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This Week in Research: August 29 – September 1

Highlights from the Week

1. Jackson, Mississippi is currently undergoing a water crisis, leaving a city of more than 150,000 residents without access to drinking water. Last week, torrential rainfall left the Jackson area flooded as the Pearl River overflowed and destroyed the pumps at two of the city’s main water treatment plants. Questions have been raised about failure on the part of Mississippi’s state government to provide adequate, updated infrastructure to this predominantly Black city (82% of Jackson’s residents are Black), some even drawing parallels between the current situation and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan in 2014. To see a statement from Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson, click here.


2. Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union at the time of the state’s collapse in 1990 and the reunification of Germany, passed away on Tuesday, August 30. Gorbachev is remembered for his diplomatic outreach to American leaders and his dedication to the advancement of social democracy in Russia. Click here to see President Biden’s statement on the former President’s passing, or click here to see a statement from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.


3. Pakistan has experienced devastating flood damage this week from overflowing rivers due to the extreme monsoons that are sweeping the country. Pakistan, a country in Central Asia bordering India and Afghanistan, is the world’s fifth most populous country with more than 220 million inhabitants. The flood fallout is so expansive that the “lake” of pooled flood water can be seen from space on satellite imaging. More than 1000 Pakistani citizens are confirmed dead, with approximately 30 million losing homes, businesses, farms, and transportation. On Tuesday, August 30, USAID announced a 30 million dollar relief package for humanitarian assistance in Pakistan. To see a statement from Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Senator Chris Murphy, click here.

Elections

By the Elections Research team (Noah, Courtney, Seth, Nick, Caleb, & Anthony)

Elections:

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

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Want to learn more about the candidates who are running in Utah’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 South Dakota’s general election? You can see the full list of candidates by office below:

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Want to learn more about the candidates who are running in New York’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, and Katie


Public Statements: 1,116 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.

Key Votes:

Special Interest Groups

  • There were 31 endorsements and 1 rating released to the live web this week, which can be viewed here (organized by group). This year to date, the SIGs team has rated 83,539 candidates and entered endorsements for 23,023 candidates.




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