Republicans Gain Big in Blue-Collar Elections But Narrowly in Affluent State Legislative Elections

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Posted: Oct 22, 2021 12:01 AM

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State legislative special elections provide an interesting index of partisan sentiment these days. That wasn’t so in the late 20th century, when clever local candidates and notables often got voters to cross party lines. But in this century of increasing partisan polarization and straight-ticket voting, local special elections are a proxy for opinion on national issues.

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Ex-College Basketball Star Killed Toddler Son, Stashed Him in Freezer for Years, Cops Say

A former college basketball star allegedly killed his toddler son then stashed the body in a freezer in his garage for at least two-and-a-half years, according to Virginia authorities.
Last May, cops received a tip that a child’s corpse was being kept inside a house in Midlothian, Maj. Michael Louth of the Chesterfield County Police Department told The Daily Beast. When they searched the home, they discovered the remains of Eliel Adon Weaver, whose exact age has not been revealed but was under the age of 5 when he died, police said.

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The Second Amendment vs. the Seventh Amendment: Procedural Rights and the Problem of Incorporation

This is the fourth in a series of five posts based on my piece in the Northwestern Law Review comparing the Second and Seventh Amendment. The last post described the distinction between substantive and procedural rights, and the importance of that distinction. In this post, I look more closely at the problem of procedural rights and explain how they block important reforms.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s struggles over whether to apply the first eight amendments of the Constitution to the states illustrate the problem with procedural rights.

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The Second Amendment vs. the Seventh Amendment: Procedural Rights and the Problem of Incorporation

This is the fourth in a series of five posts based on my piece in the Northwestern Law Review comparing the Second and Seventh Amendment. The last post described the distinction between substantive and procedural rights, and the importance of that distinction. In this post, I look more closely at the problem of procedural rights and explain how they block important reforms.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s struggles over whether to apply the first eight amendments of the Constitution to the states illustrate the problem with procedural rights.

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The Second Amendment vs. the Seventh Amendment: Procedural Rights and the Problem of Incorporation

This is the fourth in a series of five posts based on my piece in the Northwestern Law Review comparing the Second and Seventh Amendment. The last post described the distinction between substantive and procedural rights, and the importance of that distinction. In this post, I look more closely at the problem of procedural rights and explain how they block important reforms.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s struggles over whether to apply the first eight amendments of the Constitution to the states illustrate the problem with procedural rights.

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Ask a Teacher: Will These Very Basic Morning Battles Ever Stop?

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions. Have a question for our teachers? Email askateacher@slate.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group.
My 6-year-old boy hates kindergarten. He fights me every morning and tells me he doesn’t want to go. This morning I had to carry him to my car with his shoes in my hand.

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Ask a Teacher: Will These Very Basic Morning Battles Ever Stop?

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions. Have a question for our teachers? Email askateacher@slate.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group.
My 6-year-old boy hates kindergarten. He fights me every morning and tells me he doesn’t want to go. This morning I had to carry him to my car with his shoes in my hand.

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Republicans gain big in blue-collar elections but narrowly in affluent state elections

State legislative special elections provide an interesting index of partisan sentiment these days. That wasn’t so in the late 20th century, when clever candidates and local notables often got voters to cross party lines. But in this century of increasing partisan polarization and straight-ticket voting, local special elections are a proxy for opinions on national issues.
In that light, consider the results of the two special legislative elections that have resulted in a change of parties so far this year.
The first was in Connecticut’s 36th Senate District on Aug. 17.

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Republicans gain big in blue-collar elections but narrowly in affluent state elections

State legislative special elections provide an interesting index of partisan sentiment these days. That wasn’t so in the late 20th century, when clever candidates and local notables often got voters to cross party lines. But in this century of increasing partisan polarization and straight-ticket voting, local special elections are a proxy for opinions on national issues.
In that light, consider the results of the two special legislative elections that have resulted in a change of parties so far this year.
The first was in Connecticut’s 36th Senate District on Aug. 17.

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Sens. Cotton, Blackburn: Free speech is under fire on America’s college campuses. Here’s how we’ll protect it

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The promise of American higher education has always been that it equips young people with the skills and the knowledge to be wise, productive members of society.
Today, going to college is less promising and more perilous for the thousands of young people who head to campus and immediately encounter angry activists and administrators intent on stifling the speech of anyone who dares to question liberal orthodoxy.

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