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City elections news and analysis from The Nation
April 23, 2021
Dianne Morales Looks for Space—and Support—on New York’s Left
Though her mayoral campaign is still polling in single digits, Morales would represent a profound break with the city’s past.
December 23, 2020
How the Movement for Black Lives Helped Defeat Trump in Arizona
While some Democrats have taken to blaming racial-justice activism for their party’s poor showing in down-ballot races, Arizona activist Lola N’Sangou tells a very different story.
April 14, 2020
Wisconsin Voters Defy Suppression to Oust a Trump-Backed Jurist
Republican legislators, conservative courts, and President Trump tried to upend democracy, but the voters weren’t having it.
April 6, 2020
Wisconsin’s In-Person Voting Threatens Health and Democracy
Officials can protect voters by adopting a plan for extended absentee balloting.
March 9, 2020
It’s Time to Debunk the Idea that Women Aren’t ‘Electable’
While the ‘electability’ myth helped sink women in the Democratic primaries, women are winning big at the state and local level.
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January 29, 2020
What if We All Ran For Local Office?
A writer reflects on her mayoral run in a Connecticut town fighting climate change and big weapons manufacturing.
January 24, 2020
How Much Did Chesa Boudin’s Election Matter? He Just Eliminated Cash Bail.
The move proves that revolutionary change is possible.
November 12, 2019
Charging for Asylum? It’s Unpopular for a Reason
Between new fees for asylum seekers and withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the United States is trying to stand out in all the wrong ways.
November 10, 2019
Amazon Cash Fails to Oust Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant
Her win is a sweet victory for foes of big corporate money in politics—but it really was a struggle.
November 5, 2019
The ‘Bernie Sanders Slate’ Is on Today’s Ballot
As presidential contenders wade into Tuesday’s state and local elections, the Vermont senator focused on races that highlight big issues and ideas.