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December 1, 2021  •  

Oregon to Convene Special Session

Oregon State Capitol Building

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she will be calling the Legislature into a special session on December 13 to address eviction protections for renters. The state’s federal funds for rental assistance will be nearly spent by December 1, right before […]

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November 18, 2021  •  

Idaho Legislature Adjourns

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The Idaho Legislature adjourned November 17, ending the state’s longest-ever legislative session. The House, in a unique political move, chose to go on an extended recess rather than adjourn to allow a return to session without being called back by […]

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November 17, 2021  •  

Recall Set for Seattle’s Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Hall - Rootology

A recall has been declared for Kshama Sawant, a Seattle, Washington District 3 City Councilmember. Sawant has been accused of misusing city funds for electioneering purposes, disregarding COVID-19 regulations, and misuse of her official position. Sawant challenged the recall in […]

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California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a special election for the 17th Assembly District on April 19, 2022, with a special primary on February 15, 2022. The former Assemblymember David Chiu vacated his seat after accepting a position […]

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Nevada State Capitol Octagonal Annex

The Nevada special session ended November 16 with Gov. Steve Sisolak signing off on updated redistricting maps. The Democratic-controlled Legislature passed the maps with zero support from the Republican minority and expect lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the maps. The […]

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November 17, 2021  •  

Oregon to Hold Special Session

Oregon State Capitol Building

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced she is in talks with legislative leaders and housing advocates to construct a plan to increase funds in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The federal funds allocated to Oregon to assist renters and owners […]

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November 12, 2021  •  

Nevada to Convene Special Session

Nevada State Capitol Octagonal Annex

A special session announced by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak begins November 12 to vote on new congressional maps. Nevada is a swing state with 38% of voters not identifying with the Democratic or Republican party, raising the political importance of […]

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November 11, 2021  •  

Donald Tatro Appointed to Senate

Nevada State Capitol Octagonal Annex

Reno, Nevada Republican Donald Tatro has been chosen to fill the seat in Senate District 16 after Sen. Ben Kieckhefer accepted an appointment to the Nevada Gaming Commission. Tatro does not plan to run in the 2022 general election.

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November 9, 2021  •  

California Justice Resigns

California Capitol Building

California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentine Cuellar has resigned to become president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace after serving as a justice for seven years. Gov. Newsom will be tasked with appointing a replacement. To remain a justice, the […]

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November 5, 2021  •  

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns

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The Wyoming Legislature adjourned their special session after passing HB 1002, outlawing enforcement of federal vaccine mandates. Included in HB 1002 is the ability for Wyoming’s attorney general to initiate or participate in litigation and take any appropriate action to […]

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Governor Mike Dunleavy - by The Alaska Landmine

Alaska’s fourth special session adjourned under little fanfare. Governor Dunleavy tasked members of the Alaskan Legislature to fund another permanent fund dividend payment, a request met with legislative apathy. The Senate held only one floor session while the house met […]

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

Members of the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) have released an advisory opinion, proposing new limits on contributions to political campaigns. Under the new restrictions, an individual would be limited to $1,500 in donations per candidate or group per year […]

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November 3, 2021  •  

Harrell Wins Mayoral Race

Bruce Harrell, By: Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0

Seattle’s mayoral race, a hotly contested race between current and former Seattle City Council presidents, ended in a landslide victory for Bruce Harrell with 65% of the votes. The election, a race between progressive and moderate Democrats, was affected by […]

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November 3, 2021  •  

State Representative Clem to Step Down

Oregon Senate Chamber - photo by Cacophony

State Representative Brian Clem has announced he will leave the Oregon Legislature before the end of his term. Clem, a Democrat from House District 21, stated he will vacate his seat to take care of his ailing mother, who is […]

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