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Hood Prevails in Mississippi's Democratic Primary for Governor; GOP Runoff Looms
State News
Hood Prevails in Mississippi's Democratic Primary for Governor; GOP Runoff Looms
2019-08-07 20:26:23
by Dan McCue

Jim Hood, Mississippi's four-term attorney general, beat seven rivals Tuesday night to become the Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor, while on the Republican side, second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves faces a runoff in three weeks against former state Supreme Court... Read More

New Democratic Majorities In States Lead to Rush of Bills
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New Democratic Majorities In States Lead to Rush of Bills

WASHINGTON — Democrats started the year newly in control of six state governments. They used that power to quickly undo years of conservative policies. Nevada decriminalized abortion, Maine expanded access to it and Illinois made it a “fundamental right.” New... Read More

Virginia Unveils Interpretive Signage At Arch That Bore Confederate Leader’s Name
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Virginia Unveils Interpretive Signage At Arch That Bore Confederate Leader’s Name

HAMPTON, Va. — Calling slavery an atrocity, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam presented new interpretive signs on Fort Monroe that explain the history behind an iron arch now stripped of any reference to the onetime president of the Confederacy. “When we... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement
Litigation
Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement
2019-08-06 20:34:14
by Dan McCue

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state’s primary. "Today we have taken decisive action in federal court challenging California’s... Read More

More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission
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More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission
2019-08-02 20:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With a week to go before the filing deadline, more than 10,300 Californians have applied to serve on the state's 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission. "This is great news for direct democracy," said Elaine M. Howle, California's state auditor,... Read More

Gerrymandering In Mind, Parties Target State Legislative Races
Elections
Gerrymandering In Mind, Parties Target State Legislative Races

WASHINGTON — With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling green-lighting partisan gerrymandering, groups on both sides of the aisle are looking at the 2020 elections as crucial to drawing what they describe as fair maps. Democratic groups learned lessons from the... Read More

In Oklahoma, More Than 155,000 See Voting Status Changed to 'Inactive'
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In Oklahoma, More Than 155,000 See Voting Status Changed to 'Inactive'
2019-08-02 18:20:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 155,367 Oklahomans had their voting status changes to "inactive" this week after they failed to respond to an address confirmation notice sent to them by the state election board. "Oklahoma has very few incidents of voter... Read More

All Missouri Schools Should Have Armed Officer Inside, Report Says
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All Missouri Schools Should Have Armed Officer Inside, Report Says

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Every Missouri school should have an armed law enforcement officer on hand to respond quickly to an active shooter, a new report says. After four months of work, a special task force headed by Lt. Gov.... Read More

Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says
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Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that state prison officials can’t find any company willing to supply drugs as an execution alternative to one that essentially has been declared cruel and unusual. He said he would talk... Read More

Pennsylvania To Offer Gender-Neutral Option On State IDs
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Pennsylvania To Offer Gender-Neutral Option On State IDs

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvanians will soon have three options when it comes to identifying themselves on their driver’s licenses and state IDs: male, female and X. In response to a growing number of residents asking for gender-neutral ID options and “national... Read More

NC Elections Board Chairman Resigns Following Sexist Joke at Convention
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NC Elections Board Chairman Resigns Following Sexist Joke at Convention

RALEIGH, N.C. — Bob Cordle, the North Carolina state Board of Elections chairman, resigned Tuesday night following reports about a sex joke he made Monday at a conference with hundreds of elections officials. “I sincerely apologize to those who heard... Read More

EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay
Environment
EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay

SEATTLE — Federal officials said Tuesday they would not block a proposed copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay despite objections by critics who contend it would imperil a fishery and harm wetlands and streams. The U.S. Environmental Protection... Read More

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