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Politics reporter @19thnews. Past: @politicsinsider. Bad speller. MA native. Send tips/say hi gpanetta@19thnews.org. IG: https://t.co/VWIeFbMbwi
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Jan 12 4 tweets 3 min read
Another curious angle of the George Santos saga flagged by an eagle-eyed tipster: Santos didn't play volleyball at Baruch College. But who did? Pablo Oliveria aka Pablo Patrick, founder/CEO of Linkbridge Investors, where Santos listed being a VP starting in 2017 on his resumé Pablo Oliveria's page on the Baruch College athletics website: athletics.baruch.cuny.edu/sports/mens-vo…
Pablo Patrick's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/pablo-patri…
Jan 10 4 tweets 3 min read
SCOTUS invited the Biden admin to weigh in on a case about a North Carolina charter school's rule requiring girls to wear skirts. The case is not just about a dress code, but whether charter schools are fundamentally "state actors"
My explainer @19thnews 19thnews.org/2023/01/suprem… @19thnews The skirt-only rule aimed to promote "chivalry" and the idea that girls are "a fragile vessel," the school's founder wrote in an email to a parent
She and 2 other parents sued & won at the district court and appellate level, now the case could go to SCOTUS 19thnews.org/2023/01/suprem…
Nov 15, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
NEW: Fertility treatment advocates and patients are gearing up to fight against the next wave of anti-abortion legislation and restrictions on reproductive health, like personhood laws, that could affect access to fertility treatments like IVF in 2023
19thnews.org/2022/11/resolv… .@resolveorg’s Fight For Families campaign, first shared with @19thnews, will track bills affecting IVF & and expand on advocacy in statehouses around the country w/ a focus on highlighting the personal stories of fertility treatment patients and doctors
19thnews.org/2022/11/resolv…
Nov 9, 2022 5 tweets 8 min read
Polls are closing in a bunch of key races — @19thnews has live results via @DecisionDeskHQ!
Full race roundup:19thnews.org/2022/11/house-…
Senate:19thnews.org/2022/09/senate…
House:19thnews.org/2022/10/house-…
Governors:19thnews.org/2022/05/govern…
Abortion ballot measures: 19thnews.org/2022/11/aborti… @19thnews @DecisionDeskHQ .@MaElviraSalazar defeats @Annette_Taddeo in #FL27, one of the races with more than woman candidate that I'm watching tonight, per @DecisionDeskHQ 19thnews.org/2022/10/house-…
Jul 31, 2022 7 tweets 5 min read
NEW: The conservative movement’s next big play for their power in the states is to “scare the hell out of Washington' with an unprecedented convention to rewrite the Constitution. And they're willing to play the long game to win. From @BrentGriffiths & me: businessinsider.com/constitutional… @BrentGriffiths We’ve talked *a lot* about the Constitution lately. This story is about a less-discussed element: Article V, and the little-known but very active — & well-funded — conservative push to rewrite the Constitution with a first-of-its-kind convention of states
businessinsider.com/constitutional…
Apr 11, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
NEW from me:
A 3-part deep-dive on state supreme courts, an highly consequential legal arena & red-hot political battleground. The growing power of state courts has spurred tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending — and heated political attacks:
businessinsider.com/2022-midterms-… Part 1: Who are our state Supreme Court justices? Here’s a rundown of how states pick their state Supreme Court justices, the 80+ key seats on the ballot in 2022, and the consequential issues from voting rights to abortion that state courts decide
businessinsider.com/2022-midterms-…
Feb 24, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
.@mchancecnn reporting from a new liveshot location in the woods. Says Ukrainian troops are "exhausted, tired, and covered in mud" @mchancecnn Another @clarissaward liveshot from a Kharkiv subway station turned into a (very crowded and chaotic) makeshift bomb shelter
Feb 22, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
Quick thread breaking down some of the voting/election section in Rick Scott's 11-point plan to rescue America 🧵 politico.com/f/?id=0000017f…

It begins with this: Image Next on voter ID: numerous studies have found that voter ID laws don’t prevent a statistically significant amount of fraud (since voter impersonation is so rare to begin with), nor do they meaningfully boost voter confidence or turnout. nber.org/system/files/w… Image
Feb 1, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
Inbox: Sens. Durbin, King, and Klobuchar release draft legislative text for their proposal to reform the Electoral Count Act: king.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/… Here's their one-pager: king.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
And a section-by-section summary: king.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
Feb 1, 2022 11 tweets 3 min read
The bipartisan group of 16 senators working on Electoral Count Act reform/broader election reform met tonight. Here are some things we learned tonight from senators as they were leaving the meeting 🧵 The group is divided up into subgroups all working on different issues related to election reform (like a big group project!)
Jan 31, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
My latest:
How a rogue governor & one chamber of Congress could steal the 2024 presidential election far more efficiently than the methods Trump & co tried in 2020 — and how changes to the Electoral Count Act intended to constrain Congress could enable it
businessinsider.com/how-a-rogue-go… I wondered how a governor could steal an election last month when David Perdue said he wouldn’t have certified GA's 2020 election
@Matt_Seligman walked me thru how it's not just possible but, he argues, more likely in 2024 than a repeat of 2020/21 tactics
businessinsider.com/how-a-rogue-go…
Jan 19, 2022 25 tweets 5 min read
.@timkaine on the Senate floor during voting rights debate: "I have to admit something: I'm naive. At age 63, I am incredibly naive." Kaine now giving an impromptu history pop quiz on the senate floor
Jan 18, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
ICYMI: I wrote earlier about the real-world impact of Texas' new voting law, w/ shortages of new paper voter reg and mail ballot request forms, high rejection rates for mail ballot applications, and county clerks hamstrung from helping people vote by mail businessinsider.com/new-texas-elec… To sum up...TX has both a new voter reg form & new absentee ballot request form bc of changes to the law. Because TX has no online registration for most, the voting system relies a lot on paper — and supply chain problems are creating a paper shortage + shortage of the new forms
Jan 18, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
NEW deep-dive from me: Congress may take up reforms to the Electoral Count Act, looking ahead towards 2025
But in the much nearer future, the 2022 midterms could see open warfare over election results ending up in an increasingly polarized Congress businessinsider.com/midterms-could… "There's been so much discussion about the 2024 election, we're forgetting that there are plenty of other important elections you can subvert," @RepColinAllredTX said, adding its "a real possibility" Congress may get results "we're gonna have to question businessinsider.com/midterms-could…
Jan 13, 2022 11 tweets 3 min read
.@SenatorSinema now speaking on the Senate floor, decrying political divisiveness and divisions

"We are divided. It is more likely today that we look at Americans who have different views and see them as other or even as the enemies..." @SenatorSinema Sinema calling out laws restricting voting:

"We must also acknowledge a painful truth: The state laws we seek to address are symptoms of a larger, more deeply rooted problems with our democracy"
Jan 11, 2022 10 tweets 2 min read
i gotta say, this jazz music playing before Biden/Harris go on for their speech is very nice...and calming c-span.org/video/?517146-… Biden and Harris take the stage Image
Jan 10, 2022 7 tweets 4 min read
.@SenSchumer speaking on the Senate floor: "Later this week, we will hold a vote yet again on protecting our democracy...every member in this chamber will have a chance to go on record." @SenSchumer Schumer just described Republicans as turning "the Senate into a deep freezer"
Dec 17, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Washington has long been a pioneer in elections — and one election official wants getting politics out of election administration to be next
My interview w/ Pierce County auditor Julie Anderson about her nonpartisan campaign for WA Secretary of State:
businessinsider.com/julie-anderson… Anderson will run against current Sec. Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, and a Republican contender in WA's top-two primary in August to replace former SOS Kim Wyman
"I like a challenge," Anderson said, adding, "I am running with one hand behind my back, for sure" businessinsider.com/julie-anderson…
Nov 16, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
New from me: After a year of GOP leaders pushing election restrictions & partisan audits to "restore voter confidence," 2 new polls released this week show that GOP voters' confidence & their faith that the 2022 election will be fair is at an all-time low businessinsider.com/republican-vot… .@MonmouthPoll found that not only do over 73% of Republicans believe Biden's 2020 win was due to voter fraud, but that 62% believe that Cyber Ninjas recount in AZ definitely or probably found "significant voter fraud" (it did not, and it couldn't have) businessinsider.com/republican-vot…
Nov 5, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
A lot's been said on what Democrats should learn from Tuesday, but here's one for Republicans:

GOP candidates likely benefited from Democrats expanding ballot access in places like VA, more proof that fighting such changes may not be a winning strategy
businessinsider.com/gop-election-w… We saw this play out last year when, with record levels of mail-in and early voting, Republicans not named Donald Trump did very well in congressional and state legislative races (confirming lots of previous research that expanding early/mail voting doesn’t benefit either party)
Nov 3, 2021 4 tweets 7 min read
BREAKING: @GlennYoungkin will defeat @TerryMcAuliffe in Virginia’s governor’s race, Insider and @DecisionDeskHQ project
businessinsider.com/virginia-gover… @GlennYoungkin @TerryMcAuliffe @DecisionDeskHQ Republican @WinsomeSears will also defeat Democratic nominee @HalaAyala in Virginia’s lieutenant governor’s election, Insider and @DecisionDeskHQ project
businessinsider.com/virginia-lt-go…