Democrats target state elections with focus on election security
Supporting secretaries of state offices in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi in effort to expand voting rights

Democrats are supporting secretaries of state offices across the country to try to win a majority of those offices nationwide. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats on Thursday launched a campaign to win secretaries of state races in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi this November by pointing to their focus on boosting election security and expanding voting rights, compared with Republican officials.

“The office of the secretary of State is more important than ever,” Alex Padilla, the secretary of state for California and president of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, told CQ Roll Call. “Every election cycle is an opportunity to elect Democratic secretaries of State, but also to ensure security and accessibility” for voters.

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Voting Rights Groups Brace for Election Day ‘Chaos‘
Reports of disenfranchisement already cropping up during early voting

Voting rights advocates are preparing for the first presidential election since 1964 without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Voting rights advocates are preparing for a “perfect storm of chaos” on Election Day — and not just because a hurricane has already affected registrations in some key battleground states.

Reports of voter disenfranchisement have already cropped up during early voting, the advocates say. Some Texas election officials are implementing a voter ID law that a federal appeals court struck down as discriminatory. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he fears the election will be rigged and urged voters to “go out and watch the polls,” prompting fears of voter intimidation among minorities, particularly.

Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis in One Chart
The territory faces another default on a debt payment on July 1

Grammy and Tony award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway show Hamilton, visited the Capitol in March to push to address the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Facing a $72 billion public debt, Puerto Rico defaulted on a $422 million payment last month, stoking fears that the commonwealth's fiscal situation needs drastic intervention. As the territory is facing a $2 billion payment due July 1, Congress is considering a measure to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt under the purview of a mediation board or in federal court.  

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Supreme Court to Consider Virginia State House Gerrymandering Case
Justices previously rebuffed challenge to state’s congressional district map

The court ruled last month that Virginia Republicans couldn't challenge a ruling that created a new congressional district map. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court will consider next term a challenge to the map for Virginia’s House of Delegates, including whether 12 districts are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

The case arrives less than a month after the justices ruled against a challenge to the state’s congressional district maps.

Medicaid Plans Succeed in Obamacare as Others Struggle
Some smaller insurers are outperforming broader industry on exchanges

Smaller insurers with Medicaid experience are showing success on the Obamacare exchanges.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Smaller insurers with experience in Medicaid, such as Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, are outperforming the broader insurance industry on the federal health exchanges. Their success is putting a spotlight on their business model as the Obama administration and other insurers seek to stabilize the fledgling individual market.  

If Medicaid-like plan features become the norm, consumers and medical providers would be substantially affected. Such plans are often popular in the exchanges for their low premiums, but consumers have criticized limits on their access to medical providers such as doctors. And physicians fault the plans for low reimbursement rates.  

Vote for Your Favorite Taste of America
States' favorite dishes in play; winner announced at Congressional Baseball Game

Indiana's breaded pork tenderloin took the honors at last year's Taste of America reception. (James R. Brantley)

This year's Taste of America bracket has been posted for you to vote online and show your home state pride.  

Each state is represented by either one or two dishes, many of which have changed since last year . The dishes were chosen by survey results filled out by Roll Call readers suggesting the best dishes from each state .  

Taste of America Bracket Coming
The winner will be presented on June 23 at the Congressional Baseball Game


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The Circus is Great, But Watch the States
Some of the most important work and most important elections have migrated to the states

While the circus around the presidential election has been engrossing, state legislatures are doing the work that Congress once did. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

If you are reading Roll Call, let’s assume you’re a political junkie. You know all about delegate math. You understand how contested conventions work and you know exactly when and where each state will pick its delegates, just so that you can be ready in case a dogfight breaks out.  And who doesn’t love a dogfight?

But do you know if the attorney general in your state has a primary challenger? Is your state legislature in session this week? Or this year? Do you even know your state representative’s name?