Read Stuff, You Should: What Did We Learn?

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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Happy Birthday to Earl Boen, 69.

The good stuff:

1. Brendan Nyhan at the Upshot on why the 2014 elections don't tell us much about 2016.

2. Amy Fried, writing at the Bangor Daily News, has a nice analysis of what happened in the Maine elections.

3. The Upshot's Lynn Vavreck on the ads that worked.

4, Louis Jacobson at Governing has the latest on Republican state legislative gains. As I said Wednesday, that (and the governors', and other downballot races) was where the biggest news emerged.

5. Really liked this one from the scapegoat for the ludicrous "plagiarism" charges against Mary Burke, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin. Eric Schnurer writes at The Atlantic.

6. Jonathan Chait at New York on Republicans, deficits and the Affordable Care Act.

7. Here at View, Francis Wilkinson looks at the state of the immigration fight.

8. An update on the "private option" Medicaid expansion in Arkansas following the elections, from Margot Sanger-Katz at the New York Times. Yes, it could be in trouble; yes, I've said that Medicaid expansion is a one-way street. The difference in Arkansas is the state's peculiar budget rules, which essentially force affirmative votes to keep the program in place every year -- and require supermajorities in both houses of the legislature. So keep an eye on Arkansas: If Medicaid expansion survives there, it's pretty safe elsewhere after enactment.

9. And, yeah, Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has this one right.

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