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Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
In The News
Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
2020-02-06 18:47:17
by Dan McCue

A Virginia senate panel has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would create a bipartisan commission to draw the Commonwealth's political map following the 2020 census. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 13-1 to approve the... Read More

Seeking a More Worker-Friendly Economy, Some States Push Employee Ownership
In The States
Seeking a More Worker-Friendly Economy, Some States Push Employee Ownership

AURORA, Colo. — Cassie Larimer is the assistant director of Happy Ladybug Early Learning, a child care center and preschool tucked into a one-story brick building in this city east of Denver. But her new business cards, emblazoned with a... Read More

Judge Orders More Data on Potential Voter Registration Fixes in Texas
2020 Elections
Judge Orders More Data on Potential Voter Registration Fixes in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Saying he wants a firm grasp of how long it will take Texas to comply with federal voter registration mandates, a U.S. judge on Monday ordered opposing sides to meet with technology specialists by the end of... Read More

Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales
State News
Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and operators say they don’t expect sales to slow down any time soon. Sales to Illinois residents totaled more than $30.6... Read More

Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll
Opinion Polls
Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll
2020-02-03 17:55:24
by Dan McCue

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead in a last-minute poll of Iowa Democrats, released by Focus of Rural America. In a poll conducted for the Democratic group last week by David Binder Research, Buttigieg, who... Read More

Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
In The News
Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
2020-02-03 17:00:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Virginia motorists lose 9.5 billion annually on roadways that are rough, congested and lacking in some desirable safety features, according to a new report by TRIP, a nonpartisan research organization focusing on transportation issues. The nonprofit says the... Read More

Klobuchar Vows to Fight on, Says No Deal With Biden’s Campaign
2020 Elections
Klobuchar Vows to Fight on, Says No Deal With Biden’s Campaign

WASHINGTON — Democrat Amy Klobuchar vowed to battle on for the 2020 Democratic nomination even as her support lags and said she hasn’t made a deal to work in concert with Joe Biden’s campaign in Iowa. The senator from Minnesota... Read More

What Happens at an Iowa Caucus?
2020 Elections
What Happens at an Iowa Caucus?

The presidential campaigns have been on full boil in Iowa for months, but the outcome won’t be known until after 7 p.m. Monday night. That’s when Iowans gather at county fairgrounds, school lunchrooms and community centers to cast the first... Read More

On Eve of The Iowa Caucuses, Democrats Play to Voter Nostalgia and Fatigue
2020 Elections
On Eve of The Iowa Caucuses, Democrats Play to Voter Nostalgia and Fatigue

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidates hopscotched across the state Sunday in their final day of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses, as jittery anticipation of the start of voting mixed with a bittersweet sense of the long buildup coming... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
State News
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
2020-01-31 17:00:02
by Dan McCue

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nomination. Currently, candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor run... Read More

Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights
State News
Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions of the attorney for Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, repeatedly asking about the fairness of a subsequent bill that levied... Read More

For 2020 Election, States Debate Who’s Allowed to Vote
2020 Elections
For 2020 Election, States Debate Who’s Allowed to Vote

WASHINGTON — The 2020 presidential election is just months away and state legislators, courts and election officials are making final changes to policies governing access to the ballot. States remain divided along partisan lines on expanding and tightening voting laws.... Read More

Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas
California
Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas

PROSPER, Texas — When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas on a recent Saturday, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Presidential Election Could Be Too Close to Call for Days Because of a New Law
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Presidential Election Could Be Too Close to Call for Days Because of a New Law

PHILADELPHIA — People holding their breath to see how Pennsylvania votes in the 2020 presidential election might not want to wait up too late on election night. While the unofficial and more immediately available results have accounted for the vast... Read More

Two Men Are in Prison for the Same Florida Murder. One May Be Innocent. He Also May Be Executed
In The News
Two Men Are in Prison for the Same Florida Murder. One May Be Innocent. He Also May Be Executed

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — On a June morning in 1985, a 30-year-old jail inmate named Jack Pearcy sat in an administrative room of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He agreed to be hooked up to a machine designed to... Read More

New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’
Transportation
New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’

WASHINGTON — Bill Taylor was driving home from work in New Hampshire last January when a chunk of ice the size of a shoebox broke off the top of a storage container hauled by a truck ahead of him, crashed... Read More

Residents Near the Great Lakes Wonder: How Do You Handle a Generation’s Worth of Water Level Changes in Just a Few Years?
Infrastructure
Residents Near the Great Lakes Wonder: How Do You Handle a Generation’s Worth of Water Level Changes in Just a Few Years?

CEDARVILLE, Mich. — On a frigid morning in late fall, resort owner Mark Engle studied the mangled planks and dock posts scattered along an ice-glazed channel that feeds into Lake Huron. Les Cheneaux Landing Resort, tucked behind an archipelago of... Read More

Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020 Elections
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
Litigation
District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
2020-01-23 13:39:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump International Hotel here, accusing them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit the president's family. The city's attorney general, Karl Racine,... Read More

California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot
State News
California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be asked in November to join 14 other states in allowing legal wagers on athletic contests, creating a lucrative industry worth... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
State News
Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether
2020 Elections
New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether
2020-01-21 22:07:57
by Dan McCue

Given the massive media attention it receives every four years as home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, it's sometimes easy to forget that New Hampshire is also a swing state. For decades, polling has shown independent-minded New Hampshirites are nearly... Read More

Why the Front Lines of the 2020 Election Battle Are on Californians’ Facebook Feeds
2020 Elections
Why the Front Lines of the 2020 Election Battle Are on Californians’ Facebook Feeds

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2020 presidential hopefuls have bashed Facebook for its record of playing loose with user data, allowing political ads that spread lies and letting foreign actors mislead voters — and yet, they can’t get enough of... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Health
Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge’s decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections. In... Read More

Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully
State News
Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully

RICHMOND, Va — Thousands of mostly white men — many decked out in camouflage and armed with assault-style rifles — packed Richmond’s streets Monday, circling the gun-free Capitol Square, where thousands more waved signs and listened to speeches, all wanting... Read More

In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid
Medicaid
In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

WASHINGTON — More local and state officials are working to ensure that low-income residents stay on Medicaid when they go to jail. Federal law bars Medicaid recipients from accessing their full federal health benefits while incarcerated. But officials from both... Read More

Some States Face Political Changes As Newcomers Arrive
In The States
Some States Face Political Changes As Newcomers Arrive

WASHINGTON — Texas, Arizona and parts of the South are seeing the nation’s largest population bumps — and the people moving there from more liberal states may be feeding political change in those red-state conservative bastions. As people from California... Read More

In Texas, Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient
Texas
In Texas, Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient

AUSTIN, Texas — Charlie Thomas, a home health care provider who also scrubs floors in the evening, says he buys lottery tickets “every time I get a paycheck.” Thomas, 55, has been playing the Texas Lottery for two decades. His... Read More

Huge Michigan Voter Turnout Could Turn Into National Embarrassment
Michigan
Huge Michigan Voter Turnout Could Turn Into National Embarrassment

DETROIT — Two Michigan elections experts have some record-breaking predictions for 2020 that could end up putting Michigan in a potentially embarrassing national spotlight. Chris Thomas, the former Michigan director of elections at the Secretary of State’s Office, said Michigan... Read More

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