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Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
In The States
Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
2021-03-05 20:41:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has long been an attractive hotspot for individuals fleeing their states in search of low taxes and affordable housing. But the state’s reputation as an economical place to live might be in danger as cost-of-living expenses... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Likely to Uphold Arizona Voting Restrictions
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Uphold Arizona Voting Restrictions
2021-03-02 21:25:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – All six conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to support voting restrictions imposed in Arizona that critics say discriminate against racial minorities.  The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (Consolidated), is one of the most... Read More

Texas Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
In The States
Texas Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
2021-03-02 21:21:29
by TWN Staff

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the state’s face mask mandate Tuesday afternoon, declaring that it’s time for Texans to get back to business.   “Under no circumstance can someone be punished for not wearing a mask,” Abbott said... Read More

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Date Announced
District of Columbia
Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Date Announced
2021-03-02 14:29:27
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - It’s hard to believe it’s almost that time of year again, but on Monday came word that the peak bloom for the cherry blossoms ringing the Tidal Basin in Washington is currently expected to occur April 2-5.  That... Read More

Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access
In The States
Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.  The bill comes after... Read More

All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
In The States
All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
2021-02-26 19:02:22
by TWN Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are going to be made to how they participate in future elections.  Earlier this week, both houses of the State Legislature... Read More

A New Mayor Champions Keeping COVID-Impacted Families In Their Homes
In The States
A New Mayor Champions Keeping COVID-Impacted Families In Their Homes
2021-02-26 18:19:37
by Dan McCue

BOISE, Idaho – To the outsider, it seems like a movie that has a bizarre twist just as the heroine should be taking her victory lap.  Lauren Stein McLean, an entrepreneur who had served on Boise, Idaho’s city council for... Read More

Once the Mainstream Model, Michigan GOP Embraces Right Wing
In The States
Once the Mainstream Model, Michigan GOP Embraces Right Wing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state's Republican Party clearly."This was the state where to be Republican was... Read More

School Voucher Push Taps Frustration Over Distance Learning
Education
School Voucher Push Taps Frustration Over Distance Learning

ATLANTA (AP) — With her children struggling in many classes last spring, Kelli Rivera became so frustrated with how her suburban Atlanta district was handling the coronavirus pandemic that she withdrew them to home-school them. They're back in public school... Read More

Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
2021-02-23 22:01:53
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding... Read More

What NY Prosecutors Could Learn from Trump's Tax Records
In The States
What NY Prosecutors Could Learn from Trump's Tax Records

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump's tax records.Now, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, he will soon have them.... Read More

Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill
In The States
Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill
2021-02-22 21:22:27
by TWN Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in the Commonwealth. The legislation now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia... Read More

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Trump
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Trump
2021-02-22 21:15:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort by former President Donald Trump to shield his income tax records from N.Y. prosecutors. The court’s action is the apparent culmination of a lengthy legal battle that had already... Read More

Inslee Taps Feds for $2.2 Billion in Relief Funds
In The States
Inslee Taps Feds for $2.2 Billion in Relief Funds
2021-02-19 22:04:45
by TWN Staff

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday approved the appropriation of $2.2 billion federal funding earmarked to help move the state from COVID-19 pandemic to a lasting recovery. House Bill 1368, which the governor signed Friday afternoon, draws from a pool of... Read More

DC-Area Federal Offices Closed Thursday Due to Winter Storm
District of Columbia
DC-Area Federal Offices Closed Thursday Due to Winter Storm
2021-02-18 13:48:47
by TWN Staff

Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are closed Thursday due to a winter storm in the region. The Office of Personnel Management made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the White House informed the press and photo... Read More

Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
In The States
Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
2021-02-17 17:23:19
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Rolling blackouts caused by an unprecedented winter storm have delayed the delivery of hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations across Texas, state health officials said Tuesday.  Texas was set to receive 407,650 first doses and... Read More

Norton Says Fencing Around Capitol Complex Should Not Be Permanent
Political News
Norton Says Fencing Around Capitol Complex Should Not Be Permanent
2021-02-11 20:56:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's delegate to Congress, says the fencing and razor wire currently wrapped around the U.S. Capitol should not be allowed to become a permanent feature. On Thursday she introduced the No... Read More

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Announces Medicaid Expansion Bill Funded By Medical Marijuana
State News
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Announces Medicaid Expansion Bill Funded By Medical Marijuana
2021-02-11 16:03:58
by Sean Trambley

TOPEKA, Kan. – This week, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced legislation to expand Medicaid, known as KanCare, and provide health insurance for 165,000 Kansans. The legislation also establishes a regulatory framework to make Kansas the 48th state to legalize medical... Read More

It's All Over In New York's 22nd Congressional District
Congress
It's All Over In New York's 22nd Congressional District
2021-02-09 21:34:08
by Dan McCue

Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a star among moderates in his party, has conceded to Republican challenger and former Rep. Claudia Tenney, at long last ending the 2020 election cycle. Brindisi had been expected to appeal a New York State... Read More

California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach to Boost Vaccine Equity
State News
California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach to Boost Vaccine Equity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hing Yiu Chung lives in a racially diverse San Francisco neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While vaccines have been difficult to come by, the 69-year-old got one by showing proof she lives where she... Read More

Georgia Election Officials Investigate Trump Call
State News
Georgia Election Officials Investigate Trump Call

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state's office on Monday opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state's top elections official in which the then-president said he wanted to "find" enough votes to overturn his... Read More

Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
Net Neutrality
Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
2021-02-08 21:46:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday withdrew its 2018 legal challenge to the state of California’s net neutrality law after the Trump administration had asked a court to block it. Under then-President Donald Trump, the Justice Department argued... Read More

CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
In The News
CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
2021-02-08 20:24:19
by TWN Staff

About Padilla:  Alex Padilla, California’s then-secretary of state, was appointed to fill the Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in late December 2020.  Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s selection of Padilla, a longtime friend and political ally, ended months of jockeying for the appointment among Democratic factions across the state.  It also... Read More

California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling
State News
California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office on Saturday issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the Supreme Court lifted the state's ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic, but left in place restrictions on singing... Read More

Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure
Congress
Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House GOP leader, said Sunday she was undeterred by a censure from Wyoming Republicans and criticism from some House colleagues over her vote to impeach Donald Trump, and will not resign or... Read More

Election Turmoil Splits West Virginia City's Evangelicals
State News
Election Turmoil Splits West Virginia City's Evangelicals

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — If you're Christian in Bluefield — and most everyone is, in this small city tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains — you have your choice. You can follow Pastor Doyle Bradford of Father's House International Church,... Read More

Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
Elections
Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
2021-02-06 00:31:17
by Dan McCue

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country. Despite the ruling, the legal saga is... Read More

Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
State News
Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
2021-02-05 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15. “Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” he said during... Read More

Wisconsin Governor Issues New Mask Mandate After GOP Repeal
State News
Wisconsin Governor Issues New Mask Mandate After GOP Repeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order on Thursday, an hour after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate saying he didn't have authority to make such a decree. Evers and... Read More

Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development
State News
Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development
2021-02-04 20:33:25
by Reece Nations

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort between conservation leaders, fishing organizations and forestry representatives to adapt statewide forest practices.  Brown brokered an agreement between the conservation... Read More

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