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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Legislative Democrats launch new field program

The DLCC is putting 150 staffers in key states.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Wendy Davis fights back over questions on biographical details

The Texas Democrat offered a strong defense after details about her biography came under scrutiny.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, States, texas

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Terry Branstad’s war for women

Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress, or to the governorship. Branstad wants to change that.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Iowa, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

15 ways to make voting easier

Common-sense solutions from the bipartisan commission on election administration.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election administration, elections, newsletter, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Christie’s other problem: Rebuilding a campaign team

Chris Christie sent his campaign manager packing. Now he has slim pickings for a new manager.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, campaigns, Chris Christie, elections, New Jersey, newsletter, States

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Snowy special election will decide control of Virginia Senate

Four to seven inches of snow are expected in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, where polls are open until 7 p.m.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States, virginia

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 01/16/2014

A congressional trio wants voting laws in four states back under federal watch

The bill reinstates oversight lost when the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the decades-old Voting Rights Act in June.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:14 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Congress, elections, georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, texas, voting rights

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Republican governors taking comfort in improving economic conditions

A governor’s policies don’t matter much in a global economy. But when jobs return, political fortunes rise.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, Florida, governors, newsletter, Ohio, Pennsylvania, States, wisconsin

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

New Mexico’s Martinez gets high marks in two polls

Susana Martinez’s approval rating is in positive territory in two polls.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, New Mexico, States, susana martinez

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014

GOPAC to name new legislative leaders

The long-time Republican farm team is picking new coaches.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, gopac, newsletter, republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Iowa Session Preview: Looking to November

A raft of top-tier races this November has legislators wary of taking up an ambitious agenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, campaigns, elections, Iowa, session preview, taxes

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Colorado GOP wants to skirt campaign contribution limits

The party is asking the Secretary of State to treat them like a super PAC.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bcra, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, newsletter, States, super pacs

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Ohio could tackle economic, gun and election policies

Ohio’s legislature has a lot on its plate this year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Campaigns and Elections, election, election law, election reform, elections, Gun, gun rights, income tax, Ohio, session preview, tax, taxes

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Number of recalls down in 2013

With partisan tensions seemingly at all-time highs, the recall is becoming a more overt political tool.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, recalls, States

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/02/2014

In Hawaii, a Democratic Party divided

A controversial Senate appointment has state Democrats divided along racial and generational faults.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Hawaii, newsletter, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013

New laws coming in elections and social issues

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, elections, employment, laws, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Ohio lieutenant governor candidate quits over back taxes

It’s back to the drawing board for Democrats in one of the nation’s most closely-watched governor’s races.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Ohio

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

How Rahm Emanuel is blocking a vote on an elected school board

Emanuel allies filled the March ballot with completely unrelated referenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, elections, rahm emanuel, States

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Oregon’s Kitzhaber will run for fourth term

Kitzhaber’s push for tax reform, and a troubled ObamaCare rollout, are likely to be top issues.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Oregon, States

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Everything you need to know about the D.C. mayoral race

A conversation with the Post’s resident D.C. politics expert, Mike DeBonis.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, district, District of Columbia, newsletter, States, washington dc

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Worst rollout of the year? Ohio candidate owes $1 million in back taxes

Being behind on your taxes is one thing. Being $1 million behind is something else.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, OHGOV, Ohio, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

The downside of clear election laws

The unintended consequences of too much specificity.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/03/2013

The 2012 election results, by media market

Obama won biggest along the U.S.-Mexico border. Romney did best in northern Texas.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advertising, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, Obama, romney, States

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013

$15 minimum wage measure headed for recount

The measure passed by just 77 votes. Now opponents want a hand recount.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, labor, minimum wage, newsletter, seatac, washington

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Is another Republican wave building?

The generic ballot favors Republicans, and Obama’s numbers are terrible. Democrats should be worried.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, democrats, elections, newsletter, republicans

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/17/2013

In 2012, more than $120 million in campaign cash came from this one county

Why more campaign cash flowed out of Clark County, Nev., than almost any other county in the 2012 elections.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign finance, Campaigns and Elections, Nevada

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/16/2013

Health-care law’s flaws threaten Obama’s governing thesis, and his party

President Obama won by pledging to make government work. His party will suffer when it doesn’t.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, campaigns, elections, health care, newsletter, Obama, obamacare

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 11/15/2013

These are the 15 gubernatorial races to watch for 2014

Democrats and Republicans split the 2013 gubernatorial races. Now it’s on to 2014, where Republicans are playing a lot of defense.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:34 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, Arizona, Arkansas, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, wisconsin

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Just five people voted to approve a $1M bond for this Oklahoma school district

The special election vote won by a landslide—of five votes.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Oklahoma

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 11/14/2013

After spate of recalls, Wisconsin Republicans hope to raise the bar

The proposal to change recall procedures is likely to end up on the statewide ballot in 2014.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:31 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, recall, Scott Walker, States, wisconsin

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/13/2013

How Terry McAuliffe’s campaign changed the Virginia electorate

Technology and old-fashioned door-knocking shaped the race.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, States, virginia

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Jerry Brown’s approval rating is strong, but reelect numbers are weak

Heading into a reelection year, California voters like their governor, but they’re not sold on another term for him.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:26 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign, Campaigns and Elections, elections, poll, States

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Nobody cares about mayoral races

All politics is local, but voters don’t care. Just 7.8 percent of registered voters turned out in San Bernardino.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:32 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, cities, States, turnout, voting

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 11/09/2013

Democrats want to paint GOP governors as Ken Cuccinelli. That’s hard to do.

To Democrats, Ken Cuccinelli’s loss was a prelude to a wave of voter recrimination that will send GOP governors elected during the tea party sweep of 2010 to an early retirement.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Did Chris Christie just try to knife an ally?

In one of his first post-election moves, Christie tried -- and failed -- to oust a long-time ally in the state Senate.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:25 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Chris Christie, Christie, elections, New Jersey, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Initiative spending booms past $1 billion as corporations sponsor their own proposals

Supporters and opponents of ballot initiatives spent more than $1 billion in just 18 months.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, campaigns, Colorado, elections, initiatives, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Colorado’s 51st state movement failed, but 43,900 people still wanted to secede

The movement ramped up over the state legislature’s passage of firearm restrictions, oil and gas regulations, and renewable energy mandates.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:53 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, secession

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Big corporate spending pays off in Washington’s genetically modified food fight

Just five corporations contributed more than $14 million to fight the measure.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agriculture, Campaigns and Elections, washington

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Mayoral roundup: Incumbents cruise to reelection

Most incumbents kept their jobs on Tuesday, but the mayor of St. Petersburg lost his.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:01 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, mayor, States

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/06/2013

In tiny Washington town, millions spent on minimum wage bill

Supporters and opponents spent more than $170 per registered voter on a minimum wage measure.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, minimum wage, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Boston, New York races hint at economic populism strain within Democratic Party

The new mayors of New York City and Boston won election on platforms promising economic fairness.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boston, campaigns, democratic party, elections, labor, New York, New York City, newsletter, States, unions

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Colorado approves pot taxes, but turns down a nearly $1 billion income tax increase

Coloradans approved one tax and smacked down another by similarly wide margins.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:25 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, Marijuana, taxes

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Seattle voters turn out third mayor in a row

Seattle voters elected a long-time state senator to replace controversial one-term Mayor Mike McGinn.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:49 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Ed Murray, elections, Seattle, washington

Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 11/05/2013

New Jersey just became the fifth state to add a minimum wage in its constitution

The state also enshrined minimum wage increases in its constitution.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:57 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, New Jersey, Wages & Employment

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Enzi gets a little help from his friends, past and present

The Wyoming Republican is raking in thousands from colleagues both past and present.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:55 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, cheney, elections, enzi, senate, wyoming

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Five reasons voter identification bills disproportionately impact women

Women are more likely to be part of groups disproportionately hit by the new laws.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:37 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Christie’s big lead: The coattail effect

Chris Christie is up by a wide margin. His fellow Republicans hope that helps them, too.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, New Jersey, States

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Tuesday’s election could have widespread economic effects in at least three states

Billions could be on the line for voters in Colorado, Washington and New Jersey.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, New Jersey, washington

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 11/03/2013

Here’s how to clean up messy voter rolls

A new program aimed at cleaning up voter lists without canceling legitimate registration has caught on in seven states.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 11/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 11/02/2013

Cuccinelli: McAuliffe brought ‘chutzpah from New York’

Cuccinelli made the comments at a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday in Prince William County.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:59 PM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States, virginia

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 11/01/2013

The Supreme Court’s impact on voting rights, in two maps

A Supreme Court decision ushered in a wave of changes to voting rules across the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:09 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Republicans target minor parties after election losses

Republicans are raising thresholds minor parties must meet to qualify for the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:12 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Montana, newsletter, Ohio, States, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Scott Walker’s low ceiling, high floor

The Wisconsin governor has as many detractors as fans. That will complicate his re-election bid.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign, Campaigns and Elections, election, Ohio, poll, Scott Walker, voting, wisconsin

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Arizona election law will be put to statewide vote

A controversial election reform law will be put to a vote in 2014.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:59 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, campaigns, elections, States, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/29/2013

The three strikes against Ken Cuccinelli

The Virginia attorney general is way behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Here’s why.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, cuccinelli, elections, mcauliffe, newsletter, polls, virginia

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Washington state voters are about to weigh in on a multi-million dollar food fight

Next week, voters will decide whether to require labeling genetically-modified foods.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:31 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, elections, washington

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Why Terry McAuliffe is beating Ken Cuccinelli, in 5 charts

Terry McAuliffe is vastly outspending Ken Cuccinelli on television. Here’s where, and by how much.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advertising, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, States, television, virginia

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 10/26/2013

Gun-rights groups will try to recall California lawmakers

Gun rights advocates say their success against two Colorado Democrats can translate to California.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:54 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, gun control, gun rights, recall, second amendment, States

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/24/2013

California to levy massive fine against Koch brothers groups

By Reid Wilson  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Koch brothers, newsletter, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Rick Scott wants a half-billion-dollar tax cut

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Florida, States, taxes

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Washington state special election could decide party control

The most expensive legislative race in state history could give Republicans long-term control of the state Senate.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Democrats lead the generic ballot by 8. That’s not enough to win the majority

It would take a political wave to unseat the House GOP majority. The evidence suggests that wave isn’t building.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Congress, democrats, elections, newsletter, polls, republicans

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

In Texas, Ted Cruz has allies

He’s made few allies in Washington, but back home, Ted Cruz is among friends.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, immigration, newsletter, Republican, senate, States, tea party, Ted Cruz, texas

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The solution to hyper-partisanship already exists, and it doesn’t involve gerrymandering

How Washington and California moved to empower independents and limit extreme partisans.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Congress, elections, gerrymandering, primaries, redistricting, reform, washington

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

When will Republicans have their Barry Goldwater moment?

Will the shutdown be the party’s impetus for change? It doesn’t look likely.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, republicans, shutdown

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Brown nixes Democrats-friendly initiative reform measure

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have made it harder for conservatives to put initiatives on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:44 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, initiatives, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

In Oregon, ‘Dr. No’ gets to yes

In his third term, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) changes his image in hopes of getting results.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, kitzhaber, Oregon, States, taxes

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 10/10/2013

Gun control initiative likely headed to Washington state legislature

Backers of an initiative to expand background checks are likely to send the measure to the legislature in 2014.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:12 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, gun control, States, washington

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Arizona law may restrict voting in local elections

Arizona’s attorney general says some voters who registered using a federal form can’t vote in state and local elections.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, campaigns, elections, States, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Study: Fact-checkers help prevent misleading statements

A new study finds the threat of being fact-checked makes local elected officials watch their mouths.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/08/2013

State campaign contribution limits could be on the line today at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that could have implications for some states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Gun rights advocates plan another Colorado recall

After ousting two Democratic state senators, gun rights advocates are aiming to win control of the chamber.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, gun control, gun rights, recall

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 10/03/2013

The shutdown isn’t bad politics for GOP governors

Republicans on Capitol Hill see political peril in the shutdown. But for governors, the calculus is more complex.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:38 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, republicans, shutdown, States

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 10/03/2013

GOP’s Senate hopes could hinge on shutdown

Republicans are banking on House members to win Senate seats. That strategy could backfire.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:02 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, senate, shutdown

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013

State watchdogs band together to take on ‘dark money’

Watchdog groups are banding together to fight the growing influence of so-called ‘dark money.’

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, washington

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 10/02/2013

California considers initiative tweaks that would favor Dems

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is contemplating a bill that would make it harder for conservative groups to get initiatives on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Why Nevada Republicans want to imitate Harry Reid

Republicans are feuding over control of the state party as Democrats build a voter registration edge.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Nevada, Republican Party

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/24/2013

The Virginia governor’s race, illustrated

Movement among women and non-whites in sharp relief.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, virginia

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/20/2013

California campaigns must report paying bloggers

Campaigns will have to report any payment they make that results in editorial content, positive or negative.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Berger will announce N.C. Senate decision Monday

North Carolina Senate president will announce whether he’ll run against Sen. Kay Hagan (D).

By Reid Wilson  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, North Carolina

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 09/17/2013

N.C. voters don’t know much about new state election law

Only about a quarter of North Carolina voters say they’ve heard a lot about a sweeping bill that alters state elections law, according to a new survey.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:11 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, election reform, North Carolina, States, voter id, voting

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 09/16/2013

PACs spent more at state level than on federal campaigns

PACs spent more money on state-level candidates in just 23 states than they did on federal candidates in all 50 states.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:27 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, money, States

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Arizona election reform bill likely to be on 2014 ballot

Voters will get to weigh in on a new Arizona law that reforms election rules next year.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:33 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, ballot access, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, election reform, elections, States, voting rights

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Mayoral candidate won’t go to strip clubs anymore

Jeffrey Alan Wagner “will not even go to the strip clubs anymore.“

By Reid Wilson  |  09:37 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, minneapolis, viral video

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Where the gender gap is most pronounced

Women favor Dem candidates over men in nearly 90 percent of elections.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, gender gap

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Elections in two states rebuke Bloomberg from right and left

Michael Bloomberg’s name wasn’t on any ballot on Tuesday, but voters in two states delivered sharp rebukes of his policies nonetheless.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:08 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bloomberg, campaigns, Campaigns & Elections, colorado, elections, gun control, gun rights, new york city, recall, States

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Republicans outperforming in Colorado recalls

By Reid Wilson  |  02:32 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, colorado, elections, gun control, recalls, States, voting

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Is Berger hinting at U.S. Senate bid?

North Carolina Senate president Phil Berger has a new ad that sure looks like the prelude to a statewide campaign.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:12 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, campaigns, elections, hagan, North Carolina, senate, States

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Three years out, Democrats eye McCrory’s seat

Barely eight months after their party lost the governor's mansion, three North Carolina Democrats are considering running.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:28 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, cooper, elections, governor's races, mccrory, North Carolina, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013

McCrory’s bumpy first year comes at Republican hands

With friends like Republicans in the North Carolina legislature, Gov. Pat McCrory doesn't need enemies.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, governors, mccrory, North Carolina, States

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Legislative session will matter in race for Hagan’s Senate seat

Republican Thom Tillis has a shot to beat Sen. Kay Hagan, if he can sell his record.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:50 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, North Carolina, States, turnout, voter id

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 09/03/2013

The era of the recall

Want to recall your state legislator? It's easier than ever. There's even an app for that.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:46 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, colorado, elections, recalls, States, technology

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Colorado recall becoming referendum on guns

Democrats facing recall elections are becoming pawns in the war over gun control.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:31 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, gun control, gun rights, recall, States

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Who's voting in Virginia?

Virginia governor candidates are trying to motivate and persuade voters, and Prince William County will be critical.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:15 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, cuccinelli, elections, governor, mcauliffe, virginia

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Where the Virginia governor's race stands

By Reid Wilson  |  12:32 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, politics, virginia

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Kentucky gets new legislative maps

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed legislation Friday to make permanent new state legislative district maps after two years of legal feuding

By Reid Wilson  |  09:36 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, kentucky, maps, politics, redistricting

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013

The most important race you've never heard of

Nevada political operatives are buzzing about an open race for lieutenant governor; the result may impact Sen. Harry Reid

By Reid Wilson  |  01:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, harry reid, lieutenant governor, nevada, senate, States

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Democrats push back on voting rights

Democrats are pushing back at Republican attempts to reform voting laws around the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, Minnesota, nevada, new mexico, oregon, States, voting, Voting Wars, washington