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Spurred by the Supreme Court, a Nation Divides Along a Red-Blue Axis

As the political divide between the states becomes more pronounced, what political scientists call “sorting” may accelerate. The conservative Illinois billionaire Kenneth Griffin announced last week that he had moved to Miami from Chicago, and would take Citadel, his hedge fund, with him. He told his employees that Florida offered a better corporate environment.At the same time, Ms. Caprara said the Pritzker administration routinely boasts of the state’s welcoming political environment, where abortion rights are codified and companies will never find themselves in the position the Walt Disney Company now occupies in Florida — squeezed between a conservative government constraining gay and transgender rights, and liberal consumers demanding a corporate pushback.“Companies don’t want to h...
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Biden Irked by Democrats Who Won’t Take ‘Yes’ for an Answer on 2024

WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, when Senator Bernie Sanders said he would not challenge President Biden in 2024, Mr. Biden was so relieved he invited his former rival to dinner at the White House the next night.Mr. Biden has been eager for signs of loyalty — and they have been few and far between. Facing intensifying skepticism about his capacity to run for re-election when he will be nearly 82, the president and his top aides have been stung by the questions about his plans, irritated at what they see as a lack of respect from their party and the press, and determined to tamp down suggestions that he’s effectively a lame duck a year and a half into his administration.Mr. Biden isn’t just intending to run, his aides argue, but he’s also laying the groundwork by building resources at th...
Abortion debate shows how California politics have changed
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Abortion debate shows how California politics have changed

People often ask me how things have changed at California’s Capitol over the last 60 years. One answer: Politics today is a lot more knee-jerk partisan. A striking example is abortion. That’s true of many issues. More legislators used to think for themselves and not be so subservient to party dogma. Now, abortion is again front and center after news broke last month that the U.S. Supreme Court was on the verge of overturning Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized pregnancy terminations nationwide. In Sacramento, there has been political gameplaying by Democrats and rote partisan voting by both parties. That’s in stark contrast to 55 years ago this month when the Democratic-controlled Legislature narrowly passed and new Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the nation’s most libera...
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Pence Navigates a Possible White House Run, and a Fraught Political Moment

Former Vice President Mike Pence has emerged from the Jan. 6 hearings in a peculiar position.To some Democrats in Congress, he has become something of a hero for resisting Donald J. Trump’s pressure campaign to overturn the 2020 election at a time when American democracy seemed to teeter on the brink. To Mr. Trump and his political base, Mr. Pence is a weakling who gave away the presidency. And to a swath of anti-Trump voters in both parties, he is merely someone who finally did the right thing by standing up to his former boss — years too late, after willingly defending or ignoring some of Mr. Trump’s earlier excesses.The whipsaw of images creates an uncertain foundation for a potential presidential campaign, for which Mr. Pence has been laying the groundwork. Yet the former vice presi...
Morales wins Republican Secretary of State nomination | Politics
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Morales wins Republican Secretary of State nomination | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS—Incumbent Secretary of State Holli Sullivan was defeated Saturday afternoon in a vote by Indiana State Republican Party convention delegates who gave a majority to challenger Diego Morales on the second ballot.Sullivan, a former state representative who was appointed to the office in 2021 after the resignation of Connie Lawson, received 561 votes to Morales' 847, which gave the challenger a majority of the convention votes needed for nomination. Morales will face Democrat Destiny Wells, who was nominated without opposition Saturday in Indiana Democrats' state convention, and Libertarian Jeff Maurer in the November election.The Republican conven...
Confusion Reigns In New York State Politics | News, Sports, Jobs
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Confusion Reigns In New York State Politics | News, Sports, Jobs

Two separate primary elections are facing us in New York–June 28th and August 23rd. In addition to that, a special election is also scheduled on August 23rd to elect a representative in Congress to replace Tom Reed. Just to confuse things more, for those of us in the Southern Tier, we now have new Congressional District boundaries that have been established for next year. Thus, in the Republican primary on August 23,rd we have candidates from Erie County running for Congress who don’t currently live in the existing 23rd Southern Tier District–namely , Carl Paladino and Nick Langworthy. So that means the Republicans are running a “place holder” in the Special Election (the Republican County Chairman from Steuben County) who won’t have his name on t...
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Gun laws at the local, state and federal levels

Ohioans started carrying concealed weapons without permits this week. Federal lawmakers worked on a gun control compromise, and Columbus thinks it's found a way around state law.We break down what it all means on this week's episode of Ohio Politics Explained.It's a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state's political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Laura Bischoff.1) Constitutional or permitless carry takes effectOhioans no longer need permits to carry concealed weapons, and they don't have to tell an officer they're carrying unless asked. The new law, called constitutional carry by supporters and permitless carry by opponents, went into effect on Monday for adults aged 21 years or older who are lega...
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No 10 refuses to say if ethics adviser will be replaced following Lord Geidt’s resignation after being put in ‘impossible position’ – live | Politics

No 10 refuses to confirm that Johnson will appoint new ethics adviser to replace Lord GeidtThe Downing Street lobby briefing has just finished, and the prime minister’s spokeperson has refused to confirm that Lord Geidt will definitely be replaced as the PM’s ethics adviser.The spokeperson said that having a process for ensuring standards are maintained by ministers was “vitally important”.But he said that Geidt himself had raised a number of issues about how the independent adviser on ministers’ interests operated and he said Boris Johnson wanted to “carefully consider those and reflect on them”.Asked if it was possible that Geidt would not be replaced, the spokesperson replied:We have not made a final decision on how best to carry out that function, whether it relates to a specific in...
Murphy stumps for Cape May County Democrats | Government & Politics
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Murphy stumps for Cape May County Democrats | Government & Politics

CAPE MAY — Gov. Phil Murphy attended a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday at the Chalfonte Hotel, planting a flag deep in heavily Republican Cape May County.The event included appearances by several local Democratic candidates on the ballot in November, including Tim Alexander, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd; Julia Hankerson, the nominee for the Cape May County Board of Commissioners; and Melisha Anderson-Ruiz, who is challenging Republican incumbent Jim Norris for a seat on the Middle Township Committee.This is the first time that three Black candidates have been on the ballot at the same time in Cape May County, Hankerson told the crowd at the Chalfonte.State Democratic chairman LeRoy James also spoke at the event, which culminated with Murphy’s commen...
Jan. 6 Panel Puts Trump Fund-Raising Tactics Under Scrutiny
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Jan. 6 Panel Puts Trump Fund-Raising Tactics Under Scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Since Election Day in 2020, Donald J. Trump and his close allies have raised more than $390 million through aggressive fund-raising solicitations promising bold political actions, including fighting to overturn his re-election campaign defeat, helping allied candidates win their own campaigns and fighting “to save America from Joe Biden and the radical left.”In reality, though, campaign finance filings show that much of the money spent by political committees affiliated with Mr. Trump went toward paying off his 2020 campaign expenses and bolstering his political operation in anticipation of an expected 2024 presidential run. As of a few months ago, $144 million remained in the bank.The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is suggesting that there m...