Races Yields New Sheriff, District Attorney and Judges “Am I blue…Am I blue Ain’t these tears, in these eyes telling you How can you ask me “am I blue” Why, wouldn’t you be too” – From a Billy Holliday song HOUSTON-“Am I Blue” are words with double political meanings in Harris County for Election 2016. Like a hurricane moving through precincts bringing the strong winds of change, Harris County turned the 2016 Harris County elections “Blue”electing Democrats to key positions and leaving local Republicans “blue” and shedding tears about the loss of political power in highly influential positions the county. The biggest changes will occur in the Harris County District Attorneys Office and the Harris County Sheriffs Department. Voters decided to make changes in law enforcement and the courts is a series of stunning upsets. Much of the change could be due in part to the poor … [Read more...] about Harris County Shocks and Turns Blue
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PHOENIX — “Democrats hope demographic changes will translate into a win in November,” wrote The Nation magazine a while back. “Arizona, the second-fastest-growing state … brimming with Latinos and Independents [is] where the bloodiest fight is likely to take place,” correspondent Marc Cooper trumpeted. Liberal writers of all stripes have been bullish in recent years on the Democrats’ prospects in this southwestern state long associated with Barry Goldwater-style arch conservatism. “[C]onsider the influence of ongoing demographic changes in the state which have been steadily increasing the percentage of minority eligible voters, mostly Hispanics, and reducing the share of relatively conservative white working-class voters,” wrote Ruy Texeira in the New Republic, arguing that Arizona is a state that’s ready to “flip.” Democratic optimism in Arizona has even reached across the pond as well, with the U.K.‘s … [Read more...] about Is THIS the Year Arizona Finally Turns Blue?
A network of Democratic donors and operatives are organizing an ambitious effort to elect African-American candidates for governor and Congress in 2018 — politicians who have often been overlooked by the party’s predominantly white leadership in past years. They see the 2018 elections as a crucial opportunity to elect a wave of black candidates, especially to governorships, where only two African-Americans have been elected in U.S. history but a half-dozen prominent hopefuls are running this year. Many organizers also see running strong black candidates as a key way to inspire higher African-American voter turnout that will boost the whole Democratic Party in November.Story Continued Below But their efforts are also motivated by weariness, some said, of watching local and national Democratic groups — and the largely white donors who fund political campaigns — pass over promising African-American politicians before, even during the Obama era, when many expected … [Read more...] about Snubbed in past, black Dems seek big gains in 2018
For the series "Final Battleground," the CBS Evening News is traveling to three key areas of the country - the South, the Midwest and the West - to hone in on the states that will decide this presidential election. Florida is one state that could swing toward either Barack Obama or John McCain, CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports.Lifelong republican Jim Piccillo always thought he'd vote for John McCain. But as the Florida housing market crashed, so did the mortgage company he worked for. Two months ago, he lost his job. "And then I watched the Republican National Convention, and it really hit a nerve," he said. "I was unemployed and watching the entire Republican delegation basically sit up and laugh at someone who helps the unemployed really affected me."So much so that he's voting for Barack Obama. Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is switching sides too. He's a democrat who thinks John McCain has the experience to fix the economy. "He is one hell of a man," Greco said. "There … [Read more...] about Will Sunshine State Sway Red Or Blue?
Driving the Day Good Saturday morning. With 73 days until Election Day, it’s clear Donald Trump is getting a lot of conflicting advice from a lot of different people on very important topics like taming his sharp tone and moderating on immigration. And where he comes out will have major implications for the Republican Party not just in 2016, but for years to come. THERE ARE TWO CAMPS IN TRUMPLAND, per Bob Costa and Jenna Johnson:Story Continued Below --Camp No. 1: “Those pushing Trump to soften his stances and tone — and who have gained immense influence in recent days — include [Rudy] Giuliani, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a longtime ally who has no formal role with the campaign but talks to the candidate frequently and attended a strategy session last weekend. At recent private fundraisers, many Republican donors have also urged Trump to adopt a different pitch and rethink his priorities. --Camp No. 2: … [Read more...] about TRUMP’S two camps — NYT: WESTERN STATES turning blue — Cabinet wars beginning – WEEKEND READS