🎧 The Daily: The Freshman, Part 1: Rashida Tlaib | New York Times

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Now that the Democrats have taken back the House, their plan is to govern on a message of unity heading into 2020. A small group of new, progressive lawmakers threatens to upend that plan. Meet one of them.

🎧 “The Daily”: Who’s Allowed to Vote in Georgia? | New York Times

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Accusations of intentional voter suppression have animated the state’s crucial race for governor.

🎧 “The Daily”: Senator Claire McCaskill on Losing Missouri and the Politics of Purity | New York Times

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As the senator prepares to leave office, she sat down with us to talk about her defeat in the midterm elections and the path forward for the Democratic Party.

The final statements of Claire McCaskill in this podcast are some of the most uplifting things I’ve heard about politics in the past two years. I’ve only heard one or two other people talk about “political purity” in this way, and I suspect it’s one of the things that is truly killing our democracy and political norms in our country. We need more reporting on these types of pragmatism.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: Watering Down Democrats’ Power in Wisconsin | New York Times

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Across the country, Democratic candidates for governor and attorney general have won seats that had long been held by Republicans. But Republican-controlled legislatures in some states are resisting that transfer of power.

This kind of crap really drives me crazy and is very non-democratic.

👓 Certification in limbo in N.C. House race as fraud investigation continues | The Washington Post

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Mounting evidence of fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District could indefinitely delay the certification of a winner, as state election officials investigate whether hundreds of absentee ballots were illegally cast or destroyed. The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has no plans to certify Republican Mark Harris’s 905-vote victory over Democrat Dan McCready, according to an agenda of a board meeting scheduled for Friday morning.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Plan to Discredit the Florida Recount | New York Times

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The partisan battle over several close races risks damaging public confidence in the state’s election systems.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: A Conversation With a Freshman Democrat | New York Times

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We spoke with Abigail Spanberger, a recently elected congresswoman from Virginia, about her first days in the Capitol and what it means to be a Democrat today.

Last week on “The Daily,” we looked at the campaign of a candidate who embodied the Democratic strategy for winning the House. This week, she arrived in Washington.

Abigail Spanberger a former C.I.A. officer, was elected as a Democrat in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District. Listen to last week’s episode of “The Daily” about how the Democrats flipped the House, with a spotlight on Ms. Spanberger’s victory in a reliably conservative district.

The incoming group of House Democrats is the most diverse, most female freshman class in history. Members of the group also have major differences in ideology, which may present a challenge for Democratic leaders trying to unify their new House majority.

👓 Hyde-Smith Attended All-White ‘Seg Academy’ to Avoid Integration | Jackson Free Press

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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith attended and graduated from a segregation academy that were set up so that white parents could avoid having to send their children to schools with black students, a yearbook reveals.

This is the second article I’m reading out of the Jackson Free Press in almost as many days. They’ve got some excellent coverage on this topic to be sure.

👓 Hyde-Smith Demanded No Audience, No Press for Tonight’s Debate | Jackson Free Press

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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith demanded there be no audience or outside press allowed at tonight’s U.S. Senate debate and requested other restrictions, a source familiar with the debate negotiations told the Jackson Free Press Tuesday morning.

One wonders if an intern at the paper might have tried to re-title this article Hyde & Seek Demanded No Audience, No Press for Tonight’s Debate instead?

👓 Even in the Senate, 2018 looks like other wave years for Democrats | CNN

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Some Republicans will argue that 2018 wasn't a wave for Democrats because they expanded their Senate majority.

👓 Florida and Georgia: the super-tight midterm elections, explained | Vox

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Where things stand as votes continue to be counted — and recounted — in three major statewide races now that Arizona has been called.

👓 What 2018 Election Results Mean for California Climate Policy | ColoradoBoulevard.net

Read What 2018 Election Results Mean for California Climate Policy by Ethan Elkind (ColoradoBoulevard.net)
The midterm elections produced some big wins for California (and therefore national) climate policy.

👓 Illegal and Dirty Election Tricks in Pasadena and Altadena | ColoradoBoulevard.net

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Illegal inserts found inside the print edition of ColoradoBoulevard.net in Pasadena and Altadena (Photo – Staff). The “No on 10” campaign is accused of spreading misi...

👓 Federal Judge Orders Georgia to Reveal Tally of Provisional Ballots | Bloomberg

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A federal judge in Atlanta ordered the state’s election office -- overseen by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp until his resignation Thursday -- to disclose how many provisional ballots were cast during the midterm election and how the total compares with the previous two elections.

👓 Photos Show Scores of Uncounted Ballots in Opa-locka Mail Center | Miami New Times

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Miami-Dade County announced today it has finished counting votes for the 2018 election. But photos obtained by New Times show scores of mail-in ballots sitting inside an Opa-locka mail distribution center — the same center that was evacuated last month after alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc's pipe bombs passed through the facility.