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2017 Election – Dems win NJ and VA governor races

As of 8:10 pm, NBC projects wins for Murphy in NJ and Northam in VA in their respective governors races.  Pundits will spin this as big news for the Democrats for the midterms and bad news for President Trump.  Both may be correct, but in my view the polls show the voters focused much more on local issues and less about the national parties.  Murphy had an easy win trying to replace Chris Christie, who fell to 15% favorable in the poll, thus hurting the GOP candidate.  In VA, Ed Gillespie abandoned his more establishment GOP credentials and went extremely ...

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2018 Government Shutdown?

As of this moment, there is a decent chance that Congress will not pass ether a budget or continuing resolution (CR) for the President to sign by midnight tomorrow and keep the government from shutting down.  For months there was a deal in place that kept the government open and included a bi-partisan immigration deal on DACA and border security.  As most of us know, Republican hard-liners convinced President Trump to change his mind, thus scuttling the bi-partisan bill.  With mere days before the deadline, Republicans scrambled to craft at least a CR, and did so without meaningful Democratic input.  ...

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