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Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling
Elections
Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling

WASHINGTON — Alabama officials asked the Supreme Court to step into the debate over how to conduct election laws in the midst of a national health crisis, in a legal dispute over absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s... Read More

It’s Official, Mississippi Passes Bill to Retire State Flag With Confederate Symbol
State News
It’s Official, Mississippi Passes Bill to Retire State Flag With Confederate Symbol

BILOXI, Miss. — The Mississippi Senate joined the House on Sunday in a historic vote to take down the 1894 state flag with its Confederate battle emblem and ask Mississippi voters to approve a new flag in November. House Bill... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
Political News
Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
2020-06-26 22:07:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday evening decline to force Texas officials to offer mail-in ballots to all voters in the state because of the threat posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The court's order is the latest development... Read More

Hickenlooper Holding On To Double Digit Lead In Colorado’s US Senate Primary
2020 Elections
Hickenlooper Holding On To Double Digit Lead In Colorado’s US Senate Primary
2020-06-26 21:14:26
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - New polling shows former Governor John Hickenlooper taking a dominant lead over Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, just days before voters cast their ballots on June 30. In a survey published on Thursday by... Read More

House Adopts Bill to Make DC 51st State; Senate GOP Opposes
Congress
House Adopts Bill to Make DC 51st State; Senate GOP Opposes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, saying Congress has both the moral obligation and constitutional authority to ensure that the city's 700,000 residents are allowed full voting... Read More

Analysis: A Second Look at the Colorado Senate Race
Political News
Analysis: A Second Look at the Colorado Senate Race

WASHINGTON — For the last week, national Republican strategists have been unloading on Colorado Democratic Senate hopeful John Hickenlooper, a former two-term governor and mayor of Denver. Their goals? First, to damage the Democratic front-runner going into a June 30... Read More

Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests
State News
Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests
2020-06-24 19:08:15
by Dan McCue

A Georgia House committee Wednesday gave its blessing to a bill that would prevent election officials from acting on their own to send mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of any election. If the bill clears both Republican controlled... Read More

Virginia Primaries: GOP Taps Taylor for Rematch With Luria; Democrats Back Webb Vs. Good
2020 Elections
Virginia Primaries: GOP Taps Taylor for Rematch With Luria; Democrats Back Webb Vs. Good

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor won a three-way GOP primary Tuesday in Virginia’s 2nd District, securing a chance at a rematch against freshman Rep. Elaine Luria in a district on both parties’ radar. And in the competitive Democratic... Read More

How to Win the West? Democratic Women Aim Again at GOP Seats
2020 Elections
How to Win the West? Democratic Women Aim Again at GOP Seats

WASHINGTON — After winning a six-candidate primary with less than 34 percent of the vote in 2018, Kathleen Williams lost the general election for Montana’s at-large House seat. This year, the Democrat hopes the second time’s the charm.  Williams, a... Read More

State, Federal Officials Take Different Paths Trying to Stop Utilities From Causing Wildfires
Wildfires
State, Federal Officials Take Different Paths Trying to Stop Utilities From Causing Wildfires

SAN DIEGO — Nearly two years after one of the deadliest corporate crimes in California history — a utility-sparked wildfire that killed scores of people and destroyed the city of Paradise in rural Butte County — state and federal officials... Read More

Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
State News
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
2020-06-23 18:31:20
by Dan McCue

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking... Read More

1 City, 1 Voting Place: Kentucky Braces for Lines in Primary
2020 Elections
1 City, 1 Voting Place: Kentucky Braces for Lines in Primary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With only one polling place designated for Louisville on Tuesday, voters who didn't cast mail-in ballots or show up early could face long lines in Kentucky's primary election, the latest to unfold in a pandemic that... Read More

Booker Emerges As Powerful Contender Ahead Of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate Primary
Political News
Booker Emerges As Powerful Contender Ahead Of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate Primary
2020-06-22 16:40:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- New polling released on Thursday shows Charles Booker outpacing Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s Democratic primary for U.S Senate just days ahead of Election Day on June 23. In a survey published Thursday by Democratic pollster Civiqs, 44% of... Read More

Gov. Cuomo Says Yankees and Mets Will Hold Spring Training in NYC
State News
Gov. Cuomo Says Yankees and Mets Will Hold Spring Training in NYC

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that the Yankees and Mets will hold spring training in the city as it stays on track to enter phase 2 of the coronavirus pandemic reopening process. The governor said both baseball... Read More

Workers Dismantling 75-foot Confederate Monument at NC Capitol
State News
Workers Dismantling 75-foot Confederate Monument at NC Capitol

RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh’s tallest Confederate monument began coming down early Sunday, a gesture aimed at healing more than a century of racial division. Crews brought a crane, cherry picker and flatbed to disassemble the 75-foot obelisk on the Capitol... Read More

CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
Cities
CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
2020-06-18 20:54:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Congressional Budget Office found that D.C. statehood would carry a price tag for taxpayers, but could also result in significant savings if the District takes on costs currently covered by the federal government.... Read More

Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters
2020 Elections
Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters
2020-06-17 15:40:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Monday that absentee ballot requests will be mailed to the state’s 7.8 million registered voters ahead of the November election. “For nearly a decade, Ohioans have received an absentee ballot request ahead... Read More

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux Wins Primary for Open Seat in Georgia Suburbs
2020 Elections
Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux Wins Primary for Open Seat in Georgia Suburbs

WASHINGTON — Public policy professor Carolyn Bourdeaux was declared the outright winner Tuesday of a crowded Democratic primary in suburban Atlanta, as absentee ballots continued to be counted a week after the chaotic June 9 elections. Bourdeaux had 52.7 percent... Read More

The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities
Political News
The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Fla., has left Charlotte’s host committee with “tens of millions” in contractual liabilities, the committee’s CEO said Monday. Republican officials announced last week that they’re moving most... Read More

Virginia Native Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Juneteenth Will Be a State Holiday
In The States
Virginia Native Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Juneteenth Will Be a State Holiday

NORFOLK, Va. — Juneteenth, the day commemorating slavery’s end in the United States — which falls on Friday this year — will be a paid holiday for Virginia state employees, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Joining Northam in Richmond for... Read More

Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters
State News
Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters
2020-06-16 14:25:04
by Sara Wilkerson

The cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair due to ongoing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus isn't just a blow to those who love carnival rides, live music, fried Twinkies and an almost unimaginable array of food items... Read More

Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
2020-06-15 12:37:17
by Dan McCue

Residents of Puerto Rico will be casting a telling vote this November -- one that could decide whether the island -- now a territory of the United States -- will seek statehood or not. While the referendum is non-binding because... Read More

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Package of Police Reform Bills
State News
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Package of Police Reform Bills
2020-06-12 20:45:14
by Dan McCue

New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed what he called the "most aggressive" police reform legislative package in the nation on Friday, just days after the state legislature moved to make officers more accountable. Among other things, the package of... Read More

Many Faithful Say It’s Time to Gather. Some Governors Disagree
Religion
Many Faithful Say It’s Time to Gather. Some Governors Disagree

WASHINGTON — Gathering to pray feels more important than ever for many Americans of faith, as COVID-19 cases top 2 million in the United States and communities roil with anger about police brutality and systemic racism. Yet many governors and... Read More

House Bill Proposes Giving DC Officials New Titles
Political News
House Bill Proposes Giving DC Officials New Titles
2020-06-12 13:05:23
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - House Representatives Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., introduced a bill on Thursday to give District of Columbia officials new titles matching those of leaders in U.S. states. The proposed measure, dubbed the District of Columbia... Read More

Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
State News
Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
2020-06-12 12:47:37
by Reece Nations

A top member of Pennsylvania’s state Republican leadership is stepping down amid claims his party withheld information concerning a GOP representative's coronavirus diagnosis.  Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announced Wednesday he is leaving the Legislature before his term ends in... Read More

Jon Ossoff Avoids Runoff to Win Democratic Nomination for Senate in Georgia
2020 Elections
Jon Ossoff Avoids Runoff to Win Democratic Nomination for Senate in Georgia

ATLANTA — Jon Ossoff captured the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, emerging from a crowded field that included two well-financed rivals to win an outright victory in the race to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Ossoff, 33,... Read More

Outcomes Uncertain in a Slew of Federal Primary Races in Georgia
Voting
Outcomes Uncertain in a Slew of Federal Primary Races in Georgia

ATLANTA — None of the most hotly contested congressional races in Georgia could be called Tuesday night, leaving most candidates waiting to see who would make the runoffs or whether any had won their primary outright. A few favorites jumped... Read More

Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls
2020 Elections
Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On an unprecedented primary election day, reports of problems at polling stations across South Carolina’s Richland County have been rolling in. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that led to increased requests for absentee ballots, there has been a... Read More

Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020 Elections
Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020-06-09 19:44:19
by Dan McCue

Georgians who overcame concerns about the coronavirus to participate in Tuesday's primary election encountered long lines, extended waits and a new touch screen voting system that experienced widespread problems. So bad did the situation become that by mid-morning one lawmaker,... Read More

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