Christin Runkle: The initiative complements ANWOL’s ongoing work to register voters in communities of color in South LA, Compton, Pomona and Long Beach and provide education around ballot initiatives including Proposition 47, Measure M and Measure H.
Judith Lewis Mernit: In the swank seaside hamlets of California Congressional District 48, people by custom and habit do not discuss politics. Many cannot name their congressman, Dana Rohrabacher.
Peter Dreier: An Arpaio candidacy would make it more likely that a Democrat will win the Senate seat next November, similar to Doug Jones’s defeat of Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat last month.
Stephen Fox: After putting to rest Roy Moore in Alabama, Texas is the political race that interests me the most as both a political and intellectual challenge, like a chess game from afar, is El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s challenge of Cruz.
Tom Hastings: Name the meddlesome crime of collaboration with foreign election tampering and impeach this imposter, this embarrassment, this pimple on the hindparts of democracy.
Irene Monroe: While a tsunami of thanks in the form of hashtag #BlackWomen flooded social media, no amount of verbal appreciation will rectify the political imbalance and structural inequity black women confront in the Democratic Party.
Aimee Allison: For the first time in my 25 years of political advocacy and electoral work, the truth about the central role black women play in ensuring justice in this country is breaking through.
Jaime O’Neill: We’d better not get overly ecstatic, however, because it’s in the Democrat’s DNA to piss away victory every chance we can, too get a bit overconfident, and to begin celebrating whenever the game is in the first quarter and our team is less than a field goal ahead.
John Peeler: Jones won by turning out the voters: the Alabama Department of State reports turnout at 40.46 percent of registered voters, remarkably high for a special election. Most observers were expecting more like 25 percent.
Dan Embree: The establishment Republicans here in Gatos Gordos are trying to hide their glee at their party’s loss, but they know that Steve Bannon has been emasculated, and hypermasculation was all he had going for him.
Eric Gordon: This Assembly race was the final stage of a cascade of other political events that started when California Senator Barbara Boxer retired.
Janet Maker: Although the Democrats made a lot of noise about Russian hacking, the fact is that it would be much easier for Republicans than for Russians to manipulate the election.
RJ Eskow: What do a former Republican doctor, a Goldman Sachs executive turned Bernie-style economic populist, a transgender heavy metal singer, and a Virginia socialist have in common? They all won as Democrats.