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New Political Maps Pass NC Legislature, Judges Will Now Review
State News
New Political Maps Pass NC Legislature, Judges Will Now Review

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s new political maps gained final approval from the N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday. Nearly all Republicans supported them, and Democrats were split. The maps can’t be vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper — the state... Read More

NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors
State News
NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors

NEW YORK — Amid growing reports of vaping-related illnesses and even deaths, Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced an emergency ban on all e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol. “Vaping is dangerous, period,” Cuomo said. “It is addicting young people... Read More

After Mass Shootings, Gun Advocates in Texas Worry About a Political Shift
Texas
After Mass Shootings, Gun Advocates in Texas Worry About a Political Shift

HOUSTON — Four years ago, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged his constituents to arm up. “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA,” he tweeted. “Let’s pick up the pace Texans.” Last week, as Texas was... Read More

California Lawmakers Ban Exotic Animals at Circuses
State News
California Lawmakers Ban Exotic Animals at Circuses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Circuses in California would no longer be allowed to include wild animals under a bill state legislators sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. Should Newsom sign Senate Bill 313, circuses in the state will no longer... Read More

Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain
Criminal Justice
Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that just because an inmate feels like he’s being suffocated after a lethal injection, that doesn’t amount to cruel and unusual punishment. A three-judge panel of the court,... Read More

Florida’s Seniors Left Vulnerable to Hurricanes Because of Extensions to Generator Rules and Lack of Enforcement
Florida
Florida’s Seniors Left Vulnerable to Hurricanes Because of Extensions to Generator Rules and Lack of Enforcement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As powerful Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida, thousands of elderly at nursing homes and adult living facilities were at risk in facilities without generators or back-up power. It was a situation that Florida regulators had tried to... Read More

Special Election in North Carolina a Test for Trump, GOP Prospects in 2020
Elections
Special Election in North Carolina a Test for Trump, GOP Prospects in 2020
2019-09-10 13:51:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District head to the polls Tuesday to finally decide who will represent them: a moderate former Marine who came within a hair of claiming the seat for the Democrats last year, or... Read More

White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal
Climate
White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent California a stern warning Friday that its agreement with four major automakers to reduce car pollution appears to violate federal law. The letter from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation is... Read More

Texas Democrats Push for Special Session on Gun Violence
State News
Texas Democrats Push for Special Session on Gun Violence

AUSTIN, Texas — Arguing that there has been enough talk without action, Texas Democrats launched a campaign Wednesday urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call the Legislature into an emergency session on gun violence, evoking responses that revealed a rift in... Read More

California Becomes First State to Ban Fur Trapping
State News
California Becomes First State to Ban Fur Trapping

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has enacted a new ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of... Read More

San Francisco Board Names NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization
State News
San Francisco Board Names NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization

WASHINGTON — San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday naming the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and encouraged other cities to do the same. Supervisor Catherine Stefani introduced the resolution after a mass shooting at... Read More

Democrat McCready Holds Narrow Lead in North Carolina Special Election, New Poll Shows
Elections
Democrat McCready Holds Narrow Lead in North Carolina Special Election, New Poll Shows
2019-09-03 20:27:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democrat Dan McCready holds a narrow lead over Republican Dan Bishop in the special election contest to represent North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, a new poll says. With precious little time left before the Sept. 10 election, a... Read More

Sen. Joe Manchin Says He Won’t Run for Governor
Political News
Sen. Joe Manchin Says He Won’t Run for Governor
2019-09-03 19:02:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that he intends to remain in the U.S. Senate and won't run for governor of West Virginia. Manchin, who served as the state's governor from 2005 to 2010, had invited speculation for... Read More

Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience
Supreme Court
Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience
2019-09-03 15:48:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday told a record crowd that had turned out to see her at the National Book Festival that "something needs to be done about partisan gerrymandering." Ginsburg was responding to... Read More

Minnesota Lawmaker Goes From GOP Backbencher to Leading Critic of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Political News
Minnesota Lawmaker Goes From GOP Backbencher to Leading Critic of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski tells a story about getting soaked in a rainstorm on his way to a TV studio in Minneapolis for an appearance on Fox News. People don’t use umbrellas where he comes from in... Read More

Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License
State News
Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License

CHICAGO — A Rockford, Ill., woman is suing the Illinois secretary of state in an attempt to change a state rule requiring those who wear a religious head covering in their driver’s license photo to also certify that they do... Read More

Texas Governor Says ‘Mistakes Were Made’ in Sending Fundraising Letter Warning About Migrants
State News
Texas Governor Says ‘Mistakes Were Made’ in Sending Fundraising Letter Warning About Migrants

EL PASO, Texas — In front of victims of the Aug. 3 Walmart mass shooting in El Paso, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday opened public safety talks conceding “mistakes were made” when he sent potential donors a fundraising letter that... Read More

Pa. Governor’s Redistricting Commission Calls for Mapmaking Makeover
Elections
Pa. Governor’s Redistricting Commission Calls for Mapmaking Makeover

PHILADELPHIA — Exposing anew the deep divides over how Pennsylvania’s political maps are drawn, a state commission formed by Gov. Tom Wolf released a report Thursday calling for overhauling the mapmaking process — and was immediately met with pushback from... Read More

Hurricane Dorian Intensifies to Cat 2, As It Nears Florida
State News
Hurricane Dorian Intensifies to Cat 2, As It Nears Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane hunter planes have found a strengthening Dorian, which is now a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. advisory on Thursday. It was expected to develop into... Read More

New Study Finds 8-in-10 Californians Are Registered to Vote
State News
New Study Finds 8-in-10 Californians Are Registered to Vote
2019-08-29 21:20:04
by Dan McCue

Voter registration is up in California, with 8-in-10 eligible adults registered. However, likely voters in the state still tend to be older, well-educated and disproportionately white, according to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California. The Institute, a... Read More

Isakson to Resign From Senate, Adding Competitive Seat to 2020 Docket
2020 Elections
Isakson to Resign From Senate, Adding Competitive Seat to 2020 Docket
2019-08-28 19:48:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Johnny Isakson, D-Ga., announced Wednesday that he will step down from the Senate at the end of the year, adding a competitive seat to the highly anticipated 2020 battle for control of the chamber. "After much prayer... Read More

Trump Says He Wouldn’t Profit From a G-7 Summit at Doral
2020 Elections
Trump Says He Wouldn’t Profit From a G-7 Summit at Doral

President Donald Trump said Monday that next year’s Group of 7 summit — an annual gathering of world leaders representing powerful democracies — could take place at his own golf resort in Florida. If the summit were to take place... Read More

California Supreme Court Backs Greater Access to Police Misconduct Cases
State News
California Supreme Court Backs Greater Access to Police Misconduct Cases

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies may alert prosecutors that a deputy who is slated to testify in a criminal case has a history... Read More

California, 18 Other States Sue Over Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children
Immigration
California, 18 Other States Sue Over Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California opened another front in its legal battle with the Trump administration over immigration policies on Monday as officials announced a federal lawsuit challenging a new rule that allows indefinite detention of migrant children and their families.... Read More

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Slapped With Subpoena in New York ‘Murder Insurance’ Probe
Law
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Slapped With Subpoena in New York ‘Murder Insurance’ Probe

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s got the National Rifle Association’s top gun squarely in his legal crosshairs. New York officials last week slapped Wayne LaPierre, the powerful gun group’s chief executive, with a subpoena as their legal feud escalates,... Read More

Trump Takes Aim at Program That Pumped Millions of Dollars Into Texas
Immigration
Trump Takes Aim at Program That Pumped Millions of Dollars Into Texas

WASHINGTON — The luster has come off the “golden visa,” the immigrant investor program that’s injected hundreds of millions of dollars into Texas development projects in recent years. President Donald Trump is reining in the program — typically called EB-5,... Read More

As Rural Hospital Closes, Emergency Care Is on the Blink With Fate Uncertain
Health
As Rural Hospital Closes, Emergency Care Is on the Blink With Fate Uncertain

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — For more than 30 minutes, Robert Findley lay unconscious in the back of an ambulance next to Mercy Hospital Fort Scott on a frigid February morning with paramedics hand-pumping oxygen into his lungs. A helipad sat... Read More

Many Attending DNC Convention in Milwaukee Slated to Room in Illinois
Health
Many Attending DNC Convention in Milwaukee Slated to Room in Illinois
2019-08-23 18:35:51
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Twenty-six of the 57 delegations attending next summer's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee will be staying in hotels in Illinois, the head of the convention planning efforts has confirmed. “Illinois has large hotels which lets us house delegations... Read More

Rep. Moulton Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Will Seek Reelection
2020 Elections
Rep. Moulton Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Will Seek Reelection
2019-08-23 17:19:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., dropped out of the 2020 presidential contest Friday, saying he will instead seek reelection in Massachusetts' 6th congressional district. Moulton made his announcement at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco. "Today,... Read More

New York State Commission on Election Reform Gets Off to Rough Start
State News
New York State Commission on Election Reform Gets Off to Rough Start
2019-08-23 17:05:32
by Dan McCue

A new commission tasked with reforming how New York State runs and finances it elections got off to a rancorous start this week, with members struggling to deal with even the most mundane organizational matters and a fight erupting over... Read More

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