Tag: State Legislatures

A Sad Last Gasp Against Criminal Justice Reform

Across the country, a movement away from incarceration has been a rare point of consensus among Americans who can agree on little else. Yet talking about reform is one thing. Doing the work — asking for public trust while emptying cells in jails and prisons — will be harder. That’s what’s happening now in New […]

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Kentucky Governor Race: Matt Bevin Concedes to Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. — For a governor who had invariably made the political personal, it was a pointedly personal outcome on Thursday when Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky bowed to the inevitable and conceded after a recanvass of votes showed clearly that the Democrat Andy Beshear would be the state’s next governor. Mr. Bevin had alienated […]

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The Tropical Conclave Where Politicians and Lobbyists Go to Make Deals

SAN JUAN, P.R. — It was 11 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day, and two likely candidates to be New York City’s next mayor — Corey Johnson, the Council speaker, and Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president — were deep in conversation under purple-lit palms outside a beachfront hotel. Inside, the New York […]

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As Kentucky Rechecks Votes, Many Are Ready to Move On. The Governor Is Not.

Each of Kentucky’s 120 counties will spend about an hour Thursday morning double-checking the vote totals from Election Day last week, a procedure requested by the state’s incumbent governor after he lost the contest by about 5,000 votes. On the eve of the recanvass — which is widely expected to confirm the victory of Attorney […]

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New Normal in Key State for 2020 Race: Political Deadlock

MADISON, Wis. — The governor of Wisconsin called a special session last week to debate gun legislation. It resulted in exactly zero new laws, and it lasted less than a minute. Such is life these days in Wisconsin, a state that for much of the last decade was a laboratory for some of the nation’s […]

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How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue

A new kind of suburbanization is sweeping through politics, from Richmond to Atlanta, Houston, Denver and elsewhere, and Democrats are starting to breach Republicans’ firewalls in elections. Where Democrats Took Control Democrats have gained about 20 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2015, especially in Northern Virginia and the Richmond area. #g-virginia-box , […]

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How to Use Your State as a Laboratory for Democracy

The last time Virginia Democrats had unified control of state government was 1993, under Governor Douglas L. Wilder. But it was a very different party — with rural strongholds in south and southwestern Virginia — and a very different majority, with moderates, conservatives and just a spattering of liberals. This new majority, elected on Tuesday, […]

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Don’t Let Party Hacks Hijack Election Reform

In the coming weeks, New York could adopt a strong system of public financing of elections and help bring good government to Albany. Or it could set up an incumbent-protection racket. Guess which way things are leaning? The long fight for public financing in New York State got a big break this year, after Gov. […]

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Shelly Simonds, Who Lost Random Draw in 2017 Race, Wins Handily in Virginia

Her 2017 run for the Virginia House of Delegates ended in heartbreak, with her losing a random-chance draw out of a bowl after she tied her opponent with 11,607 votes apiece. This time, there was little drama for Shelly Simonds. Ms. Simonds, a Democrat, handily won her seat in Virginia’s 94th District on Tuesday, flipping […]

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Winning the Nightmare-Commute Vote

MANASSAS PARK, Va. — If Democrats take control of the Virginia state legislature on Tuesday, they will hold unified power in this Southern state for the first time in a generation. They will have a chance to enact stricter gun laws, to expand L.G.B.T.Q. rights, to raise the state’s minimum wage. And they will preside […]

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North Carolina Lawmakers Pass Bill to Close Sexual Assault Loopholes

For the past four decades, a loophole in North Carolina sexual assault law made it impossible for a woman to revoke consent after a sex act had begun. Another loophole, a result of a 2008 court ruling, made it legal to have sex with someone who is incapacitated if that person’s condition was caused by […]

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N.C.A.A. Considers Loosening Rules for Athletes Seeking Outside Deals

ATLANTA — The N.C.A.A. Board of Governors, under increasing pressure from legislatures around the country, voted Tuesday to pave the way for college athletes to profit off their fame, but it came with an elephant-sized caveat: any future changes must be consistent with the collegiate model. The vote marked a surprising turn by the N.C.A.A., […]

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Florida Senate Votes to Remove Broward Sheriff Over Botched Parkland Response

The Florida Senate voted Wednesday to remove the Broward County sheriff, backing Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to oust him for the botched response to the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. The 25-15 vote for the removal of the sheriff, Scott Israel, a Democrat, was largely […]

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Texas House Speaker Facing Political Scandal Says He Won’t Run Again

AUSTIN — With the fallout from a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist plunging him deeper into scandal, the Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election to the leadership post or in his district. Though many inside the party had been pressuring him to […]

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Local News Is Dying. New York May Try to Pass a Law to Save It.

Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another death blow for local journalism. Another beloved newspaper slashes its staff; another longtime radio program goes silent. In New York, there might now be a novel solution: government intervention. Two state lawmakers are proposing a requirement that any cable company operating in New York offer a […]

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N.C.A.A.’s Defeat in California Shows Limits of a Besieged Juggernaut

The word went out minutes into last Wednesday’s meeting of California State trustees: The university had asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill to let student-athletes seek money beyond the costs of attendance. But few, if any, of the university leaders knew that Newsom had already decided to sign the measure and push the […]

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Paying College Athletes: Answers to Key Questions on New Law

California’s governor signed a bill that will allow students playing college sports to strike endorsement deals and hire agents, challenging the National Collegiate Athletic Association on a system that has been in place for decades and generates billions of dollars for universities. Here are answers to some questions surrounding California’s move and its repercussions. What […]

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California Governor Will Sign Plan to Let N.C.A.A. Athletes Be Paid

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will sign into law a plan to allow college athletes to strike endorsement deals, intensifying the legal and political clashes that could ultimately transform the economics of college sports. The governor’s signature, expected on Monday, will open a new front of legal pressure against the amateurism model that has been […]

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Anti-Semitic Slur by N.J. Lawmaker Draws Swift Backlash

At a closed meeting, the City Council president in Trenton, New Jersey’s capital, used an anti-Semitic slur to describe the negotiation tactics of a Jewish city attorney. “They were able to wait her out and jew her down,” the president, Kathy McBride, said, according to a recording. The comment, made at a session on Sept. […]

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