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5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019

5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019

It’s not Election Day 2020 yet, but on Tuesday we got the next best thing. Voters all over the country headed to the polls to decide local and state elections. The headline-grabbing contest was Democrat Andy Beshear beating Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race — a state President Donald Trump won by a whopping 30 percent in 2016. Some caveats: Bevin was among the most unpopular governors in the country, and other Republican leaders in the state outperformed him on Tuesday. But Beshear’s win was still a big loss for Trump, who campaigned in Kentucky just a...

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Nov 7, 2019
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Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, explained

Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, explained

Biden’s new plan takes an expansive view of infrastructure.President Joe Biden proposed his opening bid on Wednesday for a $2 trillion infrastructure package that pushes the US toward a clean energy economy.The bulk of Biden’s plan involves upgrading America’s roads, bridges, and public transit. But it also takes a sweeping definition of the word “infrastructure,” expanding long-term care for older adults through Medicaid, banning exclusionary zoning, and investing in community-based violence reduction programs, among many other things.The American Jobs Plan, which he will formally...

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House Democrats will keep their majority for two more years

House Democrats will keep their majority for two more years

House Democrats did not have the election they expected.projected Democrats will keep their majority in the House after calling races for Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger in Virginia and Tom O’Halleran in Arizona, officially bringing their count to 219 seats. Many more races have yet to be called.Democrats faced unexpectedly stiff competition from Republican candidates in multiple districts. Rather than expanding their majority as many Democrats — and nonpartisan forecasters — expected, the Democratic margin in the House appears to be shrinking after they first flipped the chamber in...

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Nov 9
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Democrat Raphael Warnock just won Georgia’s Senate special election runoff — and made history

Democrat Raphael Warnock just won Georgia’s Senate special election runoff — and made history

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Warnock’s Georgia win is a blow to Republicans.Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock has won a US Senate seat in Georgia, beating Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of the state’s pivotal...

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Everything that needs to go right for Democrats to win the Georgia runoffs, explained

Everything that needs to go right for Democrats to win the Georgia runoffs, explained

To win two hotly contested , Democrats in Georgia need a lot of things to go right.Georgia voters haven’t sent a Democrat to the Senate in 20 years, and Democrats the Senate runoff in 2008. But ask Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, and they insist things are different now. For one thing, the two Georgia races will determine which party controls the Senate — and by extension — political power in Washington, DC. For another, their party’s presidential candidate just won the state for the first time in almost 30 years.“Folks didn’t allow themselves to hope,” said Nsé...

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Dec 7
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A bipartisan group of senators wants to pass emergency Covid-19 relief

A bipartisan group of senators wants to pass emergency Covid-19 relief

The latest competing Covid-19 relief proposals in Congress, explained.A bipartisan group of senators and members of the House unveiled a new $908 billion plan for emergency relief funding on Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits and small business loans.The proposal comes after months of stalemate on stimulus talks, and during a critical time in the Covid-19 crisis. About 14 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits will see those programs expire at the end of the month unless Congress takes action, and cities and states around the country are also facing massive budget...

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Why Joe Biden’s pro-union message is so significant

Why Joe Biden’s pro-union message is so significant

Some labor historians think Biden’s rhetoric on unionizing is stronger than FDR’s.On Sunday, President Joe Biden did something not heard from a president of the United States in some time: He offered a full-throated endorsement of a worker’s right to collectively bargain.The White House of Biden referencing an ongoing vote in Alabama to decide whether Amazon workers at a Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse will unionize. The Bessemer workers are in the middle of a that began in early February and will end in late March. It’s the first time since 2014 that Amazon workers in America will decide...

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Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advance to Georgia Senate runoff

Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advance to Georgia Senate runoff

After a close matchup, neither candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the vote.Georgia’s special Senate election is , after Reverend Raphael Warnock did not clear Georgia’s 50 percent threshold for victory in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.Loeffler has not had an easy time the past few months thanks to the state’s “” system, where candidates from all parties compete in an initial round, and if no candidate wins a majority, the top two head to a runoff. Rather than focusing on her main Democratic opponent, she had to fend off a conservative challenge from Rep....

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Michigan is still counting its votes. Vox has live results.

Michigan is still counting its votes. Vox has live results.

Michigan is one of several states left uncalled for a presidential candidate as of Wednesday morning. And the said results likely won’t come until Wednesday night at the earliest.Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told reporters Tuesday night that she expects it will take 24 hours to get the full picture of the state’s results for the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as its down-ballot races, .Even though that’s a delay, it’s still less time than Benson’s previous estimate of 80 hours to tabulate all the state’s ballots....

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Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Democrats just got an unprecedented Senate blessing.Senate Democrats just got some wonky procedural news that has some pretty big implications for President Joe Biden’s agenda.On Monday night, the Senate parliamentarian — an in-house rules expert — determined that Democrats would be able to do a third budget reconciliation bill this year, a massive development that gives lawmakers more room to pass legislation without Republican support.Already, Democrats had the ability to do two budget reconciliation bills: one focused on fiscal year 2021 and one focused on fiscal year 2022. Unlike most...

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