Tag: Voting and Voters

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Faces Investigation by House Panel

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is investigating allegations of voter suppression in Georgia under Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has since become governor. The investigation was revealed in letters that the committee’s Democratic leaders sent on Wednesday to Mr. Kemp and his successor as secretary of state, Brad […]

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North Carolina Sets New Date for Redo Election in Congressional House Race

North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District will remain without representation in the House until at least September. The state elections board, which concluded last month that fraud had tainted November’s voting for the seat, ruled on Monday that a new open primary would be held in the district on May 14 […]

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A Dose of Moderation Would Help Democrats

The energy in the 2020 Democratic campaign has been coming from the left. Candidates are pushing Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax and other ideas that are more progressive than anything a recent Democratic nominee has favored. Much of this shift — which has been focused […]

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In Chicago, History-Making Didn’t Have to Be So Hard

CHICAGO — History was made in Chicago’s wide-open mayoral race last night. Bill Daley, the son and brother of the city’s second-longest and longest-serving mayors, finished a close third behind Lori Lightfoot, a Democratic former federal prosecutor, and Toni Preckwinkle, chairwoman of the Cook County Democratic Party. After a runoff […]

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Two African-American Women Appear Headed for Runoff in Chicago’s Mayor Race

CHICAGO — Two African-American women are headed for a runoff in the Chicago mayor’s race, setting up an election that will make history. Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and sharp critic of the status quo at City Hall, won enough votes in Chicago’s election for mayor on Tuesday to […]

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After a Chaotic, Free-for-All Election, Chicago Counts Votes for Mayor

CHICAGO — After a frenetic, chaotic campaign, the nation’s third largest city waited Tuesday evening for votes to be counted in a race to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel. With 14 candidates — more than this city has ever seen before in a mayor’s race — it was uncertain how much […]

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Bernie 2020, Pro and Con

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. At the start of the Democratic presidential primaries four years ago, I was talking with someone who had spent decades living in Vermont. She asked me what I thought about Bernie Sanders’s […]

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Spain’s Far-Right Vox Party Sees Breakout Moment in New Election

EL EJIDO, Spain — Wedged between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Almería province of southern Spain was once a setting for the spaghetti westerns that turned Clint Eastwood into a star. These days, shimmering miles of plastic greenhouses stretch to the horizon, incubating the tomatoes, peppers and other […]

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The Political Magic of Us Vs. Them

However often President Trump strays from his favored political strategy, he faithfully returns to it like a dog to a bone: first, polarize the American electorate along racial, cultural and economic lines, then exploit the schisms that have supplanted the class divisions that were once central to both American and […]

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Trump’s Nightmare Opponents

A few weeks ago, the pollsters at Monmouth University asked Democrats across the country to choose between two different kinds of nominees. One was a candidate whom the voter agreed with on most issues but who might struggle to beat President Trump. The other was the reverse — a strong […]

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The Real State of the Union, in Charts

My fellow Americans, the state of our union is far weaker than it should be. The economy’s growth isn’t benefiting most families very much. Life expectancy has been falling. The planet is warming. The rest of the world is less enamored of America than it has been in the past. […]

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The ‘Rotten Equilibrium’ of Republican Politics

One clear lesson from the elections of 2016 and 2018 is that President Trump and his fellow Republican candidates win where white voters are losing ground. Take a look at the 2018 congressional results in the upper Midwest and Pennsylvania, states that provided the Electorate College votes crucial to Trump’s […]

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Howard Schultz, Please Don’t Run for President

Unlike Donald Trump, the former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is a genuinely successful businessman who built a company that’s become part of the daily lives of people across America. For this, those of us who are horrified by Trump’s relentless grifting should be grateful. It gives us something concrete […]

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To Rise Above the Democratic Pack, Elizabeth Warren Tries ‘Nerding Out’

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The gym was hot. The lights malfunctioned. But the packed audience of nearly 1,000 people was engrossed as Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and presidential hopeful, did what she does best: “nerd out,” as she puts it. After talking up gun control laws and criminal justice […]

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Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs

LENEXA, Kan. — State Senator Dinah Sykes, a Democrat for three whole weeks, told the retirement home residents that she had felt ignored by Republican leaders. She said that she remained a political moderate. She promised that her views on policy hadn’t changed when she quit the Republican Party, only […]

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Trump the Vulnerable

Now that a new Congress has taken office, the vote count from the 2018 midterms is all but final. It shows that Democrats won the national popular vote in the House races by almost nine percentage points. That margin is smashing — larger, by comparison, than in any presidential race […]

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Biden Sees Himself as Democrats’ Best Hope in 2020, Allies Say

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is in the final stages of deciding whether to run for president and has told allies he is skeptical the other Democrats eyeing the White House can defeat President Trump, an assessment that foreshadows a clash between the veteran Washington insider […]

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The Interpreter: After a Rocky 2018, Populism Is Down but Far From Out in the West

LONDON — President Trump’s push for a border wall hints at a problem that populist leaders are facing across the Western world. After a year of setbacks, populist leaders and parties are trying to rejuvenate their fortunes by revitalizing the sense of crisis on which they thrive. But as with […]

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The Democratic Primary Doesn’t Have to Be a Nightmare

A few years ago, when I was self-employed and had recently had my second child, my husband went combing through my credit card statements, looking for tax deductions that I’d missed. I’m financially disorganized at the best of times, and with a baby and a toddler, I was barely even […]

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