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South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

September 15, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation. That’s the argument made in recent court filings from Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney […]


Policy, State & Local

Capitol rally seeks to rewrite Jan. 6 by exalting rioters

September 13, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol on left-wing antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters to peaceful protesters or even tourists. Now, allies of former President Donald Trump are […]


Policy, State & Local

Justice Department sues Texas over state’s new abortion law

September 10, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

The Justice Department has sued Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.” The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Texas, asks a federal judge to […]


Education, Industry, Policy, State & Local

Judge tosses lawsuit over New York school district’s facial-recognition plan

September 7, 2021

Via: StateScoop

A judge last week dismissed a lawsuit brought against a Western New York school district’s recent use of facial recognition in its facilities, ruling that the case was moot thanks to a December law curtailing the use of the surveillance […]


Policy, State & Local

Seeing danger, some in GOP leery of Texas abortion law

September 3, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Almost instantly after most abortions were banned in Texas, Democrats were decrying the new law as unconstitutional, an assault on women’s health that must be challenged. But the reaction from many Republicans on the other side hasn’t been nearly as […]


Policy, State & Local

Capitol Police officers sue Trump, allies over insurrection

August 26, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

U.S. Capitol Police officers who were attacked and beaten during the Capitol riot filed a lawsuit Thursday against former President Donald Trump, his allies and members of far-right extremist groups, accusing them of intentionally sending a violent mob on Jan. […]


Policy, State & Local

Hochul, NY’s 1st female governor, inherits vast challenges

August 24, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York on Tuesday, inheriting immense challenges as she takes over an administration facing criticism for inaction during Andrew Cuomo’s distracted final months in office. Hochul, a Democrat and former member of […]


Health Care, Industry, Policy, State & Local

Texas Supreme Court temporarily blocks mask mandates

August 16, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday temporarily halted lower court rulings that allowed local government entities and school districts to implement mask mandates in defiance of an order from Governor Greg Abbott. A hearing on the earlier temporary injunction is […]


Policy, State & Local

Md. Democratic comptroller candidates support cannabis legalization, equitable industry

August 16, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

As efforts to legalize cannabis in Maryland ramp up, Democratic comptroller candidates are looking to create an equitable marijuana industry in the state. House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) said last month that she would support a referendum next […]


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More pressure on Texas Democrats as GOP moves to end holdout

August 11, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Thirty days after Democrats left Texas to stop new voting restrictions, cracks in the standoff widened Tuesday as more began returning home from Washington, D.C., and Republicans again authorized using law enforcement to find those who still refuse to come […]