Uncontested elections: Uncontested elections have become a staple of state legislative elections. In 2014, 32.8 percent of Americans lived in states with an uncontested state senate election. Similarly, 40.4 percent of Americans lived in states with uncontested house elections. Primary elections were uncontested even more frequently, with 61 percent of people living in states with no contested primaries. Traditionally, Southern states have experienced more uncontested elections than the rest of the country, though this has begun to change in more recent elections. Uncontested elections often occur in locations that are so politically one-sided that the result of an election would be a foregone conclusion regardless of whether it was contested or not.
This year, however, the White House and Congress are controlled by Republicans, and congressional leadership has been quiet in calling for a special prosecutor or a deeper investigation into the Trump administration. However, the GOP-controlled Senate and House intelligence committees are investigating the Trump campaign and the Russian hacking. The Senate investigation, led by Sen. R-N.C., has been noted for its cooperation with Senate Democrats, particularly Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, while the House probe has been stalled by political squabbling and the recusal of the panel's chairman, Rep. for his meetings with Trump officials.
House Bill 998: Comparison of House and Senate …
Notable differences between the two bills include the proposed individual and pass-through tax rates, limitations on the deductibility of mortgage interest, and repeal of the estate tax. Many of the Senate provisions — including all of the individual tax reform provisions — sunset by the end of 2025 because of a complicated legislative rule that prevents the Senate from passing a reconciliation bill that increases the federal deficit beyond the 10-year budget window.
House Bill 998: Comparison of House and Senate versions …
With the New Jersey Senate and Assembly included, Democrats in 2017 collectively sought to defend 80 state legislative seats against Republican challengers. Republicans sought to defend 98 state legislative seats against Democratic challengers. Heading into the 2017 elections, both parties controlled 110 seats between the three chambers.
House and Senate Rules of Procedure: A Comparison
The comparisons between President Richard Nixon, the Watergate scandal that helped end his presidency and President Trump are coming with an increasing frequency these days, particularly after Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey Tuesday.
Comparing and Contrasting the House and Senate. …
In 2017, 42 seats had one major party candidate running without major party opposition—for example, a Republican running without a Democratic opponent or vice versa—while 178 seats had at least one candidate from each major party. This means that the outcome of 19 percent of the 220 races that took place in November was all but decided—barring an upset from a third party candidate. The number of races with only one major party candidate in 2017 decreased from 2013, the last time that it was just the Virginia House, New Jersey Assembly, and New Jersey Senate up for election in a single year. In 2013, 58 out of 220 races (26.4 percent) had only one major party candidate. A commonality between 2013 and 2017, however, was that most of the races with only one major party candidate, in each year, came from the Virginia House. In 2017, 40 out of the 42 races with only one major party candidate were in Virginia. In 2013, Virginia accounted for 56 out of 58 races.
Comparing and Contrasting the House and Senate
Both houses also vote on the laws being passed (the laws are required to be passed in both houses), which, essentially, is a form of checks and balances in itself.