In The States

North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
State News
North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
2019-06-07 21:00:23
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's Republican-led House on Thursday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that would require doctors to try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an attempted abortion. To override Cooper's veto... Read More

Montana Judge Rules Secretary of State Can't Override Governor's Veto of Bison Bill
State News
Montana Judge Rules Secretary of State Can't Override Governor's Veto of Bison Bill
2019-06-07 20:54:17
by Dan McCue

A judge in Helena, Montana ruled this week that Montana's secretary of state does not have the authority to unilaterally override Governor Steve Bullock's veto of a controversial bill changing the definition of what constitutes a wild bison. In vetoing... Read More

Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights
Michigan
Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan lawmakers kicked off LGBTQ Pride Month on Tuesday by announcing legislation to amend Michigan’s civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity. Lawmakers and supportive groups say... Read More

Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate
Georgia
Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate

WASHINGTON — The sponsor of Georgia’s so-called heartbeat law is launching a congressional bid this week, which is likely to keep the abortion debate alive in a crucial state for both parties up and down the ballot in 2020. State... Read More

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence
State News
Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence
2019-06-04 21:01:58
by Dan McCue

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called lawmakers back to the state Capitol Tuesday to address the issue of gun violence in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach. “No one should go to work, to school, or to... Read More

Federal Money Hasn’t Reached Disaster Victims
Puerto Rico
Federal Money Hasn’t Reached Disaster Victims

WASHINGTON — It’s been more than a year and a half since Hurricane Maria laid waste to Puerto Rico in September 2017, killing roughly 3,000 people and causing an estimated $90 billion in damages. But federal money for any long-term... Read More

Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
State News
Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
2019-05-30 20:44:28
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will sign a strict new abortion law barring the procedure once a heartbeat is detectable -- a point that comes before many women realize they are pregnant. In a written statement,... Read More

Nevada Governor Signs Bill Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons
Civil Rights
Nevada Governor Signs Bill Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons
2019-05-30 20:31:36
by Dan McCue

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill Wednesday that will restore the voting rights of ex-felons, a measure he said will re-enfranchise 77,000 people when it goes into effect on July 1. Sisolak, a Democrat and... Read More

Thad Cochran, Longtime Southern Gentleman of the Senate, Dies at 81
In The News
Thad Cochran, Longtime Southern Gentleman of the Senate, Dies at 81
2019-05-30 20:13:40
by Dan McCue

Former Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who served in Congress for more than 45 years and was renowned for his Southern refinement and willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done, died Thursday morning at the age of 81.... Read More

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Could Stop Performing Abortions as Early as This Week
Missouri
Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Could Stop Performing Abortions as Early as This Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s only abortion provider could stop performing the procedure as early as this week. Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region runs the state’s only abortion clinic, located in the Central West... Read More

Illinois House Passes Sweeping Abortion Rights Bill After Emotional Floor Debate
Illinois
Illinois House Passes Sweeping Abortion Rights Bill After Emotional Floor Debate

CHICAGO — After a lengthy and emotional debate, the Illinois House passed a controversial abortion rights bill Tuesday that opponents characterized as extreme but supporters say is necessary to protect women as several states enact more restrictive laws. The bill... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Portion of Indiana Abortion Law on Fetal Remains
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Portion of Indiana Abortion Law on Fetal Remains
2019-05-28 21:31:19
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the portion of an Indiana law signed by Vice President Mike Pence during his tenure as governor that requires fetal remains from abortions be buried or cremated. The ruling partially reversed an earlier... Read More

Georgia DAs Divided Over Prosecution of ‘Heartbeat’ Law
Georgia
Georgia DAs Divided Over Prosecution of ‘Heartbeat’ Law

ATLANTA — The anti-abortion “heartbeat” measure that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed has split prosecutors who are trying to decide whether they’d enforce stiff new restrictions that impose new penalties on those who violate the law. Some district attorneys... Read More

#LivingWhileBlack: New Laws Could Outlaw Racially Motivated 911 Calls
Michigan
#LivingWhileBlack: New Laws Could Outlaw Racially Motivated 911 Calls

The hashtag “Living While Black” went viral on social media in the last two years as videos proliferated of incidents around the nation in which white people called police on black people going about their everyday activities. The most well-publicized... Read More

ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban
Civil Rights
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban
2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
In The News
Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
2019-05-24 18:48:00
by Dan McCue

The remains of the schooner Clotilda, the last known vessel to carry enslaved African captives to the United States has been found near the mouth of a river that empties into Mobile Bay in Alabama. Search Inc., a Florida-based archaeology... Read More

North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees
State News
North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees
2019-05-24 01:39:15
by Dan McCue

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday permitting full-time state government employees to take up to eight weeks off after adopting or having a child. Executive Order 95 also provides 4 weeks of paid parental leave to... Read More

Poll Finds Economy Not Giving Trump Edge in Pennsylvania, Biden Romps
2020 Elections
Poll Finds Economy Not Giving Trump Edge in Pennsylvania, Biden Romps
2019-05-16 21:51:22
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania voters say they're better off financially than they were in 2016, but the strong economy is not helping President Donald Trump in the Keystone State where Democrat Joe Biden leads the incumbent Republican by double digits, according to a... Read More

New Yorkers Say 'Whoa No,' But De Blasio Enters Presidential Race Anyway
2020 Elections
New Yorkers Say 'Whoa No,' But De Blasio Enters Presidential Race Anyway
2019-05-16 21:36:21
by Dan McCue

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found three-out-of-four New Yorkers are against it, but that didn't deter New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for launching a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. De Blasio officially announced his... Read More

Dan Bishop Wins N.C. District 9 Congress GOP Primary
North Carolina
Dan Bishop Wins N.C. District 9 Congress GOP Primary

RALEIGH, N.C. — State Sen. Dan Bishop won in Tuesday’s 9th District Republican primary, three months after North Carolina officials took the unprecedented step of throwing out an election marred by fraud allegations. Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready in... Read More

New Poll Finds GOP Voters in New Hampshire Sticking With Trump
In The News
New Poll Finds GOP Voters in New Hampshire Sticking With Trump
2019-05-14 23:02:58
by Dan McCue

Seventy percent of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire plan to back President Donald Trump in the state's 2020 primary regardless of who might be challenging him by then, a new Monmouth University poll revealed. The poll, which was released... Read More

Supreme Court Overturns 40-Year Precedent in Two-State Dispute
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Overturns 40-Year Precedent in Two-State Dispute
2019-05-13 22:02:45
by Dan McCue

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday overturned a 40-year precedent, ruling one state cannot be sued in the courts of another without its consent. The decision ends a long-running tax dispute between California officials and a Nevada inventor named Gilbert... Read More

South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
Energy
South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
2019-05-10 20:36:44
by Dan McCue

The South Carolina State Senate Thursday unanimously passed The Energy Freedom Act, a comprehensive solar bill that will lift the state's 2 percent cap on net metering, among other solar-related actions. The state House is expected to take up the... Read More

Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines
Florida
Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines

TAMPA, Fla. — An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed, the Florida Bar said Wednesday, meaning the Republican congressman could face discipline for allegedly intimidating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. A grand jurylike panel called the... Read More

Will the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Animate Yet Another North Carolina Election?
North Carolina
Will the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Animate Yet Another North Carolina Election?

WASHINGTON — The email from Dan McCready was telling. The North Carolina Democrat, who’s amassed more than $2.6 million for a redo election in the 9th District, was fundraising off a poll that showed state Sen. Dan Bishop leading the... Read More

New York Senate OKs Giving US House Access to Trump's State Tax Returns
North Carolina
New York Senate OKs Giving US House Access to Trump's State Tax Returns
2019-05-08 20:57:07
by Dan McCue

New York State's Democrat-controlled Senate Wednesday easily approved a bill that would allow three congressional committees to review President Donald Trump's state tax returns. The vote was 39-21. The bill, which now must be approved by New York's Democrat-controlled Assembly,... Read More

Singer Apologizes for ‘Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever’ Performed at NC Game
North Carolina
Singer Apologizes for ‘Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever’ Performed at NC Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — What is being labeled “the worst National Anthem rendition ever” has resulted in a series of apologies from the singer and an Atlantic League baseball team in North Carolina. It happened Sunday, before a game between the... Read More

Kemp Signs Anti-Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Legislation, Sets Up Legal Fight
Georgia
Kemp Signs Anti-Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Legislation, Sets Up Legal Fight

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bills into law on Tuesday, he made good on a campaign promise but also set the stage for a legal battle that the legislation’s critics hope... Read More

In South Carolina, Governments, Employers and Schools Forge Strategy to Deal with Traffic Issues
Transportation
In South Carolina, Governments, Employers and Schools Forge Strategy to Deal with Traffic Issues
2019-05-07 21:19:33
by Dan McCue

After years of economic development success, traffic congestion has become a critical challenge for the three-county region comprising the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area. Every morning, hundreds of thousands of commuters head off to work on local roads ill-suited to... Read More

Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States
In The States
Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States

WASHINGTON — Since the 1990s, nearly half the states have denied additional cash assistance to low-income mothers who have more children while receiving welfare. But in recent years, so-called family cap laws have fallen out of favor. Last month, Massachusetts... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top