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New Florida System Restoring Ex-Felon Voting Rights an ‘Administrative Nightmare,’ Judge Says
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New Florida System Restoring Ex-Felon Voting Rights an ‘Administrative Nightmare,’ Judge Says

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s system for restoring the voting rights of up to 1.4 million ex-felons is an “administrative nightmare” a federal judge said Tuesday, but it could still remain in place during the presidential preference primary in March. U.S.... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Sends Ohio Gerrymandering Case Back to Lower Court for Dismissal
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U.S. Supreme Court Sends Ohio Gerrymandering Case Back to Lower Court for Dismissal
2019-10-08 18:18:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday returned a legal challenge to Ohio's politically gerrymandered congressional districts to a lower court, which is expected to dismiss the case in light of a high court ruling in June that federal... Read More

Democratic Polls Show Competitive House Races In Texas
Elections
Democratic Polls Show Competitive House Races In Texas

WASHINGTON — A handful of Republican-held House seats in the Texas suburbs represent fertile ground for competitive races in 2020, according to recent Democratic polling. The surveys in six GOP districts, shared first with CQ Roll Call, are a sign... Read More

Ex-Leader of North Carolina GOP Admits to Lying to FBI In Corruption Case
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Ex-Leader of North Carolina GOP Admits to Lying to FBI In Corruption Case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The former head of North Carolina’s Republican Party formally pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his role in one of the state’s biggest political corruption cases. Former GOP Chairman Robin Hayes agreed to plead guilty to... Read More

Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Most Californians Want Marijuana Stores in Their Communities, Poll Shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three years after California legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, most voters want municipalities to permit pot shops in their communities even though the vast majority of cities have outlawed them, according to a University of California,... Read More

Former Congressman Sues SC Republican Party Over Canceled Primary
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Former Congressman Sues SC Republican Party Over Canceled Primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After voting to cancel its party’s primary in early September, the South Carolina Republican Party is facing a court challenge to its decision. The party was sued Tuesday by the nonprofit United to Protect Democracy on behalf... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Georgia Anti-Abortion Law
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Federal Judge Blocks Georgia Anti-Abortion Law

ATLANTA — A federal judge handed an early win to abortion rights activists Tuesday by blocking Georgia’s restrictive law from going into effect — but it is only the first step as a lawsuit makes its way through the court... Read More

Calif. Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to Allow College Athletes to Take Endorsement Deals
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Calif. Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to Allow College Athletes to Take Endorsement Deals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that will allow California athletes to earn money from the use of their names, images and likenesses, despite warnings from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that the measure would upend... Read More

Californians Strongly Back Vaccine Law In New Statewide Poll
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Californians Strongly Back Vaccine Law In New Statewide Poll

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians strongly support a state law creating new oversight of vaccine medical exemptions for schoolchildren in a statewide poll released Monday, with backing across a spectrum of political affiliations, income and education levels, and geography. The UC... Read More

Fight Over Utility Poles for 5G Brewing in Upstate New York
Technology
Fight Over Utility Poles for 5G Brewing in Upstate New York

A legal battle brewing in upstate New York over the use of municipal utility poles could have nationwide repercussions as private telecom companies seeking to build fifth-generation wireless networks contend with city governments that say they aren’t being fairly compensated.... Read More

Calif. Governor to Announce Plans for Satellite to Track Climate Change
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Calif. Governor to Announce Plans for Satellite to Track Climate Change

NEW YORK — Former California Gov. Jerry Brown famously said last year that California would launch its “own damn satellite” to track climate change in defiance of the Trump administration. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce a new approach... Read More

Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
Congress
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

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