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Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional
State News
Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES — In a new twist to one of the most high-profile — and longest — beach access battles in California, Hollister Ranch sued state officials Thursday over a new law designed to open its exclusive coastline to the... Read More

Stephanie Murphy to Lead Bipartisan  Congressional Delegation to Puerto Rico
Congress
Stephanie Murphy to Lead Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to Puerto Rico on Sunday, January 19, to examine the damage and disruption caused by the recent earthquakes. The delegation, which also includes Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, R-Puerto... Read More

NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
State News
NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
2020-01-16 19:10:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two months ago, Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld told attendees at the NewDEAL Leaders Conference in Washington that he had a plan to remove a significant barrier to housing affordability in his city. This week, he and his... Read More

New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020 Elections
New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020-01-15 21:33:32
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead to 26 points among Florida voters in the race to be the Democratic party's nominee for president in 2020, a new Florida Atlantic University poll shows. The statewide survey was conducted... Read More

Why Trump’s Iran Moves Matter for Florida’s Jewish Voters
Florida
Why Trump’s Iran Moves Matter for Florida’s Jewish Voters

WASHINGTON — For Jewish voters in Florida deeply interested in U.S. policy in Israel and the Middle East, Donald Trump’s presidency has posed something of a conflict. His strong stance for Israel and decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in... Read More

Iowa’s Small Latino Population Looms Large in 2020 Election
Voting
Iowa’s Small Latino Population Looms Large in 2020 Election

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders sounded awkwardly gringo in naming the Latino politician he thanked for introducing him, and he bungled the Spanish title of his own event, dropping the “con” from “Unidos con Bernie.” Yet it only seemed to... Read More

Sen. Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Sen. Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race
2020-01-13 17:01:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday that he is dropping out of the presidential race, just three weeks before the Iowa caucus. In a message to supporters, Booker cited fundraising struggles and his failure to make the debate stage,... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
In The News
New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
2020-01-13 16:57:20
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened... Read More

Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020 Elections
Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020-01-10 23:43:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The first thing you have to understand about Florida is, it's a complex state," the political operative said. "Trump won by just 1.2 percentage points," she said, speaking on background as she assessed the 2016 presidential race. "That's... Read More

Kansas Farmers Die by Suicide at an ‘Alarming’ Rate. The State Steps in to Help Them Cope
Kansas
Kansas Farmers Die by Suicide at an ‘Alarming’ Rate. The State Steps in to Help Them Cope

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He fought it as long as he could. Mick Rausch didn’t know what was wrong until he finally hit a wall he could no longer climb on his own. It was 10 years ago. His brother... Read More

Foster Care Adoptions Reach Record High
In The States
Foster Care Adoptions Reach Record High

WASHINGTON — A record number of children in foster care are being adopted, partially a reflection of the continuing toll of the opioid crisis but also of efforts in many states to promote adoptions. In fiscal 2018, the latest year... Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot
State News
Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week’s... Read More

State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
Voting
State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
2020-01-10 18:08:46
by Dan McCue

A state appeals court in Wisconsin said this week it intends to stay out of a closely watched legal dispute over the planned purging of up to 209,000 from voter rolls in the battleground state. The District 4 Appeals Court,... Read More

California Governor Won’t Call Special Election to Fill Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Seat
State News
California Governor Won’t Call Special Election to Fill Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Seat

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Wednesday a special election will not be called to fill the congressional seat that will be vacated when Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns from office Monday. “The Governor’s Office received Rep. Hunter’s resignation... Read More

Beshear Removes Barrier to Continuing Education for Kentucky Residents
State News
Beshear Removes Barrier to Continuing Education for Kentucky Residents
2020-01-08 16:19:57
by Dan McCue

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that the state is waiving testing fees for residents seeking to earn a GED. The fee, which is $120 for all four courses required to get a GED in Kentucky, has long been seen... Read More

Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020 Elections
Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020-01-07 21:05:15
by Dan McCue

Two Democrats and one Republican have failed to qualify for certification to appear on ballots in the 2020 Ohio presidential primary election. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Tuesday that entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney... Read More

Bewlay Tapped As New York State's New Open Government Chief
State News
Bewlay Tapped As New York State's New Open Government Chief
2020-01-06 19:42:20
by Dan McCue

Shoshanah Bewlay, former chief legal officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, has been selected as the new executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government. The committee, housed in the Department of State, oversees... Read More

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Plan 92 Events in Iowa in January, Report Says
2020 Elections
Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Plan 92 Events in Iowa in January, Report Says

Brace yourselves, Iowans. The 15 remaining Democratic presidential wannabees have reportedly scheduled 92 events this month in the Midwestern state, which hosts the first contest in the race Feb. 3. Former vice president Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at... Read More

Philadelphia is 1,000 Miles Away from Iowa, But it’s Hosting an Official Iowa Caucus
2020 Elections
Philadelphia is 1,000 Miles Away from Iowa, But it’s Hosting an Official Iowa Caucus

PHILADELPHIA — Jessica Anderson showed up to a high school gymnasium in her hometown of Titonka, Iowa — population 476 — in 2016 to caucus for Bernie Sanders. She was only 17, but would turn 18 before the general election... Read More

Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem
Medicare
Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem

MIAMI — Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades. “It may have been around three, four years... Read More

Can People With Criminal Records Become Lawyers? These Michigan Attorneys Did It
Law
Can People With Criminal Records Become Lawyers? These Michigan Attorneys Did It

DETROIT — Becoming a lawyer in Michigan after a felony conviction is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Tenisha Yancey did it, before she was elected to the state House, even though law school admissions officials warned that she probably wouldn’t... Read More

With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs
Health
With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Wednesday announced plans that would pave the way for Americans to begin purchasing lower priced prescription drugs imported from Canada. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar described two ways in which the administration proposes... Read More

Puerto Rico Faces the End of a Storied and Bloody Tradition: Cockfighting
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Faces the End of a Storied and Bloody Tradition: Cockfighting

MOROVIS, Puerto Rico — Amid the squawking of birds, blood-soaked feathers and roar of the crowd, Laura Green was holding a fire sale at the cockfight. Green has spent the last 12 years making things that only a cockfighter would... Read More

Homeless Populations Are Surging in the West — Even as Federal Spending Rises
Housing
Homeless Populations Are Surging in the West — Even as Federal Spending Rises

WASHINGTON — More and more people are living on the streets, in makeshift encampments or their cars — what the federal government calls “other places not suitable for human habitation.” While Washington, D.C., lawmakers are sympathetic and ready to increase... Read More

Privatizing State Parks Can Save Them — or Wreck Them
In The States
Privatizing State Parks Can Save Them — or Wreck Them

WASHINGTON — When Alabama closed Roland Cooper State Park in 2015 because of budget cuts, entrepreneur Warren Meyer saw an opportunity. Meyer runs Recreation Resource Management, a concession company that maintains campgrounds, builds cabins and provides amenities at state parks... Read More

Utah Tests Ranked-Choice Voting’s Conservative Appeal
Voting
Utah Tests Ranked-Choice Voting’s Conservative Appeal

WASHINGTON — A roll of the dice decided a tied City Council race in Vineyard, Utah, four years ago. So when the city had the opportunity to test a different way of voting in municipal elections last month, local officials... Read More

Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast
Voting
Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast

Republicans aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for Jeff Van Drew. The New Jersey Democratic congressman may have hoped his defection to the GOP would ease his path to reelection in a conservative-leaning district. His political prospects as a... Read More

Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds
State News
Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds

ATLANTA — Until her old concrete-block precinct shut down, Maggie Coleman lived about a mile from a place to cast her ballot in rural Georgia. Now, she has to drive nearly 10 miles, past cotton fields and fallow farms, to... Read More

Poll: Biden Holds 20-Point Lead in Texas Democratic Primary Race
Opinion Polls
Poll: Biden Holds 20-Point Lead in Texas Democratic Primary Race

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Vice President Joe Biden has opened up a commanding 20-point lead in the Texas Democratic primary, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday. Among likely Democratic primary voters, 35% say they support Biden, compared to 15%... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Law
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn’t want to listen.... Read More

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