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Kari Lake, the GOP candidate for Arizona governor, campaigns at a rally on Oct. 9, 2022. Joshua Lott/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A new wave of celebrity politicians breaks the rules on acceptable behavior, inspired by Trump

GOP candidates Kari Lake, Herschel Walker and Dr. Mehmet Oz have caught people’s attention for outlandish stunts and false statements that are increasingly accepted in politics.
Terry Hubbard, a former felon, voted in the 2020 presidential election and was arrested two years later in Florida on voter fraud charges. Josh Ritchie for The Washington Post via Getty Images

How a 2013 US Supreme Court ruling enabled states to enact election laws without federal approval

In the Shelby v. Holder decision, a key section of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act was eliminated, thus enabling states with histories of racial discrimination to enact new voting laws.
GOP primary voters in 2022 often chose the Trumpiest candidate, even if they had substantial electoral vulnerabilities, as does Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, shown here with Donald Trump. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Who’s the most electable candidate? The one you like

Voters trust their gut when they decide who an electable candidate is or isn’t. That may be a bad idea.
An Indiana Senate committee hearing on a GOP proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 26, 2022. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

4 reasons why abortion laws often clash with the majority’s preferences in the US, from constitutional design to low voter turnout

Why do government policies sometimes fail to reflect the public will? The answer begins with the design of the US government system, forged in the 18th century.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump rally in Bedminster, N.J., on Aug. 14, 2022. Kyle Mazza/Andalou Agency via Getty Images

GOP ‘message laundering’ turns violent, extremist reactions to search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago into acceptable political talking points

Threats to law enforcement have risen in the aftermath of the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Florida estate. Does ‘message laundering’ by top GOP figures have something to do with it?
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has promised to hold accountable all those involved with the Jan. 6 assault on U.S. Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

With Trump’s role on Jan. 6 becoming clearer, and potentially criminal, GOP voters are starting to look at different options

Former President Donald Trump is facing mounting criminal evidence against him and his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Trump is also seeing GOP voters turning elsewhere.
Wearing his military uniform, Jackie Robinson signs a contract on Oct. 23, 1945 to becomes the first Black to play with a white professional baseball team. Bettmann/Getty Images

Jackie Robinson was a Republican until the GOP became the ‘white man’s party’

Like millions of other Blacks during the first half of the 20th Century, legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson was a republican. That changed when the GOP opposed voting rights for Blacks.
State Sen. Joseph Thomas, D-Yazoo City, holds a copy of the proposed congressional redistricting map during debate over redistricting at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Jan. 12, 2022. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

How this cycle of redistricting is making gerrymandered congressional districts even safer and undermining majority rule

The results of the latest round of redistricting have advanced the anti-democratic trend where elected leaders choose their voters, undermining representative government.

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