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The 'Nones' Are the 'Small but Mighty' Group Voting for Dems

Per AP VoteCast, voters with no religious affiliation supported Dem candidates, by a lot, in midterms

(Newser) - When members of the small Pennsylvania chapter of Secular Democrats of America log on for their monthly meetings, they're not there for a virtual happy hour. "We don't sit around at our meetings patting ourselves on the back for not believing in God together," said founder...

Nancy Pelosi Giving Up Party Leadership Post

But she is not retiring from Congress

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi won't be House speaker next year , but she's not retiring from Congress, either. In a speech Thursday to the House, Pelosi told her fellow lawmakers that she would continue to represent her San Francisco constituents but would not seek re-election to a leadership position in the...

There Was No Red Wave, 'That's for Darn Sure'
There Was No Red Wave,
'That's for Darn Sure'
ELECTION 2022

There Was No Red Wave, 'That's for Darn Sure'

GOP could still take House and Senate, but Democrats will be breathing easier Wednesday morning

(Newser) - Was it a red wave? A bluenami? The consensus, it seems, is neither. As Lindsey Graham announced just before 11pm ET Tuesday on NBC News, it's "definitely not a Republican wave, that's for darn sure." Some reaction to early midterm results:
  • 'Red wedding': Though Republicans
...

Democrats Hear Common Theme After Latest Polls

'We peaked a little early'

(Newser) - The latest polls ahead of next month's midterm elections have generally not been kind to Democrats, and the resulting sentiment is reflected in two similar headlines out on Tuesday: "Democrats worry they peaked too soon ahead of midterms," reads one at the Hill . "Democrats' midterm hopes...

Democrats Push Back at Manchin's Energy Deal
Manchin Drops Changes
on Energy Permitting
updated

Manchin Drops Changes on Energy Permitting

Schumer says the proposal could come up again

(Newser) - Update: Facing opposition from both parties, Sen. Joe Manchin abandoned his provision to streamline and speed up the permitting process for energy projects. With that wording dropped, a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government operating was moved along by the Senate on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports....

NRA's Congressional Report Card Is Out. One Party Got Mostly F's

For first time in 25 years, not a single Dem candidate received an A from gun rights group

(Newser) - It's not terribly surprising that Democrats running for Congress this year received a dismal report card from the National Rifle Association, as they tend to be much more critical of the gun rights advocacy organization than their Republican counterparts. What makes this year's candidate ratings from the NRA'...

Democrats Jokingly Praise Their Overlord: 'Dark Brandon'
Democrats Turn 'Brandon'
Meme Around to Praise Biden
THE RUNDOWN

Democrats Turn 'Brandon' Meme Around to Praise Biden

Jokey images depict Biden, aka 'Dark Brandon, as 'master of the political dark arts' following Democratic wins

(Newser) - A week after Joe Biden was elected president, a Chinese illustrator began spewing out images of Biden as an evil, all-powerful being with glowing eyes. Yang Quan often shared the images with pro-China messages. So why are several now going viral, spread not by Chinese sympathizers, but by Biden's...

Abortion Rights Supporters May Wind Up Thanking Alito

Kansas result suggests court decision could lead to a national consensus in favor of access

(Newser) - The overwhelming support for abortion rights in Kansas is giving Democrats new wind in their sails ahead of the November midterms, which have looked bad for the party for a while, particularly given President Biden's approval ratings . The Kansas vote suggests strong national support for abortion rights—a focus...

Democrats Could Boot Manchin. Here's Why They Won't

Ultimately, they still need him to make progress ahead of midterms

(Newser) - Democrats are clearly frustrated with Sen. Joe Manchin, but any serious punishment for his failure to support climate and tax provisions in President Biden's Build Back Better bill seems unlikely, reports the Hill . Stripping the West Virginia senator of his chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee...

UK Outlet Has Advice for Democrats, 'Sickly' US
UK Outlet
Has Advice
for Democrats,
'Sickly' US
OPINION

UK Outlet Has Advice for Democrats, 'Sickly' US

Party must stop pandering to 'extremes' on the left, says editorial

(Newser) - How is the US viewed abroad? The UK's Economist thinks our "sickly democracy" is in trouble, and its remedy has the unusual distinction of simultaneously dissing progressives and supporters of former President Trump. The main takeaway is that President Biden and the Democratic Party need to more forcefully...

AP Sees a 'Political Shift' That Should Scare Democrats

In suburbs, people are switching parties to join the GOP

(Newser) - A political shift is beginning to take hold across the US as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party's gains in recent years are becoming Republicans. More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last...

What Progressive DA's Recall Means for Democrats
What Progressive DA's
Recall Means for Democrats
THE RUNDOWN

What Progressive DA's Recall Means for Democrats

Chesa Boudin's loss seen by some as a 'wake-up call' about policies on crime

(Newser) - Though the San Francisco district attorney recalled by voters on Tuesday admitted past mistakes, without identifying what they were, he mainly pointed the finger elsewhere. "The right-wing billionaires outspent us three to one, they exploited an environment in which people are appropriately upset, and they created an electoral dynamic...

One Big Question: Will SCOTUS Leak Rewrite the Midterms?

Some say draft leak could work in Dems' favor; others aren't so sure

(Newser) - A leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating its conservative majority will rule to overturn Roe v. Wade has people buzzing not only about the myriad health, logistical, and financial repercussions that could result, but also the political ones. FiveThirtyEight.com asks one big question in particular: "What...

Bloomberg Issues 'Dire Warning' to Dems After San Fran Vote

Ex-NYC mayor says midterms will be a 'wipeout' for Democrats unless they shift to more moderate path

(Newser) - Three liberal members of San Francisco's city school board were booted last week, and while some say not to read too much into one local vote, others are concerned that the special election could be a "bellwether" of sorts for nationwide politics. In that latter camp is Michael...

This Time, San Francisco May Be Political 'Bellwether'
Results in San Francisco
Seen as a 'Bellwether'
the rundown

Results in San Francisco Seen as a 'Bellwether'

Ouster of 3 liberal school board members viewed as part of a national trend

(Newser) - The recall of three liberal members of the city school board in San Francisco continues to reverberate, and a common theme in analyses is that the vote might be seen as a warning for Democrats nationwide. The shorthand view: Voters, even entrenched Democrats, are pushing back against policies they see...

Senate Candidate Smokes Pot, Burns Confederate Flag in Ads

Louisiana's Gary Chambers Jr. is making waves despite limited budget

(Newser) - A Louisiana candidate for the US Senate is making waves with his ads, which show him smoking marijuana and burning the Confederate flag. Baton Rouge community activist Gary Chambers Jr.—who had a viral moment in 2020 when he called out a school board member for online shopping during...

Arizona Party Punishes Sinema for Vote on Filibuster

Chairwoman says voting rights are more important than Senate rules

(Newser) - Three years after becoming a hero to Arizona Democrats for winning a US Senate seat long held by Republicans, Sen. Krysten Sinema was formally censured Saturday by the state party for her part in blocking voting rights legislation. The Arizona Democratic Party's executive committee cited Sinema's vote against...

Giant Swing in Polls Doesn't Bode Well for Democrats

Gallup puts GOP up 5 points in US support, a shift from trailing by 9

(Newser) - The midterm elections could spell disaster for President Biden and the Democrats, if recent polling is any indication. A new Gallup poll shows an average of 47% of Americans surveyed in the fourth quarter of 2021 identified with or leaned toward the Republican Party compared to 42% for the Democratic...

Rep. Jackie Speier Done Being a 'Weekend Wife, Mother'

Longtime California representative announces her retirement

(Newser) - Longtime California Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday that she will not seek reelection, becoming the latest Democrat to announce their retirement from Congress ahead of a fraught 2022 midterm election cycle. The seven-term congresswoman from the San Francisco Bay Area said in a video message that it was an "...

Senate Leader Survived Every Challenge but This One
New Jersey
Senate Leader
Accepts His Fate
UPDATED

New Jersey Senate Leader Accepts His Fate

Truck driver unseats legislative fixture Stephen Sweeney without party's help

(Newser) - Update: "All votes have been fairly counted, and I, of course, accept the results." So conceded longtime New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney on Wednesday in officially accepting his defeat by a truck driver with no political experience. He described his loss by around 2,000 votes...

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