Democratic voter turnout has been way up this year. Let's put that in a bit of historical context.

The New York Times has a great graphic showing how Democratic primary election turnout has changed between 2014 and 2018. Their analysis found that Democratic turnout is up in at least 123 congressional races. Republicans experienced a similar boost between 2006 and 2010, the year they picked up 63 congressional seats and took control of the House of Representatives.

The news in this last week of June 2018 — packed with controversial Supreme Court decisions and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy — is in many ways the result of Republican enthusiasm in the 2010 and 2014 midterms. While a lot of Democrats are (probably rightly) feeling good about the energy they've seen so far (a trend that held up on June 27), it only matters if people actually show up in November.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not come to play.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, the Supreme Court Justice has served on the highest court for nearly 25 years. Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the court and has served with distinction, proving herself to be a outspoken advocate for workers rights, civil rights, gender equality, and the separation of church and state.

Fans (yes, justices can have super devoted fans) look up Ginsburg for her intelligence, rapier-wit, courage, strength, and even her fashion sense. (Dig her imitated but never duplicated dissent collar.) There are T-shirts, necklaces, dolls, and a coloring book in her honor.

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A few weeks ago, 8-year-old Michele Threefoot walked into school on "Superhero Day" dressed as her personal hero — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It's superhero day at school. Michele has been reading the heck out of "I Dissent" and decided to dress as Ruth Bader...

Posted by Krista Wujek Threefoot on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Michele's mom, Krista Wujek Threefoot, posted a photo of her daughter in costume on Facebook.

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