Election '18

These Kyrsten Sinema volunteers from 2018 now 'look forward' to 'canvassing for her opponent': report

On Friday, December 9, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona made a bombshell announcement: She was officially leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent. The switch, however, won’t necessarily take away Democrats’ 51-seat effective majority in the U.S. Senate in 2023: Like two other independents (Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Angus King of Maine), Sinema is expected to caucus with Democrats and have committee assignments.

It remains to be seen whether or not Sinema will seek reelection as an independent in 2024. Because she is no longer a Democrat, the centrist senator obviously won’t have to face a Democratic primary challenge from liberal Rep. Ruben Gallego, one of her outspoken critics. But if she runs, Sinema may have to face Gallego in the general election if he runs for that Senate seat and wins the Democratic nomination.

Gallego is hardly Sinema’s only critic in the liberal/progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Sinema has been a frequent source of frustration to liberals and progressives, although she fares better among independents, McCain Republicans, Never Trumpers and non-MAGA conservatives.

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In an article published by The Atlantic on December 15, journalist Nathan Kohrman takes a look at Arizona Democrats who supported Sinema in the 2018 midterms but have since grown frustrated with her.

“When Kyrsten Sinema campaigned for the Senate as ‘an independent voice for Arizona,’ her volunteers didn’t take that literally,” Kohrman explains. “Perhaps they heard what they wanted to hear. Ana Doan, a retired teacher, thought Sinema would bring fresh energy to Washington as Arizona’s first openly LGBTQ senator. Devina Alvarado, a young Costco forklift driver, thought Sinema would defend women’s rights from Donald Trump. Michael (identified by his middle name to avoid retaliation) admired that Sinema had made it out of poverty after experiencing homelessness as a child, as he did.”

Kohrman continues, “Each from a different corner of Arizona, they were all proud to have volunteered to get Sinema elected, proud of the doors they’d knocked and calls they’d made, proud to have had her glossy purple-and-yellow literature scattered in their home or on the floor of their car. But their pride had curdled long before Sinema announced she was leaving the Democratic Party last Friday.”

In 2018, Kohrman notes, Kohrman notes that although Doan “was thrilled when Sinema won” in 2018 and defeated her Republican opponent, Martha McSally, her “excitement was short-lived.”

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Doan told The Atlantic, “She made an idiot out of me, and I made an idiot out of all the people I spoke to.”

Alvarado canvassed for Sinema in 2018 but told the Atlantic that in 2024, “I, for sure, look forward to canvassing for her opponent.”

A Phoenix resident identified by Kohrman only as “Michael” volunteered for Sinema’s campaign in 2018 but was disappointment that she opposed raising the national minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Michael told The Atlantic, “Hunger changes people. It made me want to make no one feel that way. I’m guessing it made her protective of what she has.”

One Sinema volunteer from 2018 who is willing to defend her now is Martha Bruneau.

“Bruneau thinks her fellow progressive Democrats have been exasperating and believes they put too much pressure on Sinema, who votes with Biden more than 90 percent of the time,” Kohrman reports. “She told me she doesn’t get Sinema’s reputation for being unapproachable. When I asked her if she’d support Sinema over a Democratic challenger, Bruneau praised Sinema’s record and said she’d have to look at both candidates. This was, in dozens of interviews, the closest that any of Sinema’s former volunteers came to saying they would vote for her again.”

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'Something really rotten': Here's the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia's notorious 2018 election

As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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'Working class revolt' in Kentucky sends a warning to McConnell: 'You're next'

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear declared victory Tuesday night in his closely watched contest with Kentucky's Trump-backed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, whose vicious attacks on teachers, anti-union policies, and aggressive efforts to gut Medicaid helped spark what one commentator described as a "working class revolt" that led to his defeat.

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The GOP is in a total panic that this Democrat will win an upcoming special election in a brutal rebuke of Trump

The special election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, a do-over from the 2018 balloting that was invalidated because of the blatant attempt by Republicans to steal it, is just six days away. This traditionally Republican district is so close to turning blue that the GOP is in total panic. In its panic, it’s turning this into a referendum on Donald Trump.

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Federal grand jury subpoenas Andrew Gillum’s 2018 campaign records

A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena demanding the gubernatorial campaign records of former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting.

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The surprising data that proves Boomer electoral dominance is on the decline

In the United States, older voters have a reputation for being more likely to vote than younger voters. But according to a study by Pew Research Center, three generations that are younger than Baby Boomers — when combined — voted in higher numbers in the 2018 midterms.

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'A storm of the century': New data reveals why 2018 was such a massive landslide for Democrats — and bodes even better for 2020

Democrats succeeded in fueling the hoped-for "blue wave" in 2018, flipping control of the House of Representatives and securing a decisive majority of 38 seats.  And new data analyzed by Michael McDonald, who studies elections as a professor at the University of Florida, helps reveal why Democrats were able to win so big.

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‘Knock down the House’: Netflix drops trailer featuring rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and unapologetic progressive women

The 2018 blue wave was impressive not only because of all the wins by Democrats, who enjoyed a net gain of 40 seats in the House of Representatives, but also, because record numbers of them were women, from unapologetic progressives like Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar to more centrist candidates such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia. And “Knock Down the House,” a Netflix documentary due to go live on May 1, focuses on four of the liberal/progressive female candidates who ran in 2018.

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Republican states go all-in on voter suppression in response to 2018 blue wave

Republicans can only win by cheating, and they're barely even bothering to hide their intentions. Several Republican-led states are responding to big election losses to Democrats in 2018 not by evolving to answer the electorate's wishes, but by shrinking that electorate through voter suppression.

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This Democratic senator was ridiculed for citing Russia's threat to his state's elections. Mueller's report actually bolsters his claim.

Mother Jones reporter Pema Levy points out that one key line in Robert Mueller's findings buttresses former Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's assertion last year that Russian military hackers had compromised Florida's election systems:

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Young Parkland voters had mail-in ballots tossed at 12 times the statewide average: study

According to the Washington Post, new research from University of Florida political scientist Daniel Smith indicates that 18-21 year old voters in Parkland, Florida a city that has become synonymous both with school shooting violence and civic youth engagement saw an unusually high number of mail-in ballots rejected during the 2018 midterm election:

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The NRA may have illegally coordinated campaign ads with Republican candidates in key Senate races: report

The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated campaign ads with Republican candidates in key Senate races, according to Federal Communication Records (FCC) records obtained by The Trace.

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It's official: House Democrats will refuse to seat GOP candidate at heart of election fraud allegations

On Friday, the Washington Postreported that incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has confirmed Congress will not seat Mark Harris, the GOP candidate for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

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North Carolina GOP pushes shady law to weaken campaign regulation after a key House race was tainted by election fraud

The criminal investigation into GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris is ongoing, as evidence continues to accumulate that his hired strategist, Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., conducted an elaborate absentee ballot fraud scheme in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. The odds Harris will be seated at the start of the next Congress are now near zero as the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement decides whether to call a new election.

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Were black voters bamboozled by Russia? It's nowhere near that simple

Were black Americans hoodwinked, bamboozled and tricked by the Russians during the 2016 presidential election into not supporting Hillary Clinton?

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'They're going to absolutely crush him': Trump is reportedly panicking and 'losing it' as Democrats finally gain the upper hand

President Donald Trump is not used to presiding over a divided government, and it's clear he's not going to like it.

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'Fear grips Republican officeholders': Conservative writer explains why Trump's chances of impeachment are rising

Between the threat of a partial shutdown of the federal government, President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, Michael Flynn’s legal problems, the tumbling stock market, and Defense Secretary James Mattis's resignation, it's been a chaotic week for the White House.

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Bigoted GOP gubernatorial candidate behind 'deportation bus' indicted for a fake burglary scheme

During the Republican gubernatorial primary in Georgia, one candidate, state Sen. Michael Williams, exploded into national prominence with a racist stunt. He unveiled a "deportation bus" covered with messages like "FILL THIS BUS WITH ILLEGALS," "FOLLOW ME TO MEXICO," and "DANGER! MURDERERS, RAPISTS, KIDNAPPERS, CHILD MOLESTORS [sic] AND OTHER CRIMINALS ON BOARD." He then proceeded to drive this bus all over the state, which prompted extensive media coverage, widespread protests, and a ban from Cracker Barrel.

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Officials reveal new nefarious details in the apparent scheme to steal a North Carolina election for the GOP

On Wednesday, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement released a 278-page report detailing the 2016 primary election work of Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., the Bladen County Soil and Water Conversation District vice chairman and political operative at the heart of the investigation into suspected absentee ballot fraud in Bladen and Robeson Counties on behalf of GOP candidate Mark Harris in North Carlina's 9th Congressional District.

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Trump's feeble fight for a border wall has sparked feuds among White House aides as his major promise becomes a pipe dream: report

President Donald Trump appears poised to given in on his fight for $5 billion of funding for a border wall, according to multiple sources. But in the White House, the fight has reportedly increased tensions as aides jockey back and forth about the best strategy in the struggle to secure funds for his signature campaign promise, according to CNN. 

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Ocasio-Cortez touts highest portion of 2018 small-dollar donors: 'Being people-funded frees me to put people first'

"Being people-funded frees me to support policies that put people FIRST, and speak openly about closing lobbyist loopholes," Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declared Tuesday, responding to a new analysis showing that she had the highest portion of small campaign contributions of any member of 116th U.S. House.

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