Category Archives: Democrats

Is a wave election forming for Democrats?

By Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, The Hill, 05/23/17

Democrats are increasingly bullish about the prospect of a wave election in 2018 amid backlash against the passage of the House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill and the snowballing revelations coming out of the White House.

Nonpartisan election handicappers have begun to shift the House further away from the Republican majority, in part due to President Trump’s tepid approval ratings and the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

While Republicans and ballot forecasters stress that there’s still 18 months to go until the midterm elections, most concede that the trend lines are ominous.

“Anyone who thinks the House isn’t in play is kidding themselves,” a former GOP aide told The Hill.

“The House healthcare bill is full of landmines and the constant White House drama Republicans have to defend is destroying any ability we have to be on offense or talk about a positive message.”…

keep reading at The Hill

‘No District Is Off the Table’: Health Vote Could Put House in Play

By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS, New York Times, MAY 6, 2017

Motivated by the Republican health care bill, Kelly Mazeski, a breast cancer survivor, will run against Representative Peter Roskam in Illinois’s Sixth District. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a suburban Chicago district, Kelly Mazeski, a breast cancer survivor, used the day of the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act to announce her House candidacy, vowing to make Representative Peter Roskam pay for his vote “to make Americans pay more and get less for their health care.”

In western New York, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has stirred talk of a congressional race with her slashing criticism of Representative Chris Collins, who rallied fellow Republicans to vote for the health measure, then conceded in a national television interview that he had not read the bill.

And in suburban Philadelphia, Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran challenging Representative Ryan A. Costello, said she would make Mr. Costello’s decision to support the bill in committee, before opposing it on the floor, a central issue….

keep reading at New York Times

Democrats Have Big Enthusiasm Edge for 2018

Public Policy Polling, April 20, 2017

PPP’s newest national poll finds that the Democratic enthusiasm that led to strong finishes in special elections in Georgia and Kansas over the last week is a national phenomenon.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

One reason for the comparative lack of Republican excitement may be the continued unpopularity of Donald Trump. Only 43% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 50% who disapprove. The core promise of Trump’s campaign was to ‘Make America Great Again,’ but only 35% of voters actually think he’s accomplished that goal to 55% who think he hasn’t. …

keep reading and download full report at Public Policy Polling

Dear Mr. President: We’re going to fight back

By Tom Perez, cnn.com, 1/20/17

As of 12:01 PM ET today, you are the President of the United States. For the next four years, you will assume the responsibilities of our nation’s highest office. But while you won the Electoral College contest in November, you have yet to win the respect of most Americans.

As a civil rights attorney and the proud son of two immigrants from the Dominican Republic, I was appalled by your campaign. You appealed to our nation’s oldest fears and divisions, and you disguised all of this prejudice as patriotism. But now that you have taken an oath to serve the American people, I want to offer some words of wisdom — and of warning.

From the moment you launched your campaign nineteen months ago, you sought to divide and demonize people of every background. You called Mexicans criminals and rapists; you demeaned women and disparaged war heroes; you vowed to ban Muslims and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants; you even attacked a Gold Star family and a disabled reporter. And let us not forget the years you spent working to delegitimize President Barack Obama, our country’s first black president, with racist lies about his birthplace.

And your words had consequences. From schools to churches, your rhetoric fueled bigotry across the country and emboldened all those who wish to divide us by what we look like, where we come from, who we love, or how we pray.

When you weren’t attacking everyday Americans, you were making empty promises. You preached a gospel of jobs, jobs, jobs. But you’ve already shown your campaign to be nothing more than a long con….

keep reading Perez’s eloquent ad-hominem warning and see links at cnn.com. Perez was secretary of labor from 2013 until January 20, 2017. He is a candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee.