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Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
State News
Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
2020-03-10 15:53:46
by Dan McCue

The Virginia House of Delegates has voted to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to largely strip itself of the power to draw new political maps next year, instead placing responsibility in the hands of an independent commission.... Read More

How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short
Voting
How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many experts thought was the future of elections. But at vote centers throughout the sprawling city on Super Tuesday, some Angelenos... Read More

Michigan Vote Tuesday Shaping Up as Key Test for Sanders and Biden
2020 Elections
Michigan Vote Tuesday Shaping Up as Key Test for Sanders and Biden

WASHINGTON — With Joe Biden holding a significant lead in the race to amass a majority of delegates to the Democratic convention, Bernie Sanders’ campaign is pouring resources into Michigan in advance of Tuesday’s primary, which is shaping up as... Read More

‘Our Votes Matter Again.’ Democratic Voters Surge in Texas, Fueling Republican Fears
2020 Elections
‘Our Votes Matter Again.’ Democratic Voters Surge in Texas, Fueling Republican Fears

WASHINGTON — Texas still runs red. But in the first test of the state’s changing demographics this election year, turnout in the Democratic presidential primary surged on Super Tuesday, fueling Republican fears that their greatest electoral stronghold is no longer... Read More

This State Has Figured Out How to Treat Drug-Addicted Inmates
Health
This State Has Figured Out How to Treat Drug-Addicted Inmates

CRANSTON, R.I. — On a gray, bone-chilling morning, 18 men in a medium-security prison walked into an empty lunchroom and sat at stainless steel-topped tables, placing both hands palms down, as if they were about to receive a manicure. Over... Read More

Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not To Pay?
Cybercrime
Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not To Pay?

WASHINGTON — When cybercriminals struck Lake City, Fla., last June, city officials had to make a tough choice: Pay the hackers or restore systems on their own. A ransomware attack had hijacked the government’s computer network and held it hostage... Read More

LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent
State News
LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s new voting system was marked by long lines, snafus and growing anger among voters, with some waiting hours to cast ballots that continued well into the night. “This was a challenging day for a... Read More

Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020 Elections
Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020-03-04 22:20:09
by Dan McCue

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill. Smith entered the race almost immediately after Hill quit following a nude photo scandal which led... Read More

Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020 Elections
Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020-03-04 21:12:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar, a centrist House Democrat and longtime member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, defeated a well-funded primary challenger backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The contest between Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old... Read More

Voters in South Carolina Primary Broke Turnout Record
In The News
Voters in South Carolina Primary Broke Turnout Record
2020-03-03 16:50:55
by Dan McCue

Saturday's First-in-the-South Democratic presidential primary had the highest turnout ever recorded in the history of the contest. According to the South Carolina Democratic Party, more than 539,000 voters cast a ballot in the primary, about 7,000 more than cast a... Read More

Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
Voting
Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
2020-03-02 19:28:22
by Dan McCue

In the wake of complaints that Illinois' news automatic voter registration system is riddled with problems, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill, last week convened a congressional listening session to get a handle on the problem many fear is compromising voters' rights.... Read More

As Focus Shifts to Super Tuesday, 2020 Candidates Make Texas a Key Battleground
2020 Elections
As Focus Shifts to Super Tuesday, 2020 Candidates Make Texas a Key Battleground

HOUSTON — All week, as former Vice President Joe Biden labored in South Carolina for his sweeping primary victory, other candidates jumped ahead to mine for delegate gold in a state that will be key to where the 2020 presidential... Read More

California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders
2020 Elections
California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tuesday wasn’t supposed to be a battle for second place. Julie Cecilio and her friends aren’t making campaign calls and knocking on doors this weekend, just days before California’s presidential primary, to help ensure a woman... Read More

Biden Revives Campaign in South Carolina, Buttigieg, Steyer Bow Out
2020 Elections
Biden Revives Campaign in South Carolina, Buttigieg, Steyer Bow Out
2020-03-02 15:21:03
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden had long said South Carolina would be his "firewall" and on Saturday, his faith in the state proved well placed as it handed him a commanding victory and his first primary win in three decades... Read More

Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
Political News
Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
2020-02-28 16:51:51
by Dan McCue

It's the race President Donald Trump hoped would never happen. When Sen. John Isakson announced last summer that he would be vacating his seat at the end of the year due to health reasons, the president was sure he had... Read More

Winner-Take-All Presidential Elector System Deemed Constitutional
Political News
Winner-Take-All Presidential Elector System Deemed Constitutional
2020-02-27 14:32:14
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court has declared the winner-take-all system 48 of 50 states use to assign their electoral college votes is constitutional. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court's dismissal of... Read More

New Jersey Declared White Supremacists a Major Threat. Here’s Why That’s Groundbreaking
State News
New Jersey Declared White Supremacists a Major Threat. Here’s Why That’s Groundbreaking

PHILADELPHIA — New Jersey says white supremacist extremism is one of the state’s greatest terrorism threats — higher than al-Qaida and the Islamic State — and in doing so has positioned itself as a national leader in countering domestic terrorism... Read More

Jim Clyburn, 'Kingmaker of South Carolina Politics,' Endorses Biden Ahead of Primary
2020 Elections
Jim Clyburn, 'Kingmaker of South Carolina Politics,' Endorses Biden Ahead of Primary
2020-02-26 19:31:13
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, widely considered to be the political kingmaker in South Carolina, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday, just three days ahead of the nation's First in the South primary. The endorsement was announced minutes after... Read More

RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
Elections
RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
2020-02-24 16:26:44
by Dan McCue

The Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party last week filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit over the right of organizers to participate in elections. The underlying lawsuit was filed by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, in... Read More

Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
State News
Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
2020-02-24 16:21:47
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for the next four years, and in a related move, named G. Charles Sutcliffe as the state’s first chief resilience officer. Edwards also announced the... Read More

Clyburn Warns Sanders Victory May Endanger House Democrats
2020 Elections
Clyburn Warns Sanders Victory May Endanger House Democrats

WASHINGTON — The highest-ranking African-American in Congress warned that if Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Democratic nominee the party could lose many of the moderate seats they won to retake the House in 2018. “It’s going to be tough to... Read More

Minnesota Pastor Leads Campaign to Try to Shift Evangelical Vote
Minnesota
Minnesota Pastor Leads Campaign to Try to Shift Evangelical Vote

MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote... Read More

Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep
California
Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep

LOS ANGELES — It started with a stick — that much everybody can agree on. A Korean stock boy wielded the stick at a black patron inside a Leimert Park liquor store late on a Sunday afternoon. In some tellings,... Read More

A New Poll of 2020 Swing States Shows Just How Important Pa. Will Be
Opinion Polls
A New Poll of 2020 Swing States Shows Just How Important Pa. Will Be

President Donald Trump trails his potential Democratic rivals in Pennsylvania and Michigan and leads outright in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of the three Rust Belt swing states that cemented the president’s 2016 victory. Trump is within... Read More

Will There Be More Presidential Caucus Chaos? ‘Nevada is Just Praying’
2020 Elections
Will There Be More Presidential Caucus Chaos? ‘Nevada is Just Praying’

LAS VEGAS — Dozens of Democratic volunteers scurried around Dona Maria Mexican Restaurant in polite pandemonium last week as they staged a mock caucus to prepare for the real thing on Saturday in Nevada. A dining area filled with cries... Read More

Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules
State News
Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange County, to register to vote despite not being able to afford the fines and fees imposed as part of their... Read More

Washington State Moves Ahead on Bill to Regulate Governments’ Use of Facial-Recognition Technology
State News
Washington State Moves Ahead on Bill to Regulate Governments’ Use of Facial-Recognition Technology

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state senators Wednesday approved a bill that would begin regulating the use of facial-recognition programs by local and state governments. Sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Joe Nguyen, Senate Bill 6280 is one of a series of... Read More

Silver State Lining in Iowa Debacle? Nevada Democrats Want to Be First Next Time
Political News
Silver State Lining in Iowa Debacle? Nevada Democrats Want to Be First Next Time

PAHRUMP, Nev. — Iowa Democrats’ disastrous delay in announcing results from the Feb. 3 caucuses could turn out to be an opportunity for Nevada — but only if the more diverse Silver State can smoothly count its own votes this... Read More

Democrats Court Diverse Voters in Nevada
2020 Elections
Democrats Court Diverse Voters in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Lisa Rosario describes herself as a political junkie. But she still hasn’t decided who she will support in the Democratic presidential contest. “It’s gut-wrenching because this to me is one of the most important votes that we’ve... Read More

SC Republicans Plotting to Boost Bernie to Beat Biden, Help Trump
Political News
SC Republicans Plotting to Boost Bernie to Beat Biden, Help Trump
2020-02-18 23:18:22
by Dan McCue

A group of activist Republicans are planning to cross party lines and vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in next week's South Carolina primary in a bid to ensure that President Donald Trump faces a Socialist in the November general election.... Read More

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