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Nation Jan 12Democrats balance keeping schools open against confronting teachers’ unions
Nearly two years into a pandemic that shows no signs of waning, Democrats are speaking out against COVID-19 school closures, recognizing a rising anger among parents worried that their kids are falling behind.
Politics Dec 29‘Slow-motion insurrection’: Democracy experts alarmed over GOP takeover of election machinery
As Republicans increasingly accept former President Donald Trump's version of the 2020 election, they're trying to take over election operations in pivotal states.
Politics Dec 09Redistricting is resulting in fewer Congressional swing seats – and more political polarization
One casualty of this year's congressional redistricting process across the country is the swing seat in a House district.
Politics Nov 25New maps spark debate over majority-minority districts
Lawmakers in several states are debating precisely how many Black voters are needed in a legislative district to ensure they can elect the representative they want.
Politics Nov 02From governors’ races to a vote on police in Minneapolis: What to watch in Tuesday’s elections
It may be an odd-numbered year, but Tuesday's elections aren't sleepy, local contests. Voters in Virginia are weighing in on a governor's race that could rattle President Joe Biden and Democrats in Washington.
Politics Aug 20Democrats face new hurdles in legal fight over redistricting
The fight over redrawing political maps is just ramping up in state legislatures and nonpartisan commissions around the country. But both Republicans and Democrats already are planning for major showdowns in the courts.
Politics Jun 03Some fear Republicans’ post-Trump actions are eroding democracy
To advocates of democracy, the persistence of Republicans' election denial shows how the party is increasingly open to bucking democratic norms. That's raising the prospect that Republicans might take the extraordinary step of refusing to certify future elections if they…
Nation Apr 26Census: Texas gains Congress seats, California loses for the first time
The nation's political center of gravity keeps shifting further to the Republican-led South and West.
Politics Apr 20WATCH: Advocates, lawmakers testify before Senate on voting laws
Democrats are escalating their charges that the Republican push for tighter state voting laws is designed to make it hard for people of color to vote.
Politics Dec 04Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
California has certified its presidential election and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Joe Biden, officially handing the Democrat the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House.