by Countable | 11.8.17
Welcome to The Day After, Countable friends. No matter what you think of last night's election returns, today is the day to redouble our focus on communicating our opinions, ideals and needs to our employees — the people who represent us in our government. Keep on them!
Election night top take-aways: Democrats take governors' mansions in Virginia & New Jersey, make gains in statehouses and mayors' offices around the country. Here's a list of winners and analysis from around the country, in our regular feature, What They're Saying.
And here's a roundup of this year's House special elections, and their returns so far.
House Republicans are mulling the possibility of using their tax plan to eliminate the mandate under Obamacare that all people must buy health insurance. Here's how that could actually save money and reduce the overall cost of the tax plan.
The latest GOP tax proposal would eliminate the current credit for people who adopt children. This has angered many adoption advocates, some of whom are calling it a "pro-life" issue. Read more here.
With the incredible pace of events in these times, it can be hard to keep any one subject in mind for very long — including the fact that this year's hurricane season was devastating to large swaths of the U.S. As recovery continues, have we — and our representatives — forgotten? More here.
As always, keep in touch. The Daily Countable is here for you!
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Republicans have sold their party out to privileged corruption, biased social propaganda and outright unpatriotic behavior in disgusting quantities. Good Luck with your Future in America...
Democrats were the majority of voters in the presidential election, so it is no surprise that a stolen Supreme Court seat, anti-democratic loss of the presidency due to the quirks of the electoral college, and being completely left out of the legislative process leads to even greater numbers of Democrats at the ballot box. A large majority of people want guaranteed affordable healthcare, a true fair shake when it comes to salaries, a good education available to all without risk of bankruptcy, more social acceptance for people of all stripes who are just quietly living their lives, better infrastructure and services for our tax dollars, and a place at the political table rather than being shoved aside in favor of big-dollar donors. The Republican Party is ignoring that at its peril.
Trump will never admit to owning the mess he has created but we will be heard and we will be counted by those in the American political system who care about America and Americans.
About the elections last night; diversity won, unity won, facts won, science won, issues won, healthcare won, voting rights won, honesty won, being qualified won, the people won. These are all what the corporate white supremacist Putin/republicans are against. there are more of us than you Doug LaMalfa!
Finally. The Democrats finally have gained a foothold which will be very important in the midterms. In West Virginia!
I believe some of what was on the minds of Virginians were Healthcare concerns. The Republican Tax Plan is a scheme to reward the rich and do away with social programs that assist people of lesser means, and to defund Planned Parenthood which offers life-saving support for women. Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions and they don’t use Federal money for abortions. If Planned Parenthood could educate and support women with their healthcare issues and birth control, most likely the abortion rate would drop. I regard Republican efforts as a war against women, people of color, and people who are gay or transgender. Since I am a woman, they are at war with me. And they won’t get my vote or support.
The moronic, racist, GOP would rather follow Adolf over the cliff than admit that he is the CLOWN that normal people can clearly see! I️, for one, will enjoy the show until next November.
It’s time to save the Republican Party! Dump Trump and his inflammatory agenda. Impeach him now or see the Republican Party torn apart like what happened in Virginia.
Never underestimate the true American spirit Our country was not based on billionaire bigots Yesterday was a small reminder 2018 and 2020 will return our country to the rightful owners
I consider myself an independent. I made a protest vote against the Republicans. I cannot support a team that is not for the hard working people in this country. No, they are supporting their own and wealthy interests. No thank you.
I love it! Everyone in NJ and VA- get out a pen and paper and right down the taxes rates, crime statistics, unemployment rates, as well as your level of gov’t services. A year from now measure and write down the same stats and compare the 2 lists! When you see that the Democrat Party way is the way of failure- you’ll have learned the hard way what most people already know- socialism never works!!!!
Take that Trump!!!
Keep it coming! A MANDATE FOR respect, diversity, love, compassion, workability, common sense, patriotism..,
“Election wave?” Democrats won two gubernatorial elections in blue states. If that’s what counts as a win, the Democrats are in trouble.
This is a strong message. WAKE UP!!! The kool-aid probably tastes a bit bitter about now. Maybe once the indictments reach “his highness” the republicans will feel the need to make a substantive change.
I’m happy that some Democrats won but I want it to be known that Bernie Sanders asked his followers to come out for the Democrats in a sign of Unity! I am an independent who votes progressively ! When Bernie sent the email I and many other progressives chose to do as he requested and vote for democrats . So please thank Bernie for his dedication to our Country and our communities .
trump and the Republicans in Congress have sold their souls to the devil...One other thing, every time pence & trump are together pence looks at trump like he’s a golden Idol... LOL
How funny you say anything about TRUMPS mess? Are there really people out there that think that. He has been in office less than 1 yr and has improved our economy more than anybody has in history! Should we talk about the mess that was made our country because of your choices over just the last 8 yrs? I would but I truly don’t have time to deal with the ignorance that obviously these statements are based on! We know what Trump has done and he hasn’t committed Treason against our Country!
I am very relieved that Democrats have won the elections in Virginia. It sends a message that the people of this country are on to President Trumps unacceptable policies and dangerous game of bullying and trolling people that do not agree with him.
I'd like to just be positive and concur the election results prove our system works.