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Policy, State & Local

California to move to statewide reopening plan in June

April 7, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has led the nation’s most populous state through the pandemic using complicated metrics, county-by-county rules and a color-coded tier system dictating what people and businesses can do. But with summer approaching, more Californians getting vaccinated, and […]


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Corporate criticism of GOP-led voting bills spreads to Texas

April 1, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

The ranks of big corporations now criticizing GOP efforts to restrict voting access spread Thursday to Texas as measures that would reduce options to cast ballots and limit polling hours advanced in the state Capitol. American Airlines, which is based […]


Policy, State & Local

Here are the states that aren’t allowing the $10,200 unemployment tax break

March 30, 2021

Via: CNBC

More than a dozen states aren’t offering a new tax break on unemployment benefits. That means taxpayers will need to pay state tax on benefits they received last year, absent any forthcoming changes to state law. The American Rescue Plan […]


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Democrats push for gun reforms after second high-profile mass shooting in a week

March 23, 2021

Via: POLITICO

President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for a federal assault weapons ban and strengthened background checks for firearms sales in the aftermath of a deadly supermarket shooting in Boulder, Colo. — hoisting the contentious issue of gun reform among the […]


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As Congress prepares to take up D.C. statehood, national support grows

March 22, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

As the House prepares to take up the issue this week of statehood for the District of Columbia, a new national poll finds that 54% of likely voters think D.C. should be a state, a record high level of support. […]


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Louisiana holds special election Saturday for US House seats

March 19, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Three months after Louisiana voters determined the state’s congressional lineup, the presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic are forcing a new round of elections Saturday for two of those U.S. House seats. Democrat Cedric Richmond left his New Orleans-based congressional […]


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In Pennsylvania, Biden to highlight aid to small businesses

March 16, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

President Joe Biden turned up at a minority-owned flooring business in suburban Philadelphia on Tuesday to highlight how his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package can help small businesses and to put a face on those who have struggled throughout the […]


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Connecticut’s zoning laws a focus in racial equity debate

March 16, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

After the police killing of George Floyd, a Connecticut law professor invited architects, planners and land use attorneys to a discussion of how local zoning worsens the state’s racial inequities. Over 200 people logged onto her impromptu Zoom meeting. Months […]


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Twitter sues Texas AG to stop “retaliatory” content-moderation probe

March 11, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Twitter is suing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, alleging that a probe Paxton launched into its business is an act of retaliation against the platform’s choice to ban the account of former US President Donald Trump. The suit (PDF) accuses […]


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Senate approves relief package with $350B in state and local aid

March 8, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The Senate on Saturday approved its version of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes $350 billion in long-sought assistance to state and local governments that’ve seen their budgets depleted by the pandemic. The bill, which passed after a […]