Stories by Gigi Sukin

Which 2020 candidates have qualified for the debates

Marianne Williamson; Pete Buttigieg; Cory Booker; Tulsi Gabbard. Photos: Getty Images

As the Democratic field has expanded to 22 candidates running for the 2020 ticket, 18 people have now met the threshold to qualify for the first Democratic debate scheduled in late June.

Driving the news: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has further solidified his spot in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary debate, hitting the 65,000 unique donor threshold. Inslee previously qualified because he polled at 1%.

Supreme Court blocks gerrymandering rulings from Michigan, Ohio

The Supreme Court has granted Republican requests to block court-ordered congressional redistricting in Ohio and Michigan in advance of the 2020 elections, Reuters reports.

The state of play: The lower courts found that district boundaries were gerrymandered after the 2010 Census for Republican gain.

NOAA's 2019 outlook: "Near-normal" Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA satellite handout image captured Hurricane Florence in Sept. 2018. Photo: Handout/Getty Images

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 40% chance for a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season — June 1 to November 30, 2019 — determining a 70% likelihood of 9-15 named storms, of which 4-8 could become hurricanes.

The backdrop: This year's outlook comes after 2018's devastating season, with Cat. 5 Hurricane Michael hitting the Florida Panhandle. The average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 progress to hurricanes status and 3 turn into major hurricanes.