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Thursday, September 15, 2016
While the DLCC works to help Democrats win state legislative seats and chamber majorities across the country, they work closely in partnership with states to put a strong emphasis on field outreach and organizing. Many of these districts will be won or lost by very small margins—margins that can be drastically influenced by the power of centrally organized, volunteer based, and data-driven field strategies.
"In the same time frame" the donations occurred, Walked signed into law changes passed by the Republican-led Legislature that would have made companies like NL Industries effectively immune from compensation claims for lead paint poisoning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
In the past 10 days, courts have issued six major decisions against GOP-backed voting restrictions in five different states. new voting restrictions were struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas. This followed rulings the previous week softening voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin and striking down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. When you include a court decision in Ohio from May reinstating a week of early voting and same-day registration, anti-voting laws in six states have been blocked so far in 2016., an array of
The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals found that the state law requiring abortion clinics to have a written transfer agreement with local hospitals created an undue burden on a woman's right to have access to an abortion.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Paring back the state's voter ID law four months before the presidential election, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin voters without photo identification can cast ballots by swearing to their identity.
A majority of the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the heavily litigated and controversial Texas voter ID law does have the effect of discriminating against minority voters, and ordered the state to devise a remedy to that problem before the November elections.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
For Democrats eager to prove Georgia could be competitive thanks to changing demographics and disillusionment over Donald Trump, fundraising reports filed earlier this month with the state ethics commission are another encouraging sign. They’ve trumpeted every political prognostication that shows Georgia in play — and every Trump misstep that could turn off moderate voters.
Oregon is on track to sign up more than 200,000 new voters in the first seven months of the state's automatic voter registration system, the Secretary of State announced Friday.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down tough abortion restrictions in Texas.
A contentious Mississippi “religious freedom” law that would allow government workers and businesses to deny services to same-sex couples has been blocked by a federal judge.Less than an hour before HB 1523 was due to go into effect Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued a preliminary injunction, arguing the law “violates both the guarantee of religious neutrality and the promise of equal protection of the laws.”