Harvey Wasserman: Two more years of Trump control over both Houses of Congress, the White House, the judiciary and so many state and local governments could easily mean the end of any popular voice in the way our nation is run.
Tom Hastings: We can take the first steps back from the ledge very soon, on November 6, election day, if we might like to regain our balance, our democracy, our power as citizens.
Gareth Porter: The idea promoted by the NYT’s Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely.
Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis: This year just voting will again not be enough. Progressives MUST become poll workers, bring voters to the polls, monitor vote counts after the balloting, and refuse to concede close elections.
Mimi Kennedy: This year, voting provisional has bad consequences due to a 2017 CA law, AB 840, that exempted the computer count of provisional ballots from our state’s mandatory hand-audit.
Eric A. Gordon: The partisan Nunes is considered by many to be Trump’s Number 1 lapdog in Congress. He voted against the DREAM Act, for Trump’s wall, to dismantle Medicare and privatize Social Security, and to slash taxes for corporations and the rich.
Brent Budowsky: This is not a moment for complacency or easy talk of blue waves. It is a moment for bold and maximum action and turnout based on a powerful and urgent sense of opportunity and danger.
Lance Simmens: Trump either is incapable of discerning fact from fiction, or truth from lies, and wanders wildly from positions that contradict any notion of visionary thinking.
Robert Reich: Unlike their grandparents – boomers who were involved in civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, the anti-Vietnam War movement – most young people today don’t remember a time when political action changed America for the better.
Eric A. Gordon: Nationally, Donald Trump took 53 percent of the 50-plus vote, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 44 percent. There wasn’t a significant difference in voting patterns between voters ages 50-64 and those 65-plus.
Steve Hochstadt: The unprecedented success of female and minority candidates among Democrats comes from efforts to turn out voters who were absent in 2016.
Eric A. Gordon: Porter and her fellow Democratic challengers aim to send an unmistakable message to the nation: “We’re looking to win not 23 seats, but 33—or 43.”
Mimi Kennedy: Our polarized politics make battlefields of elections. And those battles are increasingly decided late in the day, on absentees and provisionals.