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Loeffler Hit With Ethics Complaints After She Solicited Donations in US Capitol
Political News
Loeffler Hit With Ethics Complaints After She Solicited Donations in US Capitol

ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R- Ga., is facing a pair of ethics complaints after she solicited campaign contributions for her runoff campaign during an on-camera interview at the U.S. Capitol. The Democratic Party of Georgia and the American Democracy Legal Fund both filed complaints with the Senate ethics committee... Read More

Trump Campaign Pushes to Overturn Michigan's Election
State News
Trump Campaign Pushes to Overturn Michigan's Election

LANSING, Mich. — The top Republicans in Michigan's GOP-controlled Legislature are expected to visit the White House on Friday as supporters of President Donald Trump take new steps to undermine Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the state. This development comes after Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said the campaign would defeat Biden... Read More

Georgia Manual Recount Confirms Biden Victory
State News
Georgia Manual Recount Confirms Biden Victory

ATLANTA — A manual recount of nearly 5 million ballots cast in Georgia showed Thursday that Joe Biden won the presidential election, validating initial results. The recount found that Biden received 12,284 more votes than President Donald Trump. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger plans to certify the election... Read More

Smithsonian Institution to Re-Close Museums, National Zoo Due to COVID Spike
Museums
Smithsonian Institution to Re-Close Museums, National Zoo Due to COVID Spike
2020-11-19 19:03:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution will temporarily re-close all of its museums and the National Zoo due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region and across the country. The closures, which will begin Monday, Nov. 23, will... Read More

Recount Finds Thousands of Georgia Votes Missing From Initial Counts
2020 Elections
Recount Finds Thousands of Georgia Votes Missing From Initial Counts

ATLANTA — The vote recount in Georgia is expected to confirm the election results, as intended. But it also exposed flaws in voting systems that almost resulted in some ballots being overlooked. Election workers in three counties discovered a total of more than... Read More

Perdue's Debate Dodge Highlights Opening Ga. Runoff Strategy
2020 Elections
Perdue's Debate Dodge Highlights Opening Ga. Runoff Strategy

ATLANTA — In the two weeks since the presidential election, U.S. Sen. David Perdue has held one public event, conducted a Fox News interview and announced he wouldn't participate in any debates with his Georgia runoff opponent, Jon Ossoff. The first-term Republican's opening strategy diverges sharply not only from Ossoff,... Read More

NYC Schools to Close Temporarily Because of Rising COVID-19 rates
Education
NYC Schools to Close Temporarily Because of Rising COVID-19 rates

NEW YORK — New York City public schools will shut down temporarily starting Thursday because of surging coronavirus cases, top city officials said Wednesday. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the closure would be "temporary" in an email to staffers Wednesday afternoon, but did not signal... Read More

Wisconsin Recount Cleared to Begin After Partisan Fight
State News
Wisconsin Recount Cleared to Begin After Partisan Fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to issue an order to recount ballots in two heavily liberal counties at President Donald Trump's request, but only after hours of contentious debate that may foreshadow the partisan battle... Read More

GOP Canvassers Again Oppose Certifying Detroit-area Votes
2020 Elections
GOP Canvassers Again Oppose Certifying Detroit-area Votes

DETROIT (AP) — Two Michigan Republicans who initially blocked certification of election results for the county that includes Detroit despite no evidence of fraud before approving them now say they want to rescind their certification. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann,... Read More

New Orleans: Coronavirus Nixes Mardi Gras-Season Parades
Cities
New Orleans: Coronavirus Nixes Mardi Gras-Season Parades

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The raucous Mardi Gras parades where riders on elaborate floats toss trinkets to adoring throngs have been canceled in New Orleans because the close-packed crowds could spread the novel coronavirus. At least for 2021, the pandemic... Read More

Deadline Near for Hand Tally of Presidential Race in Georgia
State News
Deadline Near for Hand Tally of Presidential Race in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials across Georgia are staring down a Wednesday deadline to complete a hand tally of the presidential race in the state. The hand recount of nearly 5 million votes stems from an audit required by a... Read More

Michigan GOP Backtracks After Blocking Vote Certification
State News
Michigan GOP Backtracks After Blocking Vote Certification

DETROIT (AP) — In an abrupt about-face, Michigan's largest county on Tuesday night unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters' intentions. The initial move was quickly... Read More

Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
Marijuana
Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
2020-11-17 20:19:26
by Dan McCue

Richmond, Va. - Virginia could reap more than $300 million in tax revenue a year if lawmakers were to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the Commonwealth's legislative watchdog. In a new report, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says... Read More

Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
Tourism
Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
2020-11-17 16:53:45
by Sara Wilkerson

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program.  The tourism body revised its traditional marketing program, creating the... Read More

Georgia Elections Chief Says Sen. Lindsey Graham Asked About Rejecting More Absentee Ballots
2020 Elections
Georgia Elections Chief Says Sen. Lindsey Graham Asked About Rejecting More Absentee Ballots

ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him if he had the power to reject more absentee ballots as election officials are conducting a recount and audit of the presidential race. Raffensperger, in an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, said the South Carolina senator... Read More

Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden
Environment
Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden's climate and conservation agenda. The eleventh-hour regulatory race... Read More

Wyoming Governor Directs CARES Act Funds to Assist Residents Seeking Health Insurance
State News
Wyoming Governor Directs CARES Act Funds to Assist Residents Seeking Health Insurance
2020-11-16 19:02:19
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon recently directed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to assist Wyoming residents in signing up for health insurance. Governor Gordon allocated $600,000 for the effort, which will be directed to the... Read More

Kind Finds Federal Funding for Wisconsin Telehealth Services and Distance Learning
Health
Kind Finds Federal Funding for Wisconsin Telehealth Services and Distance Learning
2020-11-16 18:56:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., announced nearly $2,000,000 in grants to support telehealth services and distance learning in Wisconsin.  The grants, approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, were awarded to St. Vincent Hospital and the... Read More

'We Are The Firewall.' Senate Republicans Prepare to Make a Stand in Georgia
Political News
'We Are The Firewall.' Senate Republicans Prepare to Make a Stand in Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans still aren't acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden's victory. But they are raising the specter of his incoming administration's agenda to rally conservatives ahead of the high-stakes Jan. 5 runoffs. At a joint event Friday, U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue promoted the same message about the battle for control... Read More

Cuomo Threatens Trump With Legal Action Over Vaccine Distribution Plan
State News
Cuomo Threatens Trump With Legal Action Over Vaccine Distribution Plan

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeated his threat to sue the Trump administration as he invoked Martin Luther King, Jr. during Sunday remarks about the COVID outbreak at historic Riverside Church in Manhattan. "The Rev. Dr. King, who spoke in this magnificent church, said of all... Read More

Violent Clashes in DC After Trump Backers' Election Protest
2020 Elections
Violent Clashes in DC After Trump Backers' Election Protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — After several thousand supporters of President Donald Trump protested the election results and marched to the Supreme Court, nighttime clashes with counterdemonstrators led to fistfights, at least one stabbing and more than 20 arrests. Several other cities... Read More

Republicans Face Court Setbacks, Trump Law Firm Steps Down
State News
Republicans Face Court Setbacks, Trump Law Firm Steps Down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania... Read More

TX-17: Pete Sessions (R)
House Watch
TX-17: Pete Sessions (R)
2020-11-13 19:15:08
by TWN Staff

About Sessions: Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Sessions distinguished himself early in life by earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor. In fact, accounts of his early life are absolutely idyllic. He attended... Read More

Pa. Appellate Court Sides With Trump in Fight Over ID Deadlines for Voters
2020 Elections
Pa. Appellate Court Sides With Trump in Fight Over ID Deadlines for Voters

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appellate court handed President Donald Trump's campaign a minor victory Thursday, barring counties from including in their final vote tallies a small pool of mail ballots from people who had failed to provide required ID by a Monday deadline. In a... Read More

Georgia to Decide Senate Control — And Shape of Biden Presidency
State News
Georgia to Decide Senate Control — And Shape of Biden Presidency

ATLANTA — Georgia has unexpectedly become host to a one-state referendum on a national question — Which party should control the U.S. Senate? — and the outcome will likely shape the ambitions of Joe Biden's presidency as well as his party's future. Money, media and political... Read More

Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
State News
Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
2020-11-12 21:20:46
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These... Read More

Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
State News
Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
2020-11-12 21:18:17
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon will use CARES Act funding to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry. The Energy Rebound Program will utilize up to $15 million in CARES Act funding to... Read More

Sen. Murkowski Unveils Bill Highlighting Benefits to Alaskan Communities
State News
Sen. Murkowski Unveils Bill Highlighting Benefits to Alaskan Communities
2020-11-12 21:16:07
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released her Fiscal Year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act bill.  The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is responsible for funding agencies that are... Read More

Michigan Officials Debunk Trump Dead Voter Claim
State News
Michigan Officials Debunk Trump Dead Voter Claim

DETROIT — President Donald Trump's campaign filed a second lawsuit in Michigan on Tuesday seeking to stop the state's canvassing and certification of ballots, but the state's chief elections official and attorney general defended the election results. The Trump campaign filed the case in federal... Read More

Only 10,000 Pa. Mail Ballots Arrived After Election Day — Far Too Few to Change the Result if Tossed
State News
Only 10,000 Pa. Mail Ballots Arrived After Election Day — Far Too Few to Change the Result if Tossed

PHILADELPHIA — The vote counting continues. Even after races are called, even after the world's eyes turn from Pennsylvania, workers are continuing to count ballots. Many of the remaining ballots are the slowest or most difficult to count because they have various... Read More

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