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‘Texodus’: Quitting Texas Republicans ‘could get out of hand’ for GOP leaders

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Texas Republicans were still processing the retirements of Reps. Pete Olson and Mike Conaway, when a much bigger bombshell dropped: Rep. Will Hurd, the only black GOP House member and the only remaining Republican to represent a Mexican border district, announced he would not seek re-election.

All of this, wrote Cook Political Report House editor Dave Wasserman, puts the focus on other Texas Republicans who only won their races narrowly in 2018 — and raises the possibility of an electoral bloodbath for the GOP in the Lone Star State:

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Barney Frank unveils the slogan Democratic candidates can use to win the Senate in 2020

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Former Rep. Barney Frank suggested a slogan that Democrats could use to end the reign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Frank suggested the slogan during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

"The Republican electorate -- and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore," Frank replied.

"Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price," he said. "And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final -- between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November."

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Biden parrots ‘profoundly silly’ narrative that lesson from UK elections is Democrats should not go ‘so, so far left’

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"Don't let neoliberals use Jeremy Corbyn's defeat as an attack on Bernie Sanders," warned one progressive commentator.

Former Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night told a gathering of rich donors that the Labour Party's crushing defeat in the U.K. general election represents a warning sign that Democrats should not nominate a left-wing candidate in 2020, a narrative progressives immediately condemned as highly misleading and pernicious.

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Trump 2020 campaign targets black voters in an unusual outreach effort

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If the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee — whether it turns out to be former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont or someone else — is victorious, a heavy African-American voter turnout will be crucial (which is why Warren has been reaching out to the Rev. Al Sharpton). Journalists Alex Isenstadt and Maya King, in a December 13 article for Politico, report that  on the Republican side, President Donald Trump is ramping up his black voter outreach. And even though Trump’s campaign realizes it isn’t going to get a lot of black support, the article explains why he is doing it.

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