Politics

3:03pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Code Switch

As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:04 pm

An Arkansas voter enters an early-voting polling place on May 5.
Danny Johnston AP

Three states are holding primaries Tuesday, and voters might understandably be confused over what kind of identification they need to show at the polls.

In Indiana, it has to be a government-issued photo ID. In Ohio, you can get by with a utility bill. In North Carolina, you won't need a photo ID until 2016. But that law, along with ID laws in many other states, faces an uncertain future.

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10:51am

Tue May 6, 2014
Law

Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm

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7:39am

Tue May 6, 2014
It's All Politics

This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:55 pm

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, shown during a recent debate with her GOP primary opponents, is attempting to become the first female Republican to win her party's nomination to run for U.S. Senate in the Hawkeye State.
Charlie Neibergall AP

In its 168 years, Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress or picked one as its governor.

For many residents who pride themselves on a progressive civil rights history that predates statehood, that political reality has become an exasperating distinction shared with only one other state — Mississippi.

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7:04am

Tue May 6, 2014
It's All Politics

5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:00 am

North Carolina Republican Senate hopeful Greg Brannon (left) greets Adam Love and his daughter Gwendolyn Love during a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday.
Chuck Burton AP

Get ready for election season.

Tuesday's primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch that will go a long way toward outlining the shape of the midterm election landscape.

By the end of June, more than half the states will have conducted their primary elections. And the answers to some of the most important questions about the November elections will be clearer.

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2:24am

Tue May 6, 2014
She Votes

GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

"We have allowed ourselves to be branded [in] a way I do not feel is representative of who we are as Republicans," says Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., of her party's negative reputation on women's issues.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Republicans have a problem with women.

Since the 1980s, women have been much more likely than men to vote Democratic.

Increasingly, however, Republican operatives see getting more women to vote for their candidates as key to the party's future.

Take Equal Pay Day, for instance, a political holiday that Democrats have used to push a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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