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Alex Swoyer

Alex Swoyer

Originally from Texas, Alex Swoyer left the Lone Star State to attend the Missouri School of Journalism where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast.

She has experience covering stories in the mid-Missouri, Houston and southwest Florida areas where she worked at local affiliate TV stations and received a First Place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

After graduating from law school in Florida, she decided to leave the courtroom and return to the newsroom as a legal affairs reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached by email at [email protected].

Articles by Alex Swoyer

Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, said he thinks some of Vice President Mike Pence's policies would be worse than President Trump's. (Associated Press/File)

Franken vows to hold Justice Gorsuch's feet to fire

After failing to block Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation, Sen. Al Franken said Wednesday he'll be keeping an eye on the high court's newest judge to see if his predictions of a conservative ideologue come true. Published May 17, 2017

Sen. Al Franken is one of the Senate Democrats being closely watched as Trump advisers have particular concern about Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who was nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Associated Press/File)

'Blue slips' give Democrats power over Trump's court nominees

President Trump hopes to have the rest of his first slate of federal appeals court judges seated by June, but his advisers increasingly are worried that Democrats may use an obscure tactic to try to block some of them through what is called a "soft filibuster." Published May 14, 2017

Bystanders assist  first responders at the scene at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where 2 people died and dozens more were injured after a hit and run. Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah is leading a push to impose a duty on bystanders to take affirmative action to assist those they see in peril. (AP Photo/Colin Kerrigan, File)

Law professor pushes for more stringent bystander laws

Kordel Davis, a member of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State University, says he told his fraternity brothers to call 911 after noticing a 19-year-old pledge who had been drinking tumble down the stairs, then end up comatose on a couch. Published May 11, 2017

Protesters march near a Planned Parenthood location in Aurora, Ill., on Sept. 18, 2007. Some Illinois lawmakers are seeking to require annual inspections for all the state's abortion clinics, more than three years after officials took steps to reinforce the system following a report by The Associated Press that some facilities had gone 15 years without an inspection. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kentucky's last abortion clinic could close after court ruling

Kentucky could become the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic — if a judge sides with the government in a case that's set to define how far states can go in putting restrictions on the constitutional right to an abortion. Published May 9, 2017

Democrats push law to limit Trump's use of nuclear weapons

As tension builds with North Korea, Democratic lawmakers say they're increasingly concerned with President Trump's finger on the nuclear trigger and want to pass a law prohibiting him from striking without congressional approval. Published May 3, 2017

Image courtesy of Chad and Dana Connelly.

GOP candidate Connelly was on the RNC's payroll at start of his campaign

One of the Republicans running in South Carolina's special congressional election was still on the Republican National Committee's payroll when he began his campaign in February, raising questions among some party members and politicos about the RNC's role in the race. Published April 27, 2017

Judge Amul Thapar, President's Trump nominee for an appeals court vacancy, was taken to task by Democrats in his confirmation hearing over his considering campaign contributions to be political speech. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats recycle Gorsuch questions for Thapur

Democrats weren't able to derail Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, but they haven't abandoned the pointed questions they aimed at him, recycling those questions Wednesday for a hearing with appeals court nominee Judge Amul R. Thapar. Published April 26, 2017