All politics is local: how the 2017 special elections may impact the mid-terms

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(Original post at Tremr)

On the surface of things, the recent spate of special elections has not gone well for the Democrats. With absences to be filled following President Trump’s cabinet nominations, the Democratic Party lost all four special elections that have been held so far in 2017, most recently missing out on Georgia’s 6th and South Carolina’s 5th congressional districts.

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The Trump Effect: Greg Gianforte and the Normalisation of Violence

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(Original post at Tremr)

On 24th May, Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte body-slammed a Guardian reporter after he asked a question about healthcare. The next day, Gianforte won Montana’s special election with an assault charge hanging over his head. The incident epitomises a worrying acceptance of immorality in US politics, one due in no small part to the normalisation of Donald Trump.

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