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Federal Judge in Idaho Stops State From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes
Courts
Federal Judge in Idaho Stops State From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge in Idaho has issued a temporary injunction to keep the state from implementing a controversial law banning transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports while a legal challenge moves forward. The ruling... Read More

Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says
Wildfires
Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says

WASHINGTON — The former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claims in a political ad released Monday that President Donald Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him... Read More

Delaware Thrust Into Unlikely Starring Role in 2020 Campaign
State News
Delaware Thrust Into Unlikely Starring Role in 2020 Campaign

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware isn't a swing state. It has three electoral votes. Driving its entire length, from Pennsylvania to Maryland, takes only a little more than an hour and a half. But the state has an unexpected starring... Read More

Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?
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Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties. And to many... Read More

QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia
2020 Elections
QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia

ROME, Ga. — Marjorie Taylor Greene was victorious in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District Republican runoff, and she is likely to become the first QAnon supporter to earn a seat in Congress. Addressing supporters shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern, she credited... Read More

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate
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Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy
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Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine
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America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where more than 5 million people have been infected and more than 161,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by... Read More

The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed
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The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed

LOS ANGELES — Early on a Thursday morning in February, two men in suits rapped on the door of the South Los Angeles apartment that Gadseel Quiñonez shares with his little brother. The men were from the Los Angeles Police... Read More

Critics Question CARES Act Spending in Some States
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Critics Question CARES Act Spending in Some States

WASHINGTON — Even as governors ask Congress for more pandemic relief money and more leeway to spend it, critics say some states are pushing the legal limits of how previous emergency federal aid can be spent. South Dakota auditors are... Read More

Espy Gaining Ground in Mississippi Senate Race
Polling and Ads
Espy Gaining Ground in Mississippi Senate Race
2020-08-13 19:59:42
by TWN Staff

A recent poll conducted on behalf of the Mike Espy for Senate Committee shows Espy trailing Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith by just five percentage points in the Mississippi race for the U.S. Senate. Hyde-White has served in the Senate for... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

Pine Gulch Wildfire Explodes, Becoming One of the Largest in Colorado History
Wildfires
Pine Gulch Wildfire Explodes, Becoming One of the Largest in Colorado History

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Pine Gulch fire, a lightning-sparked wildfire burning north of Grand Junction, exploded overnight, nearly doubling in size to become the seventh-largest fire in the state’s history, fire officials said. The fire, which started July 31,... Read More

Trump Administration Backs Off Plans to Open Land Near Utah National Parks to Drilling
Public Lands
Trump Administration Backs Off Plans to Open Land Near Utah National Parks to Drilling

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has canceled plans to open tens of thousands of acres for oil and gas drilling near three national parks in Utah next month, a victory for environmentalists and residents angered by its proposal. In all,... Read More

Trump, Biden Declared Winners in Connecticut as Primary Season Comes to a Close
2020 Elections
Trump, Biden Declared Winners in Connecticut as Primary Season Comes to a Close

HARTFORD, Conn. — In the final primaries of the year nationwide, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were declared the winners Tuesday night as Connecticut closed out the primary season for the presidential candidates. The Associated Press called the... Read More

With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator
Congress
With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The... Read More

A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading
Agriculture
A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading

MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues... Read More

Puerto Rico to Partially Redo Botched Gubernatorial Primary
Elections
Puerto Rico to Partially Redo Botched Gubernatorial Primary

Puerto Rico will partially redo a key gubernatorial primary election next Sunday after ballots failed to arrive at some polling centers in a timely manner. Gov. Wanda Vazquez, who is facing a challenge from within her New Progressive Party, said... Read More

Tennessee Republicans Pick Bill Hagerty for Lamar Alexander’s Senate Seat
Tennessee
Tennessee Republicans Pick Bill Hagerty for Lamar Alexander’s Senate Seat

WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump pumping up supporters ahead of Thursday’s primary, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty fended off a late surge by orthopedic surgeon Manny Sethi to win the Republican nomination to succeed retiring GOP Sen.... Read More

What Just Happened in Tennessee’s Democratic Senate Primary?
2020 Elections
What Just Happened in Tennessee’s Democratic Senate Primary?

While Tennessee voters were watching the hotly contested and sometimes ugly Republican Senate primary, a major upset was taking place Thursday on the Democratic ticket. Army veteran James Mackler, the presumed front-runner who raised over $2.1 million and was endorsed... Read More

As Sports Teams Struggle, So Do Their Hometowns
Sports
As Sports Teams Struggle, So Do Their Hometowns

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, known for its signature Irish nachos, sits less than a mile from the home stadiums of the Dallas Cowboys football team and the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas. For years, fans have converged... Read More

New York AG Sues to Dissolve National Rifle Association
State News
New York AG Sues to Dissolve National Rifle Association
2020-08-06 20:02:40
by Gracie Kreth

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association Thursday. The lawsuit calls to dissolve the country’s largest pro-gun organization alleging years of corruption and leadership’s personal use of millions of dollars... Read More

Inslee Advances in Washington Gubernatorial Primary
Political News
Inslee Advances in Washington Gubernatorial Primary

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee advanced Tuesday in Washington's primary election as he seeks to become the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years. Inslee was leading decisively in... Read More

Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights
State News
Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to... Read More

Legendary Journalist and Writer Pete Hamill Dead at 85
Media
Legendary Journalist and Writer Pete Hamill Dead at 85

NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of the five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning. He was 85. Hamill fell on Saturday, fracturing his right hip,... Read More

In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress
State News
In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress

WASHINGTON — About 150 local Republican officials in Northeast Texas will gather Saturday to select the likely replacement in Congress for Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe in an election closed to the public. The voters, made up of GOP... Read More

Hogan Passes Gavel to Cuomo at National Governors Association Summer Meeting
State News
Hogan Passes Gavel to Cuomo at National Governors Association Summer Meeting
2020-08-06 13:04:45
by Reece Nations

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan passed his chairmanship of the National Governors Association to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the association's bi-annual meeting Wednesday. Cuomo will head the new gubernatorial leadership in tandem with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the association’s... Read More

Kansas GOP Picks Rep. Marshall for Senate Seat Over Kobach
2020 Elections
Kansas GOP Picks Rep. Marshall for Senate Seat Over Kobach

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could... Read More

South Carolina Poll Shows Harrison in Striking Distance of Graham, Tight Presidential Race
Opinion Polls
South Carolina Poll Shows Harrison in Striking Distance of Graham, Tight Presidential Race

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new poll from Morning Consult put Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison within one percentage point of incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. According to the poll, 43% of voters said they would vote for the former... Read More

NY Board of Elections Appeals Ruling It Must Count Absentee Ballots Without Postmarks
Voting
NY Board of Elections Appeals Ruling It Must Count Absentee Ballots Without Postmarks

NEW YORK — At least one hotly contested New York primary election is still up in the air thanks to a federal court ruling this week that readmitted thousands of mail-in ballots thrown out because of missing postmarks. The Monday... Read More

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