Former President Jimmy Carter sees little hope for the U.S. to change its human rights and environmental policies as long as Donald Trump is in the White House, but he has a warning for his fellow Democrats looking to oust the current administration: Don't go too far to the left. read more
A record number of women have won major party nominations for governorships and seats in the House of Representatives this year -- a full month before primary season is officially over. Democrats on Tuesday chose former Michigan House Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly (D) as their nominees for governorships. That brings the number of women who have won major party gubernatorial nominations to 11 -- one more than the previous record, set five times over the last quarter century. read more
The center-left think tank Third Way Americans is trying to convince potential Democratic presidential candidates that a wide swath of voters prefer policies that promote opportunity, rather than the entitlement of "Sanders-ism." The big picture: "Voters see an opportunity crisis, and in some ways Trump tapped into that," said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Third Way's vice president for social policy and politics. "[I]f Democrats embrace this cause, they can beat Trump." The details: You can boil the approaches down to "broadband for all" vs. "Medicare for all." Other examples of Third Way's opportunity agenda include apprenticeship programs, help for small businesses, and regional minimum wage increases.
California Supreme Court blocks measure that would divide state in three from appearing on November ballot. According to the decision: Because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition's validity, and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election, respondent Alex Padilla, as Secretary of State of the State of California, is directed to refrain from placing Proposition 9 on the November 6, 2018, ballot. read more