Author: Mackenzie Murphy

  • 62 candidates filed for federal and statewide offices last week

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    Sixty-two people declared candidacies for federal or state offices in the past week, the same number declared last week. All of these candidates declared before their state’s official filing deadline. Thirty-six of the 63 candidates are Democrats, while 20 are Republicans. Four candidates are running as Libertarians, and two are running without a party affiliation.…

  • November Partisan Counts: 54.49% of state legislators are Republican, 43.97% Democratic

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    At the end of November 2022, 54.49% of all state legislators in the United States are Republican while 43.97% are Democratic. There are 7,383 state legislative seats in the country. Democrats hold 848 state Senate seats and 2,398 state House seats, gaining 10 seats since last month. Republicans hold 1,105 state Senate seats and 2,918…

  • Colorado State Rep. Hugh McKean (R) dies

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    Colorado State Representative and House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R) died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 55 years old. Before joining the Colorado House of Representatives in 2016, McKean served on the Loveland City Council. He also served on the New Vision Charter School Board and the Thompson School District Master…

  • Tulsi Gabbard leaves Democratic Party

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    Former congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced on October 11 that she is leaving the Democratic Party.  Tulsi ran for president in 2020 as a Democrat and suspended her campaign on March 19, 2020. Gabbard was a member of the U.S. House, representing Hawaii’s 2nd district. She was the first Hindu elected to…

  • Incumbent Frank Mrvan (D) and Jennifer-Ruth Green (R) are running in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District

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    Incumbent Frank Mrvan (D) and Jennifer-Ruth Green (R) are running in the general election for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District on November 8, 2022. William Powers (Independent) is running as a write-in candidate. Mrvan was elected to the 1st District in 2020, winning the open seat 57% to 40%. A Democrat has represented the district since 1930.…

  • Both candidates for Misssouri’s vacant 140th house district submit Candidate Connection surveys

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    Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for the 140th district in the Missouri House of Representatives —Amy Freeland (D) and Jamie Ray Gragg (R)—completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey.  The 140th district was left vacant when former state Rep. Tricia Derges (R) resigned on July 1, 2022. Here are excerpts from candidates’…

  • July 2022 breakdown of state legislative party membership: 54.14% Republicans, 44.35% Democrats

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    According to Ballotpedia’s July partisan count of the 7,383 state legislative seats across the United States, 54.14% of all state legislators are Republicans and 44.35% are Democrats.  Ballotpedia tallies the partisan balance of state legislatures at the end of every month. Republicans control 62 chambers, while Democrats hold 36. The Alaska House of Representatives is…

  • March 2022 breakdown of state legislative party membership: 54.34% Republicans, 44.39% Democrats

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    According to Ballotpedia’s March partisan count of the 7,383 state legislative seats across the United States, 54.34% of all state legislators are Republicans and 44.39% are Democrats.  Ballotpedia tallies the partisan balance of state legislatures at the end of every month. Republicans control 62 chambers, while Democrats hold 36. The Alaska House of Representatives is…

  • New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner retires

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    On Jan. 10, 2022, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner (D) retired.  Gardner is the longest-serving secretary of state, having been first elected secretary by the state legislature in 1976. Before serving as secretary, Gardner served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1973 to 1976.  Deputy Secretary of State…

  • Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen leaves Democratic Party, announces bid for re-election as a Republican

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    On Nov. 15, 2021, Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen (R) announced he was leaving the Democratic Party. “After much thought and much prayer with my family, today I am announcing that I’ll proudly be running as a Republican to represent house district 31,” Guillen said in a press conference held with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott…