Elections (page 6)

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    CJ reports: Strach out, Brinson Bell in at elections board in what GOP calls partisan move

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal: The State Board of Elections ousted Executive Director Kim Strach Monday, May 13, on a party line vote, naming Karen Brinson Bell of Charleston, South Carolina, to replace Strach effective June 1. Strach served six of her 19 years with the state board…
    Anna Manning, May 14, 2019
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    The Voting Gender Gap

    Despite a media narrative that women are disadvantaged by a patriarchal society, women outperform men in a key exercise of freedom: voting. From Pew Research on voting trends: Both men and women turned out at record rates in the 2018 midterm election – mirroring historic turnout increases among…
    Donna Martinez, May 14, 2019
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    Senate Democrats’ 2020 plans

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner reports on leading U.S. Senate Democrats’ approach to the 2020 election campaign. Democratic leaders in the Senate are recalibrating candidate recruitment for 2020, tacitly acknowledging that a strategy of relying heavily on running well-known, establishment figures in competitive contests has delivered unsatisfactory…
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the controversial shakeup at the top of the state elections board staff. Jordan Roberts’ Daily Journal reminds us that North Carolina’s certificate-of-need process leads government to choose winners and losers among health care providers.
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2019
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    Beto’s history of failing upward

    Michael Kruse writes for Politico about a peculiar feature of former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke‘s Democratic presidential bid. Celebrating defeat is unusual for a politician, and doing so makes O’Rourke notably different from the rest of the unwieldy field of Democrats running for president. In contrast to the…
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2019
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    Democrats struggle for economic answers

    A.B. Stoddard writes for Real Clear Politics about a challenge for Democrats hoping to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. … Americans are witnessing an economic turnaround they want to believe will eventually reach them, and this seems to be lost on the Democrats trying to…
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2019
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    An inconvenient truth from Biden’s past

    Joseph Simonson of the Washington Examiner reports one way in which Joe Biden’s past might come back to hurt him in the upcoming presidential campaign. A left-wing advocacy group released a survey in April demonstrating that black voters could cost Joe Biden the nomination — once they are…
    Mitch Kokai, May 10, 2019
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    The price of Warren’s promises

    David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon tallies the costs of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s policy proposals during her presidential campaign. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has backed or proposed plans during her 2020 presidential campaign that total up to $129 trillion in spending over the next 10…
    Mitch Kokai, May 10, 2019