Elections

Mehmet Oz speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 3, 2017. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) The famous TV doctor shakes up an already wild contest. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N ovember has been an eventful month for the Republican primary race to replace the retiring Pat Toomey in the Senate. Today’s entry in
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An election worker checks a voter’s drivers license in Charlotte, N.C., March 15, 2016. (Chris Keane/Reuters) Require ID, update voter rolls, and count only votes received by Election Day. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C ontrary to the dominant media narrative, election reform is shaping up to be a winning issue for Republicans in 2022. That’s because
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(golubovy/iStock/Getty Images Plus) Efforts to redefine negative campaigning imperil online speech. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A recent Aspen Institute report on “information disorder” takes aim at political advertising on social media. The report claims that “political campaigns” use what are known as “promoted posts” to “smear opponents and drive voter suppression.” That description — and the
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Voters at a polling location in New York City, November 2, 2021. (Mike Segar/Reuters) NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D emocrats on the New York City Council, last seen expelling Thomas Jefferson from their chamber, have decided to attack another venerable pillar of American democracy: citizenship. A veto-proof majority of the Council, backed by incoming mayor Eric Adams, plans to
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President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress as President Kamala Harris (left) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) applaud at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2021. (Chip Somodevillaat/Pool via Reuters) As I wrote in October, “Ruy Teixeira is the co-author . . . of the 2002 book The Emerging
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Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant restarts the “Tax Amazon” campaign she led in 2019 with a rally at Washington Hall in Seattle, Wash., January 13, 2020. (David Ryder/Reuters) Just weeks after Seattle voters rejected a slate of hard-left progressive candidates for mayor, city council, and city attorney, residents of the city’s most liberal district
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Senator Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) arrives before the start of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Arizona Democratic senator Mark Kelly, husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and a former astronaut, won his first Senate race in November 2020—a special
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An election worker processes mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day in Houston, Texas, November 2, 2020. (Callaghan O’Hare/Reuters) The administration is suing to block a commonsense reform package that improves the security and accessibility of voting in the Lone Star State. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident Biden has failed to usurp state oversight of elections
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Then-Vice President Al Gore gives his election concession speech from the Old Exexcutive Office Building in Washington, D.C., December 13, 2000. (Reuters) Federal senior district judge Reggie Walton contends that Al Gore, unlike Donald Trump, was “a man” and “walked away” from the 2000 presidential election after losing. That’s not how I remember it. I
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President Joe Biden campaigns for Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe at a rally in Arlington, Va., October 26, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) An interesting “growing fears” piece appeared in the WaPo about Joe Biden’s prospects in 2024: “One Democrat involved in campaigns said they couldn’t think of a single person they had spoken to
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Vice President Kamala Harris (left) and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (Rebecca Cook/Reuters; Stefani Reynolds/Pool via Reuters) I wrote today for Politico on the chatter about a Harris-Buttigieg race for the 2024 Democratic nomination: The GOP has had plenty of reason for good cheer in recent months, whether it’s the victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial election,
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Then Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin gives a thumbs up to the crowd during a campaign event in Leesburg, Va., November 1, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) Elected Republicans, their operatives, and education-reform activists are cheering on Democratic strategists who insist that the party must cling ever more tightly to critical race theory as the 2022
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Former Representative and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a protest in Austin, Texas, May 8, 2021. (Mikala Compton/Reuters) Robert Francis O’Rourke, who likes to be called “Beto,” has decided to take a run at the Texas governor’s office, his third full-tile charge at a buzzsaw in only a few years. My guess is that
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Voters line up to cast their ballots on Super Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas, March 1, 2016. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) Welcome to the Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about language, culture, and politics. To subscribe to the Tuesday — and please do! — follow this link. Two Cheers for the Ghost of Elbridge Gerry The Democrats
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Former Representative and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a protest in Austin, Texas, May 8, 2021. (Mikala Compton/Reuters) Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke entered the race for Texas governor on Monday, challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott. Long considered a reliable red bulwark, Texas has become uncertain political territory in recent election cycles
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Senator Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 22, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senator Patrick Leahy, at 81, announced on Monday he won’t stand for reelection, because he wants to “pass the torch” to somebody younger. But this is the same age at which President Biden wants to run
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Then New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli appears in a campaign video, October 25, 2021. (Screenshot via YouTube) Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli finally conceded the New Jersey governor’s race today, ten days after Election Day. As a partisan of swift vote counts and concessions, I should have liked to see an earlier concession in
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I’m a huge fan of Allahpundit over at Hot Air but don’t find his post speculating about Christie’s motives in attacking Trump very persuasive. Is he angling to be bought off into a future Trump cabinet position, or maybe even Trump’s VP? I think Christie was genuinely appalled by Trump’s post-election conduct, is saying what
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) listens during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill, May 7, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/Pool via Reuters) Senator Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) on Friday announced she will seek reelection to the Senate in 2022, setting up a primary fight against Trump-backed challenger
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The Lincoln Project’s demonstrators stand with tiki torches on a sidewalk as Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event in Charlottesville, Va., October 29, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Americans are asking whether the radicals of CRT and BLM have any decency left. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hat
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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu speaks prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., August 02, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu announced that he’d be running for a fourth term on Tuesday morning, disappointing Republicans who had hoped he’d challenge incumbent
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