2018 Midterms
State of the States: Shifting Balance of Power in State Legislatures
State of the States: Shifting Balance of Power in State Legislatures
November 17, 2018
by TWN Staff

Following the elections on November 6, state control is now divided in thirteen states. Democrats picked up six states, bringing their total to fourteen while Republicans held on to control in 21 states. Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see the full breakdown of state control by party. Read More

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Featured How a Playground on a Truck Brings Joy
How a Playground on a Truck Brings Joy
May 21, 2018
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In a state with the fourth-highest rate of youth obesity in the nation, the Baton Rouge, La., parks and recreation agency wanted to lure kids away from their screens and into the parks to get moving. But the low-income youths who needed exercise the most weren’t showing up at the parks, because, officials... Read More

Media

As City Burns Around It, A Newspaper Staff Rises to Cover Unspeakable Tragedy Media
As City Burns Around It, A Newspaper Staff Rises to Cover Unspeakable Tragedy
November 16, 2018
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It’s an iconic if horrifying shot of the Camp fire pulverizing Paradise — a large ball of grayish-black smoke with fire radiating on the right, taken less than two hours after the Northern California inferno started a week ago. Read More

Florida

Miami-Dade Launches Hand Recount of 10,000 Uncounted Ballots in Scott vs. Nelson Florida
Miami-Dade Launches Hand Recount of 10,000 Uncounted Ballots in Scott vs. Nelson
November 16, 2018
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A room full of Miami-Dade election workers began a hand recount Thursday night of more than 10,000 problematic ballots cast in the U.S. Senate race, joined by a room full of lawyers and volunteers from both campaigns eager to contest votes for the other side. Read More

Bipartisan

Trump Gives Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill a Boost Bipartisan
Trump Gives Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill a Boost
November 15, 2018
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President Donald Trump, in his first attempt at bipartisanship since last week’s election, endorsed a bill Wednesday aimed at reducing some prison sentences and better preparing inmates for life after incarceration. Read More

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First of Many Turncoats Implicates ‘El Chapo’ to Cap Wild Second Day of Drug Kingpin’s Trial In The News
First of Many Turncoats Implicates ‘El Chapo’ to Cap Wild Second Day of Drug Kingpin’s Trial
November 15, 2018
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The first in a parade of government turncoat witnesses identified Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as a powerful Sinaloa cartel executive when testimony began Wednesday against the cocaine kingpin. As a slightly amused Guzman... Read More

Could Texas Be a 2020 House Battleground? 2020 Elections
Could Texas Be a 2020 House Battleground?
November 15, 2018
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Texas Democrats had their best election in over a decade last week when they flipped at least two Republican-held House seats. But closer margins in other races have boosted party hopes of future gains in the once deep-red Lone Star State. Read More

Paradise Faced Two Bad Options Climate
Paradise Faced Two Bad Options
November 15, 2018
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When the Camp fire barreled toward this Sierra foothill town last Thursday morning, officials had a crucial choice to make right away: How much of Paradise should be evacuated? The decision was complicated by history... Read More

PPI Releases New National Survey: America’s Resilient Center and the Road to 2020 2020 Elections
PPI Releases New National Survey: America’s Resilient Center and the Road to 2020
November 14, 2018
by TWN Staff

Today, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released a new national survey, "America's Resilient Center and the Road to 2020." In issuing the survey's findings PPI said, "The next two years present a do-or-die chance for progressive leaders to build upon and solidify their... Read More

Big Swing in Governor Races as Blue Wave Buoyed by Strong Statewide Candidates Spotlight
Big Swing in Governor Races as Blue Wave Buoyed by Strong Statewide Candidates
November 14, 2018
by TWN Staff

Last Tuesday’s election saw many governors’ mansions switch as Democrats won in a number of key states, with big repercussions for the balance of power as states head into the 2020 census and subsequent redistricting. Governor mansions were high on the priority list... Read More

What Journalists Do Opinions
What Journalists Do
November 14, 2018
by Leonard Pitts

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." -- Lyndon Johnson "They are a sort of assassins..." -- John Quincy Adams "I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president." -- Jimmy... Read More

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