The Republican National Committee is considering adding a second night to the first presidential primary debates occurring this August in Milwaukee. The first debate is scheduled for August 23rd with a potential second date of August 24th if enough candidates meet the the polling criteria, fundraising criteria, commit to supporting the eventual Republican nominee, and pledge not to participate in any outside debates. The new standards are designed to prevent the more free form, “circus like,” debates that resulted from the high number of
Control over the Wisconsin Supreme Court is on the ballot in 2023 with major state and federal implications. At present, the court has a slim 4-3 conservative majority but one of those conservative seats is now open as Justice Patience Roggensack has decided not to seek another term. If a more liberal-leaning judge wins the job in the April election, it would flip the balance of the state’s highest court for at least two years. The upcoming election may have enormous consequences, with the
A former attorney for the Department of Justice has brought a long-shot lawsuit to federal court in Washington, D.C., arguing that the US Census Bureau is legally obligated to carry out a little-known and never-enforced passage of the Fourteenth Amendment. The so-called “penalty clause,” found in section 2 of the constitutional amendment, holds that if a state government illegally infringes on a citizen’s ability to vote, that state will lose Congressional representation in direct proportion to the percentage of its voters it suppressed. Though
Several tapes obtained by journalists reveal an unprecedented strategy by Republican operatives to install politically-motivated voters as poll workers throughout the country. “Being a poll worker, you just have so many more rights and things you can do to stop something than [as] a poll challenger,” an RNC election integrity official for Michigan was recorded saying. This so-called “precinct strategy,” involves setting up communication lines so partisan poll workers may communicate directly with sympathetic local lawyers over the internet as votes are being cast.
In response to a worrying shortage of election workers for this year’s upcoming midterms, an alliance of civic organizations and major businesses are relaunching their “Power the Polls” program, first implemented to recruit election workers in 2020. Power the Polls was co-founded and remains backed by major corporations such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Old Navy. Supply-chain issues, an increase in violent threats to poll workers, and a tight labor market are among the many factors threatening to close down polling places around the