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2023-02-06 23:39:41
by TWN Staff
118th Congress New Senate Comms Directors

As new members of the Senate build their teams, one of the most important decisions they make is the appointment... Read More

As new members of the Senate build their teams, one of the most important decisions they make is the appointment of a communications director. The Well News is tracking all of these top hires. View the House list here. StateU.S.... Read More

2023-02-06 23:37:07
by TWN Staff
118th Congress New House Comms Directors

As new members of the House of Representatives build their teams, one of the most important decisions they make is... Read More

As new members of the House of Representatives build their teams, one of the most important decisions they make is the appointment of a communications director. The Well News is tracking all of these top hires. View the Senate list... Read More

2023-01-30 20:08:54
by Dan McCue
‘Building Resilient Communities’ Gives Local Concerns a Voice in DC

WASHINGTON — What consumes those inside the beltway and in mainstream media doesn’t always reflect the realities of mainstream Americans... Read More

WASHINGTON — What consumes those inside the beltway and in mainstream media doesn’t always reflect the realities of mainstream Americans or the communities in which they live. That was the consistent theme that emerged from last week’s “Building Resilient Communities”... Read More

2023-01-30 20:05:42
by Dan McCue
Kilmer Says Best Economic Returns Depend on Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., admits he initially found the notion slightly intimidating. Day after day as he arrived... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., admits he initially found the notion slightly intimidating. Day after day as he arrived for work in the economic development office in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, he was greeted by a sign that said, “We... Read More

2023-01-28 01:15:37
by Dan McCue
The Rise of Contractors Screams Out for a Rethinking of Policy

WASHINGTON — Hard as it may be to believe, a revolution really did take place while we were all inside,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Hard as it may be to believe, a revolution really did take place while we were all inside, hoping the dark, early shadow of COVID-19 would somehow pass us by.  According to Liz Wilke, principal economist with Gusto,... Read More

2023-01-27 18:40:10
by Dan McCue
‘Resilient Communities’ Breakfast Jumpstarts Conversation on the Modern Economy

WASHINGTON — Connie E. Evans, president and CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, smiled broadly Thursday as she surveyed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Connie E. Evans, president and CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, smiled broadly Thursday as she surveyed the early morning crowd gathered to hear her and other speakers at Charlie Palmer Steak. “It’s seldom, at least in... Read More

2023-01-25 21:52:43
by Dan McCue
War of Words Heats Up Over GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday blasted away at a GOP proposal to do away... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday blasted away at a GOP proposal to do away with all income and payroll taxes and replace the lost federal revenue with a massive hike in the sales tax.... Read More

EVENT | Building Resilient Communities: Leveraging Employers to Increase Prosperity

Our #CollaborativeEconomies discussion featured case studies that explore the vital relationship between employers and their communities. As the 118th Congress... Watch Video

Our #CollaborativeEconomies discussion featured case studies that explore the vital relationship between employers and their communities. As the 118th Congress prepares to address a host of economic issues, this discussion touched on important questions facing decision makers including how legislators,... Watch Video

2023-01-19 21:08:21
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Investigation Hasn’t Turned Up Abortion Ruling Leaker

WASHINGTON — A monthslong internal investigation has failed to identify the person who leaked a draft copy of the Dobbs... Read More

WASHINGTON — A monthslong internal investigation has failed to identify the person who leaked a draft copy of the Dobbs ruling to Politico last year, the Supreme Court announced Thursday. Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is the landmark decision... Read More

2023-01-19 17:50:53
by Dan McCue
Arizona Appeals Court Upholds State’s Mail-In Voting System

PHOENIX — Arizona’s mail-in, early voting process does not violate voters’ constitutional right to privacy, the state Court of Appeals... Read More

PHOENIX — Arizona’s mail-in, early voting process does not violate voters’ constitutional right to privacy, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Tuesday’s ruling by a three-judge panel is a blow to the Arizona Republican Party and its chair, Kelli... Read More

2023-01-17 21:34:13
by Dan McCue
Greene, Gosar Get Committee Assignments

WASHINGTON — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., are getting committee assignments in the new Congress, two... Read More

WASHINGTON — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., are getting committee assignments in the new Congress, two years after being booted from similar positions for incendiary statements. In a pair of unanimous votes, the House GOP Steering... Read More

2023-01-17 17:02:18
by Kate Michael
Student Mental Health Surveys Forecast College Retention Troubles

WASHINGTON — Perhaps the highest percentage to date — 76% — of undergraduate college students surveyed in a 2021 Gallup... Read More

WASHINGTON — Perhaps the highest percentage to date — 76% — of undergraduate college students surveyed in a 2021 Gallup poll suggested that they have considered dropping out of college due to mental health concerns. This statistic was recently shared... Read More

2023-01-13 16:40:59
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Assail House GOP Decision to Void PAYGO Rule

WASHINGTON — House Republicans who voted to eliminate a longstanding pay-as-you-go rule earlier this week are getting an earful from... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Republicans who voted to eliminate a longstanding pay-as-you-go rule earlier this week are getting an earful from colleagues in the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats. “This rules package reveals the hypocrisy of Republican posturing on fiscal... Read More

2023-01-12 19:35:16
by Dan McCue
Special Counsel Appointed for Biden Document Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate why documents with classified markings were... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate why documents with classified markings were found at President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware, and at the office of a think tank he once chaired.... Read More

2023-01-11 16:46:11
by Dan McCue
8th Circuit to Consider Whether to Limit Election Lawsuits

ST. LOUIS — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could... Read More

ST. LOUIS — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could see the court sharply restrict lawsuits challenging redistricting decisions and state election rules on the basis of racial discrimination. The... Read More

2023-01-10 20:55:10
by Dan McCue
Former Rep. Elaine Luria Named Georgetown Spring Fellow

WASHINGTON — Former Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, of Virginia, will be a fellow at Georgetown University this spring, sharing her... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, of Virginia, will be a fellow at Georgetown University this spring, sharing her experiences as a member of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol over... Read More

2023-01-09 21:15:59
by Tom Ramstack
Deposition Unsealed in Lawsuit Accusing Trump of Rape

NEW YORK — A woman who accused former President Donald Trump of raping her claimed in parts of a deposition... Read More

NEW YORK — A woman who accused former President Donald Trump of raping her claimed in parts of a deposition unsealed publicly Monday that her life was thrown into turmoil by the assault in a New York department store dressing... Read More

2023-01-09 14:49:52
by Dan McCue
Ben Sasse Makes It Official, Leaves Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., officially resigned from the Senate on Sunday to become the next president of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., officially resigned from the Senate on Sunday to become the next president of the University of Florida. Sasse, who previously led Midland University, a small private college in Fremont, Nebraska, submitted his resignation last... Read More

2023-01-07 15:04:09
by Dan McCue
McCarthy Wins Speakership in Post-Midnight Session

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won election as House Speaker early Saturday morning after a last minute maneuver at... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won election as House Speaker early Saturday morning after a last minute maneuver at the end of the 15th round of voting forestalled a motion for adjournment and another potential round of voting next... Read More

2023-01-05 19:42:02
by Dan McCue
SC Supreme Court Strikes Down Six-Week Abortion Ban

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s ban on abortion six weeks into... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s ban on abortion six weeks into a pregnancy, ruling the restriction violates the state constitution’s right to privacy. The 3-2 ruling comes nearly two years after... Read More

2023-01-04 16:42:41
by Dan McCue
Gaetz Assails McCarthy Move Into Speaker’s Office

WASHINGTON — Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., stepped up his rhetoric against House speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Tuesday night, demanding... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., stepped up his rhetoric against House speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Tuesday night, demanding to know why his colleague is already inhabiting the speaker’s office. Over the course of a brutal afternoon, McCarthy lost... Read More

2023-01-03 23:33:42
by Dan McCue
House Adjourns After McCarthy Falls Short in Three Votes for Speaker

WASHINGTON — The House adjourned on Tuesday evening after Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., failed in three back-to-back votes to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House adjourned on Tuesday evening after Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., failed in three back-to-back votes to secure enough support to be elected House speaker. The votes left the House GOP in an apparent state of chaos.... Read More

2023-01-03 20:17:46
by TWN Staff
118th Congress New Senate Chiefs

As new members of the Senate take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the... Read More

As new members of the Senate take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the appointment of a chief of staff. The Well News is tracking all of these top hires. The Senate also adopted... Read More

2023-01-03 20:16:58
by TWN Staff
118th Congress New House Chiefs

As new members of the House of Representatives take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make... Read More

As new members of the House of Representatives take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the appointment of a chief of staff. The Well News is tracking all of these top hires. The House... Read More

2023-01-02 16:08:31
by Dan McCue
As McCarthy Battles On, Scalise Lays Out Opening Weeks of 118th Congress

WASHINGTON — The first two weeks of a Republican-controlled House of Representatives will feature a hard tilt to the right... Read More

WASHINGTON — The first two weeks of a Republican-controlled House of Representatives will feature a hard tilt to the right with lawmakers voting on a number of messaging bills sure to make no headway in a Senate controlled by the... Read More

2022-12-16 22:18:57
by Dan McCue
NC Supreme Court Strikes Down State Senate Map, Voter ID Law

RALEIGH, N.C. — It was a busy Friday at the North Carolina Supreme Court, which within a matter of hours... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. — It was a busy Friday at the North Carolina Supreme Court, which within a matter of hours struck down a state Senate district map as an impermissible political gerrymander and tossed a controversial voter ID law. In... Read More

2022-12-16 21:16:31
by Dan McCue
Four Democrats Vying to Win Virginia ‘Firehouse Primary’

WASHINGTON — The Virginia Democratic Party is holding a “firehouse primary” on Tuesday to determine who will fill the 4th... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Virginia Democratic Party is holding a “firehouse primary” on Tuesday to determine who will fill the 4th Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of newly reelected Rep. A. Donald McEachin. Virginia’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin... Read More

2022-12-13 16:38:13
by Dan McCue
Scientists at Livermore Lab Make Major Fusion Energy Breakthrough

WASHINGTON — Scientists studying fusion energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have achieved a major milestone — creating... Read More

WASHINGTON — Scientists studying fusion energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have achieved a major milestone — creating the first fusion reaction in a laboratory that actually produced more energy than it took to start the reaction. Decades... Read More

2022-12-13 14:31:27
by TWN
Southern Company Is Building a Cleaner, Brighter Future

As the largest source of clean energy in the United States, carbon-free nuclear is helping Southern Company create a more... Read More

As the largest source of clean energy in the United States, carbon-free nuclear is helping Southern Company create a more diverse energy portfolio. The construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 wouldn’t have been possible without the extensive public-private... Read More

2022-12-08 21:40:58
by Tom Ramstack
Minister Says He Successfully Lobbied Supreme Court Justices for His Causes

WASHINGTON — An evangelical minister who on Thursday claimed to be a whistleblower on conflicts of interest at the Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON — An evangelical minister who on Thursday claimed to be a whistleblower on conflicts of interest at the Supreme Court told Congress that for years he recruited “stealth missionaries” to advocate conservative causes to the justices. The wealthy couples... Read More

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