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Report Shows Drop in Drug Overdose Deaths in Kentucky but Governor Says Fight Is Far From Over

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the... Read More

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the fight against an addiction epidemic that's far from over, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. The number of fatal overdoses statewide... Read More

Democratic Primary for DC Council Held Against Backdrop of Crime in the Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday's Democratic primary in heavily Democratic Washington will largely focus on crime, policing and law enforcement — hot-button issues... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday's Democratic primary in heavily Democratic Washington will largely focus on crime, policing and law enforcement — hot-button issues in a city where violent crime spiked dramatically last year. Although the numbers for homicides and carjackings are down so... Read More

Lab-Grown Meat Isn't on Store Shelves. Some States Have Already Banned It.

Lab-grown meat is not currently available in any U.S. grocery stores or restaurants. If some lawmakers have their way, it never... Read More

Lab-grown meat is not currently available in any U.S. grocery stores or restaurants. If some lawmakers have their way, it never will be. Earlier this month, both Florida and Arizona banned the sale of cultivated meat and seafood, which is grown from... Read More

Centrist Challenger Ousts Progressive Prosecutor in DA Race in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Centrist district attorney candidate Nathan Vasquez has ousted the incumbent progressive prosecutor in Oregon’s Multnomah County,... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Centrist district attorney candidate Nathan Vasquez has ousted the incumbent progressive prosecutor in Oregon’s Multnomah County, home to Portland, after running a campaign in which he vowed to be tough on crime. One of District Attorney Mike... Read More

Nevada Abortion-Rights Measure Has Enough Signatures for November Ballot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Abortion access advocates in Nevada said Monday that they have submitted almost twice the number of petition signatures... Read More

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Abortion access advocates in Nevada said Monday that they have submitted almost twice the number of petition signatures needed to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution. Supporters collected... Read More

After the Only Hospital in Town Closed, a North Carolina City Directs Its Anger at Politicians

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) — Weeds have punctured through the vacant parking lot of Martin General Hospital’s emergency room. A makeshift... Read More

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) — Weeds have punctured through the vacant parking lot of Martin General Hospital’s emergency room. A makeshift blue tarp covering the hospital’s sign is worn down from flapping in the wind. The hospital doors are locked, many... Read More

A Cricket World Cup Is Coming to NYC's Suburbs, Where the Sport Thrives Among Immigrant Communities

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — A towering stadium boasting 34,000 seats and a precisely trimmed field of soft Kentucky bluegrass... Read More

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — A towering stadium boasting 34,000 seats and a precisely trimmed field of soft Kentucky bluegrass is rising in a suburban New York park that will host one of the world's top cricket tournaments next month.... Read More

Climate Change Could Virtually Disappear in Florida — at Least According to State Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida, perhaps the most vulnerable state to sea-level rise and extreme weather, is on the verge... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida, perhaps the most vulnerable state to sea-level rise and extreme weather, is on the verge of repealing what's left of a 16-year-old law that lists climate change as a priority when making energy policy decisions.... Read More

A Conservative Quest to Limit Diversity Programs Gains Momentum in States

A conservative quest to limit diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is gaining momentum in state capitals and college governing boards,... Read More

A conservative quest to limit diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is gaining momentum in state capitals and college governing boards, with officials in about one-third of the states now taking some sort of action against it. Tennessee became the latest... Read More

Idaho's Ban on Youth Gender-Affirming Care Has Families Desperately Scrambling for Solutions

Forced to hide her true self, Joe Horras’ transgender daughter struggled with depression and anxiety until three years ago, when... Read More

Forced to hide her true self, Joe Horras’ transgender daughter struggled with depression and anxiety until three years ago, when she began to take medication to block the onset of puberty. The gender-affirming treatment helped the now-16-year-old find happiness again,... Read More

Maui Fire Department Report on Deadly Wildfire Details It Was No Match for Unprecedented Blazes

HONOLULU (AP) — When wildfires broke out across Maui last August, some firefighters carried victims piggyback over downed power lines to safety... Read More

HONOLULU (AP) — When wildfires broke out across Maui last August, some firefighters carried victims piggyback over downed power lines to safety and sheltered survivors inside their engines. Another drove a moped into a burning neighborhood again and again, whisking people away from danger... Read More

Tennessee GOP Senators OK Criminalizing Helping Minors Get Transgender Care, Mimicking Abortion Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care without parental consent, a... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care without parental consent, a proposal advancing in one of the most eager states to enact policies aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. Republican senators advanced the... Read More

Shouts of ‘Shame! Shame!’ Erupt in Arizona House as Fight Over Abortion Ban Engulfs Lawmakers

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature devolved into shouts of “Shame! Shame!” on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers quickly shut down... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature devolved into shouts of “Shame! Shame!” on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers quickly shut down discussion on a proposed repeal of the state's newly revived 1864 law that criminalizes abortion throughout pregnancy unless a woman’s... Read More

Librarians Fear New Penalties, Even Prison, as Activists Challenge Books

When an illustrated edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was released in 2019, educators in Clayton, Missouri needed little... Read More

When an illustrated edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was released in 2019, educators in Clayton, Missouri needed little debate before deciding to keep copies in high school libraries. The book is widely regarded as a classic work of... Read More

Maryland Lawmakers Debate Tax and Fee Package

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A push in Maryland's legislature for hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and fees has... Read More

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A push in Maryland's legislature for hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and fees has some Democrats concerned that the package may bolster former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign for U.S. Senate and cost their... Read More

Tuesday's Primaries Include Key Senate Race in Ohio and Clues for Biden-Trump Rematch

NEW YORK (AP) — Five states will hold presidential primaries on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and former President Donald... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Five states will hold presidential primaries on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump continue to lock up support around the country after becoming their parties’ presumptive nominees. Trump is expected to easily win... Read More

Mississippi to Allow Quicker Medicaid Coverage During Pregnancy to Try to Help Women and Babies

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will allow earlier Medicaid coverage for pregnant women in an effort to... Read More

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will allow earlier Medicaid coverage for pregnant women in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a poor state with the nation’s worst rate of infant mortality. The “presumptive... Read More

Top Virginia Senate Negotiator Vows to Keep Alexandria Arena Out of the Budget

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top Democratic Virginia lawmaker vowed Wednesday to keep language enabling a proposed relocation by the... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top Democratic Virginia lawmaker vowed Wednesday to keep language enabling a proposed relocation by the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals to Alexandria out of the state budget lawmakers will take up later this... Read More

Florida Lawmakers Prepare for Gov. DeSantis to Veto Social Media Ban on Children Under 16

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers were bracing for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a bill banning social media... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers were bracing for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a bill banning social media for children under 16 on Friday and finding a way to make him more comfortable with its language before their... Read More

Steady Ascent or Sudden Splash? North Carolina Governor's Race Features Men Who Took Different Paths

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — One candidate is an Ivy League-educated attorney who over 25 years amassed allies as he climbed... Read More

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — One candidate is an Ivy League-educated attorney who over 25 years amassed allies as he climbed North Carolina's Democratic ladder. The other is a former furniture factory worker with a history of blunt commentary who plowed... Read More

Democrats in SC Must Work Harder to Survive in an Era of Republican Domination

FORT LAWN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Mike Fanning likes to talk to people. He will talk about... Read More

FORT LAWN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Mike Fanning likes to talk to people. He will talk about anything, but if the Democrat from Great Falls is able to steer the conversation, he's not likely to say much... Read More

Some Republican Leaders Pushing Back Against Conservative Freedom Caucus in Statehouses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the first day of Missouri's new legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden... Read More

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the first day of Missouri's new legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden tried to cajole colleagues into congeniality with a rhetorical question: “Will we focus on principled progress or political pandemonium?” Progress... Read More

2024-01-26 21:30:44
by Dan McCue
Report Highlights Benefits of Allowing Campaign Spend on Child Care

WASHINGTON — The number of parent-candidates for federal office using campaign funds to cover their child care costs has jumped... Read More

WASHINGTON — The number of parent-candidates for federal office using campaign funds to cover their child care costs has jumped more than 600% since the Federal Election Commission approved the practice in 2018, but more needs to be done to... Read More

Disney Requests Delay in DeSantis Appointees' Lawsuit, as Worker Describes Distracted District

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney this week requested a second delay in a state court case involving its legal battle with Gov.... Read More

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney this week requested a second delay in a state court case involving its legal battle with Gov. Ron DeSantis' appointees over who controls Walt Disney World's governing district, as the company accused them and the governor's office... Read More

Maine's Top Election Official Appeals Ruling That Delayed Decision on Trump's Ballot Status

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's secretary of state is appealing a judge's ruling that put on hold her decision to... Read More

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's secretary of state is appealing a judge's ruling that put on hold her decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the ballot until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar case in Colorado. Shenna... Read More

Efforts to Restrict Transgender Health Care Endure in 2024

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some... Read More

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some cases, adults — returning to the issue the year after a wave of high-profile bills became law and sparked lawsuits.... Read More

2024-01-04 21:56:31
by Dan McCue
For NewDEAL’s Bultan Good Government Is All About Encouraging Voters to Vote Their Aspirations

WASHINGTON — In an era when many lawmakers seem happier to sow chaos than to actually pass meaningful legislation, the... Read More

WASHINGTON — In an era when many lawmakers seem happier to sow chaos than to actually pass meaningful legislation, the members of NewDEAL, a Democratic Party-affiliated network of pro-growth and progressive state and local elected officials, are a marked contrast.... Read More

Amazon's Plans to Advance Its Interests in California Laid Bare in Leaked Memo

NEW YORK (AP) — An internal Amazon memo has provided a stark look at the company’s carefully laid out plans... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — An internal Amazon memo has provided a stark look at the company’s carefully laid out plans to grow its influence in Southern California through a plethora of efforts that include burnishing its reputation through charity work... Read More

AP Election Brief | What to Expect in Houston's Mayoral Runoff Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s down to two candidates in the race to lead the nation’s fourth-largest city. U.S. Rep. Sheila... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s down to two candidates in the race to lead the nation’s fourth-largest city. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and state Sen. John Whitmire will face off in Saturday’s runoff election to be the next mayor of Houston.... Read More

AP Exclusive: America's Black Attorneys General Talk Race, Politics and Justice System

BOSTON (AP) — The American legal system is facing a crisis of trust in communities around the country, with people... Read More

BOSTON (AP) — The American legal system is facing a crisis of trust in communities around the country, with people of all races and across the political spectrum. For many, recent protests against police brutality called attention to longstanding discrepancies in the... Read More

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