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23 Jun, 4 tweets, 2 min read
Progressive or socialist challengers just ousted the mayors of Rochester, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, in past 3 weeks. Left activists got a wave judge wins in PA. Larry Krasner won 2 to 1, to little effort from reform-skeptics to understand what they got wrong. That’s just past month.
If you care about what’s happening in local politics, of course the probable Adams win is a big defeat for the left. Who would deny it? Other results don’t erase that.

But acting like only NYC’s mayor race matters — & nothing happened since... Warren? — predictable but tiresome.
Like, I get it. It’s NYC. Everyone covered it (whereas it’s hard to see, say, what the Manhattan DA result or the activism in Syracuse or Buffalo mean). It’s easier to fit in the story everyone wants to tell but didn’t get to after Philly. But it’s all so trope-y.

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Reaching back earlier in 2021 (I know, a lot to ask given collective amnesia re: Krasner’s win), St. Louis saw a triumph for progressives & local activists rallied around Tishaura Jones.

Yeah, left did rather poorly in TX. But that’s point: No one uniform AHA! Politics is busy.

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23 Jun
Something fascinating happened in Erie County (Buffalo’s county) tonight. And no, I’m not talking about the mayor’s race.

The local Democratic establishment faceplanted in a different way — this time in trying to make a fearmongering candidate into the local sheriff.
The local party tried to hand the nomination to a man who went on to amplify the GOP DA’s attacks on Dem lawmakers’ parole reform.

He lost today to Kim Beatty, whose platform has the following section that seems like it’s clearly calling him out:
Beaty, a black woman, dropped out of the campaign at some point this year after the local Dem party endorsed her opponent.

Beaty said the head of the local Dem Party said he wouldn’t endorse her because she doesn’t look like “what a sheriff looks like.” buffalonews.com/news/local/gov…
Read 4 tweets
23 Jun
What elections should you be watching tonight besides the mayoral election?!

Well, I have more than a dozen in mind. Here's my list of the #overlookedelectionstakes, an hour away from polls closing! And follow me here for updates as results come in.
1️⃣ The Manhattan DA election!

This is a big one. Progressives have been splitting the vote, but will a reform candidate make it after all?

Here's my thread on 5 reasons the race matters. A lot.
2️⃣ The Buffalo mayoral election!

The incumbent mayor is facing a challenge from the left, supported by DSA & WFP. The mayor's record on policing is a big issue here.

here is some of why it matters: theappeal.org/how-a-troubled…
Read 9 tweets
21 Jun
The policy stakes of DA elections are always so obscure. This year, I got to work with @SamMellins & @akashvmehta on putting out a series on how the Manhattan DA race could change the city — what candidates are saying EXACTLY & why it matters.

It's been a great ride. A thread:
1️⃣ Turns out the Manhattan DA's office has a ton of discretion on the power & resources of a citywide office that's fueled the war on drugs, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

A great opportunity to look at how local institutions work, & space for change.

On the Special Narcotics Prosecutor's office, the candidates were very split on what should be done: especially when it comes to the power-move the DA's office could pull: withdraw staff it lends.

theappeal.org/politicalrepor… Image
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21 Jun
Marine Le Pen’s far-right party got 19% in today’s regional elections in France — a significant drop from the high 28% it had gotten in the country’s most recent regional elections, in 2015, & also quite a bit less than polls indicated.
Exit polling is suggesting people who’d voted for Le Pen in the presidential election last time (powering her rise) were far less likely to turn out today, than people who’d voted for other presidential candidates. (Parallels some US questions.) lemonde.fr/politique/arti…
The presidential election, next year, will have a different dynamic and Le Pen is still favored to make the Top 2 runoff.

Noteworthy to see that, in France, there’s now a string of recent elections where polling is overstating her party’s strength; breaks usual assumptions.
Read 4 tweets
17 Jun
Some personal news: My time at @theappeal will end at the end of the month. I've had many great years there thanks to amazingly talented colleagues with whom I got to do exciting work covering so many local officials, policies, movements, & elections that I've long lost count.
I’ll definitely have more to say about celebrating my colleagues and their inspiring dedication to exposing the harms of the criminal legal system in weeks ahead! And also I’ll want to look back at how much has changed (politically) just over the past few years.
But first, as I continue to work out my next chapters, I wanted to pause on my excitement at all the Political Report has helped do to build to lift & cover local politics & get people to really care about legislatures, DAs, sheriffs, judges as much as their huge powers warrant.
Read 16 tweets
6 Jun
RESULT: Republican Mattie Parker will be the next mayor of Fort Worth, keeping the city in GOP hands & winning today’s hotly contested runoff.

Fort Worth will remain the nation’s biggest city with a GOP mayor.
Some context on this election, in a city of more than 900K residents (but fewer than 100K ballots cast in this mayoral election:

In neighboring conservative & much smaller Arlington (also in Tarrant County) the next mayor will be Jim Ross, a former police officer who thinks the police are doing well policing themselves & doesn’t seem to have concerns about housing. keranews.org/politics/2021-…
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