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2021-02-06 00:31:17
by Dan McCue
Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday,... Read More

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country. Despite the ruling, the legal saga is... Read More

2021-02-05 19:37:17
by Dan McCue
Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15. “Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” he said during... Read More

Election Officials Say Combating Lies Will be Big Challenge

After an election season dominated by conspiracy theories and false claims about voting, top election officials across the country say... Read More

After an election season dominated by conspiracy theories and false claims about voting, top election officials across the country say they already are bracing for what comes next. They are grappling with ways they can counter waves of misinformation in... Read More

Wisconsin Governor Issues New Mask Mandate After GOP Repeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order on Thursday, an hour after the... Read More

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order on Thursday, an hour after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate saying he didn't have authority to make such a decree. Evers and... Read More

2021-02-04 20:33:25
by Reece Nations
Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort... Read More

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort between conservation leaders, fishing organizations and forestry representatives to adapt statewide forest practices.  Brown brokered an agreement between the conservation... Read More

2021-02-03 16:54:09
by Tom Ramstack
State Health Officials Ask Congress to Help in COVID-19 Vaccinations

WASHINGTON -- Signs of hope are emerging to end the COVID-19 pandemic but they will continue only if the United... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Signs of hope are emerging to end the COVID-19 pandemic but they will continue only if the United States speeds up its rate of vaccinations, state health officials told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday. The number of vaccinations administered... Read More

Impeachment Fever Hits Kentucky with Efforts to Oust Leaders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Impeachment fever has struck Kentucky, where grievances over coronavirus restrictions and the outcome of the Breonna... Read More

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Impeachment fever has struck Kentucky, where grievances over coronavirus restrictions and the outcome of the Breonna Taylor death investigation have spurred petitions to oust both the governor and the attorney general. It's a card rarely played... Read More

Push to Reopen Schools Could Leave Out Millions of Students

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April, but even... Read More

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April, but even if that happens, it is likely to leave out millions of students, many of them minorities in urban areas. “We’re... Read More

GOP Lawmakers Seek Tougher Voting Rules after Record Turnout

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers in statehouses across the country are moving swiftly to attack some of the voting... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers in statehouses across the country are moving swiftly to attack some of the voting methods that fueled the highest turnout for a presidential election in 50 years. Although most legislative sessions are just getting underway, the Brennan... Read More

2021-01-29 17:38:26
by Sara Wilkerson
Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that... Read More

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that simplifies the city of San Diego’s required permitting process to operate the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The legislation will... Read More

'Just Shocked': A Town Reckons with Charges in Capitol Riot

WOODSTOCK, Ohio (AP) — In this don't blink-or-you'll-miss-it, one-stoplight town, dozens of residents still fly “Trump 2020” and “Make America... Read More

WOODSTOCK, Ohio (AP) — In this don't blink-or-you'll-miss-it, one-stoplight town, dozens of residents still fly “Trump 2020” and “Make America Great Again” flags. But it's a now-shuttered bar that brought the FBI and other investigators to Woodstock, Ohio, around 40... Read More

2021-01-27 21:46:19
by Reece Nations
Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert announced Republicans’ rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed COVID-19 recovery... Read More

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert announced Republicans’ rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed COVID-19 recovery plan.  The House Republicans’ plan would provide roughly $3.5 billion in federal and state funds for employers, families, schools and... Read More

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

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion... Read More

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

Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Rita Hart is vowing to continue her fight to have every vote counted in the nail-biter of a... Read More

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

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

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia General Assembly bill introduced last week to abolish the death penalty has the added backing... Read More

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

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

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent... Read More

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

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

Interest groups are pleading their cases to state officials in a bid to expedite their constituents’ access to the novel... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — This week, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., sent a bipartisan letter to Operation Warp... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The Secretary of the Air Force announced Wednesday that Huntsville, Ala., will be the new headquarters of the... Read More

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

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

CONCORD, N.H. — A collection of 14 states have now signed amicus briefs backing New Hampshire in the state’s appeal... Read More

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

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

Earlier this week, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan, a comprehensive proposal that will impact the... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised... Read More

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

State capitols across the nation stepped up security Monday, deploying National Guard units, SWAT teams and extra police officers while... Read More

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

Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, even after a mob broke into the Capitol,... Read More

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

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

As the first week of the new year comes to an end, the vaccine distribution system across the country continues... Read More

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

What started as a day of celebration for Black organizers, voters and other Georgians who helped deliver two historic Senate... Read More

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

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

TRENTON, N.J. -- Recently, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed a historic $14 billion legislation package that will benefit small... Read More

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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters backing President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico on Wednesday,... Read More

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

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