2018 Mid-term elections

A guide to the 2018 midterm elections

June 7, 2018 9:23 pm

From Vox.com The elections held on Tuesday, November 6, are the first midterms under President Donald Trump, and the stakes for both parties are incredibly high. A fired up Democratic base threatens Republicans’ unified control of federal government — and…

Midterm Wave Watcher: Essential survey research insights on the 2018 midterm elections

June 7, 2018 9:11 pm

Morning Consult interviews registered voters across the country every day to gauge their opinions on their elected officials as well as whom they’re planning to vote for in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections for House and Senate. This data, based…

Five myths about gerrymandering

March 11, 2018 2:19 am

By Ari Berman for the Washington Post Gerrymandering — in which politicians manipulate electoral boundaries for partisan advantage — is emerging as a key issue in the midterm elections. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently redrew the state’s GOP-dominated congressional map,…

Trump’s Controversial Pick to Run the 2020 Census Withdraws

February 12, 2018 11:22 pm

Ari Berman for MotherJones The Trump administration’s controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureau. In November, Politico reported that the…

The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

January 29, 2018 2:19 am

By Russell Berman for The Atlantic If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements. They’re often a leading indicator for which direction a party is headed, and so far, 2018 is…

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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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Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor

October 17, 2017 3:23 pm

“Stacey Abrams is a force to be reckoned with. The Yale Law School graduate has served in the Georgia General Assembly since 2007, is CEO of her own legal consulting firm, and pens successful romance novels in her spare time.…

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Real Worry Voter Suppression, Not Fraud

October 13, 2017 4:03 pm

For people who take seriously the idea of free and open elections, it’s been a busy (and exhausting) few months. In no particular order, we: — Eagerly anticipate the Supreme Court’s decision on the partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford,…

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Trump ‘Voter Fraud’ Commission Violates Federal Law, Lawsuit Claims

October 12, 2017 4:15 pm

President Donald Trump’s controversial “election integrity” commission is facing yet another legal challenge with a privacy-rights group saying the panel is breaking federal law by gathering massive amounts of information on the nation’s registered voters. The Electronic Privacy Information Center,…

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Virginia Is for Haters

October 10, 2017 6:48 pm

Why is America the only wealthy nation that doesn’t guarantee essential health care for all? (We’ve made a lot of progress under Obamacare, but not enough, and the Trump administration is doing its best to kill it.) Why do we…

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Trump Election Commission Leader Sought a Radical Change to a Key Voting Law

October 6, 2017 4:22 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, urged the Trump administration to weaken a key federal voting law, according to documents released by a federal court on Thursday. Kobach called for…

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A Strong Nominee. A Divisive Opponent. But Can Democrats Win in Alabama?

October 2, 2017 6:50 pm

The Republican primary victory last week by Roy S. Moore initially delighted Democrats who saw the inflammatory Alabamian’s humiliation of the Republican establishment as prime evidence that the Trump era had intensified the right’s unremitting internecine wars. But now Democrats…