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State and Local Elections news and analysis from The Nation
September 10, 2021
The California Recall Election Is Up for Grabs
The state of American democracy, from the division of power between parties to the integrity of elections, hangs in the balance.
September 8, 2021
Texas Is the New Republican Template
What’s happening there is about much more than the fight over reproductive rights. It’s about political control.
September 2, 2021
Ron Johnson Gets Caught Debunking the Big Lie
After months of amplifying Donald Trump’s claims about 2020 election “fraud,” the senator is captured on tape admitting the truth: Trump lost.
August 27, 2021
As California Gubernatorial Candidates Debate, Court Rulings Change the Landscape
Amid an entrenchment of Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols and a rejection of gig economy exploitation, the recall election builds momentum.
August 27, 2021
These Progressive Candidates Want to Transform LA in 2022
While the pandemic has made grassroots campaigning more difficult, many candidates see this moment as an opportunity.
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August 24, 2021
Making Rahm Emanuel Ambassador to Japan Would Be a Sick Joke
Nominating the foul-mouthed former Chicago mayor is an insult to Japan—and a clear indication that Black lives don’t really matter.
Robert L. Borosage
August 20, 2021
Red Heat in a Blue State
The Delta variant, the Taliban’s ascendancy, and a surge of wildfires in California threaten to derail Gavin Newsom’s prospects in the coming recall election.
August 17, 2021
West Virginia Activists Are Coming for Joe Manchin
The senator dared progressives to vote him out. They’re taking him up on it.
August 16, 2021
Ron Johnson Does the Bidding of the Ultra-Rich
A new study reveals that Johnson’s “principled” stand for tax reform may enrich two of his campaign donors by half a billion dollars.
August 13, 2021
California’s Recall Election Could Be a National Disaster
In a state with 40 million people, it’s entirely conceivable that a new governor could be “elected” with fewer than 2 million votes.