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Past articles by Daniel:

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Race Takes Shape as Referendum on Abortion and Democracy

Wisconsinites on Tuesday set up a high-stakes showdown that will decide the balance of power of their state supreme court. Janet Protasiewicz, a liberal local judge, and Daniel Kelly, a... Read More → Read More

Ten Questions that Will Shape Democracy and Voting Rights in 2023

The ubiquitous pronouncement that “democracy itself” was on the ballot in 2022 felt true across much of the country. Nearly every state saw candidates for governor, Congress, or secretary of state... Read More → Read More

Kathy Hochul Pushes New York’s Highest Court to the Right

Fresh off her narrow re-election win in November, Governor Kathy Hochul had an opportunity this month to steer New York’s highest court toward either ideological direction. She chose to push... Read More → Read More

In Legislative Elections, Democrats Defied Recent History

Republicans were confident that they would build up power in statehouses and inflict a “bloodbath” on Democrats. Instead, they failed to win any new legislative chamber, their seat gains are... Read More → Read More

In Secretary of State Races, Election Deniers (Mostly) Lose

“Sometimes the vote counter is more important than the candidate,” Donald Trump told Pennsylvania Republicans in January. Ever since his failure to cling to power in 2020, he had eyed... Read More → Read More

Minneapolis Elects a Career Public Defender as Its New Prosecutor

In 2019, Mary Moriarty, the chief public defender of Minnesota’s Hennepin County, sounded the alarm. Upon reviewing arrests made by the Minneapolis police over low-level marijuana sales, her office discovered... Read More → Read More

The 30 Prosecutor and Sheriff Races that Will Shape Criminal Justice Next Week

Political ads on crime are ubiquitous in this fall’s campaigns for Congress and other top offices. But the elections that will affect policing and the court system most immediately are... Read More → Read More

Your Guide to All 35 States Deciding Their Next Secretary of State

In the weeks after his loss in the 2020 election, Donald Trump called the Georgia secretary of state and badgered him to “find” him more votes. Less than two years... Read More → Read More

Michigan Republicans Stumble in Dress Rehearsal for Overturning Future Elections

Ever since allies of Donald Trump in Michigan failed to stall the certification of Joe Biden’s win in 2020, they have pursued a methodical purge of election officials who affirmed... Read More → Read More

Memphis Ousts DA and Judge Who Oversaw Its Notoriously Harsh Court System

Officials in Tennessee’s Shelby County have drawn national scrutiny for violating the rights of Black children and for throwing the book at a Black activist who tried registering to vote. → Read More

Reformer Wins Primary for Des Moines Prosecutor

Kimberly Graham is one step closer to replacing the prosecutor of Iowa’s Polk County, who sparked outrage in 2020 for targeting a journalist. → Read More

Your State-by-State Guide to the 2022 Supreme Court Elections

Voters will shape the future of civil and voting rights when they elect dozens of state justices this year. → Read More

Indiana Lawmakers Who Introduced Full Abortion Ban Lose GOP Primaries

Their losses were among Tuesday’s setbacks for the far-right, but these results also signaled how much new restrictions on civil rights have become GOP orthodoxy. → Read More

What Will Your Local Prosecutor Do If Roe Falls?

A Michigan prosecutor explains why he’s publicly promising to use his office to fight against efforts to criminalize abortion. → Read More