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This Week in Research: June 13 - June 16


Highlights from the Week

1. The televised portion of the January 6th committee’s investigation into the 2021 Capitol riot began on June 9th in Washington D.C. The committee is investigating possible ties between the Trump Administration and the participants of the events that transpired on January 6th on capitol grounds. Republican House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy has been quoted as saying the committee is illegitimate due to the refusal of Nancy Pelosi to seat McCarthy’s appointees on the committee (see his statement here). Senate Democratic majority leader, Chuck Schumer, released a statement supporting the January 6th committee and criticizing the FOX News Network for choosing not to air coverage of the hearing (see his statement here). Representative Liz Cheney drew controversy with her choice to break with the rest of the Republican party and support the January 6th committee’s activities, see her statement here.


2. On June 15th the Federal Reserve took a dramatic step to curb the rise of inflation by raising the interest rate by the largest increase since 1994. Republican colleagues have been open about criticizing President Biden’s handling of the current inflation crisis; Mitch McConnell released a statement on inflation and fiscal responsibility, which can be viewed here. To view President Biden’s statements on the economy and fiscal issues, click here.


3. The US House of Representatives voted to pass a bill expanding protections for members of the supreme court and their families after protests outside some justices’ private residences. In a press release, Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the department of justice for failing to prosecute protestors who violated the law (see their statement here). To see statements from all members of congress on the Supreme Court Police Party Act of 2022, click here.


Elections

By the Elections Research team (Noah, Seth, Nick, Caleb, & Anthony) and Elections Interns (Andres, Liam, Luke, Muzhi, Ephriam, Hugh, Riley, Mia, & Charles) Elections: Want to learn more about the candidates running in primary elections? You can see the full list of candidates running for various offices by state below:

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Biographies: Want to learn more about the candidates running in Kansas’s primary elections? You can see the full list of candidates running in various offices 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 running in Statewide primary elections? You can see the full list of candidates running in various states below:

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, Eliana, Johanan, Neal, Jake, Craig, Israel, Wyatt, and Katie


Public Statements: 1,983 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.

Key Votes:

  • States: 29 new votes were added, 12 bills were updated with new information.

  • The state of Illinois passed and signed into law HB 4383, banning the sale and possession of “ghost guns”. Ghost guns can be bought in pieces and assembled at home, making them difficult to track. Illinois is currently the 11th state to pass legislation prohibiting this type of weapon.

  • The California House of Representatives passed AB 2223, expanding reproductive rights for residents of the state and outlining the right of an individual to choose for themselves whether or not they will carry a fetus to term.

  • The Illinois House and Senate voted to pass HB 2775, which amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to prohibit housing discrimination based on the source of income. This bill was supported by various human rights groups for the protections it offers to disabled individuals who live on non-employment income such as disability payments or Section 8 vouchers.

  • Federal Legislation: 1 new vote was added.

  • The US House of Representatives passed HR 7910, also known as the Protecting Our Kids Act, on June 8th, 2022. This bill prohibits the sale or transfer of some semi automatic weapons to individuals under the age of 21 and establishes new criminal offenses for gun trafficking.

Special Interest Groups

  • There were 263 endorsements and 22 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 58,538 candidates and entered endorsements for 8,773 candidates.


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