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Trump Encouraged NC Voters to Cast 2 Ballots; Here’s What He Got Wrong
Political News
Trump Encouraged NC Voters to Cast 2 Ballots; Here’s What He Got Wrong

RALEIGH, N.C. — President Donald Trump encouraged North Carolina voters Wednesday to mail in their ballots and then — if their vote hasn’t been counted yet — go to the polls to vote, which is in violation of state election... Read More

New York Legislators Seek to Install Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide
State News
New York Legislators Seek to Install Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide
2020-09-02 13:45:32
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. – Elected officials rallied with voting rights advocates this week in support of New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman’s proposed bill that would authorize election boards to establish absentee ballot drop off locations statewide. The Democratic legislator staged... Read More

Group Linked to National Democrats Will Spend Millions as Missouri Governor Race Heats Up
2020 Elections
Group Linked to National Democrats Will Spend Millions as Missouri Governor Race Heats Up

WASHINGTON — National Democrats will spend more than $5 million over the next five weeks on TV ads in Missouri to boost Democrat Nicole Galloway’s campaign against Republican Gov. Mike Parson. A Stronger Missouri, an independent expenditure group linked to... Read More

Fearing Delays and Chaos, Swing States Weigh Early Counting of Mail-in Ballots
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Fearing Delays and Chaos, Swing States Weigh Early Counting of Mail-in Ballots

WASHINGTON — The cumbersome and sometimes slow counting of an expected record number of mail-in ballots — especially in some crucial swing states — could delay results and open the door to challenges in this year’s elections. In 13 states... Read More

Nation’s Eyes on Kenosha Ahead of Trump’s Visit After Jacob Blake Shooting
Political News
Nation’s Eyes on Kenosha Ahead of Trump’s Visit After Jacob Blake Shooting

KENOSHA, Wis. — Still in mourning from three shootings last week that left a Black man paralyzed at the hands of police and two white men dead from the bullets of a teenage vigilante, Kenosha was bracing for more unrest... Read More

Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.
2020 Elections
Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Staples Center will serve as a polling place where Los Angeles voters can cast ballots for the 2020 presidential election from Oct. 30 through Election Day, Nov. 3. In a statement, the parties involved touted arenas as... Read More

Wyoming Announces $250 Million in Budget Cuts Stemming From COVID-19, More Expected
State News
Wyoming Announces $250 Million in Budget Cuts Stemming From COVID-19, More Expected
2020-08-31 15:50:56
by Dan McCue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Its energy sector devastated by the coronavirus outbreak, officials in Wyoming announced $250 million in budget cuts, saying more are on the way. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican,... Read More

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests
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Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property.... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Are Protecting Wildfire Fighters — So Far
Wildfires
Pandemic Precautions Are Protecting Wildfire Fighters — So Far

District Chief Paul Duarte’s team, the first to reach the Pine Gulch fire as it began spreading across western Colorado about three weeks ago, put months of planning to the test as they prepared to battle their first major wildfire... Read More

Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19
Health
Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19

The day before a planned visit from President Donald Trump earlier this month, a technician swabbed Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to test him for COVID-19. Within 15 minutes, a plus sign for a positive result appeared on the screen of... Read More

Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States
Education
Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States

Through his high school years in Orlando in the 1990s, Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy never heard a word about a massacre seven decades earlier that took place on Election Day just 15 minutes away in Ocoee. Only later did... Read More

This Rural Minnesota Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?
Census
This Rural Minnesota Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?

MILAN, Minn. — The October chill hit Gabriel Elias like a truck when he reached the airport parking lot in Minneapolis. He recalls surveying the cold, unfamiliar landscape. The trees looked near death. As his uncle drove nearly three hours... Read More

CARES Act Funding Leads to Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Projects in Idaho
State News
CARES Act Funding Leads to Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Projects in Idaho
2020-08-28 20:02:33
by Dan McCue

BOISE, Idaho - Federal coronavirus relief funds will pay for 102 projects aimed at extending broadband connectivity to 43,000 underserved households in Idaho, the state's governor and Department of Commerce announced Friday. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, and Commerce officials,... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

Stephanie Bice Wins GOP Runoff, Will Face Rep. Kendra Horn
Oklahoma
Stephanie Bice Wins GOP Runoff, Will Face Rep. Kendra Horn

WASHINGTON — State Sen. Stephanie Bice won the Republican nomination Tuesday to challenge vulnerable freshman Democrat Kendra Horn in Oklahoma’s 5th District after a contentious primary runoff that tested whether GOP primary voters will always side with the most ardent... Read More

Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
State News
Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
2020-08-25 19:13:23
by Sara Wilkerson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge struck down a state order Monday that required "brick and mortar” schools in the state to be open five-days-a-week by the end of the month. Judge Charles Dodson of the Leon County Circuit Court... Read More

Republicans Scramble to Hold Once-Reliable North Carolina
State News
Republicans Scramble to Hold Once-Reliable North Carolina

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — If Democrats are to have a shot at winning North Carolina in November’s presidential election, they need to close the deal with voters like Megan Chambers. Chambers is one of hundreds of thousands of out-of-state transplants... Read More

Both Parties Featured This House Battleground at Their Conventions
2020 Elections
Both Parties Featured This House Battleground at Their Conventions

WASHINGTON — Army veteran Sean Parnell didn’t mention that he was running for Congress when he took the stage Monday night at the Republican National Convention. But his stint in the national spotlight underscored his campaign strategy: stress his military... Read More

To Speed Up Results, States Limit COVID-19 Testing
Health
To Speed Up Results, States Limit COVID-19 Testing

Dr. Karen Landers, Alabama’s assistant state health officer, has never had a COVID-19 test and doesn’t plan to get one unless she gets sick. She’s urging all Alabamians to do the same. “Don’t get up in the morning and say,... Read More

Fact Check: GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Montana Governor’s Stance on Rural Hospitals, Public Option
2020 Elections
Fact Check: GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Montana Governor’s Stance on Rural Hospitals, Public Option

An attack ad, which was released in mid-July, states that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, supports a government-run health care program that would wreak havoc on the state’s health care infrastructure. “Bullock’s health care plan... Read More

Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card
State News
Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card
2020-08-20 20:27:59
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. - Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Children and Families announced the state will officially allow food stamp recipients to purchase food online using a Kansas Benefits Card, or EBT Card, at retailers Amazon and Walmart.  In a press... Read More

Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
State News
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
2020-08-20 19:39:57
by Sara Wilkerson

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible... Read More

Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos
Education
Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state... Read More

Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.
2020 Elections
Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The votes were swiftly counted, winners were declared, and by about 10 o'clock that night most of the results of Tuesday's primary election — one with large numbers of mailed votes — were known in Florida.... Read More

A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries
Elections
A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by ethics investigations the eighth incumbent House member to be defeated in party primaries this year. Tuesday's contests were shaped by... Read More

Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?
Voting
Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a case that could have major ramifications ahead of the November election, a panel of federal judges in Atlanta questioned lawyers Tuesday about Florida’s decision to require felons to pay off all court fees and fines... Read More

Georgia Voters to be Made ‘Inactive’ After Absentee Mail Undeliverable
State News
Georgia Voters to be Made ‘Inactive’ After Absentee Mail Undeliverable

ATLANTA — Tens of thousands of Georgia voter registrations are on track to be changed to inactive status because absentee ballot applications mailed to them in the spring were undeliverable. These voters will still be able to vote in November’s... Read More

Can Trump Win Without Winning the Most Votes? Yes. Pennsylvania Shows How
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Can Trump Win Without Winning the Most Votes? Yes. Pennsylvania Shows How

PHILADELPHIA — Few people think President Donald Trump will win the most votes in the 2020 election. But he could still become the first president to serve two terms without ever winning a majority of the country’s support. And Pennsylvania... Read More

Midwest Derecho Decimates Iowan Homes and Farmlands, Creating Humanitarian Crisis
Natural Disasters
Midwest Derecho Decimates Iowan Homes and Farmlands, Creating Humanitarian Crisis
2020-08-18 22:31:28
by Sara Wilkerson

A week after a derecho ripped through their state, Iowans remain in the midst of a humanitarian crisis as they attempt to recover from the devastating wind storm. Nearly 47,000 residents remain without electrical power, over 8,200 Iowan homes were... Read More

New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
Education
New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
2020-08-18 22:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new state initiative launched last week by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity allows residents to earn college credits at state institutions at no cost, and without needing to take coursework. Through a partnership with two educational... Read More

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