ALABAMA SENATE Democrat Doug Jones stuns the political world by winning the special election in Alabama, handing the Democrats a major victory in the deeply Republican state of Alabama. The Senate Republican majority will now rest at 51-49. Jones will serve until the 2020 elections. http://cvote.it/2C9RIxG
ALABAMA SENATE Mitch McConnell’s meddling in the Senate race is the reason that Democrat Doug Jones is Senator-Elect, says veteran election adviser Jordan Gehrke. http://cvote.it/2C8BTYj
CHANGING THE JUDICIARY After months of stalling, the Senate is actually on pace to break a record for the number of appeals court judges confirmed in a president’s first year in office — a big victory for the president, but also for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. http://cvote.it/2C8lkf3
TAX PLAN The final negotiations over the GOP tax bill are underway. It appears that the final corporate tax rate will land at 21%, with the top individual tax rate lowering modestly to 37%. http://cvote.it/2Cb22ph
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Republican control of the Senate is now in GRAVE jeopardy for 2018.” -election analyst Sean Trende.
HEALTH CARE House Republicans seek delays on Obamacare taxes on medical devices and the so-called Cadillac tax on more expensive health insurance policies. Another proposal was delaying the employer mandate, which forces all employers of 50 or more full-time workers to provide health care coverage to employees. http://cvote.it/2C6kL5o
Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.