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.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District

February 16, 2018 11:08 pm

“I believe that our leadership should represent our communities. It is not acceptable that fewer than 20% of our congressional representatives are women. The hostile legislation and rhetoric toward women that is coming out of Washington, D.C. at this time…

Vangie Williams US Congressional VA 1st District

February 16, 2018 10:29 pm

“Every person eligible to vote should be able to easily, without jumping through hoops, and without intimidation.” – Vangie Williams The American Women’s Party is proud to endorse Vangie Williams for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. If elected Vangie Williams will…

Trump’s Controversial Pick to Run the 2020 Census Withdraws

February 12, 2018 11:22 pm

Ari Berman for MotherJones The Trump administration’s controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureau. In November, Politico reported that the…

How the GOP Rigs Elections

February 7, 2018 11:23 pm

By Ari Berman for RollingStone Magazine On a quiet, tree-lined street in Racine, Wisconsin, in a neighborhood known as the Danish Village for its Scandinavian ancestry, sits a two-story white house with a large American flag hanging from the porch…

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…

Sol Flores for Illinois’ 4th Congressional District

January 31, 2018 9:42 pm

“Just as I have for the past 15 years, in Congress I will be a fighter for my constituents and a bridge builder to make real positive change to help move people out of poverty and into the middle class.”…

Amanda Webster for State Representative for the 62nd District in Connecticut

January 31, 2018 9:29 pm

“We should be doing all that we can to make education more equitable to all, which requires removing financial burdens. Teaming up with businesses and colleges to create debt-free college training programs and student-debt forgiveness is a great step in…

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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How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

January 27, 2018 9:02 pm

By Roger McNamee for Washington Monthly In early 2006, I got a call from Chris Kelly, then the chief privacy officer at Facebook, asking if I would be willing to meet with his boss, Mark Zuckerberg. I had been a…