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On World AIDS Day, New Mexico activists say more money is needed for prevention; ND farmers still navigate corporate land-ownership policy maze; Unpaid caregivers in ME receive limited financial grants.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

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Most candidate elections in Arizona are determined in the Primary Election, where only about 23% of registered adults voted in August 2020. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Bipartisan AZ group pushes for open primaries on 2024 ballot

This week, a bipartisan group in Arizona officially launched its campaign to do away with the state's current system of primary elections - which are …

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Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at an economic development event in Henderson in 2022. (Tkayne/Wikimedia Commons)<br />
Kentucky’s gubernatorial race breaks records, exceeds $44 million

By Anna Massoglia and Jimmy Cloutier for OpenSecrets.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the OpenSecrets-Pu…

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Aside from his constituents, the Nassau County Republican Party has asked Rep. George Santos to resign from office. This was initially based on a New York Times investigation revealing Santos had fabricated portions of his résumé to win election. (Adobe Stock)
NY Rep. George Santos survives expulsion vote. Now what?

A vote to expel U.S. New York Rep. George Santos, R-Queens, from the House failed last week to reach the needed two-thirds majority. But his troubles …

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In terms of campaign funds, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has far outraised his Republican challengers. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Sen. Brown maintains grassroots fundraising lead in Ohio U.S. Senate race

By Harshawn Ratanpal for OpenSecrets.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection reporting for the OpenSecrets-Public News Service Co…

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A write-in effort for a presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire is not without precedent. President Lyndon Johnson won the New Hampshire primary in 1968 as a write-in candidate, although he surprised the nation and dropped out of the race 19 days later. (Adobe Stock)
NH Democrats begin Biden primary write-in campaign

Some New Hampshire Democrats have begun a write-in campaign for President Joe Biden since his name will no longer appear on the state's 2024 president…

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Incumbent Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has raised more than three times as much as his Republican rival in the general election, Attorney General Daniel Cameron. (Wikimedia Commons)<br />
Kentucky governor’s race on track for new fundraising record

By Anna Massoglia for OpenSecrets.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the OpenSecrets-Public News Service C…

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Rep. Debbie Lesko becomes the 16th current member to announce they will retire or seek another office next year. (Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons)
AZ Republican leaves Capitol Hill, cites dysfunction

Arizona U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko - R-Peoria - recently announced she will not be seeking re-election next year. In a statement, Lesko said traveling …

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National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy. It has gained momentum since it was first observed in 2012. (DEEP/Adobe Stock)
About 1 in 3 Missourians Isn't Registered to Vote

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and Missourians have many locations where they can register to vote - from community colleges and …

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In 2012, candidates took 7%, on average, of all their out-of-state money from ideologically-driven donors. But in the 2022 election cycle, ideological donors typically made up 13% of the out-of-state donor pool, according to Open Secrets. (Adobe Stock)
Local and State Politics Grow Increasingly 'Nationalized'

Political candidates running for federal office have grown increasingly reliant on out-of-state donations, according to a new report. Government …

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Supporters say Washington's Fair Campaign Practices Act is needed more than ever in the era of online political ads. (tashatuvango/Adobe Stock)
Campaign Finance Watchdogs Support WA Disclosure Law in Meta Case

Campaign-finance watchdog groups are standing up in favor of Washington's disclosure law in court. Facebook parent company Meta has challenged the …

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Corporate donations were the largest source of spending in Maine's 2020 election cycle, including some from foreign-owned companies. (Adobe Stock)
Maine 'Clean Elections' Campaign Shifts to November Ballot

Advocates for "clean" elections in Maine are gearing up for a November ballot referendum that would ban foreign government spending in state elections…

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Critics of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission say it gave greater political influence to wealthy donors and corporations by allowing them to spend unlimited funds on elections. (Adobe Stock)
Lawmakers Consider Changes to Maine’s Clean Election Law

Lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation to allow candidates seeking county level offices to receive taxpayer funds under the Maine Clean Electi…

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