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  1. Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 1/22

    Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today's campaign news.

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    Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 · 4:34:04 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

    TN-Sen: Republican former Gov. Bill Haslam, who left office over the weekend, told reporters that he would decide on a Senate bid “probably sometime in March.”

    Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 · 4:37:53 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

    CA-50: 2018 Democratic nominee Ammar Campa-Najjar recently unveiled endorsements from Reps. Scott Peters and Mike Levin, who represent neighboring districts. Earlier this month, Campa-Najjar announced he would seek a rematch with indicted GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is scheduled to go on trial in September, and so far, no notable Democrats have made noises about running.

    Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 · 4:51:32 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

    NY-11: Here’s a not-so-subtle hint that GOP Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is looking to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose. On Friday, Malliotakis tweeted out a photo of her with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and she added that he’d helped facilitate a call with Donald Trump. This Staten Island seat, which includes a portion of Brooklyn, backed Trump 54-44.

    Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 · 5:05:57 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

    TX-10: Over the weekend, 2018 Democratic nominee Mike Siegel announced that he would seek a rematch against GOP Rep. Mike McCaul. Siegel, a city attorney for Austin, raised a total of just $467,000 during his last campaign and got little outside support, so it was a big surprise when he held McCaul to a 51-47 win. This seat, which stretches from Austin east into the Houston area, backed Trump 52-43.

    Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 · 5:15:54 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

    ME-Sen: Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, announced on Friday that he was getting radiation treatments for what he described as a “small, localized, residual prostate cancer.” King sounded very optimistic about his prognosis, saying, “What it means for my work in the Senate? Absolutely nothing,” and adding, “I have been assured by my doctors, as recently as this morning, that I will remain healthy through my current Senate term and beyond.”

    Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 · 5:39:51 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

    International Digest: The United Kingdom keeps hurtling toward disaster of its own making after parliament resoundingly defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed "Brexit" deal with the European Union over how the U.K. will leave the supranational organization this year following a 2016 referendum to do so. David Beard extensively explains how the U.K. got here and what these latest developments mean—astonishingly, May's conservative government survives in part because of just how disorganized the opposition and entire political class is. Check out this story and more in January's International Elections Digest.

  2. Daily Kos Elections MLK Day open thread

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  3. Morning Digest: Secretary of state could bail on Trump administration to seek Kansas Senate seat

    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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    KS-Sen: The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is personally trying to convince U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, to leave Trump's cabinet and seek the Republican nomination to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts. They write that McConnell believes that Pompeo could clear the field and avert an expensive and potentially bloody primary. Pompeo's spokesperson only said of a Senate bid that he was "focused on serving the president and keeping Americans safe as the secretary of state," which very much doesn't rule anything out.

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    However, while Pompeo isn't saying no to a bid, it's not clear exactly how interested he is. One unnamed top Republican expressed skepticism that he was interested in giving up his high-profile job as secretary of state to be a junior senator. However, another unidentified person who has been in contact with Pompeo told the Post that, given how dysfunctional the Trump administration is, he may want to "parachute out if things get bad." However, the paper also says that, for once, Trump actually wants to keep a cabinet official onboard, and that he very much doesn't want Pompeo going anywhere.

    For now, Pompeo's deliberations seem to be freezing up the field, with the Kansas City Star's Lindsay Wise saying that it's "causing something of a kerfuffle in the Kansas GOP as potential candidates, consultants and donors try to decide whether to jump into the 2020 race." One prospective candidate, Kansas Chamber of Commerce head Alan Cobb, outright told the paper that he'd defer to Pompeo. The only announced GOP candidate is state Treasurer Jake LaTurner, who only said that "Mike Pompeo gets to decide what Mike Pompeo wants to do."

    It's far from clear how long Mike Pompeo will take to decide what Mike Pompeo wants to do. Unnamed associates told the Post that he's in no hurry to decide, while state party chair Kelly Arnold said Pompeo could wait until the June 2020 filing deadline. However, state Republican National Committeeman Mark Kahrs wants a decision long before then, saying that Pompeo "would need to make that announcement sometime this year" so the party could avoid a big primary. Kahrs adds that, until they hear from Pompeo, other Republicans will move forward with their bids.

  4. International Elections Digest: Who's to blame for the UK's lack of a Brexit deal? Take your pick

    The Daily Kos International Elections Digest is compiled by Stephen Wolf and David Beard, with additional contributions from James Lambert and Daniel Donner, and is edited by David Nir.

    NB: Please be sure to check our calendar of international elections coming up in 2019 at the bottom of this post!

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    United Kingdom – Brexit

    Brexit has plunged the United Kingdom into deep turmoil, and no one knows how it will emerge. Below, we'll explore why the world's fifth-largest economy is mired in this fix, and what might happen next.

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    Matters reached an ugly crescendo this week when Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's "Brexit" deal—the U.K.'s transitional agreement with the European Union (EU) to leave the supranational union—went down to defeat in Parliament by a vote of 202-432 on Tuesday, the biggest loss for a motion put forward by a sitting British government in over 100 years. This in turn led to a vote of no confidence, which May and her Tories survived in spite of their humiliating failure a day earlier, winning 325-306 with the help of their allies, Northern Ireland's right-wing Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

    Combined, these two votes kept the status quo in place, with May’s government surviving but also with no feasible deal to leave the EU capable of winning a parliamentary majority. But the clock is ticking: Brexit is currently scheduled to happen on March 29, with or without a deal. A "No Deal" or "hard" Brexit, where all trade between the U.K. and EU reverts to World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, would be the worst-case outcome for both the U.K. and the union, but hardline anti-Europe extremists nonetheless embrace the possibility.

    How did the United Kingdom get stuck in this situation, careening towards a no-deal scenario that almost no one wants? There’s an epic quantum of blame to go around, and heaps of fault lie with former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, who allowed the referendum in the first place, and Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was never able to articulate a clear stance against it, among many others (including Vladimir Putin).

    But in terms of the morass the UK is in right now—that is to say, the government’s utter inability to come up with any sort of viable way for dealing with Brexit—there are four main players you can point a finger at. We’ll start with the most obvious: the prime minister herself.

  5. Daily Kos Elections weekly open thread

    Adam Schmitt — “Let’s Make This Easy”