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Any word yet on the Wisconsin Senate seat?

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What a wonderful win! The Republicans are already talking about impeaching her. The overreach here, in Tenn with the threatened expulsion of Dems and Florida arresting peaceful protesters and the list goes on will be too much for more than 55%. 60% support the indictment. I believe we are fair and just at our core.

Wis Dems are truly amazing. Grassroots really stepped up.

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October surprises matter. FBI Director Comey's late announcement of an additional investigation into Hillary's emails just 10 days before the election may have turned the tide to Trump, according to a 538 election analysis. A Trump October surprise may have negated that or swung it the other way.

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Andi Q, need you to post less on the site. I value your contributions but it has become a bit obsessive and is going to start discouraging others from posting. 3 posts this morning, already. Stay engaged but just pull back a bit. Many thanks, Simon

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It seems like his campaign contributions were minimal to get him elected. I never understood after the Access Hollywood tape was circulated that the religious right still voted for him. Perhaps they’re not so moral as they pretend to be.

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The moral majority is neither.

(and that was a bumper sticker years ago)

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It's a power issue. Read the book Jesus and John Wayne if you want to see where this need for a "strong" man originates. I have moved in these "evangelical" circles for many years even though my reading of Scripture compels me to work in the Democratic party. I have described myself as a Christ follower and NOT an evangelical after the 2016 election for this very reason.

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Such fantastic news out of Wisconsin where I grew up before Scott Walker and his ilk took the place hostage. This win will go far in dismantling Walker’s shameful legacy of crass partisanship.

As for Trump, I think using the word ‘cheat’ is exactly right. He cheated and it helped him win. The only question is if it helped him enough, but that’s never to be known. I have been thinking that we should call this Trump’s Watergate. In the end, it is quite similar to what Nixon and his cohorts did before the 1972 election to help him win and what they did after to make sure that truth did not come out. Nixon was to be indicted on four counts before Ford pardoned him: bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and obstruction of a criminal investigation. We know that Trump paid bribes (what they refer to as hush money), conspired with others (Cohen, Pecker and Weisselberg) although this charge is not among the felonies on Trump’s indictment. As for the obstruction of justice charge, he likely also did this through his threatening and intimidating statements, but those are not yet charged perhaps because they would be hard to prove without recordings or documentation as in the Nixon case. And who knows, they could be added later. There is also some reason to suspect he obstructed justice given how the DOJ handled the case with SDNY, but that could just have been Barr doing his dirty work.

Maybe calling this whole affair Trump’s Watergate would be effective in getting Average Citizen to understand the seriousness of it without understanding the details. I may start doing this. Along with heavy use of the word cheating.

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55% and moving forward. So happy for Judge Janet and all of us. During tomorrow’s hangout I will be asking you “What do you make of Judge Janet’s statements regarding her recusing herself for all cases brought by the Wisconsin Dems which has potential to impact cases concerning voters and voting plus her mention of abortion as another possible area of concern. I do not think that all the patriots, including myself, shall be too happy about much of that.

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Could she have gotten herself elected under false pretenses? She was never a strong progressive.

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The 55 was the first thing I noticed once we reached 95+% of votes tallied. Woohoo! We can do this! And a shout out to Movement Voter Project who supported and advised dozens of key grassroots groups in communities of youth and communities of color to engage and mobilize voters.

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So happy to open my email to this good conversation and celebrate with you guys! It feels so much more positive to watch Judge Janet win by being transparent and controlling her own narrative rather than just reacting. Thank you Simon for this forum.

May I also recommend checking out the latest podcast from Politics Girl? She talks with Billy Ray about Democratic messaging and why the MAGA crowd continues to vote the way they do. Both host and guest have some great insights.

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First 55 victory! Outstanding.

Will the large victory stymie the R legislative supermajority threat to impeach Judge Judy?

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I'm wondering the same thing.

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Let's take the big win today all and worry about this in a few days.....we have to learn how to take wins, live in the positive, and not immediately run back to fear, doubt, them. By doing so we are doing their work for them.

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Thank you Simon for reminder to savor the Hopium

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Yes we can, Yes we did, Yes we will!!

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Simon what about the lost state Senate seat? Could Wikler not have elevated this equally important race that went R by razor thin margin, and gives them the ability to impeach the judge?

I am a regular donor to Wisconsin Dems but this is twice with Wikler. Amazing he did not get behind Godlewski for Senate nom in a Roe year.

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Fantastic news from Wisconsin, proving we can get to 55% if we work hard in statewide races. The close loss in the legislative race raises other issues - I hope you'll discuss at least briefly that Senate race tomorrow.

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I am wondering about Bayfield and two surrounding counties. No city there. Is it university country? If not, why did it go blue, when most of blue is around counties with cities and/or universities?

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Worth noting that Dan Kelly's loss was not his first. Like the orange titular Conman in Chief of the "do nothing but attack our freedoms" Repubs, he is a two-time popular vote loser and a very sore one at that.

However, we should be clear-eyed that the work to dismantle democracy in WI started back in 2010 with RedMAP's gerrymandering project and the Koch's secret money attacks on the freedom of working Americans to unionize and collectively bargain for their rights under Scott Walker.

WI didn't not shift rightward—Repubs silenced the voice of the people of WI by destroying free and fair elections in the state; they've been illicitly grabbing power for nearly 15 years and "Judge" Kelly was only too eager to take those voter suppression efforts all way to the Presidency in 2020 (and again in 2024, if elected). We won this battle decisively [Pause...Breathe...Reflect...CELEBRATE], but the fight for the heart and soul of WI (and every other state that has been gerrymandered into a place where voters no longer get to pick their representatives) is far from over.

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Simon, I really liked the HubDialer phone bank. Is that a Democrat's tool or WisDems?

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Will WI new Supreme Court Justice get a chance to level the playing field as she indicated ? The election of the new gop state Senator gives the gop a 2/3 super majority. And I read that their intention is to impeach Judge P before she gets a chance to impact gop decades-old damage.

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