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Missouri joins the right to work parade:
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed legislation on Monday making Missouri the latest “right-to-work” state, as the growing movement sets its sights next on New Hampshire – hoping to break into one of the labor unions’ last remaining strongholds.
Legislation advancing in the New Hampshire capital, if approved, would make the state the first in the Northeast to go “right-to-work.” The measure, which bars unions from forcing employees to join or pay dues, is set for a vote in the state’s House next week – after having passed the Senate.
The push is the latest sign of labor unions’ diminishing clout, and how Republican gains at the state level are having a broad impact on policy, amid support for such legislation from the Trump White House.
Right to work laws help in two ways: They make states more economically competitive compared to their closed shop brethren, and they deprive the Democratic Party of political contributions forcibly extracted from union members via compulsory dues.
Missouri joins Kentucky, which passed right to work legislation earlier this year, as well as West Virginia (2016), Wisconsin (2015), Michigan and Indiana (both 2012) as states that have recently passed right to work laws.
That brings the total of right to work states up to 28.
First results: Trump takes Indiana and Kentucky, Clinton takes Vermont.
Trump leading the national vote.
Trump wins West Virginia.
Trump leads in Virginia.
Fox calls Portman for Ohio Senate.
Trump running ahead of Romney’s totals in KY, IN.
Trump ahead by 10+ points in Virginia. 11% in.
Trump ahead in Florida.
Tim Scott wins SC senate.
Trump up 10 points in NC.
Fox calls SC for Trump, even though actual totals have Clinton slightly ahead. (Insert shrug emoji.)
Kentucky Dem Speaker Stumbo going down. Last Dem Speaker in South (if you don’t count Straus).
Trump now up by 11 in VA.
Trump still leading national vote total.
Oklahoma called for Jill Stein.
Ha, just kidding. Trump.
Clinton takes lead in FL. Still too close to call. Clinton also now ahead in NH. Not good.
Trump still up in VA.
Mississippi called for Trump.
Missouri called for Trump
Tennessee called for Trump.
HOLY FUCK! 28 votes separate Trump and Clinton in Florida.
Trump edges ahead in FL. Now up 8,000 votes.
GOP takes KY house.
Fox callas Alabama for Trump. Try to contain your shock.
Todd Young kicks Evan Bayh’s ass in IN Sen.
Rand Paul and Marco Rubio win their Sen races.
NBC calls Republican maintaining control of House.
Trump lead in Florida keeps widening. 91% of votes in.
Trump up a full point in Florida.
Hurd winning in TX CD23.
Nate Silver says Senate shifts right. Interesting.
Trump winning Texas by less than I expected.
Trump behind in Ohio. 1/3rd of votes in.
Could never imagine Trump winning Florida but losing Ohio, but that’s how it’s trending right now.
Crist picks up FL House seat, alas.
Trump still winning Florida and the popular vote.
Fox: “Ohio. A difference of do the math.”
Trump still leading Virginia.
Blake Farenthold (R) crushes it.
Trump takes lead in Ohio,
Texas called for Trump. Much narrower than I expected.
Trump still up in Florida.
Trump widens lead in Ohio, takes lead in NC.
McCain wins in AZ Sen, promises more pancakes, Matlock.
FL: 93% in, trump lead widens.
Debbie Whatshername Schultz on Fox now. Mute. God it was good for the GOP to have her running the DNC.
Trump still up in Virginia with 72% of the vote in. Maybe all the felons voted for Trump!
Trump still leads VA.
Trump WAY up over Clinton in WI, but only 3% of the vote in.
GOP guy on Fox: “Trump will win Ohio.”
Local returns. Restroom break.
Zimmerman losing ATCC? A Hillary vote surge causality?
Trump still up in FL with 94% in.
Trump up in VA and NC.
Trump winning MN, but only 2% in.
Hillary under 80% in Philadelphia?
Trump way up in Ohio.
NM called for Clinton.
Tappert: “This may put the polling industry out of business.”
NYT’s COHN: “Trump favored to win for first time.”
Trump super narrow lead in VA.
Slight Clinton lead in VA.
Stupid Austin passes stupid transportation bond.
Foxes projects Clinton to win VA.
Women on PBS definitely gazing into an abyss.
PBS sounds like a wake. “No one from the Clinton campaign wants to talk to us.”
Trump up BIG in Michigan. Michael Moore may turn out to be a prophet.
Trump still up in NH.
RCP says Trump won Ohio.
Seeing projections Clinton wins VA.
Hearing Manchin (D-WV) may flip to Republican next year. His state already has.
If Trump wins electoral vote and Clinton wins popular vote, liberal heads will never stop exploding.
Trump up in both MI and WI.
NYT chances of Trump winning up to 91%.
Fox: Trump doubles Romney’s black vote total. Me: Not hard.
Sadly, Daryl Glenn loses in Colorado.
Fox calls NC for Trump.
PBS calls FL for Trump.
“Clinton staffers leaving her victory party.” Well, there’s all that shredding to do…
NYT’s: Trump’s chances of winning < 95%
Utah called for Trump. take that, Egg McMuffin!
Clinton’s campaign has gone dark. There are all those servers to destroy.
TRUMP WINS WISCONSIN! The fat lady has started warming up…
TRUMP WINS IOWA.
Trump has won the Presidency.
Trump on verge of winning NH. That’s the last nail in the coffin.
Trump only 7,000 votes behind in Penn.
Too busy jaw-dropping and celebrating to blog.
“Clinton campaign staff in tears.”
“It’s time to start talking about Trump Democrats.” After tonight, I don’t think they’re Democrats any more.
Now both hookers and weed are legal in NV.
Toomey pulls it out in PA Sen.
AP called PA for Trump. Still waiting for Fox.
NYT calls Pennsylvania for Trump. Finally, Brunhilda can give her aria.
AP calls race for Trump.
Shep Smith is trying to cast a sleep spell upon us.
FINALLY! Fox calls Pennsylvania (and the Presidency) for Trump.
Clinton called to concede the race.
Trump making a very gracious victory speech, calling for the country to come together.
Thanked Reince Prebius, as well he should. RNC did a fantastic job.
Congratulations to Donald Trump for being elected the 45th President of the United States of America.
Both Decision Desk and CNN are both projecting Donald Trump to win Indiana with over 50% of the vote. At this point, it makes Trump a prohibitive favorite to clench the GOP nomination before the convention over Ted Cruz.
This is not an outcome I would have foreseen when the race started, nor is it one I desire.
But it is what it is.
Today voters go to the polls in Indiana. If Cruz wins, we’re likely headed to a floor fight at the Republican convention. If not…
Ted Cruz and John Kasich have evidently come to an understanding about clearing the way for the other to fight Donald Trump in the states they’re respectively strongest in:
Tonight, Kasich for America chief strategist John Weaver issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans – not even close, but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system. Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the Party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee.”
Blather about Kasich’s awesomeness snipped.
Due to the fact that the Indiana primary is winner-take-all statewide and by congressional district, keeping Trump from winning a plurality in Indiana is critical to keeping him under 1237 bound delegates before Cleveland. We are very comfortable with our delegate position in Indiana already, and given the current dynamics of the primary there, we will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.
In turn, we will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well. We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.
This is a smart move against Trump, and one that keeps Cruz’s real hopes (and Kasich’s delusional ones) alive.
This is not only the strangest Presidential election of our lifetimes, it’s probably the strangest Presidential election since 1876 (the last time the House of Representatives choose Republican Rutherford Hayes over Democrat Samuel Tilden due to double sets of returns from southern states still undergoing reconstruction), and possibly since 1860…
A few days ago I covered a handful of the most competitive House races. With tides moving so strongly against the Democrats, now would be a good time to look at some House races that Republicans might view as hopeless in any other year.
But this year, all bets are off.
So here are some long-shot campaigns for the seats of particularly egregious incumbent House Democrats that just might fall the GOP’s way in this election:
- Jerry Costello of Illinois vs. Teri Newman for Illinois 12th Congressional District. (Teri, here’s a free hint: Auto-running movies with sound on your website isn’t going to win you any votes.) Costello is a Stupak bloc flip-flopper who voted for the Stimulus, but against TARP and Cap-and-Trade.
- Joseph Donnelly vs. Jackie Walorski for Indiana’s second congressional district. Donnelly is another Stupak bloc flip-flopper, and also voted for TARP and the Stimulus, but against ObamaCare. Walorski has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, so she might well have more money and attention than others on this list.
- Lloyd Doggett vs. Dr. Donna Campbell for the Texas 25th congressional district. Having endured having old liberal warhorse Lloyd Doggett as my Representative back when I still lived within the confines of The People’s Republic of Austin, I would be delighted to see a Republican take Doggett out. Doggett voted against TARP, but for the Stimulus, Cap-and-Trade, and ObamaCare. One issue in the campaign is Doggett’s writing language into federal law to deprive Texas of almost a billion dollars in federal education funds. In this Human Events piece on the race, Campbell notes that Doggett “voted 98% of the time with Nancy Pelosi. And him getting in again, is one more vote that keeps Pelosi in.”
- Barney Frank vs. ex-Marine Sean Bielat for Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District. Frank is as much responsible as anyone in the House for helping create the current recession by his steadfast opposition to tightening regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac at the same time he was having an affair with Fannie Mae executive Herb Moses. Frank, as you would expect, has a perfect liberal record in voting for TARP, the Stimulus, Cap-and-Trade, and ObamaCare. Here’s a Wall Street Journal piece on the race.
- Charlie Rangel vs. Michael Faulkner for New York’s 15th congressional district. Rangel is, of course, a corrupt scumbag. (The question of whether he’s the most corrupt scumbag in the House I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader.) Like Al Sharpton, he has a certain amount of venomous charm. Unlike Sharpton, he’s actually been elected. Like Frank, Rangel has a perfect liberal record in voting for TARP, the Stimulus, Cap-and-Trade, and ObamaCare. Faulkner has a good bit of name recognition from being a former New York Jets football player. The differences between Faulkner and Rangel are legion (not least of which is my working assumption that Faulkner isn’t a corrupt scumbag), but one of particular local interest may play a role if this race becomes the upset of all upsets: Rangel supports the Ground Zero Mosque while Faulkner opposes it. Polling for the race is non-existent (Democrats outnumber Republicans 15-1), but at least some observers think it might be more competitive than expected.
Remember, in 1994 no one expected Speaker of the House Tom Foley’s race to be even remotely competitive, but George Nethercutt still beat him, and there are some observers who say it could very well be much worse for Democrats this year than 1994. If that’s the case, then it’s a good bet one or more of the Republican candidates listed above will pull off an upset.