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'Anti-Trump Wave' Results in Big Gains for Democrats

Murdered reporter's boyfriend was among Virginia winners

(Newser) - Almost a year to the day after President Trump was elected, Democrats scored big victories in races across the country—especially in Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Trump-endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race . Democrats made major statewide gains in Virginia as well as recapturing the governor'... More »

Brazile's Allegations Show War Is Coming to Democratic Party

Former DNC head accuses Clinton of rigging primary against Sanders

(Newser) - Donna Brazile, former head of the Democratic National Committee, made headlines Thursday when she accused the Clinton campaign and DNC of "unethical" behavior and "rigging" the primary in favor of Hillary Clinton. While not containing much new, provable information, Brazile's allegation is equivalent to "taking the... More »

A 16-Year-Old Is Running for Governor in Kansas

Jack Bergeson is hoping to win Kansas' top spot in 2018

(Newser) - Jack Bergeson won't be able to vote for himself when he appears on the Kansas ballot for governor in 2018—because he won't be 18 yet. As the director of elections with Kansas' secretary of state's office explains to the Wall Street Journal , the Sunflower State is... More »

Dems Need to 'Reject Siren Calls of the Left'

And embrace a more centrist perspective: 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - "Reject the siren calls of the left" is the advice Mark Penn and Andrew Stein offer for the Democratic Party in a New York Times op-ed. The two make a case for why Democrats have to move back to the centrist position advocated by President Bill Clinton in the... More »

Beyonce 2020 Is Exactly What Democrats Need

Jeet Heer makes case for celebrity Democratic candidate

(Newser) - After Donald Trump's election victory, Michael Moore suggested Democrats should run a celebrity in 2020 . If they aren't already considering it, they should be, writes Jeet Heer at New Republic . Some argue that voters are actually turned off by celebrities, whose lectures can feel patronizing and whose bank... More »

Michael Moore Urges Dems to Run a Celeb in 2020

Outspoken filmmaker says Democrats should run a "beloved" person

(Newser) - In light of recent election results, the Democratic Party should embrace the trend of turning popular celebrities into politicians, according to filmmaker Michael Moore. "Democrats would be better off if they ran Oprah or Tom Hanks," Moore said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, per the... More »

'Nuts' Mich. Rep Turned Out to Be Spot-On About Election

Debbie Dingell says she warned Dems that Clinton was ignoring key group

(Newser) - "That's Debbie, it's hyperbole, she is nuts." That's the vibe Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who represents her state's 12th Congressional District, says she received throughout Election 2016, when she tried to warn her fellow Democrats that no, Hillary Clinton was not on an... More »

Michael Moore to 'Shocked' Democrats: You Weren't Paying Attention

Filmmaker's 'Morning After To-Do List' is going viral

(Newser) - On Wednesday, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore penned a " Morning After To-Do List " for Democrats that has, as of Thursday morning, been shared more than 180,000 times, liked more than 350,000 times, and commented on more than 18,000 times. Item No. 1? "Take over... More »

Dem HQ Gets Redecorated With Manure

Democrats in Warren County, Ohio, are less than amused

(Newser) - In perhaps the latest sign that the 2016 silly season, er, election cannot get consigned to the history books soon enough , Ohio's Warren County Democratic Party Headquarters found itself unexpectedly decorated with a big pile of ... manure. And as the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, the affected Democrats aren't exactly... More »

Undercover Video: Dems Stoked Violence at Trump Rallies

Operatives also discuss voter fraud in latest from James O'Keefe

(Newser) - A Democratic operative is out of a job and another is "stepping back" from the Hillary Clinton campaign, thanks to a series of undercover videos in which they allegedly discuss inciting violence at Donald Trump rallies and how to commit voter fraud. In the first video from James O'... More »

As Clinton Makes History, Sanders Says Not So Fast

Clinton downplays talk of clinching nomination

(Newser) - Has Hillary Clinton clinched it? The AP called the Democratic race for Clinton on Monday based on pledged delegates and superdelegates—but Bernie Sanders' campaign says the move is a "rush to judgment." The media is "ignoring the Democratic National Committee's clear statement that it is... More »

Bernie Sanders: Debates Are Rigged for Clinton

He agrees with fellow candidate Martin O'Malley's criticism of DNC

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley say the upcoming Democratic debate schedule is "rigged" by the Democratic Party leadership to impede challengers to Hillary Clinton, the Washington Post reports. "This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before," O'Malley said in a speech to the... More »

'Wary of Hillary' Democrats Speak Up

...at least according to this Politico article

(Newser) - The "Does Hillary Clinton have brain damage?" kerfuffle seems to have faded. Next up: A few—but not many—Democrats fear she'll suffer politically for being considered a shoo-in candidate, Politico reports under the headline "The 'Wary of Hillary' Democrats." Among the concerns: The average... More »

Liberals Seek to Ape Right's Money Machine

Alliance turns focus to Democrats' state-level efforts

(Newser) - As many on the left criticize big, secretive money funding Republican races, liberals have decided to fight fire with fire. Leading donors, organized by the likes of George Soros and venture capitalist Rob McKay, are quietly putting their cash behind the Democracy Alliance. The group says it has donated some... More »

Democrats to White Men: We Want You Back

But white men have preferred Republicans for generations

(Newser) - As midterm elections get closer, Democrats are debating whether to court a long-disaffected group of voters: white men, especially working-class ones without college degrees, the New York Times reports. Frank Houston, a party chairman in Michigan, says he and others like him refuse to "just write off 30-year-old to... More »

Haters Really Hate Democrats: Poll

They're sick of both parties, Obama, but going to vote GOP

(Newser) - Had it up to here with the president and both parties on the Hill? You're a "hater," according to a new poll, and odds are, if there were an election today, you'd vote for a Republican in your House district. Some 72% of haters would choose... More »

GOP Popularity Hits All-Time Low: Poll

Plus, 60% of public would throw out all of Congress if it could

(Newser) - America is sick of the Republican Party, a new poll suggests. Just 24% of the public has a positive view of the GOP in the Wall Street Journal / NBC News survey. That's the lowest in the history of the poll, which dates back to 1989. The Tea Party... More »

De Blasio Will Be Dems' NYC Mayoral Candidate

After Bill Thompson concedes

(Newser) - New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson conceded the Democratic primary race to frontrunner Bill de Blasio today, averting a runoff and clearing the way for de Blasio to campaign for the general election. Thompson endorsed de Blasio at City Hall, saying he was proud to support him as the... More »

If Biden Runs in '16, Iowa's Got His Back

Does his appearance at today's Harkin Steak Fry mean he's eying a run?

(Newser) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is hosting his 36th "steak fry" fundraiser today, an event described by the Des Moines Register as "a stepping stone to the White House." This year's guest of honor? Joe Biden. His appearance has tongues wagging that the Vice President is considering... More »

GOP Hispanic Outreach Honcho Turns Democrat

Pablo Pantoja slams Republican 'intolerance'

(Newser) - In 2012, Pablo Pantoja headed the Republican National Committee's Hispanic outreach work in Florida; now, the Puerto Rican native is becoming a Democrat, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He explains his reasons for the switch in an email slamming "the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today.... More »

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