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Cattle Lobbyist Running for Congress Backed by Cattle Lobbyist-Funded Super PAC

Longtime lobbyist Josh Winegarner is benefiting from huge spending by his cattle industry employer in the Republican runoff against Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor to President Trump.

Law Enforcement Primary category in which blog post is published

Poorer Cities Spend More of Budget on Police, Even Where Crime Is Lower

Data analysis of 473 cities nationwide finds that spending on police takes up almost one-third of municipal budgets, independently of local crime rates—with poorer cities spending a higher share.

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Law Enforcement PACs Give Millions to the Politicians Who Set Their Budgets

Police groups have donated almost $15 million to state and local elected officials since 2015, with two-thirds going to Democrats, according to new data from the NoMoreCopMoney project.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Grassroots NY Challengers Take on the Pandemic and the Big Money Machine

With the state's public financing system not yet in place, New York candidates going up against entrenched incumbents face new fundraising challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

NY Candidate and Pharma Heir Faces Questions on Drug Pricing Independence

After months of questions from local activists, Adam Schleifer, running in the NY-17 Democratic primary, tells Sludge he supports a Senate bill that sets price restrictions on drugs developed with public funding.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Arati Kreibich vs. the Human Fundraising Machine

A progressive challenge for Trump’s favorite New Jersey Democrat

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.