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Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd
Opinions
Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State? Yes or No.”  This is not the first time Puerto... Read More

Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
State News
Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
2020-10-20 18:24:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The absence of a tiebreaker on the Supreme Court will allow election officials in Pennsylvania to count some mailed ballots received up to three days after Election Day. A 4-4 deadlock among the justices let stand a ruling... Read More

Florida Voters Get Up Before Dawn — And Wait — to Vote Early
State News
Florida Voters Get Up Before Dawn — And Wait — to Vote Early

MIAMI -- A soggy South Florida day didn't dampen voter enthusiasm Monday as people arrived at voting centers before dawn -- in some cases lining up around the block -- to take advantage of the start of early voting in Florida. From Miami to St. Petersburg, people... Read More

Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'
State News
Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'

DETROIT -- A day after President Donald Trump prompted "lock her up" chants against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Muskegon, Whitmer implored the president and other officials to "bring the heat down." Whitmer told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the chant, which usually was reserved for former Democratic Presidential... Read More

Pelosi Slams Trump for Using 'Fear Tactics' at Michigan Campaign Rally
Political News
Pelosi Slams Trump for Using 'Fear Tactics' at Michigan Campaign Rally

President Trump is using "fear tactics" to rile up his base, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday. "The president has to realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton," she said on ABC's "This Week." "And, in our political dialogue,... Read More

Will Rejected Mail-In Ballots be Florida's Hanging Chads of Election 2020?
2020 Elections
Will Rejected Mail-In Ballots be Florida's Hanging Chads of Election 2020?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If Florida faces another uncomfortably close presidential election on Nov. 3, rejected vote-by-mail ballots could spell trouble. The unprecedented spike in demand for mail-in ballots spawned by the coronavirus has led to a subsequent surge in the number of ballots that... Read More

Wisconsin a Battleground Growing More Solid for Biden
2020 Elections
Wisconsin a Battleground Growing More Solid for Biden
2020-10-17 17:25:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With fewer than 20 days to go until in-person voters head to the polls, nearly all indications are that the battleground state of Wisconsin is going solidly for former Vice President Joe Biden on Election Night. Not only... Read More

Proposition 25 Would End Cash Bail in California. Is the Replacement Any Better?
Criminal Justice
Proposition 25 Would End Cash Bail in California. Is the Replacement Any Better?

SAN JOSE, Calif. - When the push to eliminate California's cash bail system began in the state Legislature several years ago, the battle lines were clearly drawn. On one side were civil rights groups and criminal justice reform advocates arguing that cash bail... Read More

COVID-19 'Long-haulers' Worry About Coverage, Costs
Health
COVID-19 'Long-haulers' Worry About Coverage, Costs

Andrea Ceresa has been through three gastroenterologists already and now is moving on to her fourth. She's seen an infectious disease specialist, a hematologist, a cardiologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, a physiatrist and an integrative doctor. She has an... Read More

Emboldened Far-right Groups Challenge Cities, States
In The States
Emboldened Far-right Groups Challenge Cities, States

PORTLAND, Ore. - When wildfires threatened rural Oregon communities last month, another unwelcome phenomenon accompanied them: armed vigilantes blocking entry to outsiders, based on false rumors that protesters had not only started the fires, but also were there to loot the evacuated homes.... Read More

Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
State News
Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
2020-10-14 17:48:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Malinowski are urging the FBI to step up the federal response to the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group they say has increased its activity in New Jersey. According to a recent report... Read More

Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
State News
Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
2020-10-14 17:43:11
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to... Read More

FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake
State News
FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified... Read More

Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk
In The States
Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk

MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South... Read More

Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
State News
Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
2020-10-13 21:34:15
by Dan McCue

A record 128,590 voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Georgia Monday, but for many of them it was a day of long waits, sometimes for hours and frustration as computer woes repeatedly took down polling... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
State News
California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
2020-10-13 20:54:38
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades. ... Read More

Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
State News
Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
2020-10-13 20:50:12
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania, tossing out a challenge to the state's drop boxes and poll-watching law. The ruling is notable not just for how it related to... Read More

Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting
State News
Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted even if they’re received up to a week after Election Day, under a federal judge’s order turning back a Republican challenge to the extended balloting deadline. The ruling... Read More

Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early
State News
Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early

PHOENIX — Emilio Alvarado typically takes his time with his ballot, mulling the candidates and propositions, eventually mailing it in close to Election Day. Not this year, says the contractor and veteran who traditionally has voted for Republicans across the... Read More

Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’
2020 Elections
Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump burst back onto the campaign trail Monday night, delivering an energetic and combative hourlong speech in Central Florida meant to demonstrate his recovery from COVID-19 and resuscitate his faltering reelection campaign. Trump portrayed his illness... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

Graham’s Democratic Challenger Raises a Record $57 Million
2020 Elections
Graham’s Democratic Challenger Raises a Record $57 Million

WASHINGTON — Jamie Harrison, the Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, raised more money in the third quarter — $57 million — than any other Senate candidate in history. The record fundraising haul is an indicator of... Read More

Biden Supporters Flock From Other States to Door-Knock in Arizona, Where it Matters
2020 Elections
Biden Supporters Flock From Other States to Door-Knock in Arizona, Where it Matters

PHOENIX — Alex Rosado hasn’t hugged his father in months, and he blames President Donald Trump. Rosado said the president’s failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic has kept him away from his dad and made him want to work that... Read More

Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

Feds Cobbled Criminal Cases Together in Missing Children Operation, Creating False Perception
In The States
Feds Cobbled Criminal Cases Together in Missing Children Operation, Creating False Perception

ATLANTA — Trevontae Shareef says he didn’t know that his girlfriend of seven months was a runaway from state foster care. At least, not until early August, he said, when about a dozen federal agents and police officers clad in... Read More

Few in Number, Black Residents in Appalachia Push for Justice
In The States
Few in Number, Black Residents in Appalachia Push for Justice

Just as soon as the grand jury decision came down in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, several people in southeastern Kentucky began organizing a candlelight vigil in her memory. Taylor was killed in March by police officers in Louisville,... Read More

COVID-19 Curbs Community Policing at a Time of Diminishing Trust
In The News
COVID-19 Curbs Community Policing at a Time of Diminishing Trust

AUSTIN, Texas — The funeral last month for Jorge Cabrera featured familiar tributes to a fallen officer. Cabrera’s flag-draped coffin sat at the front of the church, near a large replica of a police badge with black ribbon. The strains... Read More

An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too
Religion
An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too

CHICAGO — Scott Sheridan didn’t expect his 23 years of teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University to end like this. Though fewer students are pursuing degrees in his areas of study these days, many still participate. This semester, more than 50... Read More

New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
State News
New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
2020-10-09 19:33:38
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has released a report indicating employment in New York City’s restaurant industry fell from 317,800 jobs to only 91,000 jobs after pandemic-related restrictions were imposed on businesses. While the industry... Read More

Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
State News
Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
2020-10-09 14:45:58
by Sean Trambley

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19.  Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped... Read More

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