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Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain
Criminal Justice
Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that just because an inmate feels like he’s being suffocated after a lethal injection, that doesn’t amount to cruel and unusual punishment. A three-judge panel of the court,... Read More

GOP in North Carolina House Takes Advantage of 9/11 Observance to Override Budget Veto
State News
GOP in North Carolina House Takes Advantage of 9/11 Observance to Override Budget Veto
2019-09-11 23:36:06
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's Republican-controlled House voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget in a surprise vote held while scores of the chamber's members were attending a ceremony honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Democrats... Read More

Republican Bishop Beats Democrat McCready in Tight NC District 9 Race
Elections
Republican Bishop Beats Democrat McCready in Tight NC District 9 Race

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, with a strong showing in suburban Union County and three rural eastern counties. With 99% of precincts reporting, Bishop led McCready 50.8% to... Read More

Special Election in North Carolina a Test for Trump, GOP Prospects in 2020
Elections
Special Election in North Carolina a Test for Trump, GOP Prospects in 2020
2019-09-10 13:51:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District head to the polls Tuesday to finally decide who will represent them: a moderate former Marine who came within a hair of claiming the seat for the Democrats last year, or... Read More

State Attorneys General Launch Antitrust Probe of Google
Technology
State Attorneys General Launch Antitrust Probe of Google
2019-09-09 23:47:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Fifty attorneys general launched an antitrust investigation into Google Monday, announcing their effort on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the bipartisan coalition, said Monday the probe will... Read More

How Political Maneuvering Derailed a Red State’s Path to Medicaid Expansion
Entitlements
How Political Maneuvering Derailed a Red State’s Path to Medicaid Expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. — This was supposed to be the year Medicaid expansion finally happened in Kansas. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, elected in November, had run on the issue. She triumphed in a state that had gone for Trump in 2016... Read More

Fur Clothing Bans Advance in More Cities and States
State News
Fur Clothing Bans Advance in More Cities and States

WASHINGTON — There’s a fur fight in California, and it’s spreading. A bill that would ban the sale of fur coats, hats, handbags, gloves and earmuffs, accessories with fur trim and most other uses is whipping through the California Legislature,... Read More

NewDEAL Announces Judges for Annual New Ideas Challenge
Political News
NewDEAL Announces Judges for Annual New Ideas Challenge
2019-09-06 14:11:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- NewDEAL on Thursday unveiled the esteemed panel of judge for this year's New Ideas Challenge. This year's judges come to the challenge with a wealth of policy experience and expertise, bringing perspectives from leading research and policy organizations,... Read More

Texas Democrats Push for Special Session on Gun Violence
State News
Texas Democrats Push for Special Session on Gun Violence

AUSTIN, Texas — Arguing that there has been enough talk without action, Texas Democrats launched a campaign Wednesday urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call the Legislature into an emergency session on gun violence, evoking responses that revealed a rift in... Read More

California Becomes First State to Ban Fur Trapping
State News
California Becomes First State to Ban Fur Trapping

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has enacted a new ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of... Read More

San Francisco Board Names NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization
State News
San Francisco Board Names NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization

WASHINGTON — San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday naming the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and encouraged other cities to do the same. Supervisor Catherine Stefani introduced the resolution after a mass shooting at... Read More

Federal Judge Says Ohio Voter Purge Can Continue
State News
Federal Judge Says Ohio Voter Purge Can Continue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. District Judge James L. Graham on Tuesday chose not to delay Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s purge of 235,000 people on Ohio voter registration rolls planned for Friday. LaRose spokeswoman Maggie Sheehan said, “Obviously we’re happy... Read More

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