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    Former state GOP legislative leader Connie Conway was leading in early returns Tuesday night in a special election to replace Rep. Devin Nunes, who resigned in January to head former President Trump’s fledgling social media company. Two Democrats were vying for the second spot, according to preliminary elections results from Fresno and Tulare counties. If one of the six candidates for the San Joaquin Valley congressional seat receives more than 50% of the vote, that person wins the race outright. Otherwise, the top two will face off in a June election to finish Nunes’ term, which ends in early January. Four Republicans — Conway, 71, and business owners Elizabeth Heng, 37; Michael Maher, 38; and Matt Stoll, 44 — and two Democrats — former Marine Eric Garcia, 34, and water resource manager Lourin Hubbard, 33 — competed in the special election. It’s unclear when the race will be decided because mail ballots — sent to every voter in the 22nd Congressional District — have until April 12 to arrive at Tulare and Fresno counties’ election offices as long as they...
    The U.S. Supreme Court blocked new redistricting maps Wednesday for Wisconsin’s state legislature while upholding the state’s new federal congressional boundaries. Previously, Republican members of the legislature filed the lawsuit, claiming the state judges “did not and could not have concluded that drawing districts based on race was required by federal law and satisfied strict scrutiny.” According to the lawsuit, the boundaries selected by the state Supreme Court were a racial gerrymander. “Wisconsinites will soon suffer irreparable injury once they are re-sorted into the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s redrawn, racially gerrymandered plan. Once a voter is made to vote in these race-based districts, as compared to the Legislature’s race-neutral districts, the harm is done,” the complaint detailed. While reasoning was not provided for the congressional decision, the court cited issues with the Voting Rights Act when the Wisconsin Supreme Court selected the state-level map proposed by Governor Tony Evers. “We agree that the court committed legal error in its application of decisions of this Court regarding the relationship between the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and the VRA. We accordingly construe...
    Washington (CNN)A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here.In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, a historian and the co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, proposed that the second week of February be Negro History Week."If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated," wrote Woodson, considered the "Father of Black History."Textbooks at the time largely ignored the US's Black population, so Woodson took on the task of writing Black Americans into the country's culture and history.Today, as the US observes Black History Month, which grew out of Negro History Week, Woodson's provocation has taken on new urgency. Many conservative parents and lawmakers are challenging books and instruction about the history of race and racism -- and in consequence are not only muzzling educators but also obstructing students' understanding of the persistence of a harmful racial order.Read MoreFor instance,...
    Washington (CNN)A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here.In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, a historian and the co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, proposed that the second week of February be Negro History Week."If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated," wrote Woodson, considered the "Father of Black History."Textbooks at the time largely ignored the US's Black population, so Woodson took on the task of writing Black Americans into the country's culture and history.Today, as the US observes Black History Month, which grew out of Negro History Week, Woodson's provocation has taken on new urgency. Many conservative parents and lawmakers are challenging books and instruction about the history of race and racism -- and in consequence are not only muzzling educators but also obstructing students' understanding of the persistence of a harmful racial order.Read MoreFor instance,...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida’s 60-day legislative session begins Tuesday with two major items on the agenda; pass a massive state budget and redraw political maps. But as Florida heads toward the 2022 election, the session will largely be shaped by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ agenda, which includes banning critical race theory from schools and workplaces, creating a state office to investigate voter fraud and an enormous budget with gifts for teachers, first responders and drivers. READ MORE: Duvon Russell Jr. Arrested For Miami Gardens MurderMore than 3,000 bills have been filed ahead of session, most of which won’t become law. And unlike most years, the House and Senate leaders are largely quiet about their priorities. “It’s kind of like the trifecta of crazy. You have an election year, you have a reapportionment year and … you have a very strong governor right now,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes. DeSantis, who is up for reelection in November and is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2024, hasn’t been quiet about his agenda, which is a mix of feeding his conservative base...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – When Florida lawmakers start the annual 60-day legislative session  on Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis will be pushing an agenda which includes cementing in law a prohibition on teaching critical race theory in Florida classrooms. During a nationally televised interview on Fox News’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” which aired Sunday night, DeSantis said those in favor of critical race theory, “want kids to hate this country. They want them to reject our founding, our institutions, and they want to replace that with their leftist ideology, which would obviously be disastrous for this country’s future,” he told host Mark Levin. Ron Desantis tonight says that liberal educators are “teaching kids to hate this country,” so he is pushing for a new law so parents can “inspect curriculum,” and sue schools if they catch teachers who “smuggle in” any “inappropriate content.” pic.twitter.com/PTc3EZXskv — Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 10, 2022 READ MORE: Miami Beach Police Investigating After Man Suffers Gunshot Wound To LegCritical race theory, which many Democrats argue is not taught in Florida classrooms, is based on a premise...
                        Members of the Newnan-based Frontline Policy Action have announced their legislative priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly, and those policies include fighting what they call “radical indoctrination in the classroom.” Frontline Policy President Cole Muzio said he and members of his group want state legislators to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) from local curriculums. “CRT is in Georgia, and it doesn’t always go by that label. CRT is an agenda aimed to discriminate amongst kids and makes people feel differently based on their race. It’s an archaic ideology that takes us back decades, and it is present in Georgia. We need to ban it,” Muzio told The Georgia Star News on Wednesday. “The governor has taken good action. The state school board has taken good action. We need to make sure it never sees the light of day because it is a divisive and wrong ideology that takes direct aim at unity.” In an emailed press release, Frontline Policy officials said they also want...
    State Rep. Ron Reynolds speaks alongside the Texas House Democratic Caucus and voting rights advocates during a rally outside the Texas State Capitol. They were protesting the governor's legislative agenda overhauling voting laws and critical race theory among other areas. A legislative committee in the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly actually went about holding an invite-only hearing on how race is taught in schools without including a single Black parent or educator, according to NBC-affiliated KSHB-TV. The hearing on Monday only featured the voices of those who oppose critical race theory, a framework for interpreting law that maintains racism has an undeniable effect on the legal foundation of American society. One of the invited guests who got a chance to testify was Katie Rash, who leads Missouri’s chapter of the political group No Left Turn in Education, KSHB reported. "Some students are having serious emotional problems dealing with the CRT, or social justice, concepts being taught in our schools," Rash said. Heather Fleming, a former teacher and diversity and inclusion trainer, told KSHB she wasn't allowed to testify and that legislators were "talking about us, without us." "What...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the agenda for the special legislative session which begins Thursday, insisting that lawmakers in the state prioritize issues like election integrity and preventing the teaching of critical race theory in schools. “The 87th Legislative Session was a monumental success for the people of Texas, but we have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” Abbott said in a statement. “Two of my emergency items, along with other important legislation, did not make it to my desk during the regular session, and we have a responsibility to finish the job on behalf of all Texans.” The agenda, which was released one day before lawmakers are set to reconvene in the Texas capitol, focuses heavily on Abbott’s priorities, including bail reform, election integrity, border security, and social media censorship. Abbott insists on the agenda that lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at “reforming the bail system in Texas to protect the public from accused criminals who may be released on bail” and work on “strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas.” As the border crisis continues to...
    From 'election integrity' to 'critical race theory' to targeting transgender students, Gov. Greg Abbott's special session agenda is red meat for the GOP base. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced the agenda he wants the Republican-controlled legislature to pursue in an upcoming special session that begins Thursday morning — and it's filled with culture war issues pushed by right-wing media outlets like Fox News. Among the issues Abbott wants Republicans to tackle are "election integrity," "border security," "social media censorship," "critical race theory," abortion, and targeting transgender students. Missing from Abbott's agenda is a push to fix the state's energy grid — which left Texans without power and freezing in their homes amid a historic cold snap earlier this year. A heat wave in June also caused outages in the vulnerable grid. Abbott said in a news release that the issues on his proposed agenda "will keep the Lone Star State on a path to prosperity." Democrats quickly criticized Abbott over his list of priorities. "It's been nearly...
    In one of the closest watched races for the California legislature this election, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese is off to a strong lead against Attorney Ann Ravel for the District 15 senate seat late Tuesday. Ravel and Cortese, who are both Democrats, are vying to replace termed-out state Sen. Jim Beall for the district seat that represents nearly 1 million residents in Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell and neighborhoods in San Jose from Willow Glen to Almaden to East San Jose. With about 49% of Santa Clara County ballots counted as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Cortese was leading Ravel by a seven-point margin. Ravel has extensive experience working in government including serving as the Santa Clara County counsel and being a part of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and the Federal Elections Commission. But Cortese, a longtime county supervisor and former San Jose City Councilmember and local school board member,  had considerably more name recognition for many members of the community. In California State Assembly District 25, Democrat Alex Lee, 25, is poised to become the youngest person in...
    Efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic have put the nation’s governors in the spotlight while state legislatures are poised to determine redistricting, abortion, health care and other super-charged topics. Both are on the ballot this year in races that have been overshadowed nationally by the presidential race but have drawn intense interest and massive spending in their states. Across the country, 11 states are electing governors and 35 are picking state lawmakers this year. Missouri and Montana have the nation’s most interesting races for governor, while Democrats are hoping to gain control of more state legislative chambers after Republicans scored huge wins in 2010. That put them in charge of drawing congressional and state legislative maps after that year’s Census, a process that kept them in control in most of those states throughout the decade. In most states, legislatures and governors have a role in drawing congressional and legislative maps, a process that starts after the U.S. Census delivers its decennial count at the end of this year. Control of governor’s offices and legislatures also will determine much of how...
    Efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic have put the nation's governors in the spotlight while state legislatures are poised to determine redistricting, abortion, health care and other super-charged topics. Both are on the ballot this year in races that have been overshadowed nationally by the presidential race but have drawn intense interest and massive spending in their states. Across the country, 11 states are electing governors and 35 are picking state lawmakers this year. Missouri and Montana have the nation's most interesting races for governor, while Democrats are hoping to gain control of more state legislative chambers after Republicans scored huge wins in 2010. That put them in charge of drawing congressional and state legislative maps after that year's Census, a process that kept them in control in most of those states throughout the decade. In most states, legislatures and governors have a role in drawing congressional and legislative maps, a process that starts after the U.S. Census delivers its decennial count at the end of this year. Control of governor's offices and legislatures also will determine much of how...
    Follow: Daily Kos Elections on Twitter Results: Live Map • All Races (use dropdown) Guides: Poll Closing Times • County Benchmarks • Hour-by-Hour Guide Key Races: Senate • House • Legislative Chambers • Ballot Measures • Redistricting Cheat-sheets: Key Race Tracker • Legislative Cheat-sheet Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 · 11:04:56 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser Good evening (or afternoon, if you’re west of the Rockies)! It’s Election Night 2020, and downballot, we kick off right away with two House races and one Senate race on the radar. (If you’re looking for presidential updates, we have you covered there, too! Head over to the mother ship for that liveblog.) On tap in this first hour is a tossup House race in the Indianapolis suburbs (IN-05), and two longer shots in Kentucky: the much-publicized Senate battle between Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and Amy McGrath (D). At the House level, the marquee race in the Bluegrass State at this hour is Republican Rep. Andy Barr facing a challenge from Democrat Josh Hicks.
    By GEOFF MUVLIHILL, Associated Press Efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic have put the nation's governors in the spotlight while state legislatures are poised in the year ahead to determine redistricting, abortion, health care and other super-charged topics. Both are on the ballot this year in races that have been overshadowed nationally by the presidential race but have drawn intense interest and massive spending in their states. Across the country, 11 states are electing governors and 35 are picking state lawmakers this year. Missouri and Montana have the nation's most interesting races for governor, while Democrats are hoping to gain control of more state legislative chambers after Republicans scored huge wins in 2010. That put them in charge of drawing congressional and state legislative maps after that year's Census, a process that kept them in control in most of those states throughout the decade. In most states, legislatures and governors have a role in drawing congressional and legislative maps, a process that starts after the U.S. Census delivers its decennial count at the end of this year. Control of governor's...
    Texas Democrat Brandy Chambers The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● State Legislatures: Daily Kos Elections is excited to introduce our latest data set, a cheat-sheet for the most competitive legislative chambers we've been tracking. We've identified 12 chambers, all controlled by Republicans, that are most likely to either flip or have a supermajority broken. In each of these chambers, we detail the most competitive districts, held by both Democrats and Republicans, including the outcomes of past statewide elections for every seat. The stakes are high for legislative races in 2020, with redistricting on the horizon in 2021. In that regard, the Texas House stands out as a top target for Democrats. Flipping this chamber would not only guarantee Democrats a role in the congressional redistricting process, it would give the party their first taste of statewide power since Team Blue lost the House in 2002. Campaign...
    Ballots are arriving at homes across Colorado this week. The state has had all-mail ballot elections since 2014, which has resulted in record turnout and, this year, many sighs of relief from people who do not have to vote in person during a pandemic (though vote centers will be open in every Colorado county for those who like the personal touch, lost their ballot...or even want to register on election day, as you can if you've lived in this state for 22 days by November 3). But this year, you’ll want to have plenty of time to consider your ballot, and maybe a few beers on hand (as well as the 2020 State Ballot Information Ballot, aka the “Blue Book,” that also arrived through the mail) as you dig deep into the issues. In addition to the contests between congressional candidates (the race for the U.S. Senate between Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper, as well as all seven U.S. Representative seats), you’ll be voting on state legislative races, RTD board seats, judicial retention questions and a slew of municipal questions...
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