Record number of women win in the House

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"With the Democrats taking over the House we will now have to see what gridlock in Congress means for policy". Still, we can only conjecture about how Trump himself would have fared had he been on the ballot. The whole world was closely watching and waiting to see if a system of checks and balances mechanism could be restored in America to rein in a Republican US president who has introduced some controversial foreign policies, from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement to relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

His results were decidedly mixed.

In the House, Democrats made significant gains in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and NY. Their sense of urgency helped Pressley displace an able but older Democratic incumbent in her September primary, and it has ushered into Congress a new generation of intersectional activists-among them Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Rashida Tlaib from MI, and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota-who have been given a charge not merely to dissent against Trump but to present a governing alternative.

Instead the implications for Democrats - as with the election results themselves - are a bit more nuanced.

"I think Mainers sent a pretty clear message in that they want a change in how our state is run", Sen.

Democrat Ayanna Pressley became Massachusetts' first Black U.S. representative. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will be the first Moslem women in the Congress. Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids the first Native American women in the Congress.

Progressive progress at the state and local level got less attention in early returns, but this is where the growing thrust of progressive energy is its strongest.

Cordesman said the next Congress will confront multiple questions about ongoing US military engagements at a time when America's fiscal situation is worsening. Last Friday, at a campaign rally in West Virginia, he contemplated the possible GOP loss of the House, and said he wasn't anxious, he'd "figure it out".

Given the huge amount of energy being directed at such non-events such as Acosta-gate-did the CNN reporter manhandle a White House intern during a post-midterm press conference?-it's likely we as a country are choosing the latter. Democrats, fueled by the energy of grassroots organizing, now are in full control in New York, Illinois, Colorado, Maine and New Mexico. And it is more than sufficient to reassert the system of checks and balances, to hold a president to account, and to frame the debate going forward. Voters in Arkansas and Missouri - Arkansas and Missouri! - passed increases in the minimum wage. MI passed Automatic Voter Registration, Maryland same-day registration.The most dramatic victory came in Florida, where voters restored voting rights to ex-felons who had served their time, restoring the right to vote to an estimated 1.4 million citizens.

OR voters rejected measures to restrict access to abortion (although ominously, Alabama and West Virginia passed initiatives trampling abortion rights, created to frame a constitutional Supreme Court challenge). Pressley is slated to serve the state's seventh district. Colorado voters endorsed a ceiling on payday lender loan costs pushed by Colorado People's Action.

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Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout. The Democratic mandate is not overwhelming. The Democratic margin among young voters - 18-29 -was nearly double what it was for Clinton in 2016 and three times the margin for Democrats in 2014. Cooper also has sought to block further corporate income tax cuts and phase out taxpayer-funded scholarships to K-12 students to attend private schools - items Republicans are unlikely to give up. Democrats made dramatic advances in the formerly Republican suburbs, and in the Midwest while continuing to gain in the Southwest.

Without both fiscal and monetary stimulus, Wall Street performance will depend even more on fundamental factors at a time investors are looking for signs pointing to when the long economic expansion will finally end.

The stakes for the next two-year session will be huge.

Democrats took control of the House for the first time since 2010, shifting the balance of power in Washington where Republicans had dominated both chambers.

A defensive agenda - defending Obamacare, fending off attacks on abortion, defending Medicare and Social Security, defending our failed trade policies - offers no answers for the future. Women veterans winning elected office is not completely new to American politics, but previous examples have been few - if high profile.

"I also think that, before you know it, a renegotiated NAFTA will be in front of the Ways and Means Committee", he said. Democratic representative Bruce Braley held the seat from 2007 to 2013, before now-defeated incumbent Rod Blum flipped it in 2014.

State legislatures will oversee the drawing of congressional districts after the 2020 Census.

"At the end of the day, ME people don't care which party you identify with, they just want someone who is honest, believes in our state and vows to do what they say they'll do", Jackson said.

Most egregiously, he has a longstanding pattern of obstructing justice.

How Americans obtain and pay for health care and health insurance will feature prominently on that table.

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