Stories you shouldn’t miss for Nov. 6, 2018:
1. Democrats are very optimistic about taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in today’s election, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying she’s 100 percent sure
of a Democratic victory, although it looks like Republicans might hold on to the U.S. Senate, the Washington Post
$ reports. Democrats are buoyed by two major polls released on Monday
: CNN showed a 13-point lead for Democrats and a George Washington University showed an 8-point advantage.
2. However, if control of the House comes down to Congressional races in California, it could take a while before we’ll know for sure if Democrats have done won
, because of the state’s slow process of tabulating mail-in ballots, reports Andrew Sheeler of the Sacramento Bee
$. The state’s mail-in ballot system, designed to maximize turnout, results in numerous people turning in their ballots on Election Day, which then don’t get counted for a week or more.
3. Charter school, health care, and landlord groups backing ex-Obama aide Buffy Wicks have outspent committees supporting Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles by more than a 3-1 margin
in the East Bay’s Assembly District 15 race, Richmond Confidential reports. “Political committees have spent $1,380,600 to promote Wicks, according to the campaign finance reports. That’s far more than the $434,364 spent by political committees behind Beckles’ candidacy.”
4. Fox News hosts gave up any pretense and campaigned publicly last night with President Trump
, BuzzFeed News reports. Fox News' Sean Hannity took the stage with Trump in front of a cheering crowd in Missouri on Monday night.
5. And the American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for a ban on spanking children
, saying it does more harm than good, reports Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle
$. The physicians’ group also recommends against “hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, or shaming” kids.
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