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Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans Support Creating Federal Holiday for Voting
2022-04-29 16:10:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Roughly two-thirds of Americans support creating a federal holiday for voting, while even larger majorities would like to see more polling stations in their districts and expanded hours to use them, according to a survey released Friday by... Read More

In The States
Arizona’s Ducey Signs Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Vote
2022-03-31 00:36:19
by Dan McCue

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday intended to ensure only U.S. citizens — with documentation of their citizenship — vote in the state’s election. “Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally... Read More

In The States
North Carolina Law Barring Felons from Voting Declared Unconstitutional
2022-03-29 14:07:59
by Dan McCue

RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina law banning people with felony records from voting after they’ve served their sentences is unconstitutional, a state court has ruled. Specifically, the Wake County Superior Court panel held in a 2-1 ruling Monday that... Read More

In The States
Appeal Claims Tennessee Elections Director Wrongly Violating Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights
2022-02-24 17:16:35
by Dan McCue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s elections director is wrongly violating an ex-felon’s voting rights, preventing him from registering despite having served his sentence and being granted clemency in another state, a newly filed appeal claims. Ernest Falls was convicted of involuntary... Read More

Redistricting
GOP Positions to Grab Left-Leaning Nashville in US House Map

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Black college students once marched downtown from the north Nashville neighborhood where Aaron Marble preaches, sitting at Whites-only lunch counters to fight for civil rights. Soon, his historically Black community will fold into a mostly rural,... Read More

Voting
High Court's Alabama Ruling Sparks Alarm Over Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to halt efforts to create a second mostly Black congressional district in Alabama for the 2022 election sparked fresh warnings that the court is becoming too politicized, eroding the Voting Rights Act and reviving the... Read More

Redistricting
Federal Court Tosses Alabama Congressional Map on Grounds it Disadvantaged Blacks
2022-01-28 17:54:14
by Dan McCue

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A panel of three federal judges this week threw out Alabama’s newly redrawn congressional district map, holding that given the makeup of the state’s population, lawmakers involved in the redistricting process should have created two districts likely... Read More

White House
Biden Defends Record, Vows to Get Out and Talk to Americans Face to Face
2022-01-20 17:09:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s second solo press conference since taking office turned into a marathon lasting one hour and 45 minutes on Wednesday as he was repeatedly pressed to defend his first year in office and lay out a... Read More

Presidency
Biden to Highlight Progress, Ask for Patience Over Setbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks... Read More

Political News
‘Eye of Nation Watching’ as Voting Rights Bill Appears Headed for Defeat
2022-01-18 21:49:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With the defeat of sweeping voting rights legislation all but certain in the Senate this week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed a different goal as he opened the chamber’s session on Tuesday, forcing all senators to go on... Read More

Political News
Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill
2022-01-12 00:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down, drag-out brawl of the year. The “it,” of course, is the raging war of words over Senate Democrats' effort to... Read More

Voting
Biden to Back Filibuster Changes to Push Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use a speech in Georgia to endorse changing Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, saying it’s time to choose “democracy over autocracy.” But some civil rights groups won’t be there, in protest of... Read More

Voting
Invoking Jan. 6, Dems Pivot to Fight for Voting Legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping voting legislation, arguing dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election demand an extraordinary response. In fiery speeches... Read More

Political News
Schumer Says Vote on Quashing Filibuster Could Come by Jan. 17
2022-01-03 19:12:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if Republicans continue to block sweeping voting rights legislation currently stalled in the chamber, a vote on amending or doing away... Read More

Voting
Abrams Seeks National Voting Rights Action Before 2022 Race

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia's governor. Senators including Georgia Democrat... Read More

Justice
Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Voting Restrictions
2021-11-05 18:24:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the state of Texas on Thursday, arguing a new voting law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in September disenfranchises the old, disabled and citizens who do not speak English. The complaint, which was filed... Read More

Political News
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

Political News
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

Political News
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

Political News
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 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

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

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

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

Political News
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

Political News
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

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

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

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

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

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