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Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and frequently writes about violence, disasters, social movements and civil liberties. A University of Missouri graduate, he has covered news in the Midwest for a number of publications and previously wrote about technology, culture and the Middle East as a featured writer for the New Inquiry. He hails from Kansas City, Mo.
The 'blue wave' down-ballot? Where Democratic candidates faltered, many liberal measures found success

In many moderate- and conservative-leaning states, liberal-backed ballot measures — particularly those involving criminal justice or health care — had greater success than Democratic candidates.

Democrat Laura Kelly defeats Republican Kris Kobach in Kansas governor's race

Traditionally red Kansas leaned left Tuesday night, electing a Democratic state senator to the governor’s seat and rejecting the Republican Kris Kobach, one of Trump’s most ardent supporters. Laura Kelly’s victory — powered in part by moderate, anti-Kobach Republicans crossing pa...

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