Tag: Kobach, Kris W

America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

County officials in Maryland miscalculated how many ballots they would need on Election Day — and quickly ran out in more than a dozen precincts. In New York City, voters were given a two-sheet ballot that jammed machines and caused delays and long lines. And in Georgia, some voters failed […]

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We’re Suing the Florida Governor. He Should Not Oversee His Own Election.

On Sunday, the Republican secretary of state of Arizona, Michele Reagan, did a stunning thing. She explained to America why it was taking so long to count the ballots in Arizona’s unresolved Senate race. Her explanation was thorough, sober, informative and nonpartisan. Most important, it helped foster confidence in the […]

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A Blue Wave in Kansas? Don’t Be So Surprised

WICHITA, Kan. — At an open-air debate at the Kansas State Fair in September, a raucous crowd roared, cheered and booed with such vigor that the candidates often were forced to pause before they could speak. The Republican candidate for governor, Kris Kobach, and the independent, Greg Orman, had strong support […]

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This Is Us, Halfway Whole

We avoided Midnight in America. The president concocted a frightscape, the caravan from hell ready to storm our white picket fences, the military deployed as a political stunt, the Constitution inches from the shredder. By any measure, the election was a referendum on our sickly, staggering democracy. Nearly 70 percent […]

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Who Owns the Supreme Court?

The Trump administration’s treatment of the Supreme Court as a wholly owned subsidiary is one of the most compelling dramas now unfolding in Washington. Whether this drama plays out as comedy or tragedy is up to the court. “Comedy” may be an odd word in this context, but I have […]

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Laura Kelly, a Kansas Democrat, Tops Kobach in Governor’s Race

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas voters rejected the sharply conservative message of Kris W. Kobach, a Republican known for fiery warnings about election fraud and illegal immigration, and instead elected State Senator Laura Kelly, a Democrat, as governor of their red-leaning state. Ms. Kelly’s victory on Tuesday, reported by The Associated […]

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In Potential Kobach Candidacy, Kansas Faces Another Lurch to the Right

The challenge for Kansas Democrats, though, is that Ms. Kelly is not the only alternative for dissident Republicans or unaffiliated voters uneasy with Mr. Kobach and Mr. Colyer. Greg Orman, a wealthy businessman who ran as an independent against Senator Pat Roberts in 2014, is also seeking the governorship this year, again as an independent. […]

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New Emails Show Push by Trump Officials to Add Citizenship Question to Census

A Commerce Department spokesman, Kevin Manning, said in a statement that “nothing in the court-ordered supplemental production changes the sound rationale” for the question that Mr. Ross had outlined. “Executive branch officials discussing important issues prior to formulating policy is evidence of good government, and the secretary’s previous testimony before Congress is consistent with that […]

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Trump Endorsement in Georgia Race Surprised, and Frustrated, Some Republicans

SANTA FE, N.M. — President Trump’s unexpected endorsement of Brian Kemp this week in the Georgia governor’s race blindsided and alarmed Republican governors, who fear that Mr. Trump’s penchant for capriciously intervening in party primaries is imperiling their prospects in a series of statehouse races. Mr. Trump’s personal unpopularity with the general electorate has already […]

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A Crusader Against Voter Fraud Fails to Prove His Case

On cross-examination, Mr. Richman admitted that his determinations of “foreign” were hurried and subjective. People with the last name Lopez, for example, were counted both ways. In perhaps the trial’s most startling moment, Mr. Richman said he would have counted as foreign the name Carlos Murguia — which happened to be the name of a […]

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Documents Show Political Lobbying in Census Question About Citizenship

But according to an analysis conducted by John M. Abowd, the chief scientist and associate director for research and methodology at the United States Census Bureau, that was included in the documents, the impact of including it would be “major potential quality and cost disruptions.” The research showed that the cost of adding this question, […]

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