Per the suggestion in the November 2018 Open Thread, this thread is for predictions concerning the Mid-Term elections to be held Tuesday, November 6.
- How will the elections affect the party composition of each House of Congress and governorship nationwide?
- What alternative and/or independent candidates are you closely following and how do you think they will fare?
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On October 20th, 2018, David Earl Williams III, candidate for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th ward – spoke in front of a crowd of 31 attendees for 46 minutes at the College of Complexes on his “Solution to Chicago’s Gang Violence.”
He spoke fiercely against stop-and-frisk and the use of the National Guard to quell Chicago’s on-going violence.… Read more ...
By Don Fitz
October 15, 2018
Why does the Green Party elect so few people in the US while similar parties have elected representatives across the globe? Some have suggested it is the way Greens organize or problems with the leadership. While these may be contributing factors, they could hardly be a complete explanation since the Democrats and Republicans have elected thousands of incompetent, disorganized candidates.… Read more ...
Both are ongoing, but the Kavanaugh confirmation process both highlighted the damage and added to it.
Thing One: “Presumption of Innocence”
Here’s a non-Kavanaugh-related example of the problem, from a piece on civil judgments pursuant to rape allegations. I agree with the author that people acquitted of crimes shouldn’t face a lower standard of proof in subsequent civil actions based on the claim that they’re guilty, but then he goes on to write:
For us to live in an open, liberal society, the presumption of innocence has to exist as a social idea as well as a legal one.
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Ralph Nader at Nader.org:
Solid studies by physicians at leading medical schools have been warning of the huge casualty toll that flows from preventable problems in hospitals. A 2016 peer-reviewed study by physicians at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine estimated that at least 5,000 people a week in the U.S.… Read more ...
Ralph Nader at Nader.org:
What does the Democratic Party stand for? The big question persists! Typical of the Democrats, they delegated this question to political consultants who came up with the vapid slogan, “A Better Deal.” The specifics under that moniker are too general and, as a result, too easily dismissed by the public.… Read more ...
Jibral Khan writes @ National Review blog The Corner :
Gary Johnson’s run this year for the Senate seat in New Mexico could signal a productive direction for America’s third parties. Johnson was the state’s Republican governor from 1998-2003, and remains popular in the state. The first three-way poll for the Senate race shows the incumbent Democrat, Martin Heinrich, in the lead at 39 percent, followed by Gary Johnson at 21 percent, and the Republican candidate Mick Rich coming in last with 11 percent.… Read more ...
On August 2nd, 2018 – former 2014 Republican candidate for Illinois 9th Congressional district and former Libertarian party of Illinois Lt. Governor candidate, 8x decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Novelist and medical logistics specialist, David Earl Williams III announced his candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th ward.
During his first campaign run for Congress in 2014, he faced allegations of ‘stalking’ an ex-girl friend in Washington D.C., which turned out to be false.… Read more ...
by Peter B. Gemma
Richardson, who recently switched from a bid for State Representative as an Independent, is now running for Florida Governor as the nominee of the Reform Party. In 2016, he was a candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2018
Austin Cassidy, Campaign Manager
Phone: (904) 868-5963
DARCY RICHARDSON SCORES AN EARLY ENDORSEMENT
[JACKSONVILLE, FL] – Darcy Richardson, the Reform Party of Florida’s nominee for governor, received an early endorsement from a prominent former Libertarian on Thursday.… Read more ...
From The Hill:
The Republican governor of Maine is saying he may not certify the results of the state’s primary elections on Tuesday.
Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he may decide against certifying the results because of an objection to the state’s new ranked-choice system, where voters submit a ballot that ranks votes for candidates in order of preference, according to WCSH-TV.… Read more ...
Bangor Daily News:
AUGUSTA, Maine — Ranked-choice voting will be used in Maine’s June primary elections, the state’s high court ruled on Tuesday in a massive win for supporters of the first-in-the-nation system that has faced constitutional scrutiny and run a political gauntlet in the Legislature.
The decision from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court allows Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to continue implementing the system for gubernatorial and congressional primaries just before his office needs to finalize state ballots for printing to go to overseas voters later this month.… Read more ...