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Voting & Elections 06.13.2017

Virginians Nominating Candidates for Governor Today

Virginians are heading to the polls today to nominate candidates for governor in a contest that is likely to be seen nationally as a referendum on President Trump’s leadership

Voting & Elections 02.24.2017

They Did It Before; They'll Do It Again

We may be missing the forest for the trees in the Russian election hacking story: The Kremlin’s attempt to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is part of a much bigger tale of Russian covert action.

Voting & Elections 02.15.2017

Pressure Builds for Independent Probe of Trump Team Ties to Russia

An energized press and an increasingly restive Congress are ramping up challenges to the Trump administration as evidence mounts of troubling connections between the fledgling presidency and the Russian government.

Money & Influence 02.8.2017

Gorsuch and Democracy Reform: Lots of Unanswered Questions

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination will likely shape the court – and American law -- for decades to come, as it is expected to restore the conservative majority lost when Justice Antonin Scalia died last year. So it’s no wonder that a long list of advocacy organizations, including Common Cause, are now busy dissecting the record of Trump’s nominee, appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch.

House Committee Moves to Shut Election Assistance Agency, End Public Financing of Presidential Campaigns

A House committee has voted to shut down the Election Assistance Commission and end public financing of presidential campaigns

Voting & Elections 01.25.2017

Trump Plans "Major Investigation" of Nonexistent Voter Fraud

Notwithstanding the lack of evidence and the findings of previous studies, the President wants a new probe of voter fraud in the US.

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