Week after dramatic week, it’s becoming increasingly clear that, under President Donald Trump, the Republican Party as Americans came to know it for 40 years is vanishing.
Trump is redefining conservatism in his own erratic image, and most Republican members of Congress are going along with him even though the long-time pillars of their belief system are crumbling.
Trump is not a true conservative. He is taking some pages from the right’s agenda but abandoning others, and GOP stalwarts are in a stew over it. Yet there is no Republican rebellion and precious little pushback.
Source: President Trump Is Driving the End of the GOP | The Report | US News
Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund manager turned progressive environmental activist worth an estimated $1.6 billion, was Robert Rubin’s protege at Goldman Sachs before becoming one of the Democratic Party’s most generous donors and hosting Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton at his San Francisco home that sits on a cliff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
But this self-made investing titan who has immersed himself in the uppermost echelons of power has begun honing an outsider’s pitch: admonishing Washington’s obsession with itself, embracing a post-ideological approach and positing that those “closest to the people” will yield the most success in 2018.
Source: Tom Steyer: The Billionaire Who Could | The Report | US News
The trouble is, the elections seem unlikely to help. Italian politics consists of three main groups: the center-left, led by Matteo Renzi; the center-right, headed by Silvio Berlusconi; and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, led by Luigi Di Maio.
According to recent polls, none will be able to form a government. The expected result is either a wobbly “grand coalition” or a prolonged stalemate, leading in due course to new elections.
This time will be different. Italy’s public debt stands at a towering 132 percent of gross domestic product, and the policies needed to put it on a sustainable downward track are nowhere in sight.
Source: Don’t Be Complacent About Italy’s Elections – Bloomberg
Romney, who is reportedly running for the seat left open by Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) retirement, will likely easily win both the GOP primary and the general election in the deep-red state.
But the campaign will also thrust Romney back into the spotlight in a party that’s changed drastically under President Trump.
Source: Romney’s Trump feud looms over Utah Senate race | TheHill
The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, has voted to “recall” President Jacob Zuma. The ANC has tried for weeks to get Zuma, whose term expires next year, to resign following allegations of corruption.
However, it was not immediately clear whether Zuma would relinquish power or try to hang on despite losing the backing of his party.
Source: Ruling Party Votes To Recall South African President Jacob Zuma : The Two-Way : NPR
The 2016 U.S. presidential election changed the game for marketers and political parties alike, heightening the need for real-time information on voters and the thoughts, feelings and opinions of consumers.
With a 24-hour news cycle and constant exposure to information, it has become increasingly difficult to manage a successful political campaign. Surprising election outcomes are slowly becoming the new normal.
Results from monthly polls are outdated by the time they are released and are no longer a reliable way of evaluating one’s actual chances of being elected, nor the issues the electorate truly cares about at a given time.
Source: Social media has become a powerful political tool | TheHill
Here are 36 potential candidates, from top contenders to long shots, who could run in 2020 …
Source: 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 | TheHill
Voters in Jefferson County appeared to choose Mike Revis, a 27-year old Democrat, to fill a seat left vacant when the incumbent quit to run for county executive. With all 10 precincts within the district reporting, Revis led Republican David Linton by 108 votes, or about 3 percentage points.
If Revis’s lead holds, it would mark a significant swing from 2016, when Trump won the district by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin.
Source: Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri | TheHill
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, liberalism has been the “only game in town” across the whole of Europe. This is no longer the case.
From Helsinki to Warsaw, Rome to Athens, liberals are losing votes to anti-liberal insurgents. The latter represent a very mixed bag, with numerous local variations. Yet they are doing pretty well at the ballot box against the center-left and center-right parties that have ruled Europe for many decades.
More recently, liberals, especially those on the right, have tried a different tactic. They have embraced a “soft” version of populism to defeat their “fully fledged” populist opponents.
Source: The Big Idea For Liberals
- Many experts believe that gerrymandering has contributed to the extreme polarization between political parties today because gerrymandering diminishes the influence of moderates.
- One way to reform gerrymandering would be to mandate contiguous political districts. In other words, districts that make sense as communities, as opposed to districts that wander down highways-like a famous instance of gerrymandering in North Carolina.
Source: Gerrymandering and how to fix it