Category: Federal

  • RNC outraises DNC by nearly three-to-one

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    The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by nearly three-to-one last month, according to July 2020 campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday. This was the third month in a row in which the RNC outraised the DNC. The RNC raised $36.9 million and spent $19.0 million, while…

  • Four congressional races in Georgia move to runoffs on August 11

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    Four primary runoff elections are scheduled in three of Georgia’s congressional districts on August 11, 2020. Primary runoffs in Georgia were originally scheduled to be held on July 21 but were postponed to August 11 amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The statewide primary election was held on June 9, 2020. To avoid a runoff,…

  • Senate confirms Vought as OMB director

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    In a 51-45 vote along party lines, the U.S. Senate confirmed Russell Vought as the director of the Office of Management and Budget on July 20. Vought had served in the role in an acting capacity since Jan. 2019, when then-OMB director Mick Mulvaney began serving as acting White House chief of staff. Mulvaney did…

  • 3,070 major party candidates filed for 2020 Congress elections

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    As of July 20, 3,070 major party candidates have filed to run for the Senate and House of Representatives in 2020. So far, 479 candidates are filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate. Of those, 381—193 Democrats and 188 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018,…

  • Freitas wins Republican nomination at Virginia’s 7th Congressional District convention

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    Nick Freitas defeated John McGuire and four other candidates in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District’s July 18 Republican primary convention. After the third and final round of voting, Freitas received 56 percent of the delegate vote to McGuire’s 44 percent. Freitas led in fundraising during the primary with $1,031,000 according to June 28 campaign finance reports.…

  • United States Supreme Court to decide Carney v. Adams in October 2020

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    On July 13, 2020, the United States Supreme Court released its calendar for the October 2020 session. The first case that the Supreme Court will hear is Carney v. Adams, a case from Delaware that challenges Article IV, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution which mandates partisan balance on the state supreme court. Article IV,…

  • Federal Register weekly update; Trump administration has issued 35 significant final rules so far in 2020

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    The Federal Register is a daily journal of federal government activity that includes presidential documents, proposed and final rules, and public notices. It is a common measure of an administration’s regulatory activity. From July 13 to July 17, the Federal Register grew by 1,776 pages for a year-to-date total of 43,680 pages. Over the same…

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ratifies previous actions after U.S. Supreme Court ruled agency structure unconstitutional

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    On July 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a rule in the Federal Register ratifying several prior actions taken between 2012 and 2020. The rule came in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Seila Law that the agency’s structure was unconstitutional. The new CFPB rule states that court precedent allows…

  • Crafts wins Republican primary in ME-02 after other candidates concede

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    Adrienne Bennett and Eric Brakey conceded Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Republican primary to Dale Crafts. As of 4 p.m. Eastern Time on July 15, Crafts had received 44.7% of the vote. Bennett received 32.5%, and Brakey, 22.9%. Since Maine uses ranked-choice voting, Crafts would have needed more than 50% of the vote to win on…

  • Hegar wins Democratic primary runoff for Senate in Texas

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    M.J. Hegar defeated Royce West in the Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate in Texas. Hegar received 52% of the vote to West’s 48%. Hegar’s endorsers included the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and End Citizens United. She is a former U.S. Army search and rescue and medevac pilot. Hegar ran for the U.S. House in…