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Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
State News
Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
2021-01-27 15:00:17
by Sara Wilkerson

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion of dismissal for Hart’s contention with the state’s 2nd Congressional District election results.   Hart, who ran for the House of... Read More

US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages
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US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages

Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of... Read More

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
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Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

Hart Vows to Fight On After Iowa Republican Presses House to Toss Challenge
Elections
Hart Vows to Fight On After Iowa Republican Presses House to Toss Challenge
2021-01-22 16:50:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rita Hart is vowing to continue her fight to have every vote counted in the nail-biter of a race in Iowa's 2nd District in which she trails by just six votes. On Thursday, Hart's opponent, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks,... Read More

Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
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Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
2021-01-22 16:42:28
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia General Assembly bill introduced last week to abolish the death penalty has the added backing of the governor in a state that has led the nation in the number of convicts given capital punishment. At... Read More

Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
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Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
2021-01-20 17:18:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a... Read More

Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
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Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
2021-01-19 17:52:25
by Reece Nations

Interest groups are pleading their cases to state officials in a bid to expedite their constituents’ access to the novel coronavirus vaccine.  Individuals over the age of 70, frontline health care workers, nursing home residents and staff are the first... Read More

Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
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Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
2021-01-15 20:01:26
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., sent a bipartisan letter to Operation Warp Speed leadership urging them to consider the unique challenges of vaccine distribution to rural areas across Wisconsin and take steps... Read More

U.S. Space Command Gets New Headquarters in Alabama
Military
U.S. Space Command Gets New Headquarters in Alabama
2021-01-15 15:24:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Secretary of the Air Force announced Wednesday that Huntsville, Ala., will be the new headquarters of the U.S. Space Command. The announcement was welcomed in Alabama but criticized as an example of partisan politics by government officials... Read More

Telecommute Taxation: States Take Sides Over Out-of-State Income Tax Dispute
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Telecommute Taxation: States Take Sides Over Out-of-State Income Tax Dispute
2021-01-13 20:59:09
by Reece Nations

CONCORD, N.H. — A collection of 14 states have now signed amicus briefs backing New Hampshire in the state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether jurisdictions may tax the income of remote workers who cannot commute to... Read More

Gov. Little Announces Idaho’s Fiscal 2022 State Budget, Prioritizes Tax Relief and More
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Gov. Little Announces Idaho’s Fiscal 2022 State Budget, Prioritizes Tax Relief and More
2021-01-13 16:50:13
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan, a comprehensive proposal that will impact the state’s budget into 2022. The plan features more than $450 million in tax relief and strategic investments in critical infrastructure... Read More

EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot
Cities
EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District of Columbia National Guard played such a limited role as civilian law enforcement officers were outnumbered... Read More

State Capitols Step Up Security Amid New Safety Concerns
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State Capitols Step Up Security Amid New Safety Concerns

State capitols across the nation stepped up security Monday, deploying National Guard units, SWAT teams and extra police officers while several legislatures convened amid heightened safety concerns following last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. The protections came as the... Read More

Lawmakers Who Voted Against Biden are Denounced Back Home
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Lawmakers Who Voted Against Biden are Denounced Back Home

Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, even after a mob broke into the Capitol, are being denounced by critics in their home districts who demand that they resign or be ousted. Protesters, newspaper editorial... Read More

Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
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Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
2021-01-08 21:39:34
by Sara Wilkerson

As the first week of the new year comes to an end, the vaccine distribution system across the country continues to face numerous challenges in producing an effective rollout as the public remains confused on who is supposed to get... Read More

Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress
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Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress

What started as a day of celebration for Black organizers, voters and other Georgians who helped deliver two historic Senate runoff victories was overshadowed Wednesday when a violent, mostly white mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.... Read More

Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
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Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
2021-01-07 21:10:36
by Sara Wilkerson

TRENTON, N.J. -- Recently, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed a historic $14 billion legislation package that will benefit small businesses, local economies and more as the Garden State ushers in economic recovery and growth for years to come. The... Read More

Protesters Swarm Statehouses Across US; Some Evacuated
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Protesters Swarm Statehouses Across US; Some Evacuated

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters backing President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico on Wednesday, leading some officials to evacuate while cheers rang out at several demonstrations as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds... Read More

Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start
Health
Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start

New York’s governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back... Read More

Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?
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Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.... Read More

Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
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Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
2021-01-06 14:32:39
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The opening of a new session of the Pennsylvania Senate is usually a fairly staid affair, marked by ceremony and at least a bit of bipartisanship. However, that wasn't the case Tuesday when the Republican majority refused... Read More

Competing Coalitions Define GA Senate Races
Opinion Polls
Competing Coalitions Define GA Senate Races

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia’s Senate runoff elections were a clash of two closely matched coalitions, with Democrat Raphael Warnock edging out his rival in the one-time Republican stronghold. Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff — whose race was still too... Read More

One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
Elections
One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
2021-01-05 18:51:41
by Reece Nations

Georgia voters will decide the balance of power in Congress Tuesday in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact his governing agenda. Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler... Read More

Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
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Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
2021-01-05 18:27:25
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a comprehensive package of criminal justice reform bills Monday that stemmed from policy recommendations by the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.  The year-long study from key stakeholders and... Read More

Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection
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Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some... Read More

Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
Health
Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
2021-01-04 14:41:07
by Sean Trambley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the country’s largest and most populous state has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, providing no-cost Pfizer vaccines to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. At... Read More

Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill
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Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill
2021-01-04 14:38:50
by Sean Trambley

LANSING, Mich. – This week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the bipartisan relief bill that the legislature passed after she urged them to provide support for Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses.  The relief bill includes $55 million to... Read More

Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
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Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
2021-01-04 14:36:25
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. – This week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam allocated an additional $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund to meet demand for the program and fulfill pending grant applications.  This new funding... Read More

2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear
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2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An unusually broad field of candidates are vying for the governor's seat in Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. Only New Jersey and Virginia are set to elect governors this... Read More

Trump, on Tape, Presses Ga. Official to 'Find' Him Votes
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Trump, on Tape, Presses Ga. Official to 'Find' Him Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state's presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of a “criminal offense"... Read More

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