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ICYMI: Paul Waldman for WaPo, “Trump’s xenophobic fearmongering backfired in 2018. What will he do in 2020?”

In a must-read Washington Post column, Paul Waldman describes how Trump’s toxic anti-immigrant midterm strategy fell desperately short for the GOP in 2018 — but will be tried again in 2020. Waldman concludes: If Trump has any bit of political genius, it’s his ability to locate the worst in people — their fear, their envy, … Continue reading »

More Evidence that Trump’s Racist and Xenophobic Closing Argument Backfired

A consensus is taking hold: Trump’s closing argument – a toxic stew of lies, racism and fear mongering –- backfired. Races called yesterday help make the case. Martha McSally, a once-moderate Republican veteran compared to Senator John McCain, became awfully Trumpy on her way to being defeated by Kyrsten Sinema. Jeff Denham, a California Republican … Continue reading »

If the California Republican Party is Dead, Why Is Kevin McCarthy Getting a Promotion?

Perhaps McCarthy Will Do for the National GOP What He Did for the California GOP Kevin McCarthy, who rose to GOP prominence as a young gun promising to elect Californian Republicans, is now ready to ascend to his new role as Leader of House Republicans. But his reputation as a force for growth in the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Associated Press, “Dems: Latino Turnout Up 174 Percent Over ’14 in Early Voting”

Following months of hand wringing about the Latino vote, the Associated Press reports that in this year’s midterms Latino early voting turnout increased by 174 percent compared to the 2014 midterms. In addition, Asian American and Pacific Islander voters increased by 218 percent and African-Americans by 157 percent. The article is below and available online … Continue reading »

In Arizona, Nevada and Across America, Xenophobia Backfired in 2018

With the Arizona Senate race now called for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, observers are highlighting how the focus by Trump and McSally on nativism and xenophobia backfired politically. Arizona joined Nevada and other states across the country in rejecting the GOP’s reliance on the ugly “caravan election” strategy. See below for key observations and excerpts: In … Continue reading »

Trump’s Racism and Xenophobia Led to More GOP Losses

Frank Sharry: “Whatever turnout effects this despicable strategy produced, it also produced a backlash that helped sweep suburban Republicans out of the House majority and out of winnable Senate seats” Just before the midterm elections, Politico ran a story titled, “’Trump has hijacked the election’: House Republicans in panic mode. A variety of GOP strategists … Continue reading »

As Votes are counted, Losses Mount for Republicans in California

Spanish version follows below. It was not a good weekend for Republicans in California. As votes from last week continue to be counted, it became clear that two more congressional districts held by the GOP were lost to Democrats. The Golden State which looks bluer and bluer even in areas that were once strongholds of … Continue reading »

Kansas City Star: Kobach’s Campaign Checked “Logic and Reason at the Door”

Following Kris Kobach’s loss in his gubernatorial bid, Hunter Woodall and Bryan Lowry of the Kansas City Star published a deep dive behind the scenes of his failed campaign. Kobach has long been an anti-immigrant extremist and an ardent supporter of Donald Trump; his campaign this year followed the GOP divide-and-distract strategy that led dozens … Continue reading »

Election 2018: Last Tuesday Was a Great Night for Pro-Immigrant Local Policies

Last Tuesday was a great night for progressives, immigration advocates, new American voters — and those who believe in pro-immigrant local policies which separate the police from immigration enforcement. Voters in Oregon and several counties across the nation voted to ensure that local resources are not spent in service of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with the AV Politics Team, Post-Election

*** * This week, of course, was the 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats made huge gains in the House and at the local and state level. Our state directors at America’s Voice — Viri Vidal in Nevada, Mario Carrillo in Texas, Adriana Ruggiero in California, and Zachary Mueller in Kansas — joined us on the … Continue reading »