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Final Candidate List Released for Newsom Recall
In The States
Final Candidate List Released for Newsom Recall
2021-07-25 11:52:03
by Dan McCue

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber has released the final list of 46 candidates who qualified for the upcoming gubernatorial recall election.  The recall election seeking to remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will take place on Sept. 14, 2021.  Among... Read More

New Jersey Chief Justice Seeks Consensus Candidate for Redistricting Panel
Political News
New Jersey Chief Justice Seeks Consensus Candidate for Redistricting Panel
2021-07-24 15:47:31
by Dan McCue

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has asked Democrats and Republicans to reconvene the state’s redistricting commission and come up with a consensus candidate to act as the tiebreaker in upcoming districting decisions. Rabner first made his desire... Read More

Runoff Election to Decide Texas' 6th CD Race Coming Tuesday
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Runoff Election to Decide Texas' 6th CD Race Coming Tuesday
2021-07-24 15:39:12
by Dan McCue

Voters in Texas’ 6th Congressional District will decide which Republican candidate will fill the vacancy left by Rep. Ronald Wright, R-Texas, who died of COVID-19 related complications on Feb. 7. On the ballot Tuesday are Susan Wright, the representative’s widow... Read More

Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
Justice
Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
2021-07-23 20:17:28
by Tom Ramstack

Electric utility company FirstEnergy Corp. agreed to settle a Justice Department complaint Thursday by paying $230 million to avoid a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge. Company officials admitted they conspired with former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to pay millions... Read More

California Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Entertainment Industry
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California Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Entertainment Industry
2021-07-23 12:43:18
by Ansley Puckett

LOS ANGELES- California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Wednesday investing $330 million to expand the state’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program in order to boost the state’s economy.  Launched in 2009, the Film and Television Tax Credit Program... Read More

Biden Admin Stepping Up Community Grants from COVID Bill
Economy
Biden Admin Stepping Up Community Grants from COVID Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is beginning to make $3 billion in economic development grants available to communities — a tenfold increase in the program paid for by this year's COVID-19 relief bill. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said... Read More

Comcast Expanding Broadband Service to Rural Oregon
Technology
Comcast Expanding Broadband Service to Rural Oregon
2021-07-21 20:26:33
by Dan McCue

Comcast Oregon/SW Washington has embarked on a $15 million project to extend its broadband products and services, both residential and business, to the communities of Hubbard and Woodburn, Oregon.  Construction has already begun on the project, with fiber backbone to... Read More

Arizona Outpaces Nation In Post-COVID Private Sector Job Recovery
Economy
Arizona Outpaces Nation In Post-COVID Private Sector Job Recovery
2021-07-21 19:04:40
by Brock Blasdell

According to a recently released economic report by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, the state of Arizona has outpaced the nation in private sector economic recovery post-COVID. In June alone, Arizona added 26,000 private sector jobs to its economy... Read More

Potential Ransomware Attacks Take Center Stage at Annual Election Exercise
Elections
Potential Ransomware Attacks Take Center Stage at Annual Election Exercise
2021-07-20 19:48:27
by Dan McCue

Election officials from across the country ran through dozens of worst-case scenarios last week, including potential ransomware attacks, during an exercise staged by the the Department of Homeland Security. This is the fourth year the department has asked state and... Read More

Animal Advocates Push for DC Legislation in Welfare Advocacy Training
Animal Rights
Animal Advocates Push for DC Legislation in Welfare Advocacy Training
2021-07-20 19:44:02
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The Humane Rescue Alliance held an animal welfare advocacy training Tuesday focusing on educating attendees about animal welfare legislation scheduled to come before the D.C. Council.  The event focused on the Animal Care and Control Omnibus Act, The... Read More

Number of Infected Texas Lawmakers Who Fled State Rises to 5
Health
Number of Infected Texas Lawmakers Who Fled State Rises to 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation. State Rep. Trey Martinez... Read More

Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
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Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
2021-07-16 21:17:07
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to provide universal broadband to its residents by 2024. “It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat... Read More

California Approves 1st State-Funded Guaranteed Income Plan
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California Approves 1st State-Funded Guaranteed Income Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the U.S., $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults who recently left foster care with no restrictions on... Read More

California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
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California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-07-16 21:05:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp

LOS ANGELES- Everyone, whether or not they're fully vaccinated, will have to wear a mask indoors, according to an order from Los Angeles County, by far the largest county by population in California, the U.S.'s most populated state. The county... Read More

New York State Redistricting Commission Sets Virtual Hearing Schedule
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New York State Redistricting Commission Sets Virtual Hearing Schedule
2021-07-16 20:03:55
by Dan McCue

New York State’s Independent Redistricting Commission will begin a series of virtual hearings on Tuesday, hoping to get a jump on the map-making process before the release of final 2020 Census data in August. In announcing the hearing dates, the... Read More

The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators
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The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny.  After bolting  the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill... Read More

Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations
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Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous conflagrations across the U.S. West that are straining resources.  Authorities ordered a new... Read More

Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
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Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
2021-07-15 20:36:22
by Brock Blasdell

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade. According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, six wildfires across the state are currently burning over 280 thousand... Read More

By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire
In The States
By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire

AUSTIN, Texas — When Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives left the state on Monday in a bid to deny Republicans a quorum needed to conduct business, they also left a number of other consequential agenda items in limbo.... Read More

ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
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ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
2021-07-14 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Texas to block “radical” new abortion restrictions currently set to take effect on Sept. 1. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Texas abortion providers -- led by... Read More

Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
Political News
Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
2021-07-13 19:45:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage of Republican-backed voting legislation. At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state on... Read More

Texas Dems Flee to DC to Avoid Vote on State Voting Restrictions
Political News
Texas Dems Flee to DC to Avoid Vote on State Voting Restrictions
2021-07-13 15:27:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House fled their state on Monday, determined to stay on the lam in the nation’s capital to thwart a vote on new voting restrictions in the Lone Star state.... Read More

Bipartisanship, Infrastructure and Local Government Take Center Stage at NACo Conference
County News
Bipartisanship, Infrastructure and Local Government Take Center Stage at NACo Conference
2021-07-12 19:33:21
by Dan McCue

The headliners included everyone from Vice President Kamala Harris to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeig to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but have no doubt, the focus of the National Association of Counties annual conference was on renewal and a bipartisan way... Read More

Texas Congressional District Runoff Between GOP Candidates Set for This Month
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Texas Congressional District Runoff Between GOP Candidates Set for This Month
2021-07-12 17:23:57
by Reece Nations

ARLINGTON, Texas — Susan Wright and state Rep. Jake Ellzey are running in a special election on July 27 to fill the vacancy in Texas' 6th Congressional District. The stage was set by Gov. Greg Abbott in February to fill... Read More

Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought
Climate
Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought

Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids. The largest wildfire of the year in California... Read More

Trump Lawyers Might be Penalized Over Michigan Election Case
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Trump Lawyers Might be Penalized Over Michigan Election Case

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump's lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit last year challenging Michigan's election results. The lawsuit alleging widespread fraud... Read More

Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
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Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
2021-07-11 12:08:24
by Dan McCue

While states across the country have been grappling with a delay in the reporting of U.S. Census Bureau data as they contemplate drawing new election district maps, the pandemic-caused slowing of the information could impact Virginia House of Delegates races... Read More

Frederick County to Create Equity and Inclusion Office
Local Government
Frederick County to Create Equity and Inclusion Office
2021-07-09 21:16:19
by Reece Nations

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced legislation that would create an Office of Equity and Inclusion in order to address issues of inequity within the county government.  Additionally, the bill establishes the position of chief equity and... Read More

Governor Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use
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Governor Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked people and businesses in the nation's most populous state to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15% as the Western United States weathers a drought that is... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
2021-07-08 22:51:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott now faces a pair of serious primary challengers in the form of former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines. In his 25 years in statewide politics,... Read More

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