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CATO Institute Releases Biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors
Think Tanks
CATO Institute Releases Biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors
2020-10-06 21:34:25
by Sara Wilkerson

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the nation’s governors. This year’s CATO report card examines the country’s governors and their state budget actions since 2018.  Prior to... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
2020-10-02 19:22:37
by Dan McCue

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52% say they've already started stockpiling food and other essential in anticipation of social unrest, according to a new national poll.... Read More

Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020 Elections
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020-10-02 15:24:19
by Dan McCue

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early... Read More

Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
2020-10-01 19:19:24
by Dan McCue

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S.... Read More

North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020 Elections
North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020-09-26 14:44:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win re-election even if he just squeaks out a victory in the Tar Heel State, but he might as well pack... Read More

Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
Congress
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
Congress
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
Veterans
Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
2020-09-24 14:11:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle East will be addressed promptly. A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee was responding to a National Academy of Sciences report this... Read More

In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020 Elections
In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020-09-19 17:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come into play and make a sure bet in the weeks leading up to the vote an “also ran” on election... Read More

FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats
Cybersecurity
FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats
2020-09-17 20:24:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The FBI’s director acknowledged Thursday that the risks of terrorism and other attacks against the United States are evolving so fast that his agency has difficulty managing them. Cyberattackers threaten the next presidential election, COVID-19 vaccine development and... Read More

Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
Congress
Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
2020-09-17 14:02:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month, and will be replaced by Jason Smith, his current deputy parliamentarian. In announcing the change, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
Congress
Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
2020-09-15 17:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end the current stalemate over new relief to bolster the coronavirus battered economy. The Problem Solvers Caucus, led by co-chairs Reps.... Read More

Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections
Supreme Court
Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections
2020-09-14 20:40:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors and a coalition of leaders from smaller municipalities are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold protections against discrimination in the delivery of government services. The court is currently scheduled to hear the... Read More

Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020-09-12 16:43:24
by Dan McCue

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania with less than 60 days remaining before Election Day. Most recent polling in the state gives former... Read More

Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
2020-09-11 18:03:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
Infrastructure
Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
2020-09-08 23:34:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While unions have profitably invested in private equity firms as part of their portfolio for years, the general belief about the... Read More

Could Past Be Prologue In Florida Come Election Night?
2020 Elections
Could Past Be Prologue In Florida Come Election Night?
2020-09-04 23:47:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was the end of a long day and night in Florida’s Martin County. Straggling reporters wandered into the newsroom, filing a few late sentences to be added to the local election coverage. But inside the newspaper's library,... Read More

Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
State News
Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
2020-09-04 15:31:58
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been added to sample ballots in South Carolina after initially being left off the voter education pieces. The sample ballots were made public Thursday, and... Read More

Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-09-01 19:00:17
by Dan McCue

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be among the first to receive it. After appearing before the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last... Read More

Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
Political News
Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
2020-09-01 17:16:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Lincoln Project, a group of prominent Republicans working to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump and members of Congress who support him, unveiled a coalition of veterans, members of the military and individuals from the national... Read More

Biden’s Hint on Supreme Court Nominee Sets Off Speculation on Prospective Candidates
2020 Elections
Biden’s Hint on Supreme Court Nominee Sets Off Speculation on Prospective Candidates
2020-09-01 16:18:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent statement during a press conference that he would nominate an African American woman to the Supreme Court if he is elected is narrowing the list to three likely nominees. Although he declined... Read More

Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
Health
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
2020-08-31 16:03:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of... Read More

Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020 Elections
Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020-08-28 19:57:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Though former Vice President Joe Biden continues to ride high in polls after two weeks of political conventions, the key to defeating President Donald Trump in November will be in the focus on how a booming U.S. economy... Read More

More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
Political News
More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
2020-08-25 19:02:04
by Reece Nations

Coinciding with the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Joe Biden for President campaign announced the launch of “Republicans for Biden,” an initiative aimed at courting conservative voters away from incumbent President Donald Trump. Among the 27 prominent... Read More

The Republican National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Republican National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-21 18:59:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democrats dominated the political universe this week, holding what has been widely called a very successful first-of-its-kind virtual national convention, and sending its ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris,... Read More

Senate Committee on Aging Reports on Financial Challenges Women Face
Aging
Senate Committee on Aging Reports on Financial Challenges Women Face
2020-08-20 15:35:05
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bob Casey, D-Penn., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Special Committee on Aging, released a report last week examining the challenges older women face preparing financially for retirement.  During... Read More

Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
Education
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
Education
New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
2020-08-18 22:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new state initiative launched last week by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity allows residents to earn college credits at state institutions at no cost, and without needing to take coursework. Through a partnership with two educational... Read More

The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-13 20:07:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual all-day programming, speeches will be packed into two-hour televised segments across four nights, from Monday, August 17, to Thursday, August... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

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