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Ohio Secretary of State Reports Surge in Absentee Ballot Requests
State News
Ohio Secretary of State Reports Surge in Absentee Ballot Requests
2020-09-22 20:43:58
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With just 42 days to go before Election Day, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications have been received by the county boards of election, including a whopping 385,657 in the... Read More

Trump Flips, Now Encourages Michigan Residents to Vote Absentee
2020 Elections
Trump Flips, Now Encourages Michigan Residents to Vote Absentee

DETROIT — In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early. Trump’s latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May,... Read More

In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020 Elections
In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020-09-19 17:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come into play and make a sure bet in the weeks leading up to the vote an “also ran” on election... Read More

More People with Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain
In The News
More People with Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain

WASHINGTON — More than ever, Eric Harris is mindful of the elected officials around him: The school board members deciding whether his children will go back to the classroom, the sheriff influencing how officers interact with people like him, and... Read More

Coronavirus, Trump Chill International Enrollment at US Colleges
Education
Coronavirus, Trump Chill International Enrollment at US Colleges

WASHINGTON — Chittawan Boonsitanon started junior year at Michigan State University last week from his home in Bangkok, 8,500 miles and half a world away. Boonsitanon said many international students decided months ago to take classes online, before Michigan State... Read More

Trump Administration’s Census Plan Might Leave Out Some Legal Residents
Census
Trump Administration’s Census Plan Might Leave Out Some Legal Residents

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration plan to use the census to exclude from congressional representation immigrants who are living here illegally might inadvertently exclude many U.S. citizens living under the radar in states such as Alaska, New Mexico and West... Read More

Bloomberg Makes Initial Ad Buy in Florida
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Makes Initial Ad Buy in Florida

WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg is starting to put his money where his mouth is. Aides to the Democratic billionaire said Thursday that Bloomberg will spend $5.4 million on a weeklong TV ad campaign in Florida, part of his pledge to... Read More

Biden Says Trump ‘Only Cares About the Stock Market’ in Town Hall Meeting
2020 Elections
Biden Says Trump ‘Only Cares About the Stock Market’ in Town Hall Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden railed against President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and framed the 2020 election as a choice between Main Street and Wall Street during an outdoor town hall meeting Thursday just outside his childhood hometown... Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Green Party Off State Ballot
State News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Green Party Off State Ballot
2020-09-17 20:06:26
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Things aren't exactly coming up roses for the Green Party and its presidential nominee, Howie Hawkins. For the second time this week a state supreme court has denied the party's bid for inclusion among the contenders on... Read More

LaRose Appealing Order to Permit More Than One Ballot Drop Box Per County
State News
LaRose Appealing Order to Permit More Than One Ballot Drop Box Per County

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Franklin County judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday permitting the installation of more than one ballot drop box per county ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. In handing down his decision, however, Franklin County... Read More

Michigan Senate Approves More Time to Process Absentee Ballots
Michigan
Michigan Senate Approves More Time to Process Absentee Ballots
2020-09-17 13:54:23
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday approved a bill allowing the state's larger municipalities to begin processing an expected surge of absentee ballots prior to Election Day. The legislation, which passed 34-2 with strong bipartisan support, would allow... Read More

Preparing for the Worst, Health Agencies Mount Unprecedented Flu Shot Drives
In The News
Preparing for the Worst, Health Agencies Mount Unprecedented Flu Shot Drives

WASHINGTON — If the United States has even a typical flu season that collides with a COVID-19 flare, the resulting public health nightmare could swamp the nation’s already strained health system. This year’s flu season could be milder than usual... Read More

USPS Stands by Colorado-Ballot Notices That Judge Deemed ‘False’
Political News
USPS Stands by Colorado-Ballot Notices That Judge Deemed ‘False’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service said a judge acted too late when he ordered the agency over the weekend to stop sending notices to Colorado residents about requesting mail-in ballots that state officials claim are misleading. Most of the... Read More

Democrats Detail Hispanic Voter Data as Biden Meets Florida Puerto Ricans
2020 Elections
Democrats Detail Hispanic Voter Data as Biden Meets Florida Puerto Ricans

MIAMI — If you’re Hispanic and living in the U.S., chances are good that Joe Biden’s campaign knows a lot about you — including your family roots. Ahead of Biden’s first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee —... Read More

Bloomberg Says He’ll Spend $100 Million to Help Biden Beat Trump in Florida
State News
Bloomberg Says He’ll Spend $100 Million to Help Biden Beat Trump in Florida

MIAMI — Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor whose self-funded presidential bid fell short this year, says he’ll spend $100 million over the next seven weeks to help Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden win Florida. Bloomberg’s financial commitment... Read More

Courts Will Decide Georgia Voting Rights — and Maybe Election Results
State News
Courts Will Decide Georgia Voting Rights — and Maybe Election Results

ATLANTA — Fierce battles over which votes count are already being fought in courts this election season, with armies of voting rights advocates, political parties and attorneys gearing up to bring more challenges to Georgia election laws when ballots are... Read More

Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020-09-12 16:43:24
by Dan McCue

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania with less than 60 days remaining before Election Day. Most recent polling in the state gives former... Read More

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States
Marijuana
Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

When Tamarack Dispensary opened in the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell in 2009, medical marijuana was legal but still operating on the fringes of the conservative community. Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks... Read More

Police ‘Pretext’ Traffic Stops Need to End, Some Lawmakers Say
Police
Police ‘Pretext’ Traffic Stops Need to End, Some Lawmakers Say

WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over. Sydnor’s wife and... Read More

Running an Election in a Pandemic, In 10 Steps
In The News
Running an Election in a Pandemic, In 10 Steps

WASHINGTON — When the pandemic hit and more than a thousand usual poll workers backed out of working the April primary in Madison, Wisconsin, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl needed replacements who were available to work late, had customer service skills... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Delays Mailing of Absentee Ballots
State News
Wisconsin Supreme Court Delays Mailing of Absentee Ballots
2020-09-11 16:31:00
by Dan McCue

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the mailing of absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election as it considers whether to order the addition of the Green Party presidential ticket. The 4-3 decision in which all... Read More

Idaho Leads Nation in Financial Stability Under Gov. Little
State News
Idaho Leads Nation in Financial Stability Under Gov. Little
2020-09-10 15:15:48
by Sara Wilkerson

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho leads the country in financial stability due in part to Republican Gov. Brad Little’s deregulatory measures since taking office, which helped spur an economic rebound for the state as tax revenues beat projected revenues by $37... Read More

Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches
2020 Elections
Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohioans stake the names of their preferred candidates in the November election outside their homes, a new form of activism is showing up alongside the traditional candidate yard signs. Absentee ballot requests, voter registration forms and... Read More

Ohioans Won’t Know Official Election Results for Weeks, Secretary of State Says
In The News
Ohioans Won’t Know Official Election Results for Weeks, Secretary of State Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned voters during a Tuesday news conference that results reported after the polls close on Election Day will be strictly unofficial, and he said state law bars his office and county... Read More

Spit in a Tube or a Swab in the Nose? Saliva Shows Promise in COVID Test Debate
Health
Spit in a Tube or a Swab in the Nose? Saliva Shows Promise in COVID Test Debate

Two new studies made the case recently for an alternative to the invasive COVID-19 tests that require collecting a sample from deep in the nose. Saliva samples, both studies found, were nearly as reliable and far less of a hassle.... Read More

What to Watch in New Hampshire, Rhode Island Primaries This Week
2020 Elections
What to Watch in New Hampshire, Rhode Island Primaries This Week

Two of the nation’s final primary contests of the cycle will be decided Tuesday, in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, but one of the most interesting tests will be over the power of someone who’s not on the ballot: President... Read More

Orange County’s Bishop, a $12 Million Problem and a Secret Fight Stretching to the Vatican
2020 Elections
Orange County’s Bishop, a $12 Million Problem and a Secret Fight Stretching to the Vatican

LOS ANGELES — The FedEx envelopes landed at dawn on the doorsteps of some of Orange County’s most influential Catholic philanthropists — real estate developers, attorneys, CEOs and other church stalwarts who had raised tens of millions of dollars over... Read More

A Seattle Police Officer’s Extraordinary Pay Raises Questions Department Can’t Answer
In The States
A Seattle Police Officer’s Extraordinary Pay Raises Questions Department Can’t Answer

SEATTLE — Seattle Police Officer Ron Willis was exceptionally busy in 2019 — so much so that he crammed the work of two years into just one. Willis, a 58-year-old patrol officer, made $414,543.06 last year — more than the... Read More

Rapper Kanye West Kicked Off Virginia Ballot by Court Order
2020 Elections
Rapper Kanye West Kicked Off Virginia Ballot by Court Order
2020-09-04 21:33:01
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND -- Rap star Kanye West was booted off Virginia’s ballot this week by a judge who accused him of using deceptive tactics to qualify as a candidate for president. Last week, Virginia’s Board of Elections determined West qualified to... Read More

Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
State News
Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
2020-09-04 15:31:58
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been added to sample ballots in South Carolina after initially being left off the voter education pieces. The sample ballots were made public Thursday, and... Read More

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