GOOD NEWS ELECTION 2018
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AlaskaLiz Lyke and Kathy Ottersten became the first trans and intersex (respectively) people elected in AlaskaLocal
https://www.intomore.com/impact/alaska-makes-history-twice-by-electing-its-first-openly-trans-and-intersex-politicians?fbclid=IwAR0z_rYvx0o1NpjjHnY2UTkIjG6h_knpcHZl4h7QnqYrI-kQV2j9xFRm1Kk
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ArizonaAlma Hernandez becomes one of two Latina Jews ever to hold elected office in the USState House
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ArizonaKrysten Sinema becomes the first bisexual senator, and flips a red senate seatSenate
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/12/667214148/democrat-kyrsten-sinema-wins-arizona-senate-seat?fbclid=IwAR1sBNNx1uxWTu_-lnd4Ktc4TZOWhuTyAxpz3X0pnAHYXNTVQpSanj9YKZI
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Arkansas Arkansas approved Issue 5, raising the minimum wage to $11/hour by 2021. May not seem like a major victory, but in a Southern state that is the birthplace and headquarters of Walmart, its HUGE.Ballot Initiative
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CaliforniaGavin Newsom wins governorGovernor
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CaliforniaMeasure Y passed in Oakland, providing protection against eviction to rentersBallot Initiativehttps://protectoaklandrenters.org/
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ColoradoAbolished prison slaveryBallot initiative
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/6/18056408/colorado-election-results-amendment-a-slavery-forced-prison-labor-passes?fbclid=IwAR1zQWm-mt7DNHsgr4ttIVhhKVgmzx8-AtiRw_mX8316c1ieE3oBzjpIpGE
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ColoradoJared Polis, first Jewish and openly gay Governor in the nation is elected Governor
https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/politics/jared-polis-colorado-gay-governor/index.html?utm_source=fbCNN&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2018-11-07T03%3A29%3A03
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ConnecticutJahana Hayes becomes the first black woman to represent ConnecticutRepresentative
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FloridaRestored vote for 1.2 million people!Ballot Question
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FloridaBanned off shore drilling, vaping indoors (???), and dog racingBallot Question
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GeorgiaLucy McBath wins in Georiga's 6th districtRepresentative
https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/08/politics/2018-elections-lucy-mcbath-karen-handel-concedes-georgia-congress/index.html
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GuamLeon Guerrero becomes the first Dem governor of Guam in 18 years!Guam
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IdahoMedicaid expansion ballot initiativeBallot Initiative
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IllinoisLauren Underwood (first WoC to represent suburban chicago IL-14) flips seatRepresentative
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IllinoisSean Casten (Dem from suburban chicago IL-6) flips seat (Roskam was a key architect of the tax bill and had held office for over a decade)Representative
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IllinoisEarned sick time, $13 min wage, mayoral term limit ballot measures pass in Chicago/Cook Co.
Ballot Measures
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IllinoisFlip Governor's mansion / First Black Lt Gov (Julianna Stratton)
Governor/Lt. Governor
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IllinoisJudge with extreme racial sentencing disparities voted out in unprecedented retention race loss - first time in 28 years a judge has lost retention!Judge
https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1479353&fbclid=IwAR1Jly5fOp2eVzzYZFgIt4xwAR5xUjz2SkUtVkkRkxC44lOO2cZUT6Yb1MM
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IllinoisBinding referendum to open up a mental health clinic in NW Chicago (after the city closed all the public ones a few years) passed. Will be third community mental health center to be opened this way.Ballot Initiative
https://chicagoelections.com/race_results.asp?id=1763 https://chicagoelections.com/race_results.asp?id=1773
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IllinoisRent control (non-binding) passes overwhelmingly in Chicago (in wards in which it was on the ballot)Ballot Initiative
https://chicagoelections.com/race_results.asp?id=1913 https://chicagoelections.com/race_results.asp?id=2053 https://chicagoelections.com/race_results.asp?id=2073
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IowaCindy Axne (centrist Dem) beats evil David Young, is one of first women in US Congress from IowaRepresentative
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Iowa29-yo Abby Finkenauer (centrist Dem) beats evil Rod Blum, is one of first women in US Congress from IowaRepresentative
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KansasLaura Kelly beats Kris KobachGovernor
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KansasBrandon Woodard and Susan Ruiz are the first queer members of the KS State HouseState House
http://amp.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article221154465.html?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR3qjjkpEppnZKR6bjMqyIBUjqcjmYHCf2xDMrAaDpolWNn4ze6gqoZpICE
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KansasSharice Davids is one of two first Native women in the house! (first Ho-Chunk woman!)Representative
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KentuckyKim Davis, famous for illegally denying gay couples marriage licenses, loses re-election as county clerkLocal
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/06/us/politics/kim-davis-election-results.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR3u5svjAHozBpe3XLGnTF2tY0bLqM-Jo_CCeq1N_MQm8e4VIEtGKMBiL3c
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Louisiana Approves unanimous jury requirement overturning jim crow era law Amendment
https://www.nola.com/crime/2018/11/louisiana-approves-unanimous-jury-requirement-scrapping-jim-crow-era-law.html?fbclid=IwAR3mzpmO77AzmgrAPA1O7rAEFbwFePSZpWmSW2iN6-hUnBCjFLPyR_-2mqU
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MaineJanet Mills wins governorship (formerly held by human garbage Paul LePage)Governor
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MassachusettsTrans rights protected!Ballot Question
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MassachusettsAyanna Pressley is the first black Congresswoman from MARepresentative
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MassachusettsRachael Rollins is the first WOC DA in Boston and has some good reform ideasDA
https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2018/11/a-black-woman-running-for-boston-da-is-out-to-change-the-citys-racist-sentencing-disparities/
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MichiganRashida Tlaib is one of two first Muslim women elected to CongressRepresentativehttps://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/politics/first-muslim-women-congress/index.html
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MichiganLegalize marijuana!!!Ballot Initiative
https://thejointblog.com/michigan-legalizes-recreational-marijuana/?fbclid=IwAR0dTZgMzkHMAkZylQz5Lb1wIXv618ZrC1d7a94fTvJQmKLeQKv2bMmv3T4
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MichiganDems win Gov seat (hope for Flint?)Governor
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MichiganVoting reforms passedBallot Initiative
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michigan-promote-the-vote_us_5bdcda50e4b09d43e31f00e9?cuj
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MinnesotaAngela Conley for County Commissioner!
County Commissioner
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MinnesotaIrene Fernando for county commissioner
County Commissioner
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MinnesotaDean Phillips beats Erik Paulson in MN-3 (flipped seat)Representative
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MinnesotaTim Walz beats Jeff JohnsonGovernor
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MinnesotaIlhan Omar becomes first Somali-American elected to U.S. HouseRepresentative
http://www.startribune.com/ilhan-omar-becomes-first-somali-american-elected-u-s-house/499708271/
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MinnesotaPeggy Flanagan highest ranking Native American woman in a state and federal office
Governor/Lt. Governor
https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/peggy-flanagan-could-become-the-highest-ranking-native-woman-to-hold-public-office/
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MinnesotaDave Hutchinson becomes first gay major-metro sherrif defeating Trump and ICE-supporting racist jackass Rich StanekSherriff
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MinnesotaDemocrats retake State HouseState House
http://www.startribune.com/democrats-head-for-majority-in-minnesota-house-as-gop-concedes/499901051/
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MinnesotaAngie Craig def. Jason Lewis in MN-2 (flipped seat)Representative
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MinnesotaKeith Ellison defeats wildly terrible Republican Doug Wardlow for MN AG. Keith is first ever Muslim to hold statewide office in any sttate
Attorney General
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MinnesotaChutich wins a full term for Minnesota Supreme Court, and she's part of the (LGBTQ) family!
MN Supreme Court
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MontanaJon Tester holds onto his Senate seat in a tough raceSenate
https://www.vox.com/2018/11/7/18049646/senate-midterm-results-montana-jon-tester-winner?fbclid=IwAR2E5stihlKE8aiIuMTBbQqu4RaSOVofF3LJmHwFbw89qHxpB2_fEmf4nxs
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NationwideFirst time that more than 100 women have been elected to the US house
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NationwideOver 100 LGBTQ candidates elected nationally
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/over-100-lgbtq-candidates-claim-victory-midterm-elections-n933646
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NationwideDemocrats win the US House. Let's see those subpeonas!Congress
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NationwideDemocrats will have full control (governor and legislature) of at least four new states: New York, Illinois, New Mexico and Colorado.
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NationwideWe flipped 7 governor's seats blue! NM, NV, KS, WI, MI, IL, and MEGovernor
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-governor-elections.html
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NationwideEvery minimum wage issue in the 2018 midterm election was an overwhelming success.https://twitter.com/fightfor15/status/1060037462234296320
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NebraskaMedicaid expansion ballot initiativeBallot Initiative
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NevadaJacky Rosen beats Dean Heller for a Dem Senate seat pickup!!US Senate
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/live-updates/midterms/midterm-election-updates/sen-dean-heller-in-nevada-concedes-to-rep-jacky-rosen-in-nevada/?utm_term=.35a0cb8aa1f9
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New HampshireSafiya Wazir, a 27-year-old refugee, elected to the NH state houseState House
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/safiya-wazir-elected-refugee-taliban_us_5be2a7f7e4b0769d24c7100b?fbclid=IwAR06A2rE9qffS2cOoSiCJx_L0LkuMfxDnA6b3ImkPekOUT1qtDvKNAFgRaw
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New JerseyDem Andy Kim wins over incumbant Trump allyRepresentative
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/andy-kim-tom-macarthur-election-results-nj-3-vote-counting-20181107.html
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New JerseyDem Mikie Sherrill flipped a red district. While pretty moderate, her opponent was endorsed by TrumpRepresentative
https://www.nj.com/expo/news/erry-2018/11/b385cb60274888/why-mikie-sherrill-might-be-th.html
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New JerseyGeneral goodness as an imageOverall
http://nj1015.com/this-is-what-the-blue-wave-looks-like-in-new-jersey/?trackback=fbshare_mobile&fbclid=IwAR0YZ7l4_hHZciFkHOHNvrdA28Ug3w6DbkXA7c6uNf5DfB3hExthz-4ew_U
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New MexicoALL 3 U.S. House seats will be held by POC! Representative
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-new-mexico-minority-delegation-house-20181107-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1PVdXbZT0Oxy3PwQHwzdvvAN-RsBmHdqMDC3zbtDguB0fiR1iYco-lDio
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New MexicoDeb Haaland is one of two first Native women in the house! (first Diné woman in the house!)Representative
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New YorkAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to Congress Representative
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ocasio-cortez-wins-congress-new-york_us_5bc4dcf5e4b0645867bc42fd?utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=main_fb&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&fbclid=IwAR01NQ19A1fg44dsIr2IK8coOTvqyWK8N8Cj8VsSZS6KdFWClHw3wY7JKuA&fbclid=IwAR0XGHc48FxPLrBZfrbkI5oVVUooxrquHpM8oBYQ7Wq2fWyxlhbcHMbceZs
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New YorkTish James is New York's first female AG, first black AG, and first black woman to be elected to statewide office.
Attorney General
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/06/nyregion/letitia-james-wins-ny-ag.html
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New YorkDemocrats take State Senate and seem likely to take State House, which means maybe the subway can get fixed??
State Legislature
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New YorkJulia Salazar becomes one of two Latina Jews ever to hold elected office in the USState Senate
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New YorkNew York City gets participatory budgeting citywide, enacts term limits on community boards, and limits to campaign contributions from individuals.Local
https://ny.curbed.com/2018/11/7/18071574/election-2018-new-york-results-ballot-proposals
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New York Delgado beats out FasoRepresentative
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North CarolinaDemocrats broke the supermajority in the General Assembly (this will make medicaid expansion possible for us, among other things)
State Legislature
http://www.wunc.org/post/republicans-lose-supermajorities-north-carolina-general-assembly#stream/0
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North Carolinanewly elected black sheriffs in Buncombe, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Pitt, and Wake Counties, including a black woman in Pitt (All 8 of them beat white men!)Sheriff
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North CarolinaFormer Southern Coalition for Social Justice leader Anita Earls wins NC Supreme Court seat. She challenged the NC voting restrictions and this extends the Dem majority to 5-2.Judicial
https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/11/06/nc-elections-results-democrat-earls-elected-state-supreme-court/1906094002/
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North CarolinaFive largest counties in NC with 65% of the Latinx population kicked out all anti-immigrant sheriffs Sheriff
https://www.facebook.com/SiembraNC/photos/a.1837556073179707/2195048414097136/?type=3&theater
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OhioIn Summit County all 10 judges on the common pleas bench will be women and women now occupy more than 70 percent of the elected judicial seats in the county.Judicial
https://www.ohio.com/news/20181106/women-rule-in-summit-county-claiming-all-10-common-pleas-judge-seats?fbclid=IwAR0fk2mvJU-NAhBems_OojA2d55oA9w-QtojddOJxcHJ5WiKTrtZPQ9_amU
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OregonNAACP President Joanne Hardesty becomes first black woman on Portland City CouncilCity Council
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PennsylvaniaSocialists Summer Lee, Elizabeth Fiedler, and Sara Innamorato win their State House races!State House
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Tennessee Nashville overwhelmingly passes ammendment for police oversight board, thanks in part to Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/tn-elections/2018/11/06/nashville-amendment-1-police-oversight-board-appears-track-passage/1734253002/?fbclid=IwAR2cVyTFedyG5j4hBE_2JnbFBBkJxJ2R8rMYGiPQs2MBxezjnndO7wjJ1Jo
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TexasPete Sessions loses after 11(?) terms. He was also the Rules committee chairman and top 10 NRA funding darlingRepresentative
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TexasGlenn Devlin and John Phillips, judges whose decisions accounted for >20% of all children sent to the state’s juvenile prisons last year, were defeated for re-electionJudicial
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-judges-responsible-for-1-in-five-13322222.php
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Texas Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia become first two Latinas TX has ever elected to federal office
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/texas-latinas-congress-veronica-escobar-sylvia-garcia_us_5be24e04e4b0769d24c68983?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=politics_fb&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013&section=politics&fbclid=IwAR0duAUyalLRlRWRgMu1lUZqMYJem3d9t_4wzEk7z20PXqHy68qknVvi97A
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UtahMedicaid expansion ballot initiativeBallot Initiativehttps://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/11/07/utah-voters-back-medicaid
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WisconsinSCOTT WALKER IS NO LONGER THE GOTDAM GOVERNORGovernor
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