Democratic House candidates received more than 8.6 million votes than did their Republican counterparts — the biggest such midterm margin for either party in over 40 years.
According to an NBC News report current as of noon Wednesday, Democratic House candidates got 58,990,609 votes to Republicans’ 50,304,975 — a margin of 53.1 percent to 45.2 percent.
With two races still outstanding, that 8-million vote edge translated into a Democratic advantage in the next U.S. House of 234 to 199 — a 38-seat pickup over the partisan split in the current Congress.
The 8.6-million vote midterm margin was the largest any party has had since the 1974 elections, held less than three months after Republican President Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal. The 8.7-million-vote advantage, however, was on a much smaller U.S. population, and it translated into a much larger percentage margin (58 percent to 41 percent) and a bigger pickup of seats onto what was already a healthy Democratic majority. The 49 seats Democrats gained that election gave them an advantage of 291 to 144. (Read more)
What did North Carolina Democrats learn from the elections earlier this month?
A few lessons:
1. North Carolina Democrats learned the great advantages of recruiting good candidates to run in every district, even when the odds of winning some entrenched legislative seats had seemed remote. Well-funded, well-organized campaigns can produce demonstrably good results.
2. However, they learned again that clever partisan gerrymandering gives Republicans a clear advantage in legislative and congressional elections.
Until this year, the situation was similar in Pennsylvania. Republicans held a 13-5 edge in that state’s congressional delegation prior to redistricting ordered by the state’s supreme court. In this month’s election, using the new districts, each party won nine seats.
In North Carolina, where the total statewide congressional vote is about even, Republicans nevertheless have a 10-3 advantage. The current districting plan concentrates many Democratic voters into the three Democratic districts and spreads Republican voters throughout the remainder. With seven losing Democrats garnering more than 40 percent of the vote in the recent election, a fair redistricting plan would have made several of them winners. (Read more)
If you don’t like the Democratic candidate do you vote for the Unaffiliated candidate or the Republican?
If you don’t agree with all that a Democratic candidate does do you not vote for them? Hell who agree with everyone about everything?
Do you vote for the Unaffiliated candidate because you like their platform because it is close to your Democratic agenda? Well damn if they are running on the Democratic agenda issues then why in the hell don’t they register as a Democrat? Help me to understand!
My problem is and has been is that if there is a candidate at all levels that the majority of the folk don’t like, why not find a candidate to run in the primary to give one another choice. Hell why not run yourself if you ain’t satisfied with the candidates?
During the 1860s, Republicans, who dominated northern states, orchestrated an ambitious expansion of federal power, helping to fund the transcontinental railroad, the state university system and the settlement of the West by homesteaders, and instating a national currency and protective tariff. Democrats, who dominated the South, opposed these measures. After the Civil War, Republicans passed laws that granted protections for African Americans and advanced social justice; again, Democrats largely opposed these expansions of power.
Sound like an alternate universe? Fast forward to 1936. Democratic president Franklin Roosevelt won reelection that year on the strength of the New Deal, a set of Depression-remedying reforms including regulation of financial institutions, founding of welfare and pension programs, infrastructure development and more. Roosevelt won in a landslide against Republican Alf Landon, who opposed these exercises of federal power. (Read more)
Family values. How long have we been subjected to that subjective phrase, championed by Republicans who equated it with heterosexuality, fecundity and Christian piety – and who appointed themselves the custodians of those?
Well, they lost any remaining claim to that mantle by embracing Donald Trump and then Roy Moore. Neither won the support of all Republicans, but both won the backing or complicity of enough of them to confirm just how hollow and hypocritical the party’s attachment to conservative morality always was. Quote the Bible. Denounce abortion. Congratulations: You’re upholding family values! No questions asked about the number of your marriages, the extent of your infidelities or the scope of your sexual predation. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
The battle between North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly and its Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has centered, in large part, around the judiciary. The GOP knows that many of its efforts to consolidate power are unlawful, and the courts have not hesitated to block legislative overreach. In response, North Carolina Republicans are attempting to simultaneously hobble the courts and pack them with partisans. Legislative Republicans are close to passing two bills that would strip Cooper of the authority to appoint many judges, delegating that task to the General Assembly instead. And they have already passed a bill shrinking the state Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12—a brazen effort to prevent Cooper from filling the vacancies left by three Republican judges set to step down during his term. Cooper vetoed the bill, but the legislature will soon enact the measure through veto override. (Read more)
Folk tickles the hell out of me talking about they are Democrats and they voted for Donald Trump because they didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. This is more funny when I read about white females making the statement.
For those who were mad that Clinton didn’t beat President Barack Obama it is my ignant opinion that they are mad because we had the 1st black President and they can’t get over it. It is funny as hell to me that for these Democrats continued madness because of Obama serving as President for 2 terms the only thing that makes these Democrats who happy is to vote for Trump. Now to me that is the too damn ignant but hell yeah that is their right and I am not mad with them. But for me I get 2 things out of all of this and that is these Democrats have a problem with a black man having been President and makes me wonder about them when it comes to blacks in any kind of authority. The 2nd thing is these Democrats are just Democrats for a particular reason but vote Republican anyway. I said that when I became actively engaged in the Democratic Party on the local, state and national level. Hell anyone who are familiar with Jesse Helms being Senator for years and NC has more Democrats that meant that Democrats voted for him but I have been in Democratic meetings and these white Democrats went out voted against their own party.
In Edgecombe County the local Democratic Party county officers/executive committee used to be a majority white. I remember going to the meetings since I became active in the late 80’s and every meeting was a fight. When the party became a majority black most whites stop coming to the meeting and some of those who continued was because they used the party to get elected as Democrats which became and entitlement with power and pay.
The NC State Democratic Party state officers/executive committee have been a mess since I began going to the meetings and being active on the executive committee since the early 90’s. I have seen the fight there with blacks seeking a balance at the table and as of today the state party still got issues. The state officers are still a majority white and the executive committee also. The division can be easily seen but nothing is being done about it.
I love reading comments from some folk who say they didn’t protest, set stuff on fire and other negatives because Hillary didn’t become President losing to Obama. Well I haven’t protested when I didn’t have any choice but to vote for a white President all of the 54 years of my life counting the years that I have been able to vote. Hell I have protested locally and statewide but peacefully. The HKonJ Moral March/Rally where I am a partner with the NC NAACP and nearly 100 other organizations and etc. will be held this Saturday February 11, 2017 in Raleigh NC Wake County at 10 AM. After the march I got to head over to Rolesville High School in Wake County for the NC Democratic State Party Executive Committee Meeting to vote on new officers and etc.
What tickles me is the majority of the folk who have a problem with politics have not been actively engaged on the local, state nor the national. That is okay but that is what makes them and I different because I am an active engaged black man with a voice and a vote.
I refuse to be silent on issues because I have been engaged. I have been actively engaged in politics since the late 80’s so when I see stuff that I feel like addressing I am going to do so. I will not be apologetic because I know politics. I know many, many of the elective officials locally, statewide and on the national. And for those whom I don’t, I have resources/contacts that know them so all I got to do is reach out to them.
I have 4,409 followers on my blog and 3,777 friends on Facebook. That is all well and fine however I don’t worry about what those numbers because I am going to continue to do what I do because it is my moral obligation.