Tag: Elections, Governors

Indonesia’s Next Election Is in April. The Islamists Have Already Won.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Joko Widodo, the incumbent president of Indonesia, last year chose Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate for the general election this April, it became clear that Indonesian politics is now backed into a corner. Mr. Ma’ruf is an Islamic cleric and scholar, and Mr. Joko was perhaps hoping to dampen attacks […]

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Virginia’s Economy Weathers the Storm in Its Statehouse

As politicians across the country demand a change in Virginia’s embattled leadership, business leaders are largely sticking to the sidelines. Leading Virginia business groups have stopped short of calling for the resignation of the state’s top three elected officials, all embroiled in personal scandals. Most corporate executives have avoided weighing in at all. And there […]

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Ralph Northam Seeks Signs of Support as Crisis Strains Virginia Leadership

RICHMOND, Va. — The besieged Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, began to emerge from his defensive crouch on Tuesday, and signaled through his diminished corps of allies that he believed he could remain in office and, perhaps, prove that he did not appear in a racist photograph more than 30 years ago. The governor, […]

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Stacey Abrams Delivers a Democratic Appeal for Ballot Fairness

WASHINGTON — Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her race in November to be Georgia’s governor, delivered the Democrats’ official response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night by outlining the party’s vision for lower health care costs and a more inclusive immigration policy, and pressing her case that access to the […]

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Northam Seeks Signs of Support as Crisis Strains Virginia Leadership

RICHMOND, Va. — The besieged Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, began to emerge from his defensive crouch on Tuesday, and signaled through his diminished corps of allies that he believed he could remain in office and, perhaps, prove that he did not appear in a racist photograph more than 30 years ago. The governor, […]

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Pressure on Ralph Northam Intensifies as Virginia Capitol is Thrown into Chaos

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, abandoned by allies in the Democratic Party and besieged by demands that he resign, met with his cabinet Monday morning as state legislators returned to a Capitol thrown into chaos by the governor’s insistence on staying in office despite revelations that a photograph showing people in blackface […]

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Virginia Capitol Thrown Into Chaos as Pressure on Northam Intensifies

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, abandoned by allies in the Democratic Party and besieged by demands that he resign, met with his cabinet Monday morning as state legislators returned to a Capitol thrown into chaos by the governor’s insistence on staying in office despite revelations that a photograph showing people in blackface […]

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Ralph Northam Rose Quickly to Become Virginia Governor. He Could Fall Even Faster.

The night of his election in 2017 as governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam spoke of America’s racial fault lines, which he said were exacerbated by the White House and had inflamed his own contest. “Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry — and to end the […]

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Republicans Rewrote Voting Laws for 8 Years. Now Democrats Say It’s Their Turn.

WASHINGTON — In the years after Republicans swept state and congressional elections in 2010, legislatures in 25 states — all but a handful of them dominated by the party — enacted laws that made it harder to register and vote, from imposing ID requirements and curbing voter registration drives to rolling back early voting periods. […]

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Scott Walker, With Legacy in Mind, to Act on Bills Stripping Power From Successor

FOX CROSSING, Wis. — Scott Walker, rejected by Wisconsin voters in his quest for a third term as governor, has spent recent days trying to define how his eight years in office are remembered. He posted 21 tweets in 25 minutes, each starting with “OUR LEGACY” and listing an accomplishment. Facing angry accusations on Facebook, […]

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Behind the Scenes in Wisconsin: A Republican Power Play, Months in the Making

MADISON, Wis. — Last spring, after Wisconsin Democrats seized a state legislative seat long held by Republicans and sent a liberal justice to the State Supreme Court, Republicans began to worry. Gov. Scott Walker, preparing to seek a third term, warned his fellow Republicans on Twitter of the “risk of a blue wave” and publicly […]

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Michigan G.O.P. Starts Limiting Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans, following the tactics of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved on Thursday to start limiting the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage for additional curbs on the Democrats who will take over as governor and attorney general in January. The G.O.P.-led State Senate in Michigan, […]

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Republican Efforts to End Democracy

Do not believe that we are still living in a functioning democracy. We are not. Republicans across this country are doing everything they can to impede, alter and override the power of the personal vote. This strikes at the very heart of democracy, both undermining people’s faith in it and contorting it until it no […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Live Updates: A Fight for Political Power

MADISON, Wis. — After losing top state offices in the midterm elections, Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin were racing on Tuesday to push through a series of bills that would diminish the power of the incoming Democratic governor before he’s sworn in. Angry Democrats were gathering at the State Capitol for a tense showdown and a […]

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Wisconsin Is About to Make a Huge Mistake

Late Friday afternoon, less than a month after a Democrat, Tony Evers, defeated Scott Walker, the incumbent Republican governor, Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, followed through on his threat to strip the new governor of some of his power. That day, an assembly committee released five bills that grant sweeping […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Try to Shrink Power of New Democratic Governor

MADISON, Wis. — Facing the prospect of sharing political power for the first time in almost a decade, Republicans in Wisconsin are racing to set new limits on the authority of Democrats who will soon take over the offices of governor and attorney general. It was the latest effort by leaders of a state to […]

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‘Large-Scale Reforms’ of Georgia Elections Sought in Federal Lawsuit

ATLANTA — Allies of Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race, filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday calling for sweeping changes to the state’s election procedures, and accusing Brian Kemp, the Republican victor, of systematically disenfranchising poor and minority voters when he was secretary of state. The litigation is a postscript […]

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N.Y. Democrats Vowed to Get Big Money Out of Politics. Will Big Money Interfere?

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the months before the Nov. 6 election, New York’s Senate Democrats received $25,000 from a mysterious group of five donors, with names like 2332 7 Ave L.L.C., 207 Silver Lane L.L.C. and 228 W 132 L.L.C. The donors […]

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Nick Ayers Is Rising Fast in Trump’s Washington. How Far Will He Go?

WASHINGTON — To a president who likes his aides to have a certain kind of central-casting mien, Nick Ayers definitely looks the part. A floppy-haired, dimple-chinned political operative with a disarming Southern drawl, Mr. Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, resembles an ambitious “House of Cards” character who wandered onto the set of […]

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