As Republicans campaign against immigration, Democrats look the other way

With the midterms just three weeks away, Democrats campaigning in red states have been advised to spend “as little time as possible” talking about immigration, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times from centrist think tank Third Way and the more liberal Center For American Progress.

ThinkProgress is an editorially independent newsroom housed at the Center for American Progress.

The memo, which has been shared at a number of briefings for Democrats, says candidate...

In deep red Iowa, a Democratic challenger is snapping at Steve King’s heels

SIOUX CITY, IOWA — Iowa’s 4th District is not exactly what you’d call ideal territory for a first-time Democratic congressional candidate.

During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump trounced Hillary Clinton throughout the district. For the past 16 years, it has been represented in Washington by far-right, anti-immigrant Republican Congressman Steve King.

The strength of that conservative support is on full display at a diner in the town of Cherokee, where...

Protesters out in force to oppose Brett Kavanaugh nomination | The Resistance Now

Republican Senate swing voters targeted; GOP go careful on the Affordable Care Act; and a new statue of Alice Dunnigan

Protesters were out in full force opposing Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, with dozens arrested on Thursday as they targeted the offices of Republican senators viewed as swing votes on his confirmation.

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As Trump’s legal entanglements explode, Democrats on the campaign trail stay focused on issues

While America has been living in — and anesthetized to — this never-a-slow-news-day era for quite a while now, there was nevertheless something pulse-quickening about last week’s episodes of our reality-television presidency. Paced primarily by the ongoing legal sagas of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime Trump consigliere Michael Cohen, the flow of the news cycle turned pyroclastic, with Twitter pundits proclaiming it to be a historic week for the T...

Arizona election results provide further optimism for 2018’s crop of Democratic candidates

Conservatives nationwide breathed a sigh of relief following Tuesday night’s special election for Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, as former State Sen. Debbie Lesko clinched a hard-fought victory over Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni — but they may not want to get too comfortable.

Lesko won the seat vacated by former Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who resigned in December amid allegations that he had offered $5 million to a former aide and repeate...

Illinois primary election: anti-abortion Democrat wins close congressional fight

Seven-term incumbent Dan Lipinski faced first serious challenge from progressive Marie Newman, who has refused to concede

Incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski won a narrow victory after a fierce challenge from progressive Marie Newman on Tuesday in Illinois’s third congressional district. With 95% of the vote reporting, Lipinski, one of the few remaining anti-abortion Democrats on Capitol Hill, edged out Newman by 51% to 49%.

A seven-term incumbent, Lipinski had not faced a serious challenge in a decade. However, in a district that backed Hillary Clinton by 15 points in 2016, he faced criticism not just for his views on abortion but his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and refusal to endorse Barack Obama in 2012.

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