Left’s local referendum wins spotlight causes of larger Dem losses

Left's local referendum wins spotlight causes of larger Dem losses

虽然 民主党人 suffered unexpected lossesHouse races 在此期间 November elections, they found victories in local referendums.

Cities like liberal San Francisco passed new laws, 包含 一个 “Overpaid Executive Tax that adds a 0.1% levy on companies whose executives earn 100 times more than the average worker. The city also partially defunded police by nixing a staffing law that required the department to maintain at least 1,971 full-time officers.

The city of Phoenix – a part of the nation’s fourth-largest county – approved a controversial bill that would raise state income taxes to fund public education and became one of the five states that legalized marijuana.

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The city of 波特兰, 俄勒冈州, voted to decriminalize possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, the painkiller oxycodone and other hard drugs.

一些 3,000 miles to the east, residents of 波特兰, 缅因州 came out in favor of rent-control protections, 一个 $ 15 minimum wage, banning police use of facial recognition software and establishing 绿色新政 building codes.

The socialist Jacobin Magazine wrote that theviability of socialist and working-class candidates is no longer in doubt in Portland.

A voting booth with sides blocked off with caution tape to ensure social distancing at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, 缅因州. (Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

A voting booth with sides blocked off with caution tape to ensure social distancing at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, 缅因州. (Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Despite progressive policy advances, 然而, Democrats blame down-ballot woes on the agendas of far-left candidates following in the footsteps of 纽约 民主的 代表. 亚历山大·奥卡西奥·科尔特斯 和 “队” of liberal freshmen Democrats.

During a caucus call immediately following Election Day, moderate Democrats complained that ideas like the Green New Deal and defunding 警察 were detrimental to their performance.

We should have won big but, 你懂, the ‘Defund the police’ 问题, the Green New Dealthose issues killed our members. Having everybody walk the plank on qualified immunity with the cops, that just hurt a lot of members,” a Democratic source told Fox News. “No one’s taking responsibility for it.”

We lost races we shouldn’t have lost,” 代表. 阿比盖尔·斯潘伯格, D-Va., exclaimed during the call. “退款警察’ almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again. We need to get back to basics.”

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德州 Democratic Reps. Marc Veasy and Vicente Gonzalez agreed with Spanberger.

Even with a gargantuan fundraising and spending effort, 民主党人 made little headway in the Sunshine Statea crucial battleground on the pathway to 270 选举团投票.

特朗普总统 tripled his 2016 保证金 在佛罗里达, dashing hopes for Democrats to make inroads in the state Legislature.

“I think progressives are going to make this argument that Democrats just weren’t progressive enough,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., told her fellow caucus members. “Either they are already partaking in the mushrooms that D.C. approved or they are living in their own fiction here.

The District of Columbia voted to decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic substances.

Despite the conflicts, leadership within Congressional Democratic ranks may remain the same.

在星期三, the party tapped 众议院议长南希·佩洛西, D-Calif。, and House Majority Leader 代表. Steny Hoyer, D-Md。, to reprise their roles.

密苏里州 代表. Emanuel Cleaver warned his colleagues not to begin acontentious internal battle over the leadershipbefore the full House of Representatives elects the speaker when it convenes on Jan. 3.

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“Clearly with Trump on the ballot, we knew it would be a steeper climb,” Pelosi told Democrats on the call.

“We did not win every battle but we did win the war,” 她补充说, referring to the victory of 总统当选人拜登. “Every one of you knows that incumbent protection is my number one priority.

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