Morning Digest: Another senior Texas congressman bails, and Democrats may have a shot at his seat

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

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TX-21: For the second time this week, a senior Republican from Texas has announced he would retire from the House. The Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston obtained an email from Lamar Smith, who heads the Science, Space and Technology Committee, in which he declared, “For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else,” and he soon confirmed he is indeed departing. But while fellow Texan Jeb Hensarling is leaving behind a safely red seat, Smith’s 21st Congressional District is a bit more interesting.

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Smith’s very gerrymandered district, which stretches from Austin to San Antonio and takes

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Georgia Republicans love bump stocks used by Las Vegas shooter. Democrat Stacey Abrams can stop them

It’s no secret that some Republicans love the 2nd Amendment so much that they’ll do anything to guarantee their access to firearms—even when it means standing by gun laws that are truly nonsensical and dangerous. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, lawmakers of many ideological stripes finally began asking some serious questions about whether or not certain kinds of devices that have no other purpose than killing should be available to the general public. Specifically they were referring to bump stocks—a device that can be attached to a semiautomatic rifle which allows it to fire rounds of bullets (up to 500 per minute) as fast as a machine gun.

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Bump stocks are so deadly that even the NRA came out and said it was open to reviewing and tightening regulations on them. 

But even this small policy concession is too much for the Georgia Republicans running for governor

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Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—Diversity in your actions

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide.

When you think of moments of activism that stick with you, it is not just about the subject of the protest, but also the people involved. As human beings, we all live for a narrative, a story that we can tell ourselves to make sense of the world.

People often embrace moments based on how it emotionally connects with them, but also their ability to imagine themselves as fairly represented by your efforts. This week, we are going to talk about diversity in action, and building the actions you have to effectively represent your communities.

We discussed, in this series, prior

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Voting Rights Roundup: Court nixes special elections for redrawn North Carolina legislative maps

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North Carolina: On Monday, a federal district court declined to order special elections this year for a slew of North Carolina legislative districts that will have to be redrawn after the Supreme Court struck down the Republican-drawn maps as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders in June. This ruling is unwelcome news for voting rights advocates and Democrats, who had sought to hold new elections before next year’s legislative session, especially since these illegal maps have been in place for most of this decade.

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However, the judges did order an expedited timetable for re-redistricting that will still ensure new maps are in place in advance of the regularly scheduled elections in November of 2018, rejecting Republicans’ preferred deadline of Nov. 15 of this year. The court directed the GOP-dominated legislature to produce new maps by Sept. 1, although the judges also held out the possibility of a

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.

In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.

In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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Morning Digest: John Delaney gives up Maryland House seat to play Don Quixote in Iowa till 2020

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

MD-06, MD-Gov: Ah, just what Democrats have been clamoring for: a rich moderate former banker who likes to punch at the left is running for president! All the luck in the world to Rep. John Delaney. Later, bro.

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Anyhow, Delaney’s decision to leave Maryland politics behind for the national scene impacts two elections next year. One is the race for governor, which he’d been contemplating for some time. With Delaney gone, other candidates either in the contest or considering it now no longer have to worry that he might flood the race with his own money (estimated net worth: $215 million).

Beyond that, though, Delaney doesn’t have much of a base or

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