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From Current Affairs. (Not about Northam who voted for Bush twice)
Something else happened in Virginia, though: the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, became the second African American elected to statewide office in Virginia history. More important than his race, though, are his beliefs: Fairfax was a progressive whose environmentalist stance against new pipeline construction alienated him from the Democratic Party, to the point where they even left his image off campaign flyers. Yet Fairfax beat the Republican candidate by a healthy margin, proving that you don't actually have to compromise your values in order to win.

The other most-noted story was Philadelphia District Attorney's race, in which the Unelectable Larry Krasner, a career defense attorney and critic of mass incarceration who supports Black Lives Matter and the ACLU, beat the Republican candidate by 40 percentage points. Krasner has been called an "ultra-progressive": the police union can't stand him, and he was considered the least likely person to ever be chosen as a prosecutor. Again, there's a lesson here about not compromising your principles: Krasner was clear on what he stood for, clear on what he intended to do, and people responded positively even though he was well outside the "mainstream."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 04:33:50 PM EST
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Krasner got a lot of free air time in (regional) radio interviews over the past 18 months just by running for the DA office. Philly is rough, always has been.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 05:23:02 PM EST
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And the City (sic) Council of Montgomery County, Maryland unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage.

This information is incorrect. Residents elect a nine-person County Council and an County Executive form the county's government. The county's boundaries contain several incorporated and unincorporated cities and towns whose boundaries can overlap electoral district borders. The County Council has been deliberating the minimum wage hike nearly two years, ostensibly fearing a veto by Leggett. The issue was not offered for vote by referendum. MoCo is one of the wealthiest counties in the USA with median HH income last reported ~$94K.

Similarly, the Council members of the city-state known as the District of Columbia has been deliberating the minimum wage hike nearly two years, ostensibly fearing a veto by the Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 05:55:05 PM EST
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