Asian Voters Flock to Democrats

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.
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1. At the Monkey Cage, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo looks at why Asian-American voters are strongly trending toward Democrats

2. Dave Hopkins on the debate over the debates and party politics.

3. 538’s Harry Enten on why Democrats have a chance in the Kentucky gubernatorial election today.

4. Didn’t see this before I wrote an item on Paul Ryan on Monday, but it isn't good news that he’s beefing up his communications shop and making “messaging” a major priority, as Steve Benen reports at MSNBC. This is happening in both parties, but it’s not doing anyone any good: People are going to hate Congress whatever it does, and the speaker has more important responsibilities.

5. And at Polyarchy, Mark Schmitt notices what’s going wrong on House committees.

6. Lydia DePillis at Wonkblog on how Congress just might take an important step on criminal-justice reform.

7. Jonathan Chait: Paul Ryan is not a hypocrite on family leave. Hypocrisy is overrated as a political sin in general, but Ryan isn’t guilty of it in this case.

8. Greg Sargent wonders if some demands the Republican presidential candidates were going to make to broadcasters were intended to be rejected. 

9. Matt Yglesias at Vox on the return of "Star Trek" to television. (This gives me an excuse to say that “Into Darkness” was a terrible movie, worse even than "Star Trek V.")

10. It’s Election Day in many places, including in San Antonio, Texas, where I am. In off-year elections, the Texas Legislature puts constitutional measures on the ballot (presumably because hardly anyone will be voting). There were seven this time, plus there was a nonpartisan election for the local river authority and, in my part of town, a school district bond measure. All in all, a difficult ballot, requiring work for any citizen trying to make informed decisions. It's the fifth Election Day here this year. I cast nine votes this time, and 20 in the last year. Over the four-year cycle, my vote total has been a whopping 152. That’s an enormous amount of voting, more than citizens in most democraces are expected to do -- over their lifetimes. 

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(Corrects spelling of Mark Schmitt's name in fifth paragraph.)
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