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Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020 Elections
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box
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Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box

SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to... Read More

Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
State News
Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health... Read More

States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail
State News
States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail

WASHINGTON — States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency's compliance with a court order. U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh... Read More

Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
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Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
2020-10-22 18:57:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in Alabama in November. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law... Read More

'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia
2020 Elections
'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump's tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night. Trump's tone and the misinformation he... Read More

Poll: Biden Draws Even With Trump in Texas; Hegar Closing in on Cornyn in Senate Race
Opinion Polls
Poll: Biden Draws Even With Trump in Texas; Hegar Closing in on Cornyn in Senate Race

AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has drawn even in Texas with President Donald Trump, and Democrat MJ Hegar is closing in on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Texas voters released Wednesday afternoon. "Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas standoff, setting the stage for a bare-knuckle... Read More

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
In The News
2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
2020-10-22 13:32:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Cherry Blossom Festival may still be five months away, but organizers on Wednesday announced the festival parade, long a beloved part of the annual event, has been cancelled for 2021. The reason: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged
State News
After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged

LOS ANGELES - Ballots retrieved from a Baldwin Park drop box that was burned in what authorities say may have been arson have been transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar for sorting and review, officials said Tuesday. County Clerk Dean C. Logan of the registrar's office... Read More

Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
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Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
2020-10-20 18:24:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The absence of a tiebreaker on the Supreme Court will allow election officials in Pennsylvania to count some mailed ballots received up to three days after Election Day. A 4-4 deadlock among the justices let stand a ruling... Read More

Florida Voters Get Up Before Dawn — And Wait — to Vote Early
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Florida Voters Get Up Before Dawn — And Wait — to Vote Early

MIAMI -- A soggy South Florida day didn't dampen voter enthusiasm Monday as people arrived at voting centers before dawn -- in some cases lining up around the block -- to take advantage of the start of early voting in Florida. From Miami to St. Petersburg, people... Read More

Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'
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Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'

DETROIT -- A day after President Donald Trump prompted "lock her up" chants against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Muskegon, Whitmer implored the president and other officials to "bring the heat down." Whitmer told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the chant, which usually was reserved for former Democratic Presidential... Read More

Pelosi Slams Trump for Using 'Fear Tactics' at Michigan Campaign Rally
Political News
Pelosi Slams Trump for Using 'Fear Tactics' at Michigan Campaign Rally

President Trump is using "fear tactics" to rile up his base, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday. "The president has to realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton," she said on ABC's "This Week." "And, in our political dialogue,... Read More

Will Rejected Mail-In Ballots be Florida's Hanging Chads of Election 2020?
2020 Elections
Will Rejected Mail-In Ballots be Florida's Hanging Chads of Election 2020?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If Florida faces another uncomfortably close presidential election on Nov. 3, rejected vote-by-mail ballots could spell trouble. The unprecedented spike in demand for mail-in ballots spawned by the coronavirus has led to a subsequent surge in the number of ballots that... Read More

Prosecutors Say They Won’t Enforce Anti-Abortion Laws as Protests Spread
Civil Rights
Prosecutors Say They Won’t Enforce Anti-Abortion Laws as Protests Spread
2020-10-19 14:26:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A nationwide coalition of prosecutors is pledging not to enforce anti-abortion laws as protests spread against a Supreme Court nominee who is a staunch abortion opponent. They issued their “Joint Statement from Elected Prosecutors” last week during Supreme... Read More

Wisconsin a Battleground Growing More Solid for Biden
2020 Elections
Wisconsin a Battleground Growing More Solid for Biden
2020-10-17 17:25:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With fewer than 20 days to go until in-person voters head to the polls, nearly all indications are that the battleground state of Wisconsin is going solidly for former Vice President Joe Biden on Election Night. Not only... Read More

Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
State News
Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
2020-10-14 17:48:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Malinowski are urging the FBI to step up the federal response to the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group they say has increased its activity in New Jersey. According to a recent report... Read More

Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
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Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
2020-10-14 17:43:11
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to... Read More

FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake
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FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified... Read More

Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
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Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
2020-10-13 21:34:15
by Dan McCue

A record 128,590 voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Georgia Monday, but for many of them it was a day of long waits, sometimes for hours and frustration as computer woes repeatedly took down polling... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
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California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
2020-10-13 20:54:38
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades. ... Read More

Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
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Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
2020-10-13 20:50:12
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania, tossing out a challenge to the state's drop boxes and poll-watching law. The ruling is notable not just for how it related to... Read More

Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting
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Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted even if they’re received up to a week after Election Day, under a federal judge’s order turning back a Republican challenge to the extended balloting deadline. The ruling... Read More

Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early
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Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early

PHOENIX — Emilio Alvarado typically takes his time with his ballot, mulling the candidates and propositions, eventually mailing it in close to Election Day. Not this year, says the contractor and veteran who traditionally has voted for Republicans across the... Read More

Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’
2020 Elections
Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump burst back onto the campaign trail Monday night, delivering an energetic and combative hourlong speech in Central Florida meant to demonstrate his recovery from COVID-19 and resuscitate his faltering reelection campaign. Trump portrayed his illness... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

Graham’s Democratic Challenger Raises a Record $57 Million
2020 Elections
Graham’s Democratic Challenger Raises a Record $57 Million

WASHINGTON — Jamie Harrison, the Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, raised more money in the third quarter — $57 million — than any other Senate candidate in history. The record fundraising haul is an indicator of... Read More

Biden Supporters Flock From Other States to Door-Knock in Arizona, Where it Matters
2020 Elections
Biden Supporters Flock From Other States to Door-Knock in Arizona, Where it Matters

PHOENIX — Alex Rosado hasn’t hugged his father in months, and he blames President Donald Trump. Rosado said the president’s failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic has kept him away from his dad and made him want to work that... Read More

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

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

New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
State News
New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
2020-10-09 19:33:38
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has released a report indicating employment in New York City’s restaurant industry fell from 317,800 jobs to only 91,000 jobs after pandemic-related restrictions were imposed on businesses. While the industry... Read More

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