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Florida Senate Opens Session to Decide Fate of Broward Sheriff
State News
Florida Senate Opens Session to Decide Fate of Broward Sheriff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Emotions were high and security tight Monday as the Florida Senate convened a three-day special session to decide whether or not to uphold Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. At an early morning... Read More

California Independents Can Cast Ballots for Democrats — But Not Trump — In March Primary
2020 Elections
California Independents Can Cast Ballots for Democrats — But Not Trump — In March Primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters who are unaffiliated with a political party will be able to participate in the Democratic presidential primary next year, but they will be prohibited from casting ballots for President Donald Trump or any possible Republican... Read More

Trump Trails Top Democrats in New Minnesota Poll
2020 Elections
Trump Trails Top Democrats in New Minnesota Poll

MINNEAPOLIS — President Donald Trump trails several leading Democratic candidates, as well as U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, at this point in the presidential campaign in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. The two current front-runners for the... Read More

Supreme Court Tosses Michigan Gerrymandering Ruling
State News
Supreme Court Tosses Michigan Gerrymandering Ruling
2019-10-22 13:18:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling on Monday that would have forced Michigan Republicans to redraw congressional and state legislative district maps to be fairer to Democrats. In a one-sentence statement at the top... Read More

New Law in New York Requires Pharmacies to Quickly Notify Patients of Drug Recalls
State News
New Law in New York Requires Pharmacies to Quickly Notify Patients of Drug Recalls
2019-10-18 21:24:44
by Dan McCue

A new law in New York State requires pharmacies to inform patients of Class I drug recalls made by the Federal Drug Administration within seven days. Generally speaking, drug recalls occur when the quality or safety of a drug has... Read More

Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
State News
Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
2019-10-18 21:18:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A circuit court judge in South Carolina heard more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the state GOP executive committee's vote last month to forgo a 2020 Republican presidential primary. In the end,... Read More

Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
State News
Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
2019-10-18 21:07:24
by Dan McCue

The governors of five northeastern states came together for a summit on Thursday to discuss the outlines of a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping policies. "This issue is complicated, controversial and consequential. It is probably one of the... Read More

House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
State News
House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
2019-10-18 20:14:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House Panel that deals with water resource and environmental issues will travel to South Florida this weekend for a roundtable on infrastructure projects to be considered for inclusion in the next Water Resources Development Act. Rep. Grace... Read More

Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror
Courts
Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chief Judge Krista Marx said she wanted to make it clear to the residents of the county the limits of her authority when it comes to the question of intervening in the case that brought... Read More

House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory
Health
House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory
2019-10-11 18:33:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee has advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., that would require the EPA to list a dangerous class of compounds known as PFAS chemicals on its Toxics Release Inventory. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,... Read More

Gov. Newsom Slams PG&E Over ‘Unacceptable’ Power Outages
State News
Gov. Newsom Slams PG&E Over ‘Unacceptable’ Power Outages

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom tore into Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Thursday, calling the mass power outages “unacceptable” and the result of the bankrupt utility’s own long legacy of mistakes. “What’s happened is unacceptable. And it’s... Read More

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
Climate
Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
2019-10-10 17:00:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Alaska's government-mandated embrace of fossil fuel development is devastating the nation's northernmost state and infringing on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer for 16 young plaintiffs told the Alaska Supreme Court on... Read More

California Blames EPA for Stalled Plans to Curb Pollution
Environment
California Blames EPA for Stalled Plans to Curb Pollution

WASHINGTON — California’s top clean-air official fired back against Trump administration charges that the state hasn’t done enough to fight pollution within its borders, saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should “do its job.” Last month, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler... Read More

Millions Without Power As PG&E Blackouts Bring Concern, Anger, Resolve
State News
Millions Without Power As PG&E Blackouts Bring Concern, Anger, Resolve

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Classes were canceled. Frozen foods melted. Hospitals switched to emergency generators. Blooms withered in florists’ coolers. Unused food was jettisoned at shuttered restaurants. Lines formed at gas stations. Cellphones faded out. That’s what happened Wednesday when the... Read More

Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youth's Climate Change Lawsuit
Climate
Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youth's Climate Change Lawsuit
2019-10-09 15:10:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the state's policy on fossil fuels harms the constitutional rights of young Alaskans to a safe climate. In 2017, 16 young people filed suit over a... Read More

New Florida System Restoring Ex-Felon Voting Rights an ‘Administrative Nightmare,’ Judge Says
State News
New Florida System Restoring Ex-Felon Voting Rights an ‘Administrative Nightmare,’ Judge Says

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s system for restoring the voting rights of up to 1.4 million ex-felons is an “administrative nightmare” a federal judge said Tuesday, but it could still remain in place during the presidential preference primary in March. U.S.... Read More

Behind the Texas Firewall, Suburban Shifts Leave Trump Vulnerable. Can Strongholds Save Him?
2020 Elections
Behind the Texas Firewall, Suburban Shifts Leave Trump Vulnerable. Can Strongholds Save Him?

CONROE, Texas — It’s a steamy Friday night and, this being Texas, that means high school football — the glaring lights, the band and cheerleaders pumping up the crowd. Parents in the stands aren’t talking politics. But if you can... Read More

California Farmers Face ‘Catastrophic’ Water Restrictions. Can They Adapt to Survive?
Agriculture
California Farmers Face ‘Catastrophic’ Water Restrictions. Can They Adapt to Survive?

TERRA BELLA, Calif. — It was 2015 and, as far as John Konda knew, farming still had a viable future in the San Joaquin Valley. So he expanded. The Tulare County grower planted 75 acres of pistachios, adding to a... Read More

Missouri Lawsuit Over Realtor Fees In Home Sales Draws Justice Department’s Interest
Litigation
Missouri Lawsuit Over Realtor Fees In Home Sales Draws Justice Department’s Interest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lawyers in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are taking a keen interest in a Missouri class action lawsuit that alleges a conspiracy among national real estate brokers to charge inflated fees, noting in a filing this... Read More

Democrats Pan Trump Medicare 'Plan' Saying It Does Nothing for Recipients
Litigation
Democrats Pan Trump Medicare 'Plan' Saying It Does Nothing for Recipients
2019-10-04 15:23:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump traveled to The Villages, a retirement community of 125,000 residents north of Orlando, to tout a plan to "save" Medicare, but House Democrats quickly panned the president, his plan and his rhetoric. The central theme... Read More

Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three years after California legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, most voters want municipalities to permit pot shops in their communities even though the vast majority of cities have outlawed them, according to a University of California,... Read More

When Would a City Not Want to Be a City Anymore? When It’s Broke
In The States
When Would a City Not Want to Be a City Anymore? When It’s Broke

LEMON GROVE, Calif. — Lemon Grove’s finances are in dire straits and for the second time in less than a decade it is facing calls to surrender its independence and return to county rule. It’s a process called disincorporation and... Read More

Calif. Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to Allow College Athletes to Take Endorsement Deals
State News
Calif. Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to Allow College Athletes to Take Endorsement Deals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that will allow California athletes to earn money from the use of their names, images and likenesses, despite warnings from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that the measure would upend... Read More

Fight Over Utility Poles for 5G Brewing in Upstate New York
Technology
Fight Over Utility Poles for 5G Brewing in Upstate New York

A legal battle brewing in upstate New York over the use of municipal utility poles could have nationwide repercussions as private telecom companies seeking to build fifth-generation wireless networks contend with city governments that say they aren’t being fairly compensated.... Read More

Roofless Homes, Scattered Debris. Why Has Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery Been so Slow?
Puerto Rico
Roofless Homes, Scattered Debris. Why Has Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery Been so Slow?

COROZAL, Puerto Rico — When Hurricane Maria tore through Cuba Libre, a small hamlet in central Puerto Rico, it ripped Iris Ortiz’s roof clean off. Two years later, as she stood on a neighbor’s elevated porch, she peered into the... Read More

Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law
State News
Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law

ATLANTA — A federal judge said Monday that he hoped to determine soon whether the court should block Georgia’s new anti-abortion law from going into effect, but he hinted at the potential long road ahead for the case. It’s unclear... Read More

To Rein in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying
Lobbying
To Rein in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying

AUSTIN, Texas — The five lobbyists at Focused Advocacy represent more than 20 Texas cities before the legislature. The firm tracked 3,300 municipal-related bills during this year’s 140-day session, and the walls of its downtown Austin offices are decorated with... Read More

Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election
Health
Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election

ATLANTA — On a recent sweltering August morning, Congresswoman Lucy McBath headlined a rally extolling the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients. But the freshman Democrat, who represents a fast-changing swath of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, took care not to mention... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks California Law to Force Disclosure of Trump’s Tax Returns
Taxes
Federal Judge Blocks California Law to Force Disclosure of Trump’s Tax Returns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Donald Trump but a decision... Read More

Trump Revokes Rule Allowing Calif. to Set Stricter Auto Emission Standards
Environment
Trump Revokes Rule Allowing Calif. to Set Stricter Auto Emission Standards

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected Wednesday to revoke a decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government — putting the state and the administration on a path to... Read More

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