WHAT'S HAPPENING

As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.

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Scott Walker Is Literally Preventing Wisconsinites From Voting

January 27, 2018 8:57 pm

By John Nichols for The Nation Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies have never been enthusiastic about democracy. After grabbing power in the “Republican-wave” election of 2010—with a massive boost from heavy spending by the Koch brothers and…

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Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds

January 22, 2018 4:14 pm

By Scott Clement for The Washington Post Strong support from women and independents is fueling Democrats’ large early advantage ahead of this year’s congressional elections, a sign that two groups that have recoiled from Donald Trump’s presidency will play a…

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The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women

January 16, 2018 7:44 pm

Women face more obstacles to voting than men do. By Mandy Velez / AlterNet Trump got one thing right. The voting system is “rigged”—though not in the way he thinks—and it has serious consequences for women. Every election, poor folks,…

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Trump’s controversial election integrity commission is gone. Here’s what comes next.

January 4, 2018 9:58 pm

By Charles Stewart III for The Washington Post On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he had terminated his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This has raised a variety of important questions about the commission’s work and what comes next.…

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The latest 2018 election-hacking threat: 9-month wait for government help

January 2, 2018 9:47 pm

By TIM STARKS for Politico States rushing to guard their 2018 elections against hackers may be on a waiting list for up to nine months for the Department of Homeland Security’s most exhaustive security screening, according to government officials familiar…

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Did Alabama Just Violate Federal Voting Law?

December 17, 2017 4:40 am

Mark Joseph Stern for Slate “As long as I’m secretary of state of Alabama,” John Merrill proclaimed in 2016, “you’re going to have to show some initiative to become a registered voter in this state.” Merrill, a Republican, is still…

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Once Unthinkable, Now Possible: Senate Looks Like a Tossup in 2018

December 15, 2017 11:01 pm

By Nate Cohn for NYTimes At this time last year, the Democratic path to Senate control seemed impossible: Hold all of the Democratic seats, flip Arizona and Nevada, then hope for a miracle. The Democrats got the political version of…

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Disabled Americans Lost Voting Rights Under Trump Election Fraud Commissioner’s Law

December 11, 2017 5:03 pm

By Jessica Kwong from Newsweek The head of President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission drafted a law as a Kansas official that led to 23 disabled people not having their votes counted in a recent local election. The disenfranchisement occurred…

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Inside John Roberts’ Decades-Long Crusade Against the Voting Rights Act

December 11, 2017 3:47 am

AWP revisits some of the history behind the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act with this article by ARI BERMAN from Politico on August 10, 2015 John Glover Roberts, a 25-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, arrived in Washington in…

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Federal court order ends in RNC voter-intimidation case

December 5, 2017 7:14 pm

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY The Associated Press A long-standing court order prohibiting the Republican National Committee from engaging in voter verification and other “ballot security” measures expired Friday, although a federal judge left open the possibility it could be extended…

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Vote Suppressors Unleashed

November 30, 2017 8:25 pm

By Richard L. Hasen for Slate This could be a very bad week for voting rights in the United States. On Friday, a federal consent decree to stop potential voter suppression by the Republican National Committee—in place since 1982—is set…

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Culling Voter Rolls: Battling Over Who Even Gets to Go to the Polls

November 26, 2017 6:02 am

By MICHAEL WINES for the NYTimes WASHINGTON — On its face, the notice sent to 248 county election officials asked only that they do what Congress has ordered: Prune their rolls of voters who have died, moved or lost their…