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Southern California Must Plan For 1.3 Million New Homes In The Next Decade, Newsom Says
State News
Southern California Must Plan For 1.3 Million New Homes In The Next Decade, Newsom Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cities and counties in Southern California will have to plan for the construction of 1.3 million new homes in the next decade, a figure more than three times what local governments had proposed over the same period,... Read More

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee To Run For 3rd Term
State News
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee To Run For 3rd Term
2019-08-22 21:07:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid Wednesday night, announcing Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor instead. Inslee revealed he was ending his run for the White House on MSNBC's "The... Read More

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper Running For Senate
State News
Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper Running For Senate
2019-08-22 18:27:17
by Dan McCue

A presidential campaign behind him, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday he's running for the U.S. Senate, vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. With his announcement, which came via a video message posted on his... Read More

10th Circuit Sides With ‘Faithless Electors’ in Colorado 2016 Election Case
State News
10th Circuit Sides With ‘Faithless Electors’ in Colorado 2016 Election Case
2019-08-22 14:01:32
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that three presidential electors from Colorado were unconstitutionally forced to cast their Electoral College votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The ruling by a divided 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a... Read More

Florida Joins 29-State Compact To Clean Up Voter Rolls
State News
Florida Joins 29-State Compact To Clean Up Voter Rolls

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis gave Florida’s 67 elections supervisors their No. 1 priority for 2020 on Wednesday. DeSantis announced that Florida would become the 29th state to join the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, a nonprofit compact... Read More

Hundreds Of Guns Come In To California From Nevada. Lawmakers Want To Stop It
State News
Hundreds Of Guns Come In To California From Nevada. Lawmakers Want To Stop It

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Alarmed that the gun used in a mass shooting in Gilroy was bought legally in Nevada, two dozen California legislators on Wednesday asked their counterparts in the neighboring state to meet this fall to discuss strengthening restrictions... Read More

North Carolina Governor Vetoes Bill Compelling Sheriffs To Cooperate With ICE
State News
North Carolina Governor Vetoes Bill Compelling Sheriffs To Cooperate With ICE
2019-08-21 20:38:49
by Dan McCue

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have required the state's sheriffs to honor detention requests from federal immigration standards. The veto came a day after the Republican-controlled North Carolina House voted along party lines to... Read More

Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
State News
Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
2019-08-21 18:19:03
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as states nationwide search for new legal standards. A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police who smell marijuana can... Read More

Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts
State News
Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts

LEXINGTON, Ky.—More than seven years after a Lexington shop refused to make T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday about whether or not the company violated the city’s Fairness Ordinance. Before the... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?
Litigation
Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?

ATLANTA — In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the “Dark Overlord” hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients. The Athens Orthopedic Clinic... Read More

California’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Might Be Helping To Reduce Mass Shooting Risk, Study Says
Guns
California’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Might Be Helping To Reduce Mass Shooting Risk, Study Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four years after California became one of the first states to expedite the removal of guns from people seen as a public danger by family members or law enforcement, its “red flag” law appears to be helping... Read More

New York, Connecticut and Vermont Sue Trump Administration Over Public Charge Rule
Immigration
New York, Connecticut and Vermont Sue Trump Administration Over Public Charge Rule
2019-08-20 18:48:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — New York State, Connecticut, Vermont and the City of New York sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its new Public Charge Rule, which aims to deny green cards and visas to immigrants that use or have used government... Read More

Mulling Presidential Run, Mark Sanford Says Government’s Precarious Finances Are Nation’s Biggest Threat
Immigration
Mulling Presidential Run, Mark Sanford Says Government’s Precarious Finances Are Nation’s Biggest Threat
2019-08-16 22:33:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Back home in South Carolina after a mid-week trip to New Hampshire, former Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday he was pleased with how things went in the Granite State and his decision on whether to mount a primary... Read More

Inmate Killed Herself One Day Before Parole Hearing. Now California Will Pay $1.5 Million
Criminal Justice
Inmate Killed Herself One Day Before Parole Hearing. Now California Will Pay $1.5 Million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Erika Rocha was 15 when she was accused of shooting the operator of a Southern California group home in February 1996. She was charged with attempted murder and set to be tried as an adult when she... Read More

Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
Criminal Justice
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Bid With An Eye Toward U.S. Senate Seat
Criminal Justice
Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Bid With An Eye Toward U.S. Senate Seat
2019-08-15 19:58:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, fueling speculation that he will now set his sights on a U.S. Senate bid. Hickenlooper, 67, ran as a moderate, but never... Read More

California To Ban Pesticide Trump’s EPA Rescued From Elimination
State News
California To Ban Pesticide Trump’s EPA Rescued From Elimination

LOS ANGELES — California regulators on Wednesday took formal legal steps to ban a widely used pesticide that had been rescued from elimination by the Trump administration despite links to developmental disorders. The move by the state Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
Voting
Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
2019-08-15 17:04:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this year and to have hand-marked paper ballots at the ready if new, more secure machines aren't in place by the... Read More

Stacey Abrams Launches National Expansion of Voting Rights Group
Voting
Stacey Abrams Launches National Expansion of Voting Rights Group

LAS VEGAS — Before a convention hall packed with left-leaning union members, Stacey Abrams unveiled a plan Tuesday to expand her Georgia-based voting rights group across the nation by training staffers in 20 competitive states to protect against threats of... Read More

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bid For Redistricting Commission
State News
New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bid For Redistricting Commission
2019-08-13 23:06:21
by Dan McCue

New Hampshire's Republican governor, Chris Sununu vetoed a bipartisan bill Friday that would have created an independent redistricting commission to draw the state's legislative and congressional district maps following the 2020 elections. In a letter explaining his veto, Sununu said... Read More

NC Governor Announces Gun Safety Measures, Calls For Action
State News
NC Governor Announces Gun Safety Measures, Calls For Action

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that he signed an executive directive meant to strengthen background checks for gun buyers. Cooper said he signed the directive to his Cabinet agencies to “build on the work we... Read More

Cunningham Takes On McConnell, Fights Offshore Drilling In Eventful District Visit
State News
Cunningham Takes On McConnell, Fights Offshore Drilling In Eventful District Visit
2019-08-09 23:43:18
by Dan McCue

Freshman Representative Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., certainly didn't expect to be taking on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., let alone talking about gun control, when he returned to his South Carolina district for the August recess, but after mass shootings... Read More

Mother Watched as Daughter Gunned Down in Gilroy: ‘She Took My Hand and Looked Up at the Sky’
Featured
Mother Watched as Daughter Gunned Down in Gilroy: ‘She Took My Hand and Looked Up at the Sky’

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 12-year-old girl sat on the bottom bunk bed where her older sister, Keyla Salazar, used to sleep. Lyann Salazar held a pencil in one hand and, in the other, an iPhone displaying a picture of... Read More

Orange County, Longtime GOP Stronghold, Now Has More Registered Democrats
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Orange County, Longtime GOP Stronghold, Now Has More Registered Democrats

LOS ANGELES — Orange County, Calif., long a Republican stronghold, has officially turned blue. The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home to 547,458 registered Democrats, compared with 547,369 Republicans,... Read More

With Iowa State Fair Ahead, 2020 Democrats Pitch to Rural America
2020 Elections
With Iowa State Fair Ahead, 2020 Democrats Pitch to Rural America

WASHINGTON — As Democratic presidential hopefuls get ready to visit the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, they’re announcing big plans for investments in rural America. Three senators who are seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 became the... Read More

Abrams, Georgia Democrats Team Up to Flip State House
State News
Abrams, Georgia Democrats Team Up to Flip State House

ATLANTA — The Democratic Party of Georgia teamed with an arm of the voting rights group founded by Stacey Abrams to launch a high-dollar effort to flip the Republican-controlled state House. The Legislative Victory Fund, unveiled on Wednesday, is a... Read More

Hood Prevails in Mississippi's Democratic Primary for Governor; GOP Runoff Looms
State News
Hood Prevails in Mississippi's Democratic Primary for Governor; GOP Runoff Looms
2019-08-07 20:26:23
by Dan McCue

Jim Hood, Mississippi's four-term attorney general, beat seven rivals Tuesday night to become the Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor, while on the Republican side, second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves faces a runoff in three weeks against former state Supreme Court... Read More

Virginia Unveils Interpretive Signage At Arch That Bore Confederate Leader’s Name
State News
Virginia Unveils Interpretive Signage At Arch That Bore Confederate Leader’s Name

HAMPTON, Va. — Calling slavery an atrocity, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam presented new interpretive signs on Fort Monroe that explain the history behind an iron arch now stripped of any reference to the onetime president of the Confederacy. “When we... Read More

Trump Faces Cool Reception In Planned Visits to Cities Hit By Mass Shootings
In The News
Trump Faces Cool Reception In Planned Visits to Cities Hit By Mass Shootings

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will seek to console the grief-stricken residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday — a presidential duty he’s never quite mastered and that is made harder by local reluctance about his visit. The... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement
Litigation
Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement
2019-08-06 20:34:14
by Dan McCue

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state’s primary. "Today we have taken decisive action in federal court challenging California’s... Read More

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