weekly primers

House Oversight Panel Advances D.C. Statehood Bill

House Oversight Panel Advances D.C. Statehood Bill

House Panel Advances D.C. Statehood Bill: Even as the measure has no chance of becoming law any time soon, a...
This Week In Voting Rights: MO GOP Revives Push To Undo Redistricting Reform

This Week In Voting Rights: MO GOP Revives Push To Undo Redistricting Reform

Missouri Redistricting Fight Heats Up: Missouri Republicans are trying yet again to dismantle the anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment approved by voters...
This Week: FL Supreme Court Limits Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons

This Week: FL Supreme Court Limits Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons

Florida Supreme Court Curbs Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons: The Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion backing an effort by...
This Week In Voting Rights: Big Gains For Automatic Voter Registration

This Week In Voting Rights: Big Gains For Automatic Voter Registration

Proponents of automatic voter registration got two big victories last week — albeit victories that came in very different ways:...
This Week In Trump Investigations: Iran Strike Distracts From Impeachment

This Week In Trump Investigations: Iran Strike Distracts From Impeachment

This week in impeachment A diversion? The fallout from President Trump’s decision to assassinate a top Iranian military official last week...
This Week: Michigan Redistricting Reform Gets A Victory In Court

This Week: Michigan Redistricting Reform Gets A Victory In Court

Judge Rules Michigan Can Begin Implementing Redistricting Reform: A GOP-appointed federal judge last week rejected Republican’s request that the court block the...
This Week: Trump Administration Loses In Federal Court

This Week: Trump Administration Loses In Federal Court

The week in impeachment The initial wave of public hearings is over, but the drip-drip of impeachment related news did...
This Week: Want To Make Payday Loans In States Where It’s Outlawed? Rent A Bank!

This Week: Want To Make Payday Loans In States Where It’s Outlawed? Rent A Bank!

President Trump’s pardons: “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio. Michael Behenna. And this week, three convicted or accused murderers: Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance...
This Week: Trump Admin. Effort To Collect Citizenship Data Chugs Along

This Week: Trump Admin. Effort To Collect Citizenship Data Chugs Along

Census Case Fallout Continues. When it comes to the Trump administration’s efforts to use the census to boost Republicans, it...
This Week: Judge To Consider New Evidence In Census Sanctions Dispute

This Week: Judge To Consider New Evidence In Census Sanctions Dispute

Judge Looking At New Evidence In Census Sanctions Issue: The new evidence that the House Oversight Committee turned up in...
This Week: Impeachment Probe Enters Public Phase

This Week: Impeachment Probe Enters Public Phase

The Week In Impeachment Public hearings: The House held its first two public hearings in the impeachment probe this week,...
This Week: Former Kirstjen Nielsen Chief Of Staff Confirmed By Senate For Job He Won’t Do

This Week: Former Kirstjen Nielsen Chief Of Staff Confirmed By Senate For Job He Won’t Do

On Wednesday, Chad Wolf achieved something most Americans would never dream of. He was confirmed by the Senate for a...
This Week: New Info On Deceased Gerrymandering Expert’s Efforts In Failed Census Change

This Week: New Info On Deceased Gerrymandering Expert’s Efforts In Failed Census Change

The Census Case Sanctions Litigation Might Be Getting A Little Hotter: House Democrats released a report this week on what...
This Week: Trump Hotel Spikes Prices Ahead Of Republican Senators’ Retreat

This Week: Trump Hotel Spikes Prices Ahead Of Republican Senators’ Retreat

Republican senators are holding their annual retreat at a conspicuous D.C. landmark today and tomorrow: The Trump International Hotel. It’s...
This Week: Georgia Prepares To Purge 300,000 Voters

This Week: Georgia Prepares To Purge 300,000 Voters

Georgia Eyes Purge Of 300,000 Voters: Almost 4 percent of Georgia’s voter registrants stand to be removed from the rolls...
This Week: House Makes Impeachment Process Official

This Week: House Makes Impeachment Process Official

Notes from the impeachment proceedings House makes it official: In a nearly party-line vote in the House on Thursday, the...
This Week: Mnuchin Ordered Redrawn ‘Opportunity Zone’ Lines To Billionaire Friend’s Benefit

This Week: Mnuchin Ordered Redrawn ‘Opportunity Zone’ Lines To Billionaire Friend’s Benefit

Billionaire Mnuchin pal benefitted when Treasury secretary personally redrew “Opportunity Zone” lines. President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax bill created so-called...
This Week: Pennsylvania Eyes Voter Reforms Ahead Of 2020

This Week: Pennsylvania Eyes Voter Reforms Ahead Of 2020

New NC Partisan Gerrymandering Case To Stay In Front Of State Court: The North Carolina GOP’s bid to short circuit...
This Week: Bombshell Testimony In The Impeachment Inquiry

This Week: Bombshell Testimony In The Impeachment Inquiry

Big week for the impeachment probe: On Tuesday, Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, delivered the most damning...
This Week: Trump Admin Books $60,000 In Hotel Rooms For Riyadh Finance Event

This Week: Trump Admin Books $60,000 In Hotel Rooms For Riyadh Finance Event

More families were separated than previously claimed claimed: In her first interview since leaving office, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen...