Friday, December 1, 2017

UPDATE. Oklahoma and Kansas a likely blueprint for national GOP meltdown

Photo credit:  ally4ok

Republicans did the same thing in Oklahoma they want to do nationally, and Democrats swept special elections as a result.  (Intercept, 11/30/2017)

The Kansas tax cut debacle posts:
Governor Sam Brownback's 'live conservative experiment' leads to anemic job growth in Kansas. (9/22/2015)
Headline News: What Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said in 2012 and what's happening now.  (5/4/2015)
Kansas Job Growth (and what Investor's Business Daily chose to 'overlook').  (4/1/2015)
 About that Kansas 'live' experiment in tax cutting.  (3/11/2015)
Unable to rev up voters in November, Kansans now turn to damage control.  (2/13/2015)
How desperate and foolish is Kansas Governor Sam Brownback?  (2/10/2015)
Washington Times exercise in myopia.  (1/5/2015)
Dear Governor Brownback, a "real-live experiment" in red-state governance isn't going to reverse a 120-year trajectory.  (12/25/2014)
Dueling Headlines, or, Just because Sam Brownback says it, doesn't mean it's so.  (12/20/2014)
KC Healthy Kids needs to work on its timing.  (12/20/2014)
Sam Brownback: "The sun is shining in Kansas and don't let anyone tell you different."  (12/11/2014)
Why it's probably best not to be in Kansas anymore.  (12/11/2014) 
So....does this make Sam Brownback a liar?  (12/10/2014)
Scott Walker takes his tax cut cues from Sam Brownback.  (11/13/2014)
Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, and Rick Scott: The comeback copycats.  (10/25/2014)
Governors Sam Brownback and Scott Walker use the same playbook.  (9/15/2014)
You don't have to inhale deeply to catch a whiff of Wisconsin here.  (9/15/2014)
It's not a pretty picture for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.  (7/18/2014)
As Kansas becomes increasingly irrelevant, a goofy sideshow.  (2/14/2014)

11/15/2017 update, "For the fourth time this year, Democrats flip seat in Oklahoma legislature", starts here.

Source:  Ballotpedia (2008, 2012 & 2016, 2017)

Democrat pulls off special election victory for Senate seat in west Tulsa County.  (Tulsa World, 11/14/2017)
Complete but unofficial results showed Ikley-Freeman with 2,234 votes to 2,203 for O’Hara. As is usual with special elections, low voter turnout was an important fact — only 4,437 people voted in this election, compared to almost 32,000 in last year’s regular general election.

9/28/2017 update starts here.

Democrats flip a seat in Florida in a district where they couldn't field a candidate in 2012 and 2014.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Taddeo wins as Democrats pick up Florida Senate seat.  (Miami Herald, 9/26/2017)
My heavens!  A Republican uttering racist comments.  Just another day at the office.  Annette Taddeo, a Democrat, won the Florida Senate District 40 seat in a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. She bested State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in the race to claim the southwest Miami-Dade seat formerly held by Republican Frank Artiles, who was forced to resign in the spring following his racist comments to two black lawmakers. 

9/27/2017 update, "Democrats flip seat in New Hampshire House of Representatives for 3rd time in 4 months", starts here.

The Rockingham 4 District has 5 seats.  Yesterday's special election was held to replace Republican William Polewarczyk, who died of cancer in May. (There are 400 seats in the NH House.)

Source:  Ballotpedia (above and below)

In the past two elections, the Democrats never came close to winning a seat.

Upset: Democrat flips NH House seat in 2-1 GOP district.  (WMUR, 9/26/2017)
It was the third time since May that Democrats flipped a House seat in a special election. Edith DesMarais won in heavily Republican Wolfeboro on May 23. Charlie St. Clair won in Laconia-Belmont on Sept. 12.

9/18/2017 update, "Democrats flip seat in Oklahoma House of Representatives for 3rd time in 2 months", starts here.

Source:  Ballotpedia (2014, 2016) (2017) 

Related reading:
Voters send two more Democrats to the Oklahoma Capitol.  (NewsOK, 7/11/2017)
Voters on Tuesday decided on Democrats to represent them at the Oklahoma Capitol after their elected officials resigned in disgrace, leaving the legislative seats vacant and forcing the mid-year contests.

Original 9/13/2017 post, "Democrats flip seat in New Hampshire House of Representatives", starts here.

2012 and 2014 results from Ballotpedia

Democrat flips GOP House seat in Laconia-Belmont special election.  (WMUR, 9/12/2017)
Democrats picked up a previously Republican legislative seat Tuesday as Democrat Charlie St. Clair defeated Steven Whalley in a New Hampshire House special election in Belknap County by an unofficial count of 1,267-1009. 
The election took place in Belknap County District 9, which is made up of all six Laconia wards and the town of Belmont. The election was held for the seat left vacant by Republican Robert Fisher, who resigned in May amid controversy about misogynistic posts on the Red Pill website.

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