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Toxic Water in California Prisons: Sickening Inmates and Costing Taxpayers Millions
California
Toxic Water in California Prisons: Sickening Inmates and Costing Taxpayers Millions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An inmate’s death in Stockton from Legionnaires’ disease marks the third time in four years the rare form of pneumonia has struck California’s state prisons — and has laid bare a history of contamination and other problems... Read More

Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
Elections
Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
2019-05-03 20:44:32
by Dan McCue

A three-judge panel of federal judges tossed Ohio's congressional map Friday, holding that it was a partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans and ordering that the districts be redrawn for the 2020 elections. The unanimous decision said that as drawn the map... Read More

Selflessness Makes History in Maryland As First African American and Woman Elected House Speaker
In The States
Selflessness Makes History in Maryland As First African American and Woman Elected House Speaker
2019-05-03 20:37:21
by Dan McCue

It had all the makings of a political disaster. The battle to replace the late Michael Busch as speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates had come down to two candidates, both Democrats, but closed-door negotiations had produced no consensus... Read More

Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals
Climate
Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals
2019-04-29 21:30:06
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the state's Climate Action Plan Monday, a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. The new state climate plan developed by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection... Read More

Momentum Builds In Wisconsin for an In-State Solution to Partisan Gerrymandering
Climate
Momentum Builds In Wisconsin for an In-State Solution to Partisan Gerrymandering
2019-04-26 20:36:04
by Dan McCue

As Wisconsinites await the outcome of two partisan gerrymandering cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, momentum is growing for in-state resolution to a very similar controversy. Earlier this month, three counties passed resolutions asking the state legislature... Read More

Cunningham Warns Fight ‘Far From Over’ As White House Delays Offshore Drilling Plan
Climate
Cunningham Warns Fight ‘Far From Over’ As White House Delays Offshore Drilling Plan
2019-04-25 21:23:09
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration has indefinitely delayed its controversial plan to expand oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic Coast citing the need to await the outcome of litigation that currently blocks similar drilling in the Arctic. In March, U.S. District... Read More

San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown
Energy
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown
2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

Florida Senate Passes Bill That Allows Classroom Teachers To Be Armed
Florida
Florida Senate Passes Bill That Allows Classroom Teachers To Be Armed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — More than a year after last year’s Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland that shocked the state and blurred party lines in the state Capitol, the Florida Senate passed a follow-up bill that has become increasingly partisan because... Read More

Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
Florida
Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
2019-04-23 21:23:14
by Sean Trambley

Seven years ago, Republicans took over nearly every lever of power in North Carolina in a political takeover that seemed destined to transform the state into a conservative stronghold. North Carolina, once considered a moderate state, was now in Republican... Read More

US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation
Litigation
US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation
2019-04-23 21:14:17
by Tom Ramstack

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana industry. U.S. District Judge William Martinez, an Obama appointee who presides in Colorado, ruled that cannabinoid formulations can be considered... Read More

California Top Cop Becerra Won’t Quit ‘Essential’ War on Trump
California
California Top Cop Becerra Won’t Quit ‘Essential’ War on Trump

SAN FRANCISCO — California, with its track record as the most litigious state against President Donald Trump’s agenda, still has plenty of momentum, according to its attorney general, who is digging in on everything from climate change to immigration. Xavier... Read More

North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Abortion Survivors’ Bill
North Carolina
North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Abortion Survivors’ Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a controversial abortion bill Thursday, saying it’s unnecessary and ill-advised. The bill would create new criminal and civil penalties for infanticide, specifically for situations in which a baby survives an abortion... Read More

New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
New Mexico
New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
2019-04-16 21:32:34
by Tom Ramstack

Members of a U.S. House committee advocated for stricter oil and natural gas drilling regulations during a hearing Monday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources said lax regulations are creating too... Read More

Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities
In The States
Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities
2019-04-16 20:56:14
by Dan McCue

Tobias Read chuckled. The Oregon state treasurer wasn't long into a conversation when his caller asked why it is that his colleagues in government speak so highly of him. After a self-effacing pause, Read said he's just been lucky. "I... Read More

North Carolina Lawmakers Open Door to Qualifying More Voter IDs for 2020
Voting
North Carolina Lawmakers Open Door to Qualifying More Voter IDs for 2020
2019-04-15 21:52:13
by Dan McCue

A bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives last week would ease some standards that identification cards issued by state colleges, universities and other institutions have to meet before they can be used as photo Voter ID in... Read More

As North Carolina Special Election Looms, FEC Fails to Reach Consensus On Business Ads
Elections
As North Carolina Special Election Looms, FEC Fails to Reach Consensus On Business Ads
2019-04-11 22:30:30
by Dan McCue

With just days to go before a critical deadline, the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday failed to reach consensus on whether radio ads created by a candidate in North Carolina's upcoming special ninth congressional district election are "electioneering communication" or... Read More

Is Texas an Option for Democrats?
Elections
Is Texas an Option for Democrats?
2019-04-10 00:05:48
by Dan McCue

Fresh off helping to flip two U.S. House seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that it is stepping up its focus in the Lone Star State in 2020 by opening a regional... Read More

Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Law to Replace Voting Machines
State Elections
Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Law to Replace Voting Machines
2019-04-08 20:36:39
by Dan McCue

After weeks of contentious debate in the state legislature, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp last week signed legislation that will replace the state's electronic voting machines with a new system that produces a back-up paper ballot. The legislation, House Bill 316,... Read More

St. Louis Alderman Calls for National Guard After Shooting
Missouri
St. Louis Alderman Calls for National Guard After Shooting

ST. LOUIS — A man was shot in the face twice and left on the edge of death Saturday afternoon after an alleyway confrontation that started when the suspect wouldn’t move his car, police said. The boldness of the crime,... Read More

California’s Emergency Alert System Has Been a Disaster. A Statewide Fix Is Planned
California
California’s Emergency Alert System Has Been a Disaster. A Statewide Fix Is Planned

LOS ANGELES — In Mendocino County, emergency staffers waited for a supervisor to show up before they warned residents of a growing fire siege in 2017. In Santa Barbara County, officials hesitated to issue blanket evacuation orders before mudslides ripped... Read More

Trump Vs. Nadler: Reviving a New York Street Fight
Political News
Trump Vs. Nadler: Reviving a New York Street Fight
2019-04-03 19:16:27
by Dan McCue

The president's expression turned sour. Standing alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump considered the reporter's question for a fleeting moment and then began launching broadsides. He'd been asked about House Judiciary Committee's scheduled vote Wednesday morning... Read More

NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance
Political News
NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance
2019-04-02 21:08:15
by Dan McCue

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces many on the political fringes had long argued they were. For those who may not be familiar with the group,... Read More

Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
Opioids
Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
2019-03-30 00:16:11
by Dan McCue

New Hampshire will receive an additional $11.9 million to address the state's opioid crisis thanks to the willingness of the Granite State's congressional delegation to reach across the aisle and seek bipartisan support for the infusion of federal funding. New... Read More

Miami to Host First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
Elections
Miami to Host First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
2019-03-28 18:10:31
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that Miami, Florida with be the host city for the first Democratic presidential primary debate. The debate, which is being broadcast by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo on back-to-back nights, is being held on June... Read More

Trump Complained That Puerto Rico Has Gotten Too Much Aid, Senators Say
Puerto Rico
Trump Complained That Puerto Rico Has Gotten Too Much Aid, Senators Say

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump during a private lunch with Republican senators on Tuesday leveled criticism at Puerto Rico’s use of past disaster aid, further complicating the Senate’s struggle to pass a $14 billion relief bill. Trump used charts to... Read More

Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud
In The News
Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud
2019-03-25 22:44:31
by Dan McCue

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested in New York on Monday on charges of extortion and bank and wire fraud. Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for... Read More

Shut Out of California’s Legal Marijuana Market, Indian Tribes Pursue Sales on Their Own Land
Regulation
Shut Out of California’s Legal Marijuana Market, Indian Tribes Pursue Sales on Their Own Land

The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold. Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local governments decide whether to allow cannabis dispensaries to operate within their jurisdictions. But it made no provisions... Read More

Former Coal Mining Towns Turn to Tourism
Kentucky
Former Coal Mining Towns Turn to Tourism

CUMBERLAND, Ky. — The same Main Street winds through the old mountain mining towns of Cumberland, Benham and Lynch, crosses a river and runs alongside a creek. The early 20th century coal mining boom drew people to this remote corner... Read More

Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put
Litigation
Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put
2019-03-20 21:34:55
by Dan McCue

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sued the owners of Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday in a bid to block them from moving one of the city's signature sporting events, the Preakness Stakes, to another thoroughbred racing track in Maryland. Pugh, a... Read More

Utah Bill Would Give Primary Voters Less Say on Who Appears on Special Election Ballots
Elections
Utah Bill Would Give Primary Voters Less Say on Who Appears on Special Election Ballots

WASHINGTON — Utah voters would have fewer opportunities to decide who fills some congressional seats under legislation that passed the state Legislature this past week. The bill, which has yet to be signed by the governor, would change the process... Read More

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