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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Another Republican Retirement, Another Democratic Opportunity
Congressman Ed Royce, a 13-term incumbent Republican from California's 39th Congressional District, announced he would not run again in 2018, and the Cook Political Report immediately moved the district from "leans Republican" to "leans Democrat."
Mai Khanh Tran
Royce is chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, making him the eighth powerful Republican committee chair to opt out of running again this year.
Even before yesterday, the bull's-eye had been drawn on Royce's district as a prime Democratic pick-up opportunity. We're rooting for Mai Khanh Tran, a pediatrician who emigrated from Vietnam at the age of 9.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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