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🐘 2022 Generic Congressional Vote: Republicans 49, Democrats 48 (Economist/YouGov)
🐘 Ohio Senate - Vance vs. Ryan: Vance 54, Ryan 44 (Trafalgar Group)
🐘 Ohio Governor - DeWine vs. Whaley: DeWine 59, Whaley 34 (Trafalgar Group)
🐘 Georgia Senate - Walker vs. Warnock: Walker 50, Warnock 47 (Trafalgar Group)
🐘 Georgia Governor - Kemp vs. Abrams: Kemp 53, Abrams 44 (Trafalgar Group)
Right: Planned Parenthood’s Support For California’s Abortion Amendment Is About Cash Flows, Not Health Care (The Federalist)
Right: Top Democrats Admit Party Is Too Extreme, Out-Of-Touch With What Voters Care About (Daily Wire)
Right: Tim Ryan brags about his gun skills in new ad — while many gun owners wince (The Blaze)
Left: Here’s exactly how Donald Trump would run against Ron DeSantis (CNN)
Left: From Karl Rove to the Big Lie: GOP loves to claim victory when they feel insecure (Salon)
Left: Jim Clyburn Warns Of Risk To Democracy, Sees 'Parallels' To How Nazis Rose To Power (Huffington Post)
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Elon's Election Advice, Messed Up Mail-In Ballots, Speaker Pelosi Speaks Out
US: A budding hurricane, snow and record heat could impact voters on Tuesday (CNN) + Hurricane watch issued for Florida east coast for Subtropical Storm Nicole; DeSantis issues state of emergency (Orlando Sentinel)
US: Elon Musk: 'I recommend voting for a Republican Congress' (Fox News)
World: North Korea Says Recent Missile Tests Were Practice To Hit U.S. And South Korean Targets (Forbes)
US: Pennsylvanians scurry to fix mail-in ballots after ruling (AP)
World: Russia's Prigozhin admits interfering in U.S. elections (Reuters)
US: Pelosi details when she first learned of attack on husband (The Hill)
Sports: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens return to a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot; here's how they could join 2023 class (CBS Sports)
Today's the Day
It’s Election Day as US voters head to the polls for the 2022 midterms that will determine which party controls Congress and several state governors among other local races. Democrats currently hold a majority in the House of Representatives and Senate. Polling data suggests a tight race that could see Democrats hold that majority, or potentially lose one or both chambers of Congress.
Reporting from the Right: What to Expect on Tuesday (American Greatness)
Reporting from the Left: Biden fights to stop midterms defeat as Republicans poised for sweeping gains (The Guardian)
From The Flag: We’ve been covering the midterms in depth, including key contests, such as the Senate races in Pennsylvania and Georgia. The balance of power in Congress will significantly impact the remaining two years of President Biden’s term. Here’s more from both sides.
Democrats Hold on to Hope, and Fight Against the Big Lie
- The reality surrounding Biden’s approval numbers and inflation can’t be ignored, but a big Republican victory is far from assured.
- Because Republicans have put so much focus on denying the 2020 election results – sowing doubt and fear – democracy itself is at risk.
- It’s concerning for Democrats that polling data shows voters more focused on the economy as opposed to social issues like abortion.
“Some Democrats are growing glum, but will the 2022 midterm election bring a November surprise?” Melanie Mason, Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times: “In one sense, the fundamentals of this election season have remained remarkably consistent. President Biden’s approval ratings languish in the low 40s. High inflation stubbornly persists. … And odds have stayed stacked against the sitting president’s party. In another sense, nothing about this moment feels predictable. The cycle has been bookended by two acts of political violence — the Jan. 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol and the assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband — that underscore the country’s jittery mood. … The GOP advantage has been uneven across 435 House races, 34 Senate contests, 36 gubernatorial elections and scores of other state and local campaigns, according to recent polling and early-voting data. That gives some Democrats a glimmer of optimism that they may stave off their worst-case losses in the House and keep their narrow edge in the Senate.”
“Dancing Near the Edge of a Lost Democracy” Charles M. Blow, New York Times Opinion: “Republicans have turned doubt about the 2020 election… into a test of faith. It is the crucible through which one must pass to be a modern Republican in good standing. … This mass delusion will not be easy to dislodge. … Faith and doubt linger like the ghosts of a lost soul. … This is natural. This is human. But this is a problem for our democracy. The people fighting to save democracy are doing so with fact, but the people willing and working to destroy it are operating on a feeling. … This is Trump’s twisted legacy, something that will endure no matter what happens during these midterms and whether he runs once more for president. The damage he has done and continues to do will, in the end, be far bigger than he ever was.”
One more opinion piece from the Left: Democrats confront their nightmare scenario as economic concerns overshadow abortion and democracy worries Stephen Collinson CNN, Opinion
The GOP Props Up New Faces In Fight Against Fake News
- The GOP is running a series of untested candidates who lack political experience, making this a true outsider election.
- It’s baffling to think half the country will vote for Democrats given all the problems we are facing – until you realize fake news is powerful.
- Suburban women, angry over what COVID-19 lockdowns did to kids, have rejected the “woke” left.
“GOP Outsiders Dominate the 2022 Midterms” Gregg Opelka, Wall Street Journal Op-ed: “If the ‘red wave’ of recent predictions comes to fruition on Tuesday, the 2022 midterms should be called the Inside-Out Election, because Republicans will have put so many outsiders in and turned so many insiders out. I’m old enough to remember the Beatles appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and I can’t remember an election in which so many political newcomers had a serious shot at taking out established politicians of the opposite party. Here’s the short list among the Senate races: J.D. Vance in Ohio, Herschel Walker in Georgia, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Blake Masters in Arizona, Don Bolduc in New Hampshire, Joe O’Dea in Colorado and Tiffany Smiley in Washington. They are, respectively, a venture capitalist/author, an ex-football star, a doctor/television celebrity, another venture capitalist, a retired Army general, a construction company CEO and a nurse. They’re all complete outsiders with no political experience.”
“Vote for Republicans and Against Fake News” Frank Miele, Real Clear Politics: “... what I would like to write today is a column about the irrationality of voting for a Democrat… (after) their party has run into the ground in less than two years. That would be such an easy column to write. … Start with inflation. … Move from the economy to crime. Then immigration. COVID lockdowns. … Yet somewhere close to half the people will vote for Democrats… How could they be so out of touch? The answer is simple. These voters are not to blame. They are the victims of a conspiracy so broad that it blends into the background, comforting and as comfortable as a well-worn shoe. Namely, the partnership between the news media and the Democratic Party to vilify all things Republican. Of course, Joe Biden is doing his best to imitate ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin, with his speeches excoriating free elections and free thought, but he couldn’t do it alone.”
One more opinion piece from the Right: Welcome to the ‘desperate housewives’ midterm election Steven F. Hayward, New York Post Op-ed
The Abortion Argument and Women’s Vote
The right to an abortion has been a main focus of Democrats throughout the campaign season, especially after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
But just 14% listed that as their top issue heading into today’s vote, compared to 49% who said it was either the economy or inflation (ABC News/Ipsos).
A separate poll found white, suburban women (who account for 1 in every 5 voters) favor Republicans by 15% in congressional races. In August the same group backed Democrats by 12% (Wall Street Journal).
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First Puerto Rican Mayor, Receipt Check, Heavy Clouds
On November 8, 1973, Maurice Ferré was elected Mayor of Miami, Florida. In addition to becoming the first Puerto Rican to lead a major city in the mainland United States, and the first Hispanic Mayor of Miami, Ferré is credited with transforming Miami from a tourist town into an international city. Above is a photograph of Ferré taken in front of Miami's Bayfront Park Main Library.
Mental Floss: The Real Reason Costco Employees Check Receipts at Exits
Outside: 4 Laws of Muscle
The Guardian: Almonds Are Out. Dairy Is a Disaster. So What Milk Should We Drink?
Today I Learned the average cumulus cloud weighs about 1.1 million pounds or 500,000 kilograms. That's about the same as 40 school buses.