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    1. In Georgia Runoff Elections, (D) Warnock wins vs (R) Loeffler, (D) Ossof very likely wins vs (R) Purdue

      Text post because the big news companies are cowards playing it safe and not calling Ossof yet, though it's basically over Warnock makes history with Senate win as Dems near majority (AP News) My...

      Text post because the big news companies are cowards playing it safe and not calling Ossof yet, though it's basically over

      Warnock makes history with Senate win as Dems near majority (AP News)

      My takes below:

      What does this mean?

      This gives Democrats a thin majority in the senate. Does it mean they have free reign? No, the party is not that unified. In particular, as you probably have heard his name many many times now, Manchin, the "conservative Democrat" from WV is likely to be the kingmaker in votes. So it's not like just anything can get passed, and Manchin will not eliminate the filibuster easily.

      So is it pointless?

      ABSOLUTELY NOT

      It's a huge victory nonetheless for Democrats. Remember, with control of the Senate, Chuck Schumer will be Senate Majority Leader, who controls what legislation the senate votes on. Even bipartisan bills were consistently torpedoed by McConnell who would refuse to even have a vote on it. Now, there is politics that can be done - deals, compromise, whatever. If you can't vote on something, nothing can be done. Things that are overall popular like increased stimulus are also going to pass.

      Additionally, perhaps an even bigger deal, Biden can get his nominations through for cabinet and judges. There's an insane amount of unfilled heads of state departments right now, and the rest are filled with people absolutely unfit for the job. Having a real human being be the head of the EPA, or Department of Education, or the Department of Energy, and so forth is a big deal.

      It also means that Justice Breyer can safely retire and have another "liberal" Justice take his place.

      It's not sweeping control over the government, but it's a immensely superior political situation to McConnell stone walling anything he doesn't want, and Biden having to haggle with McConnell over how incompetent his cabinet needs to be.

      48 votes
    2. 2020 Election News and Information (Week of November 1st)

      A thread you can easily ignore A new week a new thread As the pace and the quantity of information that is coming out of the election increases. Instead of creating a new post for everything, or...

      A thread you can easily ignore

      A new week a new thread

      As the pace and the quantity of information that is coming out of the election increases. Instead of creating a new post for everything, or not posting things because it is a smaller item, please feel free to post here.
      Feel free to break out any information posted here into its own thread if the discussion warrants it.

      Major news can/should be broken out into its own topic. (use your own discretion)

      Final thread before the election

      23 votes
    3. Joe Biden is the next President of the United States

      Race called by Decision Desk HQ at 08:50 AM EST: https://twitter.com/DecisionDeskHQ/status/1324710866516905984 Other sources will follow as there is no path back for Donald Trump to win PA. Update...

      Race called by Decision Desk HQ at 08:50 AM EST: https://twitter.com/DecisionDeskHQ/status/1324710866516905984

      Other sources will follow as there is no path back for Donald Trump to win PA.

      Update #1: Called by Business Insider
      Update #2: Called by Vox (thanks @dubteedub)
      Update #3: The Economist is coming as close as they can to calling it (explanation: https://twitter.com/gelliottmorris/status/1324860925745229824)
      Update #4: The AP, NBC, CNN and ABC News have called the race. It's over.
      Update #5: New York Times, BBC
      Update #6: Meanwhile in Trump's fantasy land
      Update #7: Fox News has called it as well.

      72 votes
    4. 2020 Election News and Information (Week of October 25th)

      A thread you can easily ignore A new week a new thread As the pace and the quantity of information that his coming out of the election increases. Instead of creating a new post for everything, or...

      A thread you can easily ignore

      A new week a new thread

      As the pace and the quantity of information that his coming out of the election increases. Instead of creating a new post for everything, or not posting things because it is a smaller item, please feel free to post here.
      Feel free to break out any information posted here into its own thread if the discussion warrants it.

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      Thank goodness this is almost over

      16 votes
    5. 2020 Election News and Information (Week of October 18th)

      A thread you can easily ignore As the pace and the quantity of information that his coming out of the election increases. Instead of creating a new post for everything, or not posting things...

      A thread you can easily ignore

      As the pace and the quantity of information that his coming out of the election increases. Instead of creating a new post for everything, or not posting things because it is a smaller item, please feel free to post here.
      Feel free to break out any information posted here into its own thread if the discussion warrants it.

      Major news can/should be broken out into its own topic. (use your own discretion)

      20 votes