Donald Trump, Golden Shepherds, and the 2016 Election

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 3:00 PM EST

I missed it. The most important election of my kids’ lifetimes and I missed it. I just didn’t see how the Golden Shepherd would defeat the Monarch Butterfly to become the official mascot of their public elementary school.

All the data pointed to a Monarch victory. A majority of the classrooms have butterfly habitats that capture the imagination of the young students. Last year, my daughter’s second grade class drew a montage of nearly two-dozen butterflies. Yet when the ballots were counted on Nov. 8, the Golden Shepherd prevailed, 60-40 percent. 

Looking back, I missed some clues. Apparently a late push by the 5th graders influenced the vote and I failed to understand how many late deciders would be influenced by soft fur, but it didn’t seem like nearly enough to combat the preponderance of evidence on the other side.

It’s not too dissimilar from the presidential race. 

The Race for the White House
Donald Trump was elected with a 306-232 victory in the Electoral College as Hillary Clinton looks likely to win the popular vote, 48.2-46.3 percent, a margin of about 2.5 million votes. That’s enough for Democrats to question Trump’s legitimacy and any talk of a mandate. 

The good news is that our presidential ratings — the ratings that showed Clinton winning the race — proved…

Louisiana Runoffs Shape Republicans on the Hill

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 2:59 PM EST

There was a chance the entire nation would descend on Louisiana for a December runoff that would decide control of the Senate. But Republicans’ strong performance on Nov. 8, including holding the majority and electing Donald Trump president, all-but-ended interest in the upcoming runoff in the…

Electoral Fallout from Trump’s Cabinet Selections

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 2:58 PM EST

Donald Trump’s election sent shockwaves across the country and in Washington, D.C. Now his cabinet selections are having a ripple effect on Capitol Hill as he plucks Members to fill key slots. 

Some of his staffing decisions are more concrete than others, but here is an initial look at the…

Under Next Electoral Map, Trump Would Still Have Won

Nathan L. Gonzales December 1, 2016 · 9:00 AM EST

Population trends are working against the Republican Party — at least that’s what we’ve been told.

But a combination of the 2016 presidential results and early looks at reapportionment after the 2020 census shows that the short-term changes may not be as dramatic as once believed.

Fifteen states…

When Orientation Is a ‘Miserable Experience’

Nathan L. Gonzales November 30, 2016 · 11:08 AM EST

It might sound like fun for Republican Scott Jones and Democrat Doug Applegate to come to Washington and attend new member orientation even though they were trailing in their respective California congressional races.

But one Colorado Democrat still remembers being in that same situation over a…