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New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules
2020 Elections
New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules
2020-05-06 12:50:01
by Dan McCue

Election officials in New York State must hold a Democratic presidential primary election in June, with all qualifying candidates restored to the ballot, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, who presides in the... Read More

Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
State News
Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
2020-05-05 21:34:44
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that while the coronavirus remains a serious problem, enough appears to be going right that the time has come to consider reopening the state's economy. During a briefing with reporters, Northam said the number... Read More

The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day
2020 Elections
The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day

WASHINGTON — Election Day is now less than six months away, but most Americans have set aside a presidential campaign that’s been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. While the coronavirus has tossed the mechanics of politicking in flux for the... Read More

State AGs Step In to Help on Securing Refunds Amid Coronavirus
In The States
State AGs Step In to Help on Securing Refunds Amid Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas danced in his head as William DeBlasio, a painter, carpenter and volunteer firefighter from Berlin, Conn., planned a romantic four-day April vacation with his wife, Lynn, to celebrate their 25th... Read More

Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules
Voting
Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules
2020-05-05 15:01:43
by Gaspard Le Dem

A group of North Carolina voters backed by a Democratic non-profit group is suing the state in an effort to ease restrictions around mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed by Democracy Docket, a non-profit founded by Marc... Read More

Census Bureau to Restart Operations in Rural Areas of Country
Census
Census Bureau to Restart Operations in Rural Areas of Country

After suspending most of its operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau announced Monday it plans to restart some of its fieldwork in rural areas around the country. Those operations had been delayed through early June,... Read More

Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman
Congress
Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman

BALTIMORE — Twenty-four years after leaving the U.S. House, Baltimore Democrat Kweisi Mfume returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to be sworn in as Maryland’s newest congressman, succeeding his friend, the late Elijah Cummings. The swearing-in will occur on the... Read More

Michigan Supreme Court Might Settle Fight Over Whitmer’s Powers, Experts Say
State News
Michigan Supreme Court Might Settle Fight Over Whitmer’s Powers, Experts Say

LANSING, Mich. — A trailblazing legal dispute over the powers of a Michigan governor to take emergency actions could wind up before the state’s highest court, say legal experts. Multiple lawyers said Friday they believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would have... Read More

With Recycling's Dirty Truths Exposed, Washington Works Toward a Cleaner System
Environment
With Recycling's Dirty Truths Exposed, Washington Works Toward a Cleaner System

SEATTLE — In 2017, about three-quarters of the stuff Seattleites dumped in their blue recycling bins — from grocery store ads and crumpled cracker boxes to shampoo bottles and yogurt tubs — was shipped to China. These days, virtually none... Read More

Reopening Means Contact Tracing. Many States Aren’t Ready
In The States
Reopening Means Contact Tracing. Many States Aren’t Ready

WASHINGTON — In mid-March, Jenine Clements’ boss asked her to set aside at least 24 hours out of her work week to call people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. The goal was to locate people who had been in close... Read More

Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
State News
Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
2020-05-01 18:18:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature want to take Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to court over her decision to invoke emergency powers during the coronavirus crisis. The dispute started in March when Whitmer declared a state of emergency... Read More

McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage
In The News
McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage

Mitch McConnell couldn’t stand the heat. The Republican Senate leader on Wednesday backed off his controversial claim that coronavirus-ravaged states should go bankrupt and said he’s “open” to bailing them out, apparently caving to blistering criticism from New York Gov.... Read More

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