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Mayoral Races Stay Focused on Police Practices, Rising Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the U.S. will pick new city leaders Tuesday from candidates who have been largely... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the U.S. will pick new city leaders Tuesday from candidates who have been largely defined by their stances on police and crime.Those issues came to the forefront in cities big and small after the... Read More

2021-11-01 23:39:04
by Dan McCue
High Court Appears Inclined to Allow Providers to Challenge Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — After almost three hours of arguments Monday it appears a majority of the justices in the U.S. Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON — After almost three hours of arguments Monday it appears a majority of the justices in the U.S. Supreme Court are inclined to allow abortion providers to challenge the state of Texas’s near total abortion ban. But they also... Read More

2021-11-01 11:37:32
by Dan McCue
Eleven Candidates Vying to Replace Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th CD

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Eleven candidates will appear on the ballot in Florida's 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Nov. 2, facing... Read More

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Eleven candidates will appear on the ballot in Florida's 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Nov. 2, facing off in a primary allegedly delayed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help stymie policy gains by Democrats in the U.S.... Read More

Ex-NC Gov. McCrory Eyes Political Comeback With Senate Bid

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat... Read More

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat was a distant second. Still, when the Republican best known for signing the transgender bathroom bill narrowly lost at the... Read More

2021-10-29 21:04:18
by TWN Staff
Report: Pandemic Pushed Local Officials to Rewrite Rules for Home Businesses

WASHINGTON — Though it wasn’t the only factor in decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sped up the rate... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though it wasn’t the only factor in decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sped up the rate at which local officials rewrote long-standing zoning and permitting rules to allow for home businesses, a new report from the... Read More

2021-10-29 18:38:13
by Reece Nations
Texas AG Paxton Balancing Legal Troubles Ahead of 2022 Primary

AUSTIN, Texas — Ahead of what is set to be a challenging primary contest before his 2022 reelection campaign for... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Ahead of what is set to be a challenging primary contest before his 2022 reelection campaign for Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton is still wrestling with legal troubles that have plagued him since before he held... Read More

2021-10-29 18:34:14
by Reece Nations
Wisconsin Gov. Evers Chides Speaker for Response to Absentee Ballot Investigation

RACINE, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers offered a rebuke of state House Speaker Robin Vos’ comments in response to... Read More

RACINE, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers offered a rebuke of state House Speaker Robin Vos’ comments in response to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office investigation into election law violations at a long-term care facility for elderly residents. Vos issued... Read More

As COVID Cases Fall, Halloween Brings More Fun And Less Fear

PHOENIX (AP) — Witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a little easier this year: Coronavirus cases in the... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — Witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a little easier this year: Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are generally on the decline, and trick-or-treaters can feel safer collecting candy. And while a new poll indicates Halloween... Read More

2021-10-29 17:32:44
by Dan McCue
Kinzinger Blasts Partisanship While Announcing He Won’t Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of former President Trump's staunchest critics in the Republican party, announced Friday that... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of former President Trump's staunchest critics in the Republican party, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection in 2022. The announcement, via Twitter, came just hours after Democrats in the Illinois... Read More

2021-10-28 23:23:15
by Dan McCue
Trump Won’t Be Making 11th-Hour Trip to Virginia, Youngkin Says

WASHINGTON — The hints were “Y-U-G-E.” But now Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor, has pretty well put the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The hints were “Y-U-G-E.” But now Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor, has pretty well put the kibosh on former President Donald Trump coming to Virginia to campaign. “He’s not coming,” the candidate told WTOP-FM radio on... Read More

Florida Sues Biden Over Contractor Vaccine Mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White House. The lawsuit, announced by... Read More

2021-10-28 15:26:50
by Kate Michael
Luria Wants U.S. to Back Nuclear Power Considerations at COP26

WASHINGTON — When parties come together at the 26th U.N. Global Climate Conference —  COP26 — later this month, nuclear... Read More

WASHINGTON — When parties come together at the 26th U.N. Global Climate Conference —  COP26 — later this month, nuclear power is set to be highlighted as it has never been previously at a global climate change convention, and one... Read More

Oklahoma Schools Leader Switches Parties to Run for Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees... Read More

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees over the state's response to COVID-19 in schools, said Thursday she will switch parties and run as a Democrat against... Read More

AP: Letitia James Will Run for New York Governor

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to run for governor, according to three people directly... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to run for governor, according to three people directly familiar with her plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. James will enter the race as a formidable... Read More

Ex-NYT Columnist Kristof Announces Run for Oregon Governor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the... Read More

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the state needs a political newbie to solve problems like homelessness and rural despair. "I've never run for political office in... Read More

2021-10-27 23:05:28
by Dan McCue
Murphy Appears to Be Cruising Toward Victory in NJ Governor Race

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Being trusted by voters on a wide range of policy areas is turning out to... Read More

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Being trusted by voters on a wide range of policy areas is turning out to be a very good thing for New Jersey’s incumbent Democratic governor. Less than a week out from election day, Gov.... Read More

Opponents of Critical Race Theory Seek to Flip School Boards

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A racial reckoning began years ago for the Guilford school system, first with an episode in... Read More

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A racial reckoning began years ago for the Guilford school system, first with an episode in which a student wore blackface makeup to a home football game and then a fraught debate over the elimination of... Read More

2021-10-22 20:11:12
by Dan McCue
Montana Redistricting Commission Deadlocks Over Maps

They only had to divide the state into two congressional districts, but in the end, members of the state’s bipartisan... Read More

They only had to divide the state into two congressional districts, but in the end, members of the state’s bipartisan Districting and Apportionment Commission simply couldn’t agree on which of two proposed maps was better so they advanced two. They’ll... Read More

2021-10-22 16:11:12
by Dan McCue
Issues with DC Metro Expected to Extend Into Next Week

WASHINGTON -- DC Metro trains will continue to run on a reduced schedule through Halloween, the system’s general manager, Paul... Read More

WASHINGTON -- DC Metro trains will continue to run on a reduced schedule through Halloween, the system’s general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, said on Friday. Speaking to reporters during a briefing, Wiedefeld encouraged commuters to use Metro buses as an alternative... Read More

2021-10-21 18:22:52
by Reece Nations
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a... Read More

Virginia Gives Democrats a Test of Black Turnout Before 2022

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University's homecoming football game, many fans... Read More

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University's homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. "Everybody I talked... Read More

2021-10-20 23:18:55
by Dan McCue
Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat... Read More

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. A widening partisan gap in voter engagement and an apparent shift in issue priorities are bolstering... Read More

Two Montanas? New Maps Highlight State's Split Personality

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in... Read More

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country:... Read More

Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state. The maps were approved... Read More

DC Suspends Most of Its Metro Trains Over Safety Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday morning over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week. The ruling promises... Read More

2021-10-18 23:57:52
by Reece Nations
Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas... Read More

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas Secretary of State’s office released explanatory statements for all of the constitutional amendments on the ballot ahead of the election.... Read More

2021-10-18 20:36:37
by Tom Ramstack
2021 California Oil Spill Becomes Call to Action for Environmentalists

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill... Read More

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill discovered off California’s coast on October 1. After a day of fishing 90 miles off the coast, “We were coming... Read More

Top Democrats Woo Black Voters in Virginia Governor's Race

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry... Read More

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will "show... Read More

2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

2021-10-11 18:43:15
by Dan McCue
Indiana Joins Growing List of States That Have Completed Redistricting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana last week became the fourth state to formally adopt new state legislative and congressional district boundaries... Read More

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana last week became the fourth state to formally adopt new state legislative and congressional district boundaries using data from the 2020 census. Only Maine, Nebraska and Oregon beat Indiana to the punch. Indiana’s General Assembly approved... Read More

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