“Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky has unseated Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly in a key race that will narrow the court’s conservative majority in this crucial swing state. The victory also sets progressives up to take control of the court when its next member is up for election.
“Tuesday’s contests went ahead amidst the coronavirus pandemic despite a last-minute order from the state’s governor, Democrat Tony Evers, seeking to postpone it. Evers’ order, however, was quashed by the conservatives on the state Supreme Court, forcing Wisconsinites to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting their health. An extreme shortage of poll workers led to excessively long lines in the few precincts that were able to open.
“The outcome is also a black eye for Donald Trump, who repeatedly touted his support for Kelly and is counting on victory in Wisconsin—which he carried four years ago by a margin of less than 0.8 percent—to win a second term. While the electorate could look different in the fall, Republicans cannot be happy to lose a statewide race in one of their most important November battlegrounds.” Read Nir's full piece here.
You can bet that we'll spend the next several days digging into what last night's results mean for November. But we already know that Democratic turnout was up dramatically compared to a similar election a year ago, around a third in Milwaukee and 20% in already-high-turnout Dane County (home of ultra-liberal college-town Madison). We know that Democrats significantly outperformed usually strong Republican turnout in virtually every county. We know that the Milwaukee suburbs mirrored nationwide trends by moving in the Democrats' direction–by dramatic 6-7-point margins. (The more educated the country, the more pronounced the trends toward Democrats.)
And here's a fun one: We know that Donald Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, yet Karofsky won the race by at least 130,000 votes—and liberal Dane County hadn't fully reported by the time I put this newsletter to bed.
Conservatives will counter that Democrats had a Democratic primary (Bernie Sanders, doing the Democrats a solid, was still in the race when the votes were cast last week). Republicans did not. But the increases in Democratic performance, amidst a mass-death event in the country and fierce Republican efforts to suppress their vote, was dramatic, and shows what a unified and active Democratic Party can accomplish. Dems will only build off last night's success in bolstering their vote-by-mail operation.
Of course, any Republican complacency will evaporate. Expect desperate measures to roll back these trends. But while the fight will be a tough one no doubt, last night showed that we're in a great place to win it.
One last point (for now): The Daily Kos community raised $100,000 for Karofsky. This community doesn’t just sit on the sidelines and complain. We do the hard work of helping win elections, building coalitions, supporting allies, and getting skin in the game. I’m so proud to be part of this amazing group of people!
Is impeached president Donald Trump really sticking with his “Keep America Great” campaign slogan? Because you have to be a special kind of deluded to want to keep this rank incompetence around. There’s nothing about this that is great right now:
He did promise that we’d be tired of all that winning, didn’t he? Still, all that incompetence is finally catching up to Trump, as we’re seeing the first signs of real damage to his standing among independents.
Read the full piece here for all the details. It's not great that it's taking a mass-death event to begin moving their numbers, but it's nice to see at least some people begin to realize that competence matters in governance.
How does 'Keep America Great' work as a campaign slogan, when America has gone to hell?
“Keep America Great” is the obvious reelection campaign slogan for a president who campaigned on making America great in the first place. It’s his country now. Yet what happens to that campaign slogan when people sour on the current state of the nation? Here are the current right-track, wrong-track national numbers.
Great news for impeached president Donald Trump in Wyoming, Kentucky, and West Virginia! They love rank incompetence during a mass-death event. But in the states that will decide the next president of the United States? Well, not so much.
Click through to get the details on those battleground right-track numbers. They are so bad that the slogan “Keep America Great” has to be … modified, unless the Trump campaign really wants to suggest that mass death and depression-era-level unemployment is “great” and worth “keeping” that way.
by Jen Hayden, Daily Kos Like his boss, [White House trade adviser Peter] Navarro attacked the media, trying to defend their actions—or in this case, complete inaction. When pressed, Navarro scolded 60 Minutes host Bill Whitaker, saying, “I challenge you. Show me the 60 Minutes episode a year ago, two years ago, or during the Obama administration, during the Bush administration that said, ‘Hey, global pandemic’s coming, you gotta do X, Y and Z, and, by the way, we gotta shut down the economy to fight it. Show me that episode. Then you’ll have some credence in terms of attacking the Trump administration for not being prepared.’” Whitaker’s response? “I guarantee we did.” And did they ever.
by Hunter, Daily Kos The Trump administration response is such a spectacular failure that it would have to improve tenfold to even be called a fiasco. The federal emergency response to a pandemic is in chaos, with nearly all aspects having so far collapsed. And Trump is a liar; he stood in the Rose Garden and lied, outright, about efforts that he and his administration never even bothered to further pursue.
by Hunter, Daily Kos
It is unforgivable incompetence. It is unforgivable arrogance and self-dealing and cheap, nasty careerism, on the part of each and every grotesque administration toady allowing Trump to kill Americans, willingly, through intentional inaction. Mike Pence's eagerness to step in to facilitate Trump's propaganda-laced sabotage of government action is unforgivable. It is unforgivable that Senate Republicans nullified criminal acts by Trump with the explicit intent of allowing him to get away with the same, or worse, a bargain that within months brought on both a pandemic and an economic depression when Trump took them up on their invitation, treating an emerging global crisis as, once again, fodder for self-promotion, falsehoods, and patronage..
by Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos Blue state governors on both coasts are making clear that they couldn't care less what Donald Trump has to say about easing the social distancing restrictions they put into place to contain the novel coronavirus. After Trump took a pass on issuing national stay-at-home orders, this group of coastal governors said their decisions will be based on their own parameters—competence being chief among them—in coordination with neighboring states.
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