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Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Govs. Laura Kelly, D-Kansas, upper left; Kristi Noem, R-South Dakota, upper right; Gretchen Whitmer, D-Michigan, lower right; and Kim Reynolds, R-Iowa, lower left, were all re-elected on Tuesday. (Kelly photo by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector; Noem photo by John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight; Whitmer photo by Andrew Roth/Michigan Advance; and Reynolds photo by Katie Akin/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

By: - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The United States’ ceiling for female governors was shattered this week, with voters in 12 states electing women to the role, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004.  While not all of the gubernatorial campaigns have been called as of Thursday afternoon, Arizona and Oregon voters […]

Members of Congress protest in support of abortion rights ahead of an arrest at the U.S. Capitol on July 19, 2022. Members left to right are Cori Bush of Missouri (in black shirt), Nydia Velazquez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Jackie Speier of California, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Alma Adams of North Carolina and Barbara Lee of California. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Even red-state voters back abortion rights via ballot questions, rejecting court ruling

By: - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in five states — including GOP-dominated Kentucky — backed abortion rights Tuesday, signaling that while the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority no longer believes the procedure is protected within the U.S. Constitution, many Americans want their states to do just that. California, Kentucky, Michigan , Montana and Vermont residents voted to support […]

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 13, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans fell short of their greatest ambitions for major gains in the U.S. House, with control of the chamber still in doubt early Wednesday.  Republicans are still likely to narrowly win control of the U.S. House, based on expert projections. But of 20 races rated by elections forecaster Inside Elections as true toss-ups, […]

In Pittsburgh, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman thanks supporters during an Election Day Eve rally on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star photo by Ethan Dodd)

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

By: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Control of the U.S. Senate remained unclear early Wednesday as races in a handful of swing states in the midterm elections were still too close to call, and it appeared it might be days — or even weeks — before a final result was known. But Democrats flipped the open Pennsylvania Senate seat, […]

More than 42 million Americans already have voted in the midterms

By: - November 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 42 million Americans by mid-afternoon on Monday had gotten a jump start on Tuesday’s midterm elections, casting their votes through mail-in ballots or by heading to in-person early voting centers.  The United States Election Project’s data showed a significant number of voters continue to prefer voting ahead of Election Day, possibly […]

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks as he introduces Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Clarence Thomas has now served on the Supreme Court for 30 years. He was nominated by former President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and is the second African-American to serve on the high court, following Justice Thurgood Marshall. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC pours record advertising cash into U.S. Senate races

By: - November 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The super PAC aligned with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has spent a record amount advertising for GOP Senate candidates this cycle, according to AdImpact.  The Senate Leadership Fund has “become the highest-spending advertiser” AdImpact, started in 2014, has ever reported on, according to data it released Thursday. The […]

U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

Control of U.S. Senate still a guess ahead of midterm elections

By: - November 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans have just a handful of frantic days left to convince voters who should control Congress before voting in the Nov. 8 midterm elections ends. The two political parties are spending millions on campaign ads and mailers in the dozens of toss-up races that will determine control of Congress, while President […]

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 13, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

By: - October 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans are eyeing the debt limit and government funding deadlines as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table for spending cuts, should the GOP regain control of Congress following the midterm elections.  Republicans unhappy about government spending could move to shut down the government, a tactic unsuccessful for the GOP in […]

More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

By: - October 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Roughly 9.4 million Americans have already voted in the midterm elections, casting a combination of in-person early votes and mail-in ballots, according to data compiled by the United States Elections Project. Florida as well as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the top states in terms of early voting so far.  The initiative, […]

New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc, left, with Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for the Trump administration, during a campaign stop at the Rochester GOP headquarters in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Oct. 18, 2022. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

How claims about a federal abortion ban are roiling one state as the midterms near

By: - October 25, 2022

WILMOT, New Hampshire — Voters in this swing state are among the relatively few Americans who will decide control of Congress during November’s midterm elections, shaping domestic and foreign policy for the next two years and delivering a verdict on Joe Biden’s presidency.  Granite Staters interviewed by States Newsroom, during a mid-October week trailing U.S. […]

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on August 3, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Monkeypox cases are in sharp decline. Could the outbreak be over?

By: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — New monkeypox cases have been trending downward nationwide for more than two months, giving some hope the decades-old virus that had its first major outbreak in the United States this year is nearly under control, or even on its way out. However, experts caution that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data broken […]

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 12: Seven-year-old Milan Patel receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Michele Clark High School on November 12, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The city of Chicago closed all public schools today, declaring the day Vaccination Awareness Day, with the hope of getting as many students as possible vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

FDA greenlights updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

By: - October 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots beyond people 12 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized the updated vaccines use in the morning before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended them […]