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Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
Geopolitics
Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
2021-03-12 21:05:40
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration announced a plan Friday to ramp up novel coronavirus vaccine manufacturing capacity in India alongside leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance called “the Quad.”  President Biden announced the plan during a virtual summit with Prime Minister... Read More

Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles 'In its DNA,' Says Mayor
In The States
Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles 'In its DNA,' Says Mayor
2021-03-12 21:03:14
by Daniel Mollenkamp

When Steven Reed was elected the first Black mayor of Montgomery, Ala., he came with an ambitious plan to develop the city and to move towards equity.  He viewed his election as a mandate for equity that could outline a... Read More

NYC Prosecutor, Trump Nemesis Won't Seek Reelection
Cities
NYC Prosecutor, Trump Nemesis Won't Seek Reelection
2021-03-12 18:36:30
by TWN Staff

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who is currently overseeing a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump will not seek re-election to a fourth term, he announced Friday morning. “Representing the people of New York during this pivotal era for... Read More

Weddings, Catered Events to Resume In New York State
In The States
Weddings, Catered Events to Resume In New York State
2021-03-12 18:36:02
by TWN Staff

With COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continuing their downward spiral, New York State will begin allowing weddings and catered events to take place starting March 15, subject to strict health and safety protocols. "From day one, we have said that... Read More

Kentucky Vacancy Powers Bill Raising Eyebrows
In The States
Kentucky Vacancy Powers Bill Raising Eyebrows
2021-03-09 21:06:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell working behind the scenes with allies in the Kentucky legislature to assure he’s replaced by a Republican should he decide to retire?  That’s been the speculation since the filling of Senate Bill... Read More

Iowa Gov Signs Bill Curbing Voting Rights
In The States
Iowa Gov Signs Bill Curbing Voting Rights
2021-03-09 20:44:21
by TWN Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns. The  Bill was approved in a party-line vote in... Read More

Arizona Schools Must Offer In-Person Instruction
In The States
Arizona Schools Must Offer In-Person Instruction
2021-03-08 14:09:42
by TWN Staff

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order last week requiring public schools to offer in-person, teacher-led instruction by Monday, March 15. According to the Republican governor, 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties are in phases where all schools... Read More

In a First, North Dakota House Expels Member
In The States
In a First, North Dakota House Expels Member
2021-03-08 14:09:22
by TWN Staff

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota House of Representatives expelled Republican Rep. Luke Simons on Thursday on charges he “exhibited a history of hostile, threatening, and inappropriate behavior, most frequently toward women.” The vote to remove him was 69-25. According to the resolution, Simons... Read More

Rhode Island, Meet The New Boss
In The States
Rhode Island, Meet The New Boss
2021-03-08 14:09:00
by TWN Staff

Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee was sworn in las week as the state’s new governor following former Gov. Gina Raimondo’s confirmation as the nation's next secretary of commerce. McKee was first elected as lieutenant governor in 2014, prior to which he... Read More

Rhode Island Voters Bullish on Housing, Arts and Ed Spending
In The States
Rhode Island Voters Bullish on Housing, Arts and Ed Spending
2021-03-08 14:08:19
by TWN Staff

Rhode Island voters authorized $400 million in borrowing last week, funding projects across the states ranging from improving state beaches to renovating affordable housing projects to bosltering arts and state preservation progams. The seven bond measures were on the ballot... Read More

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

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