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Iowa Flap Raises Fears of Politicized Local Election Offices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It had been eight years since a Republican candidate even stepped forward to challenge Democrat... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It had been eight years since a Republican candidate even stepped forward to challenge Democrat Roxanna Moritz as the top elections official in Scott County, Iowa. Running unopposed in 2016 and 2020, Moritz had become,... Read More

2021-05-30 12:20:58
by Dan McCue
In New Mexico, Yet Another Special Election Seen As Proxy for 2022

Voters in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a replacement for Deb... Read More

Voters in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a replacement for Deb Haaland, the former Democratic representative for the district who left Congress to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of the Interior.... Read More

2021-05-28 14:36:49
by Tom Ramstack
Civil Rights Advocates Ask Congress to Protect Voting Rights

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights attorneys advocated for an update to the federal Voting Rights Act Thursday as the uproar instigated... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights attorneys advocated for an update to the federal Voting Rights Act Thursday as the uproar instigated by former President Donald Trump over fair elections continues to create turmoil in Congress. They blamed outdated language in the... Read More

2021-05-23 12:49:20
by Dan McCue
Oregon Counties Vote to Merge With GOP-Favoring Idaho

A majority of voters in five rural Oregon counties on Tuesday said they’d rather leave their state than continue to... Read More

A majority of voters in five rural Oregon counties on Tuesday said they’d rather leave their state than continue to be a Republican minority in a decidedly blue place. Instead, residents of Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker, and Malheur counties endorsed... Read More

2021-05-19 19:38:01
by Dan McCue
D.C. Circuit Tosses Election Act Case

WASHINGTON - The Campaign Legal Center had neither standing nor a claim when it accused the Federal Elections Commission of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Campaign Legal Center had neither standing nor a claim when it accused the Federal Elections Commission of failing to act on a claim a federal contractor violated campaign finance laws. The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and Catherine... Read More

AP Interview: Disinformation Concerns Mail Voting Expert

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare for the record number of mailed ballots cast during last year's presidential election. She also was recently confirmed by the... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the U.S. Senate mounted an aggressive case against Democrats' sweeping election and voter-access legislation, pushing... Read More

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

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

Republicans will gather at 39 sites around Virginia Saturday to choose a slate of statewide candidates, with no choice, of... Read More

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 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get... Read More

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

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

AUSTIN, Texas — Following hours of debate over amendments proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives approved new... Read More

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

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

Florida was hit with multiple civil rights lawsuits Thursday minutes after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to limit mail-in... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The FEC has formally dropped a case looking into whether former President Donald Trump violated election law when... Read More

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

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from... Read More

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

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing... Read More

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

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

 Susan Wright, who is seeking the seat held since 2019 by her late husband, Republican Rep. Ron Wright, secured one of... Read More

 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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission cannot be second-guessed on a 2014 decision on an administrative complaint because it relied... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than three months after former President Donald Trump left the White House, the race to succeed... Read More

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

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

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation... Read More

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

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission held this week that Pray.com, a free mobile application and website, won’t violate federal... Read More

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

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

St. LOUIS - Tishaura Jones, running on a promise to reform and revitalize her city, has become the first Black... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Nearly 200 companies have come out against Republican voting legislation critics say is simply a blatant attempt to... Read More

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

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

Major League Baseball said Friday it would move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia, citing the state government’s recent... Read More

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

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

Democrat Rita Hart threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon, giving up her bid to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, and... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission on Wednesday announced the filing schedules for upcoming special elections to fill the seats... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The declining levels of social cohesion and the inability to get things done are some of the biggest... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — When former President Donald Trump was asked to list those he considers the future leaders of the... Read More

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

ATLANTA (AP) — Critics of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law issued fresh calls Monday to boycott some of the state's... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission granted a request from Republican lawmakers that they be allowed to use campaign funds... Read More

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

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