WA-03: Carolyn Long (D)
House Watch
WA-03: Carolyn Long (D)
2020-10-31 01:05:34
by TWN Staff

About Long:  Carolyn Long grew up working at her family’s small business, John’s Fresh Produce.  After graduating, Long decided to pursue higher education. To help pay for college, she started working at Safeway, first as a courtesy clerk and then... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

A Crazy 2020 Makes for a Presidential Race Like No Other
2020 Elections
A Crazy 2020 Makes for a Presidential Race Like No Other

After months of stability, the presidential campaign enters the final sprint amid the greatest upheaval the country has faced in more than a generation: a teetering economy, a pandemic and divisions over racial discrimination and policing that have made November’s... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
Think Tanks
Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
2020-04-09 21:01:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats alike concede the road to the White House is paved through America's suburbs, what's less clear is how much they truly understand this rapidly changing portion of the electorate. For decades, the suburbs were... Read More

How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics
Technology
How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics

WASHINGTON — Fake voices generated by artificial intelligence tools may be the next frontier in scams that could trick companies into forking over cash or fool voters into believing a politician said something he or she didn’t. Computer-synthesized voices are... Read More

House Democrats Are Making McConnell — Not Trump — Their Boogeyman
Congress
House Democrats Are Making McConnell — Not Trump — Their Boogeyman

WASHINGTON — While Democrats in Washington are attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s management of the impeachment trial, it’s his role in blocking House-passed legislation that is getting the most campaign airtime so far this year. The latest example, and... Read More

Texas May Be Trending Purple, But Political Scientists Hedge on Whether It's Lasting
State News
Texas May Be Trending Purple, But Political Scientists Hedge on Whether It's Lasting
2019-11-26 14:03:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The thing about Texas is that people looking at it from the outside tend to have skewed view of what goes on here," Joshua Blank said the other day. We had turned to Blank, manager of polling and... Read More

Decline of Local Journalism is Likely Increasing Voter Polarization
State News
Decline of Local Journalism is Likely Increasing Voter Polarization

WASHINGTON — In May 2017, former Republican Rep. Leonard Lance crossed party lines and voted against the GOP health care repeal, a proposal deeply unpopular with voters in New Jersey’s 7th District, which he had represented in Washington for nearly... Read More

Trudeau Rejects Formal Coalition and Vows to Govern Case-by-Case
Canada
Trudeau Rejects Formal Coalition and Vows to Govern Case-by-Case

OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who lost his parliamentary majority in Canada’s election this week, will forgo any formal governing agreement with another party and instead move ahead with legislation on a case-by-case basis. “It is not in... Read More

How Political Maneuvering Derailed a Red State’s Path to Medicaid Expansion
Entitlements
How Political Maneuvering Derailed a Red State’s Path to Medicaid Expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. — This was supposed to be the year Medicaid expansion finally happened in Kansas. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, elected in November, had run on the issue. She triumphed in a state that had gone for Trump in 2016... Read More

Majority of Americans ‘Angry’ at Political System, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans ‘Angry’ at Political System, Poll Shows

WASHINGTON — Amid an escalating trade war, fears of an economic downturn and a crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, a majority of Americans are simply “angry” at the U.S. political system, a new poll showed on Sunday. An NBC... Read More

David Koch, Billionaire Donor to Conservative Causes and Cancer Research, Dies
In The News
David Koch, Billionaire Donor to Conservative Causes and Cancer Research, Dies
2019-08-23 17:10:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother, Charles, transformed American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, has died at age 79. Charles Koch announced the death in a statement, which gave no cause... Read More

Gun Control Movement Has More Momentum Than Ever; Will That Matter This Time?
Guns
Gun Control Movement Has More Momentum Than Ever; Will That Matter This Time?

In a nation where mourning the most recent mass shooting has become routine, the weekend’s two massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, brought another opportunity for reckoning. This time, the shootings come after a year of increased momentum... Read More

Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies
In The News
Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies

Henry Lozano, who spent much of his career aiding, counseling and influencing Los Angeles Latino politics and politicians, has died at his home in Whittier, Calif. Lozano, who died Monday, was 85. No cause of death was given. As a... Read More

George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform
Campaign Finance
George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform
2019-05-21 12:48:25
by Dan McCue

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In a capitalist society, things, including access to whatever serves as the public megaphone of the era, simply cost money. And... Read More

Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
Political News
Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
2019-04-23 21:23:14
by Sean Trambley

Seven years ago, Republicans took over nearly every lever of power in North Carolina in a political takeover that seemed destined to transform the state into a conservative stronghold. North Carolina, once considered a moderate state, was now in Republican... Read More

Replacing The Electoral College Won't Be Easy And Will Require Lots of Soul-Searching
Elections
Replacing The Electoral College Won't Be Easy And Will Require Lots of Soul-Searching
2019-03-22 21:40:22
by Dan McCue

This week Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made the biggest splash of her nascent presidential campaign by suggesting during a CNN town hall in Mississippi that the Electoral College should be retired and replaced by a popular-vote system that would ensure... Read More

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