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This Week in Research: May 23-May 26

Highlights from the Week

1. On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, a mass shooting occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. In the wake of shootings in Buffalo and Sacramento, legislators are facing pressure from constituents and media to comment on gun control positions. Click here to view statements from members of congress on gun control, and click here to view statements from the executive branch.


2. Another week in spring brings another round of primaries; This week Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia had highly anticipated elections for the 2022 midterms. To see statements from members of Congress regarding elections, click here. To see the winners and losers of races, see the Elections section below.


3. The House of Representatives passed the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022, expanding the availability of information on domestic terrorism, as well as the relationship between domestic terrorism and hate crimes. To see statements from members of congress regarding national security issues, click here.


Elections

By the Elections Research team Elections:

Want to learn more about the results from the Primary Elections in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia that happened this week? You can see the results of the elections below:

Biographies: Want to learn more about the candidates running in Georgia’s State Legislative Primary Elections? 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 running in Idaho’s State Legislative Primary Elections? 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, Eliana, Johanan, Neal, Jake, Craig, Israel, Wyatt, and Katie


Public Statements: 745 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.

Key Votes:

  • States: 18 votes were added

  • The Florida House of Representatives passed HB 1571, a bill which increases the penalties faced by protestors picketing outside of private residences to a second degree misdemeanor.

  • The Utah House of Representatives passed HB 18, which modifies the requirement of proving actual emotional distress or harm in cases of “revenge porn” (the distribution of intimate images without consent).

  • Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, signed into law SF 2296, establishing the precedent that private residents have no reasonable expectation of privacy in garbage placed outside their homes.

  • Congress: 7 bills was added

  • The House of Representatives passed the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, prohibiting any individual, during a proclaimed energy emergency, from selling a consumer fuel at a price that is excessively high or exploitative.

  • The House of Representatives passed the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022. This bill is intended to establish new requirements to expand the availability of information on domestic terrorism, as well as the relationship between domestic terrorism and hate crimes.

Special Interest Groups

  • There were 130 endorsements and 74 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 54,322 candidates and entered endorsements for 6,636 candidates.



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