The group [is] determined to deny Republicans so-called trifectas in state governments — places where a single party controls the governorship and an entire legislature … The group’s list of high-priority states includes most of the critical states in presidential elections.
Preventing total GOP control in as many states as possible could block lopsided pro-GOP congressional maps in the next decade and avoid a repeat of the last decade’s disaster.
* DEMS GRAB ANOTHER SEAT IN DEEP RED TERRITORY: Last night, Democrat Mike Revis won a special election for a state legislative seat in Missouri. Reid Wilson explains:
If Revis’s lead holds, it would mark a significant swing from 2016, when President Trump won the district by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin. Four years before that, Mitt Romney beat President Obama in the district, south and west of St. Louis, by a 55- to 43-percent margin.
It’s another sign of the energy on the Democratic side putting deep red territory in play, which continues to bode well for 2018.
If there’s one constant that strategists in both parties acknowledge, it’s that Democratic turnout will be sky-high, fueled by deep-seated antipathy towards Trump. … For Republicans to mitigate the impact, they need to persuade enough independent voters to support them and turn out their own voters in similar numbers. … They could hang on to many of their most-vulnerable seats, but still see the bottom fall out because of red-hot Democratic intensity and lackluster GOP preparation. It’s why Democrats still hold the edge in the battle for House control, even if the anti-Trump tsunami never materializes.
By the way, ignore the punditry that tells you Dems are overconfident. They know this is still very much up in the air and that there’s tons of work to be done.
As communism seemingly disappeared from view at the end of the 1980s, in a sudden and unexpected blow-out, there was plenty of triumphalism around in the west.The most infamous was perhaps that of Francis Fukuyama, a US state department career man turned historian.He got his publishing break with a book called “The End of History and the Last Man”.The end of communism, he suggested, meant that man’s ideological evolution, the very stuff of history, was over. Western liberalism had won.Nothing seemed to appear on the horizon to challenge its by then unquestioned dominance. Francis Fukuyama has continued to publish books on the history he thought had ended but his original thesis looks more and more messy the further away we get from the 1990s. Here we are in March 2018 and the retreat of liberalism is pretty much full-on.The authoritarian march of Putin and Xi is matched by their less consequential peers and puppets, men such as Erdogan in Turkey, Assad in Syria, Maduro in Venezuelas.Mea…
5 Ways Your Health Can Affect Your Money #1: How Sleep Affects Your FinancesRemember those all-nighters you used to pull in college before midterms?Science has an explanation for the wooziness you felt right before you crashed: Going without sleep for 24 or more hours makes a person perform as if they had a blood-alcohol level of 1%—.02% more than the legal limit for drunk driving.Most likely, all-nighters aren’tyour M.O. anymore, but if you’re consistently getting just four or five hours of sleep a night, your decision-making skills may not be as sharp as they could be. And that can have implications for your money.“Lack of sleep can cause us to make many poor decisions, all leading to negative financial consequences,” says Bob Gavlak, a CFP® with Strategic Wealth Partners in Seven Hills, Ohio. “It could be as simple as buying a magazine that you don’t need at the grocery, or as big as drastically overpaying for a new car.”: How Diet Affects Your Finances Eating too many restaurant mea…
1. Foods You Don’t LikeIf your current diet involves regularly eating food that you don’t like, you’re probably not going to be following that diet for very long. If a particular food doesn’t taste good, there’s no rule that says you have to eat it. Yes, it may very well have a number of nutritional benefits. But there are probably many other foods out there that provide the exact same benefits. There’s no need to keep eating a certain food you hate just because you’ve been told it’s “good” for you. Compliance and consistency matter a lot more than the specific foods you’re eating. 2. Foods That Take You Out of An Energy DeficitTo lose fat, you need an energy deficit. But some people find that eating certain “trigger foods” will set them off on a junk food binge that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. If there is a packet of custard creams in my kitchen, the chances are very high that they won’t be here this time tomorrow. That’s because once the pack is open, I will eat the lot…