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.

Here’s How Trump Is Rigging Democracy at the Voting Booth

April 24, 2018 9:33 pm

Go to MotherJones for more info: Today we’re launching a new Mother Jones video series explaining everything you need to know about efforts to undermine voting in America. We’ve covered this territory for years. In 2012, Kevin Drum detailed the…

Trump Administration Creates Census Crisis With Move to Suppress Immigrant Responses

March 27, 2018 4:51 pm

By Ari Berman for MotherJones The 2020 census will include a question about US citizenship for the first time since 1950, the Commerce Department announced Monday night. Civil rights groups say the question will massively depress responses from immigrants fearful…

Clear and Present Danger to U.S. Vote We are not doing enough to shore up states’ vulnerable voting technology.

March 20, 2018 8:45 pm

Lawrence Norden for Brennan Law Center for Jusctice The head of the National Security Agency and U.S. cyber command has told Congress that the White House hasn’t instructed him to block a Russian attack against U.S. election systems this fall.…

The Missing Obama Millions

March 16, 2018 7:57 pm

By SEAN McELWEE, JESSE H. RHODES, BRIAN F. SCHAFFNER and BERNARD L. FRAGA for NYTimes Much of the political commentary since the presidential election has focused on two groups of party switchers: those who voted for Barack Obama in 2012…

Five myths about gerrymandering

March 11, 2018 2:19 am

By Ari Berman for the Washington Post Gerrymandering — in which politicians manipulate electoral boundaries for partisan advantage — is emerging as a key issue in the midterm elections. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently redrew the state’s GOP-dominated congressional map,…

Wisconsin Democrats Sue to Force Scott Walker to Hold Constitutionally Required Elections

February 26, 2018 11:50 pm

By Ari Berman for MotherJones In January, Democrat Patty Schachtner won a shocking upset, winning a special election for a Wisconsin State Senate seat by 11 points. The district had been in Republican hands since 2000, and was carried by…

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…