Congress heads back to D.C. for a hectic lame-duck session
By: Jennifer Shutt - 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. […]
Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms
By: Jennifer Shutt - 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.
Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know
By: Jacob Fischler and Jennifer Shutt - November 10, 2022
Routine legislation could become a bigger challenge for a divided Congress, should that be the final election outcome.
No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House
By: Jacob Fischler, Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - 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: Jennifer Shutt - 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 […]
Control of U.S. Senate is still a guess ahead of midterm elections
By: Jennifer Shutt - 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: Jennifer Shutt - October 28, 2022
Government shutdowns, so far kept separate from debt limit battles, are hugely problematic for the federal government.
More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections
By: Jennifer Shutt - October 26, 2022
In Pennsylvania, residents of the Keystone State have cast 635,000 early votes.
How claims about a federal abortion ban are roiling one state as the midterms near
By: Jennifer Shutt - 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: Jennifer Shutt - 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 […]
The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden
By: Jennifer Shutt, Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa - 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: Ariana Figueroa, Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - 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.