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Understanding the Split Supreme Court Decisions on Mail Ballots
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Understanding the Split Supreme Court Decisions on Mail Ballots

WASHINGTON — A dizzying array of U.S. Supreme Court orders and opinions over the past 10 days has left the rules governing next week's presidential election in flux. In rapid succession, the court has allowed extra time for mail-in ballots to arrive in Pennsylvania and North... Read More

Biden and Trump Go on the Attack in Florida, a Must-Win State for the President
2020 Elections
Biden and Trump Go on the Attack in Florida, a Must-Win State for the President

TAMPA, Fla. — The presidential candidates unleashed a frenzy of last-minute campaigning Thursday in Florida, a must-win state for President Donald Trump, whose packed rallies have become their own political liability amid surging coronavirus cases. Both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden headed to the... Read More

AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
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AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
2020-10-30 01:12:21
by TWN Staff

About Shedd:  Tiffany Shedd grew up in Pinal County, Ariz.  A small business owner, farmer and natural resource attorney, she is also a former bi-lingual kindergarten teacher, who worked her way through college and law school at the University of... Read More

MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
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MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
2020-10-29 22:58:20
by TWN Staff

About Smith: Tina Smith is the incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator for Minnesota. Smith was born on March 4, 1958, in Albuquerque, N.M., and grew up in Santa Fe. In 1980, she graduated from Stanford University and in 1984, earned an... Read More

MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
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MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
2020-10-29 22:56:26
by TWN Staff

About Lewis: Jason Lewis represented Minnesota's 2nd congressional district in the 115th Congress, but he is perhaps best known to most state residents as the host of a popular conservative radio show. Lewis voted for the Republican tax cuts of... Read More

Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
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Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
2020-10-29 21:02:40
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. --Today, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment available to deaf and hard... Read More

Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support
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Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support

As Americans head to the polls more divided than ever on social and economic issues, there's one thing they're actually coming together on: cannabis. Much has been made of whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, or a potential liberal... Read More

Supreme Court Turns Down GOP Bid to Limit Time for Mail Ballots in N.C., Pa.
2020 Elections
Supreme Court Turns Down GOP Bid to Limit Time for Mail Ballots in N.C., Pa.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from North Carolina's Republican leaders, leaving in place rulings that require the counting of late-arriving ballots as long as they were in the mail by Election Day. The 5-3 decision had the effect of upholding... Read More

Four Takeaways from Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Meeting with Meridian Ambassadors
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Four Takeaways from Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Meeting with Meridian Ambassadors
2020-10-28 20:06:40
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the special guest this week at the Meridian International Center, a non-partisan center for diplomacy and global leadership. While sharing his perspective on the upcoming election and U.S. leadership in 2021, Hutchinson also... Read More

ME Senate: Susan Collins (R)
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ME Senate: Susan Collins (R)
2020-10-28 16:07:21
by TWN Staff

About Collins: Susan Collins has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the hardest working members of Congress.  During her entire time in the U.S. Senate, she has never missed a roll-call vote – more than 7,300. Collins is... Read More

ME Senate: Sara Gideon (D)
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ME Senate: Sara Gideon (D)
2020-10-28 16:06:10
by TWN Staff

About Gideon: Sara Gideon is speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. Under governors of both parties, Gideon has shown an ability to deliver results. She’s made expanding access to affordable health care a priority by helping pass a law... Read More

KS Senate: Roger Marshall (R)
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KS Senate: Roger Marshall (R)
2020-10-28 16:04:14
by TWN Staff

About Marshall: Dr. Roger Marshall is an OB/GYN, who has delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 25 years practicing in Great Bend. He also served as chairman of the board of Great Bend Regional Hospital for 14 years. For... Read More

KS Senate: Barbara Bollier (D)
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KS Senate: Barbara Bollier (D)
2020-10-28 16:01:49
by TWN Staff

About Bollier: After a career as a doctor, Bollier ran for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. There, she served as an independent voice for Kansans, earning a reputation as a leader willing to work with both political parties.... Read More

IA Senate: Theresa Greenfield (D)
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IA Senate: Theresa Greenfield (D)
2020-10-28 15:58:12
by TWN Staff

About Greenfield:  Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm, where she and her four siblings learned the value of hard work and self-reliance. Her father encouraged his daughters to do everything the boys did on the Greenfield farm, and... Read More

IA Senate: Joni Ernst (R)
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IA Senate: Joni Ernst (R)
2020-10-28 15:56:20
by TWN Staff

About Ernst: In 2014 Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in federal office, and the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate.  A farmers’ daughter, Joni Ernst was taught to work hard, live simply,... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Raphael Warnock (D)
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GA Senate Special Election: Raphael Warnock (D)
2020-10-28 15:47:09
by TWN Staff

About Warnock:  Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Reverend Warnock’s father was a veteran, a small businessman, and a preacher. He spent the week hauling old cars to the local steel yard, and on... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Kelly Loeffler (R)
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GA Senate Special Election: Kelly Loeffler (R)
2020-10-28 15:41:50
by TWN Staff

About Loeffler: Kelly Loeffler is a conservative businesswoman and was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp to replace Johnny Isakson in the United States Senate. A lifelong Republican and proud Georgian, Kelly has worked in the Senate to spur... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Doug Collins (R)
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GA Senate Special Election: Doug Collins (R)
2020-10-28 15:40:41
by TWN Staff

About Collins: Doug Collins was born to Lenard and Dorothy Copelan Collins in Gainesville, Ga., in 1966.  In 1988, Collins attended the University of North Georgia and received his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Criminal Law. That same year,... Read More

GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
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GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
2020-10-28 15:31:28
by TWN Staff

About Ossoff: Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner. Ossoff and his wife Alisha, an OB/GYN physician, both grew up in Atlanta. Since 2013, Ossoff has served as the CEO of Insight TWI,... Read More

GA Senate: David Perdue (R)
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GA Senate: David Perdue (R)
2020-10-28 15:27:03
by TWN Staff

About Purdue: David Perdue is the senior United State Senator from Georgia with more than 40 years of business experience leading some of America’s most recognizable companies.  During his 40+ years as a successful businessman, Perdue has worked for Sara... Read More

CO Senate: John Hickenlooper (D)
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CO Senate: John Hickenlooper (D)
2020-10-28 15:22:37
by TWN Staff

About Hickenlooper: John Wright Hickenlooper was named for his father, who passed away when he was only eight years old but continues to have a lasting influence on Hickenlooper’s life. Hickenlooper started out as a geologist, but after being laid... Read More

CO Senate: Cory Gardner (R)
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CO Senate: Cory Gardner (R)
2020-10-28 15:19:43
by TWN Staff

About Gardner:  Gardner’s family has called Colorado home for five generations.  Gardner’s love for Colorado took him to Colorado State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and later to Boulder, where he earned his law degree at the University... Read More

South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
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South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
2020-10-28 15:15:48
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has prohibited the rejection of absentee ballots in South Carolina on the basis of a perceived mismatch of the voter's signature and ordered a review of any ballots already set aside due to alleged signature discrepancies. In... Read More

AK Senate: Al Gross (D)
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AK Senate: Al Gross (D)
2020-10-28 15:14:43
by TWN Staff

About Gross: Al Gross was born in the wake of an avalanche in Juneau in 1962. His family's house, at the foot of Mt. Juneau, was nearly buried in snow just days before he was born. His mom, Shari, was... Read More

AK Senate: Dan Sullivan (R)
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AK Senate: Dan Sullivan (R)
2020-10-28 15:09:02
by TWN Staff

About Sullivan: Dan Sullivan was elected in 2014 and sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015. Sullivan serves on four Senate committees: the Armed Services Committee, where he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness;... Read More

SC Senate: Jamie Harrison (D)
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SC Senate: Jamie Harrison (D)
2020-10-28 14:52:51
by TWN Staff

About Harrison: The son of a single teenage mom, and raised by his grandparents in Orangeburg, S.C., Harrison overcame the challenges of poverty with the help of teachers and mentors who believed in him. From a mobile home to Yale... Read More

Florida is The Ultimate Latino Melting Pot, and These Voters Could Decide the Election
2020 Elections
Florida is The Ultimate Latino Melting Pot, and These Voters Could Decide the Election

MIAMI — Karem Yepez proudly displayed her Latinos for Trump sign in the windshield as the car inched along a busy stretch of road as part of a caravan. Her driver, Alfredo Zapata, was not happy about her love for President Donald Trump; he called... Read More

Do Maryland Gov. Hogan's Recent Moves Foreshadow a 2024 Campaign for President?
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Do Maryland Gov. Hogan's Recent Moves Foreshadow a 2024 Campaign for President?

Sitting in front of a digital backdrop of the Maryland State House, Gov. Larry Hogan looked into the camera and began talking about what he calls "broken politics in America." For months, the Republican governor has been honing his talking points about dysfunction... Read More

AZ Senate: Mark Kelly (D)
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AZ Senate: Mark Kelly (D)
2020-10-28 13:55:38
by TWN Staff

About Kelly: Mark Kelly is a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. Kelly, the son of two police officers, grew up attending public schools from elementary school until enrolling in the United States Merchant Marine Academy and U.S.... Read More

AZ Senate: Martha McSally (R)
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AZ Senate: Martha McSally (R)
2020-10-28 13:53:15
by TWN Staff

About McSally: Incumbent Martha McSally earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in 1988 before receiving her master’s from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1990. McSally was graduate number 21 of 103 in... Read More

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