Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife arrive at the U.S. District Court in New York City on Sept. 27, 2023.
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California’s governor has already announced his pick for the the seat, Laphonza Butler. Here’s more on the state-by-state process for replacing a senator who has died, is facing criminal charges or has serious illness.
When the Constitution was written, the term ‘We the People’ had a very limited application for voting rights.
The meaning of the Constitution’s preamble, which begins with the words ‘We the People,’ has evolved over time as voting rights have expanded.
North Carolina’s election districts have been under debate and review for years.
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It’s official: State courts can review lawmakers’ election-district boundary decisions to ensure they comply with state law.
Kansas legislators Brenda Landwehr, left, and Chris Croft confer during a vote on an anti-transgender bathroom bill, which both support.
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Transgender people are more than four times as likely to be the victim of a crime as cisgender people.
The Supreme Court is set to start its latest term on Oct. 3, 2022.
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Affirmative action, discrimination against LGBTQ people and election laws are some of the hot-button issues that the Supreme Court will tackle this fall.
There are ways to get things done under the U.S. Capitol dome.
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What makes an effective lawmaker? Two scholars have studied 50 years of congressional legislating, and they’ve got a scorecard and a plan.
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.
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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.
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.
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The results of the latest round of redistricting have advanced the anti-democratic trend where elected leaders choose their voters, undermining representative government.
Above the Tennessee State Capitol, only skies. In it, any atheists?
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Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.
After mass shootings, there are more calls for gun control. Here’s one in Boulder, Colo., where 10 people died in a shooting.
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After mass shootings, politicians in Washington have failed to pass new gun control legislation, despite public pressure. But laws are being passed at the state level, largely to loosen restrictions.
An election worker during mail-in ballot counting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Nov. 6, 2020.
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A record number of people voted in the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump lost, Joe Biden won. Now, GOP legislators across the country are trying to pass measures to limit voting.
In a photo from 2004, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, right, speaks with a fellow legislator on the floor of the state Senate chamber.
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Many former legislators offer accounts of their service – but few analyze the institutions in which they served.
Who will be represented in Congress?
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State legislatures, which will draw congressional districts that last through 2030, are dominated by the GOP.
Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, left, and Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield are among those expected to visit the White House.
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President Donald Trump may be trying to get state lawmakers to shift the outcome of the presidential election.
The Florida legislature could play a role in deciding the 2020 presidential election.
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This is not the first time the prospect of state legislatures ignoring the popular vote and appointing their own slate of electors has arisen.