New Census Data Kickstarts Next Phase of Redistricting

by Jacob Rubashkin August 12, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

On Thursday, the Census Bureau released its first set of long-awaited local data, kicking off what promises to be a consequential and messy redistricting process. Over the next six months (or so), states will take that block-level population and racial data and draw new congressional and…

Stop Attacking Losing Candidates

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 11, 2021 · 9:02 AM EDT

It’s time to stop attacking candidates for losing a previous race. It’s just silly and ignores history. The partisan and glib attacks aren’t predictive of anything and ignore dozens of examples of candidates who lost before winning.

The latest example is in Iowa, where former Rep. Abby Finkenauer…

North Carolina Senate: Tar Heel Hullabaloo

by Jacob Rubashkin August 6, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s decision to retire rather than seek a fourth term gives Democrats a much-needed opportunity to offset potential losses elsewhere, during a midterm cycle in which literally every Senate seat is a majority-maker.

Though Democrats have not won a Senate race in North…

Montana House: Missoula’s Moment

by Jacob Rubashkin August 6, 2021 · 2:29 PM EDT

For the first time in 30 years, Montana is poised to send not one but two people to the House of Representatives. That’s because the state grew 9.6 percent over the last decade, more than the national average and enough to earn back its second congressional seat in the decennial reapportionment…

California Governor Recall: Taking It Seriously

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 6, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

When it comes to the political fallout from the coronavirus, most politicians have the luxury of time. But not Gavin Newsom. 

The Democratic governor of California is facing a potential recall on Sept. 14, while the vast majority of elected officials at the federal, state, and local level don’t…

Meet Three New (or Likely New) Members of Congress

August 6, 2021 · 2:27 PM EDT

Three House special elections in the last two weeks produced one new lawmaker and two more party nominees who are likely to join him this fall. And with the House so evenly divided, literally every seat and every vote matters.

Mike Carey (R) Ohio’s 15th District
Carey, 50, had a long career…