Tag: State Legislatures

Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs and It Wants You to Know It

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement. Their region had its act together, they had been far more prepared and they were free of drama. That message came from […]

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New York Returns 25,000 Jobs to Amazon

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted, choosing to jeer at Amazon as it canceled its plans on Thursday to build a new headquarters in Queens, after some local officials angrily criticized its proposal. What a strange thing for the mayor to take pride in. […]

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Unmistakable Divide Among Women in Virginia Over Accusations Against Fairfax

RICHMOND, Va. — To Constance Cordovilla, the president of the Virginia National Organization for Women, the two sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax are not just grounds for him to resign — the detailed claims also demand that women side with his accusers. “It would set back survivors if we don’t because […]

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New York Millionaires Tell Albany: Tax Us, Please

ALBANY — A millionaire walks into the State Capitol and says, “Raise my taxes.” Please. This was no joke: The millionaire was Morris Pearl, a former BlackRock executive who is the chairman of a group called the Patriotic Millionaires, a group dedicated to pushing for higher taxes on businesses and the ultrarich. Testifying on Tuesday […]

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How 7 Women Helped Put Sexual Harassment on Albany’s Agenda

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] There is an unwritten rule in Albany known as the Bear Mountain Compact, a promise that whatever happens north of Bear Mountain — a vast region that includes the state capital — stays there. For decades, that compact has governed […]

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On His Visit to Albany, de Blasio Gets a (Mostly) Hearty Embrace

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — After years of journeying to the State Capitol for reliable doses of Republican rejection, Mayor Bill de Blasio, on his first budget trip here under a new Democratic regime, was likely prepared for at least some agita. […]

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How West Virginia’s Education Bill Will Punish Children

Last week, West Virginia lawmakers approved an education bill that, if signed into law, would weaken the future negotiating ability of educators, drastically changing the public school system in one of the nation’s most disadvantaged states. Just 11 months ago, West Virginia public schoolteachers took to the streets demanding a pay raise and more funding […]

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Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment

RICHMOND, Va. — Justin E. Fairfax’s refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader at a moment when the state’s other two top leaders, both white, are resisting calls to quit after admitting […]

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Anti-Abortion Activists Still See Their Best Chance in Years to Chip Away at Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — Despite a temporary setback at the Supreme Court on Thursday night, the anti-abortion movement nationwide is pursuing its best chance in years to aggressively curb abortion access, and with a bench it believes remains in its favor. For years, anti-abortion activists have advanced a long-term and wide-ranging strategy to control state legislatures and […]

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Tensions Over Political Resistance to Amazon Boil Over in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday ratcheted up the pressure on political opponents of a deal to bring Amazon to New York City, warning that they would face the wrath of voters if the company pulled out and took […]

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Albany’s ‘Wonder Twins’ Form a Power Duo, Challenging Cuomo’s Influence

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For the better part of the last decade, the State Capitol was a house divided: Democrats led the Assembly, Republicans ruled the Senate and most everything got stuck in between. Then came the blue wave of the […]

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Trump Loves a Culture War

The State of the Union address on Tuesday night was, as expected, an interminable farrago of boasting, nativism, saccharine clichés and outright lies. Among the biggest of those lies were Donald Trump’s claims about third-trimester abortion. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be […]

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Amazon Wants to Come to New York. This Senator May Stand in the Way.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Amazon has a market value of hundreds of billions of dollars, the support of New York’s governor and mayor and an army of lobbyists devoted to its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City. […]

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Senate Appoints Critic of Amazon Deal to Key Board (With Veto Power)

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio crafted a deal to bring a major new Amazon campus to New York City late last year, they tried to make it hard to block. Opposition among local elected […]

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Albany’s Blue Wave Wastes No Time Changing Laws. What’s Next?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When the Democrats wrested control of both legislative bodies in Albany, they wasted little time pushing through their reform agendas that had been languishing for years. It was as if the dam had broken for the blue wave. To […]

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Fake News About Abortion in Virginia

Under current law in Virginia, third-trimester abortions are permitted when a woman’s physician and two other doctors certify that continuing a pregnancy would result in a mother’s death, or “substantially and irremediably impair the mental or physical health of the woman.” This week Kathy Tran, a Democrat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, testified in favor […]

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Republicans Rewrote Voting Laws for 8 Years. Now Democrats Say It’s Their Turn.

WASHINGTON — In the years after Republicans swept state and congressional elections in 2010, legislatures in 25 states — all but a handful of them dominated by the party — enacted laws that made it harder to register and vote, from imposing ID requirements and curbing voter registration drives to rolling back early voting periods. […]

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They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For more than a decade, victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York have asked lawmakers here for the chance to seek justice — only to be blocked by powerful interests including insurance companies, private schools and […]

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All Red or All Blue, State Legislatures Run to Partisan Sides

ST. PAUL — Days after nearly dying during cancer treatments, Hunter Cantrell, a 23-year-old university student, made what seemed a quixotic decision: He would run for the Minnesota House of Representatives to plead for affordable health care for all. To the shock of nearly everyone, Mr. Cantrell flipped a Republican-held seat in the suburbs of […]

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Freshman in College, Freshman in the Capitol: West Virginia’s 19-Year-Old Lawmaker

Caleb Hanna was a child when Barack Obama won the White House and, like many African Americans, he recalled his excitement at seeing “someone who looks like me become president.” But Mr. Hanna, now 19, soured on Mr. Obama’s policies. This month, he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates as a Republican, […]

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