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Doug Jones Wins In Alabama

Doug Jones Victory

In what amounts to an electoral perfect storm, Democratic nominee Doug Jones pulled off a win last night in the Alabama Senate Election.

No Matter Who Wins In Alabama, Republicans Stand To Lose

Republican Party

There are no good outcomes for the GOP in Alabama.

Roy Moore And The Battle For Control Of Congress

Roy Moore Gun

A top Republican political analyst is warning that a Roy Moore victory in Alabama could pose real problems for Republicans in 2018. If it does, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.

Alabama Senate Election Is A Toss Up, But Moore Seems To Be Favored

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Polling remains uncertain in the Alabama Senate race, but the odds favor Roy Moore.

Senator Shelby on Roy Moore


Richard Shelby, the senior Republican Senator from Alabama: “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I would hope that Republican would be a write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore. But I wrote in a distinguished Republican name,” Shelby said. “I’d rather see another Republican in there and I’m going […]

Even More Moore-Jones


An analysis with maps and numbers via WaPo:  What it would take for a Democrat to win Alabama.

Character and Candidacies


Political Scientist Greg Weiner makes an argument for character in the NYT:  The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics. there is also a novel and ominous concept of the statesman emerging in American politics, most clearly in the gymnastic contortions being accomplished to justify support for the Senate campaign of Roy Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama: […]

An Additional Note on Moore Support


To add to my post form earlier, I would recommend this column in the NYT by Quin Hillyer:  How Roy Moore Survives. He raises two key points that are worth highlighting.  The first, which I did not mention in my post, Alabamians have a deep-seated resentment about perceived out of state inference.  As such, the following is […]

The Moore-Jones Race


Explaining what Tuesday is likely to bring.

Roy Moore: America Was Great Back When We Still Had Slavery

Roy Moore Gun

Roy Moore wishes he was back in the days of cotton when families were close and African-Americans were enslaved.

Trump Formally Endorses Roy Moore Despite Molestation Allegations

Roy Moore Gun

President Trump has formally endorsed an accused child molester for the United States Senate.

Mitch McConnell Caves On Roy Moore

Mitch McConnell

As I’ve said before, the Republican Party in the Trump Era has become the party of Trumpaloons, sycophants, sellouts, and cowards.

Polling Continues To Show A Tight Senate Race In Alabama

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With ten days to go, the Senate race in Alabama between Roy Moore and Doug Jones is close.

Doug Jones’ Challenge


Via WaPo:  ‘Doug Jones’s problem’: African American voters not energized by Alabama’s Senate race. Jones’s campaign believes he can win only if he pieces together an unusually delicate coalition built on intense support from core Democrats and some crossover votes from Republicans disgusted with Moore. Crucial to that formula is a massive mobilization of African Americans, who […]

Trump Endorses Moore Despite Molestation Charges

Roy Moore Gun

President Trump put his thumb on the scale for Roy Moore, ignoring the allegations of harassment and sexual abuse that have been made against the candidate.

Explaining Votes for Moore


Voters rank factors before choosing how to vote.

Moore’s Bio Helps Bolster Credibility of Charges

This continues to be a highly credible story, and Moore himself has helped that credibility.

Roy Moore Accuser Speaks Out While White House Effectively Endorses Moore

Roy Moore Gun

The woman who says Ray Moore assaulted her when she was just 14 spoke out this morning at the same time that the White House effectively endorsed Moore’s candidacy.

Roy Moore And Standards Of Proof

Gavel And Scales Of Judtice

No, we don’t have to presume that Roy Moore is “innocent until proven guilty.”

Polling Shows Alabama Senate Race May Be Slipping Away From Roy Moore

Roy Moore Gun

Could the tide be turning in the Alabama Senate race against Roy Moore? At least some polling indicates the answer could be yes.

Four More Women Come Forward With Accusations Against Roy Moore

Roy Moore Gun

The charges against Roy Moore continue to mount as national Republicans continue to push back against him.

Another Roy Moore Accuser Steps Forward As Senate Republicans Turn Against Him

Roy Moore Gun

Another Alabama woman accuses Roy Moore of sexually assaulting him when she was a teenager.

The Mentality Of Roy Moore’s Defenders

Roy Moore Gun

Roy Moore’s most die-hard defenders are living in a world of their own, and it’s unlikely they’ll change their minds.

On Write-In Votes in Alabama


There has been some press speculation concerning a write-in vote in Alabama Senate special election. Here’s what the Secretary of State’s page says on the subject: When the candidate you would like to vote for is not listed on the ballot, you may vote for that person by writing his or her name in the […]

AL Senate Polls


Via AL.com:  Doug Jones takes lead on Roy Moore in new Senate poll. Louisiana-based JMC Analytics conducted the poll after allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore were reported by The Washington Post. The poll had Jones received 46 percent support in the poll to Moore’s 42 percent. With a margin of error of 4 percent, however, […]

The Roy Moore Case and the Nature of US Political Parties

Roy Moore Gun

The Moore situation illustrates the nonhierarchical nature of US parties. This is nothing new.

Deplorable Republicans Are Defending The Deplorable Roy Moore

Roy Moore Gun

While many on the right are condemning Roy Moore, there are far too many prevaricators and defenders out there.

Republicans Face The Reality That Trump Is A Political Albatross They Can’t Get Away From

Trump And GOP Elephant

Republicans have a Donald Trump problem, and they can’t run away from it.

Maine Voters Vote To Expand Medicaid, Making An End Run Around Governor LePage


Voters in Maine hand their conservative Governor a setback.

Ralph Northam Defeats Ed Gillespie In Virginia In Strong Democratic Rebuke Of Trump

Ralph Northam

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents came out for an an election that can only been seen as a strong rebuke to President Trump and the Republican Party.

Democratic Candidate Phil Murphy Easily Defeats Kim Guadagno In New Jersey

Phil Murphy

To nobody’s surprise, a blue state returns to its roots.

Race For Virginia Governor Tightens Significantly In Campaign’s Final Hours

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With less than forty-eight hours to go, the race for Virginia’s Governor is tighter than ever.

Democrat Ralph Northam Continues To Lead In Virginia, But The Race Is Far From Over

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New polling shows Democratic nominee Ralph Northam continuing to lead Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia Governor’s race, but anything is still possible with three weeks to go until Election Day.

Fox News Poll Shows Alabama Senate Race Tied, But Skepticism Is Still Called For

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A new poll shows Democratic nominee Doug Jones tied with twice-removed former Chief Justice Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race, but it’s still too early to be optimistic.

Democratic Candidate Appears To Have Momentum In Virginia’s Governor’s Race

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The nation’s only competitive Governor’s this year appears to be going in favor of the Democratic candidate.

Poll Shows Democrat Doug Jones Within Six Points Of Roy Moore

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A sign of hope that Alabama voters could end up rejecting the far-right theocratic politics of Roy Moore? Possibly.

Roy Moore Wins Alabama Republican Senate Runoff

Roy Moore Victory Speech

Despite, or perhaps because of, his bigoted, radical, far-right positions on the issues, Roy Moore beat the sitting Senator from Alabama in a runoff election that essentially guarantees that he will win the General Election later this year.

A Trump Effect In The Race To Be Virginia’s Next Governor?

Trump And GOP Elephant

A new poll shows that Donald Trump could end up having an impact on the race for Virginia Governor.

Some Thoughts on Today’s AL Senate Primary Run-Off


Some quick thoughts on Moore v. Strange.

Republican Candidate For Virginia Governor: Dreamers Should Not Be Deported

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Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia, has come out against the most recent immigration-related action by the national leader of his party.

Disgraced Former Justice Roy Moore Leads Poll For GOP Senate Nomination In Alabama


Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was twice removed from the bench due to his willful failure to follow the orders of a Federal District Court, is leading in a new poll of the Republican primary for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Former Alabama Supreme […]

George Will on Alabama and GOP Politics


On the special election for US Senate in Alabama

Democrat Bill Murphy Holds Huge Lead In Race To Succeed Chris Christie In New Jersey

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A new poll shows the Democratic candidate for New Jersey Governor has a seemingly insurmountable lead over his Republican opponent, who just happens to be Chris Christie’s Lieutenant Governor: The latest poll in the race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor shows Democratic nominee Phil Murphy with a commanding 27-point lead over Republican […]

Democrats Take Stock

Karen Handel Victory Speech

Some thoughts on the current state of the Democrats.

Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election

Karen Handel Victory Speech

In one of the most closely watched Special Elections in American history, the outcome turned out to be not entirely surprising.

Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam Win Primary Battles For Virginia Governor

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Republicans and Democrats have picked their candidates for 2017’s Governor’s race, but the biggest name is likely to be one not on the ballot, Donald Trump.

Gianforte To Plead Guilty To Assault, Settles Civil Claims With Reporter

Gianforte Victory

Greg Gianforte, who recently won a Special Election for Montana’s At-Large seat in the House of Representatives the day after physically assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, will plead guilty to the charges lodged against him: HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before being elected the […]

Democrat Jon Ossoff Leads In Georgia Special Election


Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff is leading in a race that Republicans should be winning easily.

Virginia Statewide Races Closely Fought Over Ahead Of Primaries

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In addition to the race in New Jersey, the statewide races in Virginia are also being looked to as a barometer of American politics in the first year of the Trump Administration.

Phil Murphy And Kim Guadagno Win Primary Battles For New Jersey Governor

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Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno will face off against each other to succeed Chris Christie in New Jersey.

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