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Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
State News
Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
2020-01-30 17:56:28
by Dan McCue

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that could restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-felons who have completed their sentences.... Read More

Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
Medicaid
Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
2020-01-30 16:46:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - States will now have the ability to convert part of their Medicaid funding into a block grant under a new program announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday. According to Seema Verma, administrator of... Read More

New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive
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New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive

ALBANY, N.Y. — A pair of New York lawmakers want to lower the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol content. Currently, the legal driving blood alcohol limit .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. But Assemblyman... Read More

Hearing on Ohio Bill to Limit Protest Ends in — What Else? — Protest
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Hearing on Ohio Bill to Limit Protest Ends in — What Else? — Protest

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The chairman on an Ohio legislative committee Wednesday told a packed room that he wouldn’t hear spoken testimony on a bill that most in the audience believe is intended to stifle protest. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the matter ended... Read More

Rainy Days Ahead: States Boost Reserves, Anticipating Slowdown
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Rainy Days Ahead: States Boost Reserves, Anticipating Slowdown

As the longest economic expansion in American history continued last year, state governments increased salaries for teachers and other public employees, authorized new construction projects and — recognizing good times won’t last forever — added to reserve funds. Cash reserves... Read More

Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights
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Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions of the attorney for Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, repeatedly asking about the fairness of a subsequent bill that levied... Read More

9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
Voting
9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
2020-01-28 18:35:37
by Dan McCue

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and Native American voters. In a 7-4 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona requirement that... Read More

Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020 Elections
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects
2020-01-23 18:26:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday, former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg promised local leaders will always have "a seat at the table" if he is elected president. Particularly when... Read More

California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot
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California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be asked in November to join 14 other states in allowing legal wagers on athletic contests, creating a lucrative industry worth... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
State News
Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Health
Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge’s decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections. In... Read More

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