Tag: Elections, Governors

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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America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

County officials in Maryland miscalculated how many ballots they would need on Election Day — and quickly ran out in more than a dozen precincts. In New York City, voters were given a two-sheet ballot that jammed machines and caused delays and long lines. And in Georgia, some voters failed to provide details like a […]

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Nearly 3,000 Votes Disappeared From Florida’s Recount. That’s Not Supposed to Happen

Nearly 3,000 votes effectively disappeared during the machine recount of Florida’s midterm races, according to election records, calling into question whether officials relied on a flawed process to settle the outcome of three statewide contests. With extremely narrow gaps separating candidates in the still-undeclared races for both governor and United States Senate, the results of […]

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Florida’s Senate Race Heads to the Wire in a Manual Recount

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — After a chaotic statewide machine recount left a high-profile Senate race still undecided, Florida on Friday set out in earnest on a manual recount of ballots cast in the midterm election, a daunting effort to examine problem ballots that must completed by Sunday. Elections workers in the state’s 67 counties were examining […]

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Here’s Why Florida and Georgia’s Election Day Has Turned into Election Week and a Half

For Florida and Georgia, two outsize states in the Deep South, Election Day hasn’t actually ended. What voters did not know when they cast their ballots on Nov. 6 was that nearly 10 days later, they would not know the outcome of Florida’s high-profile Senate race or Georgia’s contentious contest for governor. The races for […]

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Florida’s Recount Nears End. But a ‘Significant Number’ of Votes Could Remain Uncounted

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Florida was scheduled to wrap up a machine recount of its contested election Thursday afternoon, but officials in Palm Beach County said their tabulation equipment came up short “a significant number” of ballots in the final Senate tally, making it nearly impossible for the county to meet the afternoon deadline. The […]

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What Happens When Politicians Who Oversee Elections Are Also the Candidates?

MIAMI — It was only a week ago that Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida and candidate for the United States Senate, claimed on television that “rampant fraud” was perhaps imperiling his election to Congress, and that he was asking the state Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Earlier in the day, at the […]

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Marco Rubio, Trumpified

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. Senator Marco Rubio wasn’t very pleased with yesterday’s edition of this newsletter. “Left wing commentators have no shame just making things up,” he tweeted, along with a link to the newsletter. “This piece is a […]

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Florida Recount, Amid Machine Error and Lawsuits, Is ‘Going to End Up a Little Messy’

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Jim Bonfiglio, the mayor of a tiny coastal town south of Mar-a-Lago, lost his shot at a seat in the Florida Legislature in the midterm election last week by an agonizing 37 votes. Even with the mandatory recounts required by Florida law, it appeared he was headed for certain defeat: Palm […]

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