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  • State of the States (Week of September 7th, 2016)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Donald Trump’s phony prayer for the black vote at an African-American church in Detroit should not distract us from the truth. Ever since Barack Obama was elected as our first black president in 2008, the GOP-controlled state legislatures have been passing laws to block black and brown voters from voting.

    In just four states are felons permanently barred from voting absent action by the governor. And in one of them, Virginia, lawmakers are considering an even more restrictive regime that would forever foreclose the possibility of redemption for tens of thousands of citizens.

  • The Friday Five - September 2nd, 2016

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State of the States (Week of August 31st, 2016)

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    The North Carolina voting restrictions struck down by a federal appeals court earlier this summer will remain off the books for November’s election, following a Supreme Court order on Wednesday.

    The 2016 election will be a good test of whether - thanks to legal gerrymandering - the New Hampshire State Senate is a Republican fortress that can withstand most any assault at the polls.

  • The Friday Five - August 26th, 2016

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State of the States (Week of August 24th, 2016)

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    These are not obscure cases, but rather decisions on two of the hottest current subjects, abortion and voting rights. I’m in no way suggesting that the Supreme Court’s June 27 decision in the Texas abortion case or the appeals court decisions last month invalidating voter ID laws in Texas and North Carolina have been overlooked. Far from it. But understandably, the focus has been on the bottom lines and consequences of the decisions, rather than on how the courts are approaching their task.

    Voting procedures in Ohio took another turn Tuesday, when a federal appeals court ruled the battleground state didn’t have to offer a “golden week” of balloting, which would have allowed early voting along with same-day voter registration.

  • The Friday Five - August 19th, 2016

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State of the States (Week of August 17th, 2016)

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Donald Trump’s recent plunge in the polls has tempted Democrats to widen their dreams for a big night in November. A landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, they now believe, could bring with it control of the U.S. Senate and dramatically shrink the party’s gap with Republicans in the House—if not flip it entirely.
    But there could be a Trump effect in another 2016 battleground that could shape the electoral landscape much further into the future: the elections for control of state legislatures.

    While most voters tend to be focused on the presidential election, races further down the ballot are not inconsequential -- especially when it comes to LGBT rights.
    Beth Shipp, Executive Director of LPAC, a political action committee that supports LGBT women, said the 145 pieces of anti-LGBT state legislation introduced in 2016 are a testament to the significance of down-ballot races.

  • The Friday Five - August 12th, 2016

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State Progress At The 2016 Democratic National Convention

    Thursday, August 11, 2016

                     

  • State of the States (Week of August 10th, 2016)

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Michigan Democrats hoping to win back control of the state House this fall argue one of their best weapons could be atop the Republican ticket: presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    The struggle over who can vote on Election Day is becoming more heated in courtrooms, judges’ chambers and statehouses across the country, paralleling the intensity of the presidential race. And at the moment, the side that wants fewer voting restrictions seems to be winning.