Tag: State Legislatures

A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow Stronger

The 2018 midterm election looked last Tuesday like a serious but not crippling setback for Republicans, with Democrats making significant gains in congressional races but failing to deliver a comprehensive defeat to President Trump and his party. The picture for Republicans has gotten grimmer since then, as a more complete […]

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With Democratic Wins, Charter Schools Face a Backlash in N.Y. and Other States

Over the last decade, the charter school movement gained a significant foothold in New York, demonstrating along the way that it could build fruitful alliances with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other prominent Democrats. The movement hoped to set a national example — if charter schools could make it in […]

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New York Should Say No to Amazon

This week, word leaked that Amazon may be close to finalizing a deal to set up a major operation in Long Island City, Queens. The news, which was embraced with peak sycophancy by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — he literally offered to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to make it […]

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Democrats’ Biggest Wins Are in Statehouses

Democrats pulled off a significant victory on Tuesday night. No, it wasn’t taking back the House in Congress. It’s what they did in state legislatures around the country. Democrats made strides in a number of statehouses. They seized control of seven legislative chambers, flipping the State Senates in Colorado, Maine, […]

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Dead Pimp Cruises to Victory in Nevada State Election

In life, Dennis Hof claimed many titles: “America’s pimp” and “the P.T. Barnum of Booty,” based on his notoriety as an outspoken brothel owner in Nevada. He called himself the “Trump of Pahrump,” nodding to his political style and the town he called home. In death, Mr. Hof earned a […]

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Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways

Suburbs defect as Trump’s base holds ImageAbigail Spanberger flipped a House seat in the suburbs of Richmond, Va.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times The divergent outcomes in the House and Senate — a Democratic takeover in one chamber, and Republican gains in the other — exposed an ever-deepening gulf […]

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DeSantis Takes Florida Governor’s Post for Republicans, but Kobach Loses in Kansas

Republicans fended off strong Democratic challenges Tuesday to hold on to the governorships of Florida and Ohio, maintaining their control of two states likely to be critical in the 2020 presidential elections. But Democrats seized governorships in three states now controlled by Republicans: Illinois, Michigan and, in a surprise outcome […]

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Let’s Get New York to the Polls

Advertisement With the state’s primary elections on Sept. 13, a Thursday, officials can take steps now to make sure voters defy expectations of a low turnout. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom […]

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Fight Drug Abuse, Don’t Subsidize It

Almost 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a shocking 54 percent increase since 2012. Dangerous opioids such as heroin and fentanyl contributed to two-thirds of the deaths. This killer knows no geographic, socioeconomic or age limits. It strikes city dwellers and Midwestern farmers, Hollywood celebrities and homeless veterans, […]

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A ‘Rainbow Wave?’ 2018 Has More L.G.B.T. Candidates Than Ever

Advertisement A record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates are running for office in November, as the Trump administration and state-level politicians have moved to roll back some legal protections. Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a top congressional primary in Kansas on Tuesday, is a lesbian and Native American who wants “L.G.B.T. […]

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Top New Hampshire Democrat Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

A leading Democratic legislator in New Hampshire was arrested on Thursday on charges of domestic violence and assault. The legislator, Jeff Woodburn, is the minority leader in the State Senate. He is up for re-election this fall, but officials on both sides of the aisle called for him to resign shortly after his arrest. Mr. […]

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Illinois Lawmaker Resigns After Ex-Girlfriend Says He Used Her Nude Photos to ‘Catfish’ Men

An Illinois state representative resigned on Wednesday hours after a report about allegations that he posted nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram without her consent in an effort to draw other men into “graphic” conversations. The lawmaker, Nick Sauer, a Republican who had served on the State Legislature’s task force to combat sexual discrimination […]

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News From Your Neighborhood, Brought to You by the State of New Jersey

The crisis in the news media has been acutely felt in New Jersey, where the press corps covering the state government in Trenton has withered and larger newspapers in the region have reduced their staffs and their coverage. “We need to do something,” said Joe Amditis, associate director for the Center for Cooperative Media at […]

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Now Running for Office, Adam Greenberg. You May Remember His First At-Bat.

Greenberg remembered feeling overjoyed that he had gotten a second chance, as brief at it was. But the feeling didn’t last long. A week later, his wife Lindsay’s identical twin, Melissa Marottoli Hogan, was admitted to the hospital with Stage 4 lung cancer. She died two months later. And then, on the night of the […]

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Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence

Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the State Assembly who rose to become one of New York’s most powerful politicians, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for his conviction on federal corruption charges. Mr. Silver, a Democrat from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, had served as speaker for more than two decades, and […]

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A Screeching Stop for Speed Cameras in New York City School Zones

It happened in a blink: At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, hundreds of speed cameras around New York City effectively clicked off, their watch over motorists dangerously zooming through school zones ended indefinitely. The cameras were widely credited with calming traffic at 140 school zones in every city borough, saving an untold number of children from […]

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Jason Spencer, Georgia Lawmaker Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen, to Resign

Jason Spencer, the Georgia Republican lawmaker who was fooled into repeatedly yelling a racial epithet on the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s television series, intends to resign effective July 31. The decision was announced early Wednesday in an email from the office of David Ralston, the Georgia House speaker. It was the first real-world consequence of […]

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Do-It-Yourself Legislative Redistricting

The opponents say a citizens’ commission would impose such sweeping changes to the Michigan constitution that it can be adopted only through a constitutional convention. An appeals court rejected that argument unanimously in June, but the outcome in the state’s Supreme Court is uncertain. Five of the seven justices were nominated or appointed by Republicans, […]

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After a Fiasco, California Aims Again at Remaking the Power Grid

“This is not either-or, it’s not local versus regional — it’s getting the best out of both,” said Ralph Cavanagh, staff lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a longtime proponent of the measure. “You will use the existing system more efficiently.” For example, at certain times of the year, California produces more solar […]

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She’s Mexican-Born and a New U.S. Citizen. But Can She Run for the Georgia House?

Keeping Ms. Palacios off the ballot would leave the Republican incumbent, Matt Dubnik, running unopposed, in a year when Democrats could pick up some seats in the State House, though probably not seize the majority from Republicans. The 29th is the kind of district that could give Republicans problems in the long term. The demographics […]

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Guilty, Again: Dean Skelos, Former Senate Leader, Is Convicted of Corruption in Retrial

Dean G. Skelos, once one of the most powerful political figures in New York State, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five months that a major federal case targeting corruption in Albany has ended in a conviction. The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan deliberated […]

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