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.
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.
This Note, written just prior to the 2018 election, describes some Republicans from solidly Republican districts who, nevertheless, are particularly worthy to attempt to defeat.
This Note summarizes the political circumstances of selected states where Democrats have aspirations of gaining in State legislatures, of gaining a majority in State legislatures.
This Note summaries the political circumstances for selected Secretary of State candidates very close to the date of the 2018 election.
This Note summarizes the political circumstances for selected Attorney General candidates very close to the date of the election.
This Note addresses the political circumstances for selected candidates in the Midwest.
The Note summarizes the political situation for selected Congressional candidates in the Southeastern states.
This Note is a summary of the political situation for selected candidates for Congress from the Northeastern states.
This Political Note is a summary of the political situation for selected gubernatorial candidates shortly before the 2018 election.