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People flocking to low-tax states could swing elections…

“The 2017 Census estimates provide a clear manifestation of how states with competitive, free-market policies continue to win the day” reports thehill.com. The new census estimates detail how states have grown since the last full census in 2010.For history buffs, it is possible that high-tax Rhode Island will lose one of its two congressional seats in 2020.Pro-growth policies, such as lighter tax and regulatory burdens, boost state economic activity and attract citizens looking to enhance their wellbeing.The new 2017 Census estimates can be used to give us a year-over-year change from 2016 or,…

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Our elections are in danger. Congress must defend them.  | Opinion

“Finally, no foreign power can block or otherwise hinder access to elections infrastructure, such as websites providing information on polling locations” writes Marco Rubio for sun-sentinel.com. It also hacked political campaign committees and local elections boards in a brazen attempt to undermine and subvert our elections.The United States must be fully prepared to defend our country, and the Deter Act would put in place a bipartisan, comprehensive strategy to prevent future attacks on our elections.We and other lawmakers stand willing to work with the administration to develop additional cybersecurity policies…

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Health Care Overhaul Appears Unlikely Before Midterm Elections

“McConnell has been pessimistic about the chances for a health care overhaul this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Republicans are at risk of facing voters this year with no cohesive strategy to fulfill their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law or address the rising cost of health care” writes Joe Williams for rollcall.com. While some pockets of the GOP would prefer to try again on a major health care overhaul, the effort would be more difficult this year with a reduced Republican majority in the…

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New York City and Los Angeles offer cautionary tales for DC’s ‘Fair Elections Act’

“One city councilman from Queens stole over $30,000 in taxpayer money and was later sentenced to 2-6 years in prison” writes Luke Wachob for washingtonexaminer.com. Taking cues from New York City and Los Angeles, also beset by government corruption, a D.C. Council committee has unanimously approved a bill that would inject taxpayer money directly into partisan politics. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Voatz raises $2.2 million to make elections tamper-proof

“The Voatz team previously raised nearly $600,000 in pre-seed funding” writes Mo Marshall for venturebeat.com. Voatz (pronounced “votes”) combines biometrics and blockchain tech to enable secure, auditable elections.But Voatz considers itself an elections company first and foremost — one that uses blockchain to fix what’s broken with the electoral infrastructure. “So in that respect, it is somewhat different from a ‘typical’ blockchain startup,” Voatz cofounder and CEO Nimit Sawhney told VentureBeat.In fact, a number of countries and company boards are already testing out various blockchain-based voting solutions.Today, mobile-focused voting company…

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Control of Virginia statehouse chamber at stake in lottery-style draw

“But there is no guarantee that the drawing at the state elections board in Richmond will end the fight over the 94th District seat” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The deadlocked race occurred during Democrats’ massive gains in Virginia’s statehouse elections in November.(Reuters) – The winner of a tied Virginia legislative race that could change the balance of power in the statehouse is set to be decided on Thursday when state election officials draw a name from a bowl. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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How Trump Made Special Elections Great Again

“Give Trump credit: On his watch, even typically dull special elections have become truly special” writes Michelle Cottle for theatlantic.com. While the circumstances prompting special elections are often colorful, the races themselves rarely capture the public imagination.But in the Age of Trump, even low-stakes special elections have the potential to morph into three-ring spectacles, as a fired-up Democratic “resistance” scrambles to regain its mojo.Whatever the broader cultural import of this reckoning, it is already having a concrete political impact: special elections.Also vexing to the blue team was the May special…

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American Elections Remain Unprotected

“None of these attacks, however, constitute a definitive Russian disinformation playbook” writes Reid Standish for theatlantic.com. Facing a criminal probe into possible ties between his campaign and the Kremlin, Trump has tried to discredit the case that Russian election interference poses an ongoing national-security risk.Looking ahead to America’s 2018 midterm elections, state and federal lawmakers face a rapidly closing window to better secure their voting systems. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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What this week’s election tells us about Catalonia independence

“The elections kept alive the turbulent issue of Catalan independence, which has scant support in Spain” writes Barry Hatton for independent.co.uk. The Spanish government called the snap election after Catalan separatist parties unilaterally declared independence in October, following a referendum deemed illegal by Spanish authorities.Parties demanding independence won 70 seats, giving them a parliamentary majority, though they didn’t get as many seats as they did in the last election two years ago. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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