Oregon Secretary of State Griffin-Valade won’t block Trump from ballot

BY: - November 30, 2023

Oregon Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade won’t bar former President Donald Trump from appearing on primary ballots despite an ongoing pressure campaign, she announced Thursday. Griffin-Valade cited legal guidance from the Oregon Department of Justice, whose attorneys told her that presidential primaries operate differently than other races and she doesn’t have the authority to determine […]

A King County, Wash., elections worker opens ballots during this November’s election. The office began stocking an overdose-reversal drug after receiving a letter laced with fentanyl in the summer; it was evacuated the day after Election Day when it got a similar envelope. Since the 2020 presidential election, state and local election officials nationwide have been bombarded with threats. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

In face of threats, election workers vow: ‘You are not disrupting the democratic process’

BY: - November 29, 2023

Hundreds of election workers in Washington state’s second-largest county were busy opening mail-in ballots earlier this month when one of them came across a plain white envelope. As she cut it open, white powder leaked out. She carefully took off her gloves, put them down, backed away and called her supervisor. Workers evacuated the building […]

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Arkansas AG rejects proposed measure to conduct elections via hand-marked paper ballots

BY: - November 29, 2023

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin on Wednesday rejected two proposed constitutional amendments to remove voting machines from Arkansas’ election process.  One proposal would require hand-marked, hand-counted paper ballots, while the other would create absentee ballot procedures.  Griffin cited several reasons for rejecting the proposed popular name and ballot title of both initiatives, including a lengthy […]

Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley answers reporters' questions after filing for the New Hampshire Primary Ballot at the New Hampshire State House in October 2023. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Koch network’s Americans for Prosperity PAC endorses Nikki Haley for president

BY: - November 28, 2023

The political network mainly funded by billionaire Charles Koch is backing Nikki Haley for president — a key endorsement that might help the former South Carolina governor in her uphill battle to win the Republican nomination over frontrunner Donald Trump. The endorsement comes from Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Action, the Koch-based super PAC. The group […]

Haley says she’s the better choice than Trump in 2024: ‘Chaos follows him’

BY: - November 28, 2023

BLUFFTON — Rallying support in her home state, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley pitched herself as a new Republican leader who can bring strong foreign policy experience and more stability than former President Donald Trump, who remains the frontrunner of the 2024 GOP presidential field. “I believe President Trump was the right president at […]

First ballot language submitted for Arkansas government transparency amendment

BY: - November 27, 2023

A government transparency group took the first formal step Monday to refer a proposed constitutional amendment to the 2024 ballot that would prevent the state Legislature from making government less open without a statewide vote.  Arkansas Citizens for Transparency submitted a proposed ballot title and popular name for the “Arkansas Government Transparency Amendment” to Attorney […]

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Arkansas organizations aim to engage growing Hispanic electorate

BY: - November 24, 2023

Ahead of the 2024 election, Arkansans like Josh Sol are working to engage Hispanic voters, one of the country’s fastest-growing electorates. A native of Springdale, Sol wants to establish a Washington County chapter of the Democratic Party of Arkansas’ statewide Hispanic Caucus.  “It is where I live, it’s also one of the largest Hispanic and […]

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Former congressional staffer wins House seat in Utah special election

BY: - November 22, 2023

Utah is on track to fill the House seat vacated by Rep. Chris Stewart two months ago, with early results in Tuesday’s special election favoring his former chief legal counsel, Republican Celeste Maloy. Initial results of the state’s primarily mail-in election showed Maloy with 56% of the vote, ahead of Democrat Kathleen Riebe’s 35% at 9 […]

An immigrant family wades through the Rio Grande while crossing from Mexico into the United States on Sept. 30, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump immigration policies set tone for most of the GOP presidential field

BY: - November 21, 2023

This is one of an occasional series comparing the Republican presidential candidates’ positions on issues. WASHINGTON — Most of the candidates in this year’s 2024 Republican race for the presidential nomination mirror hard-line immigration policies set by the front-runner, former President Donald Trump. What were once considered far-right policies are now common talking points among […]

U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA)

How U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson helped derail a fight against election lies

BY: - November 21, 2023

CORRECTION: This report has been corrected to more accurately reflect the nature of Nina Jankowicz’s public comments  about the Hunter Biden laptop. Back in July, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. A federal court had recently granted a temporary injunction, in Missouri v. Biden, finding that the Biden administration had violated the […]

Three presidential debates, one VP debate scheduled ahead of 2024 election

BY: - November 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Democratic and Republican nominees for president would debate three times next year if both candidates agree to a schedule released Monday by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. “The United States’ general election debates, watched live worldwide, are a model for many other countries: the opportunity to hear and see leading candidates […]

Federal appeals court dismisses Arkansas redistricting lawsuit

BY: - November 20, 2023

A federal appeals panel on Monday affirmed a lower court’s ruling and dismissed a case challenging Arkansas’ state redistricting map, asserting that only the United States attorney general can enforce the Voting Rights Act.  A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that private individuals can’t sue under Section 2 of […]