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Do Republicans Oppose Vote by Mail? In Pennsylvania, It’s Not That Simple
Voting
Do Republicans Oppose Vote by Mail? In Pennsylvania, It’s Not That Simple

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump has called mail-in voting a practice ripe for fraud. He’s said if elections were to be carried out entirely by mail, a Republican would never be elected again. And yet, Pennsylvania, voters this week got... Read More

Maryland City’s Female Toplessness Ban Survives in Court Ruling ... For Now
Law
Maryland City’s Female Toplessness Ban Survives in Court Ruling ... For Now
2020-04-13 19:46:54
by Tom Ramstack

Ocean City, Maryland, can continue to enforce its ban on topless women at its popular beach, a federal judge ruled last week. There’s a fundamental difference between topless women and topless men that is supported by case law and tradition,... Read More

D.C.’s Small COVID-19 Funding Renews Calls for Statehood
State News
D.C.’s Small COVID-19 Funding Renews Calls for Statehood
2020-04-13 19:35:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Legislation approved by Congress recently to distribute emergency coronavirus funding nationwide is renewing calls for District of Columbia statehood. Each state will receive at least $1.25 billion from the emergency fund lawmakers approved two weeks ago. The District... Read More

States Discuss Smart Solutions for Elections Amid Ongoing Pandemic
State News
States Discuss Smart Solutions for Elections Amid Ongoing Pandemic
2020-04-13 19:32:02
by Kate Michael

Coronavirus is testing election systems like never before. Voting has traditionally been a private, yet social affair, with citizens turning out to public polling places to make their voices heard and show the receipt of their civic duty with the... Read More

Wisconsin Primary Results to Be Made Public Monday Night
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary Results to Be Made Public Monday Night
2020-04-13 15:08:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The results of Wisconsin's chaotic April 7 primary will be released Monday evening, immediately after local boards of election across the state finish counting the record 1.3 million absentee ballots cast. Despite widespread fears caused by the coronavirus... Read More

Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
Civil Rights
Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
2020-04-10 19:05:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged the National Governors Association Friday to direct its members to collect demographic data on racial disparities and the coronavirus outbreak. Hoyer's request, directed to Govs. Larry Hogan, of Maryland, and Andrew Cuomo,... Read More

Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions
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Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions

AUSTIN, Texas — Going against a recent federal appeals court ruling, a lower federal judge says Texas abortion providers can offer certain abortions while they continue fighting in court against a state order that halted most abortions. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29
State News
Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered non-essential businesses and schools across New York to remain closed through the end of the month, as the coronavirus claimed another 599 lives in the Empire State overnight. In his daily... Read More

Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020-04-07 15:26:10
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin’s presidential preference and other primaries will proceed as scheduled Tuesday after the state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute attempt to delay in-person voting by executive order. The state’s highest court, voting 4-2, agreed with Republican legislators who... Read More

Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
In The News
Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
2020-04-03 13:39:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has directed federal courts across the nation to conduct a search for surplus medical supplies after two Florida courts discovered such stockpiles and donated them to local hospitals. Employees in the... Read More

Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020 Elections
Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020-04-03 13:34:35
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday refused to push back the date of Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary despite concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. U.S. District Judge William Conley's ruling came after listening to arguments Wednesday over whether the primary... Read More

Next Coronavirus ‘Hot Spots’ Seen as Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois
State News
Next Coronavirus ‘Hot Spots’ Seen as Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois

WASHINGTON — The rate of positive coronavirus tests suggests that the next “hot spots” could include Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois, White House virus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said Thursday. “We do have two states that have 35%... Read More

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