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Dam Disaster Raises Concerns Communities Not Prepared For “Rough” Hurricane Season
State News
Dam Disaster Raises Concerns Communities Not Prepared For “Rough” Hurricane Season
2020-05-21 20:20:37
by Gaspard Le Dem

Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on Wednesday after heavy rains caused two dams to fail in Midland county, about 120 miles northwest of the city of Detroit. The breaches of the Edenville and Sanford Dams... Read More

Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
State News
Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
2020-05-20 21:19:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million coronavirus relief package on Wednesday that taps into some of the $1.25 billion in funding the state received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In March, Congress... Read More

All Texas Voters Eligible to Vote by Mail Amid Coronavirus, Federal Judge Rules
2020 Elections
All Texas Voters Eligible to Vote by Mail Amid Coronavirus, Federal Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that all Texas voters are eligible to vote by mail to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus amid the pandemic. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery sided with the Texas Democractic Party in his... Read More

Appeals Court Rules New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic cannot stop New York’s Democratic presidential primary, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday — and state election officials said they plan to go ahead with the election June 23. The Manhattan-based 2nd Circuit Court... Read More

Illinois Governor Finds Running Most-Troubled US State Only Gets Harder
Illinois
Illinois Governor Finds Running Most-Troubled US State Only Gets Harder

J.B. Pritzker certainly knew what he was getting into when he ran for governor of debt-laden Illinois in 2018, a position once dubbed the worst job in American politics. But the billionaire scion of the Hyatt hotel fortune could not... Read More

How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona
2020 Elections
How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump carried Arizona on his way to the White House four years ago, voters were simultaneously ushering another nationally renowned Republican with polarizing views on law enforcement and immigration out of office. Now Joe Arpaio is... Read More

Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins
2020 Elections
Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins

ATLANTA — Some voters encountered lines when early voting began Monday for Georgia’s primary as election workers kept people 6 feet apart, allowed only a few inside at a time and cleaned touchscreens after each voter. Turnout appeared to be... Read More

Postal Service’s Struggles Could Hurt Mail-in Election
Voting
Postal Service’s Struggles Could Hurt Mail-in Election

WASHINGTON — An unprecedented shift in American democracy is underway, as more states and counties turn to voting by mail. But as jurisdictions prepare for a pandemic-riddled presidential election, the threat of a financial crisis at the U.S. Postal Service... Read More

Iowa Logs Record Number of Absentee Ballot Requests Ahead of June Primary
State News
Iowa Logs Record Number of Absentee Ballot Requests Ahead of June Primary
2020-05-14 13:57:23
by Gaspard Le Dem

With the Iowa primaries less than three weeks away, an unprecedented number of voters have applied to vote by mail in the state’s June 2 election. As of Tuesday, 356,315 voters had requested an absentee ballot, with 96,311 ballots already... Read More

About 1 in 10 Ballots Went Undelivered to Baltimore Voters During Special Election
Political News
About 1 in 10 Ballots Went Undelivered to Baltimore Voters During Special Election

BALTIMORE — Nearly 1 in 10 ballots was unable to be delivered to Baltimore city voters during the special election in April, raising concerns for the June 2 primary, which is also being conducted by mail. The data, released by... Read More

What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t
2020 Elections
What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to glean broader trends from a couple of special elections, but that didn’t stop both parties from drawing polar opposite lessons from Tuesday’s contests in California and Wisconsin. In California’s competitive 25th District, Republican Mike Garcia,... Read More

Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated
2020 Elections
Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated

LOS ANGELES — Republican Mike Garcia claimed victory Wednesday in the race for an open congressional seat north of Los Angeles, the first time the GOP has flipped a California district from blue to red in more than 20 years.... Read More

Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections
State News
Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp used his emergency powers to extend an executive order that limits legal liability for Georgia’s hospitals and medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while also including a provision that specifically excludes abortion providers from the... Read More

Texas AG Asks State Supreme Court to Order Election Officials to Reject Mail Ballots
State News
Texas AG Asks State Supreme Court to Order Election Officials to Reject Mail Ballots

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday asked the Texas Supreme Court to order election officials in several counties to reject mail ballot applications from people who fear catching the coronavirus during in-person voting. The motion specifically mentioned... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Stay-at-Home Order
State News
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Stay-at-Home Order

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the state’s stay-at-home order, ruling that the governor’s administration overstepped its authority when it shut down schools and nonessential businesses through the end of May to slow the spread of the coronavirus.... Read More

Tom Tiffany Keeps Duffy Seat in GOP Hands in Wisconsin
2020 Elections
Tom Tiffany Keeps Duffy Seat in GOP Hands in Wisconsin

Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany won the special election in Wisconsin on Tuesday to fill former GOP Rep. Sean P. Duffy’s House seat in a race that both parties were watching for signs of how President Donald Trump would do... Read More

In Nebraska’s 2nd District, Kara Eastman Gets Rematch With Rep. Don Bacon
2020 Elections
In Nebraska’s 2nd District, Kara Eastman Gets Rematch With Rep. Don Bacon

Nonprofit business consultant Kara Eastman won the Democratic primary in Nebraska’s 2nd District on Tuesday, setting up a rematch against Republican incumbent Don Bacon in a seat Democrats are targeting in November. With 68% of precincts reporting, Eastman was leading... Read More

With Coronavirus Cases Set to Soar, State Coalitions Are Mostly Talk
In The States
With Coronavirus Cases Set to Soar, State Coalitions Are Mostly Talk

Born last month to organize a 50-state free-for-all, regional coalitions to combat the coronavirus have so far been more ornamental than operational. Seven Northeastern states said they will purchase masks, ventilators and sanitizer as a team, but officials provided few... Read More

South Florida Prepares for Unique Hurricane Season
State News
South Florida Prepares for Unique Hurricane Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If Florida experiences the misfortune of a hurricane on top of an epidemic this year, the encounter will be unlike any previous confrontation with the powerful storms. If you lose power, it may take longer to... Read More

Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines
Montana
Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines

WASHINGTON — When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock launched his bid last year for the Democratic presidential nomination, he said he aimed to “defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice.” Although his White House effort... Read More

County Leaders to Governors: Let Us Make Our Own Calls on Reopening
In The States
County Leaders to Governors: Let Us Make Our Own Calls on Reopening

In Colorado’s rural Eagle County, local commissioners are setting their own rules for reopening the area economy. They’re doing so with the backing of Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat who granted the county Colorado’s first exemption to statewide stay-at-home restrictions.... Read More

Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency
State News
Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency
2020-05-08 15:45:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Republican lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature are suing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her move to extend stay-at-home orders last week amid the coronavirus crisis. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike... Read More

New Poll Shows Bullock Leading Daines In Montana Senate Race
Opinion Polls
New Poll Shows Bullock Leading Daines In Montana Senate Race
2020-05-07 19:42:01
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new poll released on Tuesday by Montana State University puts Democratic Governor Steve Bullock seven points ahead of Republican Senator Steve Daines in the state’s Senate race. In the online poll, which surveyed 738 registered voters, more than 46%... Read More

More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
State News
More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
2020-05-07 14:59:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - As state governments weigh their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, religious groups across America have voiced concerns that lockdown measures could infringe on their constitutional rights. Last month, police broke up a gathering of 16 people at Lighthouse... Read More

Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
State News
Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
2020-05-05 21:34:44
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that while the coronavirus remains a serious problem, enough appears to be going right that the time has come to consider reopening the state's economy. During a briefing with reporters, Northam said the number... Read More

The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day
2020 Elections
The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day

WASHINGTON — Election Day is now less than six months away, but most Americans have set aside a presidential campaign that’s been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. While the coronavirus has tossed the mechanics of politicking in flux for the... Read More

State AGs Step In to Help on Securing Refunds Amid Coronavirus
In The States
State AGs Step In to Help on Securing Refunds Amid Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas danced in his head as William DeBlasio, a painter, carpenter and volunteer firefighter from Berlin, Conn., planned a romantic four-day April vacation with his wife, Lynn, to celebrate their 25th... Read More

Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules
Voting
Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules
2020-05-05 15:01:43
by Gaspard Le Dem

A group of North Carolina voters backed by a Democratic non-profit group is suing the state in an effort to ease restrictions around mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed by Democracy Docket, a non-profit founded by Marc... Read More

Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman
Congress
Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman

BALTIMORE — Twenty-four years after leaving the U.S. House, Baltimore Democrat Kweisi Mfume returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to be sworn in as Maryland’s newest congressman, succeeding his friend, the late Elijah Cummings. The swearing-in will occur on the... Read More

Michigan Supreme Court Might Settle Fight Over Whitmer’s Powers, Experts Say
State News
Michigan Supreme Court Might Settle Fight Over Whitmer’s Powers, Experts Say

LANSING, Mich. — A trailblazing legal dispute over the powers of a Michigan governor to take emergency actions could wind up before the state’s highest court, say legal experts. Multiple lawyers said Friday they believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would have... Read More

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