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16 Sep, 4 tweets, 2 min read
BREAKING: Delaware state Rep. Earl Jaques has **lost** to progressive challenger Eric Morrison in tonight's Dem primary.

Jaques had opposed gay marriage. Morrison is gay, & long performed as a drag queen, & was attacked by Jaques for hosting a drag show during the campaign.
.@EricMorrison_DE performed as a drag queen for 25 years, in fact. And Jaques did not like that: "Performing in drag? Really?" pinknews.co.uk/2019/11/01/ear…

Jaques, the losing incumbent, also said he was worried about the left making inroads: newarkpostonline.com/news/progressi…
There's a certain poetic parallel between this Delaware primary, in which a lawmaker who's opposed LGBT rights lost to an openly gay candidate who had a drag event in his campaign, & this Rhode Island primary where an anti-abortion lawmaker lost last week.

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28 Sep
if you're in Colorado, you'll want to know if you're voting in a contested DA race this fall. & also where the candidates differ: this is where reform & mass incarceration are at play.

icymi, my big dive into CO last week. now a brief thread.
theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
The short story: there are 4 open DA races in populous jurisdictions (360K to 1.1 million).

Right now, Dems detain one of them, & they're in a position to flip other 3: It's the sort of Clinton-friendly ares that've trended blue (you know that story). But that's only part of it.
1/ 1st district: Jefferson and Gilpin counties. (GOP-held, but Clinton won handily here.) Big contrast here.

The reform-minded Dem says she wants to not criminally charge any drug possession vs & the GOP nominee laments existing departures from punitive 'war on drugs' practices.
Read 6 tweets
25 Sep
The GOP has practiced a simple playbook for *years*: make up a bonkers story about massive fraud & announce an investigation. That generate breathless headlines & mistrust, & goes viral.

Later when story fizzles, that gets tiny shred of attention.

Brief thread for receipts.
In November 2018, days before Georgia's elections, Brian Kemp launched an 'investigation': nytimes.com/2018/11/04/us/…

After the election, an investigation found there was no foundation: federalnewsnetwork.com/government-new…
During 2017 #ALSen special, the Secretary of State threatened, wildly, to seek up to 10 years in prison against hundreds of Alabamans who supposedly had 'crossover voted'. Again, sea of headlines.

List was wrong, situation was blown-up. But damage done.
Read 6 tweets
21 Sep
Every state has big stakes on the ballot — it's just some are facing a perfect storm where so much that matters is competitive at once.

So I'm starting this ongoing thread of states, to encapsulate as many stakes as I can within 280 characters. (Let's do roughly one a day!)
1️⃣ North Carolina really is it:

—Could decide WH
—Could decide U.S. Senate majority
—Ds may gain at least 2 House seats. More?
—Can Ds keep governorship (& veto power)?
—Can Ds pick-up a legislative chamber?
—3 Supreme Court seats!👀
—AG, LG (if Gov vacancy...), SoS competitive
2️⃣ Montana is up there too:
—Could decide Senate majority!
—Open Gov race. Would be GOP's first win since 2000, likely give them trifecta. And it's Gianforte on the ballot.
—Open SoS & AG races
—An open, tight House race
—An intriguing Supreme Court race
—Gun control referendum
Read 5 tweets
18 Sep
November 3rd has a mountain of important elections that could upend the criminal legal system & mass incarceration.

These often fly under radar, or stakes are opaque.

We at @theappeal's Political Report have planned a big series on these. I'll keep track here, in this thread.
1️⃣ Oregon could become the first state to decriminalize drug possession with its Measure 110 referendum.

@ZachWritesStuff reports on what this would look like: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
2️⃣ DeKalb County, IL, has a prosecutor's race: The Dem challenger to the GOP prosecutor took part in protests, & is running against Trump's messaging that the tougher-on-crime policies are what is necessary to fuel public safety. I talked to her about why: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
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17 Sep
CONFIRMED: *Four* lawmakers ousted in Delaware’s Dem primaries yesterday by progressive challengers.

One was a 42-year state Senator, who presided over that chamber.

Another strong night for the left in legislative primaries, in Biden’s state to close cycle.

Thread on each:
1/ Eric Morrison won over Rep. Jaques, a lawmaker with an anti-LGBT record who tried making an issue of Morrison’s drag performances. https://t.co/wcSB2lER1n
2/ Marie Pinkney ousted Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, with gun control looming as a major issue.

(Read to end of thread for McBride’s past position on whipping posts as a punishment...): https://t.co/5Y0fK3a7lk
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16 Sep
BREAKING: Delaware Senator David McBride, a *42*-year incumbent who has been presiding over the Senate for 4 years, has **lost** in yesterday’s Dem primary to progressive challenger Marie Pinkney.

He is the 2nd state Senate leader to lose to a progressive in 2020, after NM.
A big factor in McBride's loss, according to this article, is that he stalled gun control legislation last year: delawarestatenews.net/government/pro…

Pinkney, a black woman and also one of many LGBT candidates who won yesterday, was endorsed by the WFP.
Also yesterday in Delaware:

At least 2 (likely 3) other incumbents lost to progressive challengers. Including the election below:

And separately, Sarah McBride won an open primary & will become the nation's first openly transgender state Senator.
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