WHAT'S HAPPENING

As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.

Democrats Need to Win 28 Seats to Control the Senate. Republicans Need Only 8.

February 7, 2018 11:19 pm

By JASMINE C. LEE and ALICIA PARLAPIANO for NYTimes This election year, the political climate favors Democrats. President Trump is historically unpopular, and “generic ballot” polls, which are good predictors of the House popular vote, show that more voters would…

Judge strikes down Florida’s system for denying felons’ voting rights

February 2, 2018 9:52 pm

By Steve Bousquet for Tampa Bay Times TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its citizens by permanently revoking the “fundamental right” to vote for anyone convicted of a felony, a federal judge ruled Thursday.…

How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

February 2, 2018 9:47 pm

By Matt Vasilogambros For decades, Kathy Hoell has struggled to vote. Poll workers have told the 62-year-old Nebraskan, who uses a powered wheelchair and has a brain injury that causes her to speak in a strained and raspy voice, that…

The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

January 29, 2018 2:19 am

By Russell Berman for The Atlantic If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements. They’re often a leading indicator for which direction a party is headed, and so far, 2018 is…

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Voter Suppression Laws a Concern in 2018, Though Many States Looking to Expand Access

January 28, 2018 5:36 pm

From Brennen Center for Justice New York, N.Y. – A first look at voting laws introduced in state legislatures across the country finds that voter suppression efforts continue to be a concern at the outset of a pivotal election year.…

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Scott Walker Is Literally Preventing Wisconsinites From Voting

January 27, 2018 8:57 pm

By John Nichols for The Nation Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies have never been enthusiastic about democracy. After grabbing power in the “Republican-wave” election of 2010—with a massive boost from heavy spending by the Koch brothers and…

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Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds

January 22, 2018 4:14 pm

By Scott Clement for The Washington Post Strong support from women and independents is fueling Democrats’ large early advantage ahead of this year’s congressional elections, a sign that two groups that have recoiled from Donald Trump’s presidency will play a…

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The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women

January 16, 2018 7:44 pm

Women face more obstacles to voting than men do. By Mandy Velez / AlterNet Trump got one thing right. The voting system is “rigged”—though not in the way he thinks—and it has serious consequences for women. Every election, poor folks,…

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Trump’s controversial election integrity commission is gone. Here’s what comes next.

January 4, 2018 9:58 pm

By Charles Stewart III for The Washington Post On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he had terminated his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This has raised a variety of important questions about the commission’s work and what comes next.…

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The latest 2018 election-hacking threat: 9-month wait for government help

January 2, 2018 9:47 pm

By TIM STARKS for Politico States rushing to guard their 2018 elections against hackers may be on a waiting list for up to nine months for the Department of Homeland Security’s most exhaustive security screening, according to government officials familiar…

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Did Alabama Just Violate Federal Voting Law?

December 17, 2017 4:40 am

Mark Joseph Stern for Slate “As long as I’m secretary of state of Alabama,” John Merrill proclaimed in 2016, “you’re going to have to show some initiative to become a registered voter in this state.” Merrill, a Republican, is still…

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Once Unthinkable, Now Possible: Senate Looks Like a Tossup in 2018

December 15, 2017 11:01 pm

By Nate Cohn for NYTimes At this time last year, the Democratic path to Senate control seemed impossible: Hold all of the Democratic seats, flip Arizona and Nevada, then hope for a miracle. The Democrats got the political version of…