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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

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