Dems on track to win control of House

Pauline Gross
November 8, 2018

Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

"Yes, I think we will", Neal said at a press conference.

The GOP leader sounded something of a quiet alarm on funding for the border and that 10 percent middle-class tax cut touted by Trump in the waning days of the 2018 midterms. With an expanded Republican Senate majority, President Trump can confirm judges, cabinet members, and senior administration officials more easily, pushing forward with his agenda.

"All year long, Democrats talked optimistically about a blue wave that they believed was building around the country, one powerful enough to flip control of the House and even, against the odds, put the Senate in play as well". LePage governed largely by mobilizing the House minority Republican caucus to sustain a record number of 642 vetoes - more than all other ME governors combined going back to 1917 and 80 times as many as his predecessor, Baldacci.

"I'm not looking at this as revenge", the Lowell Democrat said.

In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump should there be sufficient grounds in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. And if there's a total impasse, Trump said, "government comes to a halt and I would blame them".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president welcomes tough questions, but will "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

It was "such a very Big Win", he tweeted, "and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!"

At one point during the press conference, a visibly angry Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange. "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". You are a rude, awful person, you shouldn't be working for CNN. If they do so, it will signal a "war-like posture", Trump said.

"You have some that said, 'Let's stay away, let's stay away.' They did very poorly", Trump said.

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Nevertheless, Democrats also won seven governorships, including states such as Wisconsin and Kansas that President Trump had won in 2016, and came close to breaching the Republican fortress in Texas, where incumbent Senator Ted Cruz barely held on to his seat, while narrowly losing gubernatorial races in Georgia and Florida.

Joining Davids as one of the first Indigenous women elected to Congress was fellow Democrat Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who will represent New Mexico's first district.

President Donald Trump faces a barrage of investigations targeting everything from his taxes to his Russian business ties after Democrats captured the House of Representatives in Tuesday's elections.

Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, the current Senate minority leader and a likely candidate for Senate president, echoed Libby's sentiments in a news release early Wednesday.

"These are things we can accomplish with the support and collaboration of our Republican colleagues", Libby said.

"Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals".

In Wednesday's news conference, Mr Trump extended an olive branch to Democrats, proposing both parties work together on joint legislative priorities. Democrats argue that the Republicans ignored many key facts and witnesses.

A debate about whether Trump's rhetoric encouraged extremists erupted in the campaign's final weeks after pipe bombs were mailed to his top political rivals allegedly by a Trump supporter who was arrested and charged, and 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Tlaib, 42, became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature in 2008. Trump, in a tweet, said that "in all fairness" Pelosi "deserves" to return to her former role as speaker - a position always held by the majority party in the House - despite some rumblings in her party.

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