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Jun 5, 2018 11 tweets 6 min read
It's Super Tuesday, & my cheat sheet has ballooned to include 33 important elections: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…

So here's a quick thread highlighting some (lower-profile) races you should absolutely be paying attention to today!
You know the big ones:
—Will Dems be shut-out in any of the 3 crowded Orange Co districts (#CA39, #CA48, #CA49)?
—Will the GOP be shut out in one/both of California's Senate & Gov race?
What else?
In New Mexico, state Rep. Debbie Rodella is facing a primary challenger in the Democratic primary (Susan Herrera). Rodella has killed progressive legislation, such as automatic voting registration. See: dailykos.com/stories/2018/4…
Iowa Dems & Montana Republicans decide who will face GOP Governor Reynolds & Democratic Senator Tester, respectively. Alabama's governor is trying to make it through her primary, & South Dakota's governorship is wide open.
California is hosting a mountain of District Attorney & Sheriff races featuring candidates running as criminal justice reformers, some in the mold of Philly's Krasner.
Great stories: thenation.com/article/can-sl…
& huffingtonpost.com/entry/progress…
Highest-profile reformist challenges may be against San Diego's GOP DA Summer Stephan & Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert (recently in national news over her handling of the Stephon Clark shooting). Eyes are also in Contra Costa, Riverside, Yolo, Orange County, & Santa Clara.
In two districts that Democrats are either favored (#NM01) or highly competitive (#IA03) in, there are very competitive primaries with interesting ideological contrasts. Check out previews:

#IA03: bleedingheartland.com/2018/05/17/the…
#NM01: huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-mexi…
Democratic challengers will also emerge in GOP-held seats such as Gianforte's #MTAL, the open #NJ11, and top targets districts #CA10, #CA25, #CA45, #CA50, and #IA01.
In California, Democratic state Senator Newman is facing a recall election. A GOP win would end Democrats' supermajority.

It's the inverse in Missouri: Dems are trying to pick-up a red-leaning state Senate district in a special election.
And there are many other races (San Francisco Mayor, San Diego Clerk)—so tons of other interesting stories are bound to pop up once results start rolling in! /end
Late addition: the Bay Area is voting today on a plan to provide $4.5 billion of transportation funds.

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Sep 17, 2018
I see some people suddenly say it's time to talk about how teenage acts are punished. People have been fighting on this issue forever, & over far worse fates than a SCOTUS seat! In fact, the SCOTUS ruling against life without parole for juveniles may be at risk with Kennedy gone.
California's legislature just passed 2 bills (one would ban kids under the age of 16 from being tried as adults; the other would restrict most children under 12 from being prosecuted in juvenile court) that are still awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's decision on whether he'll sign.
And whether or not it should be harder to prosecute young defendants (of various ages) in adult courts, & away from resources & opportunities for rehabilitation, is a huge issue in many elections for DA, prosecutor or attorney general happening all around us this year.
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FIRST RESULT: Julia Salazar, who was backed by DSA, wins against state Sen. Martin Dilan. It wasn't close. (@AP has called it.)
2ND RESULT: Robert Jackson defeats state Sen. Marisol Alcantara in in #SD31. Alcantara was a member of the IDC, which allied with the GOP.

First IDC incumbent to lose a primary tonight (🚨), and likely not the last.
3RD RESULT: state Sen. Diane Savino wins the Dem nomination in #SD23. Savino was a member of the IDC.

First IDC incumbent to *win* a primary tonight. In fact, she's likely to be the IDCer who wins by largest margin.
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Sep 5, 2018
An absolutely transformative result for criminal justice reform in Boston. Rachel Rollins ran by saying: "We need to end mass incarceration and restore justice in our communities."

She'll replace a DA who resisted reform. Let me quickly go over her platform.
Rollins ran on supporting repeal of mandatory minimums, on ending the use of cash bail for low-level offenses, and on increasing the use of diversion & restorative justice programs. She pledged to release demographic data relating to charging decisions.
Rollins released a list of lower-level offenses (incl. drug possession & disorderly conduct) that she'll adopt a default policy of not prosecuting. She'll either dismiss them or treat them as civil infractions. rollins4da.com/policy/charges…

And she says reform needs to go further:
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Aug 27, 2018
In this new federal ruling striking down North Carolina's congressional map, an explosive possibility: The court **may** order North Carolina to run the 2018 congressional elections under NEW maps. redistricting.lls.edu/files/NC%20cc%…
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NCGOP cancelled primaries for some elections just this year bc it thought this wld best fit its 2018 needs.

Federal court cites that cancelation as possible justification to hold 2018 elections with new map. It's saying: It may be quick—but we thought primaries weren't needed?
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The NC GOP has staged a deluge of political and legislative coups this decade to maintain & consolidate power regardless of election results. How do we even keep up or summarize all of it? [1/]
They continually pass laws targeting voting procedures used by African Americans (with "surgical precision," a federal court said), & restricting early voting & weekend voting. They just eliminated early voting on the final Saturday, a day disproportionately used by black voters.
They have a supermajority thanks to aggressive gerrymander. They passed a myriad laws in last lame-duck to weaken Cooper right before his inauguration; this included changing state election board when it was about to get Dem majority that wld have threatened suppressive schemes.
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NH's GOP governor just signed a GOP law imposing new restrictions on voting eligibility: Being domiciled in NH is no longer sufficient, you will also need to meet the qualifications of a "resident." This will likely mean many college students don't vote.
wmur.com/article/amid-u…
Trump lost NH by 3,000 votes & Sen. Ayotte was ousted by 1,000 votes. This law is GOP's predictable solution to prevent a repeat: shrink the electorate.

(Had enough suppressive laws already been in place for Ayotte to get thru, skinny repeal bill wld have passed, for one.)
Trump kept repeating absurd lies about thousands being "bussed into" NH to explain losing the state. Of course, he had no documentation; he set up a commission to find fraud & dissolved it when they had nothing.

But state Republicans still cite fraud to pass suppressive laws.
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