It was the kind of Hail Mary some pray for—like a last-minute, death-row pardon. But when Beyoncé publicly threw her support behind Texas senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, reactions were mixed, to say the least. Self-affirmed stans of the superstar praised their queen, while others understandably asked why she’d waited until the eleventh hour to use her considerable sway to stump for an underdog candidate. I reported on that story, because, well, that’s my job. But like many of our readers, I was asking myself why the gesture was even necessary, at such a late—many would say, too late—date. And while no one knows the reasoning behind Bey’s ill-timed endorsement, as Democrats like myself watched O’Rourke lose his race by such a narrow margin that Ted Cruz had to have been completely shook, it was hard not to ask the inevitable question: What if she’d made this seemingly effortless gesture sooner? After all, this was a campaign … [Read more...] about Under the Influence: If Every Vote Counts, How Much Should a Celebrity Endorsement?
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Two years into the Trump administration, there is no mistaking what Republicans stand for: xenophobia, racism, and misogyny. And, it’s clear from Tuesday’s election, that white women largely continue to embrace that platform and vote to hand Republicans more power to accomplish those ends. White women know very well that a vote for Republicans is a vote to preserve their privilege, to protect whiteness. According to exit polling data from Tuesday’s midterm election, white women narrowly voted for Republicans over Democrats—50 percent to 47 percent, continuing to be the only group of women to vote majority Republican. Contrast those numbers with women of color: According to a Wall Street Journal exit poll, 92 percent of black women and 68 percent of Latinx women across the country voted for Democrats. Overall, 80 percent of nonwhite women voted for Democrats. Though these dynamics are nothing new—and in fact go back decades—we saw, once again, in the … [Read more...] about Republicans Don’t Have a ‘Woman’ Problem
HOUSTON, TEXAS—Shortly after 9 p.m., when MSNBC announced that Beto O’Rourke would not be the next senator for the state of Texas, some groans could be heard from the crowd gathered at the chic gastropub where the Harris County Democratic Party was holding its election night watch party. But the mood quickly picked back up. There was, after all, a lot to cheer about for Houston’s Democrats on Tuesday night, a far cry from the typical midterm election in Texas. Congressperson Pete Sessions, a truly monumental fucker? Gone. His fellow Tea Party Caucus member John Culberson? Also voted out on Tuesday. Voters in Harris County had chosen Lina Hidalgo, a progressive, 27-year-old immigrant from Colombia and political newcomer to replace a popular Republican as the county executive. And this year, 19 black women were running for judgeships in Harris County, several on a criminal justice reform platform; they had united under the banner of “Harris County Black Girl … [Read more...] about Where Texas Goes Next
Consultants working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign exploited the personal Facebook data of millions. Last month, The New York Times and the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers broke news the social networking giant was duped by researchers, who reportedly gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and then may have misused it for political ads during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook said it was investigating the reports, which involved data consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Over the past three-plus weeks, the situation has snowballed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington this week to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the number of accounts affected has risen to 87 million from initial reports of 50 million. Separately, Facebook said it was purging pages linked to a Russian troll farm that's known for creating fake online identities and posting on both sides of politically divisive issues.Cambridge Analytica … [Read more...] about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know
There are 35 Senate seats up for reelection in the 2018 midterms, most of which are currently held by Democrats, while the Republicans are trying to hold onto their two-seat majority. The Onion takes a look at the key Senate 2018 races to watch. Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke (Texas): Have Democrats finally found the perfect foil for Ted Cruz in young longshot candidate Guy Who Is Not Ted Cruz? Dean Heller vs. Jacky Rosen (Nevada): As the only Republican incumbent facing reelection in a state won by Hillary Clinton, Heller has the unique opportunity to demonstrate just how bad Democrats are at winning elections. Martha McSally vs. Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona): Whether they want to or not, Arizona’s getting their first female senator. Kevin Cramer vs. Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota): Heitkamp is trying to convince North Dakota voters she’s the type of “cool” Democrat who’s still totally down to ease banking regulations once in a while. Lawrence Zupan vs. Bernie … [Read more...] about Midterms 2018: Key Senate Races To Watch