With the mid-term elections a month away, the campaign trail is heating up across the United States. Senate races in typically safely Republican states like Texas and Tennessee are competitive as voters seek to either affirm the leadership of President Donald Trump or undermine his legislative priorities by returning the House and Senate to Democrats.
That goal is made more pressing by the drama unfolding in the Senate over the potential confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court—a blue Congress could take decisions like these in an entirely different direction. Plus, highly watched governors' races in Georgia and beyond could shape state policy for years to come.
Money and influence are pouring into decisive races across the country from all different sources. Trump has returned to campaign-style rallies. Former leaders like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, George W. Bush, and more are hitting the trail with their respective parties. Grassroots campaigns and first-time candidates (like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York) are rising to national prominence. And across the country, voter registration campaigns are attempting to get eligible constituents signed up ahead of looming deadlines.
More From Pacific Standard on the Mid-Term Elections
The International Astronomical Union has established a committee to finalize a list of official star names. Some companies offer unofficial naming rights for purchase. But the voices of certain communities are often left behind.