Marilyn Wesel, Author at State and Federal Communications

Indiana State Capitol - By Daniel Schwen / CC BY-SA

Indiana lawmakers canceled the one-day special session scheduled for November 29, and Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended the COVID-19 emergency. The session’s agenda, ending the public health emergency, has been delayed to the January legislative session. The Indiana Supreme Court […]

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Illinois State Capitol Building

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation prohibiting dark money contributions to judicial candidates. Effective immediately, Senate Bill 536 prohibits a political committee established to support a state judicial candidate from accepting contributions from any out-of-state person and from any entity […]

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November 15, 2021  •  

North Dakota Special Session Adjourns

North Dakota Capitol Building

The North Dakota Legislature adjourned the special session on November 12 after approving the redistricting maps and passing several other bills including bills banning critical race theory in schools and vaccinee mandates. This does not affect lobbyist reporting. 

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Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election on December 14 to fill the Senate District 1 vacancy caused by the resignation of Sen. Zach Whiting. Whiting resigned effective October 30 to take a job with the conservative think tank, […]

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South Dakota Capitol Building

Three days after it convened on November 8, the first special session of the South Dakota Legislature adjourned sine die on November 10 when lawmakers reached a compromise on the decennial redistricting map. A concurrent second special session began on […]

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The Kentucky State Capitol building

Kentucky Republicans are projected to sweep the three legislative special elections and retain their supermajority. Michael ‘Sarge’ Pollock is projected to defeat Democrat Eddie Rogers to win House District 51, filling the vacancy created by the death of Rep. John […]

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Ohio Statehouse

Mike Carey is projected to succeed former Rep. Steve Stivers and fill the vacant seat in U.S. House District 15. Carey, a coal lobbyist backed by former President Donald Trump, is projected to defeat Democrat Allison Russo by 16 percentage […]

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Shontel Brown - By: hm sheehan

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Council Rep. Shontel Brown will succeed former Rep. Marcia Fudge and fill the vacant seat in U.S. House District 11. Brown, a Democrat, soundly defeated Republican Laverne Gore by over 57 percentage points.

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Cincinnati Skyline - by Mr. RNGAndreson

Aftab Pureval defeated City Councilman David Mann to become the first Asian Pacific mayor in Cincinnati’s city history and the only one in the Midwest. Pureval, a former refugee from New Delhi, is currently the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts.

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Cleveland City Hall - By: Erik Drost

Justin Bibb, a nonprofit executive, will be the next mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Bibb defeated Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley by 26 percentage points to become the city’s second-youngest mayor.

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North Dakota State Capitol - By Bobak Ha'Eri

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has called a special session of the Legislature to begin November 8. Lawmakers had announced a special session in September to begin November 8 but Burgum’s announcement means lawmakers will not be limited to the […]

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Iowa Senate - by Alexander LoGrasso

The Iowa Legislature adjourned sine die October 28 after a one-day session in which lawmakers passed the second redistricting plan after rejecting the first one in a special session on October 5. The plan passed the Senate 48-1, with one […]

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Cincinnati City Hall - EEJCC

Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously to approve two ordinances addressing corruption in city government. Ordinance 0415-2021 prohibits City Council members from soliciting campaign contributions from developers who have an interest in any ordinance before the council. The ordinance will be […]

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USA and Northern Mariana Islands flags

Democrat Corina Magofna defeated Republican Grace Sablan Vaiagae in the special general election on October 16 for Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives District 3. Magofna fills the vacancy caused by the death of Ivan A. Blanco and will complete […]

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