Elections

President Biden didn’t explicitly mention voter-ID requirements in his speech, but both of the bills he was urging the Senate to change its rules to pass have something to say about those requirements. As I’ve noted here before, the “Freedom to Vote Act” (S. 2747) would forbid states from requiring photo identification from voters in
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Rep. John Katko (R-NY) questions witnesses during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via Reuters) Representative John Katko (R., N.Y.), one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump last year, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection. Katko, who
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Former President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during the “Save America Rally” in Sarasota, Fla., July 3, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters) All that’s left of Trumpism are Trump’s grievances and aspirations. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n a recent podcast with Conan O’Brien, the comedian Zach Galifianakis said America’s obsession with celebrity culture was a “mental
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The moon rises behind the flag of the 2022 Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China January 12, 2022. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters) On the menu today: The upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing appear set to be a moral disaster, raising the question of whether Americans can watch the events in good conscience; the Federal Aviation Administration enacts a
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) speaks during a press conference following the weekly Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Senior Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are standing behind Senator Mike Rounds after the South Dakota Republican said over the weekend that there was no
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., January 11, 2022. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The more Biden shouted and sputtered yesterday in Georgia, the more America went ‘Huh?’ NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Y ou know you’re about as useful as an anvil on a life raft when
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Sen. Mitt Romney, (R., Utah) speaks during Anthony Blinken’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021. (Alex Edelman/Reuters) Utah GOP senator Mitt Romney said on the Senate floor Tuesday night that he had decided to forgo prepared remarks in order to respond to the fact that
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on voting rights during a speech on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., January 11, 2022. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Joe Biden has had a long career of careless pronouncements and demagogic speeches, but he outdid himself with his cynical rant in Georgia on Tuesday afternoon.
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on voting rights during a speech on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., January 11, 2022. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The president has decided to preemptively undermine confidence in the 2022 and 2024 elections, smearing half the country as racists while cosplaying as a civil-rights hero.
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Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger at the capitol in Atlanta, November 6, 2020 (Dustin Chambers / Reuters) Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is defending election integrity in his state ahead of President Joe Biden’s speech in Atlanta, where he is expected to endorse a “carve out” of the Senate’s legislative filibuster so Democrats
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Sen. Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., December 6, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) Mollie Hemingway misrepresented Senator Mike Rounds’s defense of the integrity of the 2020 election during a Monday Fox News appearance, accusing the South Dakota Republican of dismissing all of the election concerns typically cited by Trump
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Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference after the Republicans’ weekly senate luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., December 8, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via Reuters) Progressive pundits were mostly in favor of reforming the Electoral Count Act when they thought it was a club that Democrats could use to bludgeon
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Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 28, 2021. (Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters) Senator Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) defended his statement that there was no evidence of fraud in
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Reuters) Making the Senate more like the House, as Democrats are threatening to do, would only hurt our politics. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n his farewell address as president, George Washington
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Voter Michael Grabowski fills out his ballot at a polling station during the primary election in Peru, Ill., March 17, 2020. (Daniel Acker/Reuters) As my column Wednesday noted, Republicans are on the verge of gaining the upper hand on the issue of reforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to eliminate perceived ambiguities and weaknesses that
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Nicholas Kristof appears on Real Time with Bill Maher (Screenshot via YouTube) One of David Foster Wallace’s funny little pleasures in life was insisting that journalists and literary types who wanted to interview him make the journey down to the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Bloomington, Ill., where he habitually conducted such business. He wanted to
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People fill out ballots during early voting at a polling station in Baltimore, Md., October 26, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters) If you want a good barometer of the dispirited sentiment among relatively moderate local Democrats in the suburbs, check out this recent Fox News interview with Laura Curran. Curran lost her job as Nassau County executive
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Nicholas Kristof speaks at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers event in Manhattan, N.Y., September 20, 2017. (Elizabeth Shafiroff/Reuters) Shemia Fagan, Oregon’s secretary of state, notified longtime New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof Thursday morning that he was ineligible to become Oregon’s next governor. Fagan’s office issued a press release after informing Kristof of
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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. (CBS via YouTube) Isaac notes that: Shemia Fagan, Oregon’s secretary of state, notified longtime New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof Thursday morning that he was ineligible to become Oregon’s next governor. Fagan’s office issued a press release after informing Kristof of her decision to reject his filing, citing the fact that “Article V, §
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A woman holds a pro-Trump sign outside the State Senate Building during the announcement of interim findings from the audit of the 2020 election in Phoenix, Ariz., September 24, 2021. (Mike Blake/Reuters) The Maricopa County Elections Department released a 93-page report on Wednesday debunking claims of fraud in the 2020 election, with county officials saying
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Left: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, October 26, 2021. Right: Senator Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters, June 2, 2020. (Elizabeth Frantz, Erin Scott/Reuters) Mitch McConnell appears to realize the advantages of Electoral Count Act reform. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R eforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887 is not just
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Supporters of the electoral college display items at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., February 27, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) There are a number of issues with the overwrought New York Times “Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now” editorial, but let’s not gloss over its selective use of
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President Joe Biden gives his inaugural address in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2021. (Patrick Semansky/Reuters Pool) Here’s another tidbit from that Washington Post poll that has been weirdly and widely ignored. Question 7: Regardless of whom you supported in the 2020 election, do you think Joe Biden’s election as president was legitimate, or was he
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Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy at an event in Anchorage in January 2020 (Yereth Rosen/Reuters) Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy accepted the endorsement of former president Donald Trump on Thursday, including Trump’s condition that the Republican governor cannot endorse Republican senator Lisa Murkowski in her reelection bid in the state. Trump announced in a statement that Dunleavy,
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Vice President Kamala speaks during a visit to Prince George’s County Brandywine Maintenance Facility in Brandywine, Md., December 13, 2021. Vice President Kamala Harris said Sunday that America will cease to be the “role model” of the world if Congress fails to pass an elections bill that Republicans believe will have the net effect of
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From left: Rep. Mo Brooks, Katie Boyd Britt, and Mike Durant. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters; Campaign video via YouTube; Campaign image via Twitter) A Senate election of contrasts in Alabama could become a three-horse race. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A labama’s Republican primary race to replace the retiring Richard Shelby has, thus far, garnered only modest national attention.
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