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Georgia special election, redistricting and Trump: OnPolitics Today


In this June 6, 2017 file photo, candidates in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race Republican Karen Handel, left, and Democrat Jon Ossoff prepare to debate in Atlanta. (Photo: Branden Camp, AP)

It’s Monday, OnPolitics friends. Another special election is nigh, but we hope that tonight is less eventful than the last time ‘Twas the Night Before the Special Election was the theme.

Coming up: The lowdown on Georgia, the potential gamechanger out of the Supreme Court and, as always, Trump.

Let’s get to it.

And we’re leaving on the midnight train to Georgia

We’ve been waiting with bated breath since April to see if Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel will get to represent Georgia’s 6th congressional district in Congress. Why is it such a big deal? A few different reasons. 1) The seat’s been in Republican hands for decades and was once held by Newt Gingrich — but Ossoff garnered 48% of the vote back in April, in the first round of this election, far above the 19% that landed Handel in second place and in this runoff. 2) It’s the most expensive House race in history. 3) This could theoretically be the referendum on the Trump administration that people keep talking about (a reminder that they also said this about the Kansas special election, which a Republican won, and the Montana special election, which a Republican won despite assaulting a reporter the night before).

Whatever outcome you want to see out of this race, can we all agree that saying a gunman opening fire on GOP lawmakers will result in an election victory shows your priorities are really, really askew?

Supreme Court is gonna talk redistricting

In the words of former vice president Joe Biden, this is a BFD, you guys: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could shake up how redistricting works around the country. The case in question: Last year, a federal district court in Wisconsin ruled that election districts drawn by Republicans discriminated against Democratic voters “by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats.” Wisconsin has challenged this, resulting in the case going to SCOTUS. But, as USA TODAY’s Richard Wolf reports, about one-third of the maps drawn for Congress and state legislatures could be affected by the justices’ ruling. Now’s as good a time as any to brush up on what gerrymandering is.

Today in Trump

And because we’d like this to be a “talk about all branches of government” kind of day, here’s what’s happening with President Trump today: He met with tech titans. He offered his condolences to Otto Warmbier’s family. He understands the meaning of irony. And his current press secretary may be interviewing people to be his next press secretary.

Elsewhere in politics


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