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Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill
State News
Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill
2021-01-04 14:38:50
by Sean Trambley

LANSING, Mich. – This week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the bipartisan relief bill that the legislature passed after she urged them to provide support for Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses.  The relief bill includes $55 million to... Read More

Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
State News
Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
2021-01-04 14:36:25
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. – This week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam allocated an additional $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund to meet demand for the program and fulfill pending grant applications.  This new funding... Read More

2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear
State News
2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An unusually broad field of candidates are vying for the governor's seat in Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. Only New Jersey and Virginia are set to elect governors this... Read More

Trump, on Tape, Presses Ga. Official to 'Find' Him Votes
State News
Trump, on Tape, Presses Ga. Official to 'Find' Him Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state's presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of a “criminal offense"... Read More

EXPLAINER: Stakes High for U.S. Senate Runoffs in Georgia
State News
EXPLAINER: Stakes High for U.S. Senate Runoffs in Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two months after the November elections, Georgia voters have unfinished business. The outcome will determine partisan control of the U.S. Senate and how lawmakers deal with a new White House. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly... Read More

Lincoln Project’s Ads in Palm Beach County Aimed at Vacationing, TV-watching Trump
Political News
Lincoln Project’s Ads in Palm Beach County Aimed at Vacationing, TV-watching Trump

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Lincoln Project, which spent much of the year trolling President Donald Trump with TV ads aimed directly at him, is deploying the tactic in South Florida. Starting Wednesday, if Trump turns on the TV at... Read More

Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'
State News
Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'

ATLANTA -- Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock delivered what his campaign billed as a closing message Tuesday in an ad that accuses Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of "trying to make you afraid of me because she's afraid of you."... Read More

Complaint Targets Group Challenging Georgia Voters
State News
Complaint Targets Group Challenging Georgia Voters

ATLANTA - An election watchdog that has challenged the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters has itself coming under scrutiny. Texas-based True the Vote is working with the Georgia Republican Party to challenge more than 364,000 Georgians who... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election
State News
Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election

ATLANTA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop the Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia. Attorney L. Lin Wood Jr. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta earlier this month, saying Georgia’s processes... Read More

Warnock and Loeffler Work to Consolidate Voters for Runoff
State News
Warnock and Loeffler Work to Consolidate Voters for Runoff

ATLANTA (AP) — When Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to the Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoff, they faced the immediate challenge of winning over the 2 million voters who chose one of the 18 other candidates... Read More

Workers Install 192 Crystals on Times Square New Year's Ball
Cities
Workers Install 192 Crystals on Times Square New Year's Ball

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers installed 192 glittering Waterford crystal triangles on Times Square’s New Year’s Eve ball Sunday in preparation for a pandemic-limited celebration that will lack the usual tightly packed crowds of revelers. The ball is a 12-foot... Read More

Human Tissue May Have Been Found at Nashville Bomb Blast: Officials
Tennessee
Human Tissue May Have Been Found at Nashville Bomb Blast: Officials

A recreational vehicle blew up in Nashville, Tennessee, early Christmas morning, damaging multiple buildings in the downtown area — after a chilling recording from the RV warned people to evacuate. Police were responding to a report of shots fired when... Read More

DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
Cities
DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
2020-12-23 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia will ban indoor dining as of Wednesday night and is tightening other restrictions to tamp down on a surge of coronavirus cases. According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the tightened measures are needed due... Read More

Eligibility of 364,000 Georgia Voters Challenged Before Senate Runoffs
State News
Eligibility of 364,000 Georgia Voters Challenged Before Senate Runoffs

ATLANTA — A Texas-based organization is working with Georgia Republican Party members to challenge the eligibility of more than 364,000 Georgia voters who might have moved, an attempt to disqualify their ballots in the U.S. Senate runoffs. The effort questions... Read More

Brindisi, Tenney Race May Not Be Decided Before Start of 117th Congress
State News
Brindisi, Tenney Race May Not Be Decided Before Start of 117th Congress
2020-12-22 17:07:57
by Dan McCue

Continued delays in the review of ballots cast two months ago in one New York county could mean the state's 22nd Congressional District will go without representation at the start of 117th Congress in January. During a State Supreme Court... Read More

Rita Hart Challenges Iowa Congressional Race Results in US House
Political News
Rita Hart Challenges Iowa Congressional Race Results in US House
2020-12-22 17:05:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democrat Rita Hart filed a complaint with the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, challenging the election results in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. Hart, who trails her Republican opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, by only six votes, has gained votes... Read More

Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril
Immigration
Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tuesday court hearing over a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children highlights the peril the program still faces even under an incoming Democratic president who has pledged to protect it. A... Read More

Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
State News
Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
2020-12-21 21:43:50
by Sara Wilkerson

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan state legislature passed Senate Bill 748, a bipartisan bill that provides $465 million in COVID-19 economic relief from state and federal tax revenues. The spending plan was passed earlier today in Michigan’s state House... Read More

Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall
State News
Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall
2020-12-21 18:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years was removed from the building Monday morning. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had requested the removal and a state commission... Read More

In Georgia, Warnock Brings Faith and Activism to the Arena
State News
In Georgia, Warnock Brings Faith and Activism to the Arena

ATLANTA (AP) — In 2008, when Barack Obama was under fire for a sermon his former pastor delivered years earlier, the aspiring president distanced himself from the preacher’s fiery words that channeled Black Americans’ anger over racism. The Rev. Raphael... Read More

Holiday Happenings DC-Style
In The News
Holiday Happenings DC-Style
2020-12-18 21:47:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While there are few things in life that can easily be covered by sweeping generalities, one thing that can be said with some certainty is that thanks to the stubbornness of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people... Read More

Inslee Announces Equity Package in Washington State Budget
State News
Inslee Announces Equity Package in Washington State Budget
2020-12-18 19:43:53
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., announced his $365 million equity package that is part of his 2021-2023 state budget proposal. The equity package announcement is part of the governor’s weeklong policy rollout initiatives that will be a part... Read More

N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests
State News
N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests

New Jersey legislators approved three bills Thursday that radically change how the state approaches drug use involving marijuana. The state’s Senate and Assembly voted first to create a new and legal marijuana industry from scratch and called for new regulations... Read More

Split-Ticket Voters Helped Biden Win Georgia. Can They Aid The GOP in The Runoffs?
State News
Split-Ticket Voters Helped Biden Win Georgia. Can They Aid The GOP in The Runoffs?

ATLANTA — A defunct county located in what’s now the heart of Atlanta’s fast-changing northern suburbs offers a glimpse into a challenge facing Democrats — and a potential bright spot for Republicans — in the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs. In... Read More

US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development
State News
US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country's largest network of wetlands could be at risk... Read More

Groups Sue 4 Georgia Counties Over Early Voting for Senate Runoff Election
State News
Groups Sue 4 Georgia Counties Over Early Voting for Senate Runoff Election

ATLANTA — Voting rights groups have filed lawsuits against four Georgia counties for failing to offer sufficient early voting for the Jan. 5 runoff election. The New Georgia Project and Democracy Docket say Bibb, Clarke, Houston and Paulding counties are... Read More

Judge Rules Georgia Doesn’t Have to Immediately Restore Purged Voters
State News
Judge Rules Georgia Doesn’t Have to Immediately Restore Purged Voters

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Wednesday declined to force the state to immediately restore hundreds of thousands of people that were removed from the voting rolls last year. Voting rights organizations, including the Black Voters Matter Fund, sued Georgia... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Kansas Effort to Revive Voter Registration Law
Voting
Supreme Court Rejects Kansas Effort to Revive Voter Registration Law
2020-12-15 16:19:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Kansas that sought to revive a law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law unconstitutional in April, prompting... Read More

Ossoff Hammers Gingrich, Republicans Oppose Braves Name Change
State News
Ossoff Hammers Gingrich, Republicans Oppose Braves Name Change

ATLANTA — The first day of in-person early voting for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoffs started Monday, and with it came the final, frenzied effort by all four Senate campaigns to get their supporters to the polls. Jon Ossoff continued... Read More

Georgia Turnout Efforts Ramp Up With November Lessons in Mind
State News
Georgia Turnout Efforts Ramp Up With November Lessons in Mind

WASHINGTON -- Both parties are ramping up their turnout efforts for the pair of Georgia Senate runoffs on Jan. 5 as early voting starts Monday. And they’re also keeping some lessons from November in mind. For Democrats, that means expanding... Read More

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