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South Carolina & Nevada Democratic Primaries: Feb. 3-6, 2024

South Carolina Republican Primary coming on Feb. 28; Nevada Republican caucus coming on Feb. 8

    President Biden won his first REAL primary -- because the N.H. primary awarded no delegates, but the South Carolnia and Nevcada primaries do. The reason for Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson to continue their campaigns is to gain some delegates so they have a voice at the summer convention. That didn't happen in the SC or NV primary (but it DID happen for Nikki Haley in New Hampshire, and she'll keep gaining delegates as long as she stays in the race).
    CANDIDATE S.C. VOTES S.C. PERCENT S.C. DELEGATES Nev. VOTES Nev. PERCENT Nev. DELEGATES
    Pres.Joe Biden 126,321 votes 96.2% 55 delegates 98,358 votes 89.3% 36 delegates
    Rep. Dean Phillips 2,726 votes 2.1% 0 delegates 3,173 votes 2.9% 0 delegates
    Marianne Williamson 2,239 votes 1.7% 0 delegates (not on ballot) 0 delegates

    The Republicans DID hold a primary in Nevada but it was a "beauty contest" where no delegates were awarded; the delegates will be awarded at a caucus on Feb. 8.

Source: See additional Marianne Williamson issue stances.


2024 N.H. primary: Jan. 23rd, 2024

Trump and Biden win New Hampshire Primary

The results are in for the NH Primaries (and the Iowa caucuses). First we report the delegate counts -- the only number that REALLY matters:

Bound Delegates IA NH Total
Donald Trump 20 12 32
Nikki Haley 8 9 17
Ron DeSantis 9 0 9
Vivek Ramaswamy 3 0 3
Total needed for nomination: 1,215
Donald Trump won both IA and NH, but these are both small contests in terms of delegates, and the runners-up do get delegates awarded too. When Nikki Haley says she'll "stay in the race," she means she'll seek more delegates in her home state of South Carolina (Feb. 24) and on "Super Tuesday" (multiple states on March 5).

By staying in the race, Haley will gain hundreds of delegates, who are "bound" to vote for her in the first nominating round at the Republican Convention on July 15. Trump's delegates are bound for Trump too -- but delegates are not bound on the second round of voting. By July, Trump may face felony convictions, and some delegates may seek a second round. The pundits ask, "What is Haley's path to the nomination?" -- that is ONE path, however unlikely!

What about the actual vote counts?

Candidate IA NH
Pres.Donald Trump 56,260 163,700
Gov.Nikki Haley 21,085 129,646
Gov.Ron DeSantis 23,420 2,046
CEO Vivek Ramaswamy 8,449 709
Gov.Chris Christie 35 1,310
Gov.Asa Hutchinson 191 15
V.P.Mike Pence -- 357
Sen.Tim Scott --166
Total 103,037 297,949
While the pundits ooze breathlessly about the importance of Iowa and New Hampshire, keep in mind that they represent only a tiny fraction of the voting population. Both are small states, and much less racially diverse than the rest of the country -- and even within their small, mostly-white populations, few people actually turn out to vote. In Iowa, only about 15% of registered Republicans voted in the caucuses (just over 100,000 people out of a population of 3.2 million). In New Hampshire, about 300,000 voted out of a population of 1.4 million (which might make 40% of registered voters). That means about 400,000 people have voted in Republican primaries -- compared to 36 million in 2020 -- there's a long way to go!

What about the Democrats?

N.H.CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
Pres.Joe Biden write-in 79,455 63.9%
Rep. Dean Phillips 24,335 19.6%
Marianne Williamson 5,006 4.0%
Derek Nadeau 1,612 1.3%
The New Hampshire Democrats did hold a primary, but did not elect any delegates (because they broke the Democratic Party rules about voting too early). Also, Joe Biden's name was not printed on the ballot (because he wanted to respect the Democratic Party rules) and all of his votes were "write-in" votes. But Biden won the popular vote handily anyway (with lower turnout than the Republican primary). The Iowa Democrats' "presidential preference" caucus will be finalized on March 5.

    Sources:
  • CBS News, "How many delegates does New Hampshire have for the 2024 primary and how are they awarded?", by Kathryn Watson, (Link)
  • New York Post, "New Hampshire primary live updates: Trump celebrates third NH primary win, mocks 'imposter' Haley for loss," by Diana Glebova , Ryan King , Steven Nelson , Samuel Chamberlain and Kaydi Pelletier, (Link)
  • CBS News, "Iowa caucus turnout for 2024 and how it compares to previous years," by Kaia Hubbard, January 16, 2024, (Link)
  • New York Times, "New Hampshire's G.O.P. Primary Sets a State Turnout Record," by Nick Corasaniti, (Link)
  • Ballotpedia vote counts for Iowa and New Hampshire, all of the above downloaded 1/24/24 unless otherwise dated.

Source: See additional excerpts from the pre-Iowa caucuses (the pre-NH primary debates got cancelled!).


Fifth GOP Presidential debate: Jan. 10th, 2024

2 contenders in Iowa

    CNN established these qualifications for the 5th debate:
  1. Participants must have 10% of the vote in multiple polls (an increase from 6% in the 4th debate)
  2. Trump did qualify for this criterion, but Trump counter-programmed directly against this debate (which we excerpt).
  3. We also excerpt two Town Halls for the two main candidates, eaerlier in the week.
  4. The Iowa caucus takes place on Jan. 15th.
Source: See additional excerpts from the pre-Iowa caucuses.


2024 Presidential shake-out: December 21, 2023

25 days until Iowa caucus

The field of candidates is now set for the start of the primary season. Who's in as the vote-counting starts, and who's out?

For the upcoming Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, there are 5 candidates remainging running in the Republican primary, and 3 candidates running in the Democratic primary.

Source: Try our VoteMatch quiz today - now including Dr. Jill Stein and Rep. Dean Phillips.


Fourth GOP Presidential debate: Dec. 6, 2023

4 contenders in Tuscaloosa

    The Republican National Committee established these qualifications for the 4th debate:
  1. Participants must have 6% of the vote in multiple polls (an increase from 4% in the 3rd debate)
  2. Participants must have 80,000 unique donors (an increase from 70,000 donors in the 3rd debate)
  3. Participants must sign a pledge to support the party's eventual 2024 nominee (Trump does not qualify for this criteria, but Trump was invited anyway. Trump did not counter-program against this debate).
  • NewsNation Republican Primary Debate in Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama)
  • Moderated by Megyn Kelly of SiriusXM; Elizabeth Vargas of NewsNation; and Eliana Johnson of Washington Free Beacon
  • The fourth and final Republican Presidential Primary Debate of 2023, from the University of Alabama; broadcast on News Nation and the CW.
Source: See additional excerpts from the NewsNation GOP debate.


2024 Gubernatorial primaries: Nov. 26th, 2023

Candidates for Governor in 13 states

The 2023 Governor races are all decided now, so we begin our coverage of the 2024 Governor races in thirteen states. Click on the state name below to see our coverage of the primary races, or click on each candidate's name to see their VoteMatch responses.

Source: Try our VoteMatch quiz today - where all of the gathered excerpts match YOUR issue stances.


Third GOP Presidential debate: Nov. 8, 2023

5 contenders in Miami

    The Republican National Committee established these qualifications for the 3rd debate:
  1. Participants must have 4% of the vote in multiple polls (an increase from 3% in the 2nd debate)
  2. Participants must have 70,000 unique donors (an increase from 50,000 donors in the 2nd debate)
  3. Participants must sign a pledge to support the party's eventual 2024 nominee.

  • Senator Tim Scott participated in this debate but withdrew from the presidential race shortly afterwards.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence withdrew from the presidential race shortly before this debate.
  • Former President Donald Trump counter-programmed against this debate, as in the first two debates.
Source: See additional excerpts from the NBC News GOP debate.


2023 Gubernatorial elections: Nov 7th, 2023

Governors elected in Lousiana and Mississippi

Two Gubernatorial races -- MS and KY -- were decided on November 7. Our VoteMatch quiz covers all three 2023 governor's races (pick KY, LA, or MS under "2022 Gubernatorial races").

Kentucky Gubernatorial Race Mississippi Gubernatorial Race

Source: Try our VoteMatch quiz today - where all of the gathered excerpts match YOUR issue stances.


Dean Phillips announces as Democrat: Oct. 27, 2023

Rep. Dean Phillips (R-MN) challenges President Biden

    Rep. Dean Phillips (R-MN) announced a challenge to President Biden in the Democratic presidential primary. Rep. Phillips will likely win the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Democratic primary because President Biden has decided to not file papers to appear on the N.H. ballot, to comply with Democratic Party rules about early voting states. Some issue stances by Dean Phillips:
    • Reproductive Rights: Supports reproductive rights & paid family leave
    • Women's Rights: Sponsored bill for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment
    • Police Reform: Stricter rules for law enforcement accountability
    • College Cost: Ensure education & training after high school is affordable
    • Free Trade: Implement USMCA (Mexico-Canada) for improved North American trade
    • Gun Control: Pass background checks & assault weapons ban
    • Mental Health: Support mental health programs for children
    • Immigration: Create fair pathways to earned, legal citizenship
    • Jobs: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to combat wage discrimination
    • Social Security: Protect Social Security from being privatized or reduced
    • Tax Reform: Make middle class tax cuts permanent; end special giveaways
    • War & Peace: No military force against Iran without Congress approval

Source: See additional Rep. Dean Phillips issue stances.


House Speaker voted in: Oct. 25, 2023

Mike Johnson wins as 4th nominee

The Hill news magazine suggested that the key feature of the Speaker votes were the level of support for overturning the 2020 election. So we looked into three key votes to characterize each Speaker candidates; views on the events of January 6th. For each key vote, we scored the votes as follows on a scale from "-2" indicating support of the events of January 6th, to "+2" indicating opposition of the events of January 6th. The overall score for Republican candidates for Speaker of the House can be interpreted as -6 = hard-core supporter of overturning the 2020 election; while any other score indicates a more moderate stance.

    Electoral Decertification: This vote took place on January 6th, after a long interruption by rioters entering the Capitol building. The vote was to block certification of the vote of the Electoral College. Three GOP Speaker candidates voted NAY:
  • YEA to block certification scores as -2 (support Jan. 6 events)
  • NAY to block certification scores as +2 (oppose Jan. 6 events)
    H.R. 24 Impeachment: President Trump was impeached for inciting insurrection. The impeachment vote was opposed by every candidate for Speaker:
  • NAY on impeachment in House vote scores as -2 (support Jan. 6 events)
  • YEA on impeachment in House vote scores as +1 (oppose Jan. 6 events)
    H.R. 503 Commission: Congress created a Commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6th. Only one Speaker candidate abstained from this vote, but that candidate eventually won the Speakership:
  • NAY on creating a Jan. 6 Commission scores as -2 (support Jan. 6 events)
  • YEA on creating a Jan. 6 Commission scores as +2 (oppose Jan. 6 events)
Bottom Line: Mike Johnson is not as extreme as many of his colleagues, concerning the January 6th insurrection. The mainstream media has taken a partisan stance, asserting that he's an extremist who supported overturning the 2020 election. But 105 Republican members of Congress voted along the party line on all three of the votes analyzed below, while Johnson did not, on one out of the three. Looking at that voting record, the new Speaker shows more thoughtfulness than his most extremist colleagues.
Legislator name Overall Score Electoral Decertification H.R. 24 Impeachment H.R. 503 Commission Status in Speakership race
Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) -6 YEA Nay NAY Announced Oct. 21
Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) -6 YEA Nay NAY Announced Oct. 20
Tom Emmer (R-MN-6) -2 NAY Nay NAY 3rd nominee for speaker by GOP Conference but lost floor vote.
Kevin Hern (R-OK-1) -6 YEA Nay NAY Annnounced on Oct. 6 that he would seek the speakership (withdrew Oct. 7; re-entered Oct. 22)
Mike Johnson (R-LA-4) -4 YEA Nay Abstain 4th nominee from GOP Conference; elected Oct 25.
Jim Jordan (R-OH-4) -6 YEA Nay NAY 2nd nominee for speaker by GOP Conference but lost floor vote, Oct. 19-20.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-22) -6 YEA Nay NAY Voted out of speakership Oct. 3, 2023
Dan Meuser (R-Pa.) -2 NAY Nay NAY Announced Oct. 22
Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) -6 YEA Nay NAY Announced Oct. 22
Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) -6 YEA Nay NAY Withdrew Oct. 13 after getting GOP nomination Oct. 11
Austin Scott (R-GA-8) -2 NAY Nay NAY Lost secret ballot in GOP Conference for nomination against Jim Jordan in a 124-81 vote on Oct. 19; re-filed and lost on Oct. 25
Pete Sessions (R-Texas) -6 YEA Nay NAY Announced Oct. 20
Source: The Hill and Snopes scorecard .


Louisiana Governor Elected: Oct. 15, 2023

MS and KY still on for November 7

The Louisiana Gubernatorial race includes a "jungle primary" without party affiliation -- and normally the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff on November 18. But one candidate exceeded 50% and hence was declared elected without a runoff.

The other two Gubernatorial races -- MS and KY -- are still on for November 7. Our VoteMatch quiz covers all three 2023 governor's races (pick KY, LA, or MS under "2022 Gubernatorial races").

Louisiana Gubernatorial Race Kentucky Gubernatorial Race Mississippi Gubernatorial Race
  • Jeff Landry, Louisiana Attorney General
  • Shawn Wilson, former Democratic Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
  • Sharon Hewitt, Majority Leader of the Louisiana Senate from the 1st district
  • John Schroder, Louisiana State Treasurer
Source: Try the VoteMatch quiz for KY/MS/LA governor races.


RFK Jr. announces as Independent: Oct. 9, 2023

Kennedy drops out of Demoratic primary; Will Hurd drops out of Republican primary

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will run for president as an Independent instead of challenging President Biden in the Democratic primary.

    The pundits are at a loss to explain this, portraying RFK's decision in horse-race terms like "Will Kennedy take more votes from Biden or Trump?" At OnTheIssues, we explain RFK by ignoring the simplistic either-or left-right spectrum -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a centrist who doesn't fit the mainstream media's Democrat-vs.-Republican-only model. Take a look at our coverage of RFK, by clicking on the links below, which illustrate RFK's stances that match the typical left AND the typical right:

RFK's stances that match typical DemocratsRFK's stances that match typical Republicans

Source: See additional Robert F. Kennedy Jr. issue stances.


House Speaker voted out: Oct. 3, 2023

Kevin McCarthy loses "motion to vacate"

In response to Speaker McCarthy's passing a budget extension bill with Democratic support last week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced a "motion to vacate the Chair." The motion passed 216 to 210, with Democratic support as well. Now the U.S. House will vote, perhaps this week, for a new House Speaker. House leadership includes....

House Leadership
(click for issues stances)
Leadership Title (click for official website)
Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House (Jan. 7 - Oct. 3, 2023) (Republican, California 23rd district)
Steve Scalise Majority Leader (Republican, Louisiana 1st district)
Tom Emmer Majority Whip (Republican, Minnesota 6th district)
Elise Stefanik Republican Conference Chair (Republican, NY 21st district)
Hakeem Jeffries Minority Leader (Democrat, N.Y. 8th district)
Katherine Clark Minority Whip (Democrat, MA 5th district)
Pete Aguilar Democratic Caucus Chair (Democrat, CA 33rd district)
Nancy Pelosi Speaker Emerita (Democrat, California 12th district)
Candidates for House Speaker:
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) annnounced on Oct. 4 that he would seek the speakership (withdrew Oct. 13 after getting GOP nomination)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-4) annnounced on Oct. 5 that he would seek the speakership (withdrew but re-entered race on Oct. 13)
Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK-1) annnounced on Oct. 6 that he would seek the speakership (withdrew Oct. 7)
Fox News annnounced on Oct. 6 that they would host a joint interview with the three candidates, Monday at 6 PM EST (cancelled)
Former Pres. Donald Trump (R-FL) annnounced on Oct. 6 that he considered running for Speaker but instead endorsed Jim Jordan
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA--8) announced on Oct. 13 that he would seek the speakership
Source: See additional excerpts from the U.S. House of Representatives.


Second GOP Presidential debate: Sept. 27, 2023

7 contenders in Simi Valley

    Debate hosted by Fox Business Network with Univision and Rumble, an online video platform.
    The Republican National Committee established these qualifications for the 2nd debate:
  1. Participants must have 3% of the vote in multiple polls (an increase from 1% in the 1st debate)
  2. Participants must have 50,000 unique donors, including at least 200 from 20 different states (an increase from 40,000 donors in the 1st debate)
  3. Participants must sign the RNC's loyalty pledge, vowing to support the party's eventual nominee (same as for 1st debate).

  • Larry Elder, Perry Johnson, and Rep. Will Hurd withdrew from the presidential race shortly before this debate.
  • Former President Donald Trump counter-programmed against this debate, as in the first debate.
Source: See additional excerpts from the second GOP debate in Simi Valley.


2024 Presidential Primary coverage: Sept. 16th, 2023

All of the candidates on all of the issues

  • 2023 GOP debate in Milwaukee
  • (CNN Town Halls coming soon)
  • Collected interviews of 2023 presidential primary hopefuls
  • (2024 general election hopefuls)
  • Fact-checking on previous elections
  • (2024 FactChecks coming soon)
  • Campaign "AdWatch" advertisements
  • (2023-2024 AdWatch coming soon)
  • 2022 Endorsements
  • (2023-2024 Endorsements coming soon)
  • 2024 presidential candidate websites
  • (2023-2024 press releases coming soon)

    Source: Try our VoteMatch quiz today - where all of the gathered excerpts match YOUR issue stances.


    GOP Presidential debate: Aug. 23, 2023

    Plus Trump counter-programming interview

    Click below to see excerpts from the first Republican primary debate in Milwaukee, plus "Tucker on X" interview of Donald Trump, plus AdWatch and FactCheck commentary.

    Source: See additional excerpts from the Fox News GOP debate.


    2024 Presidential Primary quiz: Aug. 20th, 2023

    VoteMatch quiz is ready for all the presidential primary contenders

    OnTheIssues' VoteMatch quiz matches you with all the presidential candidates when you answer 20 questions. The quiz also describes your political philosophy based on your 20 questions. The political philosophies for the contenders are:
    Democratic and third-party contendersRepublican contenders
  • Joe Biden is a Populist-Leaning Liberal
  • Kamala Harris is a populist-leaning Hard-Core Liberal
  • Howie Hawkins is a Hard-Core Liberal
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a Centrist
  • Joe Maldonado is a Moderate Libertarian Liberal
  • Cornel West is a Hard-Core Liberal
  • Kanye West is a Centrist
  • Marianne Williamson is a Hard-Core Liberal
  • Doug Burgum is a Moderate Conservative
  • Chris Christie is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative
  • Ron DeSantis is a Hard-Core Conservative
  • Larry Elder is a libertarian-leaning Hard-Core Conservative
  • Nikki Haley is a Hard-Core Conservative
  • Will Hurd is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative
  • Asa Hutchinson is a Populist-Leaning Conservative
  • Perry Johnson is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative
  • Stephen Laffey is a Moderate Conservative
  • Mike Pence is a libertarian-leaning Hard-Core Conservative
  • Vivek Ramaswamy is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative
  • Tim Scott is a Hard-Core Conservative
  • Corey Stapleton is a Populist-Leaning Conservative
  • Francis Suarez is a Centrist
  • Donald Trump is a Hard-Core Conservative
  • Source: Try our VoteMatch quiz today.


    GOP Presidential Primary coverage: Aug. 8, 2023

    We're ready for the first Republican primary debate

    Click on a name below to see the VoteMatch preparation for the Republican primary debate. We don't know which contenders will make the debate criteria, but we cover them all.

    North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R)
    N.D. Gov.
    Doug Burgum
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)
    N.J. Gov.
    Chris Christie
          
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R)
    Florida Gov.
    Ron DeSantis
     
    Talk Radio Host Larry Elder (R)
    Radio Host Larry Elder
      
    South Carolina Governor and Former Ambassador Nikki Haley (R)
    S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley
      
    U.S. Rep Will_Hurd(R,FL)
    U.S.Rep.Will Hurd (FL)
      
    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
    AR Gov. Asa Hutchinson
      
    CEO Perry Johnson (R)
    CEO Perry Johnson
      
    Cranston Rhode Island Mayor Steve Laffey (R)
    Mayor Steve Laffey
       
    Vice President & Former Gov. Mike Pence (R)
    Former V.P.
    Mike Pence
      
    CEO Vivek Ramaswamy (R)
    CEO Vivek Ramaswamy
     
    S.C. Senator Tim Scott (R)
    S.C. Senator
    Tim Scott
       
    Montana Secretary Corey Stapleton (R)
    MT Secy.
    Corey Stapleton
          
    Mayor Francis Suarez (R)
    FL Mayor
    Francis Suarez
          
    Former President Donald Trump (R)
    Former Pres. Trump
       
    Source: See additional 2023-2024 presidential contenders coverage.


    Political History: July 4th, 2023

    Excerpts from the 1940s through the 1990s

    OnTheIssues includes historical political excerpts to highlight past presidents and other historical figures. We unveil our "history" series on Independence Day when all Americans think about our history!

    Source: See additional State of the State speeches.


    Presidential Primary coverage: Jun 5-22, 2023

    Five new candidates announce for presidency

    The dividing line between "announcing early" and "announcing late" has now occured, and five new candidates decided to "announce early" this week. Any candidate who announces after this week will be deemed to be "announcing late".

    In the Republican primary, the determining factor is eligibility for the early debates, which erquire 40,000 donors by August 23 -- just two months away. And the candidate needs to poll at 1% or above in several polls -- but every candidate thinks they can manage that -- the 40,000 donors is less open to interpretation. Here are the new contenders:

    • June 22: Former U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX-23), running for Republican nomination
    • June 14: Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, running for Republican nomination
    • June 13: Harvard Professor Cornel West, running for Green Party nomination (and People's Party as of June 5)
    • June 7: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, running for Republican nomination
    • June 6: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, ran for 2016 Republican nomination
    • June 5: Former Vice President Mike Pence, running for Republican nomination
    • April 19: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. running for Democratic nomination (new OnTheIssues page this week)
    • February 21: Vivek Ramaswamy, running for Reublican nomination (new OnTheIssues page this week)
    Source: See additional 2024 GOP primary information.


    Presidential Primary coverage: May 22-24, 2023

    Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announces presidential run

    The Republican Senator from South Carolina announced today that he will run for the Republica presidential nomination. The Republican Governor of Florida is expected to announce later this week. In other words, the presidential primary is underway! Here are the contenders so far, including their announcement status:

    Republican Presidential PrimaryDemocratic Presidential Primary
    Independent/Third Party
    Source: See additional 2020 presidential race information.


    State of the State Speeches (Round 2): April 2, 2023

    Excerpts from Governor's late State of the State addresses

    Governors' State of the State addresses take place mostly in January through March, with just a few extending into April. Here, we highlight differences between the "left" and "right" stances on key issues -- like our earlier list on Feb. 28...
    Left-leaning stanceDescription of the stancesRight-leaning stance
    Wes Moore (D, MD): We can invest today while also preparing for the future Budget Spending vs. Budget Cuts Jim Pillen (R, NE): Agencies must focus on what is needed, not what is nice.
    Janet Mills (D, ME): Expert in substance abuse for every child welfare district Drug Rehab vs. Drug War Greg Abbott (R, TX): Treat fentanyl deaths as poisonings; prosecute as murders
    Tony Evers (D, WI): More than $100M to take a three-pronged approach on PFAS Environmental action vs. EPA over-reach Mark Gordon (R, WY): More than 30 lawsuits challenging federal overreach
    Bill Lee (R, TN): Paid parental-leave for state workers, no business mandate Family Leave vs. Family Values Greg Gianforte (R, MT): $5000 adoption tax credit; $7500 adopting out of foster care
    Phil Murphy (D, NJ): New Jersey proudly stands with the people of Ukraine Foreign Alliances vs. Foreign Adversaries Kevin Stitt (R, OK): We will protect Oklahoma from the Communist Party of China
    Josh Green (D, HI): Reposition our economy to pursue global opportunities Global trade vs. Trade restrictions Glenn Youngkin (R, VA): Prohibit Chinese Communist tech & purchases of farmland
    Dan McKee (D, RI): I'm ready to sign a ban on sale of assault style weapons New gun laws vs. enforcing existing gun laws Greg Abbott (R, TX): Mandatory minimum sentence for illegally possessing guns
    Chris Sununu (R, NH): $5M towards a computer science initiative in schools Technology investment vs. technology restrictions Glenn Youngkin (R, VA): Prohibit tech companies from selling children's data

    Source: See additional State of the State speeches.


    House coverage: March 7, 2023

    What are the issue stances of the new GOP majority?

    On March 7, the 435th member of Congress was sworn in -- Jennifer McClellan of Virginia -- after a special election (SPEL) in February to replace Donald McEachin, who died in late November 2022. This means both chambers are now full (for the first time since 2019) after the Senate's SPEL winner was seated on January 23, 2023.

    Following are all of the newly-seated members of the 118th United States Congress, including those elected in all SPELs during the 117th Congress. The slightly longer list for Republicans reflects the GOP takeover of the House majority. Our coverage for now is "thin" for most new House members, but will get filled in during the coming months, as voting occurs. The overall counts by party during the November election, not including SPELs, are:

    35 newly-seated Democrats, including 12 Dem. gains and 23 Dem. holds... 41 newly-seated Republicans, including 18 GOP gains and 23 GOP holds...
    Democrats newly-seated in 118th United States Congress Republicans newly-seated in 118th United States Congress
    Source: See additional House member information.


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