012819 Political Note #192 TJ Cox CA CD 21

Before his election, TJ Cox focused on combinations of business and good works. He founded the Central Valley NMTC Fund -- a certified community development organization which uses the federal New Markets Tax Credit program for disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods. TJ Cox’s victory in 2018 was an adventure in and of itself. He originally planned on a candidacy for CA 10 – a district that had attracted nearly a dozen Democratic candidates. He was unlikely to be one of the top two in the non-partisan primary. He switched to CA 21 – persuading the 2016 losing Democrat to leave the race. Elected, he is on the Agriculture Committee. A good place for someone in California’s Central Valley. Addressing the government shut down, he introduced a bill to allow government employees not getting their paychecks, to borrow up to $6,000 from the government.

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Political Note #183 What have we flipped

The Midterm elections were played to a draw. We saw approximately 114 million votes for U.S. House races compared to 83 million in 2014. (Democrats won the total vote by at least 6%) There were 114 million votes in 2018 compared to 126 million votes in the 2016 presidential election -- a 20 year low for a presidential race. We can expect a lot of voters in 2020. A triumph for democracy. Maybe.

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