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Daniel C. Vock

Daniel C. Vock

Daniel C. Vock is a national reporter based in Washington, D.C. He has covered a wide range of public policy, with a particular emphasis on states and local governments. He has been a staff writer for Governing magazine, Stateline and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Is revival ahead for voting rights legislation named for John Lewis?

By: - August 31, 2020

Democrats ranging from presidential nominee Joe Biden to party officials in Georgia are pushing for Congress to restore a key element of the Voting Rights Act as a way to honor civil rights icon John Lewis. The late Georgia congressman was a leader in getting Congress to pass the landmark law in 1965. But so […]

Ga. congressman wants to block aid for schools without in-person classes

By: - July 24, 2020

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen introduced legislation Thursday that would block federal education funds for any school “that does not provide an option for students to attend classes, safely and in-person, at the beginning of [the 2020-2021] school year.” During a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on the challenges that face schools as they decide how to […]

NW Ga. Republican congressional candidates gunning for votes in runoff

By: - July 19, 2020

A congressional race in a solid Republican northwestern Georgia district has garnered national attention, because a leading contender for the seat, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has QAnon conspiracy theories and made disparaging comments about Black people and Muslims. But closer to home, she also faces charges from her Republican primary opponent that she would bring shame […]

COVID-19 pushes Postal Service’s finances to the brink

By: - April 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans are relying on the U.S. Postal Service for key supplies while they isolate themselves to slow the spread of COVID-19. But the Postal Service itself faces uncertain times ahead, as the economic fallout of the pandemic and hostility from the Trump administration threaten to hobble it. “At a time when […]

Trump reluctantly invoked an obscure wartime power to produce ventilators

By: - April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — As his administration came under fire for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump last week invoked an obscure Korean War-era law to force General Motors to manufacture ventilators that could save patients’ lives. But Trump waited weeks to do so, raising questions about how effective his actions would be. “Our […]

Georgia Democrats press voting rights law that could change elections

By: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A year after Democrats in the U.S. House passed sweeping legislation that would have changed the way elections are conducted in Georgia and around the country, top Democrats mounted a new effort to cajole Senate Republicans into taking up the measure. “The American people are fed up. We are fed up. We need […]

Georgia’s junior senator burnishes conservative credentials in D.C.

By: - January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler is still learning her way around Capitol Hill. She was sworn in less than two weeks ago. She’s still assembling her staff and moving into her new offices. Her official Senate website is spartan, and her remarks in radio and TV interviews come off as tightly scripted. On […]

Ga. Republicans seek civility in partisan times

By: - September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The tasks of reducing partisan rancor on Capitol Hill and making Congress run more smoothly were never going to be easy, but the prospect of a presidential impeachment makes those goals both harder to achieve and more important to get done, several experts told members of Congress Thursday. “Impeachment is the most volatile, […]