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Former Mayor Begins ‘Unprecedented Push’ in Florida on Voter Outreach, Campaign Donations
State News
Former Mayor Begins ‘Unprecedented Push’ in Florida on Voter Outreach, Campaign Donations

MIAMI — As part of his effort to help down-ballot Democrats grow their numbers in the Capitol, one-time gubernatorial candidate and former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has decided on 21 candidates to endorse and support financially in 2020. Gillum’s Forward... Read More

New Jersey Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Require Students to Learn Cursive
State News
New Jersey Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Require Students to Learn Cursive

PHILADELPHIA — New Jersey’s elementary school students would be required to learn, read and write cursive by the end of third grade, under a bill now in the state Assembly. “In some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing... Read More

Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?
Marijuana
Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Democrats managed to flip the Virginia House and Senate in November’s election, taking control of state government for the first time in more than two decades. What does that blue map mean for legalizing marijuana? Attorney... Read More

Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat
Marijuana
Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he’s picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she’ll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support... Read More

New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules
State News
New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The new congressional maps passed by North Carolina state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled Monday. The previous maps gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under... Read More

Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills
Texas
Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1. Earlier this year, lawmakers from both parties came together on legislation to protect people in... Read More

National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
State News
National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
2019-11-26 22:41:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association announced Tuesday it is working with five states – Colorado, Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island and Tennessee – to help them improve their business regulatory processes to promote economic development. This work is being completed... Read More

Democrats Approve Early Voting Plan for 2020 Nevada Caucus
State News
Democrats Approve Early Voting Plan for 2020 Nevada Caucus
2019-11-26 13:54:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee has signed off on a plan that will allow Nevada to offer the first-ever early voting option for a presidential caucus. During a press briefing on Monday, DNC Chairman Tom Perez and Nevada party... Read More

Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment
State News
Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost halfway through the ACA open enrollment period, Florida is leading the nation in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance, according to the federal data released on Wednesday. Of the 1.7 million... Read More

Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged
Voting
Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged

ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidates sent text messages to some of the 313,000 people Thursday whose voter registrations could be canceled in Georgia, emphasizing their support for voting rights a day after their debate in Atlanta. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker,... Read More

Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules
2020 Elections
Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Democrats have tried to force President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns, and Trump has resisted. The California Legislature, aiming at the president, passed a law this year to try to force Trump’s hand.... Read More

In Philadelphia, Women Outnumber Men by 90,000 — the Widest ‘Gender Gap’ Among Major US Cities
In The News
In Philadelphia, Women Outnumber Men by 90,000 — the Widest ‘Gender Gap’ Among Major US Cities

PHILADELPHIA — At 74, Rosa Rodriguez keeps outliving her men. Her husband and two boyfriends died at relatively young ages. Meanwhile, Rodriguez, a former worker in a sewing factory, continues to enjoy cooking, watching TV and socializing at Norris Square... Read More

Why California Still Isn’t Safe a Year After the Camp Fire
California
Why California Still Isn’t Safe a Year After the Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Chainsaws were humming and backhoes were beeping. Wood frames were being hammered into place. It was the sound of Paradise rebuilding, one nail at a time. “I love it up here — it’s beautiful,” said Holly Austin,... Read More

Deval Patrick Decides to Jump Into Democratic Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Deval Patrick Decides to Jump Into Democratic Presidential Race

Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, reportedly has decided to enter the Democratic presidential race, joining a still-growing field of White House hopefuls. Patrick has started calling Democratic allies to inform them of his decision and plans to file paperwork... Read More

Democratic Lawmakers in Minn. Seek to Include Trump Rivals on GOP Ballots
2020 Elections
Democratic Lawmakers in Minn. Seek to Include Trump Rivals on GOP Ballots

MINNEAPOLIS — Lawmakers from Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party are studying legislation to open access to presidential primary ballots after the state Republican Party excluded rivals to President Donald Trump from the state’s March 2020 GOP primary. Trump was the only candidate... Read More

Sanders Trails Biden, Warren in Quinnipiac New Hampshire Poll
Opinion Polls
Sanders Trails Biden, Warren in Quinnipiac New Hampshire Poll

Bernie Sanders represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate but next door in New Hampshire, voters prefer three of his rivals. That’s according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday that shows a tight race for the Democratic nomination. Former... Read More

Democrat Beshear Declares Victory in Race for Ky. Governor
State News
Democrat Beshear Declares Victory in Race for Ky. Governor

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky voters appeared to reject Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday, bucking a statewide Republican trend as they turned their backs on a politician known as much for his blustery personality as his conservative values. Democrat Andy Beshear,... Read More

Democrats Take Control of Virginia General Assembly in Historic Election
Elections
Democrats Take Control of Virginia General Assembly in Historic Election

NORFOLK, Va. — Democrats won decisive majorities in the House of Delegates and state Senate in an historical election that sets Virginia on a new course. That put Democrats in control of the General Assembly and governor’s office for the... Read More

Kamala Harris Will Cut Staff, Limit Pay as Campaign Falters
2020 Elections
Kamala Harris Will Cut Staff, Limit Pay as Campaign Falters

WASHINGTON — Short on cash and falling in the polls, Kamala Harris plans to cut staff in her Baltimore headquarters and reduce pay for advisers in an effort to keep her presidential campaign afloat. Campaign manager Juan Rodriguez outlined the... Read More

George Papadopoulos Files for a House Run in Rep. Katie Hill’s District
Political News
George Papadopoulos Files for a House Run in Rep. Katie Hill’s District

WASHINGTON — A one-time campaign foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump who served 12 days in jail for lying to the FBI has filed paperwork to run for the seat occupied by resigning California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill. George... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure
State News
Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal from a Dayton-area abortion clinic ordered closed by state health officials. The justices voted 4-3 on Aug. 21 not to review the case, with... Read More

California’s Tough-on-Crime Past Haunts Kamala Harris
In The News
California’s Tough-on-Crime Past Haunts Kamala Harris

LOS ANGELES — The Zodiac killer struck first. Then came the Manson family. Later, the Hillside Stranglers, the Night Stalker and the Golden State Killer terrorized California. Starting in the late 1960s, one lurid murder after another fed public perceptions... Read More

How 2 Goats Are Helping to Protect Indiana Dunes National Park
In The News
How 2 Goats Are Helping to Protect Indiana Dunes National Park

CHICAGO — Scattered throughout the fiery autumn foliage at Indiana Dunes National Park are green patches of Asiatic bittersweet, its yellow-orange fruit soon to split open with red berries, lending a holiday look to the woods. But this invasive plant... Read More

Special Elections for Elijah Cummings’ Seat Set
Congress
Special Elections for Elijah Cummings’ Seat Set

BALTIMORE — Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced that a special primary election for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District would be held Feb. 4, with a special general election April 28. The announcement kicks... Read More

Katie Hill’s Exit Shakes Up Competitive Race in Southern California
Congress
Katie Hill’s Exit Shakes Up Competitive Race in Southern California

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s decision to resign amid allegations of an improper relationship with her staffer has upended the battle to control a competitive district in Southern California. Republicans believe they can win the 25th District back, especially... Read More

North Carolina Court Halts Use of Current Congressional Map for 2020
State News
North Carolina Court Halts Use of Current Congressional Map for 2020

WASHINGTON — A three-judge panel in North Carolina has ordered the state not to use the current congressional districts for the 2020 elections while the lawsuit against them proceeds. The preliminary injunction could delay the state’s March congressional primaries, setting... Read More

How Philly Kids Will Learn From 2 Black Men’s Wrongful Arrest at a Starbucks
In The News
How Philly Kids Will Learn From 2 Black Men’s Wrongful Arrest at a Starbucks

PHILADELPHIA — After a national furor over the 2018 arrest of two black men sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without purchasing anything, Philadelphia agreed to a settlement with Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson. Each man got $1 and a pledge... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Barns Are in Peril, and One County Is Fighting to Preserve Them
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Barns Are in Peril, and One County Is Fighting to Preserve Them

STRABAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Stepping over mummified opossums, the men kicked around chewed-up corncobs and bits of straw to scrutinize the barn’s bones, the old wooden beams that kept it upright. They noted patterns made by saws, the hatchet marks... Read More

New York City Eyes Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology
Privacy
New York City Eyes Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology

NEW YORK — Legislation that would begin to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the country’s most populous city could soon be made into law. While cities around the country move to ban facial recognition and other types... Read More

Feds Fault University, Florida Agency and Contractors for Deadly Bridge Collapse
State News
Feds Fault University, Florida Agency and Contractors for Deadly Bridge Collapse

WASHINGTON — During a hearing Tuesday on last year’s deadly collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian footbridge, the National Transportation Safety Board heard evidence from its staff engineers and investigators showing that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a... Read More

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