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Federal Judge Blocks California Law to Force Disclosure of Trump’s Tax Returns
Taxes
Federal Judge Blocks California Law to Force Disclosure of Trump’s Tax Returns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Donald Trump but a decision... Read More

States Try to Combat Election Interference as Washington Deadlocks
Elections
States Try to Combat Election Interference as Washington Deadlocks

WASHINGTON — With the White House and Congress paralyzed over how — or even whether — to act on intelligence agency warnings about foreign interference in U.S. elections, Maryland opted to take matters into its own hands. The state adopted... Read More

Trump Revokes Rule Allowing Calif. to Set Stricter Auto Emission Standards
Environment
Trump Revokes Rule Allowing Calif. to Set Stricter Auto Emission Standards

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected Wednesday to revoke a decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government — putting the state and the administration on a path to... Read More

New Political Maps Pass NC Legislature, Judges Will Now Review
State News
New Political Maps Pass NC Legislature, Judges Will Now Review

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s new political maps gained final approval from the N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday. Nearly all Republicans supported them, and Democrats were split. The maps can’t be vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper — the state... Read More

District of Columbia Evokes Spirit of 1776 in Battle for Statehood
In The News
District of Columbia Evokes Spirit of 1776 in Battle for Statehood

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton evoked the Founding Fathers to plead their case for district statehood while riding in a statehood parade to the Capitol on Monday. The two D.C. political leaders... Read More

The World is Watching As California Weighs Controversial Plan to Save Tropical Forests
State News
The World is Watching As California Weighs Controversial Plan to Save Tropical Forests

LOS ANGELES — Smoke is still rising from the Amazon as fires smolder in the world’s largest rain forest. The blazes triggered a wave of global outrage over the loss of precious trees. But California says it has a plan... Read More

NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors
State News
NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors

NEW YORK — Amid growing reports of vaping-related illnesses and even deaths, Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced an emergency ban on all e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol. “Vaping is dangerous, period,” Cuomo said. “It is addicting young people... Read More

California Lawmakers Ban Exotic Animals at Circuses
State News
California Lawmakers Ban Exotic Animals at Circuses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Circuses in California would no longer be allowed to include wild animals under a bill state legislators sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. Should Newsom sign Senate Bill 313, circuses in the state will no longer... Read More

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

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