States

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Three More States Expand Vote-By-Mail, Leaving Five Holdouts

With preparation time running short, Connecticut, Kentucky, and South Carolina recently expanded access to absentee ballot requests, as court challenges play out in Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas around vote-by-mail during the pandemic.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

States and Cities With Public Campaign Financing Lead on Paid Sick Leave Policies

In Connecticut and Maine, legislators who participated in public campaign financing programs led breakthroughs in passing paid sick leave policies for workers.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Neal Took Big Bucks From Lobbyists While Killing a Surprise Medical Bills Fix

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) received $54,000 from lobbyists for private equity and pharmaceutical interests that opposed a bipartisan surprise medical billing deal in the weeks after he stymied the deal with a last-minute counterproposal.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Campaign to Overturn Citizens United Keeps Racking Up Wins

Seventeen more Wisconsin communities recently endorsed a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, bringing the state total of passed referendums to 163 and the nationwide total to 820.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Slammed by Trump, Vote-by-Mail Gathers Momentum In States During Pandemic

Despite President Trump’s inveighing against vote-by-mail, many states—including over a dozen led by Republicans—are expanding absentee voting during the pandemic.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Dark Money Pours Into Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

In the week before the election, incumbent Daniel Kelly has benefited from a last minute surge in spending by groups with ties to the Judicial Crisis Network.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Massachusetts’ Top Health Official Has Major Conflicts of Interest With Big Pharma

As she votes on regulations impacting the pharmaceutical industry, Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel's spouse works as a consultant for companies that seek to influence the department's regulatory rulemakings.

DNC Primary category in which blog post is published

Top DNC Committee is Packed With Corporate Lobbyists

The DNC Executive Committee, which can adopt changes to the convention superdelegate process, contains lobbyists for companies that oppose progressive policies like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Lawyers Defending ExxonMobil Are Big Biden Donors

Two of the Paul Weiss attorneys who successfully defended ExxonMobil in New York against charges that it hid costs related to climate change have given maximum donations to former Vice President Joe Biden.