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New DOJ report says 75% of convicted terrorists in US are foreign born

On Tuesday President Trump cited a new report from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security revealing that nearly three out of four individuals convicted on international terrorism charges in the U.S. were foreign born and to call for immediate immigration reform.

The DHS and DOJ released the report  to “be more transparent with the American people,” abiding by the guidelines of Trump’s March 6 executive order, Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States Initial Section 11 Report more commonly known as the travel ban.

According to the report, at least 549 people were convicted of international terrorism-related charges in the U.S. between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016. Of those convicted, 254 were not U.S. citizens, 148 were foreign-born and received citizenship and 147 were citizens by birth.

It also noted that the DHS in 2017 denied U.S. entry to 2,554 people on the terror watch list.

Trump reacted to the report by tweeting: “We have submitted to Congress a list of resources and reforms we need to keep America safe, including moving away from a random chain migration and lottery system, to one that is merit-based.”

The president has made it clear in recent meetings on immigration with lawmakers from both parties that he wants to end the visa lottery program, aimed at increasing immigrant diversity, and chain migration, when immigrants enter the U.S. through sponsorship from family members already settled in the country.

The report also found that from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 355,345 non-U.S. citizens were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the purpose of deportation after being convicted of an “aggravated felony” or two or more felony offenses. In addition, 370,098 non-U.S. citizens were deported for the same offenses during that time period.

A senior administration official said Tuesday that the report “is part of the administration’s efforts to illuminate basic statistics that should be at the hands of the American people to inform public discourse on the issue,” The Hill reported.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reacted to the report on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday.

“We have immigration, we want immigration, but we want to vet these people,” Sessions said. “We want to know who they are and make sure they’re going to be productive people, people who will flourish in America, who are going to not be terrorists, not be criminals and that’s exactly correct for America.”

Sessions added that the U.S. should “tighten up on our admission of people from dangerous areas of the globe, where we can’t vet, where we have high numbers of terrorists that live in those areas. We should certainly be more careful and limit that kind of immigration.”

NJ Gov Plans new Agency for ‘Defensive Protection’ of Illegal Aliens

When former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy officially takes office on Tuesday as New Jersey’s next governor, he plans to install a tax-payer funded state agency geared toward aiding illegal aliens, the Washington Post reported.

Murphy, a Democrat who held the ambassador post under Obama after several years as a Goldman Sachs executive, said the agency would be called “the Office of Immigrant Defensive Protection”.

Murphy previously vowed to make New Jersey a sanctuary state if President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“DREAMers… are every bit as American as my four kids,” he said at a debate with outgoing Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) in Newark.

“We will stand up to this president. If need be, we will be a sanctuary not just city but state. This is America… Mr. President, not in the state of New Jersey,” he said at the time.

Murphy told the Post the new agency will be an office that undocumented immigrants could “call with questions about their status.”

“The rumors that swirl around communities are extraordinary, and it’s literally hard to get, particularly if you’re undocumented, the right answer to your question. That’s when people go back into the shadows,” he said.

Murphy said that he thought the term “sanctuary” had become tainted as a political “buzzword” – saying he preferred the term “welcoming.”

The Post reported Murphy supports offering state identification, driver’s licenses and education-related financial aid to illegal immigrants.

He said he also supports legalizing marijuana and raising the minimum wage, adding that he wants the Garden State to become a “progressive beacon.”

His long-held opposition to the Trump agenda gained him headlines for comparing the New Yorker’s presidency to Germany in the 1920s and opposing the tax reform bill.

Asked why he hasn’t moderated from his left-wing views since his election against outgoing Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) deputy, Murphy responded, “Let me tell you the secret. I believed what I said in the primary.”

Wilson joins Lewis and other Dems to boycott President Trumps first State Of The Union Address

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson joins Georgia Rep. John Lewis and other Democrats in boycotting President Trump’s first State of the Union address later this month.

Wilson told The Tampa Bay Times Sunday in a statement she doesn’t plan to attend Trump’s speech to Congress on Jan. 30.

“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address,” Wilson said.

“I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises, and lies.”

Wilson added she feels Trump has let down the country with his leadership so far during his time in office.

“During his disappointing and destructive first year in office, Mr. Trump has demeaned the presidency at every opportunity and cast doubt on our nation’s standing as a global leader. The United States’ reputation is smoldering in the ashes of his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations,” she said.

“Many of his proposed domestic policies are harmful to people of color, low-income communities, and the middle class. It would be an embarrassment to be seen with him at a forum that under any other president would be an honor to attend.”

At a time when unity is much needed and even called for by President Trump. The Democrats in DC continue to push hatred and division by continuing constant attacks against the President on a daily basis.

Democrats should be working hard to set an example for the rest of America but instead they are working tirelessly to undermine and destroy his Presidency by promoting lies, illegitimate claims and unproven allegations.

Proclaiming Peace, January 14, 1784: Ratification of the Treaty of Paris

On January 14, 1784, the Treaty of Paris was ratified by the Congress of the United States, while they met in the Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House. The Treaty formally ended the Revolutionary War and established the United States as a free and independent nation.

The Treaty of Paris, signed in Paris by representatives of King George III of Great Britain and representatives of the United States of America on 3 September 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War. This treaty, along with the separate peace treaties between Great Britain and the nations that supported the American cause: France, Spain and the Dutch Republic, are known collectively as the Peace of Paris. Its territorial provisions were “exceedingly generous” to the United States in terms of enlarged boundaries.

Peace negotiations began in April of 1782 , and continued through the summer. Representing the United States were Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Henry Laurens, and John Adams.David Hartley and Richard Oswald represented Great Britain. The treaty was signed at the Hotel d’York (presently 56 Rue Jacob) in Paris on September 3, 1783 by Adams, Franklin, Jay, and Hartley. On the same day, Great Britain also signed separate agreements with France and Spain, and (provisionally) with the Netherlands. In the treaty with Spain, the territories of East and West Florida were ceded to Spain (without a clear northern boundary, resulting in a territorial dispute resolved by the Treaty of Madrid in 1795), as was the island of Minorca, while the Bahama Islands, Grenada, and Montserrat, captured by the French and Spanish, were returned to Britain. The treaty with France was mostly about exchanges of captured territory (France’s only net gains were the island of Tobago, and Senegal in Africa), but also reinforced earlier treaties, guaranteeing fishing rights off Newfoundland. Dutch possessions in the East Indies, captured in 1781, were returned by Britain to the Netherlands in exchange for trading privileges in the Dutch East Indies, by a treaty which was not finalized until 1784.

Congress’ assent was required for the Treaty to take effect, and delegates were called to convene at Annapolis, then serving as the nation’s capital, in November, 1783. The Treaty stipulated that Congress approve and return the document to England within six months of being signed. However, representatives from nine of the thirteen states were required to be present in order for Congress to proceed, and it was nearly six weeks until enough members assembled to hold a vote. Mindful of the nearly two months required to cross the Atlantic, Congress grew concerned that a sufficient number of delegates would not arrive in time, and in early January, 1784, began to consider voting on ratification with the delegates already present.

However, upon the arrival of Richard Beresford of South Carolina in Annapolis just a few days later, a quorum was reached, and Congress voted unanimously to ratify the Treaty. Congress then ordered “That a proclamation be immediately issued, notifying…the states of the union” that the Treaty had been signed.

The United States Congress of the Confederation ratified the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784. Copies were sent back to Europe for ratification by the other parties involved, the first reaching France in March 1784. British ratification occurred on April 9, 1784, and the ratified versions were exchanged in Paris on May 12, 1784. It was not for some time, though, that the Americans in the countryside received the news because of the lack of speedy communication.

John Dunlap, Congress’ official printer, printed the broadside seen here, which was “to notify… all the good citizens of these United States” that the Treaty had been ratified, and that American independence was assured. The proclamation was also to serve as official notice of the Treaty, a task of particular importance in an era when communication was limited. Of the thirteen copies Dunlap printed—one for each state—only a handful are known to survive today. This copy, held at the Maryland State Archives, bears the embossed seal of Congress and the signatures of Thomas Mifflin, president of Congress, and Charles Thompson, secretary. Several others are in the collections of the Library of Congress. Another copy in private hands sold at auction for over $300,000 in December, 2007.

Distinguished Republicans Cotton and Perdue Don’t Recall Trump’s Haiti Remarks

Two distinguished Republican senators said they did not recall President Donald Trump referring to Haiti and African nations with a vulgar comment, according to a statement they released on Twitter.

“We do not recall the president saying those comments specifically, but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest. We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades,” said Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., in the statement.

Trump on Thursday, during a meeting about immigration, questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and other nations rather than places like Norway, and allegedly made a vulgar comment that described the African nations.

However, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who attended the meeting, said Trump “repeatedly” made “hate-filled, vile and racist” comments.

The president denied making the vulgar comment.

Chrysler to invest $1 billion in truck plant to move truck production from Mexico to Michigan

FCA investing $1 billion in truck plant to move Ram truck production from Mexico to Michigan

Ram Heavy Duty trucks will be made at Warren Assembly

WARREN, Mich. – New investments announced Thursday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles include moving the Ram Heavy Duty truck production from Mexico to Warren.

The company will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. Production of the next generation of Ram Heavy Duty trucks will move from Saltillo, Mexico, to the plant in 2020.

The company will also create 2,500 new jobs at the plant.

In January 2017, the company announced that it would invest a portion of $1 billion in Warren Truck Assembly to expand the Jeep product line with the addition of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

Also, the company said that it will make a bonus payment of $2,000 to approximately 60,000 FCA hourly and salaried employees in the U.S., excluding senior leadership. The bonus will be paid to all eligible employees of the FCA automotive and components operations.

The payment will be made in the second quarter of this year, and will be in addition to any profit-sharing and salaried performance bonuses that employees would otherwise be eligible to receive in 2018.

“These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA’s success,” said Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of FCA. “It is only proper that our employees share in the savings generated by tax reform and that we openly acknowledge the resulting improvement in the U.S. business environment by investing in our industrial footprint accordingly.”

The company said that the actions were possible partially because of the passage of tax reform.

The hypocritical History of Mexican immigration Law

Contrary to the beliefs of those on the left, actual facts prove that Mexico’s immigration laws only up until recently, have been historically harsher than that of the United States. And while Mexico’s new immigration laws are quite liberal when compared to their laws of the past, Mexico, ironically, is still deporting mass amounts of illegal Aliens from their soil.

Illegal immigration in Mexico

Illegal immigration has always been a problem in Mexico, especially since the 1970s. Although the number of deportations is declining due to tighter border security, with 61,034 registered cases in 2011, and even less now that President Trump has taken Office. The Mexican government documented over 200,000 illegal border crossings in 2004 and 2005. The largest source of illegal Aliens in Mexico is the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador bordering Mexico to the southeast. In 2014 The Mexican Government said that it would increase enforcement at its southern border where they carried out about 150,000 deportations of unauthorized immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, a 44% jump over the previous year. These three Central American countries alone accounted for nearly all (97%) of Mexico’s deportations in 2015.

Migration Law of 2011

Prior to May 2011, Mexico’s immigration policy was regulated by the highly strict General Law of Population of 1970, which had been portrayed in hypocritical light when compared to the immigration policies of The United States.

However, on May 24, 2011, President Felipe Calderon signed the new and much more liberal Migration Law. Some of the most significant principles in this new law included new “rights for migrants”. The new law guarantees that foreigners and Mexican nationals will receive equal treatment under Mexican law and decriminalizes undocumented immigration, reducing it to an administrative infraction, punishable with a fine of up to 100 days’ worth of minimum wage. Under this equality principle all immigrants, regardless of status, nationality, or ethnicity, are granted the right to education and healthcare and are entitled to due process.

Although this holds true, we still do not recommend burning a Mexican Flag or beating your chest in protest, screaming and stating in front of the Mexican Capital that you are in fact an illegal like they do here in America. You may come back missing some limbs…

Elements aimed at promoting family unity were also added. Moreover, before the government takes action (deportation) with respect to migrant children and other vulnerable individuals (women, seniors, the handicapped and victims of crime), their specific needs must be prioritized and adequate services must be provided. Illegal Aliens are also granted judicial rights that they were previously denied, such as the right to due process. In addition, the law also calls for establishing a Center for Trust Evaluation and Control which will be charged with the task of training and certifying immigration personnel in hopes of curtailing corrupt practices. All Institute of Migration officials are to meet the same standards as the rest of the country’s security agencies. Government officials found to be violating the law are now subject to penalties, including fines and imprisonment.

General Law of Population

With the Mexican government’s intent to control migration flows and attract foreigners who can contribute to economic development, the new migration law simplifies foreigners’ entrance and residence requirements. First, it replaces the two large immigration categories (immigrant and non-immigrant) with the categories of “visitor” and “temporary resident”. The status of “permanent resident” is maintained. In the General Law of Population the two categories incorporate over 30 different types of foreigners—i.e. distinguished visitor, religious minister, etc.—each with its own stipulations and requirements to qualify for entry and stay. Under the new law the requirements are simplified, basically differentiating those foreigners who are allowed to work and those who are not. The law also expedites the permanent resident application process for retirees and other foreigners. For granting permanent residency, the law proposes using a point system based on factors such as level of education, employment experience, and scientific and technological knowledge. The specifics for the points system were established in the Law’s regulations—Articles 124 to 127 of the Regulations—published on September 28, 2012.

These laws are strikingly similar and are not unlike President Trumps proposed Merit based point system and RAISE Act in the United States that is harshly apposed by the Democrats in DC.

According to Article 81 of the Law and Article 70 of the regulations to the law, immigration officials are the only ones that can conduct immigration procedures although the Federal Police may assist but only under the request and guidance of the Institute of Migration. Verification procedures cannot be conducted in migrant shelters run by civil society organizations or by individuals that engage in providing humanitarian assistance to immigrants.

Texas and Mexico

In the 1820s, some people from the Northern and Eastern United States entered Mexico illegally. Mexico did have legal immigration through empresario contacts. The reason for this was to create a buffer between Mexico and the growing United States. At first they tried to convince Mexicans to move into Texas. However, Texas was dominated by the warlike Comanche Indians. Mexican families did not want to move to Texas and risk their families lives.

Mexico then offered cheap land to Anglos from the United States. These legal immigrants had to agree to live under the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Mexican Texas was bordered by the U.S. frontier areas of Louisiana and Arkansas, had the most settlement by American illegal immigrants.

When Mexico realized that illegal immigration was out of control they attempted to shut it down. Mexican Texas had a population of 3,000 illegal immigrants by 1823; most of those immigrants were from the Southern United States or Appalachia.

By 1825, Mexico and the Coahuila and Texas territory legalized immigration under the condition that settlers convert to Roman Catholicism and not own slaves. However, as the settler population expanded to 7,000 and did not assimilate with Mexican culture, Mexico banned American immigration again in 1830. However, by 1835, American immigration increased to 1,000 per month. Santa Anna did away with the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Many violations under his dictatorship led to tensions and eventually the outbreak of a revolution. Texas became independent from Mexico in 1836.

Foreign relations

In October 2004, the Hechos newscast of TV Azteca reported that the National Institute of Migration (INM) in Mexico raided strip clubs and deport foreigners who worked in such clubs without the proper documentations. In 2004, the INM deported 188,000 people at a cost of US$10 million.

Cuba

Illegal immigration of Cubans through Cancun tripled from 2004 to 2006.

United States

The Mexican government has been accused of hypocrisy in terms of illegal immigration, criticizing the United States government for its treatment of illegal immigrants whilst their laws have been historically harsher by comparison.

Guatemala

In 2006, Joseph Contreras profiled the issue of Guatemalan immigrants illegally entering Mexico for Newsweek magazine and claimed that while Mexican president Vicente Fox urged that the United Stated grant legal residency to millions of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Mexico had only granted legal status to 15,000 undocumented immigrants. Additionally, Contreras found that at coffee farms in the Mexican state Chiapas, “40,000 Guatemalan field hands endure backbreaking jobs and squalid living conditions to earn roughly US $3.50 a day” and that some farmers “even deduct the cost of room and board from that amount.” The Mexican National Institute of Migration estimated that 400,235 people crossed the Guatemala-Mexico border illegally every year and that around 150,000 of them intended to enter the United States. The illegal immigration from Mexico’s southern neighbors is proving to be a headache for both Mexico and the United States, which has seen an increase in illegal immigration from Central America while Mexican migration has fallen significantly. Most Central Americans in Mexico and the United States hail from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, with a small number from Nicaragua.

Amnesty international indicates that 60% of women “migrants” are sexually assaulted while in transit via Mexico into the United States by the same “migrants” that flood our streets illegally.

Perhaps Mexico should pay more attention to their own laws, History and deportations rather than criticizing and dictating those of other Countries.

President Trump is Working to Rebuild Rural America

President Trump is working to keep another one of his Campaign promises to rebuild rural America and take care of our Farmers!

From The Office of The White House

Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love to do so much.

-President Donald J. Trump

RURAL AMERICA HAS BEEN LEFT BEHIND:

President Donald J. Trump has charged the Rural Prosperity Task Force with examining the challenges facing rural America.

• Rural employment has grown slower than employment in urban areas, and was the slowest to recover from the recession.

• Many Americans living in rural communities continue to face barriers that prevent them from attaining the quality of life they deserve.

• Poverty rates are disproportionately high in many rural communities.

• Access to adequate transportation is a hindrance to many rural Americans.

• Insufficient access to medical care means health problems can be exceptionally hard to overcome for Americans living in rural areas.

• Too many rural Americans do not have necessary broadband access needed to engage in the modern economy.

• According to the Federal Communications Commission, 39 percent of rural Americans, or 23 million people, lack sufficient broadband access.

• Insufficient broadband networks in rural areas leave many Americans without access to services such as telemedicine and long distance learning.

• High costs of deployment have kept commercial internet providers from installing equipment in rural areas.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO RURAL PROSPERITY:

President Trump’s Rural Prosperity Task Force has proposed recommendations to help rural America grow and thrive.

• President Trump established the Rural Prosperity Task Force on April 25, 2017, to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes needed to help secure a prosperous future for rural America.

• The Task Force is chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and includes local leaders and representatives from 22 Federal departments and agencies.

• The Task Force identified more than 100 actions centering on five key areas that can help achieve a better future for rural America.

Connectivity for rural America:

Electronic connectivity is essential for rural communities to succeed. To ensure rural American can compete, the report recommends:

• assessing the current state and effectiveness of rural connectivity and supporting programs;

• establishing a leadership team among the White House and various departments to ensure better access to electronic connectivity; and

• cutting red tape to encourage investment in high-speed internet.

Quality of Life Improvement:

In order to achieve prosperity, rural Americans must have a high quality of life. To improve quality of life, the report recommends:

• targeting rural areas for transportation investment using current programs;

• establishing public-private partnerships to help rural Americans complete an education; and

• expediting infrastructure and technology investment in electric and water utilities for rural communities.

Support for a Rural Workforce:

Every rural community needs job opportunities for its residents and rural businesses need qualified workers. To increase the availability of qualified workers, the report recommends:

• expanding apprenticeship programs, particularly in healthcare and trade industries;

• centralizing access to Federal job training programs and encouraging agencies to partner with the Department of Agriculture to host programs at local offices; and

• improving the H-2A program through new policies and regulatory changes.

Harnessing Technological Innovation:

Continued American leadership in agricultural production and productivity will require leveraging emerging technologies across American farmlands. To promote innovation, the report recommends:

• developing best practices to better leverage big data collection and analysis for agricultural applications;

• expediting FAA regulatory waiver approvals for low-altitude unmanned aircraft system flights in rural environments; and

• modernizing and streamlining a science-based regulatory policy to expedite the commercialization of safe biotechnology products.

Rural Economic Development:

By empowering rural economies, we empower America’s economy. To develop rural economies, the report recommends:

• creating an online Rural Prosperity Portal to help facilitate investment in rural communities;

• removing regulatory barriers to develop and access natural resources in rural areas; and

• increasing access to capital in rural communities by identifying projects for private investment.

REBUILDING RURAL AMERICA:

President Trump’s Administration will build on existing projects and efforts to support rural America.

• On November 6, 2017, the Department of Agriculture announced it will invest more than $200 million to help bring broadband to rural communities.

• President Trump’s Department of Agriculture has announced it will invest $2.5 billion in electric infrastructure improvements in rural areas.

• In fiscal year 2017, the Department of Agriculture provided more than $1 billion to help improve access to health care for rural Americans.

• This $1 billion helped 2.5 million Americans living in rural communities in 41 States.

• The Department of Agriculture invested more than $40 million to improve infrastructure in rural America in fiscal year 2017.

• President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, which will provide needed tax cuts to America’s farmers.

• Most farms are organized as pass-through businesses, which will benefit from both lower tax rates across the board and a 20 percent deduction in their taxable income.

• The vast majority of family farms will be exempt from the estate tax.

• Farmers will be able expense 100 percent of their capital investments, such as equipment, over the next four years.

Watch as President Trump delivers remarks at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention.

What you need to know about the 2018 Elections

If the 2018 states follow the 2016 presidential outcome in their votes for the Senate, Republicans will gain nine Senate seats and have a filibuster-proof majority. It’s time to get to work!

The 2018 United States elections will mostly be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of President Trumps term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. 39 state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

The primary season runs from March to September.

Congressional Elections

Senate Elections

United States Senate elections, 2018

All 33 seats in Senate Class I will be up for election. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes.

United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018, to be held on November 6, 2018.

House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the Delegate for the District of Columbia as well as the delegates from U.S. territories, with the exception of the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

During or prior to the 2018 House election on November 6, there will be at least four special elections:

Special election in Michigan’s 13th congressional district following the resignation of John Conyers, to be held on November 6, 2018, coinciding with the regular elections.

• Special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district following the resignation of Pat Tiberi (date yet to be determined)

Special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district following the resignation of Tim Murphy, to be held on March 13, 2018.

Special election in Arizona’s 8th congressional district following the resignation of Trent Franks, to be held on April 24, 2018

In November 2017, the rate of Republican congresspeople announcing their retirements or resigning their seats was vastly higher than at similar time-points in the Congresses since 2006. Most of these congresspeople faced tough reelection bids in 2018. The rate of Democratic announcements of retirements was in line with previous Congresses. The disproportionate number of Republican retirements is likely to harm Republican prospects in the 2018 mid-term elections as there will be fewer districts where Republicans have the incumbency advantage.

State Elections

The 2018 state elections will impact the redistricting that will follow the 2020 United States Census, as many states task governors and state legislators with drawing new boundaries for state legislative and Congressional districts.

Gubernatorial Elections

United States gubernatorial elections, 2018

Elections will be held for the governorships of 36 U.S. states and three U.S. territories. Special elections may be held for vacancies in the other states and territories, if required by their state/territorial constitutions.

Legislative Elections

87 of the 99 state legislative chambers are holding regularly-scheduled elections in 2018. Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia do not hold regularly-scheduled legislative elections in even years. Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, and South Carolina will only hold elections for the lower house. In legislative chambers that use staggered terms, only a portion of the seats in the chamber will be up for election.

Local Elections

Mayoral Elections

Major cities which are holding mayoral elections in 2018 include:

Phoenix, Arizona: Incumbent mayor Greg Stanton (D) is not running for re-election.

San Francisco, California (special): London Breed became acting mayor upon Ed Lee‘s death.

Washington, D.C.: Incumbent Muriel Bowser (D) is running for re-election.

Political party strength in U.S. states

Cook Partisan Voting Index

The Cook Partisan Voting Index, often abbreviated as CPVI or simply PVI, is a measurement of how strongly a United States congressional district or state leans toward the Democratic or Republican Party, compared to the nation as a whole.

The 2018 Elections will secure what we have fought so hard to build, we must start fighting now to turn every single State Red and to take control of DC once and for all! If you think it’s hard getting stuff done now, just wait until we lose control of State Governorships and House and Senate seats in DC.