November 14th, 2016

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A few things...

First, I want to say that I know the past week has been really tough, and I know emotions are high. I'm truly sorry to everyone who is scared, upset, angry, and/or depressed about the events of the past week. Please know, if anyone needs anything, I'm here <3

That said, PLEASE remember the rules. I've seen a lot of name-calling, personal attacks, vaguebooking, and pointing fingers at other members for the outcome of the election. I know there are many facets to the members here and we are not a monolith by any means, so disagreements will happen. I beg of you though, please follow the rules while having these disagreements.

The rule of thumb is "attack the idea, not the person." Please keep this in mind when responding, because the other mods and I don't like giving out warnings and we certainly don't like banning people who otherwise bring good insight and interesting viewpoints to the table.

As I mentioned, emotions are high, which means tensions between the different "factions" of the community are high. I understand that. However, I urge you to take a break from the community if you find yourself unable to resist blaming other members for Trump's win or hurling personal attacks at them. I've seen plenty of great discussion without these rule-breaking elements, and I hope that's all I see from here on out.

That said, much like during the primaries, mods reserve the right to reject opinion pieces that are obviously one-sided, especially if they're submitted to illicit a specific reaction from a group of members. As time goes on and emotions cool down some, this may change, but for now I really urge everyone to focus on submitting news or more unifying content.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or the other mods.


And now, for some good news: we have a new spin-off community that is designed for members to submit their own original political/news content! Go join :)

Are You Dreaming of Democrats Taking the Senate in 2018? Time to Wake Up.

Donald Trump is the president-elect, governing alongside a Republican Congress and a soon-to-be conservative Supreme Court. But some, like Bloomberg View columnist Conor Sen, are offering liberals a bit of hope, arguing that Democrats could dominate in the 2018 midterms elections. Then they could limit Trump’s ability to enact his terrifying political agenda, at least in the second half of his term.

It’s a comforting idea, but it’s wrong.

The Republicans currently hold a slim majority in the Senate, with 51 Republicans to 48 Democrats. For the Democrats to win the majority in the 2018 midterms, they would need to maintain the 48 seats they currently have and flip three Republican seats. However, just eight Republicans will be up for re-election in two years, and most represent solidly red states. The exception is Dean Heller from Nevada—the state voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, and it also elected a Democrat, Catherine Cortez Masto, to fill the seat of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

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