Tag: State Legislatures

Biden Makes an Appeal on State Legislative Races

President Biden became involved in state legislative races for the first time, with an email Friday asking Democrats to each donate the modest sum of $7 to his party’s campaign arm for statehouse elections. And, following his Sept. 1 speech lashing “MAGA Republicans,” Biden is framing the stakes as a battle for American democracy, coupled […]

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Democratic-Allied Group Pours $60 Million Into State Legislative Races

A Democratic-aligned group is investing nearly $60 million in state legislative races in five states, a significant sum in an often overlooked political arena where Democrats have struggled for decades. The group, the States Project, said it was focusing on flipping a single seat in the Arizona State Senate that could swing it to Democratic […]

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Are State Governments Too Powerful?

Alex: One of the questions I want to put to you is why it has taken a while for liberals and left-of-center organizations to catch up. We’ve been talking about the nationalization of local politics, and it has a lot of different ways it manifests itself. What’s interesting is that, from my perspective, the nationalization […]

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Abortion Helps Realign Puerto Rico’s Politics

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Three years ago, after Puerto Rico’s legislature narrowly defeated new abortion restrictions, the cardiologist and pastor Dr. César Vázquez Muñiz founded a new political party whose mission, he vowed, would include “defending life.” Now, with just one senator and one representative in the Legislative Assembly, Dr. Vázquez’s upstart party, Project Dignity, […]

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West Virginia Passes Strict Abortion Ban

West Virginia on Tuesday became the latest state to pass a near-total ban on abortion, with the two chambers of the Legislature reaching a compromise after deadlocking on the terms earlier this summer. During a special session in July, the House and Senate disagreed in particular on whether abortion providers should face jail time. But […]

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Censorship Is the Refuge of the Weak

Some threats to freedom of expression in America, like online harassment and disinformation, are amorphous or hard to pin down; others are alarmingly overt. Consider these recent examples of censorship in practice: A student newspaper and journalism program in Nebraska shut down for writing about L.G.B.T.Q. issues and pride month. Oklahoma’s top education official seeking […]

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You Can’t Talk About MAGA America in Hushed Tones

President Biden is right. The so-called MAGA movement, led by Donald Trump, is a direct threat to democratic self-government in the United States. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” as Biden put it in Philadelphia last week. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the […]

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After Long Brawl, South Carolina Senate Approves More Abortion Restrictions

The South Carolina Senate voted Thursday night to tighten abortion restrictions but failed to pass a total ban after a heated debate revealed the ongoing struggle among Republicans to define a cohesive post-Roe strategy. The chamber voted to gut a bill that would have prohibited abortion without exception for rape or incest, instead choosing to […]

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Trump Couldn’t Have Done What He Did Without States Leading the Way

Grumbach argued that their divergent perspectives grew out of different approaches to assessing “policy responsiveness to public opinion.” One measure, Grumbach wrote, is what he calls “cross-sectional responsiveness”: In a snapshot in time, do more conservative places have conservative policies and vice versa? On this score, things look good. Cross-sectional responsiveness is stronger now than […]

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How Michigan Resisted Far Right Extremism

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A brutal plot to abduct the governor. An armed protest in the galleries of the State Capitol. A candidate for governor who stormed the halls of Congress — only to see his popularity rise. In Michigan, you can feel extremism creeping into civic life. Michigan is far from the only state […]

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Republicans Seek Path for Constitutional Convention

WASHINGTON — Representative Jodey Arrington, a conservative Texas Republican, believes it is well past time for something the nation has not experienced for more than two centuries: a debate over rewriting the Constitution. “I think the states are due a convention,” said Mr. Arrington, who in July introduced legislation to direct the archivist of the […]

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Show ID to Buy Whipped Cream? New York Law Stirs Confusion

Trade groups representing convenience and grocery stores blamed “an endless cycle of confusion” on a lack of communication between state officials and the businesses, Mike Durant, the president of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, said. Mr. Durant said the group had advised its retailers, which include the supermarket chains Wegmans, Stop & […]

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Michigan G.O.P. Set to Nominate Election-Denying Lawyer Backed by Trump

Several weeks after the 2020 election, as Donald J. Trump worked to overturn his defeat, he called a Republican lawmaker in Michigan with an urgent request. Mr. Trump had seen a report that made wild claims about rigged voting machines in a rural northern county in the state. He wanted his allies to look into […]

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The Way to Slow Climate Change Is as Close as Your City Hall or School Board

Three months after taking office as America’s 46th president, Joe Biden made a solemn pledge to the world: He declared that the United States, which is more responsible for the climate crisis than any other nation, would cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 from their 2005 peak. The big climate law that […]

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Is a Fetus a Person? An Anti-Abortion Strategy Says Yes.

Even as roughly half the states have moved to enact near-total bans on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, anti-abortion activists are pushing for a long-held and more absolute goal: laws that grant fetuses the same legal rights and protections as any person. So-called fetal personhood laws would make abortion […]

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Eric Adams Is Using Endorsements to Influence Policy

Most big-city mayors, especially those in the relative infancy of their tenures, typically try to avoid wading into fractious party primaries, mindful that their goal is to build consensus. Mayor Eric Adams of New York City does not subscribe to that theory. Just seven months into his first term, Mr. Adams, a Democrat, has injected […]

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Mary Peltola, the Democrat Who Could Become the First Alaska Native in Congress

Ms. Peltola has sought to highlight her Native roots in a state where more than 15 percent of the population identifies as Indigenous. As a Yup’ik woman, she said, she has sought to use the teachings of her community in her broader appeals for bipartisanship. “Dry fish and pilot bread — that is how I […]

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What Liz Cheney’s Loss in Wyoming Means

Thus, they perform small symbolic acts, like pushing a bill that requires local law enforcement officials to ignore federal law that violates the Second Amendment, or sponsoring a bill that prohibited the teaching of critical race theory in Wyoming public schools. It failed because enough traditional conservatives don’t believe it’s a real problem. Tom Walters, […]

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In Wisconsin, 2 Huge Races Stand Between G.O.P. and Near-Total Power

KAUKAUNA, Wis. — Nowhere in the country have Republican lawmakers been more aggressive in their attempts to seize a partisan edge than in Wisconsin. Having gerrymandered the Legislature past the point that it can be flipped, they are now pushing intensely to take greater control over the state’s voting infrastructure ahead of the 2024 presidential […]

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Idaho Supreme Court Rules That Strict Abortion Ban Can Take Effect

Idaho’s near-total ban on abortion can go into effect at the end of August while legal challenges to the restrictions are reviewed, the Idaho Supreme Court said in a ruling late Friday. As a result of the decision, the ban is scheduled to begin on Aug. 25. The Court issued the decision based on three […]

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Your Blue State Won’t Save You: Why State Politics Is National Politics

[MUSIC] jane coaston It’s The “Argument.” I’m Jane Coaston. If there is anything I love more than one big political fight, it’s 50 smaller ones. Yes, this week we’re talking about state legislatures. Since the Dobbs decision, people have been paying way more attention to state level politics — yay. Indiana just approved a near-total […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Embrace Trump in a Race Defined by 2020 Grievances

Republican primary voters upended their party’s establishment in Wisconsin on Tuesday, choosing a Trump-backed candidate for governor who has entertained overturning the 2020 election results to take on Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, in one of the country’s most consequential November contests. Tim Michels, a wealthy construction magnate endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump, […]

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Indiana Lawmakers Pass First Post-Roe Abortion Ban

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers passed a near-total ban on abortion on Friday, overcoming division among Republicans and protests from Democrats to become the first state to draw up and approve sweeping new limits on the procedure since Roe v. Wade was struck down in June. The bill’s passage came just three days after voters in […]

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On Abortion, Kansas Voters Held the Line

Kansas has a history of relative reproductive freedom, too, and related turmoil. The Wichita clinic of George Tiller, one of the nation’s few physicians who performed rare third-trimester abortions, was pipe-bombed in 1986. Anti-abortion zealots from across the country descended on Dr. Tiller’s clinic with disruptive mass protests during the summer of 1991. He survived […]

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Kansas Votes to Preserve Abortion Rights Protections in Its Constitution

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the State Constitution, according to The Associated Press, a major victory for the abortion rights movement in one of America’s reliably conservative states. The defeat of the ballot referendum was the most tangible demonstration yet of a political backlash against […]

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With Roe Gone, Republicans Quarrel Over How Far to Push Abortion Bans

INDIANAPOLIS — Abortion opponents, especially in conservative states, had hoped to swiftly pass a new wave of restrictions after Roe v. Wade was overturned. But so far, most Republican lawmakers have moved cautiously or done nothing at all, even in capitols where they hold overwhelming majorities. A debate playing out in Indiana this week is […]

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He Runs a New York Real Estate Empire. Did He Steal It?

Over the past dozen years, Sanford Solny has built a New York real estate empire, snatching up small residential buildings across the city that churn out hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent. His portfolio would be enviable but for one thing — much of it, prosecutors and homeowners contend, was stolen. In criminal charges […]

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