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Democrats could use House majority to subpoena Trump’s financial records

09 November 2018

I hope you'll indulge just a smidge of horn-tooting regarding my pre-election projections: Democratic gains in the House in the ballpark of 40 seats (I specified 36 on air Monday evening), Democratic gains of roughly half-a-dozen governorships, and a net Republican gain of maybe one US Senate seat.

Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a handsome, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and healthcare.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Of Pelosi, who with her party capturing the majority of seats Tuesday stands to become the next speaker of the House, Trump tweeted that she "deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by Democrats", that "she has earned this great honor", and even suggested some Republicans could vote for her, if Democrats "give her a hard time".

The deal is meant to replace NAFTA, which President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from for several years. This could signal that voters saw the Kavanaugh hearings for what they were: a farce and an outrage committed by Democrats. In the 115th Congress, the Republicans controlled the House 235 to 193 and the Senate 51 to 47 with 2 Independents (both of whom caucus with the Left).

The new Democrat star was narrowly beaten by Ted Cruz in the Senate contest in the traditional Republican stronghold of Texas.

Democrats' third-most priority, by 40 percent of respondents, was the environment.

In the suburbs outside the nation's capital, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator.

LePage vetoed bills five times that would have expanded the state's Medicaid system to an additional 70,000 low-income Mainers.

Democrats and Mills, the state's attorney general, campaigned largely on access to affordable health care, and Mills has vowed to enact the Medicaid expansion during her first days in office.

Plus, he said, Democrats have "nothing, zero", on him.

Said Tom Shields, a Republican political consultant and president of Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group Inc. said Whitmer "didn't do anything to upset the wave and stop it from coming".

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Governors - who head the executive branch in state governments - have been chosen in 36 out of 50 states.

Libby noted that often the only way the Legislature was able to extract information from LePage's administration was to use the Government Oversight Committee's subpoena powers to compel witnesses to appear before them.

"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis".

The news is not all good for Trumpism.

The newly elected Republican opposes Medicaid expansion; South Dakota is one of 19 states to refuse the expansion, which would cover more than 40,000 of the state's most vulnerable residents. "This way, they'll come to me, we'll negotiate, maybe we'll make a deal, maybe we won't, that's possible".

Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, the current Senate minority leader and a likely candidate for Senate president, echoed Libby's sentiments in a news release early Wednesday. "And you can be damn sure that is what we intend to do in the ME state Senate".

"We'll know what we are doing and we'll do it right", she said. But she didn't want to have that embrace.

"This doesn't mean that we go looking for a fight, but it means that if we see a need to go forward we will, but that will be the work of our committees".

But in Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams - who was hoping to become the first black female governor in the United States - refused to concede as her Republican opponent Brian Kemp took a commanding lead after a bitter campaign.

LePage issued a prepared statement congratulating all the winners of Tuesday's elections. "Please hold that trust sacred". For that, I don't blame her.

The victories are sure to reinforce the mandate of a president who nationalized the midterm elections by rallying his supporters to vote for Republicans as though his "America First" agenda was on the ballot.

Democrats could use House majority to subpoena Trump’s financial records