Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Republican candidate for governor. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday evening is seeking an emergency court order to prevent Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp from overseeing the count of his own election.

Why it matters: Kemp’s dual roles have long triggered outrage among voting rights advocates and other critics, including former president and Georgia native Jimmy Carter, who argue his candidacy is a blatant conflict of interest and called for him to resign. Meanwhile, controversy over voting rights and the state’s electoral process has clouded one of the country’s most competitive midterm elections between Kemp and Stacey Abrams, who could become the country's first African-American female governor. Most recently, Kemp accused the Democratic Party of Georgia of attempting to hack into voter registration databases, without offering evidence.

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."