Andrew Gillum wins!
This is a short newsletter, because I’ve been otherwise occupied by Andrew Gillum’s stunning victory in the Florida gubernatorial race tonight. Here’s our story on that startling upset. Gillum -- a loyal Bad News reader for several years now -- ran as an outspoken progressive. One lesson to be gleaned from both his race and that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is that it’s not only the message that’s important the quality of the candidate -- their charisma, their talent, their ability to connect -- matters almost as much, sometimes more.
And more fun news: Republicans who opposed raises for teachers during the strikes have been getting tossed out of office, and that seems to be the case in Oklahoma tonight.
Here’s one interview I did for TYT this spring with a teacher who was politicized by the strikes and is now running for office.
I was in Wilmington, Delaware last night for the sole debate between Tom Carper and Kerri Harris. I’ll have a longer story tomorrow on the race and the debate, but here’s my assessment in video form for TYT.
She’s out with a viral ad, meanwhile. It’s quite good, check it out.
Why doesn’t the U.S. have a social wealth fund? We should. Story on that by Rachel Cohen.