The DC Centrist Democrat Spin Cycle

The votes aren’t even done being counted yet, but the classic post-election spin cycle from the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party is already in full gear. Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are still fighting for their lives in razor-thin margin elections, but you can just feel the excitement about their losses from the […]

Would politics be better if we didn’t know (or care) about the personal lives of politicians?

As a general idea, most people believe a person’s private life is their own and no one else’s business, if they’re not committing any crimes or hurting anyone else. However, like a lot of things in life, it’s not so black and white. The line at which people will rationalize it becoming “okay” to pry into the sexual activities of someone else is a bit more murky and subjective.

For example, by and large, the practice of “outing,” or revealing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity without their consent, has long been controversial and severely frowned upon within the LGBTQ communities. Organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Log Cabin Republicans have vehemently opposed outing people who’ve decided to remain in the closet. However, there have been journalists and activists who’ve argued there should be exceptions. Michelangelo Signorile, now an editor-at-large for the Huffington Post, caused considerable debate about the subject in the early 1990s after authoring pieces identifying Hollywood producer David Geffen and publisher Malcolm Forbes as gay men. Village Voice columnist Michael Musto outed Ellen Degeneres and Rosie O’Donnell before either had publicly acknowledged they were lesbians.

Both Signoirle and Musto have asserted the private lives of public figures are fair game, especially if it’s relevant to their media coverage, public positions, and official actions, and to not acknowledge this particular aspect of someone’s life is an implicit acceptance that to be called “gay” is shameful. When former New York City mayor Ed Koch died 5 years ago, many of the media obituaries speculated about something they never would mention in their coverage of him while he was alive: Koch is believed to have been a closeted gay man, which he went to his grave denying. This became an especially significant point of conjecture when remembering Koch’s lacking performance as mayor at the start of the AIDS crisis in the city, with people like Signorile arguing it is “Exhibit A” for what happens with powerful people who’re allowed to remain in the closet and vote “against gay rights in part to cover for themselves.”

This dynamic of private behavior arguably impacting public choices is the nexus by which all media rationales for digging into someone’s life are based. Usually words like judgement, trust, and character are thrown around as justification. Although, it has not always been true, with the press in the past giving politicians and celebrities extremely favorable deference in not covering scandalous material, with these skeletons sometimes being an open secret in famous circles. One of the seminal moments where the old ways fell and the current attitudes took hold, especially in relation to politics and politicians, was the 1988 Democratic primary, and the coverage of Sen. Gary Hart’s personal life. Going into the ‘88 presidential race, Hart was seen as a formidable candidate, the likely Democratic nominee, and possessing a real shot of beating George H.W. Bush. This all changed when reporters for the Miami Herald, acting on an a tip, followed a marketing representative for a pharmaceutical company named Donna Rice to a Washington, D.C. townhouse owned by Hart, where Rice spent the night with him. From there, Hart’s candidacy played out as a high-speed car crash spread over the course of three weeks.

Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race

PHOENIX — Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced solidly centrist positions, according to The Associated Press. Ms. Sinema’s victory over Martha McSally, a Republican congresswoman and former […]

Bipartisan Sentencing Overhaul Moves Forward, but Rests on Trump

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on the most substantial rewrite of the nation’s sentencing and prison laws in a generation, giving judges more latitude to sidestep mandatory minimum sentences and easing drug sentences that have incarcerated African-Americans at much higher rates than white offenders. The lawmakers believe they can […]

Election Roundup 2018: Final Edition, Recaps, Recounts and Voting

The following stories are examples of this week’s Election Roundup of 75 down-ticket stories covering Sunday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 10.

Meet The Flippers by AKALib

Yes, we flipped a lot of seats last night. In spite of a few disappointments in the Senate and Governor races, last night’s results were a resounding victory for all Americans, especially Democrats, women and minorities.

In spite of all the GOP flim-flammery, the house has been flipped upside down; it is now sunny-side up, which is frightening for the creatures of the dark in the WH. Expect to see trump flap around wildly in the hurricane that is about to hit him called Mueller and Congress.

Here are a few simple charts to illustrate the heartwarming Blue Flip –

The Flip Chart

House 35 2
Senate 1 3
Governors 7 0
State Legislature Control 6 1
Attorney General 4 0
Secretaries of State 2 0
State House/Senate 300+

(CT-05) National Teacher of the Year to be 1st African American woman to represent CT in the U.S. House by Missys Brother

Scoot over Massachusetts, you weren’t the only New England State last night to send their first African American woman to Congress!

Jahana Hayes has become the first African American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress after defeating Republican Manny Santos, 56% to 44%, in the 5th CT Congressional District.

Hayes grew up in Waterbury, CT public housing, the daughter of a drug addict and pregnant at 17 years old. As a single mother, she put herself through college, became a teacher, and eventually won the National Teacher of the Year in 2016.

NBC Connecticut

“I don’t think you realize what just happened. Yesterday marked 50 years since Shirley Chisholm was elected as the first African American woman to go to Congress,” Hayes said to supporters Tuesday night. “Today, we made history by sending me to Congress.”