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Democrats land a high-profile recruit to take on a freshman Republican in south Florida

Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo announced on Monday that she’d drop her bid for governor and would instead seek to run against freshman GOP Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar in south Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Republicans made this seat several points redder in redistricting, shifting it from a 51-48 win for Joe Biden to a 50-49 margin for Donald Trump, but it remains one that Democrats are eager to target.

Madison Cawthorn, a contender for most unhinged Republican in Congress, loses after just one term

North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, whose various scandals, embarrassing videos, unhinged rhetoric, and run-ins with the law made him one of the most notorious Republicans in Congress during his short time in office, has lost his bid for a second term. State Sen. Chuck Edwards, who pitched himself as a dependable arch-conservative alternative to the shameless, attention-seeking incumbent, defeated Cawthorn in the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 11th District by a 34-32 margin.

There’s one last fervently anti-choice Democrat in the House. It’s time to give him the heave-ho

After Texas Republicans enacted their virtual ban on abortion known as SB8, one of the ways Democrats in Congress responded was to pass a bill that would codify the constitutional rights laid out in Roe v. Wade into law. In the face of universal GOP opposition, the Women’s Health Protection Act passed the House on a strictly party-line vote … almost.

There was one Democrat who sided with Republicans in their escalating assault on reproductive rights: Henry Cuellar.

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The cynical reason Ohio Republicans punted on drawing a new congressional map

In a very strange development, Ohio’s Republican-run legislature has ceded control of congressional redistricting to a so-called “backup” commission by missing a Sept. 30 deadline to pass new maps set in the state constitution.

Given how jealously lawmakers everywhere protect their power, it’s necessary to ask why Buckeye Republicans have voluntarily relinquished it in this case.

In 5-4 vote, Supreme Court refuses to block Texas’ six-week abortion ban from taking effect

In a 5-4 vote announced at midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday night, the Supreme Court refused to halt a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks, a point at which most women do not yet know they are pregnant. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three liberal justices in favor of blocking the law while litigation challenging it proceeds in the lower courts, while the conservative majority opposed doing so in a brief unsigned opinion.

Daily Kos presents calculations of the 2020 presidential race for Virginia’s state House districts

As it so often does in odd-numbered years, Virginia will host the most important elections of 2021, with voters casting ballots in races for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as for all 100 seats in the state House. To help better understand these key legislative races, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release new data breaking down the results of the 2020 presidential election for each House district, including detailed calculations for every seat.

In volatile New Hampshire, Republicans retook the legislature even though Biden won most districts

Daily Kos Elections is pleased to present the first installment in our project to calculate the results of the 2020 presidential election for the nation’s 6,766 legislative districts, starting with the perennial swing state of New Hampshire. Last fall, both the state Senate and state House changed hands in the Granite State, making them the only legislative chambers in the country to flip sides in November.

Republicans won’t hold members of their own party accountable, so we have to

Senate Republicans have now acquitted Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

Thanks to the Senate’s six-year terms, many of the Republicans who set aside their oaths to protect the Constitution in favor of protecting their lord and master, Donald Trump, won’t be on the ballot next year. But quite a few of them will be, and several hold very vulnerable seats. They must face a reckoning for their party’s failure to hold a dangerous renegade president accountable.

After dramatic vote, Democratic-led alliance will continue to run Alaska’s state House

More than three months after the election, a deadlock in the Alaska House of Representatives finally broke when a Democratic-led alliance elected moderate Republican Louise Stutes as the chamber’s new speaker by a 21-19 margin.

For the prior four years, deep divisions in the GOP caucus had allowed Democrats to assemble what they called the Majority Coalition, which included independents and a handful Republican pragmatists.

This suburban Chicago seat swung from Trump to Biden two years after going blue in an upset

Daily Kos Elections is pleased to bring you our calculations of the 2020 election results for Illinois’ 18 congressional districts, where yet another surge in ancestrally Republican territory helped Democrats hang on to a seat in the Chicago exurbs that they flipped in 2018. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here.

Democrats are on track to win both Georgia runoffs and retake the Senate

In an historic election with consequences that will reverberate for years, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are poised to flip two Republican-held Senate seats in Georgia and hand control of the chamber to Democrats for the first time since 2014.

With most votes tallied, Warnock held a small but insurmountable lead on his Republican opponent, Kelly Loeffler, and declared victory.

Judge rips New York officials for disastrous election and orders thousands of votes to be reviewed

In a scathing ruling, a state judge excoriated seven local boards of election for botching the administration of last month’s election in New York’s 22nd Congressional District and ordered officials to fix their many errors, which could result in more than a thousand untallied ballots getting counted.

Last week, Judge Scott DelConte ordered all eight county boards to produce official tallies in the race between Democratic Rep.

Judge rips New York officials for disastrous election and orders thousands of votes to be reviewed

In a scathing ruling, a state judge excoriated seven local boards of election for botching the administration of last month’s election in New York’s 22nd Congressional District and ordered officials to fix their many errors, which could result in more than a thousand untallied ballots getting counted.

Last week, Judge Scott DelConte ordered all eight county boards to produce official tallies in the race between Democratic Rep.

New York Democrats win supermajorities, but Cuomo remains a powerful obstacle to progressive reform

Democrats in New York’s Senate appeared to lock down their 42nd seat on Tuesday, giving them a two-thirds supermajority for at least the next two years that could have a major impact on how the state is governed, including how district lines are drawn for the next decade.

Democrats went into the election needing to net two seats in the Senate to achieve supermajority status, which they’ve long enjoyed in the Assembly.

We’re going to punish Republicans for shredding democracy. Here’s how

Republicans just shredded every democratic norm and rammed through arch-conservative Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, an extremist move that will take America in a very ugly direction.

Progressives have been promoting many ideas to fix this severe problem, like rebalancing the court by adding more seats, or instituting term limits for justices.

Our new spending tracker shows how evenly split the House battlefield is—and that’s bad for the GOP

With Election Day three weeks away, we’re rolling out our newest tool to help keep tabs on the large playing field that will determine control of the House: a spreadsheet that sums up the independent expenditures made prior to Monday by the four largest outside groups involved in House races. With this data, you can see which contests the major players think are competitive, and how much money they’ve devoted to each one, so far.

Donald and Melania Trump both test positive for COVID-19

Shortly before 1 AM ET on Friday morning, Donald Trump tweeted that both he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday evening, Trump aide Hope Hicks, who had been traveling with Trump’s campaign this week, tested positive. Hicks was with Trump when he held a large rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday and had previously joined him at the presidential debate on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trump’s convention speech make you feel crazy? Rachel Maddow’s fact-check will restore your sanity

Donald Trump just delivered the second-longest presidential acceptance speech in history—shorter only than his first acceptance speech in 2016. If you didn’t have the patience to watch it, or if you did suffer through it and desperately need a corrective, just watch Rachel Maddow’s lightning-fast fact-check of Trump’s worst lies. It may not make you feel better, but it will make you feel saner.

We can beat Republican senators in Maine, Georgia, and—yes—Texas. Here’s how

If Democrats don’t flip the Senate in November, we might as well just crown Sen. Mitch McConnell king of America, because he alone will control our country’s future. The progressive priorities we’ve waited to advance for years and the massive effort we’ll need to rectify the vast wrongs of the Trump years: All of this will die by McConnell’s scythe.

GOP congressman reprimanded for 11 ethics violations, including fake loan he made to his campaign

Republican Rep. David Schweikert agreed to pay a $50,000 fine, accept a formal reprimand, and admit to 11 different violations of congressional rules and campaign finance laws in a deal with the bipartisan House Ethics Committee to conclude its two-year-long investigation of the congressman. But while the matter may now officially be closed, Schweikert’s already uncertain political future is now only more endangered.

Democrats, still on offense, are fielding candidates in almost every House race this year

The last filing deadline for major-party candidates anywhere in the country passed on Friday when Louisiana, which always bring up the caboose, closed its books.

Candidates often enter races late in the Pelican State, and Democrats received a welcome surprise a couple of days before the deadline when Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins announced a bid against Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, giving the party a credible contender where before it had none.