POLITICS 08/29/2018 08:00 am ET Updated 3 minutes ago With Andrew Gillum’s primary victory in Florida's gubernatorial race, progressives have a chance to prove in the midterm election that they know how to win. By Kevin Robillard Now all progressives have to do is win in November. For years, as Democratic turnout sagged in midterm elections, progressive candidates argued they were the solution: They could excite young and minority voters who often stayed home and defeat the Republicans who relied on an older, whiter electorate to dominate in midterm elections. The Democratic establishment, and Democratic voters, largely rejected that argument during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Instead, they nominated moderate candidates designed to win over swing voters who were certain to vote. In four straight gubernatorial elections, from 2002 to 2014, Florida Democrats picked white moderates from the Tampa area as their standard-bearers in the … [Read more...] about Progressives Will Lead Democrats In Some Of 2018’s Biggest Contests
Washington Republicans will once again pin their hopes on Dino Rossi in a marquee political contest, counting on the former state senator and real-estate investor in the nationally watched race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert. Rossi, who has lost three high-profile statewide elections in the last decade-and-a-half, advanced easily in Tuesday’s 8th Congressional District primary, capturing about 43 percent of the vote. 2018 Primary Election Full coverage Dino Rossi heads to November election in 8th Congressional District race; Kim Schrier leads Democrats U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell to face Susan Hutchison in November Washington state primary election: GOP’s McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler face tight races in November King County Automated Fingerprint Identification System levy passing Westneat | GOP tsunami sirens should be sounding as the blue wave arrives Photos | Washington state’s 2018 primary election His Democratic opponent this fall … [Read more...] about In 8th District, Dino Rossi advances; Kim Schrier, Jason Rittereiser lead Democrats
NEWARK — Gov. Phil Murphy says he can help Democrats take back the House this fall and is ready to personally intervene in competitive races in his state — even ones where his liberal politics might not fit the districts. Murphy, in his longest and most wide-ranging interview since taking office, told POLITICO Monday that he plans to be involved in all five House races where Democrats hope to take Republican seats in New Jersey. He said he’ll show up in the swing districts even as he pushes a liberal agenda that includes raising taxes, legalizing marijuana and boosting the minimum wage to $15 per hour — positions that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, opposed.Story Continued Below The governor, who took office in January after eight years of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, has been riding a wave of anti-Trump fervor and was elected last year by a double-digit margin. He said he’s confident his presence alone will benefit — and not hurt … [Read more...] about Murphy plans to lead Democrats’ fight for GOP-held House seats in New Jersey
Cook County Democratic officials elected Toni Preckwinkle chairman of their party Wednesday, cheering her takeover as a new day for an old machine. She replaces Joseph Berrios, the failed county assessor whom March primary voters wouldn’t nominate for another term.Will Preckwinkle take the Cook County Democratic Party in a different direction as promised? Will she advance the ideals of the progressive wing of the party? Or will she be another accomplice to a patronage-inspired, clout-driven organization that dutifully answers to Berrios’ pal, House Speaker Michael Madigan?Preckwinkle, along with Madigan, Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, refused to join progressives who backed assessor candidate Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi over Berrios. Tribune and other investigations established that Berrios’ assessment system was hurting poor and minority communities. He also faced ethics questions. He hired and promoted his own … [Read more...] about Which Preckwinkle will lead Democrats: Boss or reformer?
Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford raised $162,000 in the first three months of 2018 for his re-election, besting all but one of his four challengers in the battle for campaign dollars.Sanford holds a commanding money lead overall versus his competition in the 1st Congressional District race, with $1.7 million cash on hand, according to the latest filings Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.While Sanford's numbers show a slight uptick form the previous reporting period, he has so far been relatively quiet on the campaign trail while one of his Republican primary challengers, state Rep. Katie Arrington of Summerville, has already launched a small round of TV ads.Arrington reported adding some $310,000 to her campaign war chest for the quarter that ended March 31, but $250,000 of that total came from a loan Arrington made to her campaign.All told, Arrington, who has aligned herself closely with President Donald Trump and criticized Sanford for going against Trump's agenda, raised … [Read more...] about U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford keeps big cash lead; Democrat Joe Cunningham continues strong showing