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 By Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch

In the wake of former President Donald Trump's most recent indictment for allegedly attempting to subvert the 2020 election, fellow Republican contestants for the 2024 presidential nomination renewed criticisms of the federal justice system.

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement that the indictment is an important reminder that "anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States."
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wrote on X that he would "end the weaponization of government, replace the FBI Director, and ensure a single standard of justice for all Americans,” though he acknowledged he had not yet read Trump's indictment.
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told NPR that he believes Trump's hold on the Republican Party will loosen as the campaign season goes on following the series of indictments.

TOP IMPACT What to read this week

Trump lashes out at prosecutors, Biden, DeSantis in Alabama speech

(Photo by Stew Milne/Alabama Reflector)

Former President Donald Trump said in a speech in Montgomery, Alabama Friday night that he wears his recent indictment on charges of attempting to subvert the 2020 presidential election as “a badge of honor.”

“They want to take away my freedom because I will never let them take away your freedoms. They want to silence me because I will never let them silence you,” Trump said. | Alabama Reflector


GOP presidential candidates rally at Iowa fundraiser

(Photo by Jay Waagmeester/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s most recent indictments, his opponents in the campaign for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination railed against the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice at a fundraising event Sunday for U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson.

More than 300 people attended Hinson’s BBQ Bash at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids. It was an opportunity for presidential hopefuls to socialize and take photos with potential caucus-goers — and a chance for them to seek the support of Iowans who voted for Hinson and other Republicans in 2022. | Iowa Capital Dispatch


BIG PICTURE Election coverage across the country

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

  • In reversal, some states make it harder for people with felony convictions to vote | Stateline

  • Battleground voters center economy, support for middle class as top issues, national surveys say | Michigan Advance

  • Ohio voters are deciding if it’s too easy to pass ballot measures. Other states are watching.News from the States

State contests

  • Some Idaho Republicans worry presidential caucus will reduce turnout, divide party | Idaho Capital Sun

  • Divided Colorado Republicans plan consequential vote on primary election | Colorado Newsline

  • Trump Leads G.O.P. in Iowa, but His Hold Is Less Dominant | New York Times

  • ‘Off the bench’: Jay Nixon says No Labels post is reaction to initiative limits | Missouri Independent

  • Purging the Idaho GOP’s big tent: Some Republicans say summer meeting divided the party | Idaho Capital Sun


  • DeSantis campaigning last week promised (presumably metaphorical) blood will flow if he’s elected | Florida Phoenix

  • With Trump a likely no show, DeSantis emerges as top target at 2024 debate | Reuters

  • The billionaires powering the 2024 Republican presidential candidates | New York Post

  • Mike Pence Has Reached His Fork in the Road | New York Times

  • Tim Scott questions constitutionality of 2024 opponents’ promises to end birthright citizenship | The Hill

  • Five months in, Nikki Haley is still waiting for her moment | NBC News

Voting and elections

  • Alabama redistricting: State says two majority-minority Black districts would be unconstitutional | Alabama Reflector

  • Impeachment, elected official pay, ranked-choice voting: Lawmakers left big questions to voters | Oregon Capital Chronicle

  • FL Dems rebrand Spanish channels as statewide voter registration tour begins | Florida Phoenix

  • ‘There’s no stopping us now’ League of United Latin American Citizens sets 2024 election goals | Source New Mexico

  • Fighting election denial one community at a time | Wisconsin Examiner

  • As New Hampshire voting machines age, state weighs alternatives | New Hampshire Bulletin

  • Special prosecutor announces final charges in 2020 voting machine probe | Michigan Advance



COMING UP Calendar of events

  • August 10, 2023, DES MOINES | Iowa State Fair begins in Des Moines, bringing in presidential candidates for events with Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox.
  • August 16, 2023, INDIANAPOLIS | Former Vice President Mike Pence will address National Conference of State Legislatures Summit.
  • August 23, 2023, MILWAUKEE | First Republican presidential primary debate.

Follow state-level coverage of Election 2024 anytime at News From The States. Send tips and thoughts to ropsahl@iowacapitaldispatch.com, and follow them on Twitter @robinlopsahl

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