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January 7, 2019

What is Worse Than Clinton or Sanders Running Again?


Washington Post
When word oozed out last month that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders might be considering another run for the presidency, I admit my first thought was “Nothing could be worse.”
I voted for Clinton, and I think she’d make a good president, but … you know. Last time around, she somehow managed to lose to a guy who had the maturity of a petulant adolescent, the temper of Yosemite Sam, the bluster of Foghorn Leghorn, the sensitivity of a burlap condom and the nastiness of an enraged honey badger, and physically resembled a Baby Huey pear-shaped punching bag. And Bernie Sanders — well, he had lost to the person who had lost to that guy.
But then I second-guessed myself. After canvassing some friends, I decided I was being unfair: There are lots of ideas worse than a Clinton or Sanders candidacy:
"Carbonated chicken soup"
“Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road Day”
"Replace the seventh-inning stretch with … nap time"
"Stormy/Trump: The Porno!"
"Trump in Russia: The Porno!"
"Habanero enemas."
"Seeing-eye rhinoceroses."

"Gefilte fish ice cream."  ⏬
                    Image result for "Gefilte fish ice cream."

October 24, 2018

On FL. Mayor of Tallahassee Gillum Disagrees :" No Trump is Not a Good Role Model for Children"

On Race for Governor: Mayor Andrew Gillum 54% to 42% GOP DeSantis 

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 DeSantis Left, Gillum Right

Washington (CNN)Former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic challenger in the Florida gubernatorial race, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, offered starkly different takes Sunday on whether President Donald Trump is a good role model for children.
At a CNN debate moderated by Jake Tapper, DeSantis, a former member of the House of Representatives and a Trump supporter, was asked if he considered the President a good role model for children in light of a campaign ad that featured him reading Trump's "The Art of the Deal" to his son. DeSantis wrote the ad off as a joke, saying that the book isn't necessarily his son's "cup of tea." 
Instead, he said, the President's fulfillment of a key campaign promise demonstrates his ability to be a good role model. 
"Every president for 25 years has promised that on the campaign trail," he said of Trump moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "Once in office, they didn't do it. Donald Trump promised it, and he followed through with it. And so to me, when you give your word, and you follow through with it as an elected official, that is the model that we're supposed to do." 
    "He was right to move the embassy to Jerusalem ... to me, that was true leadership," he told Tapper. 
    DeSantis and Gillum spar over race, Trump in contentious Florida governor debate
    DeSantis and Gillum spar over race, Trump in contentious Florida governor debate 
    Gillum, who has called for the impeachment of Trump, appeared to be amused by the question. 
    "I'm confused by the question," he said to Tapper with a puzzled face. 
    "The question was whether or not he thinks President Trump is a good role model for the children of Florida." 
    "Oh, that's what I thought. Originally I got confused," he said, laughing along with members of the audience. 
    "So, no, he's not. Donald Trump is weak. And he performs as all weak people do," Gillum said. "They become bullies. And Mr. DeSantis is his acolyte. He's trying out to be the Trump apprentice." 
    Gillum said that if he were elected, his opinions on the President wouldn't impact a decision to accept federal funds for the state. 
      DeSantis also said that he would work with Trump if he were elected. 
      "I'm not going to be involved in the Washington food fight anymore. I've been there, done that, got the T-shirt," he said. "But I think I will be better positioned to advance Florida's priorities because I have a productive relationship with the administration."

      October 4, 2018

      Beto O'Rourke is Dazzling The Democrats

       Beto is taken for his own what was considered a secured seat for GOP Texas but it really wasn't. All it needed was the right candidate. Take a look at this Cuban-something. I'm not even sure because for a while he tried to pass as totally Anglican even change his name. Ted Cruz, it's even just a big balloon of hot air and it's been one since he came to Congress with the Tea Baggers. Besides preaching for immigration what else has he done? He barely got his snake boots wet during the stormwater floods. The only place you find him is when there is something national that he can talk about because that is something he does well, talk. But he preached Texas and Texas needed both Senators to be if only verbally to be working for the state. Afraid to lose a seat in the Senate the RNC always came thru with help and money. But Having someone with ideas not just talk, someone real not just someone made up to look like a good worker for the people, that is all Texas needed and it seems is getting it.

      A rising star in the Democratic Party could pull off an unlikely victory in the upcoming US mid-term elections by unseating a big-name Republican in the traditionally conservative state of Texas.
      O'Rourke supporters
      Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke is bouncing on a small stage in Edinburg, waving his arms wildly, all 6ft 4ins (193cm) of his gangly frame crackling with energy.
      His toes are well over the edge of the boards and his suede shoes are soaking up dark splashes of sweat from his brow.
      Mr. O'Rourke, who has represented El Paso and its surrounds in the US House of Representatives since 2013, is running for the Senate - and you can't fault him for effort.
      "Everyone is welcome," he smiles to the packed audience, insisting that the invitation even extends to "the dude in the Make America Great Again cap".
      For today at least, the offer is rhetorical. 
      There are no red-and-white Donald Trump hats in sight and, one suspects, precious few anywhere in Hidalgo County, where Edinburg bakes in the Rio Grande Valley, just north of the Mexican border. 
      This is deeply Hispanic, deeply Democratic territory. You can spend a long time here before you hear a word of English.
      While Texas voted for Mr Trump as president in 2016 by 52% to Hillary Clinton's 43%, Hidalgo County went for the Democrat by 68% to 28%.
      Mr O'Rourke may not have Latin roots but he is fluent in Spanish and he leans heavily on his "Beto" nickname - a common contraction of Roberto - which he picked up as a child in El Paso.
      But the congressman is not only campaigning on favorable ground. He has spent much of the past year crisscrossing Texas, boasting that he has visited all 254 of its counties. It appears that he is following a twin-track strategy, enthusing his left-wing base by calling for reform of criminal justice and immigration laws while also trying to attract disillusioned Trump supporters by promising improved education and universal healthcare - and appealing to both groups by accusing the White House of lavishing a giant tax cut on millionaires at the expense of ordinary Americans.
      The biggest cheers come when he vows to end the nexus between politics and big business, to drain the swamp if you will.
      He is almost drowned out as he looks out at the audience and declares "I see people instead of corporations! I see people instead of special interests!"
      Mr. O'Rourke's passionate delivery along with his good looks and background as a skateboarder and a punk rocker has endeared him to liberals across the country, earning flattering comparisons with another Irish-American, that hero of modern American liberalism Bobby Kennedy.

      Mr O'Rourke held a campaign concert with famed country musician Willie NelsonImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
      Image captionA huge crowd topping 50,000 greeted him and Willie Nelson

      Mr O'Rourke has said he is "open to" replacing the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), he favours tightening restrictions on guns and has said he would vote to impeach President Trump.
      On Saturday, he took to the stage in the left-leaning state capital Austin with the country music legend Willie Nelson, briefly joining in on the chorus of On the Road Again. Tens of thousands of Texans flocked to watch.
      Mr O'Rourke's speech was described by the Dallas Morning News as "impassioned" and "brimming with his trademark optimism." 
      "We will be defined not by our fears - when we allow that to happen we build walls, we ban people based on their religion, we describe the press as the enemy of the people," he said, rebuking President Trump.
      "We should be defined by our ambitions, our aspirations."
      Mr O'Rourke has benefited from a flurry of small donations from all over the United States, raising millions of dollars more than his rival in a race which may help determine who controls Congress for the next two years of the Trump presidency.
      The Democrats are favored to win control of the House of Representatives but are in a much tougher battle for the Senate, where they need a net gain of two seats but are defending 10 seats in states which Mr. Trump won in 2016.
      The man trying to fight off this challenge is Ted Cruz, a former (and perhaps future) presidential candidate who ran Mr. Trump close for the Republican nomination in 2016. 
      Mr Cruz is in many ways the opposite of his rival, an astute lawyer with a studied, precise delivery and a bête noir of the left who is also infamous for attracting the enmity of some Republican colleagues in Washington.
      Yet with his campaign slogan "Tough as Texas", he epitomizes the strong streak of conservative self-reliance which runs through the heart of this vast rural state, as much a part of its identity as cowboy boots and barbecue sauce. 
      He should be strolling towards re-election.

      Cruz and O'Rourke debateImage copyrightPOOL
      Image captionCruz is a darling of the evangelical wing of the Republican Party

      Either way, in Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, in the north-west of the state, Mr Cruz isn't taking any chances.
      He spends most of his stump speech lambasting Mr O'Rourke whom he accuses of taking "radical" positions on drugs, policing, immigration and the right to bear arms.
      Mr Cruz punctuates his criticism with the crowd-pleasing phrase "and that ain't Texas!"
      "This is a debate between two approaches," he tells his overwhelmingly white audience, "between socialism and the American free enterprise system. Between tyranny and liberty... between the crazy left wing and the great people of the state of Texas."
      That draws a big cheer. Here they love the style of the man in the ostrich skin boots.

      Mr Cruz's ostrich skin boots were regularly seen during stump speeches during his 2016 presidential campaignImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

      When asked what he likes about the senator, one member of the crowd, Monti Bandiber replies with just three words - "his conservative values".
      "I just really like his morals," says another supporter, Lyn Vandiver. "I think he's a very Christian man. And that's the most important thing to me."
      By contrast, she regards Mr O'Rourke as "a liar" both for his account of the events around a youthful conviction for drink driving and in the way he has spoken about his support for black athletes who kneel at sporting events during the national anthem to protest against police violence and racial inequality.
      This stress on morality is interesting given the identity of the current president, a man who was heard bragging that he can force himself on women because of his fame.
      Ms Vandiver is not fond of Mr Trump personally, well aware that Mr Cruz exchanged insults with the New York property tycoon during the presidential campaign, calling him a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral," and "a serial philanderer" among other things.
      Now the Texan senator is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Mr Trump's dominance of his party is such that a Republican candidate cannot be rude about him and expect grassroots support.
      And so Mr Cruz finds himself praising the president and his policies, swallowing a dollop of hypocrisy mixed with a measure of humiliation.
      It is another reason why he is spending as much time as possible attacking Mr O'Rourke as "a socialist", a dirty word in much of the US and particularly in Texas, which prides itself on a disdain for government.
      When I point out to Mr Cruz that his opponent hasn't actually advocated state ownership of the means of production - a widely accepted definition of socialism - the senator shoots back "he supports socialized medicine".
      The senator adds that "as Margaret Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money".
      Intriguingly when I ask Mr O'Rourke the same question - do you support common ownership of the means of production, he is coy. 
      It is hard to think of another mainstream US politician who would answer with anything other than the word "no". But even given several chances, Mr O'Rourke does not disavow socialism as a creed, instead insisting "the party labels just do not matter anymore. I'm convinced of it. It's not Republican or Democrat. It's Texan and American and that's what we're standing for in this campaign".
      "Investing in the ability for everyone to be well enough to live to their full potential," does not need a label, he says, adding "it's also the most fiscally conservative thing possible".
      Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, says Mr. O'Rourke is "well to the left" of other Texan Democrats and yet is managing to sound more moderate.
      Prof Wilson says it will be interesting to see whether voters are "more interested in someone who has a conciliatory style" or "in evaluating the ideological substance of the positions".

      A trucks sponsored by a pro-Democrat group features a Trump tweet critical of Mr CruzImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
      Image captionA trucks sponsored by a pro-Democrat group features a Trump tweet critical of Mr Cruz

      In the Dallas suburb of Deep Ellum, there are plenty of young people who are interested in both.
      In The Three Links, which offers drinkers the chance to try their hand at punk karaoke (we are treated to a decent rendition of Kids in America), supporters of Beto O'Rourke gathered to watch the two candidates go head to head in a televised debate.
      "You can't go a mile in Dallas without seeing Beto signs," said Chris Cude, 29, a lawyer. "They're attracting people who want to be a part of it. He associates with a younger, more adaptable, accepting, millennial crowd."
      Sunny Gruber, 30, a technology worker said she too had noticed a profusion of black and white Beto signs in the city and "a lot of folks campaigning for Beto" whose campaign she describes as "really invigorating and exciting for America".

      Cruz supporters snap a selfie ahead of the September debateImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
      Image captionCruz supporters snap a selfie ahead of the September debate

      Success in the big cities of Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio is one thing but Mr O'Rourke faces a formidable challenge if he wants to win over rural voters too.
      Whereas Ted Cruz plays on fears about the impact of a Democratic Senate victory in Texas, comparing his challenger unfavorably to the democratic socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke is projecting a message of hope, trying to tap into the same disenchantment which propelled Mr. Trump into the White House.
      Mr. O'Rourke's task remains very tough. 
      For years, Democrats have been waking up disappointed from dreams of victory in Texas, where they haven't won a US Senate seat in 30 years.
      Still, Texas is changing, becoming more urban and less white, and assuming Mr. O'Rourke can generate a high turnout among his base, a liberal victory in the Lone Star State no longer looks impossible, which in itself is pretty remarkable. 

      September 6, 2018

      Politics Upside Down: LGBTQ Support Used As A Wedge Against Anti Gay Pols in Red States



      , USA TODAY

      When Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly was elected to the Senate in 2012, he asserted that marriage is between a man and a woman. But as the endangered Democrat campaigns for re-election, Donnelly is touting his support for gay rights.
      “Joe is proud to stand with LGBTQ Hoosiers,” his campaign said in a fundraising appeal in June that led with a photo of Donnelly marching in the Cadillac Barbie Indiana Pride Parade.
      Donnelly is not the only red-state Democrat who went from opposing same-sex marriage in 2012 to viewing it as an issue that could help boost him over the finish line this year.
      Others include North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and Montana’s Jon Tester. They represent the unity the party now has on gay rights, which still divide Republicans.
      "We must end discrimination in any form," Heitkamp said in June in a  tweet that included a photo of her with the message "NO H8" written on her cheek.  
      In a midterm election in which Democrats have more Senate seats to defend – including several in “Trump states” – vulnerable Democrats like Heitkamp could benefit from the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement. A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office. And the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has significantly expanded its grassroots activity in an effort to “pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence administration’s hate-fueled agenda.”
      Top-priority states are Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin –mostly swing states that play a big role in presidential elections as well as having Senate, gubernatorial or other important races this year.
      But even red-state Democrats could benefit from HRC’s effort to identify – and target – millions of “equality” voters across the country who are more likely than others to support “pro-LGBTQ policies” and to oppose candidates who don’t.
      The group has identified more than 500,000 sympathetic voters in Indiana and Missouri, for example, and nearly 100,000 in Montana.
      “LGBTQ people do not just live in New York and L.A.,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC’s senior vice president for policy and political affairs. “We live all over this beautiful country.” 
      Donnelly, Heitkamp, Tester and other Democratic senators switched their positions on same-sex marriage in 2013 as the Supreme Court began considering the question.
      “I’m proud to support marriage equality because no one should be able to tell a Montanan or any American who they can love and who they can marry,” Tester wrote on Facebook in March 2013. In the 2012 campaign, Tester had said that while he backed civil unions for committed same-sex couples, “in Montana, marriage is between one man and one woman.”
      “This is an issue that in the last 20 years has seen such a shift legally, a shift politically, and just a shift in public opinion,” said Paul Helmke, an Indiana University civics professor and former GOP officeholder. “The politicians were trying to catch up with the courts as much as anything.”
      Only 37 percent of the public supported allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally in 2007, compared with 62 percent who did in 2017, after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry, according to the Pew Research Center.
      Among Republicans, however, opinion is still nearly evenly divided. The reasons are a combination of age and religion, said Geoffrey Layman, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame who has written a book about religious and cultural conflicts in party politics.
      “Older people and more religious people tend to be less supportive of same-sex marriage, and the Republican coalition is both older and more religious,” Layman said.

      In fact, as Donnelly marched in the Indianapolis gay pride parade this summer, Indiana Republicans were fighting over whether the party should continue to back marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.”
      Mike Braun, the Republican hoping to knock off Donnelly this fall, joined social conservatives in fending off a change to the language included in the party's platform when Vice President Mike Pence was governor.
      “There was an overwhelming part of the party that wanted to stick with traditional marriage,” Braun said in an interview recently.
      Around the same time, Log Cabin Republicans in Texas succeeded in removing from the state GOP platform language calling homosexuality a “chosen behavior that ... must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle.” But the party continues to define marriage as a “God-ordained, legal, and moral commitment only between one natural man and one natural woman.”
      Still, Gregory Angelo, the national president of Log Cabin Republicans, said that while there remains a difference of opinion in the party, there is a consensus that opposition to same-sex marriage as the centerpiece of someone’s campaign is no longer a winning strategy.
      The larger problem for Republicans, he said, is that even if the issue is not front-and-center in elections, voters – especially younger ones – still look to a candidate's positions on equality  as a “cultural litmus test that can provide greater insight into where a candidate’s heart and conscience really lies.”
      “What you’re seeing in 2018 is Democratic candidates who are using their support for the LGBT community as a wedge issue to drive supporters to the voting booth,” he said, “and to vilify Republicans who oppose them.”

      August 7, 2018

      There is a Larger Wave Than Ever of LGBT Candidates Running For Political Office in The US

      A record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates are running for office in November, as the Trump administration and state-level politicians have moved to roll back some legal protections. 

      Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a top congressional primary in Kansas on Tuesday, is a lesbian and Native American who wants "L.G.B.T. people sitting in the room while decisions are being made."CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times
      By Liam Stack and Catie Edmondson

      KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a key congressional primary election on Tuesday, finished a White House fellowship in the early months of the Trump administration. As a lesbian and a Native American, she became convinced that hard-won progress on issues like gay rights and the environment would erode under Mr. Trump, and thought Kansans in her district might support her as a counterforce to the president.

      ​”We had to focus on getting more people elected to decision-making positions because that’s the way that we offset someone who wants to destroy the E.P.A. being appointed to run the E.P.A,” she said, referring to Scott Pruitt, Mr. Trump’s now-departed agency administrator.

      Ms. Davids is among more than 400 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender candidates running for office this year — a record number, according to groups that track such data. Most are Democrats, and several are mounting anti-Trump congressional bids with a message broader than gay rights. Ms. Davids says she talks mostly about issues like health care and only had one exchange with a voter who questioned whether a gay person could win.

      Around half of these candidates are running for state offices, a priority for activists who say many of the most important civil rights battles are happening close to home. In 2017, more than 120 bills described as “anti-L.G.B.T.” were introduced across 30 states, including adoption laws and so-called bathroom bills, according to the Human Rights Campaign. By January, 12 of them had become law. 

      “We have seen a clear correlation between the presence of our legislators and passage of that legislation,” said Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston and the chief executive of the L.G.B.T.Q. Victory Institute, a bipartisan group that tracks and supports gay and transgender candidates.

      Ms. Davids and other candidates are also pursuing a new kind of political strategy that treats sexuality, race, and gender as campaign assets that intersect with their criticism of Mr. Trump, their warnings about lost progress on civil rights, and their policy ideas. 

      Like many racial minority or female candidates this year, many L.G.B.T. candidates are aiming to appeal to broader audiences than campaigns of the past, when gay candidates often ran in predominantly gay areas and tailored their pitches to those communities. Today, L.G.B.T. candidates might tout a law enforcement background to appeal to the political center or campaign with their spouses and children to underscore an interest in policy issues important to parents. 

      The Districts Are Mostly White. The Candidates Are Not.  
      “I am sure there are going to be older people who are concerned about my being out or being a woman or being a pro-choice candidate or something,” said Ms. Davids, who is running in a six-way primary in the Third Congressional District, which covers Kansas City and its environs, including one of only two counties in Kansas that voted for Hillary Clinton. “But I wouldn’t be running if I thought that number was so high that it was unrealistic to be electable.” 

      Many of the candidates are running in states far from liberal areas on the East and West Coasts. They include Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is seeking re-election; Representative Jared Polis, who is the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado; and Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who is running in the Aug. 28 Senate primary in Arizona.

       Representative Jared Polis, a gay man, is the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado.CreditRyan David Brown for The New York Times

      There are also many first-time candidates like Ms. Davids in Kansas; Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman running in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary to be governor of Vermont; and Rick Neal, a former humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan and Liberia and current stay-at-home dad in Columbus, Ohio.  
      Rick Neal for U.S. Congress

      Mr. Neal won the Democratic primary in the 15th District of Ohio and will compete in November against Representative Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Neal said some voters were “naturally curious” about how he would appeal to people who “may not be comfortable” with his sexuality.

      “I just talk about what I want to work on and what I want to do for people,” he said, citing issues like campaign finance reform and improving access to health care.

      Mr. Neal said his campaign had gone smoothly, except for the day someone put a sticker for a white supremacist group on a lawn sign in front of his home. He has two African-American daughters, ages six and nine, and called the incident “pretty unsettling.” 

      “I guess at the end of the day a gay guy with an interracial family running for Congress is a little bit like waving a red flag in front of a bull for some folks,” he said. “I felt like they were trying to intimidate us and that’s just not going to work.”

       Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, is running in the Democratic primary to be governor of Vermont.CreditWilson Ring/Associated Press
      The rising number of L.G.B.T. candidates comes at a time when the Trump administration has moved to roll back protections for gay and transgender people. Its actions have included an attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the military and a Justice Department decision to argue that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not protect gay workers.

      A shift to the right is also looming on the Supreme Court with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative jurist, to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote many of the landmark gay rights cases decided by the court in recent years.

      There are roughly 500 openly L.G.B.T. elected officials in the country, including one governor and seven members of Congress, the Victory Institute said in a recent report. That is 0.1 percent of elected officials.

      “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” said Jessica Gonzalez, who is running unopposed for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives to represent the 104th District, in Dallas County. She said L.G.B.T. lawmakers could “definitely make a big difference.”

      Ms. Davids, of Kansas, agreed. “Having L.G.B.T. people sitting in the room while decisions are being made, and sitting there as peers, will shift the conversation,” she said. “I think it’s important that the lived experiences and the point of view of L.G.B.T. folks be included in conversations that affect all of us.” 

      Despite the growing number of candidates, Andrew Reynolds, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who tracks those numbers, said he was “not convinced there will be a dramatic increase in the number of statehouse members.”

      “It’s not like a massive rainbow wave that will dominate news stories,” he said.

      There are 13 states — largely in the Midwest and the South — where no gay or transgender people serving in the legislature. The experience of candidates there point to the challenges that remain.

      Michael Aycox, 30, who ran in a Democratic primary this spring in a Mississippi district that President Trump won by 24 points, was the first openly gay congressional candidate in the state’s history. He lost by almost 40 points.

      Mr. Aycox, a police officer whose campaign proposed greater federal support of veterans, said he faced opposition from other Democrats who told him it was too early for Mississippi to elect a gay congressman.

      “I had 17 death threats,” Mr. Aycox said. “My community respects me, but they’re going to stand with their religious beliefs every day. Religious beliefs are the governing framework for this state.”

      Michael Aycox ran in a Democratic primary this spring in a Mississippi district that President Trump won by 24 points. He lost by 40 points. CreditPaula Merritt/The Meridian Star, via Associated Press
      While most of the candidates are Democrats, Peter Boykin, 40, the founder of Gays for Trump, is running for North Carolina’s Legislature as a Republican focused on issues like education. He said the party had “totally embraced” him. 

      “The L.G.B.T.Q. the community has been brainwashed that the Democratic Party is for their best interests, and it’s not the case,” Mr. Boykin said, pointing out that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton initially opposed gay marriage.

      Mr. Boykin acknowledged that the Republican Party has “some issues” with respect to gay rights, but he said working with “these so-called homophobic senators” is more effective than taking a combative stance.

      That is why some, like Ms. Davids, said they were running for office in the first place: to get different kinds of people engaged with the political process.

      “We are going to elect more women this year, we’re going to elect more people who are L.G.B.T., we’re going to elect more people who are people of color,” said Ms. Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin. “This midterm election cycle is our opportunity to demonstrate who we are as a country.”

      Liam Stack reported from Kansas City, Kan., and Catie Edmondson from Washington.

      Today Tueasday is elction day for the following:
      Voters in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Washington State are heading to the polls....
      Dont Stay home and Bitch! Go Vote and make a difference because it starts on local elections. We can change the country before more damage is done!!

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