Tag: Elections, State Legislature

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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Man Is Charged in Twitter Threat to Lynch Muslim Lawyer

When a Muslim lawyer in Virginia was threatened by a stranger on Twitter last year, he reported it to the social media company and to the federal authorities. The lawyer, Qasim Rashid, had no idea who had written the tweet in March 2018, which included an image of a man who had been lynched, along […]

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What Is Gerrymandering? And Why Did the Supreme Court Rule on It?

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the federal courts cannot decide a question with momentous political consequences: Whether congressional district maps in Maryland and North Carolina that were drawn specifically to tilt political power in favor of one party — a practice known as partisan gerrymandering — are acceptable. District courts had thrown the […]

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The Supreme Court Is Due to Rule on Gerrymandering. What’s That?

The Supreme Court is expected on Thursday, the last day of its term, to rule on a question with momentous political consequences: Whether congressional district maps in Maryland and North Carolina are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders, unfairly benefiting Democrats in Maryland and Republicans in North Carolina. When the court heard arguments in the two cases in […]

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Tiffany Cabán and the New Democrats

It was election night at La Boom, a Queens nightclub, and Tiffany Cabán’s supporters had something to say. “Black Lives Matter!” they shouted, an extraordinary cry at the victory party for a district attorney candidate. “Black Lives Matter!” Such was the scene as the night’s tally ended with Ms. Cabán 1,090 votes ahead of Borough […]

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Life Begins at Conception (Except When That’s Inconvenient for Republicans)

When, exactly, do abortion opponents think life begins? Over the past few months there has been a rush to pass abortion bans. Most of these bans center on the idea that abortions should be banned as soon as the fetal heartbeat is detected; that’s because “a heartbeat proves that there’s life that deserves protection under […]

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