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Several States Purchasing Insecure Electronic Voting Systems

The open question is whether legislators and election officials are looking to embrace newer technology, or whether they are drawn to more opaque systems that they have grown familiar with.

June 23, 2018
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Judge In Voter Suppression Case Orders Kobach Return To Law School. Really.

Even more embarrassing than the loss, though, is that the judge thought Kobach’s performance in defending the policy was so bad that he literally has to go back to school.

June 19, 2018
Donald Trump Veterans Charity Donations

Going Off The Economic Cliff With Wile E. Trump

Then there are Trump’s reckless tax cuts. Price tag: an astounding $1.5 trillion over 10 years. They helped deliver a druggy economic high. Deficit pushing does that — until it turns on you.

June 12, 2018
Voting Rights

Media Ignore Supreme Court Decision Aiding Voter Suppression

On June 11, the Supreme Court handed down its decision on an Ohio voting rights case that will make it easier for the state to purge infrequent voters from its voter roll, a process that tends to disproportionately hurt young people, people with low incomes, and people of color.

June 12, 2018
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Federal Judge Rejects Kobach Scheme To Purge Voter Rolls

Voter fraud, it must be said, is exceedingly rare in the United States, so efforts such as Kobach’s are likely to kick off many more legitimate voters from the rolls than the number of fraudulent votes they prevent.

June 10, 2018
burt neuborne

Why Political Reform Is So Difficult — And So Necessary

The system, which was instituted in 2010 and backed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was promoted as elevating more moderate candidates.

June 8, 2018
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When Politics Was Fun

Hard as it might be to believe in the midst of today’s poisonous and personally destructive political warfare, campaigns once brimmed with rascals and laughs.

June 2, 2018
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Can Government Protect Our Elections From Cyber-Hacking?

That conclusion is one takeaway from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence just-released details on Russian-led cyber attacks on voting in 2016. Prior to this latest report, federal officials said 21 states had been targeted, but only one statewide voter registration database had been breached.

May 15, 2018
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Senate Probers Say Russians Could Alter Voter Files In 2016

This previously concealed information shows just how vulnerable the U.S. elections system is.

May 9, 2018
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Why Florida And Montana Escape Trump’s Environmental Plunder

It’s easy to tell when the Trump administration has nasty plans for the environment. The officials in charge spare the places where they or their political allies operate. The examples are as egregious as they are bizarre. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is on a big push to transfer large chunks of federal land to various Western states. Just not in his state of Montana.

April 26, 2018
Immigration, Terrorism

Trump’s Vote Suppressor Hit With Contempt, Legal Fees

Trump’s voter suppression czar Kris Kobach just got hit with a double whammy in federal court. Republican U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found the Kansas secretary of state in contempt of court for failing to comply with her 2016 preliminary injunction against his voter ID scheme. And on top of that, she directed him to pay the ACLU’s legal fees stemming from the organization’s motion filing.

April 19, 2018
John Bolton

Bolton Raised And Spent Millions For His Own Superpac — And Still Can

For John Bolton, warmongering abroad and partisan politics at home go hand in hand. As Bolton has advocated waging war on Iran and North Korea in recent years, he has built an empire of political influence with two political action committees that spread his hawkish views and support like-minded Republican candidates.

March 30, 2018
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Popular Progressive Sports Radio Host To Challenge McConnell

According to a profile in Politico Magazine, Jones, “an outspoken champion of worker’s rights, a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-wrestling NASCAR enthusiast,” has high name recognition in the state. He has traded barbs with McConnell on his radio show, not just on his basketball allegiances, but his political stances. He’s known for calling out McConnell as “a master at helping wealthy business interests get wealthier,” a liar, and a tool of the establishment.

March 28, 2018
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Busted! GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Spent $138,000 In Campaign Funds On Booze

Since 2008, California Rep. Duncan Hunter has spent a whopping $138,666 in at least 301 separate trips to bars, liquor stores, cigar lounges, and similar businesses, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s analysis of FEC filings. Over the past few months, Hunter has faced a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, alleging he improperly skimmed campaign funds for personal use.

March 28, 2018
GOP

GOP Gerrymandering Is Even Worse Than You Know

The chatter began in earnest after Ralph Northam’s blowout win in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and has only grown louder since Doug Jones’ and Conor Lamb’s upset victories in Alabama and Pennsylvania, respectively. This November, the political media class has determined, is going to be a wave election for the Democratic Party.

March 28, 2018
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign event at Lakeside Plastics in Oshkosh, Wisconsin March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Wisconsin Republicans Seek To Block Special Elections They Might Lose

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican, is considering legislation to block Reynolds’ order, saying the logistics are too “messy” to allow elections. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Robyn Vos condemned Reynolds as an “activist judge,” despite the fact that Reynolds is one of Walker’s own appointees.

March 24, 2018

Trump’s Already Making Excuses For GOP Wiping Out In Midterms

On Thursday, Trump popped into a “millennial” photo op populated by administration officials and a few dozen young Trump supporters, and sat for an embarrassingly sycophantic interview with right-wing activist Charlie Kirk. During the interview, Trump recounted a pair of rallies he held for losing GOP special election candidates.

March 23, 2018
Bannon

Why Cambridge Analytica’s Scam Matters Less Than You Think

The media frenzy and political umbrage over the apparent theft of upwards of 50 million Facebook user profiles in 2014 by Cambridge Analytica, a British-based voter targeting operation co-founded by Steve Bannon, to assist Trump’s 2016 campaign is overlooking a critical fact: Bannon’s data didn’t deliver.

March 21, 2018
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How Campaigns Use Social Media To Bully, Intimidate, And Spread Fake News

Exhibit A for this dynamic is the 2016 Trump campaign’s use of digital media, especially Facebook. In late February, President Trump named Brad Parscale, his digital director, as his 2020 re-election campaign manager. In the meantime, Parscale has been helping the Republican Party raise millions from small donations online.

March 20, 2018
Democrats

Experts Show House Races Leaning Democratic Nationally

For the first time in the Center for Politics forecast, there are fewer than 218 seats in total rated “Lean Republican,” “Likely Republican,” or “Safe Republican.” In other words, there are no longer enough seats favoring Republicans that the GOP could keep their House majority by winning favored races alone.

March 14, 2018
Immigration, Terrorism

ACLU Sues Trump’s Top Vote Suppressor

On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit by the League of Women Voters against Kobach, Kansas’ Republican Secretary of State, began in a Wichita courtroom. The League has sued to block the state’s law, drafted by Kobach, requiring all new voters to show proof of citizenship.

March 9, 2018
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Student Activists Win Big In Florida Firearms Vote

If Scott doesn’t sign, he may face trouble with the voters. Recent polling found that Florida residents believe their representatives need to do more to reduce gun violence. Seventy-eight percent said they favored raising the minimum age to buy a gun, and 87 percent said they supported waiting periods.

March 9, 2018

Rise Of Challenger Beto O’Rourke Is Scaring Ted Cruz

Thanks to an interview with CNN’s Manu Raju, it’s clear that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is “absolutely” worried about Democrats taking over the southern state in the upcoming midterm elections. The race, which will take place in November of 2018, shows strong signs of a blue takeover of Texas with the help of the rising Democratic candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke from El Paso.

March 7, 2018
CEO Tillerson

State Department Has Spent Zero To Fight Election Meddling

As of March 2018, none of the “23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin’s efforts.”

March 6, 2018

Will Midterm Become A Nightmare For Senator Ted Cruz?

The latest voting news gives Republican Sen. Ted Cruz even more reason to panic. Democratic voters in Texas are turning up in droves to cast their ballots in the party primary. And they are crushing Republican turnout. In the 15 largest counties, Democrats are up 105 percent over the turnout during the 2014 midterm elections. By comparison, Republicans are only up 15 percent.

March 4, 2018