Tag: State Legislatures

Illinois Lawmaker and Community Leaders Are Working to Suspend Current History Curriculum That ‘Leads to White Privilege and a Racist Society’

Photo: hxdbzxy (Shutterstock) A group of community leaders in Illinois are working with a state lawmaker to abolish the current history curriculum in their local school districts because they believe it leads to “white privilege and a racist society.” Advertisement CNN reports that state Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, and several community leaders in Evanston, Ill., […]

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From Outsider to Insider: Karen Bass’s Unexpected Journey to Power

LOS ANGELES — In 2008, as California confronted its most severe fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, the center of power in the state capital was a tent. It was set up in the courtyard outside the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an invitation-only retreat with folding chairs, a fake grass floor and ashtrays. Mr. […]

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When Utility Money Talks

The billion-dollar bailout of one of Ohio’s biggest utilities seemed suspicious from the start. It turns out the F.B.I. was paying attention, too. Federal agents recently raided the home of the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder, and charged him with racketeering. He and his associates are accused of operating a $60 […]

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Alaska Midair Collision Kills 7, Officials Say

Seven people were killed, including a member of the Alaska State Legislature, after two planes collided in midair on Friday morning in the Alaskan city of Soldotna, the authorities said. Officials said the collision, between a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a Piper-PA12, happened at 8:30 a.m. local time, two miles northeast of Soldotna […]

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About 20% of N.J. Prisoners Could Be Freed to Avoid Virus

New Jersey lawmakers seemed close to supporting legislation on Thursday that could free more than 3,000 prisoners — about 20 percent of the state’s prison population — months before their release dates in response to the extraordinary threat posed by the coronavirus in tightly packed correctional facilities. Inmates who are within a year of completing […]

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Primary Wave May Make N.Y. Legislature One of Nation’s Most Liberal

A slew of progressive challengers upset entrenched incumbents in the New York Legislature in the recent Democratic primary, cementing their movement’s influence in Albany and making it likely that the state government will become one of the most liberal in the nation. The results, held up for weeks because of delays caused by the coronavirus […]

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Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Pours $15 Million Into Races in 8 States

Michael R. Bloomberg’s gun control organization will focus its political advertising spending this fall on eight states where it aims to help Democrats flip three Senate seats, wrest control of state legislatures and lift former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to victory in Florida. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is making an initial […]

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Powerful Ohio Republican Is Arrested in $60 Million Corruption Scheme

Federal agents on Tuesday arrested one of the most powerful officials in Ohio state government, the Republican House speaker, along with a former state Republican Party chairman and three other people in what law enforcement officials described as a $60 million scheme to bail out a foundering energy company. In a criminal complaint, the F.B.I. […]

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New Yorkers, Voting Could Get Much Easier for You

New York’s Legislature is meeting virtually, for the most part, this week, tackling unfinished business amid the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the state’s health and its finances. Given what New York and other hard-hit states are up against, the Legislature has its work cut out for it. At least one form of […]

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Utility Company Gave Jobs to Allies of Top Illinois Democrat, Prosecutors Say

When it came to a scheme to try to influence the speaker of the Illinois House, a politician so deft and powerful that he is known as the “Velvet Hammer,” a lobbyist had some plain advice for his client, Commonwealth Edison, the state’s largest electric utility, prosecutors say. “I would say to you, don’t put […]

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The Legal System Should Not Be a Tool for Bullies

The New York State Legislature has before it an important bill that would discourage abusive lawsuits filed with the sole purpose of silencing critics. Known as SLAPPs, for strategic lawsuits against public participation, the suits are deliberate misuses of the legal system intended to choke off free speech. Individuals and organizations who file a SLAPP […]

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What Time Do Polls Close in Alabama, Maine and Texas?

Three states with vastly different electoral profiles are holding primary elections on Tuesday: Alabama, Maine and Texas. The marquee contests include a Republican primary for Senate in Alabama in which President Trump is pursuing a personal vendetta; a Democratic primary for Senate in Maine whose winner will take on the only Republican from New England […]

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