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          Internet Ruthlessly Mocks Trump for Warning that Democrats Will 'Obliterate Obamacare'      Cache   Translate Page      
Wait, what did he just say?

At one of his final pre-midterm rallies in Missouri, President Donald Trump made an utterly bizarre claim: Democrats are coming for your ... Obamacare.

"One of their very first projects will be a socialist takeover of American health care, you know what's happening, and your taxes are going to triple, maybe quadruple," he said. "You're not going to be happy, I know you well. The Democrat plan would obliterate Obamacare, it will also — which is good, but will leave the bad parts behind."

Even Trump seemed to realize halfway into that rant the absurdity of claiming Democrats will "obliterate Obamacare" — the party's landmark accomplishment that he and Republicans have spent years sabotaging and trying to repeal.

And in no time, social media exploded with mockery and disbelief at the president:

 

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          Here Are 5 Deceptive Republican Candidates Who Have Been Campaigning on Protections for Pre-existing Conditions While Fighting Relentlessly to Take Them Away      Cache   Translate Page      
Make no mistake: Health care protections are on the ballot today.

 

In the 2010 midterms—when President Barack Obama was serving his first term and Republicans retook the House of Representatives with a 63-seat landslide—health care was not a winning issue for Democrats. The GOP had successfully vilified the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, and Fox News viewers actually believed the buffoonish Sarah Palin when she claimed that “death panels” for older Americans were a feature of the ACA. But in 2018, millions of Americans realize that the only “death panels” are insurance companies and Republicans, and the ACA has increased in popularity: according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released earlier this year, 54% of Americans now approve of the ACA.

 

Health care has become a winning issue for Democrats, many of whom have been lambasting the GOP relentlessly for its efforts to overturn the ACA and deprive millions of Americans of health insurance—especially if they have pre-existing health conditions, which could be anything from diabetes to asthma to heart disease to back problems. In the 2018 midterms, many Republican candidates have been addressing health care as well, insisting that protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions is a high priority for them. But it’s important to look at what Republican candidates do rather than what they say, and as Obama has been stressing in his recent speeches, many of them are flat-out lying when it comes to health care.

 

Here are five deceitful Republican candidates in key races who been campaigning on protecting Americans’ health coverage while fighting relentlessly to take it away.

 

 

1. Arizona Senate Candidate Martha McSally

 

In the Arizona Senate race, Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema has been attacking her GOP opponent, fellow congresswoman Martha McSally, nonstop over health care—stressing that McSally would gladly throw Americans with pre-existing conditions to the wolves. And McSally has responded by insisting that protecting them is a high priority for her. But McSally showed her true colors when, in late October, she snapped at a reporter and asked, “Can we please talk about the things that matter to most voters, instead of repeating the Arizona Democrat Party press releases? Do you have anything to talk about, like the caravan or job opportunities?” And McSally also showed her true colors when, in 2017, she voted for the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which would have repealed the ACA and allowed insurance companies to charge much higher premiums for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

 

2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

 

In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been running ads insisting that he will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions if reelected. But when Obama was in Milwaukee recently stumping for Walker’s Democratic opponent Tony Evers, he pointed out that Walker has signed on to a GOP lawsuit that seeks to end those protections (Texas v. Azar). Evers has been calling for Walker to drop Wisconsin from the lawsuit—which, of course, he hasn’t done. When Walker insists that he is looking out for cancer patients or diabetics who are worried about keeping their health coverage, he is—as Obama asserted in Milwaukee—flat out lying.

 

3. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

 

In 2018, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz has received a surprisingly strong challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race—and health care is one of the issues that O’Rourke has been campaigning on aggressively. Cruz has maintained that protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions is a priority for him, but his record says otherwise. Cruz once helped shut down the federal government over his demand that the ACA be reversed, and he happily voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017.

 

4. California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

 

In 2017, incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher voted for the American Health Care Act. But in 2018, the California congressman has had the audacity to campaign on protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions—and his Democratic challenger, Harley Rouda, has been calling him out. While Rouda has described the ACA as a “great program,” Rohrabacher has called it “disastrous.” In other words, Rohrabacher is much more interested in playing partisan politics than protecting Americans who have had the misfortune of suffering from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses that insurance companies consider pre-existing conditions.

 

5. Florida Gov. and U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Scott

 

Florida’s two-term Republican governor, Rick Scott, is term-limited in the Sunshine State and has been trying to capture Democrat Bill Nelson’s seat in the U.S. Senate. It’s been a tight race, with some polls showing Scott slightly ahead and others showing Nelson slightly ahead—and Scott has been running ads asserting that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will help protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. But Scott’s record shows that he is lying.

 

Scott has repeatedly called for a full repeal of the ACA, and he is among the 20 GOP governors who has signed on to the Texas v. Azar lawsuit. In contrast, Nelson voted for the ACA in 2010. And Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, is a strong opponent of Texas v. Azar.

 

 


          Some State Officials Want to Adopt Bernie-Style Health Care. Here’s What It Would Cos      Cache   Translate Page      
On 11.04.18 01:41 PM posted by Nina Owcharenko Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has not let up in his push for single-payer health care—and some state legislators are matching his proposal. Earlier this year, Sanders introduced a big and comprehensive “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a government-controlled health care system at the national level. The plan has gained momentum among Senate Democrats, but has also slammed into a fiscal reality check. Three independent estimates from a diverse range of health care economists and policy analysts have highlighted the enormous additional cost of Sanders’ proposal. The liberal Urban Institute estimated that the 10-year costs would amount to a stunning $32 trillion (https://www.urban.org/research/publication/sanders-single-payer-health-care-plan-effect-national-health-expenditures-and-federal-and-private-spending), while the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University put the cost at $32.6 trillion...
          Comment on This week’s poll: AI in healthcare by Ken      Cache   Translate Page      
<blockquote cite="Mohammed Amin Abdullah"> <cite>Mohammed Amin Abdullah</cite> Depends how you quantify the impact. AI will impact health-care in two main ways 1) Doing something humans can already do, but cheaper, faster or better. 2) Doing things humans can’t do. Diagnosis falls into the first category, drug discovery in the second. It will also impact health in other ways: e.g., controlling large, complex and inefficient health-care systems like the NHS, and providing companionship for people who are lonely. </blockquote> The last thing a lonely person would want to do is "talk" to a computer!
          Comment on This week’s poll: AI in healthcare by Mohammed Amin Abdullah      Cache   Translate Page      
Depends how you quantify the impact. AI will impact health-care in two main ways 1) Doing something humans can already do, but cheaper, faster or better. 2) Doing things humans can't do. Diagnosis falls into the first category, drug discovery in the second. It will also impact health in other ways: e.g., controlling large, complex and inefficient health-care systems like the NHS, and providing companionship for people who are lonely.
          In the News: November 1–November 8      Cache   Translate Page      

This week: CMS continues with site-neutral payment cuts in OPPS final rule; online cognitive behavioral therapy offers potential to fill behavioral health services gaps; and the FDA approves a potent new opioid despite opposition.

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          Cast your vote for safe staffing in Massachusetts      Cache   Translate Page      

David Wood and Ben Taylor assess the final stretch of the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s campaign to make hospitals stop putting patients’ lives at risk in order to cut costs.

AS THE 2018 midterms began heating up in Massachusetts, lawn signs for the three initiatives on the ballot popped up in front of houses and along roadways across the state. “Nurses say yes on 1” and “Nurses say no on 1” have been among the most common signs displayed this election season.

Question 1 would establish a safe-staffing ratio for nurses in all Massachusetts hospitals. This initiative is modeled on a similar safe staffing law passed in California in 1999.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the union that organizes 23,000 bedside nurses across the state, spearheaded the effort to get the measure on the ballot. The MNA has been lobbying state legislators to implement safe-staffing legislation since at least 1995 — and even gone on strike over the issue.

Nurses have been pushing for safe staffing for one major reason: the systematic understaffing by hospital management in order to cut costs and increase profitability. As a result, nurses report working extended shifts, in some cases as long as 16 or 17 hours, and coming in on their days off to cover holes in the schedule.

Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure
Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure (Massachusetts Nurses Association | Facebook)

Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield documented hundreds of text messages from hospital administrators asking nurses to come in on their day off to patch these holes in the schedule. After a multiyear struggle involving several strikes, the MNA won safe-staffing language in the contract at BFMC. Statewide, however, the struggle continues.

It should go without saying that asking someone responsible for keeping sick people alive should not be asked to work long past the point of exhaustion. It’s dangerous for nurses and patients — and it should be considered bad for business. Too few nurses means too many patients per nurse. According to the MNA:

For every patient added to a nurse’s workload, the likelihood of a patient surviving cardiac arrest decreases by 5 percent per patient.

For children recovering from basic surgeries, each additional patient assigned to a nurse increased the risk of readmission by a shocking 48 percent.

There is a 20 percent higher risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at hospitals that don’t have patient limits.

Every additional patient assigned to an RN is associated with a 7 percent increase in the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia, a 53 percent increase in respiratory failure, and a 17 percent increase in medical complications.

Short staffing is therefore quite dangerous. And a recent survey of Massachusetts nurses shows that it is getting worse:

Two-thirds, or 65 percent of nurses, said that not having enough time is a major challenge, which was up from 52 percent in last year’s study. Likewise, 61 percent of surveyed nurses said that having to care for too many patients at once is a major challenge, which was up from 54 percent in the previous year. Additionally, 77 percent of the surveyed nurses said Massachusetts RNs are assigned too many patients to care for at one time. Only 18 percent thought RNs are assigned the appropriate number of patients. Zero nurses said RNs could safely be assigned more patients, according to the survey.


THE SOLUTION is obviously to hire more nurses — a remedy that hospital executives strenuously oppose.

Polls show a substantial (and perhaps growing) layer of voters are undecided on Question 1. The apparent split between nurses and the resulting confusing advertisements is often cited as the reason for this dwindling support. This confusion is by design — and reflects the duplicity of the No on Question 1 forces.

The No on 1 campaign has deliberately mimicked the MNA’s Yes on 1 campaign — with similar signage, twitter handles and television ads, knowing full well that deception is their only hope. After all, nurses are the most trusted profession in the U.S. and hospital executives among the least.

Roughly 30 percent of Massachusetts hospitals are non-union. In those workplaces, management has intensified its disinformation campaign in mandatory meetings, in hospital newsletters, and with countless “No on 1” signs and banners adorning their parking lots and buildings.

Harassment by hospital management of vocal Yes on 1 health-care workers, in union and nonunion hospitals alike, has become so intense that the MNA has created an anti-intimidation hotline (413-475-0895) — which according to MNA state board member Donna Stern has been receiving hundreds of calls per week.

No on 1 is outspending Yes on 1 by roughly 80 percent — about $19 million compared to the nurses’ $10.5 million.

While the No team frequently describes itself as a coalition of nurses and community members, about 94 percent of the No team’s funds are coming from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the trade group representing the interests of the corporate hospital industry, which in Massachusetts generates $28 billion in revenue each year, according to the IRS.

Many of the nurses featured in the No on 1 ads are actually nurse managers — that is, they are not bedside nurses who actually perform the labor impacted by Question 1. Instead, they are administrators, bureaucrats and executives. Their material interests are directly tied to the hospital’s bottom line, and they are not directly subjected to the working conditions that bedside nurses must endure.


THE AMERICAN Nurses Association (ANA) is also part of the No on 1 coalition. They’ve staked out a truly bizarre position: “ANA Massachusetts believes that strict staffing ratios undermines a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care.”

This is, of course, astoundingly manipulative. It is precisely nurses’ “critical thinking and involvement in patient care” that has produced Question 1, because they know that otherwise, the hospitals will continue to try to save money through understaffing while telling nurses to “do the best you can.”

The MNA was at one time affiliated organizationally with the ANA, but voted to disaffiliate in 2001. Why? Here’s the MNA’s press release explaining its decision back in 2001:

While the MNA is pushing for legislation to regulate nurse-to-patient ratios, the ANA has proposed weak regulations that call upon the industry to develop a patient classification system, with no requirement that the industry adhere to that system. They have also promoted legislation granting the industry the ability to experiment with staffing models that replace nurses with unlicensed personnel, something the nursing community has opposed for years.

But the real kicker that precipitated the split was that the ANA had set up a boss’s union, the United American Nurses, where the “ANA Board of Directors, which is comprised of nurse managers, as well as the ANA executive director, have decision-making power related to the UAN [which] makes those who belong to the national union subject to legal changes by anti-union management attorneys.” The ANA had just enacted policy aimed at forcing affiliates like the MNA to join this union and abide by its decisions. The MNA membership wasn’t having any of it.

So don’t believe the hype: Actual nurses say “vote yes on 1,” and hospital administrators say “vote no on 1.”


IF WE are to believe the alarmist reports from the hospital industry, Question 1 will require hiring an additional 5,911 nurses statewide and cost more than $1 billion annually.

While this is a startling admission from the bosses about just how much they’ve been structurally understaffing our hospitals, it’s also an egregious distortion designed to frighten voters. A Boston College study pegged the cost of implementing Question 1 at $47 million, a mere fraction of what the Chicken Littles of the hospital board room would have us believe.

The reason hospital administrators are opposed to Question 1 is obvious, and it has absolutely nothing to do with “a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care” and everything to do with maximizing profits.

The MNA has been filing safe staffing bills with the Democratic Party-dominated state legislature since 1995, where the bill sat and died each year.

It’s no surprise why. The majority of hospitals in Massachusetts, which receive at least 60 percent of their funding from public sources, spend huge sums to defeat such bills. For example, Partners HealthCare, the largest employer in Massachusetts, last year became the state’s largest corporate spender on lobbying firms.

The dynamic of bipartisan opposition to safe staffing largely continues in the current fight around Question 1. While politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Yes on 1, the industry-funded opposition campaign, rallying under the Orwellian slogan “The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety,” is being led by the Dewey Square Group, a powerhouse Democratic Party consulting firm.

So after years of coming up short at the state legislature, the MNA shifted its strategy to a ballot initiative, a stark admission of how effective corporations are at blocking progressive legislation.


TWENTY-FOUR STATES allow the direct participation of the electorate in the making of their own laws through ballot initiatives. Twenty-four states in the U.S. allow citizens this power, and an additional two permit citizens to veto existing laws through the ballot.

The experience in struggling directly for a reform is qualitatively different than passively hoping that elected officials will “do what’s right.” Ballot initiatives force people to think politically about what kind of world they want to live in — and force politicians to actually engage with the popular will.

And in the case of Question 1, despite the hospitals’ attempts to monopolize the debate (especially inside the workplace), nurses across the state have been able to engage in the process of deciding how their floors should be organized, a right normally reserved as the sacred realm of hospital management.

The recent history of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts demonstrates the potential of ballot measures. Despite decades of Democratic Party dominance on Beacon Hill, medical and recreational marijuana languished in the state house. It was only through ballot initiatives — decriminalization in 2008, legalization of medical marijuana in 2012, and legalization of recreational use in 2016 — that legalization was finally won.

Voters forced the hand of reluctant lawmakers and in the process transformed the political terrain. A key pillar of the racist “war on drugs” has been shattered in Massachusetts, laying the basis for struggles that push farther.

Approaching politicians to request reforms has historically proven to be an ineffective way to win change. However, by appealing to the broad public and involving nurses in a campaign to directly demand reforms, the MNA has shown how it’s possible to shift the terrain around reform struggles in our favor — and in the process advance the battle for democracy.

The nurses, understanding the power of solidarity and seeing the fight of the oppressed as a health care issue, have also endorsed Yes on Question 3, which asks voters whether they oppose repealing a law prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in public spaces.

Other labor leaders who support Yes on 1 — such as former Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and former national deputy director of SEIU’s health care division Jane McAlevey — have connected the fight for Yes on 1 to the women’s movement, writing:

In the past 12 months, a movement originally concerned with sexual abuse has become a broader movement for gender equity. The #MeToo movement calls for women to be heard and taken seriously not only when they speak out on sexual abuse but also when they speak out on other issues.

On Question 1, women who do the hands-on work in hospitals have amassed a formidable body of real-world experience, of longitudinal studies, of extensively researched data on the benefits of safe patent limits. The opinions of the organization representing 70 percent of all registered nurses in this state are strong, but the evidence that backs them is stronger still. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, like the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is one of the largest organizations of women in the state. They have spent years coming together in meetings all across Massachusetts to write this ballot question. They know what they are doing, day in and day out, in the hospitals, and they know what they are talking about in this crucial policy debate. Are we going to listen to them?”

Make no mistake: getting Question 1 passed is only the next of several steps in this struggle. Hospital administrators have threatened layoffs of auxiliary personnel and closures of community hospitals if this ballot initiative is approved, and they will blame their economic violence on the nurses. This will have to be fought with subsequent mobilizations.

Organizing solidarity with the nurses — at the polls, on picket lines and with co-workers and friends — will be essential, whatever the outcome of the November 6 vote.

Every time administrators complain about hiring enough nurses to safely staff their hospitals, we should counter with the idea that health care is a right and that the profit motive should not endanger patients’ lives. After all, we are all of us eventually patients, too.


          The Essential Plan: A Health Care Success in NYS      Cache   Translate Page      

From skyrocketing costs to lack of transparency, it’s easy to identify the problems plaguing today’s health care system. With all the negative news out there, it’s important to celebrate the positive. Here in New York, the Essential Plan has become a shining star and proven its ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care coverage to […]

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          Exit polls show healthcare is the biggest issue for voters — and that could be a good sign for Democrats      Cache   Translate Page      

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

  • Early exit polls show that a plurality of voters identified healthcare as the most important issue in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • The polls could be a good sign for Democrats, who made healthcare their top issue during the campaign.
  • Preelection polls also showed voters trusted Democrats over Republicans on healthcare.
  • But exit polls can be unreliable and it's unclear how the focus influenced individual races.

Healthcare was the driving issue for many Americans in Tuesday's midterm elections, according to early exit polls, and the focus could be a good sign for Democrats.

According to early exit polls, healthcare was the most important issue for a plurality of voters in the midterms. An exit poll conducted by CNN, NBC, and other major outlets found 40% of Americans picking healthcare as their most important issue. Immigration came in second with roughly 20% of people selecting it as the top issue.

An exit poll conducted by the Associated Press' Votecast system also found that healthcare was the most important issue, but by a slimmer margin. 26% of Americans selected healthcare as the top issue with immigration nabbing a 23% share and 19% of people picking the economy.

Read more: Midterms 2018 LIVE: Follow along for live results and coverage of a wild election night

Healthcare was a dominant theme for Democrats throughout the election season with both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer imploring candidates to focus on the issue during the waning days of the campaign.

"I write to acknowledge the vital role Congressional Democrats played in protecting the Affordable Care Act and exposing the GOP’s monstrous health care agenda – and I urge all of us to continue to push this message in the next 24 hours," Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues on Monday.

Read more: The 2018 midterms will have a big impact on healthcare, from Medicaid to nurses to abortion — here are the key issues

The focus on healthcare may also be a good, though incredibly early, sign for Democrats' hopes of retaking the House of Representatives. According to polling done before the election, Americans generally trusted the party more on healthcare and Democrats poured money into advertising on the issue.

Additionally, support for Obamacare and the law's preexisting conditions protections are at relative high points — both are issues that the Democrats harped on in the lead up to Election Day.

On the flip side, Trump and the GOP largely played defense on healthcare and attempted to turn the focus onto the strong economy or immigration issues like the migrant caravan. But that fight seems to have been blunted.

The results do come with a few caveats. Exit polls are prone to unreliability and just because voters were focused on healthcare doesn't mean that they voted for Democrats.

But Democrats largely wanted the midterm elections to be a referendum on the GOP's handling of healthcare and it appears the party got its wish.

SEE ALSO: A fight over the most popular piece of Obamacare could define the 2018 midterm elections

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The sort of equations some find challenging to take on board or even to understand, due to arms and legs mentality and beans counting

... let us see if brave-new-world protocol goes right, and if so, exports ala free-trades

Am wondering if Africans should say “no” to bot-doctors as part of turning head away from hospitals and railroads :0)

Am also wondering whether the bots would be practicing wholistic eastern medicine or specific-toxic western healing, and

What happens when bots prescribe in accordance w/ traditional Napalese healing but skip licensing fee.

Also, would such medicine improve UK healthcare system

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China’s Doctor Shortage Can Be Solved by AI
Andy HoNovember 6, 2018

A surgeon performs an operation at a clinic in the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing. AI might be able to solve China's doctor shortage problem.

Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

If there is one country that has invested heavily in health care reform over the last few years, it is China. But as its population grows older, with already 300 million people suffering from chronic diseases, it seems almost impossible to keep up with the soaring demand for health care. According to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, China has 1.8 practicing doctors per 1,000 citizens, compared to 2.6 for the U.S. and 4.3 for Sweden. Can artificial intelligence relieve China’s overworked doctors of some of their burdens?

China’s Ailing Health Care SystemThe hard-working medical professionals who keep China’s ailing health care system running could certainly use a helping hand. Overcrowding is the order of the day in the country’s urban hospitals, with a typical outpatient department in Beijing seeing about 10,000 people every day. The problem is exacerbated by the scarcity of medical facilities in rural areas, which causes people to flock to hospitals in nearby cities.

As the Future Health Index 2018 by Philips shows, the relatively low number of skilled health care professionals in relation to the size of the population is one of the main reasons why access to care in China lags behind most of the other fifteen countries surveyed.

Demographic projections give further reason for concern. The demand for care will only continue to grow as China is aging more rapidly than almost any country in the world. The United Nations estimates that by 2040, the country’s population over 65 will reach about 303 million, which is almost equal to the current total population of the U.S.

However, there is also reason for optimism.

In its commitment to offer accessible and affordable care for all, the Chinese government is spearheading the development of health care technologies. And perhaps the most promising is AI.



The Rise of AIAI can help make sense of large amounts of data, fueled by computing power that has risen dramatically over the last few years. That’s why China offers particularly fertile ground for AI development: With its 1.4 billion population, the country sits on massive troves of data.

Recognizing the country’s AI potential, the government has set out an ambitious plan to turn China into the world’s leading AI innovation center. Health care is one of the industries that are set to benefit from multibillion-dollar investments in startups, academic research, and moonshot projects. This is not merely a vision, but a reality already in the making. According to Yiou Intelligence, a Beijing-based consultancy firm, some 131 Chinese companies are currently working on applying AI in health care.



A Smart Personal Assistant for PhysiciansSpeeding up the screening of medical images is just one of the ways in which AI could relieve China’s overburdened health care system.

As one Chinese radiologist said in an interview with The New York Times: “We have to deal with a vast amount of medical images every day. So we welcome technology if it can relieve the pressure while boosting efficiency and accuracy.”

We should take these needs to heart and focus on developing intelligent applications that ease the workload for physicians while improving outcomes for patients. Crucially, the goal should not be to replace physicians, but to augment their impact in their daily work, strengthening their role in the delivery of efficient and high-quality care.

For some, AI conjures up images of autonomous robots replacing human workers. But I believe that in health care, AI is best thought of as a smart personal assistant for physicians that adapts to their needs and ways of working—“adaptive intelligence,” as we call it at Philips. Viewed through that lens, AI will make health care more—not less—human.

Today, AI is already helping physicians with the analysis of medical images. As AI becomes increasingly sophisticated and is integrated with medical knowledge, it could support ever more precise diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. But in the short term, arguably the greatest gains are to be made in solving operational bottlenecks in hospitals—for example, by helping physicians get a quick overview of all clinically relevant information on a patient.

Patient data are usually stored in many disparate systems and formats. At Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai, it can take a physician up to 20 days to manually extract all relevant information from 200 unstructured medical reports into one structured format.

By combining AI methods like natural language processing and machine learning with clinical knowledge, it is possible to collate all clinically relevant information in one dashboard. Physicians could spend less time capturing information from unstructured reports and less time sitting in front of a screen to get a complete picture of the patient.

Improving Care Close to People’s HomesAI could also enable patients with chronic conditions to become more informed about their health and to stay connected with professional caregivers.

According to the Future Health Index 2018, adoption of telehealth in China is currently much lower than the 16-country average, but the Chinese population is open to the use of technologies that can supplement the care they currently receive.

For example, home health monitoring technology powered by AI could help the frail and elderly stay connected with professional caregivers to ensure they receive timely care when needed. People with diabetes or hypertension could benefit from similar technology that allows them to track their condition via clinically validated sensors and devices.

Such initiatives would fit perfectly with the Chinese government’s ambition to improve care at the grassroots level to counter congestion in city hospitals. More widespread adoption of AI technologies should go hand in hand with investments in primary care facilities and Internet connectivity in rural areas—making health care more equally accessible and affordable and allowing people to enjoy a better quality of life close to their communities.

Looking further ahead, AI could also become pivotal in addressing lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity—a major health concern that affects about one in eight people in China. Imagine people with high risk of obesity getting bespoke lifestyle tips via their smartphone. On a population level, data analyses could inform public interventions targeted at specific age groups or geographic areas. As the Chinese government has outlined in its plans for a “Healthy China 2030,” the focus of the health care system will increasingly shift from treatment to prevention.

A Call for CollaborationHow to accelerate this journey toward more efficient, accessible and preventative care?

First, building a more robust data ecosystem should be top priority. The quality of AI is only as good as the quality of the data fed into it. China’s health care system would benefit from shared data standards, interoperability of systems, and improved data exchange protected by top-notch security measures. The establishment of three national digital databases with health information by 2020 is an important step in this direction.

Second, data-driven approaches such as AI will only have the desired impact when combined with proven medical expertise. AI is only part of any solution; it is never a solution by itself. A deep understanding of the clinical context is indispensable. Any form of AI-assisted care must be centered on the physician and the patient, taking their needs as a starting point and building on the wealth of human knowledge that is already available.

Third, AI-enabled tools must be rigorously tested against the highest regulatory standards. In health care, where lives are at stake, we need to deploy new technologies wisely and carefully. Only with proper clinical validation can we ensure responsible, safe and effective use of AI. Physicians as well as patients also require education on a tool’s strengths and limitations.

Fourth, collaboration between academia, startups, and established companies is of paramount importance. The challenges in China’s health care system are simply too big for any player to address it alone. In this light, it is encouraging that the Chinese government has recently founded a collaborative platform to promote the exchange of ideas and kick-start new projects in intelligent medicine.

Finally, to ensure we are creating a future-ready health care system in China, we must address the shortage of talent at the intersection of medicine and data science. We should nurture and invest in developing people who combine medical know-how with a firm understanding of AI and other technologies. Ultimately, the sustainability of China’s health care system may lie in their hands.

This piece first appeared on the World Economic Forum Agenda.

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:38:04 AM +00:00 · David Nir

The early vote has been tallied in much of Arizona, where it's likely that over 60% of all ballots were cast this way. In AZ-Sen, Dem Kyrsten Sinem has a 5,000-vote lead on Republican Martha McSally, with blue Apache County not reporting yet. In AZ-02, Dem Ann Kirkpatrick is up 55-45 on Republican Lea Marquez Peterson, which would be another pickup (this is McSally's seat).

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:39:55 AM +00:00 · David Nir

All of these would be Dem pickups if these results hold:

IA-03 (38% in): Axne (D) 56, Young (R-Inc): 41

IL-13: Dirksen-Londrigan up 52-48 on Rodney Davis with 65% in

IL-14: Dem Lauren Underwood still up, 51.5-48.5 on Randy Hultgren with 73% in

NY-19 (24% in): Delgado (D) 54, Faso (R) 44

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:43:36 AM +00:00 · David Nir

OH-Gov: This one’s not looking good. Though polls suggested it was a tossup, Republican Mike DeWine has a 52-45 lead on Dem Rich Cordray with 87% reporting.
WI-Gov: Democrat Tony Evers has a small 50-48 edge on Republican Gov. Scott Walker with 59% reporting. This would be a pickup.
MN-Gov: Democrat Tim Walz is crushing Republican Jeff Johnson 59-38 with 36% reporting.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:46:07 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NM-Gov: Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham is up 55-45 with 45% reporting. This would be a pickup.
GA-Gov: Republican Brian Kemp is up 55-44 on Democrat Stacey Abrams with 64% reporting.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:48:58 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Good news: Voters in Missouri have passed an amendment that would replace the state’s partisan method of redrawing legislative maps with an independent redistricting commission.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:51:54 AM +00:00 · David Nir

MN-Gov: The AP has called this one for Democrat Tim Walz. A good hold for Team Blue.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:54:10 AM +00:00 · David Nir

MN-Gov: The AP calls it for Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, who picks up another governorship for Democrats.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:55:28 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NC-13: Republican Rep. Ted Budd has hung on to defeat Democrat Kathy Manning in what was a tougher shot for Dems.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:17:15 AM +00:00 · David Nir

TX-Sen: A bummer, even if not entirely unexpected: ABC and NBC both call this race for Sen. Zodiac killer Ted Cruz, who beats Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. However, Cruz is currently up just 51-49 with over 6 million votes tallied. If anything like this margin holds, it’ll be the closest statewide race Texas has seen in a long time, and Beto and all his supporters should hold their heads high. What’s more, enthusiasm at the top of the ticket may help Democrats win House seats.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:18:27 AM +00:00 · David Nir

VA-02: The AP has also called this race for Democrat Elaine Luria, who beats GOP Rep. Scott Taylor in a great win. NBC had called it earlier, but they’ve been super-aggressive in their calls all night, so we’re going to wait for confirmation from other outlets from here on out, just so that we don’t mislead anyone.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:20:38 AM +00:00 · David Nir

UT-04: Out in Utah, Democrat Ben McAdams has a 55-45 lead on GOP Rep. Mia Love in what is a deep red district, albeit a heavily Mormon one that didn’t care much for Trump.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:22:55 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Checking in on a few GOP-held seats in North Carolina:
NC-02 (42% in): Holding (R) 49, Coleman (D) 49

NC-09 (85% in): Harris (R) 50, McCready (D) 49

NC-13 (78% in): Budd (R) 52, Manning (D) 45

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:25:12 AM +00:00 · David Nir

PA-06: This is another pickup, for Democrat Chrissy Houlahan. The GOP forfeited this seat after Rep. Ryan Costello retired after the filing deadline. What a schmuck, huh? I mean, thanks for the assist, my dude!

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:26:34 AM +00:00 · David Nir

ND-Sen: Very unfortunate, but not a surprise: Multiple outlets have now called this race for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who unseats Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp after just one term. Republicans have now picked up two Senate seats (so far, including Indiana), though Democrats still have pickup opportunities out west in AZ and NV.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:28:22 AM +00:00 · David Nir

TX-32: Sweet! Democrat Colin Allred, a former NFL lineback who became a civil rights attorney, has unseated GOP Rep. Pete Sessions. Incidentally, it was only a few years ago that Sessions was in charge of the NRCC, the GOP campaign arm officially devoted to re-electing Republicans!

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:30:56 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IL-06: Democrat Sean Casten ousts GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, another Dem flip. Keep track of the full tally with our ticker at the very top of the site.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:02:13 AM +00:00 · David Nir

KS-Gov: Holy shnikeys!!! MSNBC is calling this race for Democrat Laura Kelly, who is currently beating Republican Kris Kobach, the leading GOP vote-suppression crusader in the country, by a 52-40 margin. This is AMAZING.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:04:23 AM +00:00 · David Nir

MI-Gov: A great pickup for Dems, as this race is called for Gretchner Whitmer. VA-02: An excellent pickup in a difficult race, this one is called for Dem Elaine Luria. NY-11: Hard to believe, but NBC is calling this one for Dem Max Rose. PA-07: This one is called for Dem Susan Wild. All of the preceding are pickups. WI-01: Republican Brian Steil has held the seat of retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, beating Democrat Randy Bryce.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:06:43 AM +00:00 · David Nir

WV-03: This incredibly pro-Trump open GOP seat is called for Republican Carol Miller, who beats Democrat Richard Ojeda. Her current 56-44 margin is much, much tighter than Trump’s 73-23 spread, though.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 3:09:06 AM +00:00 · David Nir

OK-05: This one is a bit crazy. Democrat Kendra Horn is edging Republican Rep. Steve Russell 50.6 to 49.4 with 78% reporting in a very red seat in Oklahoma City that polls had shown Russell holding.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:41:14 AM +00:00 · David Nir

PA-17 (46% in): Lamb (D): 61, Rothfus (R): 39. This is an incumbent-vs.-incumbent matchup brought on by redistricting. Republicans gave Rothfus up for dead long ago.
PA-16 (28% in): DiNicola (D): 56, Kelly (R): 43. This is another GOP-held seat, and definitely a difficult red one. Would be impressive if DiNicola holds on.
VA-07 (96% in): Spanberger (D): 50, Brat (R) 49. Still another Republican-held seat.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:42:06 AM +00:00 · David Nir

CO-Gov: The race is called for Democrat Jared Polis, who keeps this key seat blue and makes history as the first gay person to be elected governor in U.S. history!

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:43:28 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NJ-11 (30% in): Sherill (D): 56, Webber (R): 42. This is a GOP-held seat.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:47:29 AM +00:00 · David Nir

FL-26: No call here, but the NYT’s Miami bureau chief reports that GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo has conceded to Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who currently leads 50.7 to 49.3 with 90% reporting. We’ll count this as a pickup.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:49:39 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NY-11: With 79% reporting (and apparently low-ish turnout), Democrat Max Rose has a surprising 50-48 edge on Republican Rep. Dan Donovan. This is reach seat for Dems located on Staten Island and part of Brooklyn in NYC.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:51:42 AM +00:00 · David Nir

MN-03 (77% in): Dean Phillips (D) 56, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) 44. Yet another suburban seat (in the Twin Cities) where the GOP is struggling. This would be another pickup if it holds.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:53:45 AM +00:00 · David Nir

VT-Gov: NBC has called this for GOP Gov. Phil Scott. Dem Christine Hallquist had been trying to become the first trans governor in U.S. history.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:55:25 AM +00:00 · David Nir

KS-03: Nice! NBC calls this for Democrat Sharice Davids, who not only defeats GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder but will become (hopefully along with New Mexico’s Deb Haaland) one of the first two Native American women ever to serve in Congress. Oh, and did we mention she’s an LGBTQ former MMA fighter and attorney? Yeah, she kicks ass.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:56:45 AM +00:00 · David Nir

OH-12: NBC says that GOP Rep. Troy Balderson has hung on in his rematch of the very close summertime special election with Democrat Danny O'Connor.

 

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:58:48 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NJ-11, MN-03, MI-11: Three more pickups, for Democrats Mikie Sherrill, Dean Philips, and Haley Stevens. That brings us to 9 total.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:21:27 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NH-Gov: While GOP Gov. Chris Sununu had always looked like a heavy favorite over Democrat Molly Kelly, he’s up just 50-48 with 29% reporting. VT-Gov: Next door, however, Republican Phil Scott has a 58-38 lead on Democrat Christine Hallquist with 36% reporting.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:23:04 AM +00:00 · David Nir

North Carolina: Good news: A state constitutional amendment that would have let the GOP-controlled legislature pick judges (taking that power away from the Democratic governor) has failed.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:25:21 AM +00:00 · David Nir

CO-Gov: We’re up to 37% reporting here and Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has a 55-42 lead on Republican Walker Stapleton, which would be an important Dem hold. However, a good chunk the vote so far has been tallied in the Denver area, where Dems do well.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:27:04 AM +00:00 · David Nir

PA-05: We have our third Dem flip of the night, though this one was all but a foregone conclusion: Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon has picked up this seat, which the GOP pretty much conceded after court-ordered redistricting made it significantly bluer earlier this year.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:29:17 AM +00:00 · David Nir

TX-07, TX-32: Democrats have leads of 5 and 7 points in these two suburban GOP-held seats with the early vote tallied and a tiny portion of Election Day precincts reporting. Keep in mind that these leads could disappear if Republican voters would up disproportionately voting on E-Day itself.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:30:45 AM +00:00 · David Nir

CO-06: With 65% reporting, Democrat Jason Crow has a 54-43 lead on Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in this suburban Denver seat.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:33:03 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IL-14 (42% in): Democrat Lauren Underwood is up 53-47 on GOP Rep. Randy Hultgren in this Republican-leaning suburban district. This is not one the GOP thought it would have to sweat until late in the game.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:34:58 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IL-06 (17% in): Democrat Sean Casten leads GOP Rep. Peter Roskam 54-46, another suburban seat where Republicans are having trouble.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:35:59 AM +00:00 · David Nir

CO-06: Our fourth pickup: NBC calls it for Dem Jason Crow, who ousts Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. FL-15: AP says that Republican Ross Spano has held this seat, which was another reach Dem target, for the GOP.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:58:27 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IN-09: Another deep longshot for Dems, GOP Rep. Trey Hollingsworth has held this seat against Democrat Liz Watson.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:59:50 AM +00:00 · David Nir

WV-Sen: NBC calls the race for Dem Sen. Joe Manchin, who defeats Republican Patrick Morrisey in the supremely red state of West Virginia.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:00:34 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Polls just closed in a ton more states: AZ, CO, KS (the portion in the Mountain time zone), LA, MI (CT), MN, NE, NM, NY, ND (MT and Cass County), SD (MT), TX (MT), WI, and WY.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:02:41 AM +00:00 · David Nir

TX-Sen: In Texas, you’ll see that just 2% of precincts are reporting, but quite clearly far more than 2% of votes have been tallied, thanks to the early vote. Democrat Beto O’Rourke has a 50.5 to 49 lead on GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, but that’s extremely prone to changing, since results are likely not coming in from a representative geographic cross-section of the state as yet.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:04:50 AM +00:00 · David Nir

WI-Sen: NBC calls this race for Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who turns back a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir. TN-Sen: NBC also calls this one for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who defeats former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:06:17 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Florida: Very good news: CNN is saying that Amendment 4, which would restore the voting rights of those who have been convicted of felonies and have completed their sentences, has passed. It needs to clear 60% of the vote to become law.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:07:01 AM +00:00 · David Nir

FL-26 (87% in): Mucarsel-Powell (D): 51, Curbelo (R-Inc): 49. This would be a Dem pickup if it holds.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:10:51 AM +00:00 · David Nir

OK-Gov: Republican Kevin Stitt has held Oklahoma's governorship for the GOP, beating Democrat Drew Edmondson. There was an outside hope of a Dem upset, but Oklahoma’s deep red lean was always going to be a major obstacle.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:14:22 AM +00:00 · David Nir

FL-Sen, FL-Gov: A bit oddly, the NYT is reporting 87% reporting in FL-Sen but only 81% in FL-Gov. In the former, Scott is up 50.4 to 49.6; in the latter, DeSantis is up 49.9 to 48.8.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 2:17:46 AM +00:00 · David Nir

OH-Gov: Republican Mike DeWine has a 52-46 lead on Democrat Richard Cordray with 32% reporting so far. GA-Gov: Republican Brian Kemp is up 63-37 on Democrat Stacey Abrams, but very few votes have been reported from the Atlanta area, a Dem stronghold.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:42:26 AM +00:00 · David Nir

If you check out our results “ticker” at the very top of the site, you can see we’re still waiting on calls in lots of races. So far, Democrats have flipped two seats in the House (VA-10 and FL-27) and one governorship (Illinois).

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:44:11 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IN-Sen: Checking back in here, Republican Mike Braun has a 55-41 lead on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly with 44% reporting. Polls are still open in many other states with competitive Senate races.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:46:12 AM +00:00 · David Nir

WV-Sen: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is up 51-45 on Republican Patrick Morrisey, but only 22% is reporting so far.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:47:49 AM +00:00 · David Nir

KY-06: The AP has called this race for Republican Rep. Andy Barr, who currently leads Democrat Amy McGrath 51-48. Trump won this district 55-39.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:48:24 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IN-Sen: ABC has now called this race for Republican Mike Braun, who defeats Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly after one term. It’s the GOP’s first flip of the night.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:51:53 AM +00:00 · David Nir

VA-02, VA-07: Democrats Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger have extremely narrow leads (less than 1% each) over GOP Reps. Scott Taylor and Dave Brat, respectively, with 87% and 94% reporting, respectively.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:53:57 AM +00:00 · David Nir

You can also find our own Carolyn Fiddler on NowThis covering tonight’s results as they roll in!


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:20:51 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

FL-18: Another “reach seat” for the Democrats has remained in Republican hands, as Republican Rep. Brian Mast has a 54-46 lead over Lauren Baer, and has been declared the winner.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:26:21 AM +00:00 · David Nir

IL-Gov: We have our first flip at the gubernatorial level, with NBC calling this race for Democrat JB Pritzker, who ousts Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. In FL-16, another longshot Democratic target, Republic Rep. Vern Buchanan (the guy who bought that multi-million yacht right after he voted to give himself a multi-million tax break) has hung on against Democrat David Shapiro.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:27:46 AM +00:00 · David Nir

RI-Gov: Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, who at one point was a GOP target, has won a second term, defeating Republican Alan Fung. MD-Gov: Unsurprisingly, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has beaten Democrat Ben Jealous. Despite Maryland’s blue lean, Hogan has been popular throughout his term.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:29:53 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NJ-Sen: ABC calls the race for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, whom wealthy Republican Bob Hugin had spent millions to defeat. Because of his legal troubles (the federal government dropped corruption charges against Menendez after a mistrial), the incumbent had looked potentially vulnerable, but he hangs on.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:30:41 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Polls have closed in one more state, Arkansas.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:36:42 AM +00:00 · David Nir

FL-Gov, FL-Sen: With 72% reporting, Republican Ron DeSantis now has a narrow 49.7 to 49.1 lead on Democrat Andrew Gillum in the governor’s race, while Republican Rick Scott has an even narrower 50.1 to 49.9 edge on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:54:30 AM +00:00 · David Nir

OH-Sen is called for Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown, and IN-02, a deep longshot, is a hold for the GOP.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:00:06 AM +00:00 · David Nir

FL-27: NBC calls this one for Democrat Donna Shalala, our second flip of the night. FL-25, a major longshot, and VA-05, still one where the GOP was favored, are both Republican holds.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:00:59 AM +00:00 · David Nir

A ton of polls just closed, in AL, CT, DE, FL (portion of state in Central time zone), IL, KS (CT), ME, MD, MA, MI (ET), MS, MO, NH (rest of state), NJ, ND (CT except Cass County), OK, PA, RI, SD (CT), TN, and TX (CT).

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:13:22 AM +00:00 · David Nir

KY-06: Peeking back in on this one, Republican Andy Barr is up just 50-49 on Democrat Amy McGrath with 77% reporting.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 1:17:25 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Florida: Right now, with 53% reporting, we actually have a split verdict. Ron DeSantis leads Andrew Gillum by just 4700 votes. Meanwhile, in FL-Sen, Sen. Bill Nelson leads Rick Scott by 19,200 votes. These are going to be real close.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:35:13 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Polls have just closed in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:38:19 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

From the state of Kentucky, one piece of interesting news:

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:40:19 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

VA-10: We have our first House flip of the night, as NBC has called this Northern Virginia district for Democrat Jennifer Wexton. With more than half of the precincts in, she has a 58-42 lead over GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:44:07 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

FL-07: One of the races we have rated as likely Democrat has held firm, as Democrat Stephanie Murphy has rather easily won a second term.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:49:44 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

FLORIDA: With 17 percent of precincts and a ton of early votes tallied, the two statewide races here are running along parallel tracks. In the governor’s race, Democrat Andrew Gillum leads Ron DeSantis 51-48-1. In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson leads Rick Scott 51-49.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:52:22 AM +00:00 · David Nir

FL-06: MSNBC says that this open GOP seat, where Democratss had an outside chance, is a Republican hold.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:11:46 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

KY-06: With just under 10 percent of precincts in, Republican Rep. Andy Barr has a narrow (51-48) lead over Democrat Amy McGrath. Two counties are reporting roughly half of their votes. Going by our benchmarks page, McGrath is right at the number she would need to hit 50%.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:17:31 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Florida: Counties are starting to chime in with early votes. Currently both Republicans (gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Senate candidate Rick Scott) are leading with 52% of the vote. However, none of the really big Democratic counties (save for smallish Osceola County) have chimed in.

There is one potentially promising sign: Both Democrats (Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson) won the early vote in Pinellas County, which is considered something of a bellwether.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:31:14 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

KY-06: Fayette County just dumped a lot of their votes (a bit over half), and that has pushed Democrat Amy McGrath out to a 52-47 lead over Republican Rep. Andy Barr. Still a lot of red turf out there, however.


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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:35:33 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Way too early to report results yet, given that none of the races we are watching are even to 5 percent of precincts reporting. As a matter of course, we rarely report early results, because they are wholly dependent on WHICH counties are chiming in.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:49:56 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Given that we are still looking at a smattering of returns in Indiana and Kentucky, this is extremely sage advice:

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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:54:17 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

KY-06: We’re still dealing primarily with early votes, and only some counties have reported their votes, but the early returns here portend what everyone expected: a very close race. With a little more than 18,000 votes tallied, Andy Barr has a lead of 12. Votes.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:01:21 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

It is now 7:00 PM Eastern and 4:00 pm Pacific. Polls are now closed in Florida (ET), Indiana (CT), Kentucky (CT), Georgia, New Hampshire (most towns), South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:04:17 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

VA-Sen and VT-Sen: No surprises here, but NBC calls these two Senate races for Democrats Tim Kaine and Bernie Sanders.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 12:06:01 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Two of the first notable calls of the night, via NBC, are for Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (VA) and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), though both of these were races that Republicans had no hope of winning. More interesting is this note from NBC, which says that GA-Gov, VT-Gov and SC-Gov (all GOP-held seats) and IN-Sen (Dem) are all either “too early” or “too close” to call.


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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:01:26 PM +00:00 · David Nir

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections 2018 midterm liveblog! The first polls have now closed in the portions of Indiana and Kentucky in the Eastern time zone, though while we might see a trickle of votes soon, it'll be a while before we have meaningful results to chew on.

In the meantime, there are three important things to keep in mind:

1) The early vote may not look like the Election Day vote. In many states, especially those where a substantial portion of ballots are cast early, the first results you see reported will be those early votes. (In fact, early in the night, you'll often see a sizable chunk of votes tallied even though results sites say "0% of precincts reporting," because those precinct counts only refer to votes reported on Election Day by actual, in-person polling places.)

Here's the most important thing, though: If, say, Democrats in a particular state were amped up and decided to vote early in disproportionate numbers (or if organizers were simply better at getting Democrats to vote early), then Republican vote margins could improve as Election Day votes are toted up—or vice-versa. This is entirely normal, and just something to be prepared for.

2) Exit polls can be very misleading. For one, exit polls are continually updated throughout the night, as exit pollsters add additional "waves" of interviews. For another, like any other poll, they can simply be wrong. Also, this year, for the first time, we'll have two competing sets of exit polls from different consortia. It's hard to be patient on a night like this one, but it really is best to wait for actual results.

3) We might not know who wins the House tonight. In a number of states with large numbers of mail ballots, many of those votes are not tallied until after Election Day. That includes California, which has as many as 10 potentially competitive House races on tap, as well as Arizona and Washington, which also have several. While we of course hope to know the ultimate outcome tonight, we could be waiting quite a while: In 2016, the race in California's super-close 49th District wasn't called for three weeks.

Before long, the results will be flowing hot and heavy, though, so just stay tuned and we'll keep you fully up to date!

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:05:47 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

As polls have closed in parts of Indiana and Kentucky, let’s take a preliminary look at the lay of the land in these two states. Obviously, the “big ticket item” in this group on a statewide level is the Senate race in Indiana between incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) and Republican challenger Mike Braun. This is one of those “critical holds” for Democrats if they want a shot at the Senate later in the night.

In the House, the big race to watch early is KY-06. Helpfully, in the piece linked above written by our outstanding colleague David Jarman, he did benchmarks for this one House race. There is a trio of Indiana races that, if they’re even close, might speak to a real wave developing: IN-02, IN-05, and IN-09. Again, Democrats are not expecting to snag ANY of these. But if they’re close … watch out.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:07:46 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Guam: It may have escaped your attention, but we have already had our first Democratic flip of the night. In Guam (where it is already Wednesday morning), Democrats reversed 16 (not eight, as previously listed) years of Republican rule of the governorship there with a victory for Democrat Lou Leon Guerrero.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 · 11:17:04 PM +00:00 · David Nir

Our own Carolyn Fiddler is also covering tonight’s results live for NowThis! Check it out:

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          Daily Kos Elections has all the resources you need for election night 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

At long last, Election Day is here! Daily Kos Elections has been tracking the ins and outs of the 2018 midterms every day all cycle long, and we’re very excited to finally liveblog the results, beginning when the first polls start closing at 6 PM ET tonight. To help you get ready to track the returns—and make sense of them as they come in—we’ve put together a broad array of resources you’ll want to bookmark, print out, and share with your friends:

  • Our poll closing times map shows you when each state’s polls close, with version for every U.S. time zone and a special version to aid the color-blind
  • Our hour-by-hour guide to election night summarizes every key race for Senate, House, and governor, including those that will determine control of Congress
  • Our guide to key ballot measures will fill you in on all the important initiatives and constitutional amendments that many states will be voting on, on a broad range of topics that include voting rights, redistricting, the environment, health care, the minimum wage, and more
  • Our guide to key legislative chambers will walk you through all the state Senates and state Houses that could change hands on election night
  • Our final forecast for the Senate, House, and governorships uses the Daily Kos Elections polling averages to project how many seats we think each party might win
  • Our final race ratings for Senate, House, and governor show how competitive we think each individual contest is, as well as the final average of all publicly available polls
  • Our "county benchmarks" will help you make sense of returns as they come in by showing what percentage of the vote in key counties Democratic candidates for statewide office (and one House race in Kentucky, where polls close early) likely need to hit to win their races
  • And finally, our key race tracker will keep you updated on who’s won each of the important races in real time on election night

Also, if you haven’t had the chance to enter our election prediction contest, there’s still time to submit your guesses for a shot at winning that delicious Green's babka. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and again, check back in at Daily Kos Elections at 6 PM ET tonight for our liveblog. See you there!


          Election 2018 exit poll analysis: Voter turnout soars, Democrats take back the House, ABC News projects - ABC News      Cache   Translate Page      

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As the polls have closed in many states, preliminary exit poll results show a deep divide along party lines: Interested in Midterm Elections? Add Midterm Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Midterm Elections news, video, and ...
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The Pledge to End Bullying Campaign will take to the road over the next year with a focus on finding those that society tends not to see — the homeless. The first of two vehicles to take health-care and mental health services to the people around the...
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Democrats appeared on track to take control of the House Tuesday night, a victory that would transform the Republican-controlled chamber that has supported and protected President Trump into a legislative body eager to thwart his agenda. Early results ...
Pelosi Declares Victory In Battle For The House; GOP To Retain Senate MajorityNPR
Midterm Results Point to a Split CongressWall Street Journal
Mid-term elections 2018: US Democrats win House in blow to TrumpBBC News

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          Because Walker will say anything to get re-elected...      Cache   Translate Page      
[Updated now that he's the Pre-existing conditions protecting governor. (Spoiler alert: no he isn't.)

[Updated from 6/19/18 - - He's "The Anti-UWM Governor," budget and staff cuts show.]

He says he's the "pro-education" Governor.

Right. Everything in his record screams 'pro-education,' and then some:

He's always been the pro-teacher, public employee Governor.

Whose Act 10 left collective bargaining intact [Sic].

And, remember, it was just a set of "modest, modest requests [Sic]."

From Governor 'Midwest Nice.'

And he's also been the never-cut-school funding Governor.

The always-honest friend of higher-education Governor.

And friend of the printed word, like all pro-education officials.

The pro-blue-collar worker Governor.

Who created those promised 250,000 new private-sector jobs right on time.

He's also the pothole-fighter.

The poverty-fighting Governor.

The champion of local control.

And the pro-women's-health Governor.

As he's been the friend of the small dairy farmer Governor.

Foe of chronic deer herd wasting disease Governor.

And the small-business startup Governor.

Also, the tight-fisted principled-conservative steward of the people's money Governor.

In part due to his wise acceptance (not) of federal funds.

The take-me-at-my-word Governor.

Like he was about his college records and early departure from Marquette U.

Because he's the no-dark-money Governor, wink-wink.

And champion of free and open elections-Governor.

Also, the pro-science Governor.

Especially climate change science.

And like all pro-education governors, would not downgrade children's climate science teaching.

And would never remove air pollution alerts which are vital for kids and seniors.

He's also is the wetlands-champion Governor.

Fighting for public resources over special-interest favors.

The smooth-roads Governor.

Because he's also not the finish what you sort on time Governor, nor:

The clean air Governor.

The clean rivers Governor.

The clean drinking water Governor.

The pro-sobriety Governor.

The save-the-state-parks Governor.

The opioid-fighting Governor.

The pro-DNR governor.

The recycling Governor.

Because, after all, Walker's consistently been the never-tell-a-lie Governor.




          GIBERT: Health Care To Be Front And Center After The Midterms      Cache   Translate Page      

In general,  the president’s party typically loses seats in Congress at midterm elections.  An average of 30 seats in the House are lost and four in the Senate.  In the 2010 midterm, Americans soundly rejected President Barack Obama’s policies by flipping a whopping 63 House seats and 6 Senate seats.  That resulted in a split Congress, […]

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          Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp loses Senate race in North Dakota to Republican Kevin Cramer      Cache   Translate Page      

heitkamp cramer

  • GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota Senate race. 
  • Cramer was heavily favored going into election night since the state voted for Trump by a 35 point margin in 2016.
  • Heitkamp tries to hit Cramer on healthcare, but may have been hurt by her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost her re-election bid to current GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, adding to the Democrats' losses in the US Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Heitkamp defended the seat she won in 2012 in deep Trump territory, which gave Cramer — who is currently serving the the House — a decided advantage heading into Election Day. The president won the state with a 63% share of the vote in 2016 but his popularity slid slightly in the state over the past two years. According to Morning Consul

Cramer played up connections with Trump throughout the campaign, while Heitkamp struck a more independent tone on issues.

The race opened up in the run up to the election with Cramer holding an 11 percentage point lead in RealClearPolitics polling average. That was a significant jump from Cramer's slim 1.6 point lead at the end of September. Most election forecasters also gave the edge to Cramer heading into election night.

The issues 

Heitkamp touted bipartisan credentials, such as a vote for a Republican-backed plan that eased regulations on small and mid-sized banks. The senator voted for Trump-supported legislation 55% of the time, the second-most of any Democrat.

Heitkamp attacked Cramer for voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's Obamacare replacement, which would have weakened protections for people with preexisting conditions.

The former North Dakota attorney general also used Trump's trade war with China as a weapon against Cramer. China's tariffs on American soybeans have caused Chinese orders of the crop to plummet, resulting in a massive supple increase, plummeting prices, and a growing store of soybeans that could rot before the tariffs are lifted.

Cramer, who voted with Trump close to 99% of the time, played up ties with the president on the campaign trail. The former chairman of the state's Republican party touted the GOP tax law and hammered Heitkamp for voting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp also drew flak after running an ad that featured the names of sexual assault victims without their consent. The ad was formatted as an open letter to Cramer after the candidate called the #MeToo movement a "movement towards victimization."

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          Republicans projected to hold on to majority control of the Senate      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and members of his staff head to the floor of the Senate for the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. After days of testimony, weeks of protest and an additional five days of FBI investigation into accusations of sexual assault, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate, 50-48. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Tuesday night's midterm election results mean Republicans will hold on to their majority in the Senate.
  • The tightened grip on the Senate will allow Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to continue confirming judicial nominees at a breakneck speed.
  • Republicans could try to repeal the Affordable Care Act again, as well as attempt other legislative action on key issues.

Republicans are projected to hold onto their majority control of the US Senate in the new year, after securing enough crucial wins in the 2018 midterm elections.

After spending the year with a slim 51-49 majority, which just barely managed to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will now be able to tighten his grip on the upper chamber.

The Republican majority can be partially credited to the electoral map, which featured several incumbent Democrats having to face reelection in conservative-leaning states:

  • Republican candidate Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.
  • Republican Kevin Cramer picked up North Dakota's Senate seat from incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
  • In Tennessee's open Senate seat, Republican Marsha Blackburn kept the seat for the GOP, beating Democrat Phil Bredesen.
  • Republican Ted Cruz fended off Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

Read more: 'Look how angry the left is': Mitch McConnell said the time since Trump became president has been the best in his 34 years in the Senate, and he plans to plow through more nominees

Another factor was the amount of time McConnell kept those incumbent Democrats in Washington in lieu of letting lawmakers return for their home states during the final stretches of the campaign season.

McConnell canceled the annual August recess, forcing senators to stay in the Capitol during the dog days of summer. The move was seen as highly political and part of McConnell's broader plan and forming legacy of rapidly confirming conservative judicial nominees.

State work periods reserved for October were also shortened, resulting in Democrats cutting a deal with McConnell to confirm 15 lifetime appointed judges in exchange for being allowed to go home for the campaign.

Republicans will be able to continue shaping the courts

One of the most significant effects of Republicans keeping the Senate majority is that they will be able to continue confirming President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, furthering an already record-breaking process of pushing through lifetime appointed judges.

During the first two years of the Trump presidency, the McConnell-led Senate has confirmed 84 judges. So far, 29 have been Appeals Court judges, 53 have been for state district courts, and two have been confirmed to the Supreme Court.

With a long list of vacancies still set to be filled, the Republican-controlled Senate can keep confirming judicial nominees at a breakneck speed. In addition, the possibility of another Supreme Court vacancy could arise before the 2020 election cycle gets underway.

The likelihood of other accomplishments could still be a difficult task for Republicans. The GOP is still shy of being able to surpass the 60-vote threshold for legislation, which Trump has often derided as an impediment to his agenda.

While Republicans would like to take another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act, as well as potentially moving forward on additional tax cuts, in could be an extremely heavy lift that has failed multiple times before.

SEE ALSO: Here's the final count of which senators voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh

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          Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp loses Senate race in North Dakota to Republican Kevin Cramer      Cache   Translate Page      

heitkamp cramer

  • GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota Senate race. 
  • Cramer was heavily favored going into election night since the state voted for Trump by a 35 point margin in 2016.
  • Heitkamp tries to hit Cramer on healthcare, but may have been hurt by her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost her re-election bid to current GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, adding to the Democrats' losses in the US Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Heitkamp defended the seat she won in 2012 in deep Trump territory, which gave Cramer — who is currently serving the the House — a decided advantage heading into Election Day. The president won the state with a 63% share of the vote in 2016 but his popularity slid slightly in the state over the past two years. According to Morning Consul

Cramer played up connections with Trump throughout the campaign, while Heitkamp struck a more independent tone on issues.

The race opened up in the run up to the election with Cramer holding an 11 percentage point lead in RealClearPolitics polling average. That was a significant jump from Cramer's slim 1.6 point lead at the end of September. Most election forecasters also gave the edge to Cramer heading into election night.

The issues 

Heitkamp touted bipartisan credentials, such as a vote for a Republican-backed plan that eased regulations on small and mid-sized banks. The senator voted for Trump-supported legislation 55% of the time, the second-most of any Democrat.

Heitkamp attacked Cramer for voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's Obamacare replacement, which would have weakened protections for people with preexisting conditions.

The former North Dakota attorney general also used Trump's trade war with China as a weapon against Cramer. China's tariffs on American soybeans have caused Chinese orders of the crop to plummet, resulting in a massive supple increase, plummeting prices, and a growing store of soybeans that could rot before the tariffs are lifted.

Cramer, who voted with Trump close to 99% of the time, played up ties with the president on the campaign trail. The former chairman of the state's Republican party touted the GOP tax law and hammered Heitkamp for voting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp also drew flak after running an ad that featured the names of sexual assault victims without their consent. The ad was formatted as an open letter to Cramer after the candidate called the #MeToo movement a "movement towards victimization."

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          Republicans projected to hold on to majority control of the Senate      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and members of his staff head to the floor of the Senate for the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. After days of testimony, weeks of protest and an additional five days of FBI investigation into accusations of sexual assault, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate, 50-48. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Tuesday night's midterm election results mean Republicans will hold on to their majority in the Senate.
  • The tightened grip on the Senate will allow Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to continue confirming judicial nominees at a breakneck speed.
  • Republicans could try to repeal the Affordable Care Act again, as well as attempt other legislative action on key issues.

Republicans are projected to hold onto their majority control of the US Senate in the new year, after securing enough crucial wins in the 2018 midterm elections.

After spending the year with a slim 51-49 majority, which just barely managed to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will now be able to tighten his grip on the upper chamber.

The Republican majority can be partially credited to the electoral map, which featured several incumbent Democrats having to face reelection in conservative-leaning states:

  • Republican candidate Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.
  • Republican Kevin Cramer picked up North Dakota's Senate seat from incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
  • In Tennessee's open Senate seat, Republican Marsha Blackburn kept the seat for the GOP, beating Democrat Phil Bredesen.
  • Republican Ted Cruz fended off Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

Read more: 'Look how angry the left is': Mitch McConnell said the time since Trump became president has been the best in his 34 years in the Senate, and he plans to plow through more nominees

Another factor was the amount of time McConnell kept those incumbent Democrats in Washington in lieu of letting lawmakers return for their home states during the final stretches of the campaign season.

McConnell canceled the annual August recess, forcing senators to stay in the Capitol during the dog days of summer. The move was seen as highly political and part of McConnell's broader plan and forming legacy of rapidly confirming conservative judicial nominees.

State work periods reserved for October were also shortened, resulting in Democrats cutting a deal with McConnell to confirm 15 lifetime appointed judges in exchange for being allowed to go home for the campaign.

Republicans will be able to continue shaping the courts

One of the most significant effects of Republicans keeping the Senate majority is that they will be able to continue confirming President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, furthering an already record-breaking process of pushing through lifetime appointed judges.

During the first two years of the Trump presidency, the McConnell-led Senate has confirmed 84 judges. So far, 29 have been Appeals Court judges, 53 have been for state district courts, and two have been confirmed to the Supreme Court.

With a long list of vacancies still set to be filled, the Republican-controlled Senate can keep confirming judicial nominees at a breakneck speed. In addition, the possibility of another Supreme Court vacancy could arise before the 2020 election cycle gets underway.

The likelihood of other accomplishments could still be a difficult task for Republicans. The GOP is still shy of being able to surpass the 60-vote threshold for legislation, which Trump has often derided as an impediment to his agenda.

While Republicans would like to take another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act, as well as potentially moving forward on additional tax cuts, in could be an extremely heavy lift that has failed multiple times before.

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          Democrats take control of House but Republicans tighten grip on Senate - The Guardian      Cache   Translate Page      

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Democrats take control of House but Republicans tighten grip on Senate
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Control of lower chamber of Congress will allow Democrats to block much of Trump's agenda and investigate his administration. Midterm elections – live updates · Midterms results – live tracker · Sabrina Siddiqui in New York, Ben Jacobs in Washington.
US midterm election results live: Democrats set to take House but Republicans hold Senate - latest newsTelegraph.co.uk
US midterm elections: Democrats on track to win HouseFinancial Times
Mid-term elections 2018: US Democrats 'win House' in blow to TrumpBBC News
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          Watch Fox's Chris Wallace call out Laura Ingraham's "complete mischaracterization" of the midterms as a GOP victory      Cache   Translate Page      

LAURA INGRAHAM: If you're not aligned behind the basic principles of kind of this conservative populist approach of Trump, not his tone necessarily but his policies you're not going anywhere. And by contrast the Democrats are going home to more of a Ocasio-Cortez party which I think in 2020 to Karl's point, that's going to be a tough sell. I don't think that works.

CHRIS WALLACE: I don't think that's a fair thing to say about the Democrats. I think that is a complete mischaracterization.

INGRAHAM: OK go ahead.

WALLACE: If you -- Laura.

INGRAHAM: Chris.

WALLACE: If you look at the Democrats who are winning across, Abigal Spanberger, Jennifer Wexton.

INGRAHAM: They're liberal, they're liberal.

WALLACE: The reason that they're winning is not because they went far left, it's because they've got women who have military or intelligence credentials and there's this caricature out there, let's wait and see what the margin is, let's see where they won and let's see what their policies are and you know if you're going to give the Republicans credit for holding on to the Senate then I think you have to give the Democrats credit for actually flipping the House.

Previously:

After a woman explains that people in America die because they are too poor to have health care, Fox News shows no empathy

Hannity has appeared in multiple Facebook ads for Republican candidates

Only 29 percent of key debates in 2018 included a question about climate change


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          FCC will review how wireless carriers respond to natural disasters      Cache   Translate Page      

With the recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael still underway, the FCC wants to know how well wireless networks will cope with the next crisis. The regulator is launching a review of the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework, a voluntary pledge on the part of carriers to work together in maintaining service during natural disasters, raising public awareness and speeding up the recovery process. To that end, it's sending letters to carriers in the framework (including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Engadget parent Verizon) to summarize how they've implemented the alliance in the past two years, explain how they follow "best practices" and outline moments when agreements were changed or faced interference.

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          Winners and losers from election night 2018 - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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Winners and losers from election night 2018
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The 2018 election is nearly in the books: Democrats have taken the House, and Republicans will keep the Senate. And there was, and will be, plenty of shouting. Below, some winners and losers.
Democrats Capture Control of House; GOP Holds SenateNew York Times
7 takeaways from election night 2018CNN
Democratic House Control Likely; GOP To Retain Senate MajorityNPR
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          Primary Health Care (PHC) Consultant at the International Rescue Committee      Cache   Translate Page      
The International Rescue Committee, one of the world&rsquo;s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women&#39;s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, the IRC has expanded its scope and size of the programs as new areas became accessible after prolonged conflict and insecurity, in Adamawa and Borno States. The IRC&rsquo;s response to the humanitarian situation includes integrated health and nutrition services, as well as reproductive health care and women protection services In 2015 IRC Nigeria developed a five-year long term Strategy Action Plan, which prioritized Safety, Education, Economic Wellbeing and Power.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Primary Health Care (PHC) ConsultantLocation:&nbsp;BornoAbout the Consultancy ServiceThe International Rescue Committee is currently expanding its operations and with the changing dynamics on talent management and work force planning, there is an urgent need to consistently build the capacity of community health workers to equip them with the basic knowledge they need to comfortably execute their roles and responsibilities.The consultancy service aims to provide dedicated capacity building on Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) with particular focus on coordination, social mobilization, community engagement and epidemiological surveillance, HMIS training - Depending on training needs.Duration of the Consultancy Service:The time and duration shall be determine in line with respective training needs and objective as shall be articulated by the International Rescue Committee. The trainings will be delivered in Maiduguri.Master Plan:The consultant will prepare a training plan including objective, training methodology for the training. This will be reviewed and agreed by the Training Focal Person of IRC or his designate and the consultant.

Apply at https://ngcareers.com/job/2018-11/primary-health-care-phc-consultant-at-the-international-rescue-committee-588/


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Winners and losers from election night 2018
Washington Post
The 2018 election is nearly in the books: Democrats have taken the House, and Republicans will keep the Senate. And there was, and will be, plenty of shouting. Below, some winners and losers.
Democrats Capture Control of House; GOP Holds SenateNew York Times
Democratic House Control Likely; GOP To Retain Senate MajorityNPR
Dems projected to retake House majorityThe Hill
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          Oregon’s Sword & Shield      Cache   Translate Page      
In a personal-injury case, the plaintiff generally waives any privilege protecting communications with her health-care providers regarding the injuries for which she seeks damages. Privilege Waiver 101, right? Not in Oregon. The state’s supreme court ruled that the physician–patient privilege precludes discovery of the plaintiff’s communications with her physician even where her medical treatment is at issue.  The court’s opinion is so draconian that it prohibits a defense lawyer from asking deposition questions as routine as “what injury did you receive?” The court’s decision offered a potential—but unanswered—waiver argument (discussed below), but otherwise allows Oregon More…
          Daily Kos Elections 2018 election night liveblog thread #22      Cache   Translate Page      

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:47:51 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

NV-Gov: Cue Democratic gubernatorial pickup #7:

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:59:12 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

AZ-01: Democrats have held onto another one of their vulnerable seats, as freshman Rep. Tom O’Halleran has held onto a 52-48 win over Republican Wendy Rogers.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:13:33 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

As we head into the last hour of Election Night on the west coast (it’s already Wednesday for a bunch of you!), here is what remains:

  • 20 House races, some of which are genuine tossups and some of which are races just waiting for a broad enough array of returns to call the race.
  • 4 Senate races, three that are too close to call (Arizona, Montana, and Nevada), and one runoff where the GOP will be heavily favored (Mississippi).
  • 5 gubernatorial elections, all remaining as tossups: Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, and Wisconsin
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:16:42 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Nevada: When this man speaks, it is smart to listen.

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The AP now has results from Clark County for the Senate, and those have propelled Jacky Rosen into a 52-44 lead over incumbent Sen. Dean Heller. Most of what remains is the rural counties, so this margin will tighten, but Rosen has nearly a 60,000-vote lead, which seems awfully tough for Heller to overcome.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:19:55 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

MT-AL: The AP has called this race for GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte. This was a Lean R seat in our eyes, and it held to form. Gianforte currently holds a 53-44 lead over Democrat Kathleen Williams, though that is bound to tighten.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:25:16 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

NV-03: One hold for the Democrats that had been at least partly in question has come across the finish line, as Democrat Susie Lee has defeated Republican Danny Tarkanian.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:26:49 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

WI-Gov: For long-suffering Wisconsin Democrats, this is sweet, indeed. The AP has called the gubernatorial election for Democrat Tony Evers, who has defeated incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:32:20 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Nevada: Big news out of the Silver State, as two big wins for the blue team. CNN calls the U.S. Senate race for Democrat Jacky Rosen, who has defeated one-term incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R). Also, another vulnerable Democratic seat has stayed in blue hands as NV-04 has been called for former Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, who has avenged his 2014 loss by defeated former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:40:45 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-23: In case you needed another surprise, here is one. This district along the Texas-Mexico border was called for Republican Will Hurd long ago, but with all but one precinct reporting, Democrat Gina Ortiz-Jones actually enjoys a 282-vote lead. Now that lone precinct is in deep-red Medina County, but...wow.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:42:20 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-23: And now the NYT is reporting all precincts reporting, and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones still clinging to a 282-vote lead. What. The. Heck.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:37:19 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

WI-Gov: Wow. Welcome to tonight’s installment of “every vote counts.” With 2.5 million votes counted (98% of precincts reporting), Democrat Tony Evers has a lead of 122 votes over Republican incumbent Scott Walker.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:40:05 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

CT-Gov: Here is another close and uncalled gubernatorial election. With 74% of precincts reporting, Republican Bob Stefanowski has a 49-47 lead over Democrat Ned Lamont. The remaining turf should favor Lamont slightly, though, so this one feels like it will go down to the wire.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:41:16 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

NV-Sen: The smartest man in Nevada politics has news, and it isn’t good for the GOP in Nevada:

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:45:21 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Alaska: It’s early yet, but it looks like the GOP is positioned to pick off the governorship here, and hang onto their House seat. With 18% of precincts reporting, longtime GOP Rep. Don Young is hanging onto a 53-47 lead over Independent (but also Democrat) Alyse Galvin. Meanwhile, in the governors race, Republican Mike Dunleavy (no relation to the former NBA coach) has a 52-44 lead over former Democratic US Senator Mark Begich.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:50:37 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

For those of you scoring at home (or, as Keith Olbermann used to say, even if you’re alone), this is what remains: we have 22 uncalled House races. We also have three uncalled Senate contests: Arizona, Montana, and Nevada. Finally, we have five uncalled gubernatorial races: Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, and Wisconsin.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:53:30 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

WI-Gov: Wow. This sounds like good night to Scott Walker:

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 7:02:01 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

SC-01: In one of the biggest upsets of the cycle, the AP has called this Charleston-based seat for Democrat Joe Cunningham.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:01:09 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

SC-01: The upset potential here in the Low Country is starting to get real. Like...really real. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Joe Cunningham now has a 52-48 lead over Republican Katie Arrington.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:07:40 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Colorado: Big time downballot win for the Democrats. The AP has declared the Secretary of State race for Democrat Jena Griswold, who defeats Republican Wayne Williams by a 51-47 margin. She is the first Democrat to hold that office in sixty years.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:09:33 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

CA-50: CNN has declared that this seat, a mild reach for the Democrats, will remain in the hands of Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who leads Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar by a 54-46 margin. Now, he has to stay out of the reach of the law, given his recent indictment.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:11:38 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

WA-03: The Republicans have managed to hold onto another Democratic “reach seat”, as CNN calls this race for Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who leads Democrat Carolyn Long 52-48 with just over two-thirds of the vote tallied. 

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:17:16 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

CA-22: The AP has called this race for Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, who held off a well-funded challenge from Democrat Andrew Janz. 

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:24:18 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

CA-16: The Democrats have now clinched seat #217, as CNN has called this seat for veteran Rep. Jim Costa, who holds a 53-47 lead over Elizabeth Heng.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 6:28:51 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Ladies and gentleman, we present to you the 218th Democrat to be declared a winner in the U.S. House of Representatives:

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:28:29 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

KS-02: Republican Steve Watkins, despite receiving all manner of bad press in the closing weeks of the race, has beaten Democrat Paul Davis in the open seat race in Kansas’s 2nd district, per the AP. (Davis could well be Governor instead, if he’d opted for a repeat of his near 2014 win there instead.)

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:32:26 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

TX-31: John Carter, maybe one of the most anonymous long-time House Republicans, has held on, according to the AP. He faced a strong challenge from M.J. Hegar, though it was always an uphill climb for her in this red district.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:34:12 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

IA-Gov: Despite some big House pickups in Iowa, it looks like Iowa will keep a Republican in the state house; the AP has called the race for appointed incumbent Kim Reynolds, who narrowly beats Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:36:54 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

MI-06: Republican Fred Upton hasn’t faced a tough race in decades, but he appears to have held on, per the AP; he narrowly defeats Matt Longjohn.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:39:31 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

WI-Gov: This seems potentially important! (The race is nearly deadlocked and it looked like it mostly red areas still out, but Milwaukee votes will probably go mostly to Tony Evers.) 

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:42:40 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

IA-04: Unfortunately, white nationalist Steve King lives to fight another day; the AP has called his race, in dark-red NW Iowa, for him. On the plus side, his next-door neighbor, incumbent Colin Peterson, who holds the reddest district of any House Democrat, is also safe for another two years in MN-07.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:43:49 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

ME-Gov: The AP has confirmed victory for Janet Mills in Maine, who gives the Democrats one more gubernatorial pickup.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:52:39 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

MI-07: Another call for another narrow hold for the GOP in a “reach seat” for the Democrats. Veteran Rep. Tim Walberg held onto a 54-46 win over Gretchen Driskell.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:55:45 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

SD-Gov: Democrats had high hopes for this one—alas, it was not to be. The AP has called the governors race here for GOP Rep. Kristi Noem, who has eked out a 52-47 win over former Democratic state legislator Billie Sutton.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:58:29 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

AZ-08: There were two rematches of shockingly close special election contests, and both held form tonight. Earlier, Troy Balderson scored a second win over Danny O’Connor in Ohio. Now, the AP has called this race in suburban Phoenix for Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko, who at last check had a 57-43 lead over Democrat Hilal Tipirneni.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:01:10 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

MT-Sen: Here’s one red state Senate race where things are going the Democrats’ way: incumbent Jon Tester is outpacing Republican challenger Matt Rosendale 52-45 with 26 percent reporting. And in MT-AL, reporter-beater Greg Gianforte leads Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams only 49-48.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:03:13 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

NJ-02: Add one more flip to the Dems’ tally, though this was a race that had been chalked up in their column for months. Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew has been elected, per AP, to take the Jersey Shore seat of retiring Republican Frank Lo Biondo.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:04:54 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

MN-02: And here’s yet one more Democratic pickup! Democratic challenger Angie Craig has knocked off the odious incumbent Jason Lewis in the Twin Cities suburbs, according to the AP.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:06:47 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

Two more holds in somewhat competitive races for Team Red, though. Incumbent Mike Bost holds on in downstate Illinois’s IL-12, and incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick is the last Republican left standing in Philadelphia’s suburbs, holding PA-01.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:09:05 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

New Hampshire: The Granite State has continued with its storied tradition of purging stage legislators at the drop of a hat. The Democrats has flipped both the gigantic New Hampshire House (which has 400 members) and the very small New Hampshire Senate. Unfortunately, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu was narrowly re-elected, so the Dems don’t hold the trifecta yet.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:14:37 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

SC-01: No call here, nor should there be, with 83 percent reporting, but this is one of the more long-shot-ish seats that may well be on its way to becoming another Democratic pickup. Joe Cunningham leads Katie Arrington (who beat Republican incumbent Mark Sanford in the primary) 51-49.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:20:03 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

NY-23: This seat in upstate New York was a late move onto the big board, but Republican incumbent Tom Reed has held on here, per the AP.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 5:25:43 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

ME-Gov: While we don’t have a call yet in the Governor’s race, Democratic candidate Janet Mills is leading by a 51-43 margin, and now Republican Shawn Moody is conceding the race. This is big news because not only does a Democrat replace outgoing assbutt Paul Le Page, but also because the Democrats have just taken control of the Maine state Senate. They already control the Maine House, so that gives legislative Democrats one more trifecta.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:40:58 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

OR-Gov: The AP has called the gubernatorial race for Democratic incumbent Kate Brown in Oregon, keeping the nation’s second-longest Democratic gubernatorial win streak (since 1986) alive. She faced an unexpectedly difficult challenge from Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:42:10 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

IA-03: If Steve King goes down later, Iowa will have moved to a 4-0 Democratic delegation in the House. At any rate, we’re up to 3; Democrat Cindy Axne has, per the AP, defeated Republican incumbent David Young.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:43:50 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

NC-02: A longshot race in North Carolina turns out to be a Republican hold: incumbent Rep. George Holding (who took the unusual step of releasing an internal poll showing him losing) is called the winner by the AP vs. Linda Coleman

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:47:49 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

VA-07: Two more big House pickups, one kind of expected, one not. Abigail Spanberger has gotten way up in Dave Brat’s grill in Virginia’s 7th in Richmond’s suburbs, and CBS has called the race for her. There’s also an AP call for Democratic candidate Kendra Horn in OK-05, a race that was on few people’s radar screens (Daily Kos Elections had it at “Likely Republican”).

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:48:32 AM +00:00 · David Nir

And Democrats have now flipped a net of 24 seats in the House! Republicans still have a handful of pickup opportunities, so we could see that number tick back down, but it’s much more likely to increase, since a number of good Dem targets still remain uncalled.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:49:25 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

AR-02: The AP has called the race in Arkansas’s 2nd district for Republican incumbent French Hill; this was a longshot pickup opportunity for the Dems.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:51:03 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

MO-02: Here’s one more suburban seat in the Midwest that was an outside possibility for the Democrats, but the AP has called it for Republican incumbent Ann Wagner.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:51:50 AM +00:00 · David Nir

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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:53:38 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

MO-Sen: Unfortunately, the AP has Shown Me that Republican candidate Josh Hawley will be the next Senator from Missouri, defeating Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill by a sizable margin. It looks like the Democrats will probably end up with a net loss in the Senate even while flipping the House.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:55:31 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

WA-05: Republican leadership member Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced the most difficult race of her career, but the AP has called her race against former state Senator Lisa Brown in this reddish Spokane-area seat.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:56:50 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

IL-13: In what may be the night’s most confusing race, CNN has walked back its call for Democratic candidate Betsy Londrigan. Incumbent Rodney Davis has a small lead with most votes counted.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:58:31 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

NY-27: Running for re-election while under indictment is never a good idea, and it seems like Republican Chris Collins is learning that lesson. With 50 percent of the vote reporting, he’s trailing Democrat Nate McMurray by a pretty wide 54-44 margin.


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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:14:25 AM +00:00 · David Nir

A few calls for the bad guys in a bunch of “reach” House districts that Dems were longshots in: NY-24, TX-21, MI-01, NY-01, and TX-02.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:16:42 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NH-Gov: GOP Gov. Chris Sununu wins a second two-year term, but is currently up by a a fairly close 53-46 margin on Democrat Molly Kelly, considering that this race was never a major Dem target.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:18:18 AM +00:00 · David Nir

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which helps Democrats win state legislative seats around the nation, says Dems have flipped the Colorado state Senate. As long as they maintain control of the state House, that’d give them full control over state government since Democrat Jared Polis won the governorship tonight as well.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:20:10 AM +00:00 · David Nir

AZ-02: CNN has called this one for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, another Dem pickup. AR-02: This longshot is a GOP hold for Rep. French Hill. IA-01: This is another Dem pickup, for Abby Finkenauer, who defeats GOP Rep. Rod Blum.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:21:23 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NH-01: Dem Chris Pappas holds this seat for Team Blue, one of the GOP’s very few House pickup opportunities (but one they never took seriously). NE-02: GOP Rep. Don Bacon defeats Democrat Kara Eastman for a second term.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:23:18 AM +00:00 · David Nir

TX-07: CNN is calling this for Democrat Lizzie Fletcher, who unseats GOP Rep. John Culberson. PA-10, PA-16: These have been called as GOP holds. Both were longer-shot opportunities for Dems.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:24:19 AM +00:00 · David Nir

ME-Gov: With 36% reporting, Democrat Janet Mills is up 51-43 on Republican Shawn Moody. This would not only be a pickup for Dems, but it would bring a fitting end to Paul LePage’s eight-year reign of terror.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:25:59 AM +00:00 · David Nir

MN-08: Republican Pete Stauber wins this seat, the GOP’s first pickup in the House all night. They don’t have many other opportunities, though. That takes the Dem net gain to +20 at the moment.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:26:43 AM +00:00 · David Nir

NJ-07: Democrat Tom Malinowski has unseated GOP Rep. Leonard Lance, per the AP—another Dem pickup.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:32:17 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

IL-13: CNN has called this race, which is one more pickup. Betsy Londrigan wins in downstate Illinois.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:34:16 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

TX-32: The AP has called this seat in Dallas’s suburbs for Democratic Colin Allred. He knocks off powerful GOPer Pete Sessions. PA-10: However, Freedom Caucus member Scott Perry has held on in this central Pennsylvania seat, defeating Dem George Scott.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:35:35 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

New York Senate: Democrats have taken (unequivocal, IDC-free) control of the New York state Senate. That gives them a governing trifecta in the Empire State.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 · 4:37:12 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

PA-16: One more GOP hold in Pennsylvania: Mike Kelly narrowly holds on in the Erie-based 16th.


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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) celebrated Democrats taking back the House on Tuesday night, announcing that "thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America."

Pelosi, who formerly served as House speaker from 2007 to 2011, stressed "we have all had enough of division," and vowed to seek "unity" and "bipartisan conversations" in the chamber. She notably did not mention impeachment, although it has been on the minds of some members of her party, and instead stuck to promoting health-care reforms, higher wages, and the dissuasion of "dark interest money" from politics. Watch below.


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The United States just finished an election cycle in which one of its two major political parties bet everything they had on denying minorities the right to vote and making disgusting appeals to white supremacy. Let’s see how current House Minority Leader (and future Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi responded Tuesday night to a well-funded, well-planned, depressingly successful assault on the very idea of a multiracial democracy:

We will strive for bipartisanship, with fairness on all sides. We have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can’t, but we must try. We’ll have a bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong. A Democratic congress will work for solutions that bring us together, because we have all had enough of division. The American people want peace. They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives. 

A bipartisan marketplace of ideas—there’s that inspiring Democratic Party messaging we all know and love! Here’s her full victory speech, which, yes, includes a salute to the founders and a meditation on “e pluribus unum”:

Well, give Pelosi her due: It is undeniably true that the Republican Party has some exciting products for sale in their little corner of the “bipartisan marketplace of ideas.” They’re not exactly new and improved, though—it’s more of a McRib-type deal, where they’re only offered for sale occasionally, you’re always a little surprised to see they’re back on the menu, and they’re unbelievably bad for you. Here are a few of the ideas the GOP is currently offering for sale:

• Black people should be kept from voting at all costs.
• White racists should be encouraged to vote at all costs.
• Politicians should communicate with the public through lies, lies, and more lies.
QAnon!

A store offering this product line is not a store you want to lease space to in your marketplace of ideas. It’s not even a store you want to let lease space in the abandoned marketplace of ideas on the other side of town, where they shot Gone Girl. You want a shop that sells these ideas to be forced to operate illegally out of a broken-down food truck that smells strongly of McCormick Taco Seasoning. You want the store to blow a tire during a high-speed chase with the health department, skid into a hog lagoon, and slowly sink beneath the surface. You want everyone who works there to go to prison for a very long time.

Maybe there’s some polling that has convinced Pelosi or her consultants that voters will be inspired by a leader who responds to a racist attack on democracy with platitudes about the founders. Maybe they’re right! But Pelosi’s idea that positive results for the country can be achieved by working with the current Republican Party is not true, in exactly the same way that Trump’s claims about everything from the size of his inauguration crowd to his phantom tax cut have not been true. It’s closer to the truth to say, as liberal megadonor Tom Steyer did Monday, that Republicans “have shifted the conversation to places that are so crazy that there’s really no other side to the conversation.” It’s even closer to the truth to say, as Seth Meyers did, that the GOP is “hoping racist fearmongering will distract you while they rob you.” The Republican Party is not looking for partners in the bipartisan marketplace of ideas; they are looking for marks, and at this point, it’s political malpractice not to acknowledge that. We’ve already got one political party that routinely demands its followers ignore what’s right in front of their faces. The last thing we need is another one.


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I LOVE what's happening in Texas right now!

Excellent piece on the complicatedness of the Latinx vote in our state.  I agree with the Beto campaign that it's not that we're a red state, but a non-voting one.

Culpability may be found in the Republican Party's machinations that delimit the vote through gerrymandering, voter ID, and a lack of candidates that could potentially inspire the Latinx vote.

The democratic party is also to blame for a woeful lack of underinvestment in the Latinx community.

Folks are understandably antsy about this election.  I tell them that Beto has already won.  He has inspired our state and nation.  And for that there is every reason to feel optimistic about the future of our country.

Please go vote if you've not already done so.  Put it on your calendar this evening for tomorrow.

-Angela Valenzuela

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