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Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows

President Donald Trump’s support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows. The poll from the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies... Read More

Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor
Law
Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor

ATLANTA — Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.... Read More

District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
State News
Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
2020-08-04 20:11:52
by Dan McCue

TOPEKA, Kan. - As Congress continues to wrestle with how much it will give to states and cities in the next coronavirus relief package, the state of Kansas says it has seen a dramatic increase in its tax collections, partly... Read More

Nevada to Mail All Voters Ballots; Trump Promises Lawsuit
State News
Nevada to Mail All Voters Ballots; Trump Promises Lawsuit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Monday to mail all of the state's active voters ballots ahead of the November election, a move being criticized by President Donald Trump, who promised a lawsuit to block... Read More

Lujan Grisham Builds Profile as Biden Looks to Make VP Pick
2020 Elections
Lujan Grisham Builds Profile as Biden Looks to Make VP Pick

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Michelle Lujan Grisham has not received the attention of many higher-profile candidates under consideration to be Joe Biden's running mate. But she has a resume that few of them can match. The New Mexico governor has executive experience... Read More

Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
Local Elections
Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
2020-08-03 21:12:20
by Sara Wilkerson

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned officials who already postponed a local election once due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, they would be violating the law if they attempted to move the election again, this time to next year.... Read More

A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?
Elections
A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?

WASHINGTON — If you’ve turned on a television in the Kansas City area recently, you’ve probably seen Bob Hamilton’s face. He’s one of 11 names on Kansas Republicans’ Aug. 4 primary ballot for the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen.... Read More

Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America
In The States
Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America

Arizona, once the rock-solid Republican home of party legends John McCain and Barry Goldwater, could well have its first Democratic legislature in almost three decades next year. If it does, Republicans will have COVID-19 to blame. Arizona’s Senate and House... Read More

Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
State News
Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
2020-07-31 18:39:44
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin on Thursday became the latest state to impose a statewide face mask mandate, meaning all 24 states with a Democratic governor now have such a requirement in place. By comparison, only 8 of the 26 states with Republican governors... Read More

Pennsylvania Voters Think Trump is Bungling the Coronavirus Pandemic, New Poll Says
Opinion Polls
Pennsylvania Voters Think Trump is Bungling the Coronavirus Pandemic, New Poll Says

PHILADELPHIA — A predictable downturn in the mood of Pennsylvania voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slumping economy spells trouble for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, according to a new poll. And former Vice President Joe Biden benefits: The... Read More

RNC Intervenes In Iowa Dispute Over Absentee Voting
State News
RNC Intervenes In Iowa Dispute Over Absentee Voting
2020-07-29 20:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee on Monday urged Iowa election officials to block counties from sending out absentee ballot request forms with pre-filled voter information. In a letter, the RNC’s chief counsel asked Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate... Read More

Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
Political News
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Extreme Voting Lines Expose Where Georgia Primary Failed
2020 Elections
Extreme Voting Lines Expose Where Georgia Primary Failed

ATLANTA — The last polling place in Georgia closed well after midnight. Voters had waited over five hours at Christian City, an assisted living community south of Atlanta. The line twisted far down the street, the most egregious example of... Read More

Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier
State News
Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier

Democrats on Tuesday notched two victories in lawsuits aimed at making it easier to vote by mail during the pandemic. The state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness or notary requirements for people voting by mail throughout the 2020... Read More

Trump Will Accept Republican Nomination in North Carolina
2020 Elections
Trump Will Accept Republican Nomination in North Carolina
2020-07-28 20:57:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday night that he will accept the Republican presidential nomination in Charlotte, N.C., two months after throwing the convention process into chaos over a spat with North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Trump, who... Read More

Texas Governor Extends Early Voting Period for November Election
2020 Elections
Texas Governor Extends Early Voting Period for November Election

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday extended the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election by nearly a week in an effort to spread out voting at polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic. Early voting for... Read More

District Issues Traffic Advisory for Rep. Lewis Funeral Services
In The News
District Issues Traffic Advisory for Rep. Lewis Funeral Services
2020-07-26 13:58:16
by Dan McCue

The District of Columbia has issued a traffic advisory for the funeral procession for Rep. John Lewis which will occur Monday in the District of Columbia before arriving at the United States Capitol to lie in state. Individuals planning to... Read More

Pandemic Threatens Black Middle-class Gains
In The News
Pandemic Threatens Black Middle-class Gains

WASHINGTON — The Black middle class has made strides in recent years toward economic parity with whites in 34 states, a new Stateline analysis has found. But the pandemic threatens that progress, as Black professionals and business owners lose their... Read More

Trump Calls Off Florida Segment of GOP National Convention
2020 Elections
Trump Calls Off Florida Segment of GOP National Convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's hopes to salvage a four-night celebration for his reelection campaign have been thwarted by spiking coronavirus cases across the Sun Belt, with the president announcing Thursday that he was calling off the public events... Read More

Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity
State News
Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity
2020-07-23 20:30:45
by Reece Nations

As part of a $36 million food security program, Massachusetts’ executive administration unveiled $3 million in grants for residents suffering from urgent food instability due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Wednesday the... Read More

State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls
Law
State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways,... Read More

Tax Hikes in a Pandemic: Some States and Cities Say Yes
Taxes
Tax Hikes in a Pandemic: Some States and Cities Say Yes

WASHINGTON — Nashville City Councilman Bob Mendes tried unsuccessfully for two years to get his booming city to raise property taxes to address its growing municipal needs. Then came COVID-19. The City Council last month approved a 34% increase. What... Read More

Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
State News
Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
2020-07-20 19:49:27
by Dan McCue

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the state's COVID-19 task force traveled to Savannah, Ga., Monday to help officials there cope with a surge in coronavirus cases. While in Savannah, Cuomo will host a roundtable meeting with the New... Read More

Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
Climate
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
Political News
Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
2020-07-20 19:40:39
by Dan McCue

Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. The executive committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Williams to take... Read More

Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why
Environment
Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Manatee deaths are on the rise in Florida. Coronavirus isn't likely at fault, but it has kept officials from performing as many necropsies as normal on the dead animals. As a result, experts from the Florida... Read More

Texas Readies Morgue Trucks in Preparation for Virus Death Surge
Texas
Texas Readies Morgue Trucks in Preparation for Virus Death Surge

Along the Texas coast outside Corpus Christi, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales surveyed the sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches packed with swimmers and sunbathers, just the way they are every summer. Then she went back to her office to order... Read More

Meet the Youth Liberation Front Behind a Militant Marathon of Portland Protests
In The States
Meet the Youth Liberation Front Behind a Militant Marathon of Portland Protests

PORTLAND, Ore. — Shortly before 1 a.m. on July 5, as protesters braced for more long hours on the streets in Oregon’s largest city, the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front took to Twitter with a stern declaration. “Be like water,... Read More

Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court
State News
Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court Thursday seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain... Read More

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