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2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the... Read More

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

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

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the... Read More

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

2020-10-06 21:18:30
by Dan McCue
Tenney Falsely Accuses Brindisi of Lying on Impeachment, Support for Police

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you... Read More

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to editors@thewellnews.com. In a television and Internet ad... Read More

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

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52%... Read More

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

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

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand... Read More

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

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

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle... Read More

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

2020-09-23 17:43:33
by Reece Nations
Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23... Read More

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CST. The forum will mark an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates vying for the... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The FBI’s director acknowledged Thursday that the risks of terrorism and other attacks against the United States are... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month,... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors and a coalition of leaders from smaller municipalities are urging the U.S. Supreme... Read More

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

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

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It was the end of a long day and night in Florida’s Martin County. Straggling reporters wandered into... Read More

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

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been added to sample ballots... Read More

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

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

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Lincoln Project, a group of prominent Republicans working to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump and... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent statement during a press conference that he would nominate an African American... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Though former Vice President Joe Biden continues to ride high in polls after two weeks of political conventions,... Read More

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

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

Coinciding with the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Joe Biden for President campaign announced the launch of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Democrats dominated the political universe this week, holding what has been widely called a very successful first-of-its-kind... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bob Casey, D-Penn., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school... Read More

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

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