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Georgia Election Officials Investigate Trump Call
State News
Georgia Election Officials Investigate Trump Call

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state's office on Monday opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state's top elections official in which the then-president said he wanted to "find" enough votes to overturn his... Read More

Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
Net Neutrality
Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
2021-02-08 21:46:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday withdrew its 2018 legal challenge to the state of California’s net neutrality law after the Trump administration had asked a court to block it. Under then-President Donald Trump, the Justice Department argued... Read More

CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
In The News
CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
2021-02-08 20:24:19
by TWN Staff

About Padilla:  Alex Padilla, California’s then-secretary of state, was appointed to fill the Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in late December 2020.  Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s selection of Padilla, a longtime friend and political ally, ended months of jockeying for the appointment among Democratic factions across the state.  It also... Read More

California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling
State News
California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office on Saturday issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the Supreme Court lifted the state's ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic, but left in place restrictions on singing... Read More

Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure
Congress
Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House GOP leader, said Sunday she was undeterred by a censure from Wyoming Republicans and criticism from some House colleagues over her vote to impeach Donald Trump, and will not resign or... Read More

Election Turmoil Splits West Virginia City's Evangelicals
State News
Election Turmoil Splits West Virginia City's Evangelicals

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — If you're Christian in Bluefield — and most everyone is, in this small city tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains — you have your choice. You can follow Pastor Doyle Bradford of Father's House International Church,... Read More

Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
Elections
Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
2021-02-06 00:31:17
by Dan McCue

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country. Despite the ruling, the legal saga is... Read More

Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
State News
Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
2021-02-05 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15. “Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” he said during... Read More

Wisconsin Governor Issues New Mask Mandate After GOP Repeal
State News
Wisconsin Governor Issues New Mask Mandate After GOP Repeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order on Thursday, an hour after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate saying he didn't have authority to make such a decree. Evers and... Read More

Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development
State News
Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development
2021-02-04 20:33:25
by Reece Nations

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort between conservation leaders, fishing organizations and forestry representatives to adapt statewide forest practices.  Brown brokered an agreement between the conservation... Read More

Impeachment Fever Hits Kentucky with Efforts to Oust Leaders
State News
Impeachment Fever Hits Kentucky with Efforts to Oust Leaders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Impeachment fever has struck Kentucky, where grievances over coronavirus restrictions and the outcome of the Breonna Taylor death investigation have spurred petitions to oust both the governor and the attorney general. It's a card rarely played... Read More

Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
State News
Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
2021-01-27 21:46:19
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert announced Republicans’ rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed COVID-19 recovery plan.  The House Republicans’ plan would provide roughly $3.5 billion in federal and state funds for employers, families, schools and... Read More

Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
State News
Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
2021-01-27 15:00:17
by Sara Wilkerson

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion of dismissal for Hart’s contention with the state’s 2nd Congressional District election results.   Hart, who ran for the House of... Read More

Hart Vows to Fight On After Iowa Republican Presses House to Toss Challenge
Elections
Hart Vows to Fight On After Iowa Republican Presses House to Toss Challenge
2021-01-22 16:50:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rita Hart is vowing to continue her fight to have every vote counted in the nail-biter of a race in Iowa's 2nd District in which she trails by just six votes. On Thursday, Hart's opponent, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks,... Read More

Indoor Dining to Resume in the District of Columbia at 25% Capacity
District of Columbia
Indoor Dining to Resume in the District of Columbia at 25% Capacity
2021-01-21 17:04:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Restaurants in the District of Columbia will be able to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning early Friday morning, the chief of staff for Mayor Muriel Bowser said. In a post to his Twitter account, John Falcicchio,... Read More

Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
State News
Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
2021-01-20 17:18:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a... Read More

U.S. Space Command Gets New Headquarters in Alabama
Military
U.S. Space Command Gets New Headquarters in Alabama
2021-01-15 15:24:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Secretary of the Air Force announced Wednesday that Huntsville, Ala., will be the new headquarters of the U.S. Space Command. The announcement was welcomed in Alabama but criticized as an example of partisan politics by government officials... Read More

Telecommute Taxation: States Take Sides Over Out-of-State Income Tax Dispute
State News
Telecommute Taxation: States Take Sides Over Out-of-State Income Tax Dispute
2021-01-13 20:59:09
by Reece Nations

CONCORD, N.H. — A collection of 14 states have now signed amicus briefs backing New Hampshire in the state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether jurisdictions may tax the income of remote workers who cannot commute to... Read More

Gov. Little Announces Idaho’s Fiscal 2022 State Budget, Prioritizes Tax Relief and More
State News
Gov. Little Announces Idaho’s Fiscal 2022 State Budget, Prioritizes Tax Relief and More
2021-01-13 16:50:13
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan, a comprehensive proposal that will impact the state’s budget into 2022. The plan features more than $450 million in tax relief and strategic investments in critical infrastructure... Read More

EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot
Cities
EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District of Columbia National Guard played such a limited role as civilian law enforcement officers were outnumbered... Read More

Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress
State News
Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress

What started as a day of celebration for Black organizers, voters and other Georgians who helped deliver two historic Senate runoff victories was overshadowed Wednesday when a violent, mostly white mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.... Read More

Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
State News
Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
2021-01-07 21:10:36
by Sara Wilkerson

TRENTON, N.J. -- Recently, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed a historic $14 billion legislation package that will benefit small businesses, local economies and more as the Garden State ushers in economic recovery and growth for years to come. The... Read More

Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?
State News
Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.... Read More

Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
State News
Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
2021-01-06 14:32:39
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The opening of a new session of the Pennsylvania Senate is usually a fairly staid affair, marked by ceremony and at least a bit of bipartisanship. However, that wasn't the case Tuesday when the Republican majority refused... Read More

Competing Coalitions Define GA Senate Races
Opinion Polls
Competing Coalitions Define GA Senate Races

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia’s Senate runoff elections were a clash of two closely matched coalitions, with Democrat Raphael Warnock edging out his rival in the one-time Republican stronghold. Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff — whose race was still too... Read More

Warnock Makes History With Senate Win as Dems Near Majority
Georgia
Warnock Makes History With Senate Win as Dems Near Majority

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years... Read More

D.C. Police Prepare for Violence As Protests Erupt Over 2020 Election
Political News
D.C. Police Prepare for Violence As Protests Erupt Over 2020 Election
2021-01-05 23:26:36
by Tom Ramstack

Washington, D.C.’s mayor called in the National Guard Monday ahead of demonstrations scheduled for this week to protest Congress’ expected vote to certify that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump and his supporters say the election... Read More

One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
Elections
One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
2021-01-05 18:51:41
by Reece Nations

Georgia voters will decide the balance of power in Congress Tuesday in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact his governing agenda. Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler... Read More

Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
State News
Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
2021-01-05 18:27:25
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a comprehensive package of criminal justice reform bills Monday that stemmed from policy recommendations by the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.  The year-long study from key stakeholders and... Read More

Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
Health
Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
2021-01-04 14:41:07
by Sean Trambley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the country’s largest and most populous state has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, providing no-cost Pfizer vaccines to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. At... Read More

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