Richard Neal: Democrats plan to ask for Trump tax returns

Richard Neal: Democrats plan to ask for Trump tax returns

In a phone interview from Burlington on Wednesday, Sanders, fresh off his Senate re-election victory, called Trump's "us-against-them" approach to government a lesson in "demagoguery 101" and said he was dismayed that the president's fear-based appeals helped strengthen Republican control of the Senate. Republican Gov. Scott Walker's narrow loss in his bid for a third term left Democrats optimistic they could reclaim Wisconsin along with other traditionally blue states that Trump carried, such as MI and Pennsylvania.

When it comes to actually passing legislation, the Democrats would still need to rely on compromise with the Senate - and thus the Republican party.

In the Rustbelt/Midwest Democrats won Senate races in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming by large margins; and also won governor's races in and Michigan and Minnesota by very large margins. "Democrats would pass a number of bills that would be messaging bills that would die in the Senate".

In his victory speech, Brown said his state had provided a "blueprint for America in 2020". He said their candidacies, though ultimately unsuccessful, were a sign that progressives were winning the contest of ideas within the Democratic party on economic policy. Which only further strengthens their position for the 2020 election. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents. "This doesn't mean we go looking for a fight, but it means that if we see a need to go forward, we will", she said. That may have shifted recently to give Republicans a greater advantage than in the past.

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The moderate Republican took almost 50 percent of the vote in Boston, and handily won in other cities including Worcester, Springfield and New Bedford.

As one Democrat put it: "We have not figured out Florida, which is a problem".

Voters in MS are due to return to the polls later this month for a run-off. Dean Heller that is too close to call.

With Democrats set to reclaim control of the House in January and President Trump already infuriating them with the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speculation is rampant over whether they will use that power to pursue impeachment against the president - or even Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democrats have had their eye on other Sun Belt states in recent presidential elections, namely Georgia, Arizona and Texas.

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"They're going to have to figure it out, and they're going to have to do it quickly."

The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

A rough analysis of the races showed 18 Democrats who either were victorious or were leading won their races by five percentage points or fewer.

Control of the committees - where they are now the highest-ranking Democrats - will give them the power to demand documents and testimony from White House officials and important figures in Trump's campaign team and businesses, and to issue subpoenas if needed.

Republicans will be aiming to take those back in two years.

The Democrats stormed back to the take the House after losing power eight years ago and gained seven governorships around the country, while the Republicans increased their power in the Senate by at least two seats.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued today that Democrats must build an urban-suburban coalition through issues like healthcare and education and thereby prevent the President from driving a wedge between the two constituencies on other issues.

The president said some Republican House lawmakers who lost re-election bids made a mistake by distancing themselves from him on the campaign trail - and he named names.

"But it's not a realignment", he added, "unless we do the hard work, both in 2020 and beyond".

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