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What happened last night?

Catching you up on the elections if you went to sleep.

Fun election night!

Here are quick links about the some of biggest stories last night in case you went to sleep and didn’t have time to stay up and watch the results:

  • Perhaps the biggest story last night was that Missouri voters overturned the state’s new right-to-work law, an embarrassing defeat for GOP legislators. It was 2-1 in favor of overturning.

  • It was a big night for women. They broke records! 2018 has the most women running for governor and U.S. House as major party nominees ever. And Michigan Democrats will have an all-female ticket running statewide.

  • Sharice Davids won the Democratic nomination in Kansas’ 3rd congressional district — and she comes with an incredible bio. She went from community college to Cornell Law School to a White House fellowship, all while mastering martial arts and participating in two MMA fights. If elected, she’ll be one of the only female Native American members of Congress and one of the few lesbians. One of her opponents was Brent Welder, who had the backing of Bernie Sanders.

  • That big Ohio special election is still too close to call, although Republicans are declaring victory. Here’s a great piece by my colleagues, Daniel Marans and Kevin Robillard, on the race.

  • Gretchen Whitmer won the Democratic nomination for governor in Michigan yesterday, beating out millionaire and self-funder Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed, a former Detroit health director who was a progressive favorite. Marans did incredible work covering this race, and he had a big piece looking at Thanedar that’s worth a read.

  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House GOP leadership, is facing a real race this fall — and could lose her seat. Washington state has a top-two primary system, meaning the top-two vote-getters in a primary, regardless of party, advance to the general election. Rodgers got the most votes last night, but she barely beat the Democrat.

  • Kansas GOP gubernatorial primary still up in the air. Kris Kobach is leading, but not by much.

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Finally sending this thing out

I really need to send this thing out more regularly, huh?

Few things going on:

1. Kirsten Gillibrand

I've been spending quite a bit of time talking to Democratic donors and activists about their thoughts on 2020 -- particularly whether they think Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has been hurt because she called for Al Franken to resign after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. I found that the anger against Gillibrand still runs deep -- and there are donors out there who say they won't support her because of what she did. Billionaire George Soros is the most notable one, but I talked to others who agreed with his view. Gillibrand responded to Soros in a statement to me -- the first time she's commented on what he said: 

If standing up for women who have been wronged makes George Soros mad, that’s on him. But I won’t hesitate to always do what I think is right. For nearly a year, we have seen countless acts of courage as women and men have spoken hard truths about sexual assault and sexual harassment and demanded accountability.

I stand with them in this new watershed moment of important change in our society on what we deem as acceptable,” she added. “It is clear that we must put our morals and the valuing of women ahead of party loyalty. When someone does something wrong, you have to speak up and be counted, whether it’s President Trump, or a Democratic colleague.


That statement is significant -- you don't usually see Democratic lawmakers standing up to one of the party's biggest donors. I also talked to plenty of folks who see a fair amount of sexism in the attacks Gillibrand is facing and are standing by her even more. 

Would love if it you'd check out my whole piece here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kirsten-gillibrand-al-franken-2020_us_5b58994ae4b0b15aba945e79

2. Netroots Nation

I just got back from Netroots Nation in New Orleans. I haven't been there in years but it felt like a good year to go back. And I was right! Some 2020 prospects were in attendance, and I moderated a discussion with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. If you're interested in watching, the full video is here: https://www.facebook.com/NetrootsNation/videos/10156392917539827/

3. New newsletter!

My former colleague, Judd Legum (he founded ThinkProgress.org) has started a great new newsletter, and you should check it out -- Popular Information. Popular Information is different from most political newsletters in that it's not designed for the DC elite -- it tailored for anyone and everyone who gives a damn about the future of the country.  It comes out four days a week, first thing in the morning. The content is stellar and you should really give it a try. You can sign up at https://popular.info

4. Something to buy

Since I have a baby now, I'm making lots of scrambled eggs. (Kids love scrambled eggs!) But I hate cleaning the pan after them. This pan is amazing though -- the egg comes right out. And it cooks other things well too. I know this sounds like an ad, but it's not. I just appreciate this pan. (Bon Appetit loves it too.)

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