LOOP: Democrats take House, GOP expands in the Senate




MIXED RESULTS  Democrats won back the House while Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. Nancy Pelosi, expected to be elected Speaker of the House, said: “We will have a Congress that is open transparent and accountable to the American people.” President Trump was happy about the Senate gains and said: “Tremendous success tonight.”  READ
KAVANAUGH EFFECT  The one vulnerable Senate Democrat who voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh won reelection (Manchin of West Virginia). But three vulnerable Senate Democrats (McCaskill of Missouri, Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Donnelly of Indiana) who voted against Kavanaugh lost their reelection bids. READ
PEOPLE VOTE ON ABORTION   The voters in West Virginia adopted an amendment that says: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” Voters in Alabama approved similar language for their constitution: “The constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” READ
NEW DEMOCRAT HOUSE MAJORITY  Democrats didn’t waste any time in talking up their new roles as checks on President Trump. “I think we have an oversight responsibility that obviously hasn’t been pursued by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and we’re going to do that. That’s our responsibility … We will pursue that,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer, the 2nd ranking Democrat in the House.  READ
PELOSI’S AGENDA  Here are seven priorities at the top of Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, as she plots her return as Speaker of the House.  READ
BALANCE, NOT “RESISTANCE”  Her  Democrats were able to ride a suburban wave to win the House, but Republicans not only expanded their Senate majority but won a critical governorships in Ohio, Iowa, Georgia, and Florida. The end result is that voters “want a check on President Trump, but don’t necessarily trust Democrats with full governing responsibility.”  READ
REFORM THE CHURCH  “A cry of the heart to our Bishops: Please restore order to the Church,” exclaims Msgr. Charles Pope.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Didacus was a Spanish Franciscan known for his spiritual insights and his penitential practices. He was a missionary to the Canary Islands and aided the sick in Rome. His travels and ministries did not distract him from prayer and contemplation. READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” (Ps 27:1)  READ
THE ELECT    These sisters make it a habit to vote.

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. 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.

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