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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Michael Grimm pleads guilty but won't leave the House

Republican Rep. and convicted felon Michael Grimm Leading Off: • NY-11: On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to tax fraud, months before his trial was to start. Grimm was accused of falsifying tax returns for his restaurant before he was elected to Congress in 2010, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in June. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Blake Farenthold's problems may only be just beginning

Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold Leading Off: • TX-27: On Tuesday, the news broke that Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold's former communications director was suing her former boss for sexual harassment. It also doesn't help Farenthold's...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Republicans secure their final 2014 pickup

Republican Rep.-elect Martha McSally Leading Off: • AZ-02: The writing has been on the wall for a long time here, but on Wednesday Republicans officially got their final pickup of the 2014 election cycle. Last month, Republican Martha McSally held a 161-vote lead over Democratic Rep. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Bipartisan-sounding redistricting advances in Ohio

Ohio State Senate by current membership (map by Stephen Wolf) Leading Off: • OH Redistricting: On Friday, the Ohio Senate passed a law that would change how the state handles legislative redistricting from now on. The state House is expected to easily pass it soon as well. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Kathleen Kane takes herself out of the running for Senate

Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane Leading Off: • PA-Sen: How quickly Kathleen Kane's star has fallen. In 2012, she scored a resounding victory as the first Democrat to win a race for attorney general since Pennsylvania made it an elected position in the early 1980s, pulling in more votes than any other statewide candidate. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: In defense of 2014 polling

Most polls badly overestimated Mark Pryor's performance, yet 2014 wasn't even a low-water mark for the polling industry Leading Off: • Polltopia: There's been plenty of post-election handwringing about how polling wasn't very accurate this year, with polls systematically underestimating Republicans in a number of key races. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A looming change in Utah could mean primary trouble for Mike Lee

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee (right) with his ally Ted Cruz Leading Off: • UT-Sen: It's hard to lose a Republican primary for being too conservative, and freshman Sen. Mike Lee is probably favored for renomination. However, as Robert...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Ted Strickland flirts with a comeback bid against Rob Portman

Former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland Leading Off: • OH-Sen: Former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland recently made an offhanded comment about not ruling out a challenge to Republican Sen. Rob Portman, and it looks like he actually is seriously considering a campaign. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The knives are out for Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp

Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp has made some real enemies during his time in Congress Leading Off: • KS-01: Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp's entire congressional career seems to be a bizarre experiment where he tests how many people he can piss off, but still keep on winning. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Who could run to succeed Barbara Boxer? Try everyone

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer looks ready to call it a career Leading Off: • CA-Sen: It looks like we may be in for a very big race in the Golden State, with Politico's Alex Isenstadt reporting that California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is on the verge of retirement. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Bill Cassidy's runoff victory closes out the 2014 cycle

Republican Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy of Louisiana Leading Off: • LA-Sen: On Saturday night, voters in Louisiana went back to the polls in races where no candidate took a majority in the November jungle primary. The Republicans were widely expected to pick up the state's U.S. Show More Summary

How Social Media Helped an Independent Candidate Beat the Odds in Taiwan's Elections

Ko Wen-je won the race for mayor in Taiwan's capital city by a landslide. The island's political culture favors a two-party system, but Ko says social media helped him win.

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Pennsylvania Democrats try to avoid the jaws of the Honey Badger

Joe Sestak don't care Leading Off: • PA-Sen: Democrat Joe Sestak has been preparing for a 2016 rematch with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey almost from the moment he narrowly lost to him in 2010. However, Roll Call's Emily Cahn reports that...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The search is on for Ohio's Democratic Senate candidate

Republican Sen. Rob Portman Leading Off: • OH-Sen, Columbus Mayor: Last week, Democrat Michael Coleman announced that he would not seek another term as mayor of Ohio's largest city. Coleman's decision quickly led to speculation that he'll run to unseat Republican Sen. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rand Paul's cockamamie Houdini act to get on the ballot twice

"Abra cadabra, aqua buddha, Ayn Rand... presto!" Leading Off: • KY-Sen: Okay, so, Rand Paul has now confirmed that he's seeking re-election to the Senate. Good for him. But of course, his ambitions don't end there. Paul really, really, really wants to run for president, too, except that state law won't let him seek both offices at the same time. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Some initiatives broadly popular as Senate grows more partisan

Leading Off: • Polarization: Some things we can still all agree on—more or less. Despite sharp partisan divides in most races involving actual candidates, a few ballot measures across the country managed to find strong support (or lack thereof) across both red and blue counties. Show More Summary

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Just in case you hadn't seen this in the news, the winner of the Taipei mayoral election held on November 28, 2014 is Ko Wen-je (K? Wénzhé ???), a trauma surgeon who ran as an independent. "Pro-independence party candidate Ko Wen-je claims victory in Taipei mayor race" The Straits Times (11/29/14) Ko has the orthographically […]

Looking back at the 2014 election: Here's what happened in some of the biggest races

We at Daily Kos Elections are continuing to clear the decks on all the links that we've accumulated post-election that were interesting but not terribly time-sensitive; we previously looked at the big-picture issues surrounding the election,...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Key Republican retirement puts Virginia state Senate in play

John Watkins Leading Off: • VA State Senate: Though Republicans only have a 21-to-19 margin in Virginia's state Senate, their grip on the chamber is far stronger than it might appear. As Johnny Longtorso recently explained, even though Democrats only need to pick up one seat in next year's elections to allow Lt. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Post-election GOTV breathes new life into Oregon GMO measure

Protesters support Oregon's Measure 92 Leading Off: • OR Ballot: In an unusual twist, post-election get-out-the-vote activity has played a role in a presumed-defeated ballot measure rising from the dead and landing in automatic recount territory. Show More Summary

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