Politics & leadership

Politics in Brief - June 18 2018 | 06-15-2018

RANKED-CHOICE VOTING GETS INAUGURAL STATE-LEVEL RUN IN ME: In last Tuesday’s primary election, MAINE became the first state to use ranked-choice voting, already employed in about a dozen cities, including Minneapolis and San Francisco. Although...

Takeaways from Super Tuesday | 06-08-2018

Last week, in the most significant primary Election Day of the 2018 season, voters cast ballots in eight states: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Democrats got most of what they were hoping...

AL Sues to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census | 06-01-2018

After the Trump administration announced in March that it was planning to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, multiple states sued to block the move, arguing it would discourage immigrants from responding to the survey, resulting in inaccurate...

Politics in Brief - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

SC GOP PROPOSES CLOSING STATE’S PRIMARIES: The Republican Party of SOUTH CAROLINA announced last week that it will conduct an advisory referendum in the state’s June primaries asking voters if they want the option of affiliating with a...

Politics in Brief - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

FBI NABS AL LAWMAKER IN CORRUPTION STING : FBI agents arrested longtime ALABAMA Rep. Jack Williams, former state GOP Chairman Marty Connors and Trina Healthcare CEO Ford Gilbert last Monday on corruption charges. Gilbert is accused of devising a scheme...

Politics in Brief - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

UT ADVANCES BILL ALLOWING REMOVAL OF ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR MENTAL INCAPACITY: The UTAH Senate has passed a bill ( SB 38 ) that would establish a process for removing county elected officials from office for mental incapacity. The legislation was prompted...

Democrat Jones Declared Winner of US Senate Race in AL | 01-12-2018

Last month Alabama officials certified Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the state’s Dec. 12 U.S. Senate election over Republican Roy Moore, a former chief justice for the state’s Supreme Court. Moore, a conservative firebrand who was removed...

Recent Elections Change Parties’ Playbooks for 2018 | 12-15-2017

In defeating Republican Roy Moore in last Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race in Alabama – although Moore has refused to concede – Democrat Doug Jones did something no member of his party has done in the Deep South for 25 years. And while the...

AL Businesses Fear Economic Cost of Moore Senate Candidacy | 12-08-2017

Alabama GOP U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore appears to have bounced back from the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him. But some members of the state’s business community are concerned about the potential impact of his...

Moore Bests Trump In AL Senate Race | 09-29-2017

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore handily defeated sitting U.S. Sen. Luther Strange (R-Alabama) in a special primary runoff last Tuesday to determine the Republican who will potentially serve out the term of now-Attorney General Jeff...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Politics In Brief - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

TX Lawmakers Approve Changes to Voter ID Law The TEXAS Legislature approved a bill ( SB 5 ) loosening the requirements of the voter ID law passed by the state in 2011, which the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year discriminated against...

Politics In Brief - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

AL SENATE VOTES TO LET CHURCH CREATE OWN POLICE FORCE The ALABAMA Senate passed a bill ( SB 193 ) that would allow the Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in the suburbs of Birmingham, to establish its own police force. The measure on behalf of...

Politics In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

AR Revives Voter ID Law ARKANSAS’ Republican-controlled House approved a voter ID bill last week ( HB 1047 ) that is nearly identical to a voter ID law unanimously struck down by the state’s Supreme Court in 2014. Four of the justices in...

Politics In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

Federal Appeals Court Blocks KS Voter Registration Requirement The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has upheld an order blocking KANSAS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) from requiring voters to show proof of citizenship when registering...

AL Ethics Panel Urges Removal Of Chief Justice | 07-29-2016

Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission argued this month that Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office for urging his state’s probate judges to defy recent federal court rulings upholding gay marriage. “Because the...

AL Chief Justice Suspended for Ethics Violations | 05-13-2016

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended and could be removed from his position after being charged with ethics violations for ordering probate judges in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses earlier this year, after the U.S....

Politics In Brief - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

NC Voter ID Trial Over Attorneys on both sides of the federal court case over NORTH CAROLINA’s 2013 voter ID law that began last month presented closing arguments last week. It isn’t clear when U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder will...