Elections

Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
Congress
Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
2021-05-12 20:33:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that would set national standards for elections. It made little headway in reaching agreement in a sharply divided Senate Rules and... Read More

Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists
Congress
Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the U.S. Senate mounted an aggressive case against Democrats' sweeping election and voter-access legislation, pushing to roll back proposals for automatic registration, 24-hour ballot drop boxes and other changes in an increasingly charged national debate.... Read More

Virginia Republicans to Select Statewide Nominees Saturday
In The News
Virginia Republicans to Select Statewide Nominees Saturday
2021-05-08 19:56:16
by Dan McCue

Republicans will gather at 39 sites around Virginia Saturday to choose a slate of statewide candidates, with no choice, of course, being more important than that of governor. In a year in which the battle for the future of the... Read More

Election Officials Face Fines, Charges In GOP Voting Laws
In The States
Election Officials Face Fines, Charges In GOP Voting Laws

In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges.  Republicans are creating a new slate of punishments for the county officials who run elections,... Read More

Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
In The States
Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
2021-05-07 21:13:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following hours of debate over amendments proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives approved new restrictions to state election rules early Friday morning. After Democrats proposed more than 130 amendments to the legislation, the lawmakers... Read More

Lawsuits Follow Changes In State Voting Laws
In The States
Lawsuits Follow Changes In State Voting Laws
2021-05-07 21:10:56
by Tom Ramstack

Florida was hit with multiple civil rights lawsuits Thursday minutes after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to limit mail-in voting and to require more complete voter identification. The NAACP, the League of Women Voters and others said in their... Read More

FEC Won’t Review Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women
Political News
FEC Won’t Review Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women
2021-05-07 16:03:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The FEC has formally dropped a case looking into whether former President Donald Trump violated election law when he directed his personal lawyer to pay women, including a pornographic film actress, to buy their silence about alleged affairs... Read More

US Justice Department Worried About Arizona Senate Recount
In The States
US Justice Department Worried About Arizona Senate Recount

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate's unprecedented private recount of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County. In a letter to... Read More

Despite Business Warnings, GOP Moves Ahead With Voting Bills
In The States
Despite Business Warnings, GOP Moves Ahead With Voting Bills

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business... Read More

Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
Elections
Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
2021-04-30 21:24:17
by Dan McCue

 Susan Wright, who is seeking the seat held since 2019 by her late husband, Republican Rep. Ron Wright, secured one of two slots in an as yet unscheduled runoff election. She was one of 23 candidates vying to replace her husband,... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds 2014 FEC Decision
Elections
Appeals Court Upholds 2014 FEC Decision
2021-04-21 14:22:00
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission cannot be second-guessed on a 2014 decision on an administrative complaint because it relied in part on "prosecutorial discretion" in rendering that decision, a federal appeals court has ruled. The holding by the U.S.... Read More

GOP White House Hopefuls Move Forward as Trump Considers Run
Political News
GOP White House Hopefuls Move Forward as Trump Considers Run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than three months after former President Donald Trump left the White House, the race to succeed him atop the Republican Party is already beginning. Trump's former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has launched an aggressive schedule,... Read More

Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
Political News
Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author Eyes Senate Bid in Ohio
Political News
'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author Eyes Senate Bid in Ohio

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a U.S. senator.  Vance, the "Hillbilly Elegy" author and a fellow Middletown native, broke out of poverty and family chaos and... Read More

FEC Says Website Won’t Violate Law By Posting Lawmakers’ Statements on Faith
Elections
FEC Says Website Won’t Violate Law By Posting Lawmakers’ Statements on Faith
2021-04-11 12:10:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission held this week that Pray.com, a free mobile application and website, won’t violate federal election laws if it invites members of Congress to produce five-minute statements on matters of faith. Pray.com, a for-profit corporation,... Read More

St. Louis Elects First Black Female Mayor
Cities
St. Louis Elects First Black Female Mayor
2021-04-08 15:21:23
by Dan McCue

St. LOUIS - Tishaura Jones, running on a promise to reform and revitalize her city, has become the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis. As previously reported by The Well News, this year’s mayoral race featured a new,... Read More

Companies Unite to Join Voting Rights Battle
In The States
Companies Unite to Join Voting Rights Battle

WASHINGTON - Nearly 200 companies have come out against Republican voting legislation critics say is simply a blatant attempt to disenfranchise millions of Black and minority voters. The chief executives of Dow, Levi’s Survey Monkey, PayPal and Uber were among... Read More

Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
In The States
Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
2021-04-02 20:31:46
by TWN Staff

Major League Baseball said Friday it would move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia, citing the state government’s recent decision to put in place more restrictive measures on who is able to vote in coming elections. “Major League Baseball... Read More

Guess What? The 2020 Election Is Now Officially Over
Political News
Guess What? The 2020 Election Is Now Officially Over
2021-03-31 21:09:11
by Dan McCue

Democrat Rita Hart threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon, giving up her bid to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, and effectively ending the 2020 election cycle. Hart, who had been challenging the outcome of the race before the Committee on... Read More

FEC Issues Guidance On Upcoming Special Elections in New Mexico, Ohio
Elections
FEC Issues Guidance On Upcoming Special Elections in New Mexico, Ohio
2021-03-31 19:26:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission on Wednesday announced the filing schedules for upcoming special elections to fill the seats of former Reps. Debra Haaland and Marcia Fudge, both of whom have taken positions in the Biden administration. Prior to... Read More

U.S. Political System Is Broken, Democracy In Peril
Think Tanks
U.S. Political System Is Broken, Democracy In Peril
2021-03-31 19:21:54
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The declining levels of social cohesion and the inability to get things done are some of the biggest threats to the U.S., agreed a group of political scholars at a panel discussion about the future of democracy this... Read More

Pence Reemerges, Lays Groundwork for 2024 Run
Elections
Pence Reemerges, Lays Groundwork for 2024 Run

WASHINGTON (AP) — When former President Donald Trump was asked to list those he considers the future leaders of the Republican Party, he quickly rattled off names including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. Conspicuously... Read More

Georgia's New GOP Election Law Draws Criticism, Lawsuits
In The States
Georgia's New GOP Election Law Draws Criticism, Lawsuits

ATLANTA (AP) — Critics of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law issued fresh calls Monday to boycott some of the state's largest businesses for not speaking out more forcefully against the law, a day after advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in... Read More

FEC Approves Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Security
Congress
FEC Approves Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Security
2021-03-26 15:23:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission granted a request from Republican lawmakers that they be allowed to use campaign funds to pay for personal security for themselves and their families. The National Republican Senate Committee and the National Republican Congressional... Read More

Lawmaker Arrested After Georgia GOP Passes Controversial Elections Bill
In The States
Lawmaker Arrested After Georgia GOP Passes Controversial Elections Bill
2021-03-26 14:12:56
by Dan McCue

A Georgia lawmaker was arrested and forcibly removed from the state Capitol Thursday night as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping overhaul of state election laws, including adding new restrictions on voting by mail. Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon,... Read More

Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights
Elections
Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their efforts to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and... Read More

Proposal for Election Reform Faces Opposition
Congress
Proposal for Election Reform Faces Opposition
2021-03-25 14:55:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The turmoil former President Donald Trump kicked up over integrity of the vote last November continued Wednesday with a Senate reform proposal that would turn states’ rights to control elections on their heads. The Senate is considering a... Read More

Southern States Made It Harder to Vote in 2020
2020 Elections
Southern States Made It Harder to Vote in 2020
2021-03-19 21:45:29
by Dan McCue

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Election systems in the Deep South in 2020 suffered from numerous shortcomings, making it harder for many voters -- particularly those from communities of color -- to safely cast their ballots, states a new analysis by the... Read More

Fractured GOP Faces Serious Reckoning Ahead of 2022
In The News
Fractured GOP Faces Serious Reckoning Ahead of 2022
2021-03-13 20:08:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – “It’s not supposed to be that way …” the chorus of an old Willie Nelson song begins. It is a melody a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill may be finding all too familiar. Five months removed from... Read More

The Contest Goes On In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District
Elections
The Contest Goes On In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District
2021-03-10 20:48:27
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The contest to determine who will ultimately represent Iowa's 2nd Congressional District will continue for at least a little while longer. On Wednesday, the Committee on House Administration voted 6-3 to table Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ motion to dismiss Democrat... Read More

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