The Gabfest on the results of the midterm elections, where the GOP can compromise with Obama to pass legislation, and the success of Democrat-backed ballot initiatives on marijuana legalization and the minimum wage.

How Did Liberal Ballot Initiatives Survive the Conservative Wave?

How Did Liberal Ballot Initiatives Survive the Conservative Wave?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Nov. 7 2014 9:55 AM

The “Multitudinous States Incarnadine” Edition

Listen to Slate's show about why Republicans swept the midterms, what the results mean for both parties, and how liberal ballot measures survived the conservative wave.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the midterm election results, what it means for both parties, and the victory of Democrat-supported ballot initiatives.

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John chatters about the Stephen Colbert episode of David’s new Working podcast.

Emily chatters about the passage of California’s Prop 47.

David chatters about Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.

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