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1 Aug, 4 tweets, 2 min read
An important @schadenfraade essay on how public services and urban governance are deeply value-imbued matters — and what it looks like to have a left project around them: slate.com/business/2021/…
“All these struggles fit within a long history of Americans stripping cities for parts, hoarding the wealth in the suburbs, and then claiming urbanites can’t govern themselves.”
Part of what’s needed is attention to the hundreds of places in the country where the battles and movements described in this piece are being fought, and what that’s already looking like. (Excited to continue chronicling that, starting with whatsontheballot.com)
A reader sends me this new story from Vermont, and a fight about whether trash collection should be privatized (and how much) or public: sevendaysvt.com/vermont/should…

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3 Aug
Conservatives heighten their push vs reform prosecutors.

Latest targets, 3 Dems elected in 2019 on progressive platforms in Virginia: in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun counties. (The first 2 ousted Dem incumbents in primaries.)
I expect those VA recall *efforts* will be cited in many pieces as additional evidence of a backlash. But as Krasner's 2:1 win in May attests to, the existence of (much-publicized) political & policy *opposition* is both normal, & not synonymous with wide backlash. We shall see.
A note I'd add to @kenvogel's article: wave of wins for progressive prosecutors in VA was not unique to 2019, nor did it disappear this year. There were a few elections just this summer!

Just two months ago, a reform candidate won a primary in Norfolk. 
Read 4 tweets
3 Jul
Good initial news for Garcia in early count of NYC absentee ballots.

She is overperforming in Manhattan mail-ins (up 38/13 over Adams, just among 1st-choice votes, compared to 32/19 among in-persons). And we know Manhattan overrepresented.

No question that this data should be released by the New York Board of Elections in full and with details if it’s going to be known & reported by the press—not drip drip in this way.
Garcia has netted at least 6,000 votes over Adams — erasing 40% of her total final-round deficit over him— with the first 24K absentees counted in Manhattan (Adams’s worst borough by far).

She’ll likely net even more among those 24K once RCV is run.
Read 4 tweets
27 Jun
NEW: Marine Le Pen's far-right party has failed to win any of France's regions in today's regional elections.

(It fell well short of its pre-election aim of winning several regions & its pre-runoff goal of winning Provence; overall, far further from a win than in 2015.)
The usual center-left (Socialist Party) & center-right (LR) parties have each kept the regions they'd governed since 2015.

A strong night for the right. But also a big relief for the left that keeps its 5 regions & strong local power despite all else.
Emmanuel Macron's party, which swept 2017 national elections, is again routed & largely irrelevant to these elections. Came in 4th or even 5th in many regions.

But Macron & Le Pen remain dominant as individual candidates, & remain favored to make Top 2 in 2022 presidential race.
Read 4 tweets
23 Jun
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.

me this am
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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…
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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…
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