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Trump and the Brexit appeal

Aug 25 2016
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Incumbents weather storm of policy debates to keep Tennessee school board seats

Aug 9 2016

Incumbents saw fewer challenges to their re-election bids in Tennessee’s 2016 school board elections than they did in 2014, and they also saw higher success rates. A total of 82.46 percent of school board incumbents in the state’s largest school districts won additional terms in the general election on August 4, 2016. Nearly half of those incumbents—49.12 percent—ran unopposed in their bids for re-election. In 2014, 75.41 percent of incumbents retained their seats, with 37.70 percent of them running unopposed.

The 2016 school board elections were set against a backdrop of statewide education debates about testing, public school funding, and transgender bathroom policies. In April 2016, the state terminated its contract with the provider of the state’s new TNReady test, suspending tests for students in grades three through eight and subsequently delaying accountability measures that were tied to student achievement, such as teacher evaluations and the state’s takeover of failing schools.[1][2]

In June 2016, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools filed a lawsuit against the state over public education funding.[3] The district joined two other districts—Shelby County Schools and the Hamilton County School District—that filed similar funding lawsuits against the state in 2015.[4] In Nashville, school board incumbents experienced a 100 percent success rate.[5] The only new member to join the board won an open

An open seat or election is one in which the incumbent officeholder does not seek re-election.

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2016: A tale of two conventions

Jul 29 2016
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The rise and fall of superdelegates

Jul 28 2016
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Democrats in 2016: Putting on a show

Jul 28 2016
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Trump stirs the DNC in Philadelphia

Jul 28 2016
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Democrats have their presidential ticket now, but party unity will take more time

Jul 27 2016
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Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic presidential nomination and makes history

Jul 27 2016
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Democrats avoid a floor fight by supporting unity commission

Jul 26 2016
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Democrats in 2016: Philadelphia after Cleveland

Jul 25 2016
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