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Political Fallout In Virginia, Kentucky & New York! Democrats Regain ALL The Power In VA + NY Adopts New Voting Method

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It's a political shake up! Virginia Democrats take full control of state government while New York adopts a new voting system.

Republicans in Virginia woke up to a BLUE state this morning and we’re sure they aren’t happy about it.

Democrats won complete control of the Virginia government for the first time since 1993. Folks flocked to the polls and were able to flip both the state Senate and the House of Delegates, giving them power they haven’t had in more than two decades. Dems are also the top dogs at the governor's office.

"I'm here to officially declare today, Nov. 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue," Gov. Ralph Northam said to supporters in Richmond.

Why should this matter to you?  With Virginia going blue, it now allows for more liberal policies to be passed for its citizens (and possibly helping to set precedent throughout the country), including gun control measures, increases to the minimum wage and ratification the Equal Rights Amendment.  It also allows for more fair redistricting practices to be established as Republicans are often accused of illegally re-drawing districts to benefit themselves and hurt minority communities.

Local & state elections have a huge impact on our everyday lives, which is why non-Presidential year elections are equally, if not more, important.

 

 

"We did it," former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted. "We got them both. Hard work pays off. VA is ALL BLUE!"

“The Republican Party is toast in Virginia for the next 10 years,” said Corey Stewart, the outgoing Prince William County chair of the Board of Supervisors who was the Virginia GOP’s nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2018. “Republicans will cease to be a serious political power.”

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Remember the cyclist who flipped off President Donald Trump’s motorcade in a viral 2017 photo? Her name is Juli Briskman and she just won her race for a seat at the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Virginia. Juli – a former marketing executive and local Democratic activist – unseated eight-year incumbent Republican Suzanne Volpe.

 

 

"Looking forward to representing my friends & neighbors in #Algonkian District who backed me up today! So proud that we were able to #FlipLoudpun #FlipVA #LOCO219 Thank you Loudoun!," Juli tweeted.

Turning off the cuff activism into a legit job.  Sweet. 

In New York...

 

 

 

 

According to the polls, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams won re-election, scooping up 73% of the vote, beating Republican challenger Joe Borelli. Queens has a new district attorney after borough president Melinda Katz defeated Republican Joe Murray.

 

 

"Congratulations to @JumaaneWilliams and @MelindaKatz on their victories tonight. I look forward to working with both of them to keep New Yorkers safe and make this the fairest big city in America,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

Melinda won by the skin of her teeth as she and Joe were on each other’s heels in the polls.

“We are facing here an opportunity to make a national model for criminal justice reform, and if we don’t do it right here, it’s going to have massive effects all throughout this country,” she told supporters at her headquarters last night.

Also, Democrat Shawyn Patterson-Howard reportedly became the first African-American woman to be a mayor in the history of Westchester County. She scooped up the victory with more than 50% of the vote counted, unseating acting Mayor Andre Wallace. #BlackGirlMagic.

New York City also adopted a new voting system, a major milestone for voting reform efforts. NYC voters approved Ballot Question 1, which enables voters to begin using ranked-choice voting in local primary and special elections beginning in 2021. Ranked-choice voting will allow voters to rank their top five in order of preference instead of just picking one candidate on the ballot. The city joins 20 other cities – as well as multiple states – that have already started using this voting method.

 

In Kentucky...

 

 

Issa flip!  Attorney General Andy Beshear narrowly beat out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky election. Gov. Bevin refused to concede the election to his Democratic challenger, however, after all of the votes were counted, Beshear was ahead by 5,100 votes.

 

 

“Tonight, voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear,” Mr. Beshear said. “It’s a message that says our elections don’t have to be about right versus left, they are still about right versus wrong.”

While, yes, Bevin was an extremely unpopular governor, the fact Trump's rally in the state the day before still didn't help him - in a blood red state - speaks volumes.  Senate Majority Leader (R-KY) Mitch McConnell needs to start sprucing up his resumé since his approval rate is the same as Bevin's was, and he's up for re-election next year.  Bloop.

No candidate and no situation is perfect. Every single issue we have as citizens will not always be catered to, but that doesn't mean we simply don't care and don't vote.  We do what we can and make strategic moves.  This includes electing attorney generals who PROPERLY enforce and push for more fair laws and better governors and local legislators who don't create or approve local laws that directly hurt us disproportionately.  These things have a larger effect on our daily lives than electing the President of the United States.  So, salute to everyone who turned out on election day!

P.S.  Louisiana, you're up next on November 16th (early voting ends Nov. 9th) for a very important gubernatorial election.

The tide is changing...

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