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Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami covers Congress for The Washington Times, with a focus on racial justice issues. He has covered national higher education, healthcare, banking and telecommunications policy in Washington, D.C. He has covered state and local politics at such papers as The Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Newsday. Contact him at

Articles by Kery Murakami

A car leaves a drive-thru voting site on Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020, in Houston. Texas has become the latest state where Republicans have rolled back access to voting methods that soared in popularity during last year’s pandemic presidential election. Following similar legislation in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa and some other GOP-controlled states, Texas Republicans passed new restrictions on mail-in balloting as well as bans on 24-hour polling places and drive-thru voting. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) **FILE**

Civil rights groups challenge new Texas voting legislation

Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court trying to block Texas' new voting legislation, saying it would violate the civil rights of minorities by making it more difficult for them to cast their ballots. Published September 3, 2021

In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Arizona then-Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich talks to supporters at the Republican election night party in Phoenix. Brnovich ended the investigation into Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, saying he did not violate state law when he encouraged small business leaders to vote no on Proposition 208 last year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona AG warns Education Department on school mask mandates

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich warned the U.S. Education Department that he would fight any effort by the federal government to block the state's ban on mask mandates in schools, which goes into effect at the end of September. Published September 1, 2021

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., a key figure on voting rights efforts, speaks to reporters after a huddle with other Democrats as they look to salvage their push to enact voting rights legislation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. The Democrats' signature voting bill, called the For the People Act, was blocked by Senate Republicans earlier this summer with a filibuster. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats trying to reach deal on voting bill

Senate Democrats on Tuesday were trying to reach a deal on a voting rights bill with the hopes of bringing it to the Senate floor early Wednesday morning. "We're very close," Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia told The Washington Times. Published August 10, 2021