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« Reply #75 on: May 11, 2018, 06:49:47 am »

Prediction: Republicans pick up MO, IN, ND, WV, MT, and one of FL/OH/VA.
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« Reply #76 on: May 11, 2018, 12:25:25 pm »

If Rick Santorum wins in Pennsylvania, I will cry.
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« Reply #77 on: May 11, 2018, 12:44:41 pm »

Any chance Obama pulls a FDR and runs for a fourth term in 2020?
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« Reply #78 on: May 11, 2018, 12:59:42 pm »

I believe more  Republicans supported TPP in OTL than Democrats



Great update though
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« Reply #79 on: May 11, 2018, 01:04:20 pm »

I believe more  Republicans supported TPP in OTL than Democrats



Great update though

The new version holds some environmental and labour regulations that turn down the principled conservative types (Paul, Cruz, Lee, Cotton, Sessions, Inhofe) while the more populist-ish midwestern ones (Capito, Duffy, Cassidy etc) oppose it on the same grounds Sanders and co do (takes away jobs). Also, a President's power to persue his party is considerable, so loyal northeastern Democrats fell in line.
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« Reply #80 on: May 11, 2018, 01:29:49 pm »

I believe more  Republicans supported TPP in OTL than Democrats



Great update though

The new version holds some environmental and labour regulations that turn down the principled conservative types (Paul, Cruz, Lee, Cotton, Sessions, Inhofe) while the more populist-ish midwestern ones (Capito, Duffy, Cassidy etc) oppose it on the same grounds Sanders and co do (takes away jobs). Also, a President's power to persue his party is considerable, so loyal northeastern Democrats fell in line.
The 'principled conservatives' such as Cruz and Paul already opposed it because they viewed it as globalist.
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« Reply #81 on: May 11, 2018, 02:52:15 pm »
« Edited: May 16, 2018, 05:02:56 pm by Parrotguy »

July 4th, 2017

President Obama gives Independence Day address urging action on environment, immigration as approval ratings tick down



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Days after signing the Trans Pacific Past despite protests from progressive, midwesterners and others, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his annual Independence Day address to the American people. In his speech, the President barely mentioned the TPP, merely glancing over it by saying that "an agreement to stimulate our economy, lower prices and strengthen our global standing was passed". Instead, he seemed to pivot to issues where he's more in line with the party's progressive wing- he said that he was proud of "finally guaranteeing the basic right of quality healthcare coverage to all Americans, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic position", and urged congress to act on two hot-button issues: the environment and immigration. On immigration, President Obama said that it's time to "finally pass a comprehensive reform to guarantee citizenship to hardworking residents whose life is centered in America while securing our borders". But most of the address seemed to zero in on the environment- the President said that "our planet is in grave danger", and that, while his administration is hard at work on "measures to protect our environment and move us towards alternative, clean energy sources", it's "time for congress to act and pass a package to protect our planet". The President also confirmed that he will soon travel to France to "meet President Macron and discuss another possible environmental agreement". The pivot to this issues seems to be an attempt to regain the trust of anti-trade progressives, whose lack of support after the passage of the TPP seems to be the reason for a recent downtick of Obama's approval ratings, now below the 50% mark.

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Approve- 48%  (-2)
Disapprove- 43%  (+1)
Not Sure- 7%  (+1)

July 10th, 2017

Mosul liberated from ISIS by Iraqi, Kurdish forces; PM Abadi formally declares victory



MOSUL - One of the last significant holdout of ISIS control was finally liberated today by a joint Iraqi and Kurdish assault, with support from the U.S.-lead coalition. The Liberation of Mosul is a blow to the terrorist orgnaization that gained steam in recent years, conquering oil fields and cities. In the past months, ISIS seemed to lose momentum under heavy airstriked of the U.S.-lead coalition and a strong resistance put up by Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, later joined by a resurgent Iraqi army. In Syria, meanwhile, Iran and Russia-supported government forces are also pushing back against ISIS, though they seem to concentrate on moderate rebels just as much as radical ones. President Barack Obama congratulated the Iraqi government and Kurdish resistance for "a brave stand and a successful attack", and promised to continue "fighting ISIS until there will be nothing left from them". This is considered a sign for the success of airstrikes conducted by U.S. and allies.

July 18th, 2017

EPA Administrator Al Gore meets with lawmakers, urges action on environment



WASHINGTON, D.C. - As President Obama prepares to depart to Paris, France for discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and former Vice President Al Gore made a trip to a closer destination- Capitol Hill. There, Gore had bipartisan meetings with several dozens of lawmakers, where he reportedly urged them to start drafting a comprehensive environmental and energy bill to help transition the U.S. to alternative energy and increase regulation. The lawmakers include liberals like Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jason Kander (D-MO) and Jason Carter (D-GA), more moderate Senators such as Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Jon Tester (D-MT), and moderate Republican congressmen like Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Heck (R-NV), and Representatives Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN). In recent weeks, Gore's EPA, which experts describe as "the most activist EPA in history", has been intensifying efforts, indicating an increased interest in climate change by the Obama administration. The efforts lead to protests by conservatives, as several state Attorney Generals, lead by Oklahoma's firebrand Scott Pruitt, tried and failed the sue the EPA for its "tyrannical regulations".

July 20th, 2017

BREAKING: Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer, set to begin treatment



PHOENIX - America has woken up to sad news today, as Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, a longtime Senator and a war hero, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive brain tumor. The news comes five days after McCain, 81, underwent a surgery to removea a blood clot above his left eye in the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona. McCain's spokespersons have announced that he will remain Senator for the forseeable future, and will undergo treatment for his cancer. Well-wishers came from accross the political map- Republicans and Democrats praised McCain and wished him full recovery. President Barack Obama, for example, said that McCain is "a hero and an extremely honourable man who I'm proud to have participated in the same election with", while Secretary of State Joe Biden wished McCain a quick recovery, calling him "a dear friend of mine".

July 25th, 2017

Obama, Macron meet in Paris; discussions include environment, trade, ISIS and North Korea



PARIS - President Barack Obama was warmly welcomed yesterday in Paris, France, and today sat down with new French President Emmanuel Macron for discussions. According to spokespersons, the two world leaders, who begin to emerge as leaders of the western world, discussed another possible environmental agreement in the mold of the fresn Paris Agreement, continued airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, new sanctions against the increasingly bold North Korean regime and, surprisingly, another proposition has emerged- a trans-atlantic trade agreement tying the U.S. and the European Union. However, sources confirmed that such a proposition will not be negotiated in 2017. Following the meeting with Obama, Macron has reportedly called three other important western leaders and invited them to meet him- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who recently established a shaky coalition with the Liberal Democrats and began negotiations for a softer version of Brexit than intended. Macron is expected to discuss the new environmental and trade agreements with the leaders and attempt to initiate larger, multilateral discussions.

July 28th, 2017

As North Korean leadership remains stubborn in face of diplomatic attempts, National Security Advisor James Stavridis levels up threats



NEW YORK CITY - After Secretary of State Joe Biden made his Asian trip a few months ago, there were hopes that China would be able to pressure North Kore into beginning talks with the U.S. and its allies for nuclear disarmament. But Chinese pressure was lacking, and the Kim Regime remained stubborn- and now, after yet another ballistic missile test, the Obama administration appears to be taking a harder line. National Security Advisor James Stavridis, who served as Jon Huntsman's independent running mate back in 2016 and is considered one of the more hawkish voices within the administration, said in a recent interview that if the North Korean regime continues making steps that threaten the United States or its allies, "we will respond harshly and forcefully". Asked if it means actual attacks on North Korean soil, Stavridis said simply that "nothing is off the table". U.S. attacks on North Korea could result in an escalation that, according to experts, would likely lead to the toppling of the Kim Regime at a very heavy cost for both Korea and America.
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« Reply #82 on: May 11, 2018, 04:12:41 pm »

I would recommend posting Obama’s approval like they do on the thread “Hillary Wins”
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« Reply #83 on: May 12, 2018, 04:14:50 am »
« Edited: June 18, 2018, 03:31:58 am by Parrotguy »

August 5th, 2017

UN Security Council approves sharp new trade, investment sanctions on North Korea; Ambassador Snowe says "more to come" if Kim Regime remains stubborn



NEW YORK CITY - As North Korea intensifies ballistic missile tests and continues making threats against the U.S. and its allies in the region, the Obama administration is leveling up its actions against the Kim Regime. In a show of expert diplomacy, UN Ambassador and former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe successfully pushed a new and sharp package of sanctions against North Korea through the UN Security Council, avoiding vetos by China and Russia. The new sanctions include heavy restrictions on trade and investment, as well as harsher punishment for anyone who sells the Kim Regime military equipment and technology. The approval of the sanctions is considered a success for both Ambassador Snowe, who's proving herself a solid choice and said that there were "more sanctions to come" if the North Korean leadership remains stubborn, and Secretary of State Biden, who worked hard to convince China not to veto the package. Biden is expected to make a trip to Europe soon, where he hopes to convince leaders to increase cooperation against North Korea and the environment.

August 12th, 2017

Unite the Right Charlottesville rally causes uproar as counter-protester is killed; Governor McAuliffe sends in National Guard



CHARLOTTESVILLE - Protesting the expected removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in a Charlottesville city partk, several hundreds of far-right activists marched through the city yesterday night in what was considered an attempt to unite white supremacist and alt-right movements in America. The protesters included a ragtag of groups consisting of neo-confederates, neo-nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other militias, and as they marched they shouted slurs of an extremely racist, antisemitic, anti-Muslim and homophobic nature. African Americans were especially targeted, as protesters called President Obama "a foreign monkey" and "a n**ger". Jews were also heavily targeted, chanting slurs like "Jews will not replace us", "the Goyim know" and "Jews are Satan's children". Over a thousand counter-protesters, many of them peaceful while some more violent, stood against the racist march, which lead to tragedy as the two groups clashed and a white supremacist rammed his car into a croud of counter-protesters, killing one woman named Heather D. Heyer. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and harshly condemned the march as "repugnant" and "unlawful", sending in the Virginia National Guard with the approval of Attorney General Deval Patrick and leading to dozens of arrests and clashes between far-right activists and authorities.

August 14th, 2017

Responses to far-right rally harsh accross the political spectrum; Attorney General Patrick leads crusade against organizers



RICHMOND - Days after the deadly far-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, responses in the political world seem to be full condemnation to the rally. President Barack Obama attacked the protest as "a show of hate and extremism meant to tear us apart" and added that the rally was "a hive of wretched people such as nazis, racists and would-be murderers", while Attorney General Deval Patrick said that he would "act in the strongest terms" to persecute "those who incited violence and caused this tragedy". Thus, in addition to violent protesters, several of the protest's organizers were arrested by federal authorities, including organizer Jason Kessler and other far-right figures such as former Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke, dentity Evropa leader Nathan Damigo and National Policy Institute Chairman Richard Spencer. In a short statement, a spokesperson for Duke decried the Obama administration for "attacking the first amendment".

Meanwhile, responses to the march were strong on both sides of the aisel: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the rally was "a disgusting display of racism and antisemitism" and praised the Obama administration for combatting "those who would like to repeat what my people went through not so long ago", while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed that the protest was "repugnant", saying that the protesters "have no place in our political discourse". Republican leaders seemed especially eager to condemn the protest, as many of the participants in the far-right rally seemed to identify as Republicans and some wore red Make America Great Again hats, reminding voters of the 2016 Republican nominee. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), for example, agreed with the sentiment, and said that "while the first amendment is a treasure and applies for everyone, these people are just plain monsters". House leaders Nancy Pelosi, Tim Ryan, Paul Ryan and Steve Scalise held a joint press conference where they decried the rally as "terrible and absolutely unacceptable". Another result of the rally seems to be backlash, as progressives, liberals and independents rally around the President's flag, causing a spike in his approval ratings. And in Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe's approvals also see a rise, as his handling of the crisis is praised, and in the gubernatorial race, Democratic nominee Tom Perriello seems to be gaining in the polls against Republican nominee Ed Gillespie.

President Obama Job Approval
Approve- 53%  (+5)
Disapprove- 39%  (-4)
Not Sure- 6%  (-1)

Governor McAuliffe Job Approval
Approve- 64%
Disapprove- 27%
Not Sure- 9%

Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2017- General Election Polling
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello - 51%
Fmr. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie- 42%
Undecided- 7%

August 19th, 2017

Mr. Trump says "very fine people on both sides" in Charlottesville, hints at possible 2020 bid; Republican leaders condemn



NEW YORK CITY - For around a week after the extremely controversial Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-nazis and white supremacists gathered and attacked minority groups, 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump remained mostly silent, only tweeting againt Al Gore's environmental agenda once. But now, in a surprise press conference in Trump Tower, Mr. Trump was finally asked for a comment about the events. The conference was originally intended to bring Trump's voice back into the political world, and included the 2016 nominee laying out an anti-environmental, anti-trade populist agenda and hinting at a 2020 Presidential run, saying that the Republican field "looks very sad" and that "our movement is not done yet". But it could not escape the shadow of Charlottesville, and when a reporter asked Mr. Trump for a comment, he made a comment that is causing headache for many Republican leaders hoping to escape the controversy- Trump said that the rally was "wrong and violent", but that there was violence in the counter-protest too, and that "there are very fine people in both sides". Republicans were quick to condemn, with House Minority Leader Paul Ryan stating that Trump's comments "do not represent the Republican Party", but the damage was done- 'very fine people' became the most circulated story of the week. Asked for a comment, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Mr. Trump is "irrelevant".

August 23rd, 2017

Secretary Biden takes major trip to Europe, holds meetings with majort leaders



BERLIN - In his longest trip since the one to Asia months ago, former Vice President Joe Biden continued his role as a very activist Secretary of State and travelled across the European continent. Biden met with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Prime Minister Theresa May in London, Prime Minsiter Mark Rutte in Amsterdam, European Union leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk in Luxembourg, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome, and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. According to spokespeople, the discussions were very productive and included multilateral cooperation to combat climate change, a possible increase in trade between the U.S and the EU, and joint efforts to pressure the North Korean regime and finally destroy ISIS. But Biden's trip isn't done yet- the Secretary of State is set to depart to Moscow from Berlin now, where he will hold an important meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the shadow of tensions between the Obama administration and the Putin regime following alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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« Reply #84 on: May 16, 2018, 03:19:50 pm »
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August 25th, 2017

Biden concludes European trip after tense meeting with President Putin; flash environmental talks to begin soon



MOSCOW - Concluding his major European trip, Secretary of State Joe Biden arrived at Moscow to hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials. In the shadow of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, the meeting was considered important and was widely covered. According to spokespeople, Biden and Putin discussed cooperation against ISIS and pressure on North Korea, and Biden made the administration's environmental agenda a central part of the meeting, receiving Putin's support for starting a new, faster round of talks. The most complicated issue discussed was Syria, on which Biden demanded Russia stops the Assad regime from using chemical weapons and Putin denied that there was such use. Biden also repeated the Obama administration's disapproval of Russian actions in Ukraine, while Putin demanded the relaxation of sanctions. Upon his return to Washington, Secretary Biden announced one result of the trip- he achieved the consent of European leaders, as well as Russian, Chinese and Latin American leaders, for flash talks about a new environmental agreement "supplementing and strengthening the Paris Agreement". The negotiations will be held between the foreign ministers of the nations, and will be "much quicker" than the talks leading up to Paris because of broad agreement between the nations on most issues, as China increasingly begins to support a more environmentally friendly agenda. Additionally, according to rumours, President Putin was expected to expel U.S. diplomats as a response to sanctions and was dissuaded by Biden, preveting furtner deterioration of the Russo-American relations. The cost is likely to be a slight reduction in sanctions, in exchange for Russian cooperation on North Korea and climate change. The increased pressure for climate change action comes as the U.S. is struck by Hurricane Harvey, shaping up to be the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

August 29th, 2017

New York City mayoral race heats up as Obama-backed Shaun Donovan pushes against incumbent Bill de Blasio; Donald Trump Jr. favoured to win Republican nomination



NEW YORK CITY - The 2017 mayoral race in New York City was not expected to be very interesting- in a city turning more and more liberal in recent decades, and with President Obama very popular in the city, Republicans were not expected to put up a significant challenge to incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio. However, the challenge to de Blasio came from another direction- the President himself. Two months ago, Shaun Donovan, a close ally of Obama formally announced his intention to primary the NYC Mayor, who, with a problematic management of the city, holds falling, underwater approvals. Donovan, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, quickly gained traction, as his experience appealed to the political class in the city and gained him many endorsements, and his closeness to the popular President gained him grassroots support. Still, de Blasio is currently leading the polls and is expected to survive his reelection campaign. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, a surprising challenger has recently declared his intention to run- Donald J. Trump Jr., the colourful son of the even-more-colourful 2016 Republican nominee, is running a populist campaign, decrying de Blasio's "weak leadership" and making law-and-order a central theme. However, he's been striking a far more moderate tone than his father, virtually running as a liberal on social issues and a moderate on economic issues, with hawkish immigration and crime positions. He's favoured to win the Republican nomination, but it won't be a cakewalk, as he has a challenger- Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, running as a mainline conservative Republican, is calling Trump Jr. "a raging liberal" and a "woefully unelectable and incompetent candidate", pointing to Don Jr.'s father, Donald Trump, losing NYC to President Obama by a landslide margin. In the general election polls, Trump has been gaining, and some Democrats are afraid that a damaging primary and a tough environment might lose their candidate the race and bring Trump's son to the Mayoral Mansion.

New York City Mayoral Election (Democratic Primary)- Polling
Mayor Bill de Blasio*- 39%
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan- 33%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr- 7%
Fmr. Detective Bo Dietl- 2%
State Sen. Tony Avella- 2%
Fmr. City Councilman Sal Albanese- 1%
Undecided/Other- 16%

New York City Mayoral Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Businessman Donald Trump Jr- 41%
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis- 26%
Pastor Michel Faulkner- 9%
Businessman Rocky De La Fuente- 6%
Undecided/Other- 18%

New York City Mayoral Election (General Election)- Trump vs de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D)*- 48%
Businessman Donald Trump Jr- 35%
Undecided/Other- 17%

New York City Mayoral Election (General Election)- Trump vs Donovan
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan (D)- 51%
Businessman Donald Trump Jr- 33%
Undecided/Other- 18%

New York City Mayoral Election (General Election)- Malliotakis vs de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D)*- 47%
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis- 34%
Undecided/Other- 19%'

New York City Mayoral Election (General Election)- Malliotakis vs Donovan
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan (D)- 54%
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis- 27%
Undecided/Other- 21%

September 3rd, 2017

North Korea conducts sixth and most powerful missile test yet; Stavridis threatens action, Biden calls Chinese President



SEOUL - The North Korean regime appears to be taking bolder and bolder steps, increasingly the Obama administration. Today, the Kim Regime conducted a test of its most powerful missile yet, raising further security fears in South Korea, Japan and the U.S. itself. The Obama administration, however, seems determined not to show weakness, and has responded harshly- National Security Advisor James Stavridis made a direct threat against the Kim Regime, saying that if it continues threatening America or its allies, "we will be forced to act, and when we act, they will not know the tsunami coming for them, so I advise North Korea to start acting reasonably". Secretary of State Joe Biden, meanwhile, struck a more diplomatic but still firm tone, reporting that he has called the Chinese President to "demand that China makes it clear to the North Koreans that they can't continue threatening peace in eastern Asia". The North Korean issue seems likely to become the major foreign policy issues for the Obama administration in the coming months.

September 9th, 2017

Hurricane Irma hits, becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico



TAMPA - The second hurricane in a short span of time hits U.S. coasts from the south, and it's not expected to be the last. What is now known as Hurricane Irma swept over the Caribbean and affected several states in the south, especially Florida, but with less damage than expected- Governor Rick Scott (R-FL), whose handling of the crisis received praised as he cooperated with the Obama administration's disaster relief efforts, said that "we expected to see a lot more damage, and we're relieved that we didn't see it". Irma was extremely powerful at first, the strongest storm on record to exist in the open Atlantic region, and it caused major damage in Caribbean island-nations, but the U.S. appeared less affected. Still, President Obama traveled to Florida to observe the situation and the relief efforts, appearing in a show of unity with the state's Republican Governor and Democratic Senators, and even appeared serving food at a shelter.

September 13th, 2017

Donovan upsets de Blasio in New York City Democratic mayoral primary, earning another victory for Obamaworld



NEW YORK CITY - A major political victory for President Obama, and a huge shakeup in the New York City political scene, occured today. Shaun Donovan, Obama's former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Budget Director, has narrowly defeated incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York's Democratic mayoral primary. Donovan's victory is considered a major upset, as de Blasio had the city's powerful Democratic political machine behind him. However, pundits observe that the Mayor's defeat was caused by his unpopularity, combined with the fact that many important political players in the party didn't show up to support him, or outright opposed him- Obamaworld was strongly behind Donovan, progressive Democrats, such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the Our Revolution organization, refused to endorse a candidate despite de Blasio trying to position himself as the progressive in the race, New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, actively worked against the New York City Mayor, and even his traditional allies, the Clintons, who still hold considerable sway in the city's politics, didn't provide much support, only issuing a tepid endorsement of de Blasio two weeks before the primary. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump's son won with a large margin as expected, and will face Shaun Donovan in November. And, of course, Donald Trump the father himself didn't keep silent, loudly congratulating his son on twitter before attacking Donovan and the President.



However, Donovan is not considered particularly vulnerable against Trump Jr, considering he's a fresh face and virtually represents a President who holds strong approvals in the city.

New York City Mayoral Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan- 45.4% ✓
Mayor Bill de Blasio*- 42.8%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr- 4.9%
Fmr. Detective Bo Dietl- 2.3%
State Sen. Tony Avella- 1.5%
Fmr. City Councilman Sal Albanese- 0.6%
Other- 2.5% 14 left

New York City Mayoral Election (Republican Primary)- Results
Businessman Donald Trump Jr- 52.1% ✓
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis- 31.7%
Businessman Rocky De La Fuente- 10.4%
Pastor Michel Faulkner- 5.2%
Undecided/Other- 0.6%

New York City Mayoral Election- Polling
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan (D)- 53%
Businessman Donald Trump Jr- 34%
Undecided/Other- 13%

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« Reply #85 on: May 16, 2018, 04:29:50 pm »

Cool!
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« Reply #86 on: May 16, 2018, 05:00:02 pm »

Run Rand run!
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« Reply #87 on: May 16, 2018, 05:03:38 pm »


He'll definitely have a role, as you can see by his very vocal presence Wink

Also, important note: I forgot to mention McCain's brain cancer diagnosis, and it's an important piece of news which will have effect in this timeline, so I edited it in:

July 20th, 2017

BREAKING: Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer, set to begin treatment



PHOENIX - America has woken up to sad news today, as Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, a longtime Senator and a war hero, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive brain tumor. The news comes five days after McCain, 81, underwent a surgery to removea a blood clot above his left eye in the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona. McCain's spokespersons have announced that he will remain Senator for the forseeable future, and will undergo treatment for his cancer. Well-wishers came from accross the political map- Republicans and Democrats praised McCain and wished him full recovery. President Barack Obama, for example, said that McCain is "a hero and an extremely honourable man who I'm proud to have participated in the same election with", while Secretary of State Joe Biden wished McCain a quick recovery, calling him "a dear friend of mine".
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« Reply #88 on: May 16, 2018, 06:41:47 pm »

Those Virginia Gov. polls make it look like the Democrats aren't completely screwed in midterms... Really like this!
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« Reply #89 on: May 16, 2018, 07:19:52 pm »

Those Virginia Gov. polls make it look like the Democrats aren't completely screwed in midterms... Really like this!
That's the Charlottesville bump. Give it a couple weeks and it'll go back to normal levels.
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« Reply #90 on: May 17, 2018, 09:07:41 am »

I really like how this is going, New York will be fun to see!
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« Reply #91 on: May 17, 2018, 10:06:35 am »

September 22nd, 2017

Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in full force; Obama administration approves massive aid package



SAN JUAN - Another hurricane has swept through the Caribbean Sea, this time hitting Puerto Rico, a major U.S. territory, in full force. The damage was huge- dozens of deaths were reported, in addition to damage to property and infaustracture worth hundreds of millions, and harsh humanitarian conditions including widespread electric shortages, food shortages and many cases of hypothermia. President Obama urged congress to quickly pass a major package to aid the territory, and it happened in less than two days- a massive package of hundreds of millions was passed through congress, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as Republican leaders who joined the bipartisan effort, were praised for the quick package. FEMA and army forces were deployed to aid the relief efforts, and today even President Obama himself made the journey to San Juan, Puerto Rico, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Tammy Baldwin and Health and Human Services Secretary Howard Dean. Obama appeared with the city's popular mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, before a crowd of Puerto Ricans, and observed the relief efforts. The President's handling of the recent hurricanes was widely praised, and with the national spotlight turned to consensus issues such as natural disasters and North Korean agression, his approvals are seeing a considerable rise. This is worrying for Republicans, so close to the first test of their attempt at a wave in 2018- the Virginia Gubernatorial election, where their nominee, Ed Gillespie, has been struggling to keep up with Democrat Tom Perriello.

President Obama Job Approval
Approve- 56%  (+3)
Disapprove- 37%  (-2)
Not Sure- 5%  (-1)

New Jersey Gubernatorial Election, 2017- General Election Polling
Fmr. Ambassador Phil Murphy- 54%
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno- 37%
Undecided- 9%

New York City Mayoral Election, 2017- Polling
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan (D)- 55%
Businessman Donald Trump Jr- 34%
Undecided/Other- 11%

Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2017- General Election Polling
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello - 49%
Fmr. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie- 45%
Undecided- 6%

September 24th, 2017

Merkel wins uneasy victory in German Federal election, alliance with FDP likely



BERLING - The bad news for Chancellor Angela Merkel is that she lost 49 Bundestag Seats in last night's German Federal Election. The good news? Her main rival, SPD's Martin Schulz, lost even more. After an intensive election season, Germans made their choice known, and chose to let Angela Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) retain a plurality of the parliament seats, despite heavy losses. Both major parties- the CDU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD)- have bled a large number of seats, over a hundred, to the smaller parties. These parties, which will take up over half of the Bundestag, have all gained seats, but some performed better and some were disappointed by the results. The trend of declining performances for far-right parties following the landslide election loss of Donald Trump in 2016 seems to continue, as the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party could not become the third biggest party as they had hoped, and will instead have to settle on fourth place. Meanwhile, the Left Party managed to gain an impressive number of seats from the declining SPD, while the Greens gained a disappointing number of two seats only. The real winners of the election came third- Christian Lindner's Free Democratic Party (FDP) managed to present themselves as the alternative to the disappointing major party's, as many voters were turned off by the radical politics of the AfD and the Left, and by the Greens' overly-liberal immigration views. From no seats at all due to not passing the thershold in the last election, FDP became the third biggest party in the Bundestag. Now, with Schulz refusing to commit the SPD to another national coalition, the centrist, pro-EU Lindner has become the kingmaker, and will likely be Merkel's partner in the next government, with significant leeway in the negotiations to come- together, the CDU and FDP make up 362 Seats, a narrow but sufficient majority.

German Federal Election, 2017
Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (Angela Merkel)- 262 Seats  (-49)
Social Democratic Party (Martin Schulz)- 135 Seats  (-58)
Free Democratic Party (Christian Lindner)- 97 Seats  (+97)
Alternative for Germany (Alice Weidel & Alexander Gauland)- 79 Seats  (+79)
The Left (Sahra Wagenknecht & Dietmar Bartsch)- 71 Seats  (+7)
Alliance 90/The Greens (Katrin Göring-Eckardt & Cem Özdemir)- 65 Seats  (+2)

October 2nd, 2017

Mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada kills fifty-eight people to become deadliest shooting by lone gunman in U.S. history; Obama, Democrats calls for gun control



LAS VEGAS - Tragedy struck the U.S. yesterday night, when a gunman opened heavy fire on a large crowd of concertgoers attending a musical festival. The attack left 58 people dead and 851 injured, making it the single deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in American history, surpassing the Orlando Nightclub shooting last year. The shooter, 64-years-old Stephen Paddock, whose motive is unknown as of now and who commited suicide after the act, used semi automatic rifles equipped with bump fire stocks- making them fire at a rate similar to that of a fully automatic rifle. Following the shooting, Democrats begun calling for gun control measures, including the banning of bump stocks, with President Obama saying that "action must be taken to prevent such horrible tragedies in the future" and Speaker Pelosi calling her colleagues to "get [their] act together and start passing meaningful reforms". The Democrats found an unlikely ally on this issue- Brian Sandoval, Nevada's Republican Governor rumoured to be considering a Senate run in 2018, has officially announced his support for a bill banning bump stocks which already begun making its way through the state's legislature.

October 5th, 2017

Feinstein, Collins introduce bumpstock ban in Senate; Obama urges congress to pass bill



WASHINGTON, D.C - Several days after the Las Vegas shooting, with the national mood souring on gun control activists, the first sign of action appeared on Capitol Hill. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have officially drafted a bill that will regulate bump stocks just like all other fully automatic weapons- which means that bump stocks will be banned for civilian use, with heavy sanctions for those who try to sell them to customers without a license. President Obama immediatley announced his support for the bill, calling it "an important first step", and urged congress to pass it swiftly. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined the call, promising to "work hard on ushering this through the Senate as quickly as possible". But conservative Republicans were less supportive, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) calling the bill "an atrocious and unnecessary attack on the second amendment". The measure is expected to face a rock road ahead, with some Democrats from conservative-leaning states likely to oppose it, and Senators Paul and Cruz (R-TX) already promising to filibuster it, meaning that it will have to win at leasy 60 votes in the Senate.

October 11th, 2017

Biden, Gore meet with global leaders, renewed environmental flash talks begin in Paris



PARIS - Accompanied by EPA Administrator and former Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Joe Biden has arrived to Paris, France today to begin the first round of negotiations for a new multileteral climate deal with Foreign Affairs Ministers from many important countries. The new talks are expected to be quick and to result in an agreement that bolsters and strengthens the Paris Agreement rather than a brand new one. In a busy day, Biden held meetings with many important figures- Nicolas Hulot, French Minister of the Ecology and Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sir Vince Cable, new Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and British Minister of Foreign Affairs following the Conservative-Social Democratic coalition after the last election, and Michael Gove, British Minister of the Environment; Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Wang Yi, China's Foreign Affairs Minister; Angelino Alfano, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Aloysio Nunes, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Minister; and others. According to spokespersons, the main issues in the talks were similar environmental laws agreed to be passed by all the involved governments in each individual country, as well as ways to bolster the Paris Agreement and increase its efficiency in halting climate change.

October 17th, 2017

In a major setback for the Obama administration's agenda, bumpstock bill fails in the Senate



WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's third term agenda, so far advancing fairly smoothly, has received a major blow today, as the bill banning bump stocks for civilian use, introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to bypass a determined filibuster in the Senate. While the bill did gain support from several moderate Republicans, namely Susan Collins (R-ME), one of its main sponsors, Joe Heck (R-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ), it also received opposition in a group of Democrats from conservative-leaning states- Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), who participated in the filibuster against it, Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The opposition of these Democrats, as well as most Republicans, ended the chances for the bump stock ban's passage. Asked for the reasons to their votes, Senator Manchin said that the bill was "an unnecessary restriction on the Second Amendment that would not help anyone", and Senator McCaskill reasoned that it would "do an injustice to a great many good, law-abiding citizens in Missouri and elsewhere". Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a notable gun control advocate, expressed his disappointment that congress could not pass "common sense reforms that harm nobody and could potentially save many lives" despite Democratic majorities, while others seemed to get increasingly pessimistic after even the national mood following the Las Vegas shooting couldn't push gun control through, with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings saying that he does not believe "common sense gun restrictions will be passed in the coming years if this trend goes on". Asked for a comment on the bill's failure, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President Obama was "very disappointed", but that the administration's eyes were already set on their next focus- combating climate change.
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« Reply #92 on: May 17, 2018, 04:26:47 pm »

DAMN IT MANCHIN
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« Reply #93 on: May 17, 2018, 09:45:45 pm »

The FDP rising into 3rd makes me very happy Tongue
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« Reply #94 on: May 17, 2018, 09:58:42 pm »

Why not just ban bump stocks via executive order?
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« Reply #95 on: May 18, 2018, 04:48:25 am »

Why not just ban bump stocks via executive order?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nepg69ysfTI
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« Reply #96 on: May 18, 2018, 05:56:19 am »

October 21st, 2017

As mayoral race between Obama ally, Trump son approaches finish line, 2016 campaign is repeated in New York City



NEW YORK CITY - With the November elections less than three weeks away, New York City's mayoral race is heating up, and it's shaping up to be especially interesting. Businessman Donald Trump Jr., son of the 2016 Republican nominee, is running an insurgent, populist campaign endorsed by the state's Republican and Conservative parties, and is campaigning as a social and economic moderate, while taking after his father's campaign flanks as an immigration and law-and-order hawk. Meanwhile, Shaun Donovan, a close Obama ally who served under him as Budget Director and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is heavily favoured in the Democratic-leaning city where the President is very popular. Trump has been releasing scathing attacks on his opponent, dubbing him "a low-energy puppet of a corrupt President" and positioning himself as the only one "standing between the corrupt Democratic political machine and the power they want", promising to "drain the swamp" if elected. He has been joined by his father, who called New Yorkers to vote for his son and repeatedly launched into Tweeter attacks similar to his style during the 2016 campaign.



Meanwhile, Donovan had an ally of his own campaign for him- President Obama, who dismissed the Republican nominee as "a joke and an old face New Yorkers are tired of seeing and rejected en-masse last November". The former HUD Secretary echoed the President's sentiments, saying that he represents "clean, competent politics against the corrupt and shady dealings of my opponent." Additionally, Donovan rejected the claim that he would be the President's puppet, claiming that he will be "a mayor for New Yorkers from New Yorkers" and deflecting the attack by calling Trump Jr. "a lightweight who would just be his father's puppet". Political observers have curiously noted that this dynamic seems to repeat the 2016 Presidential race, when Obama and Trump were running against each other, but in the minimized stage of New York City- so far, it looks like the President is heading for another victory against the man who started a political career by trying to delegitimize him.

New York City Mayoral Election, 2017- Polling
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan (D)- 50%
Businessman Donald Trump Jr (R)- 41%
Undecided/Other- 9%

October 29th, 2017

Virginia Gubernatorial race a dead heat, Murphy decisively leading in New Jersey



NORFOLK - Though the New York City proxy war between the 2016 major party nominees has been sucking up a great deal of attention, two more consequential races are about to reach their conclusion- the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. In New Jersey, outgoing Governor and 2016 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Chris Christie is deeply unpopular after a bunch of scandals, government shutdowns and tasteless gaffes, sinking him to a shockingly low 15% approval rating, a huge decline for a former rising star who once held an approval of 80% in the state. Thus, it's unsurprising that, despite her attempts to distance herself from him and run for the governorship as a fresh, moderate Republican, Christie's Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno is far behind the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, former Ambassador to Germany and Goldman Sachs employee Phil Murphy. Running as a progressive and rejecting that his past will influence his policies, Murphy seems almost assured victory in the state, where President Obama is popular and Christie is a heavy weight on Guadagno's ankles.

New Jersey Gubernatorial Election, 2017- General Election Polling
Fmr. Ambassador Phil Murphy (D)- 52%
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R)- 40%
Undecided- 8%

But in the other race, the Virginia gubernatorial election, the situation is much closer. The Democratic nominee, fmr. Rep. Tom Perriello, another close Obama ally, is running a strong campaign after upsetting Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in the primary. However, the national environment naturally favours Republicans, and the enthusiasm of his party's activists seems to be propelling former RNC Chairman and Republican nominee Ed Gillespie up in the polls, making it essentially a dead heat, with Perriello only narrowly in the lead. Both parties are heavily investing in this race and marking it as an important landmark before the 2018 midterms- Republicans like House Minority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI), former Governor and later Senator George Allen (R-VA), 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney (R-MA), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor John Kasich (R-OH), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and others came to campaign with and for Gillespie in an attempt to rally the base for him and appeal to independents. Meanwhile, Democrats deployed their heaviest guns with local politicians like popular Governor Terry McAuliffe, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and former Senator Chuck Robb, as well as national politics like Vice President Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jason Kander (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Jason Carter (D-GA) and, of course, President Barack Obama himself. Democrats have high hopes of keeping the governor's mansion in the state to help prevent another midterm disaster.

Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2017- General Election Polling
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D)- 48%
Fmr. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie (R)- 47%
Undecided- 5%

November 3rd, 2017

Al Gore arrives at Capitol Hill again, reportedly seeks to form bipartisan group of Senators to help draft environmental bill



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Vice President Al Gore continues being one of the most activist Environmental Protection Agencies to date, and is now reportedly working on forming a bipartisan group of Senators, that pundits now dub "An Inconvenient Gang". The group of lawmakers will work with Gore to draft a comprehensive, ambitious environmental bill that will combat climate change and promote green sources of energy, with the hope that the bipartisan manner of its drafting will allow it to achieve consensus in Congress. This is yet another result of Secretary Biden's work in Paris, where he agreed with several high-profile Foreign Affairs Ministers that they will work on passing such a bill in each of their respective states, thus creating a balance between the Paris partners and preventing, in Biden's words, "a situation where just a few more countries pass such laws, and rightfully feel like the rest don't pay their fair share to the combined efforts." According to sources on the Hill, Gore interviewed a large number of Senators from both parties to decide who will join the Inconvinient Gang and work with him on the climate change bill. In his long day on Capitol Hill, from morning to evening, Gore was constantly busy with his interviews, displaying impressive political capital as Senators pilgrimaged to his rented office in impressive numbers, especially Democrats, who were seemingly eager to join the high-profile environmental effort. The ailing Senator John McCain blessed the efforts as "the bipartisanship I want to see in the Senate", but took himself out of considerations due to his lack of availability. Gore is expected to make his decision in the coming weeks and start working on the draft of the ambitious bill.

Senators interviewed by EPA Administrator Al Gore to potentially join the Inconvinient Gang:
Democrats
  • Jason Kander (D-MO)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • Evan Bayh (D-IN)
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
  • Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Kamala Harris (D-CA)
  • Jason Carter (D-GA)
  • Betty Sutton (D-OH)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Gwen Graham (D-FL)
  • Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
  • Tom Vilsack (D-IA)
  • Russ Feingold (D-WI)
  • Amy Klobucher (D-MN)
  • Al Franken (D-MN)
  • Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA)
  • Joe Sestak (D-PA)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Angus King (I-ME)
  • Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Republicans
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Joe Heck (R-NV)
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • Cory Gardener (R-CO)
  • John Thune (R-SD)
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Ben Sasse (R-NE)
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • John Neely Kennedy (R-LA)
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
  • Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Bob Corker (R-TN)

November 7th, 2017

ELECTION NIGHT 2017: Perriello wins Virginia governorship by surprisingly strong margin; Murphy coasts to New Jersey governor's mansion; Donovan defeats Trump Jr. to become next NYC Mayor



RICHMOND - Several major elections finally came to their conclusion in election night 2017- and the President's party can celebrate an important electoral victory. All three closely-watched elections resulted in a Democratic victory, with new governors for Virginia and New Jersey, as well as a New York City mayor allied to the President, being elected from their party against high-profile Republican challengers. In New Jersey, the least watched race tonight, former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, the Democrat, easily defeated Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, the Republican, who was bogged down by the deeply unpopular Governor Chris Christie, with a healthy margin of over 12%. Meanwhile, in New York City, Donald Trump Jr, the son of the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee, was unable to win the upset he was hoping for, and was instead trounced by former HUD Secretary and Obama ally Shaun Donovan, by an impressive 10% margin. But the biggest race tonight, expected to be the closest, was no doubt the Virginia gubernatorial election. There, the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, outperformed the polls and defeated the Republican nominee, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillsepie, by over 4%. This is despite Gillespie being considered a strong candidate after nearly beating popular Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) in 2014, a divisive Democratic primary setting different segements of the Democratic Party against each other, and the national environment, usually favouring the opposition party. Thus, Virginia was definitely the biggest surprise of the night, as Democrats easily won the Governor's Mansion and made impressive gains in the state's House of Delegates, showing that the state might just be getting more and more Democratic. President Obama congratulated the victors, calling them "good friends and advisors who will be the best executives possible for their constituents", while the new Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA), said that the people of Virginia, New Jersey and New York "have proved the pundits wrong and showed their support for the President's progressive agenda". Now, the two parties brace for their biggest test since the 2016 election- the 2018 midterms, where Democrats afraid of large losses will try to look at 2017 and tell themselves there's a place for optimism.

New Jersey Gubernatorial Election, 2017 (99% Reporting)- DEMOCRATIC GAIN
Fmr. Ambassador Phil Murphy (D)- 55.4% ✓
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R)- 43.3%
Others- 1.3%

New York City Mayoral Election, 2017 (100% Reporting)- DEMOCRATIC HOLD
Fmr. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan (D)- 52.6% ✓
Businessman Donald Trump Jr (R)- 42.2%
Fmr. City Councilman Sal Albanese (RE)- 2.5%
Others- 2.7%

Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2017 (99% Reporting)- DEMOCRATIC HOLD
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D)- 51.4% ✓
Fmr. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie (R)- 46.8%
Attorney Clifford Hyra (L)- 1.7%
Write-in- 0.1%
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« Reply #97 on: May 18, 2018, 09:39:41 am »

Now Don Jr. can go back to his true love, killing elephants
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« Reply #98 on: May 18, 2018, 09:40:18 am »

GOVERNOR PERRIELLO!!!
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« Reply #99 on: May 18, 2018, 12:34:50 pm »

Senator Tom Kean Jr. please! Cheesy
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