In The States

MI Senate: John James (R)
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MI Senate: John James (R)
2020-10-28 13:51:05
by TWN Staff

About James:  John James is running for U.S Senate to represent the state of Michigan. At the age of 17, James volunteered to serve his country in the military. After graduating from West Point in 2004, the candidate became a... Read More

MI Senate: Gary Peters (D)
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MI Senate: Gary Peters (D)
2020-10-28 13:48:48
by TWN Staff

About Peters:  Gary Peters is a Democratic member of the U.S Senate from the state of Michigan. Peters was sworn into the Senate on January 6, 2015. Peters is currently seeking re-election on November 3, 2020 for a second Senate... Read More

MS Senate: Cindy Hyde-Smith (R)
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MS Senate: Cindy Hyde-Smith (R)
2020-10-28 13:42:10
by TWN Staff

About Hyde-Smith:  Cindy Hyde-Smith is a member of the U.S Senate from Mississippi. She assumed office in 2018 and will be seeking re-election on November 3, 2020. The senator was appointed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant in a special run-off... Read More

MS Senate: Mike Espy (D)
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MS Senate: Mike Espy (D)
2020-10-28 13:39:08
by TWN Staff

About Espy:  Mike Espy is a Democrat running for the U.S Senate to represent the state of Mississippi. Espy is running against incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith in the November 3, 2020 general election. The Senate hopeful previously ran against Hyde-Smith in... Read More

MT Senate: Steve Bullock (D)
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MT Senate: Steve Bullock (D)
2020-10-28 13:19:55
by TWN Staff

About Bullock:  Steve Bullock is the governor of Montana. He assumed office on January 7, 2013. His current term ends on January 4, 2021. Bullock is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Montana.  Bullock was born in... Read More

MT Senate: Steve Daines (R)
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MT Senate: Steve Daines (R)
2020-10-28 13:18:10
by TWN Staff

About Daines:  Steve Daines is a member of the U.S. Senate from Montana. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. Daines is running for re-election to the Senate to continue representing Montana. He is running against Democrat Steve Bullock.  Daines... Read More

NC Senate: Cal Cunningham (D)
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NC Senate: Cal Cunningham (D)
2020-10-28 13:15:42
by TWN Staff

About Cunningham:  Cal Cunningham is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina. Born and raised in Lexington, N.C., Cunningham has lived in North Carolina all his life. After earning his undergraduate and law degrees at the... Read More

NC Senate: Thom Tillis (R)
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NC Senate: Thom Tillis (R)
2020-10-28 13:12:16
by Sara Wilkerson

About Tillis:  Thomas “Thom” Tillis is a member of the U.S. Senate representing North Carolina.  His current term ends on January 3, 2021. Tillis is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.  Originally born in... Read More

NM Senate: Ben Ray Luján (D)
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NM Senate: Ben Ray Luján (D)
2020-10-28 12:58:52
by TWN Staff

About Luján:  Born and raised on a small family farm in Nambé, N.M., by a union ironworker and a public school employee, Ben Ray Luján learned the values of hard work and community service from a young age.   Luján has... Read More

NM Senate: Mark Ronchetti (R)
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NM Senate: Mark Ronchetti (R)
2020-10-28 12:56:03
by TWN Staff

About Ronchetti:  Mark Ronchetti lives in Albuquerque, where he and his wife, Krysty, are raising two daughters.  One of five children himself, Ronchetti was raised by two loving parents.  His father is a first-generation American who became an electrical engineer,... Read More

SC Senate: Lindsey Graham (R)
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SC Senate: Lindsey Graham (R)
2020-10-28 12:53:28
by TWN Staff

About Graham:  Lindsey Graham was raised in Central, S.C., where he lived with his family in a single room behind the liquor store, restaurant, and pool hall owned by his parents. After law school, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force... Read More

TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
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TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
2020-10-28 12:50:40
by TWN Staff

About Cornyn:  John Cornyn was born in Houston, Texas, in 1952 and grew up in San Antonio, the second of three children. Cornyn graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a degree in journalism in 1973. Later in... Read More

TX Senate: MJ Hegar (D)
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TX Senate: MJ Hegar (D)
2020-10-28 12:44:35
by Sara Wilkerson

About Hegar:  As a young girl, Hegar’s dreams of becoming a military pilot were dismissed with claims that “the front is no place for a woman.” Unwilling to back down, Hegar became a commissioned officer in the Air Force after... Read More

TN Senate: Bill Hagerty (R)
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TN Senate: Bill Hagerty (R)
2020-10-28 12:42:20
by TWN Staff

About Hagerty: Born in Gallatin, Tenn., Bill Hagerty’s mother was a schoolteacher and his father worked road construction. As a boy, Hagerty helped tend to the pigs and cattle, before growing up to work in construction like his father. Hagerty’s... Read More

WY Senate: Cynthia Lummis (R)
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WY Senate: Cynthia Lummis (R)
2020-10-28 12:36:08
by TWN Staff

About Lummis: Born in Cheyenne, Wyo., Cynthia Lummis served as Wyoming’s state representative from 1979 to 1993, state senator from 1993 to 1995 and state treasurer from 1999 to 2007. During that time, she supported policy decisions on a variety... Read More

Thousands File Sexual Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts as Deadline in Bankruptcy Looms
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Thousands File Sexual Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts as Deadline in Bankruptcy Looms

LOS ANGELES — Faced with a looming deadline next month, thousands of accusers have submitted sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America in a bankruptcy that could cost the youth organization and its insurers hundreds of millions of dollars — or... Read More

Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them — and Us
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Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them — and Us

If we really want to stem the spread of the coronavirus as winter looms and we wait for a vaccine, here's an idea: The government should pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for some months. That may... Read More

Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor
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Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor

LOS ANGELES — A dispute between bond king Bill Gross and his next-door neighbor over a $1 million outdoor sculpture has devolved into police calls to their Laguna Beach, Calif., mansions, multiple legal actions — and allegations that the billionaire investor blared the "Gilligan's... Read More

AL Senate: Tommy Tuberville (R)
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AL Senate: Tommy Tuberville (R)
2020-10-26 20:35:53
by Daniel Londono

About Tuberville: Having served as a college football coach for over 20 years, Alabama resident Tommy Tuberville is entering the race for the U.S. Senate with no prior political experience on his resume.  Tuberville has spent the past 20 years... Read More

Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
State News
Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020 Elections
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box
State News
Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box

SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to... Read More

Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
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Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health... Read More

COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals
Rural
COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

The nation's pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients. And in much of the Midwest... Read More

Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'
Civil Rights
Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'

CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness. That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted... Read More

States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail
State News
States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail

WASHINGTON — States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency's compliance with a court order. U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh... Read More

'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia
2020 Elections
'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump's tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night. Trump's tone and the misinformation he... Read More

Opinion Polls
Poll: Biden Draws Even With Trump in Texas; Hegar Closing in on Cornyn in Senate Race

AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has drawn even in Texas with President Donald Trump, and Democrat MJ Hegar is closing in on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Texas voters released Wednesday afternoon. "Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas standoff, setting the stage for a bare-knuckle... Read More

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
In The News
2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
2020-10-22 13:32:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Cherry Blossom Festival may still be five months away, but organizers on Wednesday announced the festival parade, long a beloved part of the annual event, has been cancelled for 2021. The reason: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged
State News
After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged

LOS ANGELES - Ballots retrieved from a Baldwin Park drop box that was burned in what authorities say may have been arson have been transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar for sorting and review, officials said Tuesday. County Clerk Dean C. Logan of the registrar's office... Read More

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