In The States

2022-12-12 17:45:16
by Dan McCue
Auction of California Offshore Wind Leases Draws $757M in Winning Bids

WASHINGTON — California’s first auction of offshore wind development rights received more than $757 million in winning bids, the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — California’s first auction of offshore wind development rights received more than $757 million in winning bids, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced. In all, roughly 373,268 acres were earmarked for wind farm development, with the sites... Read More

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Switches to Independent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Friday that she now has registered as an independent, but... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Friday that she now has registered as an independent, but she does not plan to caucus with Republicans, ensuring Democrats will retain their narrow voting majority in the Senate. Sinema,... Read More

2022-12-08 21:10:27
by Dan McCue
Majority of Justices Appear Skeptical of ‘Theory’ Giving States Unchecked Power Over Elections

WASHINGTON — A clear majority of justices — cutting across the Supreme Court’s ideological spectrum — appeared to be skeptical... Read More

WASHINGTON — A clear majority of justices — cutting across the Supreme Court’s ideological spectrum — appeared to be skeptical on Wednesday of a legal theory that could give state legislatures unchecked power over federal election-related matters. As previously reported... Read More

2022-12-08 18:13:52
by Dan McCue
White House OMB Reviewing Governors’ E15 Petition

WASHINGTON — The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a request from nine Midwest governors who are... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a request from nine Midwest governors who are seeking to permanently eliminate the 1-psi Reid vapor pressure waiver for E10 in their states. Notice of the review was published... Read More

2022-12-07 16:50:20
by Tom Ramstack
Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban on beards. Firefighters argue the ban violates the freedom of religion of their Muslim and Jewish members. The District of... Read More

2022-12-07 16:20:46
by Dan McCue
Southern States Rank Among Nation’s Most Stressed in New Survey

PHUKET, Thailand — Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina ranked among the nation’s most stressed states, according to a new study... Read More

PHUKET, Thailand — Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina ranked among the nation’s most stressed states, according to a new study conducted by addiction specialists at Diamond Rehab Thailand, a luxury inpatient rehab center in Southeast Asia. For the purpose of... Read More

2022-12-06 16:57:53
by Dan McCue
Texas’ Top Election Official Resigns, Abbott Names Replacement

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ top election official, Secretary of State John Scott, resigned from that post on Monday, saying he... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ top election official, Secretary of State John Scott, resigned from that post on Monday, saying he will relinquish the office at the end of the year. As a result, on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he... Read More

Biden to Visit Arizona Computer Chip Site, Highlight Jobs

President Joe Biden on Tuesday plans to visit the building site for a new computer chip plant in Arizona, using... Read More

President Joe Biden on Tuesday plans to visit the building site for a new computer chip plant in Arizona, using it as a chance to emphasize how his policies are fostering job growth in what could be a challenge to... Read More

DeSantis 2024 Prospects Prompt Fla. Lawmakers to Review Law

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated... Read More

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A “resign to run” law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions... Read More

Arizona County Certifies Election After Judge's Order

PHOENIX (AP) — A rural Arizona county certified its midterm election results on Thursday, following the orders of a judge who ruled... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — A rural Arizona county certified its midterm election results on Thursday, following the orders of a judge who ruled that Republican supervisors broke the law when they refused to sign off on the vote count by this week's deadline.... Read More

Obama Heads to Ga. as Warnock Seeks Big Early Vote Advantage

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters have cast more than 1 million ballots ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters have cast more than 1 million ballots ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, with Warnock looking to juice an apparent Democratic head start in early... Read More

2022-11-29 22:03:29
by Dan McCue
In-Person, Early Voting in Georgia Senate Contest Shatters Record

ATLANTA — Georgia voters choosing between incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the Dec.... Read More

ATLANTA — Georgia voters choosing between incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the Dec. 6 runoff election shattered the state’s record for early, in-person voting on Monday, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.... Read More

2022-11-28 17:20:55
by Dan McCue
$550M in Clean Energy Funding to Benefit State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department has issued a Notice of Intent announcing $550 million to support the deployment of community-based... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department has issued a Notice of Intent announcing $550 million to support the deployment of community-based clean energy in state, tribal and local governments — an initiative it says will directly benefit more than 250 million... Read More

2022-11-28 17:13:52
by Dan McCue
DOE Approves Conditional Funding to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has approved roughly $1.1 billion in conditional funding for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has approved roughly $1.1 billion in conditional funding for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed its application for federal funding on Sept. 2, 2022, the same... Read More

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Starts to Erupt, Sending Ash Nearby

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly... Read More

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby, authorities said Monday. The eruption began late Sunday night in... Read More

Biden, Family Attend Christmas Tree Lighting on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown... Read More

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Nantucket on Friday became mostly about keeping the president's 2-year-old grandson from having a meltdown. There was President Joe Biden's... Read More

Murkowski Withstands Another Conservative GOP Challenger

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican, has twice withstood challenges from more conservative factions of... Read More

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican, has twice withstood challenges from more conservative factions of her party; more than a decade ago, she mounted a historical write-in campaign to beat a tea party favorite, and... Read More

Flip of Michigan Legislature Highlights Role of Fair Maps

Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year, translating into their party winning control... Read More

Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year, translating into their party winning control of both legislative chambers. That may seem like a natural result, but it hasn't been in previous elections. While Democrats... Read More

Georgia Runoff: Why One Senate Seat is Crucial for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But holding on to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But holding on to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s seat in Georgia’s runoff next month could be crucial to their success. If Warnock wins the runoff against Republican Herschel Walker,... Read More

2022-11-18 18:58:00
by Tom Ramstack
DC Sues Washington Commanders Again Claiming Season Ticket Holders Cheated

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued the Washington Commanders football team Thursday for allegedly keeping refundable deposits... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued the Washington Commanders football team Thursday for allegedly keeping refundable deposits that were supposed to be returned to season ticket holders. The lawsuit says the team violated Washington, D.C.’s, consumer protection... Read More

2022-11-15 17:21:49
by TWN Staff
Arizona Governor: Katie Hobbs (D)

About the State Katie Hobbs grew up in Tempe, Arizona, in what she describes as, a hard-working middle class family... Read More

About the State Katie Hobbs grew up in Tempe, Arizona, in what she describes as, a hard-working middle class family that knows the value of a dollar and the dignity of hard work. She learned the value of service from... Read More

2022-11-14 22:32:33
by Dan McCue
Google Agrees to $391.5M Settlement Over Location Tracking Practices

WASHINGTON — Google has agreed to pay $391.5 million to settle claims it misled consumers into believing they opted out... Read More

WASHINGTON — Google has agreed to pay $391.5 million to settle claims it misled consumers into believing they opted out of location tracking when in reality a separate setting in their Web and App activity continued to collect that data.... Read More

2022-11-14 18:07:49
by TWN Staff
Justices Rule Against Arizona GOP Leader in Jan. 6 Records Fight

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol to access phone records belonging to the Arizona Republican Party’s chairwoman. As is their long-standing... Read More

2022-11-12 20:25:59
by TWN Staff
Nevada Governor: Joe Lombardo (R)

About the State The son of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Nevada Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo was born in Sapporo, Japan,... Read More

About the State The son of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Nevada Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo was born in Sapporo, Japan, on Nov. 8, 1962. He lived in Japan for over a decade before his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada,... Read More

2022-11-11 22:54:18
by Dan McCue
Electric Battery Company Building $2.6B Plant Outside of Atlanta

ATLANTA — A clean-tech startup headquartered in Norway announced Friday that it has selected Coweta County, Georgia, just southwest of... Read More

ATLANTA — A clean-tech startup headquartered in Norway announced Friday that it has selected Coweta County, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta, to be the site of its new electric vehicle battery factory. FREYR Battery said it plans to invest about... Read More

2022-11-11 22:35:38
by TWN Staff
Oregon Governor: Tina Kotek (D)

About the State Tina Kotek, the governor-elect of Oregon, previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives (2013-2022) and made... Read More

About the State Tina Kotek, the governor-elect of Oregon, previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives (2013-2022) and made history twice in that position — being the first openly lesbian person to hold the position and being the state’s... Read More

2022-11-11 22:33:26
by TWN Staff
Arkansas Governor: Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R)

About the State Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to... Read More

About the State Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. She advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two-and-a-half years, Sanders worked... Read More

2022-11-11 22:33:15
by TWN Staff
Nebraska Governor: Jim Pillen (R)

About the State Born in Columbus, Nebraska, Jim Pillen, Nebraska’s new governor-elect, grew up on a farm in Platte County... Read More

About the State Born in Columbus, Nebraska, Jim Pillen, Nebraska’s new governor-elect, grew up on a farm in Platte County where he raised pigs with his father Dale.  After graduating from Lakeview Junior-Senior High School in 1974, he earned a... Read More

2022-11-11 22:33:08
by TWN Staff
Maryland Governor: Wes Moore (D)

About the State Wes Moore, a combat veteran, best-selling author, small business owner, Rhodes Scholar and former CEO of one... Read More

About the State Wes Moore, a combat veteran, best-selling author, small business owner, Rhodes Scholar and former CEO of one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations, has devoted his life’s work to a basic principle: No matter your start in... Read More

2022-11-11 22:32:59
by TWN Staff
Massachusetts Governor: Maura Healey (D)

About the State Maura Healey has deep roots in Massachusetts. Her parents both grew up in Newburyport. Her maternal grandparents... Read More

About the State Maura Healey has deep roots in Massachusetts. Her parents both grew up in Newburyport. Her maternal grandparents met in Gloucester, where her grandfather worked on the fishing docks and her grandmother, whose ancestors settled on the Parker... Read More

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