Tag: States (US)

Democratic-Allied Group Pours $60 Million Into State Legislative Races

A Democratic-aligned group is investing nearly $60 million in state legislative races in five states, a significant sum in an often overlooked political arena where Democrats have struggled for decades. The group, the States Project, said it was focusing on flipping a single seat in the Arizona State Senate that could swing it to Democratic […]

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Judge Temporarily Suspends Indiana Abortion Ban

It also adds to the shifting and often chaotic patchwork of abortion regulations across the country as conservative legislatures push for tighter restrictions and abortion rights groups challenge them in court. The legal challenges are seeking to establish a right to abortion in individual state constitutions. Such cases, though in preliminary stages, are being watched […]

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A Sneaky Form of Climate Obstruction Hurts Pension Funds

In several Republican-led states, the officials who oversee pension funds for millions of state workers are being told, or may soon be told, to ignore the financial risks associated with a warming world. There’s something distinctly anti-free market about policymakers limiting investment professionals’ choices — and it’s putting the retirement savings of millions at risk. […]

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Rise in Deaths Spurs Effort to Raise Alcohol Taxes

Deaths caused by drinking also rose during the pandemic, spiking 25 percent in 2020 over the previous year. But the deaths — which have topped 140,000 nationwide — have been rising for decades in every state. Few places have seen a greater uptick than Oregon, where the rate of alcohol-induced deaths grew 2.5 times from […]

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First Kansas, Next Michigan and Beyond as Abortion Ballot Measures Spread

The inclusion of an abortion-rights referendum on Michigan’s November ballot has given Democrats hope for a wave of enthusiastic voter turnout on Election Day as the movement to allow voters to decide the issue directly sweeps outward from the first state that did so, Kansas. Democrats in Michigan say the referendum will supercharge activism among […]

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You Can’t Talk About MAGA America in Hushed Tones

President Biden is right. The so-called MAGA movement, led by Donald Trump, is a direct threat to democratic self-government in the United States. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” as Biden put it in Philadelphia last week. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the […]

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Trump Couldn’t Have Done What He Did Without States Leading the Way

Grumbach argued that their divergent perspectives grew out of different approaches to assessing “policy responsiveness to public opinion.” One measure, Grumbach wrote, is what he calls “cross-sectional responsiveness”: In a snapshot in time, do more conservative places have conservative policies and vice versa? On this score, things look good. Cross-sectional responsiveness is stronger now than […]

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How Michigan Resisted Far Right Extremism

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A brutal plot to abduct the governor. An armed protest in the galleries of the State Capitol. A candidate for governor who stormed the halls of Congress — only to see his popularity rise. In Michigan, you can feel extremism creeping into civic life. Michigan is far from the only state […]

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Before Midterms, Election Officials Increase Security Over Threats

In Wisconsin, one of the nation’s key swing states, cameras and plexiglass now fortify the reception area of a county election office in Madison, the capital, after a man wearing camouflage and a mask tried to open locked doors during an election in April. In another bellwether area, Maricopa County, Ariz., where beleaguered election workers […]

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California’s Heat Wave Sets Records, and Stretches Power Grid

A vast dome of high pressure has edged westward and settled over California, inflicting sweltering and record-setting temperatures across much of the state and threatening to strain the state’s power grid. Pasadena touched 103 degrees over the weekend, breaking a daily record set in 1938. Burbank hit 110 degrees. To the north, in the Central […]

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Abortion and Trump Are Giving Democrats a Shot

Forget Hot Girl Summer. We just came off Hot Primary Summer, which featured fewer tequila shots than the Megan Thee Stallion-inspired original — unless, maybe, you were partying with Dr. Oz — but still packed way more drama than you’d expect in a midterm election cycle. Republican voters in Georgia stiff-arming Donald Trump? Democratic House […]

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Climate Change Is Ravaging the Colorado River. There’s a Model to Avert the Worst.

YAKIMA, Wash. — The water managers of the Yakima River basin in arid Central Washington know what it’s like to fight over water, just like their counterparts along the Colorado River are fighting now. They know what it’s like to be desperate, while drought, climate change, population growth and agriculture shrink water supplies to crisis […]

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Pennsylvania Stakes Its Claim as Center of the Political Universe

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Pennsylvania, the site of crucial victories and devastating defeats for both political parties in recent elections, has emerged as the nation’s center of political gravity and its ultimate battleground as peak campaign season arrives. Perhaps no other state features as many high-stakes, competitive races, each pulsing with political currents shaping midterm campaigns […]

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A Solar Firm Plans to Build Off-Grid Neighborhoods in California

For more than a century, governments have offered electric utilities a monopoly on selling power to homes and businesses so long as they agreed to serve everybody and subject themselves to regulation. But as homeowners have begun installing solar panels and batteries, that simple arrangement has become more complicated. That has led to fierce battles […]

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Ron DeSantis Is a Test Case

In the United States, Pildes wrote, “one might imagine the party in power during unified government would seek to dramatically expand the number and size of the federal courts, then fill these new positions.” Trump, Pildes noted, has already indicated that “one of the first things he’d do if re-elected would be an executive order […]

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Donald Trump’s Death Grip Has Upended the G.O.P. Senate Map

As today’s politicians go, Senator Michael Bennet is kind of boring. Ideologically moderate. Dispositionally low-key. Scandal-free. A sensible technocrat rather than a charismatic ideologue. Heck, when Mr. Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, ran for president in 2020, he joked that a perk of electing him would be that people could simply forget about him for days […]

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What’s With All the Fluff About a New Civil War, Anyway?

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The idea was to be permanently chastened by the Civil War, that the relief of emancipation and reunification would always be tempered by the shock of 600,000 corpses. And yet “civil war” has lately become one of those zeitgeist phrases that rattle around the internet, like “quiet quitting” or “Pete Davidson.” After […]

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Fall Vaccination Campaign Will Bring New Shots, Worse Access

“We have criticisms of the way the initial vaccine rollout happened, but there was really a very significant effort to get everyone vaccinated,” said Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, a University of Minnesota sociologist, who mentioned mandates, financial rewards and large events. “None of that really exists with boosters.” With Covid deaths having plateaued around 480 a day, […]

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The Way to Slow Climate Change Is as Close as Your City Hall or School Board

Three months after taking office as America’s 46th president, Joe Biden made a solemn pledge to the world: He declared that the United States, which is more responsible for the climate crisis than any other nation, would cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 from their 2005 peak. The big climate law that […]

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Let’s Stop Paying for Wildlife Conservation Through Gun Sales

By contrast, between 2011 and 2016, “the most substantial increases in participation” in “wildlife-related activities” involved “observing and photographing wildlife,” which surged 20 percent, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service survey. Unsurprisingly, spending by wildlife watchers rose too, by 29 percent, from $59 billion to $76 billion on equipment and trip-related expenses. Opinion Conversation […]

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California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars

WASHINGTON — California is expected to put into effect on Thursday its sweeping plan to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, a groundbreaking move that could have major effects on the effort to fight climate change and accelerate a global transition toward electric vehicles. “This is huge,” said Margo Oge, an electric […]

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California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars

WASHINGTON — California is expected to put into effect on Thursday its sweeping plan to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, a groundbreaking move that could have major effects on the effort to fight climate change and accelerate a global transition toward electric vehicles. “This is huge,” said Margo Oge, an electric […]

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When Will We Know Who Won in New York and Florida Elections?

Florida and New York are on the clock: A series of primaries on Tuesday, some fiercely competitive, are posing the latest test of each state’s efficiency at counting votes and reporting timely results. New York is holding its first primaries since it streamlined its process for counting mail-in ballots, which election experts say should reduce […]

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New York: How to Vote, Where to Vote and Candidates on the Ballot

For the second time in two months, New Yorkers are voting in primary races, this time for Congress and the State Senate. There are several competitive congressional primaries and special elections, but there’s concern that a rare August primary, when many New Yorkers are distracted or away, will drive low turnout even lower than it […]

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Donald Trump’s Dangerous Gambit

On one level, the conservative assault on law enforcement feels discordant, ironic, even hypocritical. Especially when you consider that the F.B.I. has an achingly conservative culture and has long enjoyed a chummy relationship with the Republican Party. More specifically, it bears noting that the F.B.I.’s director, Christopher Wray, was picked by Mr. Trump. But on […]

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Gov. Newsom Vetoes Bill for Safe Drug-Injection Sites in California

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed legislation on Monday that would have allowed some California cities to open supervised drug-injection sites as part of a pilot program meant to stem a rushing tide of fatal overdoses. “I have long supported the cutting edge of harm reduction strategies,” he said in a veto letter. “However, […]

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Gavin Newsom’s Next Political Test Is an Injection-Site Bill

Then, as some people approached, she offered, “Narcan?” She held out white boxes filled with the nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses, while her colleague biked ahead, pausing to staple Narcan packages to trees. Ms. Snakeoil, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sidewalk Project, which helps people living on the streets, said Mr. Newsom […]

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Monkeypox Vaccine Plan Prods Cities and States to Adopt New Dosing Regimen

WASHINGTON — The White House, under pressure to contain a growing monkeypox outbreak, announced on Thursday that it was sending 1.8 million vaccine doses to jurisdictions that agree to use a new vaccination protocol, as public health officials prepare for Gay Pride events and the return to college campuses, which they fear could hasten spread […]

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Advocates Urge Mississippi to Expand Medicaid for Mothers After Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk […]

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Advocates Urge Mississippi to Expand Medicaid for Mothers After Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk […]

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A Functional Congress? Yes.

Describing Congress as dysfunctional seems unobjectionable, even clichéd. I’ve done it myself this summer. Yet as the current session enters its final months, the description feels off. The 117th Congress has been strikingly functional. On a bipartisan basis, it has passed bills to build roads and other infrastructure; tighten gun safety; expand health care for […]

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