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JFK’s warnings about television, money and politics ring true today

November 14, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On November 14, 1959, TV Guide published a brief essay about politics and television by Senator John F. Kennedy that contained some prophetic words about the influence of money and public relations on presidential campaigns that still seem true today.

Was gerrymandering the stealth issue in the 2018 midterms?

November 8, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

As the dust settles on the 2018 midterm elections, one outcome that could last longer than the immediate vote is the election’s impact on gerrymandering – the practice of lawmakers drawing districts to favor a party in power.

What constitutional powers do the Democrats get by winning the House?

November 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Democratic Party will have a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since early 2011. How will that affect the constitutional balance in Congress going forward?

Midterms result in a divided Congress

November 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

After a heavy turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, while the Republicans will keep control of the Senate.

How midterm elections have changed Congress since 1946

November 6, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Today, Americans are heading to the polls for midterm elections, where the entire House and 35 Senate seats will be up for grabs. So how have these elections panned out in the modern era?

On This Day: The first bitter, contested presidential election takes place

November 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

In a campaign that rivals any current presidential election for insults and rancor, John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson on this day in the 1796 election in a race that changed American politics forever.

How congressional elections have changed since 1789

October 31, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, voters across America will choose a new Congress to start serving in January 2019. Today’s process would be unrecognizable to someone who took part in the first congressional elections in 1789.

Supreme Court ends Pennsylvania election map debate

October 29, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Without comment, the Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans about a new election map for congressional races mandated by the state’s Supreme Court.

A plea to end all partisan gerrymandering challenges

October 3, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Reopening a deeply divisive controversy that has troubled the Supreme Court for 32 years, four state legislators from North Carolina have urged the Justices to bar all constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering.

Partisan gerrymandering on fast track to Supreme Court

September 13, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court will get another chance in its next term to decide the long-unresolved question of whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution.  In a new order in a North Carolina case, a lower federal court on Wednesday put that case on a fast track to reach the Justices even as their new term opens in early October.

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