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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

Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program
Congress
Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said he wants to go back to the future in the next round of coronavirus relief aid. The Massachusetts Democrat told the nation’s mayors Wednesday that he would try to... Read More

Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down
Health
Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a... Read More

Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns
Transportation
Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around, ranging from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles,... Read More

At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from President Donald Trump, many local Republican election officials across the country are continuing to push for expanding mail-in voting ahead of November’s election. The novel coronavirus outbreak has made voting in person a health hazard:... Read More

New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary
State News
New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary
2020-04-28 12:47:02
by Dan McCue

New York election officials on Monday canceled the state's Democratic presidential primary due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus, infuriating Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and his supporters. The decision by the New York Board of Elections was unanimous, and the... Read More

The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off
Economy
The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off

Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew... Read More

Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak
2020 Elections
Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election during a pandemic is about to unfold in Ohio, offering lessons to other states about how to conduct one of the most basic acts of democracy... Read More

Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules
Dep. of Justice
Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” The memo to... Read More

Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
Supreme Court
Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
2020-04-27 17:04:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday tossed one of its most closely-watched cases of the term, claiming a subsequent easing of the restrictions being challenged -- a ban on transporting guns -- effectively left them with nothing to decide.... Read More

Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries
Census
Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is... Read More

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