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Case challenging Md. congressional districts moving forward

A lawsuit challenging a 2011 redrawing of Maryland's congressional districts that enabled Democrats to pick up an additional seat in Congress can go forward, a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday. … Click to Continue »

Maryland redistricting lawsuit can go forward, federal judges rule

The congressional district map being challenged ensured that seven of the state’s eight seats would be under Democratic control.

Federal Court, on 2-1 Vote, Lets Maryland Partisan Gerrymandering Claim Go Forward

A three-judge court, on remand in Shapiro v. McManus, has ruled 2-1 that the first amendment-based partisan gerrymandering claim brought against Maryland’s sixth congressional district states a valid claim and now proceeds further (to summary judgment or trial). The opinion … Continue reading ?

Trump's "If I Lose, Don't Accept the Results" is a Political Crime

This piece will run in newspapers in my conservative congressional District in Virginia. In terms of the law, and our Constitution's First Amendment rights, a presidential candidate is permitted to say pretty much anything short of a direct incitement to violence. Show More Summary

The Most Important Anti-Obstruction Race in America: Kai Degner vs. Bob Goodlatte.

Kai Degner, author of this post, is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 6th congressional district (Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke, & Lynchburg). His opponent is 24-yr incumbent Bob Goodlatte, who...Show More Summary

Hawaii GOP disavows their bigoted candidate for launching a holy war against Hindu Rep Tulsi Gabbard

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The chair of the Republican party of Hawaii is urging fellow party members to disavow his own Congressional candidate in the 2nd District after the GOP candidate attacked Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) for her religion and faith. GOP candidate Angela Kaaihue issued a press release last week saying that...

Thanks to the Donald, Democrats challenging Republican incumbent congressmen have new opportunities

The November election for congresspersons could yield better than expected results. Normally incumbents hold their seats, and there are few or no surprises. However, there is already high hope for a win in Congressional District  (CD) 5, and the possibility... Read more

Another House poll shows just how heavy an anvil Trump is around Republican necks

In a truly insane development, a federal judge just ordered that a Republican primary be held for New York's open 3rd Congressional District in October, after Some Dude Philip Pidot successfully argued that election officials had wrongly...Show More Summary

The Biggest Bargain Around (on Money & Elections)

This piece will be running as an op/ed in newspapers in my conservative congressional District in Virginia. Would it be possible for any American leader to persuade the American people about how much better off we'd all be if we hadShow More Summary

Dick Cheney's Daughter Is Likely Headed to Congress

The Cheneys are making a comeback. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, easily won the Republican primary for Wyoming's lone congressional district on Tuesday, all but assuring her a seat in the House of Representatives in January. Show More Summary

The more outside money politicians take, the less well they represent their constituents

Do members of Congress shortchange their constituents in favor of donors? That accusation was flung in one congressional race recently — but it’s a question worth asking of districts nationwide. About a quarter of the members of the House of Representatives raise a large share of their campaign funds from donors outside of their districts. […]

“Teachout challenges hedge-funders Singer, Mercer to a debate”

Times Union: Zephyr Teachout wants to take on the billionaires head-to-head. The Democratic 19th Congressional District candidate, known for her anti-big corporation and pro-public campaign financing rhetoric, on Monday challenged hedge funders Paul Singer and Robert Mercer to a debate … Continue reading ?

“Should it be legal to have a congressional district only one party can win?”

David Savage of the LAT reports on partisan gerrymandering cases working their way to #SCOTUS. … Continue reading ?

Courts urged to strike down election maps that lock in the winners

North Carolina may be a swing state in presidential politics, with polls showing Hillary Clinton now leading Donald Trump. But there’s no question who will win most of the state’s 13 House congressional districts in November. “It’s virtually certain that Republicans will hold their 10-to-3 advantage,...

Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from Harper's Index

Here are some excerpts from the September edition of Harper’s Index (paywall): Percentage of Republicans who said they prioritized gun control over gun rights in 1999: 53 In 2015: 26 [...] Portion of congressional districts that backed presidential and congressional candidates from different parties in 1980: 1/3 In 2012: 1/17 [...]Show More Summary

Joe McDermott Endorses Brady Piñero Walkinshaw in Race for Washington’s 7th Congressional District

by Sydney Brownstone The competition against state senator Pramila Jayapal is heating up. Today, defeated candidate Joe McDermott (right) endorsed Jayapal's challenger, State Representative Brady Walkinshaw (left). King County Council...Show More Summary

Bad Blood: Sanders Helps Canova Raise Money As Clinton Hits The Stump For Wasserman Schultz

The race in Florida’s 23rd congressional district sets the stage for what could be a monumental victory for Bernie Sanders’ political revolution. The Vermont senator’s endorsement of Tim Canova in May translated into $637,000 in small campaign donations, and Hillary Clinton hit the campaign trail on Wednesday to ensure Canova’s defeat. Show More Summary

How one Wisconsin congressional race shows the big money flowing into state politics

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District is attracting quite a lot of attention. As Wisconsin voters head to the polls today to pick nominees for US Senate and House races in the Nov. 8 general election, most of the attention is on House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is facing a noisy (but, polling...

‘Unelectable’ candidate defends slavery and mocks women – but still wins GOP race in Minnesota

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Republican voters in the Minnesota Second Congressional District just nominated former right-wing radio host Jason Lewis as their nominee, despite criticisms from his own party. Lewis’s homophobic and racist rhetoric came back to haunt him when the Deputy Chair of the Minnesota Republican...

This GOP Candidate Questions Whether the Civil War Should Have Been Fought

The most important congressional primary on Tuesday wasn't House Speaker Paul Ryan's cakewalk in Wisconsin. It was in neighboring Minnesota's 2nd District, where Republicans are scrambling to retain the seat held by retiring Rep. John Kline. Show More Summary

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