Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Congress heads back to D.C. for a hectic lame-duck session

By: - November 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Capitol Hill and a lengthy to-do list this week, following a six-week midterm elections break that saw Democrats outperform expectations and Republicans barely inch toward the U.S. House majority. On the agenda are same-sex marriage legislation, a huge defense bill, changes in how presidential electoral votes are counted and more. […]

Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Photo by the Arkansas

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

By: - November 10, 2022

In total, there were 25 women running in gubernatorial races this year out of 36 total campaigns, a significant increase from the 16 female candidates who ran for governor in 2018. 

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

By: and - November 10, 2022

Routine legislation could become a bigger challenge for a divided Congress, should that be the final election outcome.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

The exact size of the Republican majority won’t be known until more races are called. Some races may not be known for days.

Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC pours record advertising cash into U.S. Senate races

By: - November 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — The super PAC aligned with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has spent a record amount advertising for GOP Senate candidates this cycle, according to AdImpact. The Senate Leadership Fund has “become the highest-spending advertiser” AdImpact, started in 2014, has ever reported on, according to data it released Thursday. The numbers […]

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Control of U.S. Senate is still a guess ahead of midterm elections

By: - November 2, 2022

Sabato's Crystal Ball, an election forecasting newsletter, expects control of the U.S. Senate—now split 50-50 between the parties— to come down to two pivotal states, Georgia and Nevada.

A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

By: - October 28, 2022

Government shutdowns, so far kept separate from debt limit battles, are hugely problematic for the federal government.

A Lehigh County ballot box is seen at the Whitehall Township Municipal building before the May 17 primary (Photo by Donna Fisher/Armchair Lehigh Valley).

More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

By: - October 26, 2022

In Pennsylvania, residents of the Keystone State have cast 635,000 early votes.

New Hampshire U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat seeking reelection, hugs a United Steelworkers member at a North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters labor organizing event in Manchester on 10/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by Jennifer Shutt).

How claims about a federal abortion ban are roiling one state as the midterms near

By: - October 25, 2022

The economy, abortion access loom large as Election Day closes in.

FDA, CDC greenlight updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

By: - October 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots beyond people 12 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized the updated vaccines use in the morning before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended them […]

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden

By: , and - October 9, 2022

Pennsylvania's closely watched U.S. Senate race could determine control of the chamber.

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , and - October 6, 2022

'Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit,' Biden said.