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Teacher’s union boss courts GOP, key Hispanic groups in bid for Biden’s education secretary pick

The former president of the nation’s largest teachers union is working to lock up support from Republican senators and Hispanic leaders in her bid to be picked as Education secretary, according to officials familiar with the talks.



a close up of Lily Eskelsen García who is smiling at the camera: Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.


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Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.

Lily Eskelsen García is expected to score the backing of more than 40 Hispanic groups finalizing a letter endorsing her for the position this week. She has also strategized in recent weeks with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the retiring chair of the Senate committee that oversees education and himself a former Education secretary.

“We’ve talked with her and gave her advice on how to get bipartisan support,” said David Cleary, Alexander’s chief of staff and veteran of education policy on Capitol Hill. “There’s a good argument to be made for Lily.”

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a collection of more

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GOP poised to keep control of State Board of Education

Republicans are poised to keep their majority on the state Board of Education even as Democrats may pick up a seat currently held by a GOP member.

The 15-member board, currently made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, sets policies and standards for Texas public schools, including the curriculum and graduation requirements. With four incumbent Republicans retiring, Democrats were hoping to gain additional sway on the panel.

At about 1 a.m., with 72 percent of polling locations and 98 percent of counties reporting, Republicans were leading in six of the eight races on the ballot, according to the Texas Secretary of State. GOP members currently hold seven of those seats.

The only outlier is Democrat Georgina Perez in the 1st district, which represents West Texas. She was ahead by about 6 points in the latest count.

Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau was leading in the 5th district, which represents part of

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In early results, GOP maintaining control of State Board of Education

Early ballot counts are showing Republicans poised to keep their majority in the state Board of Education, even as Democrats inched ahead in some seats currently held by GOP members.



a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Carisa Lopez, representing the Texas Freedom Network, delivers her message to the media outside after speaking to the State Board of Education as it hears comments on proposed changes to the state's social studies curriculum at its meeting in Austin on September 11, 2018.


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Carisa Lopez, representing the Texas Freedom Network, delivers her message to the media outside after speaking to the State Board of Education as it hears comments on proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum at its meeting in Austin on September 11, 2018.


The 15-member board, currently made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, sets policies and standards for Texas public schools, including the curriculum and graduation requirements. With four incumbent Republicans retiring, Democrats are hoping to gain additional sway on the panel.

At about 8:30 p.m., with 5 percent of polling locations and about 50 percent of counties reporting, Republicans were leading six of the eight seats on the

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As college grads flee the GOP, political ‘diploma divide’ grows

Four years ago, Donald Trump’s path to the White House ran through Rust Belt states with higher-than-average numbers of white voters without college degrees. 

That strategy paid off, seeding a narrative of a working-class revolt from the right led by a billionaire Republican, who is seeking to turn out those voters again on Nov. 3.  

But what also happened in 2016 now looks arguably more significant: College-educated voters, who once leaned Republican, swung hard to the Democrats, including voters in suburban districts who then helped flip the House of Representatives in 2018.

The polarization among white voters by educational levels has since grown wider, putting more pressure on Republicans to turn out non-college-educated white voters, a demographic that is shrinking within an increasingly diverse and educated electorate. To gain a second term, President Trump likely needs to get even more of these voters to the polls, as well as win

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The Electoral College Will Not Save the GOP

Our civics lesson for today is the electoral college. Many Republicans cling to the hope that it will save them again. History, unfortunately, tells a different story.
The electoral college was wisely set up by the Founders to ensure that all states (13 at that time), large and small, had a voice in the selection of the new country’s president. This was crucial because the states prior to the adoption of the Constitution were more akin to sovereign countries with their own trade policies and currencies. The electoral system as designed allowed each state to determine the method whereby its “electors” were chosen who then met to select the country’s president.

The system has many advantages over a national popular vote. As noted, it gives sovereign representation in the electoral college to all states no matter its size. It ensures that we will never have a national vote recount, something

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