Elections

Democratic National Committee members voted Saturday to make South Carolina the first state to hold a presidential primary in 2024. Here, DNC chair Jamie Harrison speaks at the committee's winter meeting on Feb. 03, 2023, in Philadelphia, (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

DNC delivers blow to New Hampshire, Iowa with overhaul of primary calendar

BY: - February 4, 2023

(CORRECTION: A previous version of this story had an incorrect date for the Michigan primary.) The Democratic National Committee approved a presidential primary calendar Saturday that placed South Carolina as the first nominating state in 2024, pushing back New Hampshire and Iowa from their traditional spots in a party-wide push to diversify the early calendar. […]

A Democratic National Committee panel has given New Hampshire and Georgia more time to change their presidential primary election dates as the party moves to make South Carolina the first-in-the-nation primary. This 2020 photo shows poll workers in New Hampshire checking in voters in what was then the first primary in the election cycle.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

National Dems give New Hampshire, Georgia more time to change 2024 primary dates

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire and Georgia will have a bit longer to implement key changes to when and how they hold Democratic presidential primaries, under an extension a Democratic National Committee panel approved Wednesday.  Election officials will have until June 3 to move New Hampshire’s 2024 Democratic presidential primary to Feb. 13 and Georgia’s to […]

Michael Fanone, who served as a Metropolitan Police Department officer and suffered injuries while defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, spoke at a press conference on the eve of the second anniversary of the attack, calling on the House Republican majority to denounce political violence. (Photo by Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom)

D.C. nears Jan. 6 anniversary with warnings about extremism, awards for courage

BY: - January 5, 2023

WASHINGTON – On the eve of the second anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, congressional Democrats and dozens of veterans on Thursday in a press conference called on incoming House Republican leaders to condemn political violence and hold their members who supported the attack accountable for their actions. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is scheduled on […]

Emerge Arkansas cabinet and committee members

Organizations recruiting more women for public office

BY: - December 26, 2022

The 2022 election is barely behind us, but Stephannie Lane Baker is already thinking about recruiting candidates, specifically women, for the next election cycle.  “If we are going to make progress, we have to do the work year-round…that’s how you change the face of power in Arkansas,” she said. As the executive director of Emerge […]

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Former President Donald Trump announced on Nov. 15, 2022, that he was seeking another term in office and officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Is Donald Trump’s tax avoidance ethical or honorable?

BY: - December 23, 2022

  The tax records of Donald Trump, details of which were released on Dec. 21, 2022, show the former president used the same aggressive measures to avoid paying high taxes while in office as he did during his business career. Indeed, he paid zero tax in 2020 – the last full year of his presidency […]

Brennen Machacek, seen leaving the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, on Monday became the fifth Arkansan arrested for violating the law during the attack on the Capitol. (Video screen grab from FBI affidavit)

Fifth Arkansan charged in connection with Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - December 20, 2022

A 32-year-old Madison County man was arrested Monday on federal charges connected to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Brennen Machacek of Hindsville is named in a criminal complaint filed under seal last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was unsealed Monday after his arrest […]

Congresswoman Liz Cheney speaks into a microphone while sitting on a chair on stage with Walton Family Foundation executive director Caryl Stern

Americans obligated to defend democracy, Rep. Liz Cheney says

BY: - December 20, 2022

Americans have an obligation to do everything they can to defend the Constitution and that includes educating themselves, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney told a sold-out crowd at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville Monday evening.  “We have an obligation to make sure that as Americans we understand how our institutions work, we understand […]

Members of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol hold their last public meeting in the Canon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Dec. 19, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The voted to refer criminal charges to the Justice Department. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

BY: - December 19, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a historic vote agreed unanimously Monday to refer former President Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges, including inciting or aiding an insurrection. Trump associates, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro and White House Chief […]

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, left, and Allison Riggs, co-executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, right, in front of the Supreme Court Dec. 7, 2022, after arguments in a pivotal North Carolina case dealing with election law. (Photo by Kira Lerner/States Newsroom)

Future of U.S. election law at stake as Supreme Court hears North Carolina case

BY: and - December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Republicans appeared to have at least three of the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices on their side Wednesday in a case that could determine the future of elections nationwide and leave decisions about federal elections in the hands of state legislatures and beyond the reach of state courts.  The Supreme Court […]

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event at Wofford University Feb. 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, S.C. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Democrats strip Iowa of first-in-the-nation prize, tap South Carolina for first primary

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in South Carolina would go first in picking Democratic presidential nominees, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan if their states go along with a proposal a key Democratic National Committee panel approved Friday.  The Rules and Bylaws Committee’s nearly unanimous voice vote proposes moving the Democratic primary’s earliest election date […]

Hillary Clinton in a blue blazer sitting in a gray chair speaking into a microphone while Angie Maxwell in a fuchsia top sits in a gray chair besides her

Democracy “absolutely” will survive, Hillary Clinton says in exchange at Crystal Bridges

BY: - November 30, 2022

Finding a place for trusted, accurate information is one of the biggest problems facing our democracy, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a sold-out crowd at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville Wednesday evening.  It’s “a dagger at the heart of democracy” and there’s no easy answer for how to solve […]

Phillips County (Arkansas) Courthouse (Getty Images)

Arkansas election authority will investigate Phillips County reporting struggles

BY: - November 23, 2022

Ongoing problems with tallying and reporting voting data led the Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners this week to agree to open an investigation into the Phillips County Election Commission. The board unanimously agreed Tuesday to have director Daniel Shults file a complaint against the commission, which failed to upload the results of this month’s election […]