Tag: State Legislatures

A Power Grab? Politics as Usual? Michigan’s Governor Will Decide

LANSING, Mich. — On both sides of Lake Michigan this month, Republican-dominated legislatures pushed forward measures aimed at hamstringing Democrats who will take over their statehouses in January. On the Wisconsin side, Gov. Scott Walker shrugged at accusations of dirty politics and partisan overreach and signed them into law. In Michigan, all eyes are on […]

Read More

After Backlash, Democrats in New Jersey Rethink Redistricting Plans

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Legislative leaders in New Jersey announced this weekend they would not move forward with a proposal to redraw legislative districts that would have essentially written gerrymandering into the State Constitution. Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate president, and Craig J. […]

Read More

New Jersey Democrats Play Power Games Too

The Republican Party has recently shown great creativity — and great lack of shame — in seeking to hold on to power at all costs, even after losing elections. Lame-duck Republican legislatures in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to strip incoming Democratic governors and attorneys general of power. Now, here come the Democrats with their […]

Read More

Two Companies Finally Speak Up

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First, if you doubt that Republicans are becoming more willing to defy President Trump, consider the Senate’s vote on the crisis in Yemen yesterday. Senators don’t normally rein in a president’s war powers. Wisconsin fallout. […]

Read More

Don’t Weasel Out of Ethics Reforms, Albany

Give one group of New York officials a pat on the back, and another inevitably slaps you in the face. It was good news that a special pay committee recommended that state legislators not only get a substantial raise to recognize that their positions are full time jobs but that there also be strict limitations […]

Read More

Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power. They Want Even More.

TRENTON — [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Legislative power brokers across the country have long designed district lines in back-room deals that entrenched their control for years, if not decades. But now, Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey are carrying out a power grab in […]

Read More

In North Carolina, Voting Controversies Are Common. Here’s the Recent History.

In the past decade, North Carolina has been a central battleground for the partisan fight over voting restrictions. Since their takeover of the state’s General Assembly in 2010, Republicans have devised district maps and pushed through voter identification laws that have prompted a series of high-profile court cases. In a state that retained literacy tests […]

Read More

The Democrats’ Best Response to Republican Power Grabs

In Michigan and Wisconsin, lame duck Republican-majority legislatures are enacting laws to limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors. Two years ago in North Carolina, the same happened. These moves are particularly striking examples of recent aggressive Republican procedural hardball. Whatever the right rules are for the separation of powers, they should apply to both […]

Read More

The Corporate Donors Behind a Republican Power Grab

Walgreens portrays itself as the friendly neighborhood drugstore. It gives flu shots to children, helps communities after storms, donates to charity — and makes feel-good advertisements trumpeting its various good deeds. But Walgreens also has a tougher side, one you won’t see in those ads. To protect a tax break, the company has allied itself […]

Read More

Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Considering Albany’s rotten reputation, the idea of giving New York’s 213 elected lawmakers a raise is a tough sell. On Thursday, they took a giant step toward that goal when a four-person commission recommended that lawmakers get a hefty […]

Read More

The High Cost of Shattering Democratic Norms

The Wisconsin Assembly speaker, Robin Vos, a Republican, said the quiet part out loud this week when he told reporters that it was a blatant power grab for his lame duck chamber to pass legislation that weakens the incoming Democratic governor, Tony Evers. “We did have an election,” Mr. Vos said on Tuesday. “Whether everyone […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

With a $50,000 Raise, N.Y. Lawmakers Would Become Highest Paid in the Nation

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] State legislators in New York are poised to get a long, long-awaited pay raise — a $50,000 boost that would make them the highest-paid state lawmakers in the country. But the salary increase, which was unanimously approved on Thursday […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

A Good Call by Albany’s Pay Committee

When it comes to Albany, every labored step out of the ethical muck is something to celebrate. For this reason, it was a relief on Thursday that a committee set up to determine lawmakers’ pay enacted reforms limiting outside income and eliminating most committee stipends, known as “lulus,” alongside a salary increase. The pay committee, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Are Rural Voters the ‘Real’ Voters? Wisconsin Republicans Seem to Think So

ImageProtesting in the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., this week.CreditLauren Justice for The New York Times In much of Wisconsin, “Madison and Milwaukee” are code words (to some, dog whistles) for the parts of the state that are nonwhite, elite, different: The cities are where people don’t have to work hard with their hands, because […]

Read More

Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Incoming Democratic Governor

MADISON, Wis. — After a rancorous, sleepless night of debate, Republican lawmakers early Wednesday pushed through a sweeping set of bills that will limit the power of Wisconsin’s incoming governor, a Democrat. The legislation, which Democrats vehemently opposed and protesters chanted their anger over, passed through the Republican-held State Legislature after hours of closed-door meetings […]

Read More

No Back Room Raise for Albany

In an attempt to secure a pay raise while sparing themselves the unseemliness of publicly voting for one, Albany lawmakers outsourced the job to a committee of four notable figures. The committee, which must issue a report by Monday, has been delegated the authority to issue pay recommendations that would be binding unless rejected by […]

Read More