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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 12:18 PM

Republicans Have an Ingenious Plan to Stop Losing Special Elections

Don’t hold them.

By John Nichols

Four days before the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, voters in western Wisconsin sent a devastating message to the president’s party. In a State Senate district that Trump won by a landslide in 2016, voters replaced a conservative Republican with a progressive Democrat. The district had been electing Republicans for the better part of two decades, and their nominee, Adam Jarchow, was a prominent member of the State House who had won previous elections in parts of the district. Republicans poured money into the contest. But in the end, it wasn’t even close. St. Croix County medical examiner Patty Schachtner won some 55 percent of the vote, swinging the district to the Democrats by almost 18 points.

It was a stunning setback for Governor Scott Walker and a state Republican Party that had been on a winning streak since the “GOP wave” election of 2010. So stunning, in fact, that Walker tweeted: “Senate District 10 special election win by a Democrat is a wake-up call for Republicans in Wisconsin.” With the “Trump factor” damaging the GOP brand across the country, and with Walker’s own reelection prospects looking increasingly uncertain, the last thing he needed was this bad news. If Democrats could win in such a seemingly red district, there was no telling where else they could triumph. Two other Republican-held legislative seats were open in Wisconsin; losing either of them would confirm that the Republicans were vulnerable and strengthen the hand of Democrats in the Legislature and on the fall campaign trail.


November 2018 cannot get here fast enough

People have died storming beaches or fighting in deserts, and in jungles so that people of a republic could be represented ---------------what Republicans are doing is fascism plain and simple......................

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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 01:07 PM

1. Wisconsin sure has a lot of weasels........Walker, Ryan, Johnson etc

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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 01:32 PM

2. I truly hope that when these cretins get challenged, then have this video

on men dying and getting shot up on Normandy during the debates that will happen, and ask them right then and there what do you think they were doing at that time and moment.................do you support what they did for this country or do you support something else.............................do you support fascism or a traitors, what did your parents support, that(s) what I would ask.

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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 01:36 PM

3. This quote stuck out

"In Alabama, Republicans are busy rewriting election laws so that there will never be another special election like the one in December that handed Democrat Doug Jones the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions."

Which reminds me of this famous quote, from a more dire time for democracy:

“Some party hack decreed that the people
had lost the government's confidence
and could only regain it with redoubled effort.
If that is the case, would it not be be simpler,
If the government simply dissolved the people
And elected another?”

― Bertolt Brecht

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