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I wrote the thread below on Monday to preview : stuff that's way-under-the-radar but so crucial. Now that you've digested the big-picture stuff, time to delve back into all that. In this new thread, I'll review the results of those stakes—& add new ones.
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Taniel Nov 7
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North Carolina: GOP's rumored hope to pack state Supreme Court was thwarted as civil rights attorney Anita Earls ousted Justice Jackson & expanded Dems' majority from 4-3 to 5-2. (Court can only have 2 more seats.) Matters for voting rights litigation.
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Taniel Nov 7
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New Hampshire: Safiya Wazir, a one-time refugee, ousted state Rep. Dick Patten in a Dem primary. But Patten attacked Wazir for being an immigrant & a mother, & he endorsed Wazir's GOP opponent. Yesterday, Wazir won. She's heading to the state House.
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Taniel Nov 7
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Louisiana: Voters banned non-unanimous jury verdicts. Practice was placed in 1898 constitution as a way of marginalizing African Americans; it produces higher incarceration for black Louisianans. Only state to allow this now? OR.
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Taniel Nov 7
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NC: Wake County, NC (Raleigh) ousted longtime GOP sheriff Donnie Harrison, one of single most ICE-friendly sheriffs. Harrison is in a 287(g) deal with ICE, & challenger Gerald Baker has said he'd withdraw from it. See my thread.
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Taniel Nov 7
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Ohio: Remember last spring's SCOTUS decision enabling OH's aggressive voter purge methods? The secretary of state election was going to determine their fate. But last night, the Republican who backs them beat the Democrat who was running against them.
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Taniel Nov 7
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TX: In Bexar (≈San Antonio), you must pay $250 to access diversion program that steers you to less punitive outcomes for pot arrests; strengthens 2-tier system. Dem running for DA called it "pay-to-play," pledged reform. He won.
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Taniel Nov 7
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Florida: So, you know many reason why was important. Another was that the next governor would get to appoint 3 Supreme Court Justices immediately. Ron DeSantis getting to do that will considerably shift the politics of the state judiciary.
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Taniel Nov 7
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Colorado: George Brauchler (GOP prosecutor) was running for Attorney General. He is a death penalty enthusiast. "CO's death row is occupied exclusively by black men from Brauchler’s district," said the ACLU. Yesterday, Brauchler lost to Dem Phil Weiser.
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Taniel Nov 7
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MA & OR: 2 blue states were voting on whether to *restrict* trans rights & *toughen* law enforcement toward immigrants. Voters defeated both initiatives via referendums. This could be a turnaround given some recent defeats on the former (e.g. Houston).
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Taniel Nov 7
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Tennessee: Two black men have been shot and killed by police officers in Nashville since 2017. Yesterday, Nashville voted to create an independent police oversight board; community organizers explain this was a longtime goal.
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Taniel Nov 7
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NC: The state GOP's continued attempt to amass more power led it to change the rules in the Supreme Court election (that backfired big) & put 2 constitutional amendments on ballot that would have shifted more authority to legislature. Both failed.
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Taniel Nov 7
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N.Y.: Ulster Co. Sheriff Van Blarcum was checking anyone trying to access public services for an arrest warrant. The A.G. made him stop. He also helped ICE. He was defeated yesterday by a Dem who assailed his "hard-line policy of reporting immigrants."
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Taniel Nov 7
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Colorado: The state had a clause authorizing slavery in its constitution, the backdrop being exploitative unpaid labor in prisons. Voters agreed to remove it in a referendum yesterday. (Context: )
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Taniel Nov 7
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New Mexico: Dems didn't just gain a new trifecta by flipping the governorship, defending the legislature, & sweeping statewide elections. They also expanded their majority on the state Supreme Court (to 4-1) by ousting GOP Justice Gary Clingman.
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Taniel Nov 7
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FL: Rick Scott appointed Chronister sheriff of Hillsborough in 2017. Chronister made brand new deal with ICE. He was challenged by a Dem who promised to leave deal. But local Dem officials endorsed Chronister, who won by 10%. See:
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Taniel Nov 7
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Utah: In San Juan Co., recent litigation opened the door to the majority Navajo population finally having a Navajo-majority board. Then things got (very) ugly, as you might expect: Results came yesterday:
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Taniel Nov 7
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Michigan: Voters have legalized marijuana (for recreational use!). They also elected Dems for Gov. & for AG, facilitating implementation. (After voters approved medical pot earlier, AG Bill Schuette created obstacles; Schuette just lost Gov race.)
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Taniel Nov 7
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Yesterday's results could mean big things for marijuana legalization. Besides MI, which just pulled it off, Dems were just elected governor on legalization platforms in IL, NM, probably CT, and MN. The first 3 have Dem trifectas.
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Taniel Nov 7
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Kentucky: Kim Davis (who became a favorite of social conservatives nationally when she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples), lost her re-election bid for county clerk in Rowan County. (This was her first time running as a Republican.)
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