NY's Democratic victories shine light on 'age of Trump'

Two Republicans and two Democrats introduced the bill this month as Trump ramped up criticism of Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Only by fielding moderate candidates can they hope to sway voters who were critical to the Republican success of 2016.

Republicans now hold 237 of the House's 435 seats; Democrats hold 193; and there are five vacancies.

Almost nine-in-ten Democrats who are highly politically engaged (87%) say it is very important that the way congressional districts are determined is fair and reasonable.

However, the polling combined with the closer-than-expected special election for an open Arizona House seat has the attention of Republican operatives. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, who sits with the GOP.

Democrats said they would now focus on winning a clear majority in November, when they predict opposition to Republican President Donald Trump will prompt a big Democratic turnout.

Steve Stern, who ran on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality and Reform party lines, defeated Republican candidate Janet Smitelli by 18 points. They launched the largest field operation Arizona's 8th District, west of Phoenix, has seen in years, with 465 volunteers knocking on almost 60,000 doors, making more than 90,000 calls and sending more than 60,000 text messages. Stivers is only a two-termer, but he's already chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Indeed, Democratic candidate Brad Schwartz has dubbed his race for the district, Lucky #7.

Marilyn Piven told Kramer she's voting for Mayer.

Two surveys popped up last week that seem to show improved prospects for Republican House candidates this November. Lorie Burch won 49.6 percent of the vote and the endorsement of the Dallas News.

Opinions are more divided about whether congressional districts are fairly determined: 49% say fairly drawn congressional districts describes US elections very or somewhat well; just as many (49%) say this describes USA elections not too or not at all well (49%).

Also, facing a primary opponent May 22 is Jim Gray, the openly gay Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky.

Those numbers come in the wake of a surprisingly narrow win for Rep. -elect Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a ruby-red House district west of Phoenix earlier this week.

Sheryl RosenHeller leads Dem Senate challenger by 1 point: poll GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018 MORE (D) holds a slight edge over incumbent Sen. Some of them are getting small contributions from several LGBT political action committees. It will help determine which party rules the roost.

Individual citizens from any state can contribute to these campaigns. Aside from Joe Biden, who in recent weeks has been openly contemplating a run, most of the names floating around political circles are head-scratching considering the 2016 debacle.

One can make a strong case that Nixon's gubernatorial candidacy is meant to drive turnout in the Democratic primary in order to defeat the renegade IDC senators. "They know what Democrats are just catching up to, which is that you can't win elections if you don't have candidates".

Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election after coasting to victory in her two previous re-election campaigns.

  • Julie Sanders