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GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
Political News
GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
2020-06-09 14:10:35
by Dan McCue

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina plan to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a capacity crowd at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte without the restrictions officials have imposed on... Read More

Trump’s Attacks on Mail-in Voting Worry Some Election Officials
Voting
Trump’s Attacks on Mail-in Voting Worry Some Election Officials

WASHINGTON —There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election. For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest... Read More

Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
State News
Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
2020-06-05 19:08:49
by Dan McCue

The state of Tennessee must provide all 4.1 million of its registered voters with the option of casting ballots by mail during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a state court judge ruled on Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle held... Read More

Trump Appeals to Religious Voters With Battleground Map in Mind
2020 Elections
Trump Appeals to Religious Voters With Battleground Map in Mind

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is seeking to invoke religion to bolster his law and order image during the civil unrest in an appeal to evangelical and Catholic conservatives, two groups he routinely turns to when he’s facing strong criticism.... Read More

Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020-06-05 14:48:59
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out of fear that they might contract the coronavirus if they vote in person. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

Virginia Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue
State News
Virginia Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior... Read More

Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks
2020 Elections
Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades... Read More

Trump Says GOP is Pulling Convention from North Carolina
Political News
Trump Says GOP is Pulling Convention from North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns... Read More

GOP Congressman Steve King May Lose His Seat at the Hands of His Own Party
Elections
GOP Congressman Steve King May Lose His Seat at the Hands of His Own Party

AMES, Iowa — Rep. Steve King is among the most conservative members of Congress, and he represents a district so red that Donald Trump won it by 27 percentage points in 2016. Yet the nine-term congressman is at risk of... Read More

‘There’s No Handbook for This’: Tuesday’s Election in Missouri to Test Voter Safety in Pandemic
State News
‘There’s No Handbook for This’: Tuesday’s Election in Missouri to Test Voter Safety in Pandemic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The day before he buried his wife, Orville Amos limped into the Kansas City Election Board’s office to vote absentee. For 25 years, the 75-year-old Navy veteran was first in line at his precinct’s polling place... Read More

Democrats Requested Pennsylvania Mail Ballots at Higher Rates Than Republicans in Every County
State News
Democrats Requested Pennsylvania Mail Ballots at Higher Rates Than Republicans in Every County

PHILADELPHIA — Elections officials expected a flood of requests for mail ballots this year. What they got requires Noah to build an ark. Nearly 18 times as many Pennsylvanians have requested mail ballots this year as in the 2016 primary,... Read More

Pennsylvania Primaries to Set Match-Ups in House Battlegrounds
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania Primaries to Set Match-Ups in House Battlegrounds

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania will be a crucial battleground in the presidential race, and the Keystone State will also host a handful of competitive House races in 2020, including some the GOP considers critical to winning back the House. Republicans need... Read More

Outside Money Pours Into Iowa Senate Primary, With More to Come
2020 Elections
Outside Money Pours Into Iowa Senate Primary, With More to Come

WASHINGTON — Millions of dollars have already been spent in Iowa ahead of Tuesday’s Senate primary, mostly from outside groups bolstering Democrat Theresa Greenfield in her bid to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. And the spending so far is... Read More

Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged in Death of George Floyd
In The States
Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged in Death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Freeman said this moved with extraordinary speed, that the investigation is continuing into other three officers, Freeman says. He... Read More

RNC Safety Proposal for Charlotte Convention Makes No Mention of Masks, Distancing
Political News
RNC Safety Proposal for Charlotte Convention Makes No Mention of Masks, Distancing
2020-05-29 14:45:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A letter outlining the Republican National Committee's coronavirus safety plan for its upcoming presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, includes several medical checks, but makes no mention of either wearing masks or requirements for social distancing. The... Read More

National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
In The News
National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
2020-05-29 14:35:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists strongly condemned the early morning arrests on Friday of a CNN correspondent and his production team, as they were covering ongoing protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death... Read More

Vote-By-Mail Deadlines Leave States Just Weeks to Get Ready
State News
Vote-By-Mail Deadlines Leave States Just Weeks to Get Ready

WASHINGTON — Election officials have just weeks left to ensure that their states can handle a surge of mail-in votes in November in the face of fierce opposition from President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. With just a little... Read More

Kansas Republican Susan Wagle Drops Out of Senate Race After Conversations with GOP Leaders
2020 Elections
Kansas Republican Susan Wagle Drops Out of Senate Race After Conversations with GOP Leaders

WASHINGTON — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate four days ahead of the filing deadline. The Wichita Republican’s decision to forgo the race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts comes hours after... Read More

North Carolina House Prepares for Expected Surge in Mail-In Votes in November
State News
North Carolina House Prepares for Expected Surge in Mail-In Votes in November
2020-05-28 21:35:22
by Dan McCue

The North Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday gave its near unanimous support to a bill allocating millions of dollars and granting counties more flexibility in dealing with what is expected to be a huge surge in mail-in voting in... Read More

Bring Your Own Sanitizer, Pen: Texas Sets Safety Standards for In-Person Voting
State News
Bring Your Own Sanitizer, Pen: Texas Sets Safety Standards for In-Person Voting

AUSTIN, Texas — With Texas Republican leaders fighting efforts to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic, the state’s top election official has issued guidelines designed to improve the safety of polling places, voters and election workers. Voters were advised to... Read More

District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
Economy
District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
2020-05-27 19:00:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and begin phase one of its reopening process. The details of Bowser's announcement are available here. The mayor said though new... Read More

Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting
In The News
Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make... Read More

North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan
Political News
North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan
2020-05-27 13:16:41
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's health and human services secretary has asked the CEO of the Republican National Convention to provide the state with a written coronavirus safety plan for the presidential nominating event currently planned for Charlotte in August. The request by... Read More

A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court
Courts
A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court

MIAMI — The fate of billions of dollars squirreled away in the bank accounts, luxury properties and exotic cars of convicted Venezuelan officials and their business cronies has become entangled in a colossal legal battle in Miami federal court. On... Read More

GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
Political News
GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
2020-05-26 18:16:34
by Dan McCue

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has offered his state and its "world-class facilities" to serve as host of the Republican National Convention in August, a day after President Donald Trump threatened to move the event from North Carolina unless he is... Read More

Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
Voting
Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
2020-05-26 14:34:21
by Tom Ramstack

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the primary election next month as coronavirus restrictions continue. Their lawsuit is one of more than a dozen pending nationwide that... Read More

Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote
State News
Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal... Read More

Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
Criminal Justice
Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
2020-05-22 19:45:13
by Dan McCue

A former elections judge in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to accepting cash and "other things of value" in return for tampering with the results of city primary elections over several years, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Domenick J. Demuro pleaded guilty... Read More

Trump Uses Coronavirus Crisis to Visit Swing States
2020 Elections
Trump Uses Coronavirus Crisis to Visit Swing States

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will fly to Michigan on Thursday to visit a Ford Motor Co. factory that launched a crash program last month to build ventilators and personal protective gear for the coronavirus crisis. Last week, he visited... Read More

Tennessee’s Secret to Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up the Tab
In The States
Tennessee’s Secret to Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up the Tab

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — To reopen businesses and public spaces safely, experts say, states need to be testing and contact tracing on a massive scale. But only a handful of states are doing enough testing to stay on top of potential... Read More

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