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Sen. Joe Manchin listens during a hearing on June 15. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) outlined a list of policy demands on election legislation Wednesday, Politico reports, opening the door for potential compromise with his Democratic colleagues on their expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Manchin is the only Democratic senator who has not signed on to the voting rights bill, which he has said is too partisan.

  • If Manchin is willing to compromise, it may present a way forward for Senate Democrats who say the legislation is urgently needed to deal with new election restrictions passed in Republican-led states.

Driving the news: Manchin outlined areas of support and additions to the For the People Act, the Democratic bill passed by the House in March.

  • The demands include banning partisan gerrymandering; requiring voter identification with new alternatives, such as a utility bill; mandating at least 15 consecutive days of early voting; and making Election Day a public holiday.

Catch up quick: The For the People Act's reforms include allowing voters to register securely online or on Election Day, preventing voter purges from registration records, and restoring voting rights for felons, Axios' Fadel Allassan reports.

Flashback: Manchin said earlier this month that election legislation should be forged by both parties coming together.

  • "The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen."

Worth noting: Manchin remained steadfast on his views against eliminating the filibuster that requires 60 votes to pass legislation, according to the Washington Post.

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Biden steps into the breach

Sen. Joe Manchin heads to a meeting with President Biden today. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden ramped up the pressure on his fellow Democrats Wednesday, calling a series of lawmakers to the White House in the hope of ending infighting and getting them in line.

Why it matters: Divisions within the party are threatening to derail Biden's top priorities. After several weeks of letting negotiations play out, the president is finally asserting his power to ensure his own party doesn't block his agenda.

Sep 22, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate applauds Mike Lindell

(L to R) Mike Lindell and Scott Jensen. Photos: Getty Images/The Jensen campaign

As he campaigned across the state this summer, GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen gave props to one of the state's most recognizable — and controversial — Republican figures: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

Driving the news: At an event in St. Paul in August, the former state senator bemoaned what he predicted would be a lack of action from Gov. Tim Walz and DFL legislators on election changes sought by Republicans, such as passing a voter ID law and reducing use of mail-in ballots.

Weeks earlier, in Mankato, he told a crowd of Republicans: "Mike Lindell's gonna work his tail off trying to get rid of machines, and we should thank him for that."

The big picture: The "Big Lie," the false claim from Lindell, former President Donald Trump and other Republicans that the 2020 election was "stolen," threatens to undermine the results of future elections and faith in democracy. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in 2020.

  • Dominion Voting Systems sued Lindell in February over his baseless claims about voting machines in last year's presidential election, which have been debunked by political and cyber security experts.

What he's saying: In an interview with Axios last week, Jensen said he shares concerns about election integrity in general. But he said his comments were not necessarily an endorsement of Lindell's specific theories related to 2020.

  • "He and I have never talked about that so I wouldn't know what he's saying," Jensen said of Lindell’s efforts.
  • "Let's not play a gotcha game," he added. "Anyone with lawsuits I wish the best of luck."

Of note: Jensen posted a video to Twitter in August featuring a conversation with a state senator about Lindell's "cyber symposium" in South Dakota.

What to watch: Jensen said he views concerns about fair elections as a nonpartisan issue and wants to see paper ballots — not vote-counting machines — used in 2022.

Reality check: Minnesota already uses paper ballots. They're fed through ballot tabulator machines that add up the results.

  • Election officials conduct random audits post-election and check some precinct results by hand.
Updated Sep 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan police reform negotiations end without deal

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) with Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the Capitol in May 2021. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bipartisan talks on reforming police tactics and accountability, prompted by George Floyd's murder in May 2020, have ended without a compromise, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a key negotiator, said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Booker, had been working toward a bipartisan deal for months but things fell apart due to disagreements on qualified immunity and other issues.