Election Beat 2020: The ongoing watchdog obligation to cover the US census

Every 10 years, a U.S. election bestows a predictable long-term advantage to one of the two major parties. The 2010 election handed that edge to the Republicans, and they didn’t waste the opportunity for gerrymandering — manipulating the boundaries of an electoral district in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage. Even though […]

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Ted Cruz says he doesn’t want to join the Supreme Court after being shortlisted by Trump

“Ted Cruz says he doesn’t want to join the Supreme Court after being shortlisted by Trump” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps […]

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Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: Journalist Bob Woodward reports in his new book, “Rage,” that the NSA and CIA have classified evidence that the Russian intelligence services placed malware in the election registration systems of at least two Florida counties in 2016, and that the malware was sophisticated and could erase voters. This appears to confirm earlier reports. Meanwhile, Russian intelligence […]

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Gov. Bill Lee reasserts support of education commissioner Penny Schwinn: ‘I am pleased’ with her work

Brushing aside a growing chorus of doubt and discontent with the leadership of Tennessee’s education commissioner, Gov. Bill Lee maintained his support Thursday of Penny Schwinn. In an hourlong press conference that was meant to highlight the work of a statewide team on policing reforms, Lee was twice asked to address the no-confidence in Schwinn […]

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Gov. Jared Polis launches $32.7 million fund to incubate ideas to improve student learning during the pandemic

To continue the battle against fallout from COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday launched a $32.7 million grant program that seeks to create innovations that help the state’s most disadvantaged students. In an interview with Chalkbeat, Polis said he hopes the Response, Innovation, and Student Equity Education Fund, known as RISE, will plant ideas that […]

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Trump’s law-and-order campaign relies on a historic American tradition of racist and anti-immigrant politics

The Republican Party made it clear in its national convention that it intends to make restoring “law and order” central to this fall’s presidential campaign. As he did when he first ran in 2016, President Donald Trump highlighted law and order in his 2020 acceptance speech. “Your vote,” Trump said, “will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans and whether … we will […]

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‘Espy is a better candidate’: Stuart Stevens discusses Mississippi’s Senate race

Editor’s note: We asked several Mississippi politicos, two months from Election Day, to share their thoughts on the 2020 U.S. Senate race between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy. Click here to read to the list of expert opinions. Stuart Stevens, a Jackson native, is a best-selling author and longtime Republican political consultant who has […]

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