This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
The primary election is over and both the winners and losers alike spent most of the week licking their wounds and recovering. In a sentence: the statewide trend was that moderate Republicans beat conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats beat moderate/conservative Democrats. This could represent some statewide shifts in political leanings back toward the left, but is probably more indicative of the recent Republican controlled gerrymander that consolidated the liberal vote into fewer districts and turned a host of swing districts into moderate Republican-leaning districts. In legislative news, the Legislature returns this week for a single day of session on Wednesday, August 15 and is expected to take up MPSERS reform (yes, again) and perhaps a pair of bills (SB 770-771) that seek to stabilize the state’s School Bond Loan Fund, but could make it more difficult for districts to bond. Rumors of a deal on MPSERS are circulating, but whether the most recent iteration of SB 1040 (which has not yet been made public) can garner support where the past several attempts have failed is yet to be seen.