election

With Feds Distracted, States Will Have Much to Ponder in 2020 | 11-22-2019

It’s the holiday season, and if most voters are thinking about politics at all they are probably pondering more about how to get through family festivities without a major blowup over differing political philosophies than they are about next year’s...

Expanding Voter Access Priority for New Democratic Majority in VA | 11-22-2019

Democrats won control of Virginia’s House and Senate in the state’s off-year legislative elections on Nov. 5. And last week the new Democratic majority showed that making it easier to vote would be one of its top priorities next year. ...

Politics in Brief - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

NC Dems Contest New Congressional Map NORTH CAROLINA’s Republican-led General Assembly approved a new court-ordered congressional district map this month that could cost the party at least two seats in the U.S. House. But Democrats still immediately...

Geaux Tigers | 11-22-2019

If you wonder how important football is in certain parts of the country, I submit the recent razor thin re-election of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Some folks credit that win to a general sense of good feeling in the Pelican State over the ascension...

New MI Secretary of State Supports Changing Jim Crow-Era Election System | 11-15-2019

Mississippi Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson (R) said last week he would push to change the state’s Jim Crow-era election process for statewide offices. That process, written into the state’s Constitution in 1890 to help ensure that...

Politics in Brief - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Women Chosen to Lead VA House For First Time The VIRGINIA House of Delegates’ newly elected Democratic majority have chosen Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D) as speaker and Delegate Charniele Herring (D) as majority leader. They will be the first...

PA Passes Major Election Reforms | 11-01-2019

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly approved legislation last week that will bring the biggest changes to the state’s election laws in decades. The election reform bill, negotiated by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and leaders of the Republican-controlled...

Challenge to Third Parties Proposed in NY | 11-01-2019

New York State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs is backing a proposal to quintuple the number of votes required for a political party to get its gubernatorial candidate on the ballot from 50,000 to 250,000, a threshold that would shut out virtually...

Business - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

South Dakota Agrees To Not Enforce Provisions SOUTH DAKOTA agrees to not enforce provisions of a Coyote State law that would allow felony prosecutions and fines against those who encourage but don’t participate in protests against oil and gas...

States Win and Trump Loses In Courts | 10-18-2019

California would have the fifth largest economy in the world if the state was a separate nation. And ever since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the Golden State has behaved as if it really is a separate country, standing...

CO Asks SCOTUS to Rule on ‘Faithless Electors’ | 10-18-2019

Colorado has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case concerning whether those selected to cast Electoral College votes must vote in accordance with the state’s electorate. The case stems from 2016, when three Democratic Party electors...

Governors in Brief - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

RAIMONDO NOT OKAY WITH RI DMV WAITING FEES RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said she is not in favor of a plan pitched by the Ocean State DMV to charge customers a $15 walk-in fee for conducting license or registration renewals that could be done...

Budgets in Brief - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

TROUBLED NJ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AWARDS TAX BREAKS The NEW JERSEY Economic Development Authority has released $533 million in tax breaks for 31 companies that had been on hold since the state’s incentive programs came under scrutiny this...

Parts of IA Voting Law Upheld | 10-04-2019

An Iowa judge upheld provisions of a recent state voting law - HF 516 (2017) - requiring voters to show identification at the polls and provide an ID number when requesting an absentee ballot. “The evidence presented simply did not demonstrate...

Hackers Targeted WV Mobile Voting System in 2018 | 10-04-2019

A person or persons attempted to breach West Virginia’s mobile voting system for military and overseas voters during last year’s midterm election, state and federal officials announced last week. The attack is believed to have come from inside...

Dems Spending Big on 2020 Statehouse Races | 08-30-2019

Democrats are pouring money into next year’s state legislative races. In Dallas, Shawn Terry, the Democratic challenger in a longtime Republican district, has already raised $235,000. In Virginia, where the GOP holds narrow majorities in both...

Opportunities and Challenges for States in 2019 | 12-14-2018

In the third and final of our annual three-part series looking ahead to the coming legislative year, SNCJ Senior Advisor Lou Cannon takes a look at some of the challenges and opportunities that await lawmakers in 2019. This is also our final issue...

Opportunities Abound For Democrats In Legislative Races | 09-16-2016

Far below the radar of the fiercely fought presidential race, Republicans and Democrats are competing for control of legislative chambers in 13 battleground states. Democrats suffered severe losses in the statehouses during the last two midterm elections...

Trump Victory Could Cost U.S. Economy $1T | 09-16-2016

A win by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Election Day could result in a U.S. economy that is $1 trillion smaller in 2021 than it would be if Democrat Hillary Clinton were elected, according to analysis by Oxford Economics, an economic...

New Voting Restrictions In Place For November Election | 09-09-2016

New voting restrictions, including strict voter ID requirements and scaled back early voting periods, are set to be in effect for the first time in a presidential election this year in 15 states. In another five states restrictions will be in effect for...

Voting Restrictions Running Out Of Steam In States? | 09-09-2016

New voting restrictions will be in effect in 15 states for the first time in a presidential election this year. But courts have blocked or loosened such restrictions in a few states. And legislative activity aimed at expanding voter access is outpacing...