Elections

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at runoff election-night event in Atlanta, Ga., January 5, 2021. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Typically when large businesses oppose a Republican initiative, especially one that has also been the subject of a lot of negative press, Republican politicians fold. Mike Pence had to amend a religious-liberty law soon after signing it as
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Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger at the capitol in Atlanta, November 6, 2020 (Dustin Chambers / Reuters) Corporations that oppose Georgia’s new voting law are being duped by a “false narrative,” according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. On Wednesday, hundreds of major American firms — including Google and Amazon — signed an open
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Voters cast their ballots at a Fulton County polling station in Atlanta, Ga., October 13, 2020. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Critics of the Georgia elections law have gotten far out over their skis. The Washington Post fact-checker awarded Joe Biden “Four Pinocchios” for lying about the bill, then labeled him a “recidivist” when he kept repeating the lie.
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Former American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault gestures during a White House summit in Palo Alto, Calif., February 13, 2015. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters) The statement was organized by Kenneth Chenault, a former chief executive of American Express, and Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of Merck. Other companies backing the statement include Black Rock, Netflix, General
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Then-president Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland, Ohio, September 29, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) How two presidents in a row have helped to inflame Georgia’s state politics. Now that the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is officially in the rear-view mirror for Georgia,
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends Trump campaign rally in Opa-Locka, Fla., November 2, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) At the moment, DeSantis looks like our best bet in 2024. On the other hand, the media have plenty of time to shred him. The combination of hysteria and hostility with which the media are treating Ron DeSantis ought
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Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.,) during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C., February 22, 2021 (Demetrius Freeman/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) raised over $3 million during the first quarter of 2021, Politico reported on Monday. The total is unusual for a senator not in the middle of an
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Caitlyn Jenner at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Beverly Hills, California, April 3, 2018. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters) Former Trump-campaign manager Brad Parscale is advising Caitlyn Jenner on her potential run for California governor, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. Parscale is advising Jenner as a “friend” and is not receiving payment for the guidance, a source
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From left to right: Reed Galen, John Weaver, Rick Wilson, and Steve Schmidt. (National Review Illustration/Cristi Name) There have been plenty of grifters in the political world. But what made the Lincoln Project grift unique was that much of it played out on television. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here was nothing special about the Lincoln
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I’ve been reading some of the research on the effect on turnout of various changes in the voting rules. It seems that a move to universal mail-in balloting does increase turnout at the margin, while other changes — like the kind of reforms we’ve been debating in Georgia — don’t make much difference one way
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Voters wait in a 90-minute line to cast their ballots on the first day of the state’s in-person early voting for the national elections in Durham, N.C., October 15, 2020. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters) La Russell, Mo., has reached a sort of nirvana in terms of low-turnout elections: The town held an election and literally nobody voted:
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City Councilman Kevin Faulconer after being inaugurated as Mayor of San Diego in San Diego, Calif., March 3, 2014. R (Mike Blake/Reuters) Kevin Faulconer, an ex-mayor of San Diego, runs for governor Editor’s Note: Below is a version of a piece published in the current issue of National Review. Any political pro, R or D,
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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) speaks during CPAC in Orlando, Fla., February 26, 2021. (Joe Skipper/Reuters) Florida’s agricultural and consumer services commissioner, Nikki Fried, is the Democratic front-runner to challenge Governor Ron DeSantis next year. Fried was vaccinated yesterday: Ron DeSantis said if he vaxxed publicly it would be a “gun show.” He chose not
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Workers transport soil containing rare earth elements for export at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2010. The U.S.-China competition has shined a spotlight on some oft-overlooked places, and in the most recent such example, Greenland’s snap elections this week garnered an unusual level of attention. A controversial rare-earths project backed by an
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(Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Responses to my piece on voter qualifications have come in a number of predictable varieties. Kevin Kruse-ism, as practiced in this case by Professor Kruse himself. That goes roughly: “Here is an article that you didn’t write and don’t agree with, that was written the better part of a century ago and published
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Voters at a polling place in San Diego, Calif., in 2016. (Mike Blake/Reuters) The fact is that voters got us into this mess. Maybe the answer isn’t more voters. Much of the discussion about proposed changes to voting laws backed by many Republicans and generally opposed by Democrats begs the question and simply asserts that
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at a Trump campaign rally in Sanford, Fla., October 12, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Any success he enjoys moving forward will be in large part attributable to the media’s incompetent endeavors to destroy him. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘W e have the best damn governor in the country.” Unprompted,
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Stacey Abrams speaks to the media about the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Atlanta, Ga., January 5, 2021. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) The ridiculously over-the-top accusation is shameful and self-discrediting. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t’s axiomatic in American political debate that anyone calling someone a Nazi has automatically lost. Resorting to the Nazi charge is a sign
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Official Photo of Nikki Fried (State of Florida/Wikimedia Commons) Nikki Fried is the only statewide-elected Democrat in Florida, and, as a result, she is more than likely to be the Democratic nominee for governor in 2022. She is also a fool. Perhaps because she is aware that she will need to raise a lot of
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President Joe Biden speaks from the White House in Washington, D.C., March 6, 2021. (Erin Scott/Reuters) President Biden said he would support moving the MLB all star game away from Atlanta, Ga., to protest the state’s newly enacted voting legislation, in an interview on ESPN’s Sports Center on Thursday. “I think today’s professional athletes are acting
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