Author: Ethan Sorell

  • Janelle Bynum (D) and Jamie McLeod-Skinner (D) are running in the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District on May 21

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    Janelle Bynum (D) and Jamie McLeod-Skinner (D) are running in the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District on May 21, 2024. McLeod-Skinner won the Democratic primary in 2022, defeating then-incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader (D). McLeod Skinner lost to Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R) in the general election 50.9%-48.8%. Democratic strategist Hannah Love said while there…

  • Decade-low number of open seats in Pennsylvania Legislature

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    There are 228 state legislative seats up for election this year in Pennsylvania. Across those, 17 incumbents (six Democrats and 11 Republicans) did not file to run for re-election. That’s the fewest number of retirements since Ballotpedia began tracking this data in 2010. From 2010 to 2022, the average number of retirements per cycle was…

  • Voters in Arizona and eight other states may decide on abortion in 2024

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    Welcome to the Wednesday, April 17, Brew.  By: Ethan Sorell Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Voters in Arizona and eight other states may decide on abortion in 2024  In last Tuesday’s Brew, we looked at abortion-related ballot measures certified for the November ballot in Florida, Maryland, and New York.…

  • Decade-low number of contested U.S. House primaries in Pennsylvania

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    Welcome to the Wednesday, April 10, Brew.  By: Ethan Sorell Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Decade-low number of contested U.S. House primaries in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is holding primaries for congressional and state offices on Tuesday, April 23. Today, let’s look at what voters in the Keystone state can expect…

  • Six candidates are running in the Democratic primary election for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District

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    Six candidates are running in the Democratic primary election for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District on April 23, 2024: John Broadhurst, Rick Coplen, Shamaine Daniels, Blake Lynch, Mike O’Brien, and Janelle Stelson. The winner will face incumbent Scott Perry (R) in the November general election. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Suzan DelBene said Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional…

  • Elected or appointed – bills tackle changing certain office selection methods

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    Welcome to the Wednesday, April 3, Brew.  By: Ethan Sorell Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: State legislatures consider bills changing selection methods for certain offices Legislators in 15 states have introduced at least 33 bills this year that would alter selection methods for various local and state officials, with…

  • Moore Capito, Patrick Morrisey, Chris Miller, and Mac Warner are running in the Republican primary election for Governor of West Virginia

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    Moore Capito (R), Patrick Morrisey (R), Chris Miller (R), and Mac Warner (R) are running in the Republican primary election for Governor of West Virginia on May 14, 2024. Capito, Miller, and Morrisey each say they are the race’s most conservative candidate, while Warner says the race is not about being the most conservative. All…

  • Twenty-two candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District

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    Twenty-two candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. Four lead in polling and media attention: Juan Dominguez, Harry Dunn, Sarah Elfreth, and Mike Rogers. Incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes (D) is not running for re-election, and independent election observers say the district is solidly Democratic. Juan Dominguez says his experience in the…

  • Twenty-four states have adopted 59 election-related laws this year

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    Welcome to the Wednesday, March 27, Brew.  By: Ethan Sorell Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Twenty-four states have adopted 59 election-related laws this year  Through nearly three months of 2024, legislators have introduced more than 2,500 new election-related bills, with 24 states adopting 59 new election-related laws.  This update…

  • First ballot measure vote to prohibit assisted death, also known as assisted suicide, in a state constitution

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    Welcome to the Wednesday, March 20, Brew.  By: Ethan Sorell Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: West Virginia will be the first state to decide on a constitutional amendment prohibiting assisted death, also known as assisted suicide On Nov. 5, West Virginia voters will decide on Amendment 1, which would…