Sales Pitch Summer? Dems Aim to Showcase Virus Relief Effort
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Sales Pitch Summer? Dems Aim to Showcase Virus Relief Effort

MAIDENS, Va. (AP) — When Sherry Brockenbrough and her family opened a distillery on a leafy vista overlooking the James River on March 5, 2020, the coronavirus still seemed like a distant threat.  But in the coming weeks, Hill Top... Read More

Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
In The States
Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
2021-06-04 13:03:30
by Dan McCue

After two days of public hearings, Illinois Democrats quickly approved new boundaries for state House and Senate district that will ensure their control of the legislature for the next decade, And they’ve since sent their proposed maps to Democratic Gov.... Read More

Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move
In The States
Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats' weekend victory over one of the most restrictive voting measures in the country would only be temporary.  GOP Gov. Greg... Read More

Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
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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
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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

GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill
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GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are preparing to launch an all-out assault on sweeping voting rights legislation, forcing Democrats to take dozens of politically difficult votes during a committee hearing that will spotlight the increasingly charged national debate over access to... Read More

Red Meat Politics: GOP Turns Culture War into a Food Fight
Political News
Red Meat Politics: GOP Turns Culture War into a Food Fight

President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat. Colorado Rep. Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Biden "stay out of my kitchen." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out a headline warning Biden was getting "Up in your grill." The news was wrong... 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

Filemón Vela Opts Out of Re-Election Bid
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Filemón Vela Opts Out of Re-Election Bid
2021-03-23 15:27:22
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Filemón Vela, D-Texas, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022, becoming the second House Democrat to announce their retirement in what could be a difficult cycle for the majority party. Earlier this month, Rep. Ann... Read More

With Virus Aid in Sight, Democrats Debate Filibuster Changes
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With Virus Aid in Sight, Democrats Debate Filibuster Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he's open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of... Read More

Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades
Elections
Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed
Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege and Republicans who want it... Read More

Fiercely Divided House Kicks Greene Off Both Her Committees
Congress
Fiercely Divided House Kicks Greene Off Both Her Committees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House has tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped... Read More

House Democrats Lay Out Case for Conviction; Trump Calls Charge 'Irrelevant'
Impeachment
House Democrats Lay Out Case for Conviction; Trump Calls Charge 'Irrelevant'
2021-02-02 22:17:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump endangered the life of every member of Congress on Jan. 6 when he "summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them to a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats... Read More

Democrats Make Federal Election Standards a Top Priority
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Democrats Make Federal Election Standards a Top Priority

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy after a tumultuous post-election period and deadly... Read More

Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan
Political News
Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan
2021-01-15 15:04:12
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday night unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan intended to aid struggling Americans and businesses, bolster state and local governments, and dramatically ramp up the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine with a... Read More

Rules Committee Welcomes Members for the 117th Congress
Congress
Rules Committee Welcomes Members for the 117th Congress
2021-01-12 15:20:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eight Members have been appointed to the House Rules Committee for the 117th Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced. The Committee on Rules is among the oldest standing committees in the House, having been first formally constituted on... Read More

Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?
State News
Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.... Read More

Senate Democrats’ Rules Changes Restrict Top Leaders’ Committee Roles
U.S. Senate
Senate Democrats’ Rules Changes Restrict Top Leaders’ Committee Roles

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Wednesday made some of the most significant rules changes for their caucus in years, one of which will restrict their leaders from standing atop too many top committee slots. For example, Sen. Richard J. Durbin... Read More

Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
U.S. Senate
Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
2020-12-02 17:18:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Stephanie Murphy, of Florida, and Jimmy Panetta, of California, have been named chief deputy whips for the 117th Congress, House Majority Whip James Clyburn announced Wednesday. In addition, Clyburn announced that Reps. G.K. Butterfield, of North Carolina,... Read More

Road Ahead: House Takes Up 'Tiger King' and Marijuana Bills While Seeking Spending Deal
In The News
Road Ahead: House Takes Up 'Tiger King' and Marijuana Bills While Seeking Spending Deal

WASHINGTON — Congress is focused this week on negotiating a government funding deal and determining whether bipartisan consensus can be reached to enact any additional COVID-19 relief before year's end. Those fiscal negotiations will continue among top appropriators, congressional leaders and their staffs... Read More

Democrats Recalibrate Ambitions in Congress Amid Election Setbacks
Congress
Democrats Recalibrate Ambitions in Congress Amid Election Setbacks

WASHINGTON — Rep. Zoe Lofgren spent her summer doing "a very nerdlike" line-by-line reading of the 55-year-old law that governs U.S. immigration policy in anticipation of widespread Democratic election wins that would give her party the ability to enact a massive immigration overhaul next year.... Read More

Biden's Win Hides a Dire Warning for Democrats in Rural US
Political News
Biden's Win Hides a Dire Warning for Democrats in Rural US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month's presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. That's not because voters there are... Read More

Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority
2020 Elections
Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority

WASHINGTON — Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov. 3 election, powered by their... Read More

Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws
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Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she would press ahead early next year with a campaign finance and elections overhaul, even as the measure may face the same Senate fate it did this Congress: doom. House Democrats passed their signature overhaul measure in March 2019 and dubbed it... Read More

After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why
State News
After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why

WASHINGTON — When national Democrats helicoptered into Austin in April 2019 and set up an operation to flip GOP seats in the U.S. House in 2020 — a list that grew from six districts to 10 — they exuded confidence, and Republicans took notice. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was fresh off gaining... Read More

Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?
Political News
Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?

WASHINGTON — After confidently predicting Democrats would expand their House majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is having to explain why it looks like they will actually lose seats. Democrats will keep the House majority, but the losses there come as Democrats appear likely to take the White House and improve their... Read More

Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift
Political News
Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift

WASHINGTON — Americans turned out to vote in this year's election as never before, and the result seemed only to deepen the trench dividing the two warring parties. From Atlanta to Milwaukee to Phoenix, Joe Biden gained ground in suburban areas, widening his party's advantage among college-educated voters... Read More

With Election Results Unsettled, GOP Mobilizes Vast Network of Lawyers
Litigation
With Election Results Unsettled, GOP Mobilizes Vast Network of Lawyers

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump promised to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court, Republicans activated a massive network of attorneys in battleground states crucial to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, hoping to thwart the counting of thousands of early and absentee... Read More

Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents
Congress
Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents

WASHINGTON — Democrats are projected to keep control of the U.S. House in Tuesday's elections, but with at least six incumbents losing their seats the party is falling far short of preelection expectations of an expanded majority. Among the Democrats defeated were several first elected in the... Read More

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