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Rep. Barbara Cooper, Tennessee’s oldest serving lawmaker, dies

Tennessee Rep. Barbara Cooper (D) died on Oct. 25, 2022.

Cooper was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1996. According to U.S. News & World Report, she was the oldest serving lawmaker in Tennessee history. Cooper most recently ran for election in 2020, winning with 72.7% of the vote.

If there is a vacancy in the Tennessee General Assembly, there are two ways a vacancy can be filled. When 12 months or more remain in an unfilled term, a special election must be held within the allowable time frame set by law. If fewer than 12 months remain in a term, members of the legislative body in the county that the vacancy occurred must vote on a replacement.

As of Nov. 1, there have been 132 state legislative vacancies in 42 states during 2022. Sixty-two of those vacancies have been filled. Of the 132 vacancies, 68 are Democratic and 62 are Republican. Democrats have filled 36 vacancies, while Republicans have filled 25.

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Campaign finance deadline today in North Carolina

Candidates and organizations involved in North Carolina’s statewide elections must file campaign finance information by November 1, 2022. The general election will take place in North Carolina on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in North Carolina?

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This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here. 



Campaign finance deadline today in Indiana

Candidates and organizations involved in Indiana’s statewide elections must file campaign finance information by November 1, 2022. The general election will take place in Indiana on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in Indiana?

Want to review the campaign finance data in Indiana so far? Click here to explore the data on Transparency USA.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here. 



Campaign finance deadline today in Minnesota

Candidates and organizations involved in Minnesota’s statewide elections must file campaign finance information by October 31, 2022. The general election will take place in Minnesota on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in Minnesota?

Want to review the campaign finance data in Minnesota so far? Click here to explore the data on Transparency USA.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here. 



Incumbent Aaron Ford (D) and Sigal Chattah (R) running for Nevada Attorney General

Incumbent Aaron D. Ford (D) and Sigal Chattah (R) are running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Nevada Attorney General. John T. Kennedy (L) unofficially withdrew from the race in September 2022.

In September 2022, Sabato’s Crystal Ball released an analysis of state attorney general election competitiveness. Nevada’s attorney general election was rated as at least somewhat competitive: “[Democrat] Ford is polished, well-funded, and has largely avoided any major hiccups in office. But he won only narrowly in the Democratic wave year of 2018, and for 2022, Nevada is one of the states where Democrats are concerned about possible GOP gains. On the Republican side, attorney Sigal Chattah has attracted notice for suing the state over COVID restrictions; she won one case but lost the others.”

Ford was first elected in 2018, defeating Wesley Duncan (R) 47.2% to 46.8%. Ford previously worked as an attorney and served in the Nevada State Senate from 2013 to 2019. In an interview with The Record-Courier, Ford said he was running because, “As Nevada’s People’s Attorney and Top Law Enforcement Officer, I believe there is no task greater than the pursuit of justice. Under my leadership, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office has proven there is no criminal too ruthless and no corporation too powerful to take on if they are hurting Nevadans.”

Chattah is a civil and criminal defense attorney who previously served on the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission and as a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada. In an interview with The Record-Courier, Chattah said she was running “To end Government public corruption, restore public safety, protect our children from wrongful indoctrination at schools, and provide the people of the State of the Nevada government transparency that they are entitled to.”

Before Ford was elected in 2018, Adam Laxalt (R) held the position of Nevada Attorney General. The attorney general is Nevada’s chief legal counsel. He or she represents the people of Nevada in civil and criminal matters in court. The attorney general also serves as legal counsel to state officers and to most state agencies, boards, and commissions. In addition, the attorney general establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Nevadans from fraud or illegal activities that target consumers or threaten public safety, and enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources.

This is one of 30 elections for attorney general taking place in 2022. There are currently 27 Republican attorneys general and 23 Democratic attorneys general. Heading into the 2022 elections, there are 23 Republican triplexes, 18 Democratic triplexes, and nine divided governments where neither party holds triplex control. A state government triplex refers to a situation where the governor, attorney general, and secretary of state are all members of the same political party.



Arkansas school board requires students to use bathroom consistent with sex assigned at birth

The school board for the Conway School District in Arkansas on October 11, 2022, unanimously approved policies regarding gender identity in public schools. 

One of the policies requires that students use the restroom that matches their sex assigned at birth, though each district school must provide an accommodation to any individual who does not want to comply with the policy. The other policy passed mandates that students traveling on overnight trips for extracurricular activities, field trips, interscholastic activities, or intrascholastic activities be assigned to hotel rooms based on their sex assigned at birth. 

In support of the policy, state Senator Jason Rapert (R) attended the school board meeting and said, “For the first time in my entire representation in the Arkansas Senate have I ever felt led to come and speak at a school board meeting. I am proud of the school board members.”

Linda Tyler, a parent in the school district, opposed the board members’ decision. “It makes me feel sad because I personally know many transgender young women and young men, and I know the difficulty of their journey,” according to local news outlet THV11.

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https://ballotpedia.org/Conway_School_District,_Arkansas

https://ballotpedia.org/Jason_Rapert

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eEEX9tiCF6lsg6lsySy7SExArku5JE7v/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eHiEn9cPJ7q1zK3wz6hIiP-ZMm1BbFmV/view

https://www.thv11.com/article/news/education/conway-school-board-transgender-bathroom-use/91-8846f49c-4607-4718-8861-b6a9830582f7

https://katv.com/news/local/conway-school-board-approve-policies-limits-bathroom-access-and-overnight-trips-on-gender



Wisconsin Democratic candidates have raised $221,896 more than Republicans

In Wisconsin, state-level candidates have raised $77.5 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2022. Democratic candidates have raised $35.3 million and Republican candidates have raised $35.1 million. 

Wisconsin Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 8/21/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 8/21/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 203 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have raised the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Raised
1.Tony Evers$26,110,543.41
2.Josh Kaul$2,938,305.65
3.Steve Doyle$716,370.89
4.Sara Rodriguez$529,419.84
5.Katrina Shankland$403,569.75
6.Gillian Battino$375,125.63
7.Jeff Smith$276,753.95
8.Melissa Winker$154,691.68
9.Kelly Westlund$153,891.48
10.Peng Her$132,635.45

Top 10 Republican candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 8/21/2022)

During the same time period, 146 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported donations for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal raised
1.Tim Michels$16,199,598.48
2.Rebecca Kleefisch$8,012,671.47
3.Adam M Jarchow$576,204.48
4.Roger Roth$543,794.34
5.Kevin Nicholson$502,312.53
6.Ryan Owens$450,353.35
7.Patrick Testin$428,547.28
8.Devin Lemahieu$360,421.54
9.Eric Toney$333,741.45
10.Howard Marklein$328,899.16

In some states, officeholders may accept donations to their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those donations are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Wisconsin candidate PACs submitted to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual1/18/2022
2022 Spring Pre-Primary2/7/2022
2022 Spring Pre-Election3/28/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual7/15/2022
2022 Fall Pre-Primary8/1/2022
2022 Sept Data9/27/2022
2022 Fall Pre-General10/31/2022
2023 Jan Semiannual1/7/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.



Pennsylvania Democratic candidates have raised $20.8 million more than Republicans

In Pennsylvania, state-level candidates have raised $188.5 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Sept. 10, 2022. Democratic candidates have raised $97.4 million and Republican candidates have raised $76.6 million. 

Pennsylvania Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 9/10/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 9/10/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 377 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have raised the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Raised
1.Josh Shapiro$49,767,019.22
2.Austin Davis$3,773,403.34
3.Maria McLaughlin$3,144,177.75
4.Vincent Hughes$1,571,414.89
5.Joanna McClinton$1,448,884.70
6.Jay Costa$1,330,470.17
7.Martin Flynn$1,264,282.94
8.Bill Peduto$1,180,724.73
9.Matthew Bradford$1,140,193.85
10.Steve Santarsiero$1,089,286.13

Top 10 Republican candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 9/10/2022)

During the same time period, 371 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Pennsylvania Department of State. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported donations for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Raised
1.Bill McSwain$17,079,326.07
2.Dave White$7,669,515.85
3.Doug Mastriano$4,700,180.79
4.Jake Corman III$4,319,090.42
5.Kevin Brobson$3,367,586.57
6.Lou Barletta$2,371,700.21
7.Carrie DelRosso$2,080,357.50
8.Jason Richey$2,002,222.79
9.Guy Reschenthaler$1,996,087.54
10.Megan Sullivan$1,203,737.71

In some states, officeholders may accept donations from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those donations are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Pennsylvania candidate PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2021 Annual (C7)1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary (C1)4/05/2022
2022 Pre-Primary (C2)5/9/2022
2022 Post-Primary (C3)6/20/2022
2022 Pre-General (C4)9/22/2022
2022 Pre-General (C5)10/31/2022
2022 Post-General (C6)12/12/2022
2022 Annual (C7)2/1/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.



Campaign finance deadline today in Texas

Candidates and organizations involved in Texas’ statewide elections must file campaign finance information by October 31, 2022. The general election will take place in Texas on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in Texas?

Want to review the campaign finance data in Texas so far? Click here to explore the data on Transparency USA.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here. 



Campaign finance deadline today in Wisconsin

Candidates and organizations involved in Wisconsin’s statewide elections must file campaign finance information by October 31, 2022. The general election will take place in Wisconsin on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in Wisconsin?

Want to review the campaign finance data in Wisconsin so far? Click here to explore the data on Transparency USA.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.