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Schumer Vows to Quickly Advance Next Voting Rights Bill to Senate Floor
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Schumer Vows to Quickly Advance Next Voting Rights Bill to Senate Floor
2021-10-21 17:59:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON –  Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Freedom to Vote Act, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he’ll advance another voting rights bill to the floor of the chamber as early as next week.... Read More

Senate to Vote on Voting Rights Bill Wednesday, Despite Filibuster Threat
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Senate to Vote on Voting Rights Bill Wednesday, Despite Filibuster Threat
2021-10-19 18:14:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are moving ahead with plans to vote on the Freedom to Vote Act Wednesday, despite Republicans’ vow to block the bill. The bill, a slimmed down version of the For the People Act, a sweeping elections... Read More

Senate Democrats Introduce Pared Down Voting Rights Bill, Vote Likely Next Week
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Senate Democrats Introduce Pared Down Voting Rights Bill, Vote Likely Next Week
2021-09-14 19:50:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats introduced a pared down version of the House voting rights bill Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer indicated he likely will bring it to a vote in the chamber as early next week. After introducing... Read More

Murphy Named Chair of Voter Protection Effort in Florida
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Murphy Named Chair of Voter Protection Effort in Florida
2021-09-01 18:01:35
by Dan McCue

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The Florida Democratic Party has named Rep. Stephanie Murphy chair of its Democracy and Voter Protection Program. In her new role, the Winter Park Democrat will work with the program’s staff, party leaders and other elected... Read More

In Texas, Sweeping GOP Voting Overhaul Sent to Governor
In The States
In Texas, Sweeping GOP Voting Overhaul Sent to Governor
2021-08-31 22:59:19
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — For the Democrats who fought bitterly to prevent it, it's all over but the playing of a sad song on a honky tonk juke box. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature sent a major overhaul of the... Read More

Texas GOP Advances Voting Bill After Democrats' Holdout Ends
In The States
Texas GOP Advances Voting Bill After Democrats' Holdout Ends

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans advanced new voting restrictions Thursday night after months of protests by Democrats, who after returning from a 38-day walkout are now all but out of ways to stop a bill that includes a ban... Read More

House Democrats Break Impasse to Advance $3.5T Budget Plan
Congress
House Democrats Break Impasse to Advance $3.5T Budget Plan
2021-08-24 21:28:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats narrowly approved a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, hours after coming to agreement with moderates whose desire for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill nearly scuttled President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic agenda. In... Read More

Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates
Think Tanks
Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates
2021-08-24 20:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left to fight for when he returned to the U.S. in 2015.  During two combat tours in Iraq, the now CEO... Read More

House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday
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House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday
2021-08-24 13:08:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House will reconvene at noon Tuesday to take a second stab at ending a stalemate with 10 centrist members over a $3.5 trillion budget framework.  Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and the other holdouts don’t necessarily oppose the... Read More

Democrats Get Arrested to Protest Deadlock in Congress on Voting Rights
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Democrats Get Arrested to Protest Deadlock in Congress on Voting Rights
2021-08-09 21:32:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A growing list of Democrats in Congress appear to be trying to get arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demonstrate their opposition to legislative action they say would suppress the right to vote.  The latest was Rep.... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott Calls Second Special Session With Expanded Agenda
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Calls Second Special Session With Expanded Agenda
2021-08-06 14:39:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday he would convene another special legislative session beginning on Saturday, Aug. 7. Attached to the announcement was a full list of prioritized agenda items for the session. Although much of the... Read More

Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators
In The States
The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny.  After bolting  the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill... Read More

By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire
In The States
By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire

AUSTIN, Texas — When Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives left the state on Monday in a bid to deny Republicans a quorum needed to conduct business, they also left a number of other consequential agenda items in limbo.... Read More

In Impassioned Speech, Biden Declares GOP State Voting Restrictions 'Un-American'
Elections
In Impassioned Speech, Biden Declares GOP State Voting Restrictions 'Un-American'
2021-07-13 21:28:53
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden traveled to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, on Tuesday to declare that preserving voting rights for all is the “test of our time.” Speaking at the National Constitution Center, Biden called the efforts to curtail voting... Read More

Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
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Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
2021-07-13 19:45:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage of Republican-backed voting legislation. At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state on... Read More

Biden Escalates Fight for Voting Rights
White House
Biden Escalates Fight for Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will lay out the "moral case" for voting rights as he faces growing pressure from civil rights activists and other Democrats to combat efforts by Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot.... Read More

Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
In The States
Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
2021-07-06 19:12:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July 8, but the full list of agenda items will be set solely at Abbott’s discretion. The two big-ticket items expected... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions
2021-07-01 15:11:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold two provisions of Arizona’s election law that critics argued unfairly impinged on the rights of Black, Hispanic and Native Americans voters. By a 6-3 margin, the justices held that a 2016... Read More

Justice Department Sues Georgia Over Voting Law
Justice
Justice Department Sues Georgia Over Voting Law
2021-06-25 16:48:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department sued the state of Georgia on Friday over a controversial new law that imposes multiple restrictions on voting. During a late morning press conference on Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the complaint alleges “recent... 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

Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights
White House
Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights
2021-06-02 12:03:52
by Dan McCue

TULSA, Okla. - President Joe Biden on Tuesday put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of his administration's efforts to protect voting rights. Biden made the announcement during a speech in Tulsa, Okla., where he marked the 100th anniversary of... Read More

Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists
Congress
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
Congress
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

Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
In The States
Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
2021-05-07 21:13:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following hours of debate over amendments proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives approved new restrictions to state election rules early Friday morning. After Democrats proposed more than 130 amendments to the legislation, the lawmakers... Read More

Lawsuits Follow Changes In State Voting Laws
In The States
Lawsuits Follow Changes In State Voting Laws
2021-05-07 21:10:56
by Tom Ramstack

Florida was hit with multiple civil rights lawsuits Thursday minutes after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to limit mail-in voting and to require more complete voter identification. The NAACP, the League of Women Voters and others said in their... Read More

Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
In The States
Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
2021-04-30 18:47:49
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a sweeping election overhaul bill on Thursday that established a wide range of new voting restrictions in one of the nation’s key battleground states. The bill makes Florida the first major swing state... Read More

Georgia's Abrams Navigates Voting Law Fight With Eye on 2022
In The States
Georgia's Abrams Navigates Voting Law Fight With Eye on 2022

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden called Georgia's new voting law an "atrocity." A leading Black bishop called for a national boycott of companies headquartered in the state. But when Stacey Abrams, the state's well-known voting rights advocate, is asked... Read More

Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
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Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
In The States
Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
2021-04-02 20:31:46
by TWN Staff

Major League Baseball said Friday it would move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia, citing the state government’s recent decision to put in place more restrictive measures on who is able to vote in coming elections. “Major League Baseball... Read More

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