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Samantha Lachman
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Samantha Lachman is a staff reporter covering the 2016 presidential election, state politics and civil rights issues. She has lived in Washington, D.C. since she graduated from Duke University in 2013.

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Despite Democrats' Efforts, Most Americans Don't Prioritize Voting Rights When Voting

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- National Democrats are doing more outreach than ever before to convince voters they are the party that defends the right to vote. But new polling from The Huffington Post and YouGov demonstrates they have some work to do to get that message to...

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Latinos Warn Democrats Not To Get Too Cocky About Facing Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The GOP’s imminent nomination of Donald Trump has inspired Democrats to suggest they could retake the House in NovemberBut civic engagement organizations that work with Latinos are warning Democrats that...

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Bernie Sanders Is Fundraising For State Legislative Candidates

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton frequently emphasizes that she is a “proud Democrat” who wants to help elect other Democrats, contrasting herself with rival Bernie Sanders.

While Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, has set grassroots fundraising records for...

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Federal Court Rules Ohio Voting Cutbacks Are Unconstitutional

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:40 PM

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ohio’s cutbacks to early voting are unconstitutional and violate the Voting Rights Act because they give African-Americans “less opportunity to participate in the political process compared to other voters” in past elections.

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Oklahoma's Legislature Passed A Bill Making It A Felony To Perform An Abortion

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:02 PM

Oklahoma’s legislature passed a first-in-the-nation law Thursday that would make it a felony for abortion providers to perform or induce the procedure.

Senate Bill 1552 now heads to the desk of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R). It contains no...

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Here's More Proof Donald Trump Is A Serial Liar

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 1:46 PM

Here’s yet another example of how the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump is a serial liar.

Trump told The New York Times magazine in an interview published Wednesday that when he said in March...

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This State Says It Can Automatically Register Voters Without Legislative Approval

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:18 PM

Connecticut announced this week that it will become the fifth state in the U.S. to automatically register its citizens to vote. And it’s going to do so in an innovative way.

While Oregon,...

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Oregon's Democratic Primary Voters Push Bernie Sanders To Victory

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:29 PM

Bernie Sanders won Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, demonstrating once again that his campaign will continue to win states even as...

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Maybe Republicans Should Be More Concerned About Election Fraud Than Voter Fraud

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 5:08 PM

The Republican primary to determine who will challenge Colorado’s Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet this fall has been consumed by allegations that one candidate got onto the ballot with forged signatures.

The candidate battling the forgery accusations is Jon Keyser, an attorney...

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Bernie Sanders Inspired This Progressive To Challenge A Democratic Incumbent

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 3:14 PM

A progressive House candidate is tying himself as closely to Bernie Sanders as possible in the hopes that it will help him pull off a major upset against a relatively conservative Democratic incumbent in Oregon next Tuesday, foreshadowing...

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Civic Groups Are Rushing To Register Newly Eligible Ex-Offenders In Virginia

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 3:16 PM

RICHMOND, VA. -- “I’m just overwhelmed,” John Barbee said, after he finished filling out a voter registration form in the basement of a Baptist church in Richmond Thursday.

The 62-year-old, who was released from prison in 1972, had been trying to register...

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Sarah Palin Says She'll Back Paul Ryan's Primary Challenger

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 10:48 AM

Sarah Palin said Sunday that she would support Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s primary challenger in Wisconsin this year because Ryan has so far declined to back the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Ryan said that he was

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John McCain Won't Say Donald Trump Should Take Back His Comments About Immigrants

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 9:51 AM

John McCain, Arizona’s senior Republican senator, declined to call upon Donald Trump to retract his past characterizations of undocumented Mexican immigrants entering the United States. McCain also said that Trump "could be a capable leader."

On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, McCain...

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Kansas Moves To Terminate Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Contract

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:37 PM

Cutting off Planned Parenthood’s contracts to provide Medicaid services probably violates federal law, but Kansas has done it anyway.

Gov. Sam Brownback (R), one of the nation’s most virulently anti-abortion elected officials, promised in January that he...

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Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana Democratic Primary

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 4:24 PM

Bernie Sanders’ victory in Indiana’s Democratic primary Tuesday demonstrates his popularity with voters hasn’t faded, even as his path to the presidential nomination has narrowed.

Sanders led...

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Virginia GOP To Sue Governor Over Voting Rights For Ex-Offenders

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:22 PM

Republicans in Virginia said Monday that they plan to sue Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over an executive order he issued last month restoring voting rights to over 200,000 of the state’s residents who have been disenfranchised by past felony convictions.


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Bernie Sanders Challenges The Democratic Party To Keep Its Soul

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:25 AM

Hillary Clinton’s allies have pressured Bernie Sanders to tone down his criticisms of Democrats as the party’s convention nears. But a speech he gave yesterday shows that if anything, Sanders is broadening his attacks on the party even as his chances of getting the nomination narrow.


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Vermont Is The Nation’s Fourth State To Pass An Automatic Registration Law

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:09 AM

Automatic voter registration picked up more momentum Thursday as Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed a bill that would automatically register eligible voters when they interact with Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

The bill, which could add up to 50,000 new voters...

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Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Seek To Elect A 'Brand New Congress'

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 12:17 PM

While even Bernie Sanders is starting to admit that his chance of winning the Democratic nomination is exceedingly slim, some of his former staff and volunteers have formed a political action committee dedicated to giving the...

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Hillary Clinton Wins Delaware's Democratic Primary

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 11:55 AM

Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in Delaware’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, in another demonstration of how difficult it is for the independent...

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