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This Week in Research: August 15 – August 18

Highlights from the Week

1. Republican House Representative Liz Cheney lost her primary election in Wyoming to Republican Harriet Hageman. Representative Cheney has faced considerable criticism from within her party since voting for the impeachment of Donald Trump last spring and serving on the January 6th Investigation Committee. Click here to see Representative Cheney’s public statements or here to see all statements from members of Congress on the January 6th investigation.


2. President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark bill on health care, energy, and tax reform, moving him closer towards fulfilling the goals he set during his campaign such as reducing prescription drug costs, extending federal health insurance subsidies, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Click here to see the bill, or click here to see statements from members of Congress on the Inflation Reduction Act.


3. Rudolph Guiliani, former lawyer for President Donald Trump, gave a closed-door testimony on Wednesday for the special grand jury investing efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. Guiliani participated in an elaborate endeavor on behalf of the Trump administration in which he helped create fake presidential electors and made false claims about election fraud. Click here to see Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin’s opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on this topic.



Elections

By the Elections Research team (Noah, Seth, Nick, Caleb, & Anthony) and Elections Interns (Andres, Liam, Muzhi, Ephriam, Hugh, Riley, & Mia) Elections: Want to learn more about the results from the primary elections this past week? Please click on the office you would like to view for the states below:

Want to learn more about where to register to vote? Click here to select your state to view your voter registration deadlines, qualifications, and requirements ahead of the general election.

Biographies: Want to learn more about the candidates who are running in Arkansas's general election? You can see the full list of candidates by office below:

If you want to learn more about a candidate, click on a candidate and go to their ‘Bio’ tab to learn more.

Want to learn more about the candidates who are running in Mississippi’s congressional general election? You can see the full list of candidates running here. If you want to learn more about a candidate, click on a candidate and go to their ‘Bio’ tab to learn more.

Want to learn more about the candidates who are running in California’s gubernatorial general election? You can see the full list of candidates running here. If you want to learn more about a candidate, click on a candidate and go to their ‘Bio’ tab to learn more. Issue Positions/Political Courage Test:

Want to learn more about the candidates who are currently being tested and their responses to the Political Courage Test? You can see the full list of candidates, their responses, and response rates running for various offices below:

Officials

By the Officials Research team: Thomas, Bibi, Johanan, Neal, Jake, Craig, Israel, Wyatt, and Katie


Public Statements: 1,743 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.

Key Votes:

  • States: 47 new votes were added, 10 bills were updated with new information.

  • In Delaware, the governor signed SB 320 into law, making the switch to mail-in-ballots for all elections permanent. Delaware is the 8th state to move towards running all of their elections through absentee ballots.

  • The governor of Missouri signed HB 1606 into law, which specifies new restrictions on unhoused individuals. The new law prohibits local governments from enacting more lenient policies than the state, restricts the funding that the state can spend on homelessness programs, and amends salaries for state officials.

  • In Florida, HB 1997, a bill restricting collective bargaining rights and placing new requirements on unions, died in the Senate without progressing past committee. The bill passed the House by a 60 to 47 vote in March.

  • Federal Legislation: No new votes

  • President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive infrastructure bill intended to push forward some of President Biden’s key campaign promises and address inflation.

Special Interest Groups

  • There were 123 endorsements and 10 ratings released to the live web this week, which can be viewed here (organized by group). This year to date, the SIGs team has rated 81,924 candidates and entered endorsements for 22,055 candidates.




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