In Detroit, Trump’s Postelection Offensive Has a Familiar Feel

In a city that is used to being disparaged, President Trump’s attempt to overturn an election that he lost seems both extraordinary and business as usual.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #detroit-mich, #duggan-mike, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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When the Pandemic Came to Rural Wisconsin

As the coronavirus spread, a public servant tried to prepare her conservative community for the worst-case scenario. Now it’s here.

#bosman-julie, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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Why Trump’s Attempts to Overturn 2020 Election Are Unparalleled in US History

The president’s push to prevent states from certifying electors and get legislators to override voters’ will eclipses even the bitter 1876 election as an audacious use of brute political force.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electoral-college, #georgia, #hayes-rutherford-birchard, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Targets Michigan in His Ploy to Subvert the Election

In a brazen step, the president invited Republican state leaders in Michigan to the White House as he and his allies try to prevent the state from certifying Joe Biden’s clear victory there.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

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How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

We need to prepare now to protect the values and institutions that matter most.

#attorneys-general, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-state-relations-us, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Finally, New Jersey Might Be Cooler Than New York

If we’re judging by willingness to legalize recreational marijuana, that is.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #marijuana, #new-jersey, #state-legislatures

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Behind Trump’s Yearslong Effort to Turn Losing Into Winning

Even before he was elected in 2016, Donald J. Trump was building a conspiracy theory about voter fraud that took on new energy this year, as his political fortunes ebbed during the coronavirus pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #stone-roger-j-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

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President Tru, Pack Your Bags and Be Gone

Trump wants to preserve, protect and defend only himself.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #electoral-college, #gore-al, #homeland-security-department, #mcconnell-mitch, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Could State Legislatures Pick Their Own Electors to Vote for Trump? Not Likely

Some Trump allies have suggested that Republican lawmakers should override the will of voters who elected Joe Biden the next president.

#arizona, #electoral-college, #georgia, #michigan, #north-carolina, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

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Kansas Democrat Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Wins State House Seat

Now, state party leaders are looking to replace the representative-elect, Aaron Coleman.

#coleman-aaron, #cyberharassment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #kansas, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Election Fraud Claims Make No Headway on Legal Cases

The president appeared to have little path through the courts to shift the outcome of the election, leaving him reliant on long shots like recounts or pressure on state legislatures.

#absentee-voting, #arizona, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bossie-david, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #georgia, #justice-department, #michigan, #nevada, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #shapiro-josh-1973, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #true-the-vote, #trump-donald-j, #trump-eric-f-1984, #vos-robin-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin, #wolf-thomas-w

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With No Evidence of Fraud, Trump Fails to Make Headway on Legal Cases

The president appeared to have little path through the courts to shift the outcome of the election, leaving him reliant on long shots like recounts or pressure on state legislatures.

#absentee-voting, #arizona, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bossie-david, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #georgia, #justice-department, #michigan, #nevada, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #shapiro-josh-1973, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #true-the-vote, #trump-donald-j, #trump-eric-f-1984, #vos-robin-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin, #wolf-thomas-w

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Democrats’ ‘Blue Wave’ Crashed in Statehouses Across the Country

Democrats failed to flip chambers in Texas, North Carolina and Iowa. They are set to take control of Arizona’s House and Senate, while Republicans flipped New Hampshire’s legislature.

#elections-governors, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-state-leadership-committee, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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Recreational Marijuana Legalized by New Jersey Voters

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis in New Jersey, putting pressure on neighboring states like New York.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #budgets-and-budgeting, #constitutional-amendments, #cuomo-andrew-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Here are the (other) races and issues our national correspondents are watching.

#brunswick-ga, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-mayors, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #henderson-county-nc, #houston-tex, #los-angeles-county-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #michigan, #mississippi, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #portland-ore, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #vermont, #wisconsin

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When It Comes to Democracy, the U. S. Is Showing Its Age

Our election systems were not built for the modern era. Looking abroad might help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #india, #latvia, #mexico, #orban-viktor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

While the chief justice’s views have not been fully endorsed by any of his colleagues, they have so far prevailed in five recent disputes, delivering victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

#absentee-voting, #barrett-amy-coney, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #federal-courts-us, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #rehnquist-william-h, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state

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Democrats Hope 2020 Is the Year They Flip the Texas House

Republicans have controlled the state government since 2003. An anti-Trump surge could give Democrats a crucial boost.

#elections-state-legislature, #fort-worth-tex, #orourke-beto, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #suburbs, #tarrant-county-tex, #texas

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Deadlocked Supreme Court Allows Extra Time for Some Pennsylvania Ballots

A 4-to-4 tie let stand a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court that had extended the deadline for counting some mailed ballots by three days, citing the pandemic and postal delays.

#absentee-voting, #barrett-amy-coney, #democratic-party, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can This Billionaire Save N.Y.’s Senate Republicans?

Ronald Lauder is spending millions of dollars to defeat Democratic state senators, whose party is tantalizingly close to a supermajority.

#campaign-finance, #elections-state-legislature, #lauder-ronald-s, #new-york-state, #political-action-committees, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #suffolk-county-ny

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How the G.O.P. Can Still Wreck America

Even if Trump loses, his party can do immense damage.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-senate, #global-warming, #national-debt-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

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Joseph L. Bruno, Fallen Power in New York Senate, Dies at 91

As the Republican majority leader for 13 years, he was one of the “three men in a room” who decided things in Albany. Then came corruption charges and, ultimately, vindication.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bruno-joseph-l, #corruption-scandals, #deaths-obituaries, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #rensselaer-county-ny, #state-legislatures

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As Trump Sows Doubts on Mail, Democrats Push More In-Person Voting

In Philadelphia, officials are encouraging voting in person. In Wisconsin, there are ballot-return events in city parks. They reflect an unease over President Trump’s war on mail-in voting.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bright-ben, #democratic-party, #morial-marc-h, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

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Can Mike Espy Make History, Again?

If the Democratic Party claims to value Black support, then they should work harder to make it happen.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #espy-mike, #mississippi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Vote in Person, New York

After the recent absentee ballot debacle, anyone who is able ought to take advantage of early in-person voting.

#absentee-voting, #board-of-elections-nyc, #board-of-elections-nys, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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Sara Gideon Is Running Strong Against Susan Collins in Maine

Her opponent, Sara Gideon, is running on her record in the state — but does it matter in a year when all politics is national?

#collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #senate, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Even Paper Bags Will Be Banned From N.J. Supermarkets

The bill, which would make the state the first to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets, would also ban single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants.

#american-forest-and-paper-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #politics-and-government, #sierra-club, #state-legislatures

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N.J. Will Borrow $4.5 Billion as Pandemic Pain Hits States

It is one of the first states to take on debt to plug a budget hole created by the impact of the coronavirus.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coughlin-craig-j-1958, #credit-and-debt, #lance-leonard, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #testa-michael-l

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How the Supreme Court Could Affect Voting Rules on Election Day

A number of legal battles over voting rights are already in the pipeline. Any ruling this fall could resonate nationwide.

#state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Buffy Wicks Voted on the Floor With a Newborn in Her Arms

The California state assemblywoman brought her month-old baby to the chamber — and instantly became an image of moms who do it all.

#california, #family-leaves, #parenting, #state-legislatures, #wicks-buffy

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The Week Women’s Suffrage Almost Wasn’t

A century ago, opponents unleashed chaos to try to sabotage the expansion of voting rights. The strange interlude still holds lessons in how backlash works today.

#black-people, #burn-harry-t, #constitutional-amendments, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Kansas Candidate Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Is Back in the Race

Aaron Coleman, 19, had said he was dropping out of the race after winning the Democratic primary election for a Kansas House seat by 14 votes. Now he wants back in.

#coleman-aaron, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #kansas, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #stalking-crime, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New York’s School Chaos Is Breaking Me

So this is how it feels to be abandoned by your government.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #education-department-us, #lander-brad, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Daughter of Haitian Immigrants Would Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. High Court

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, 39, would also be the only Black judge currently seated on the state’s Supreme Court.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #fabiana-pierre-louis, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #immigration-and-emigration, #legal-profession, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state

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Kansas Candidate Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Plans to Withdraw

Aaron Coleman, 19, won the Democratic primary election for a Kansas House seat by 14 votes. Now he wants out.

#coleman-aaron, #democratic-party, #kansas-city-kan, #state-legislatures

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Kansas Democrat, 19, Who Admitted to Revenge Porn, Ekes Out Primary Win

Aaron Coleman defeated a seven-term incumbent for a state House seat by 14 votes, alarming Democrats who worry he will hurt other candidates in the general election.

#cyberharassment, #democratic-party, #kansas, #primaries-and-caucuses, #social-media, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #wyandotte-county-kan

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Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.

#automobiles, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #franchises, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #state-legislatures, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #zimmer-john-1984

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How Tennessee Ratified the 19th Amendment

On Aug. 18, 1920, a young state legislator listened to his mama, and Tennessee became the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

#black-people, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #womens-rights

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The Politics We Don’t See Matter as Much as Those We Do

Party strategists pay a lot of attention to redrawing district maps — and hope you won’t bother to think about it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2018, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Michigan Democrats Hesitate on Whitmer as V.P.: ‘Selfishly, We Need Her Here’

She is suddenly on Joe Biden’s shortlist. Can Michigan afford to lose her?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #whitmer-gretchen

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From Outsider to Insider: Karen Bass’s Unexpected Journey to Power

At every step in her political career, the California congresswoman had to be coaxed to run for a higher office. Now she’s a top contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

#bass-karen, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #california, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us

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When Utility Money Talks

Corruption scandals in Ohio and Illinois reveal an unsavory underside to the politics of energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #commonwealth-edison, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firstenergy-corporation, #householder-larry, #illinois, #madigan-michael-j, #nuclear-energy, #ohio, #state-legislatures

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Alaska Midair Collision Kills 7, Officials Say

Gary Knopp, a Republican member of the State House of Representatives, was among those killed. He was piloting one of the planes.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #caleb-hulsey, #david-rogers, #deaths-fatalities, #gary-knopp, #gregory-bell, #heather-hulsey, #kirstin-wright, #mackay-hulsey, #soldotna-alaska, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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About 20% of N.J. Prisoners Could Be Freed to Avoid Virus

Believed to be the first Covid-19 bill of its kind, the legislation could free more than 3,000 New Jersey prisoners who are within a year of release.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rory-price-jr, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures

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Primary Wave May Make N.Y. Legislature One of Nation’s Most Liberal

Among those toppled by progressive insurgents was a Brooklyn assemblyman who was first elected in 1972.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #state-legislatures, #working-families-party

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Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Pours $15 Million Into Races in 8 States

The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, hopes to help Democrats flip three Senate seats, win control of state legislatures and lift Joe Biden to victory in Florida.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #gun-control, #mcbath-lucy, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures

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Powerful Ohio Republican Is Arrested in $60 Million Corruption Scheme

The House speaker was connected with a conspiracy to enact a $1.3 billion bailout of an energy company, the F.B.I. said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #energy-harbor, #firstenergy-corporation, #householder-larry, #nuclear-energy, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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New Yorkers, Voting Could Get Much Easier for You

The Legislature should use a rare, brief summer session to make key reforms ahead of the November elections.

#absentee-voting, #cuomo-andrew-m, #gianaris-michael-n, #new-york-state, #state-legislatures, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Utility Company Gave Jobs to Allies of Top Illinois Democrat, Prosecutors Say

Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan has not been charged, but the governor, a fellow Democrat, said he must resign if the allegations are true.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #illinois, #madigan-michael-j, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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