How Gerrymandering Blunted The South’s Blue Wave

November 18, 2018

While Democratic voters turned out in record numbers, the force of the “blue wave” was blunted by two barriers: historic turnout by GOP voters, and Republican-engineered gerrymandering, especially in Southern states.

Via: Facing South

Voters Chose The Politics Of Inclusion

November 14, 2018

If the 2018 midterms taught us anything, they taught us that our nation is yearning for change. The status quo is no longer acceptable. This is evidenced by the 98 women winning election to Congress, the seven gubernatorial seats that switched from Republican to Democratic, and the historic election of Muslim, Native American, and openly LGBTQ candidates to Congress.

Via: The Hill

Let The People Vote

November 13, 2018

The midterm election was an excellent one for American democracy. The battle has now been fully joined: Progressive activists have come to understand the importance of promoting and protecting democracy. Most citizens — across the political left, center and right — agree.

Via: New York Times

Veteran’s Day Should Remind Us Of The Perils Of Escalation

November 11, 2018

Policymakers in Washington who send U.S. service members overseas into harm’s way should recall the purpose of Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was born out of the horror of that conflict as a way to thank those who served and to promote peace.

Via: The Hill

Indivisible Plans For A Democratic Future

November 11, 2018

Indivisible’s ideas for what Democrats should do with their new House majority begin with what their leaders call a democracy agenda: a new voting-rights act in response to Republican voter suppression, along with larger reforms to the federal government, including statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Via: The New Yorker

Tennessee Democrats Soul-Search Again After High Hopes Spoiled By Another Disappointing Election

November 10, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, who was elected to a ninth term, said he still feels the party inched closer to winning a statewide election. “We hit a low-point several years ago. But this will encourage new candidates to run,” Cooper said. “Politics isn’t a one-time deal. It takes nearly-successful efforts before you can have successful efforts.”

Via: The Tennessean