Tag: Elections, State Legislature

Republicans Are Following Trump to Nowhere

Americans have gone to the polls four times this month to vote in major, statewide races. In Virginia, they voted for control of the state Legislature; in Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana, they voted for control of the governor’s mansion. In each case, President Trump tied himself to the outcome. “Governor @MattBevin has done a wonderful […]

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Kentucky Governor Race: Matt Bevin Concedes to Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. — For a governor who had invariably made the political personal, it was a pointedly personal outcome on Thursday when Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky bowed to the inevitable and conceded after a recanvass of votes showed clearly that the Democrat Andy Beshear would be the state’s next governor. Mr. Bevin had alienated […]

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As Kentucky Rechecks Votes, Many Are Ready to Move On. The Governor Is Not.

Each of Kentucky’s 120 counties will spend about an hour Thursday morning double-checking the vote totals from Election Day last week, a procedure requested by the state’s incumbent governor after he lost the contest by about 5,000 votes. On the eve of the recanvass — which is widely expected to confirm the victory of Attorney […]

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Don’t Let Party Hacks Hijack Election Reform

In the coming weeks, New York could adopt a strong system of public financing of elections and help bring good government to Albany. Or it could set up an incumbent-protection racket. Guess which way things are leaning? The long fight for public financing in New York State got a big break this year, after Gov. […]

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Puerto Rico Senator Is Arrested in Corruption Case

MIAMI — The federal authorities in Puerto Rico arrested Senator Abel Nazario Quiñones and seven other people on Wednesday, accusing them of theft or bribery during Mr. Nazario’s time as mayor of the town of Yauco. It was Mr. Nazario’s second corruption-related arrest in 14 months. The Justice Department accused Mr. Nazario and two former […]

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A Big Night for Democrats

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. “He’s tried to rip health care away from our families, and he’s cutting public education,” Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s Democratic candidate for governor, said about his Republican opponent Gov. Matt Bevin in a TV ad. It’s a strategy […]

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Shelly Simonds, Who Lost Random Draw in 2017 Race, Wins Handily in Virginia

Her 2017 run for the Virginia House of Delegates ended in heartbreak, with her losing a random-chance draw out of a bowl after she tied her opponent with 11,607 votes apiece. This time, there was little drama for Shelly Simonds. Ms. Simonds, a Democrat, handily won her seat in Virginia’s 94th District on Tuesday, flipping […]

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N.Y. Election: Voters Approve All 5 Ballot Measures

New Yorkers will soon have a new way to vote for their elected officials, and Airbnb must grapple with the latest in a string of regulatory defeats after voters in Jersey City, N.J., approved sharp restrictions on short-term rentals there. The ballot proposals, which attracted millions of dollars in spending from supporters and opponents, were […]

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Virginia Democrats Take Control of State Legislature

Democrats completed Virginia’s historic partisan shift from red to blue on Tuesday, winning majorities in both chambers of the legislature and consolidating power across state government for the first time in a generation. In an election where passions about President Trump and the impeachment inquiry drove voters on both sides, a revolt against the president […]

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Election Day: Which Races to Watch and What Time Polls Close

Kentucky and Mississippi will elect governors on Tuesday, with Democrats looking for upset victories in those two solidly Republican states. In Virginia, voters will decide control of the state legislature, where Republicans have slim majorities in each chamber. If the G.O.P. loses, Virginia state government will be under full Democratic control. Polls are open from […]

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Soros Adds Intrigue and $800,000 to D.A. Race, Backing Progressive

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — With much of the election energy focused on next year’s presidential election, most of the contests in New York State have stuck firmly to the all-the-politics-is-local playbook, hinging on issues like schools and crime. But one district attorney race on the banks of Lake Ontario has become an unlikely big-money referendum on […]

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Virginia’s Legislature Is Up for Grabs. It’s a Referendum on Trump.

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — Renae Erskine hates how disrespectful late-night comedians, the media and congressional Democrats are toward President Trump. As a Trump supporter, she feels elites are disrespecting her, too. “We tolerated their choice, why can’t they tolerate ours?” she demanded. Ms. Erskine, a medical assistant in this Richmond suburb, feels doubly motivated to vote […]

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Donald Trump, George Soros and Your Local Elections

Weather: We’re definitely now in scarf season. Today will be dry, sunny and breezy, with a high in the mid-50s. Alternate-side parking: In effect today. Suspended tomorrow for Election Day. ImageBob Andrzejczak, a Democratic state senator in New Jersey.Credit…Hannah Yoon for The New York Times Off-year elections are typically local affairs. But as voters prepare […]

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Trump and Impeachment Cast a Shadow Over New Jersey’s Elections

In a legislative district in southern New Jersey, where Trump bumper stickers are nearly as common as American flags, the polarizing national battle over impeachment is playing out in real time. A Democrat trying to hold on to his seat in the state’s sole Senate contest on Tuesday was pressed into saying that he would […]

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In Virginia Suburbs, Republicans Sound a Lot Like Democrats

VIRGINIA BEACH — As Glenn Davis seeks a fourth term in Virginia’s House of Delegates, he is going door to door with campaign literature touting his role in expanding Medicaid, his efforts to address gun violence and his support for L.G.B.T.Q. anti-discrimination legislation. There’s a photo of him with the state’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam. […]

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$500 to Apply for an Apartment? So Much for the $20 Cap

Within a few days of beginning her apartment hunt this summer, Natalie Miscolta-Cameron got lucky: She found a one-bedroom walk-up she could afford on East 96th Street in Manhattan. But she was surprised when the landlord’s broker asked her to pay a $100 application fee, followed by a $400 “processing fee,” even though such upfront […]

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Searching for Hints About 2020, All Eyes Turn to a Reshaped Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — On a sweltering afternoon, Kirk Cox, the powerful Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, was chatting to voters and handing out free hot dogs at a campaign event when he was approached by a woman. The two made small talk before the woman, Vanessa Wilkerson, 62, cautioned the conservative lawmaker […]

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In the War Against Gerrymandering, an Army of Voters Meets a Dug-in Foe

MERRILL, Wis. — When the Supreme Court concluded this summer that it had no authority to strike down partisan political maps, no matter how outrageous, Chief Justice John G. Roberts offered solace to those who call the maps dangerous to democracy. Maybe federal judges cannot outlaw gerrymanders, he wrote in the court’s majority opinion. But […]

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How the El Paso Shooting Exposes the Rifts in Texas Politics

SUGAR LAND, Tex. — Nearly 700 miles from the El Paso Walmart where the suspect in the killing of 22 people on Saturday denounced a “Hispanic invasion,” Rish Oberoi, a candidate for state representative, gestured toward a bustling dining room in a popular Vietnamese restaurant and marveled at the diversity of this Houston suburb. “You’ve […]

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Is ‘Bernie or Bust’ the Future of the Left?

ATLANTA — Three years ago, the Democratic Socialists of America had 5,000 members. Just another booth at the campus activities fair, another three-initialed group an uncle might mention over lunch. Today, dues-paying D.S.A. members exceed 56,000. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star of American politics, is one. So are a couple of dozen local elected […]

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Wayward Democrats Return, but Are Still Under Fire

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] They say you can never go home again, but some of New York’s most infamous Democrats are hoping that’s wrong. For six years, an ever-flexible number of Democratic state senators — sometimes five, sometimes nine, sometimes just one — […]

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It’s Not Just the White House in 2020. The Power to Draw Maps Is Also at Stake.

DALLAS — Only hours after the United States Supreme Court said it could do nothing to stop partisan gerrymandering of the nation’s political maps, Eric H. Holder Jr. had a message for his fellow Democrats in downtown Dallas. “Texas is a place where we have to win,” Mr. Holder, who served as attorney general during […]

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