Category: Newsletters

  • Ballotpedia’s Daily Brew: 13 percent of federal judicial posts are vacant

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    Today’s Brew highlights July‘s federal judicial vacancy count + the August 9 deadline for applying to Ballotpedia’s fall internship program     Welcome to the Friday, August 2, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Vacancy rate among federal judges stands at 13.1% Just one week remains to apply for…

  • 2020 Dems head to Las Vegas seeking union support at AFSCME forum

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      August 2, 2019: At least 19 Democrats are heading to Las Vegas to attend the AFSCME public service forum Saturday. Amy Klobuchar said she had reached the grassroots fundraising threshold to qualify for the September Democratic debate.      Each Friday, we’ll highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer. Maurice Daniel is a longtime Democratic staffer with…

  • July 2019 breakdown of state legislative party membership: 52.2% Republicans, 47.0% Democrats

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    July’s partisan count of the 7,383 state legislators across the United States shows 52.2% of all state legislators are Republicans and 47.0% are Democrats, which is consistent with previous months.   Ballotpedia also completes a count of the partisan balance of state legislatures at the end of every month. The partisan composition of state legislatures…

  • 2020 Dems spar over healthcare and criminal justice records in second debate

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      August 1, 2019: The 2020 Democratic candidates debated healthcare and criminal justice in the second night of the debate. Democratic donor George Soros founded a super PAC for 2020 elections. Poll Highlights  Notable Quote of the Day “The Dark Psychic Forces of Collective Hatred won tonight’s debate. It is absolutely mind-boggling to me that the…

  • The Daily Brew: The mayoral election taking place today

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    Today’s Brew previews the municipal elections in Tennessee’s second-largest city + our upcoming Ballotpedia Insights webinar with Adam Probolsky on market research     Welcome to the Thursday, August 1, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Nashville Mayor seeks re-election today against nine challengers Register for our August 7…

  • 2020 Dems debate Medicare for All and wealth tax

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      July 31, 2019: The 2020 Democratic candidates debated Medicare for All, tax policy, and other topics during the first night of the second presidential primary debate. Donald Trump aired an ad during the debates to criticize the Democratic field on healthcare.   Notable Quotes of the Day “Like the last debate, I think this has…

  • The Daily Brew: Non-debate news – presidential candidate endorses ballot measure

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     Today’s Brew highlights Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of a state constitutional amendment in California +  Ballotpedia’s new Learning Journey on deference     Welcome to the Wednesday, July 31, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Sanders endorses 2020 California ballot measure that would change how businesses are taxed Take our…

  • Yang qualifies for third Democratic presidential debate

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    July 30, 2019: Andrew Yang announced he has qualified for the third Democratic presidential debate. Kamala Harris released her Medicare for All healthcare proposal.   Which presidential election featured the smallest margin in the popular vote? A. 1880→ B. 1968→ C. 2000→ D. 1860→ Notable Quotes of the Day “No one is going to close the…

  • The Daily Brew: Democratic presidential debates, Round 2

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    Today’s Brew previews the next set of Democratic presidential primary debates + the upcoming primaries for governor of Mississippi and Seattle city council   Welcome to the Tuesday, July 30, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Second set of Democratic presidential debates begins tonight One week until August 6…

  • New Jersey donor disclosure law faces legal challenges

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    New Jersey donor disclosure law faces legal challenges On June 25, Americans for Prosperity filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging New Jersey S150, which amended the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, violates the First Amendment.  Who are the parties to the suit? Americans for Prosperity, the plaintiff, is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy…