such as efforts to punish Russian Federation for its interference in the 2016 U.S. election and to strengthen worldwide alliances, the veteran NY congressman has at times broken from party leadership, particularly on issues related to Israel.

He was also at the front of many voters' minds, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate: 38 percent of respondents said they voted to oppose Trump, while 26 percent said they voted in support of his agenda.

'That's gone from 10/1 to 3/1 on Trump being impeached in 2019'.

The Trump administration will no longer get a free ride from Congressional Republicans who had no interest in shining a light on its abuses of power.

The Judiciary Committee, expected to be headed by current senior Democrat Jerry Nadler, has its eyes on business conflicts of Mr Trump's family.

The party adopted a trio of policy goals which proved favourable: reducing health care costs, creating jobs through infrastructure investment, and offering a reform package to clean up politics.

Democrats have a majority of 225 Democratic-held seats to 200 Republican seats with 10 races yet to be called.

"We are going to have to ruthlessly prioritise because there is so much that has gone wrong", Democrat Adam Schiff, who is expected to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said ahead of the election. He also now has a leftist House filled with ideologues he can mock and hold accountable.

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But one of the most common factors among the harassment complaints made today at Google is that the perpetrator had been drinking (~20% of cases).


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Some passengers even argued that apart from the unpleasant smell, they were also concerned by the extra weight on board. Sriwajiya Air later said the airline was well within its rights to carry the stinky fruit in cargo.


The Democrats, in turn, benefited from extraordinary voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

As the returns came in, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now. "And politicians have learned to tap into them".

The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men. Or you could say, "Look, if you run as a genuine, charismatic progressive, you can't beat Ted Cruz, and maybe a different candidate could have". He predicted an "invasion" from the migrant caravan making its way toward the USA and decried the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi. Female voters cast ballots for Democrats and suburban areas tilted toward Democrats too. Various federal agencies and cabinet members could become targets, and the administration could face subpoenas. Meanwhile, key state-level wins will give Democrats the chance to redraw districts and undo gerrymandering.

Though a separate case involving similar allegations filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia is further along, the D.C. case is the only one that has congressional Democrats as the plaintiffs.

This is less of a problem for Republicans, who broadly favor limited government and less legislative activity, than it was for Democrats, who generally favor more.

Pennsylvania was particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.

Now the same message is being delivered to Nancy Pelosi, who plans to be the next House speaker. She has long sought to preserve government funding for domestic programs like biomedical research.

The Republicans are on course to increase their representation from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Senate upper chamber.

The GOP campaign committee distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism, but he won anyway.

Florida Democratic strategist Steve Schale argued that even if Democrats ultimately aren't victorious in their two statewide contests, the fundamentals of the state haven't changed - it's still a very evenly divided state that is still up for grabs in two years, though Democrats still have work to do.

"It's very easy to over-interpret the impact of a midterm on the next presidential race, as both 2010 and 2014 taught us", Ayres pointed out, noting that while Barack Obama had disastrous midterm elections, he still won re-election.

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