In The States

With Recycling's Dirty Truths Exposed, Washington Works Toward a Cleaner System
Environment
With Recycling's Dirty Truths Exposed, Washington Works Toward a Cleaner System

SEATTLE — In 2017, about three-quarters of the stuff Seattleites dumped in their blue recycling bins — from grocery store ads and crumpled cracker boxes to shampoo bottles and yogurt tubs — was shipped to China. These days, virtually none... Read More

Against CDC Guidance, Some Cities Sweep Homeless Encampments
Urban
Against CDC Guidance, Some Cities Sweep Homeless Encampments

WASHINGTON — Last month, in Austin, Texas, just as the pandemic was starting to wreak havoc, city officials came to clear the encampment where Britton Ellis was living with her friend and a dozen or so other homeless people. City... Read More

Reopening Means Contact Tracing. Many States Aren’t Ready
In The States
Reopening Means Contact Tracing. Many States Aren’t Ready

WASHINGTON — In mid-March, Jenine Clements’ boss asked her to set aside at least 24 hours out of her work week to call people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. The goal was to locate people who had been in close... Read More

Center for Politics Adds Alaska to Senate Battleground Map
2020 Elections
Center for Politics Adds Alaska to Senate Battleground Map
2020-05-01 18:24:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The University of Virginia's Center for Politics made a key change Friday to its rating of the race for the Alaska Senate Seat currently occupied by GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan, moving the seat from "Safe" to "Likely" Republican... Read More

Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
State News
Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
2020-05-01 18:18:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature want to take Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to court over her decision to invoke emergency powers during the coronavirus crisis. The dispute started in March when Whitmer declared a state of emergency... Read More

At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from President Donald Trump, many local Republican election officials across the country are continuing to push for expanding mail-in voting ahead of November’s election. The novel coronavirus outbreak has made voting in person a health hazard:... Read More

Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak
2020 Elections
Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election during a pandemic is about to unfold in Ohio, offering lessons to other states about how to conduct one of the most basic acts of democracy... Read More

As Protests Spread, States Tread Carefully to Avoid Inflaming Extremists
In The News
As Protests Spread, States Tread Carefully to Avoid Inflaming Extremists

SEATTLE — As enraged protesters swarm state capitols and prominent militia leaders boast about gathering in large numbers, states are doing little to crack down on the anti-government groups that are defying stay-at-home orders. Trackers say extremist groups of all... Read More

Mail Vote in Maryland Will Fill a House Seat
State News
Mail Vote in Maryland Will Fill a House Seat

BALTIMORE — As states across the nation grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, stringent public health measures have disrupted more than the lives of millions of Americans and the businesses on which they relied. The outbreak has also upended an... Read More

Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests
Voting
Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests

WASHINGTON — States are expecting an increase in voters wanting to mail in their ballots as the coronavirus pandemic has made in-person voting potentially dangerous. Some people have questioned whether mail-in ballots are secure. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said... Read More

Chicago Goatherds, Shepherds and Duck Owners Wary of New Push to Regulate Livestock After Death of Horse
Voting
Chicago Goatherds, Shepherds and Duck Owners Wary of New Push to Regulate Livestock After Death of Horse

CHICAGO — When the temperature finally cracked 50 degrees last month, Carolyn Ioder opened the gate at her back door and let her six goats trot through the Austin neighborhood toward an empty field where they would nibble on hay... Read More

The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery
In The States
The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery

It looks increasingly likely the South will endure more death and economic loss from COVID-19 than any other region in the country — and not just because Southern governors were slow to shut down businesses and order people to stay... Read More

Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday
State News
Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday
2020-04-14 13:14:49
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a series of bills this past weekend that dramatically expand voting rights in the state, by eliminating its voter ID requirement, increasing access to early voting and making Election Day a state holiday. “Voting is... Read More

Biden Wins Wisconsin Primary
2020 Elections
Biden Wins Wisconsin Primary

Nearly a week after Wisconsin voters headed to the polls in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the election tally released Monday showed Joe Biden overwhelmingly beating Bernie Sanders in the state’s presidential primary. The contest was not consequential —... Read More

Do Republicans Oppose Vote by Mail? In Pennsylvania, It’s Not That Simple
Voting
Do Republicans Oppose Vote by Mail? In Pennsylvania, It’s Not That Simple

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump has called mail-in voting a practice ripe for fraud. He’s said if elections were to be carried out entirely by mail, a Republican would never be elected again. And yet, Pennsylvania, voters this week got... Read More

Wisconsin Primary Results to Be Made Public Monday Night
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary Results to Be Made Public Monday Night
2020-04-13 15:08:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The results of Wisconsin's chaotic April 7 primary will be released Monday evening, immediately after local boards of election across the state finish counting the record 1.3 million absentee ballots cast. Despite widespread fears caused by the coronavirus... Read More

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Other States Struggle to Avoid Repeat of Wisconsin Election Fiasco
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Other States Struggle to Avoid Repeat of Wisconsin Election Fiasco

PHILADELPHIA — With the coronavirus still spreading, Montgomery County poll workers are already calling in to beg off their shifts. The county is buying two more scanners to count mail-in ballots — at $25,000 apiece — and may need even... Read More

Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions
State News
Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions

AUSTIN, Texas — Going against a recent federal appeals court ruling, a lower federal judge says Texas abortion providers can offer certain abortions while they continue fighting in court against a state order that halted most abortions. U.S. District Judge... Read More

New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States
Elections
New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped states, which Congress just pumped $150 billion into, will nonetheless have to pony up in order to access new election security grants in the massive new coronavirus aid package signed by President Donald Trump. The $2.3 trillion... Read More

Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29
State News
Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered non-essential businesses and schools across New York to remain closed through the end of the month, as the coronavirus claimed another 599 lives in the Empire State overnight. In his daily... Read More

Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020-04-07 15:26:10
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin’s presidential preference and other primaries will proceed as scheduled Tuesday after the state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute attempt to delay in-person voting by executive order. The state’s highest court, voting 4-2, agreed with Republican legislators who... Read More

States, Hospitals Grapple With Medical Rationing
Health
States, Hospitals Grapple With Medical Rationing

WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a reminder that people with disabilities have the same worth as everybody else. That the agency felt compelled to issue such a directive reflects the anguishing... Read More

Coronavirus Transformed the Primary Calendar, But Not in Wisconsin
2020 Elections
Coronavirus Transformed the Primary Calendar, But Not in Wisconsin

How do you run an election in the middle of a global pandemic? Some states have postponed voting or shifted to mail-only balloting. Some states have taken both approaches. Wisconsin, the next state to head to the polls, has done... Read More

New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates
State News
New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates
2020-03-30 16:51:38
by Dan McCue

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk of forfeiting some of its delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The reason for the delay, which was... Read More

Pa. Postponed its Primary. Here’s What It Means for Voters and 2020 Campaigns
2020 Elections
Pa. Postponed its Primary. Here’s What It Means for Voters and 2020 Campaigns

PHILADELPHIA—June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday... Read More

Other States Want to ‘Trade’ for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Here’s What They’re Offering
State News
Other States Want to ‘Trade’ for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Here’s What They’re Offering

LEXINGTON, Ky. — We knew the internet was thirsty for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Now it’s sending its best trade proposals to nab him. Like NBA teams that feel like they’re one superstar trade away from being a contender, envious... Read More

Maryland Elections Board to Recommend No In-Person Voting for June Primary
Maryland
Maryland Elections Board to Recommend No In-Person Voting for June Primary

BALTIMORE — The State Board of Elections is recommending that there be no in-person voting for the June 2 primary due to the new coronavirus pandemic, pushing citizens to mail-in or drop-off ballots that would be sent to every one... Read More

Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
Congress
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
2020-03-19 20:51:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to... Read More

Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
State News
Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
2020-03-13 17:57:06
by Dan McCue

Louisiana is postponing its presidential primaries, originally set for April 4, becoming the first state to take the step as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Louisiana will now hold its presidential primaries on... Read More

California Helped Turn Congress Blue in 2018. Can These Democrats Hold On in 2020?
2020 Elections
California Helped Turn Congress Blue in 2018. Can These Democrats Hold On in 2020?

WASHINGTON — California has at least half a dozen races to watch in this year’s battle for control of the House of Representatives, and voters have a little more clarity on their choices following last week’s primary election. Democrats flipped... Read More

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