Cuomo Ally Resigns From Post as State Watchdog

Letizia Tagliafierro, the former inspector general, is the latest in a string of high-profile departures, as allies and appointees of the former governor leave state government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hochul-kathleen-c, #inspectors-general, #new-york-state, #percoco-joseph, #state-legislatures, #tagliafierro-letizia

Where Redistricting Stands in 14 States

We took a look at possible shifts in partisan power as redistricting maps start to trickle out.

#democratic-party, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Are We Still Going Great Guns?

The subject is guns. The password is safety.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #chipman-david-h-1966, #democratic-party, #firearms, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-christopher-scott, #republican-party, #schaefer-matt, #senate, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

2 Parties, 2 Maps: Democrats and Republicans Squabble on Redistricting

Two competing proposals advance, and the failure to compromise may pave the way for Democrats to step in and knock out Republican congressional seats.

#new-york-state, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

2 Parties, 2 Maps: Democrats and Republicans Squabble on Redistricting

Two competing proposals advance, and the failure to compromise may pave the way for Democrats to step in and knock out Republican congressional seats.

#new-york-state, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Urged to Reject Mississippi’s Attack on Roe v. Wade

In a new brief in a major abortion case, a clinic and a doctor asked the court to strike down a state law largely banning the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

#abortion, #fitch-lynn-1961, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #mississippi, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Conservative Lawyer Behind the Texas Abortion Law

Jonathan Mitchell has never had a high profile in the anti-abortion movement, but he developed and promoted the legal approach that has flummoxed the courts and enraged abortion rights supporters.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #breyer-stephen-g, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #mitchell-jonathan-f, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #scalia-antonin, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j

The Texas Abortion Law: Here’s How it Works

There is little precedent for the provision that deputizes ordinary citizens to enforce an effective ban on abortions — and offers them a financial incentive to do so.

#law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas

Inside Missouri’s ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ Fight

A new law puts Missouri at the vanguard of states challenging federal authority on guns. It began as a backlash, and it has set off another.

#dorr-aaron, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #missouri, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #sheriffs, #state-legislatures

California Senate Passes Bill Reining In Amazon Labor Model

The bill would curb production quotas at Amazon and other companies that critics say are excessive and force workers to forgo bathroom breaks.

#accidents-and-safety, #amazon-com-inc, #california, #delivery-services, #law-and-legislation, #productivity, #state-legislatures, #storage, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Texas Abortion Law Didn’t Come Out of Thin Air

It’s a watershed moment in a long-running war on reproductive rights in the state.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas

Missouri Relocates Gay History Exhibit From State Capitol

The exhibit, which examined Kansas City’s contributions to the gay rights movement, was supposed to be in the Capitol building until the end of the year.

#discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kansas-city-mo, #missouri, #missouri-state-museum, #museums, #politics-and-government, #razer-greg, #state-legislatures, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #university-of-missouri

The Texas Abortion Supreme Court Ruling Was Long in the Making

The groundwork was laid long ago for the Texas anti-abortion law that the Supreme Court allowed to go into effect.

#abortion, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states

How G.O.P. Election Reviews Created a New Security Threat

As Republicans continue to challenge the 2020 results, voting equipment is being compromised when partisan insiders and unvetted operatives gain access.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-machines

N.Y. Legislature Expected to Extend Freeze on Evictions in Rare Special Session

The moratorium, which was to expire on Aug. 31, is part of the state’s effort to help tenants struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #evictions, #hochul-kathleen-c, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #state-legislatures

N.Y. Legislature Expected to Extend Freeze on Evictions

The moratorium, which was to expire on Aug. 31, is part of the state’s effort to help tenants struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #evictions, #hochul-kathleen-c, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #state-legislatures

As Washington Stews, State Legislatures Increasingly Shape American Politics

From voting rights to the culture wars, state legislatures controlled by Republicans are playing a role well beyond their own state borders.

#american-legislative-exchange-council, #arizona, #elections-house-of-representatives, #georgia, #national-conference-of-state-legislatures, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Texas House Passes Voting Bill as G.O.P. Nears a Hard-Fought Victory

The Republican bill, which would overhaul elections in Texas and introduce a range of new voting rules, must be approved by the State Senate before it can head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

California Advances Zoning Measure to Allow Duplexes

The assembly passed a bill that allows two-unit buildings on lots that for generations have been reserved for single-family homes.

#california, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #state-legislatures, #wiener-scott-1970, #zoning

How the Supreme Court Could Slowly Sabotage Roe v. Wade

Justices fearing a backlash might not be ready to overturn the ruling. But Texas offers a way to restrict abortion further.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #kennedy-anthony-m, #mississippi, #national-right-to-life-committee, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states

When Will Texas Say Enough’s Enough to Greg Abbott?

Voters should take “personal responsibility” and find a better person to run Texas.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #census, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-tex, #houston-tex, #masks, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas

End of Walkout Splits Texas Democrats: ‘We Feel Betrayed and Heartbroken’

The return of three absent Democrats injected a new wave of uncertainty into the national battle over voting rights.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coleman-garnet-f, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #turner-chris, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

She Was Declared a Witch at Salem. These Middle Schoolers Want to Clear Her Name.

An eighth-grade class in North Andover, Mass., is seeking to clear the name of Elizabeth Johnson Jr., who was convicted of witchcraft in 1693.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #history-academic-subject, #johnson-elizabeth-jr-1670-1716, #massachusetts, #north-andover-mass, #salem-mass, #state-legislatures, #witchcraft

A Storm Soaks Austin and the Texas Corridors of Power

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday declared an “all hands on deck” response to the flooding inside the State Capitol.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #floods, #rain, #state-legislatures, #texas, #travis-county-tex, #weather

Cuomo Will No Longer Face Impeachment, Assembly Leader Says

Carl Heastie, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, said the body would end its investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo when his resignation takes effect later this month.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #governors-us, #heastie-carl-e, #impeachment, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #state-legislatures, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What Makes Cuomo So Grabby?

The non-grabby Cuomo doesn’t look good, either.

#content-type-personal-profile, #cuomo-andrew-m, #governors-us, #impeachment, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #state-legislatures, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Federal Judge Blocks Ban on Nearly All Abortions in Arkansas

The law would have banned the procedure except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.

#abortion, #arkansas, #baker-kristine-g, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hutchinson-asa, #law-and-legislation, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #rutledge-leslie-1976, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us

Dolly Parton Tried to Get Tennessee Vaccinated. But It’s Not Enough.

I just don’t get it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fiscus-michelle, #parton-dolly, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

Texas Has Broken My Heart

The natural optimism of some of my fellow Texans has fallen to deep cynicism.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #patrick-dan-1950, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Texas Democrats Plan to Flee State to Highlight G.O.P. Voting Restrictions

The move would be an attempt to become national symbols in the fight for voting rights, as Republicans in the state move ahead with a bill that would impose new limits on casting a ballot.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

After All-Night Hearing, Texas Republicans Advance Voting Measure

A Republican-backed bill to overhaul the state’s voting system cleared a key House committee in the legislature on Sunday morning after nearly 24 hours of testimony.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #hidalgo-lina, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #orourke-beto, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas Democrats Weigh Options for Blocking Voting Bill, Including Flight

Some Democrats want to flee the state to deny Republicans a quorum and prevent a vote on stringent new restrictions on voting. Others want to fight on procedural grounds.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #texas, #turner-chris, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Citizens, Not the State, Will Enforce New Abortion Law in Texas

The measure bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. And it effectively deputizes ordinary citizens to sue people involved in the process.

#abortion, #guttmacher-institute, #lubbock-tex, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #state-legislatures, #texas, #texas-right-to-life

Texas Republicans Reveal Bills of Far-Reaching Voting Restrictions

In their second attempt to pass a sweeping elections overhaul, Republican lawmakers followed the broad outlines of the first, including a wide range of measures to limit voting access.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #patrick-dan-1950, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Abbott Opens Texas G.O.P.’s Push to Reshape the State

Calling a special session of the Legislature, Gov. Greg Abbott commenced a fierce political clash as state Republicans seek to restrict voting, transgender rights and how racism is taught.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

This Wave of Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws is Un-American

We differ in our views on critical race theory. But we agree that the current attempts to ban it from K-12 education are misguided and dangerous.

#censorship, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-legislatures, #united-states

How G.O.P. Laws in Montana Could Complicate Voting for Native Americans

Restrictions passed by the Republican-led Montana Legislature could have stark effects on Native American reservations, where voting in person can mean a two-hour drive.

#blackfeet-indian-reservation-mont, #law-and-legislation, #montana, #native-american-rights-fund-nonprofit, #native-americans, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

Proving Racist Intent: Democrats Face High New Bar in Opposing Voting Laws

Democrats and voting rights groups say they can no longer count on the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, to serve as a backstop for preventing racially discriminatory voting restrictions.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #arizona, #democratic-party, #evers-tony-1951, #law-and-legislation, #naacp-legal-defense-fund, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-act-1965

2020 Election Spurs Resignations and Retirements of Officials

The draining work of 2020 has spurred resignations and retirements. In a recent survey, one in three officials said they felt unsafe in the jobs.

#absentee-voting, #anxiety-and-stress, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Dear Leader: A Near-Perfect Letter From a Trump Sycophant, Annotated

Chris Kapenga, a Wisconsin Republican leader, wrote a letter to former President Trump that is a valuable master class in sucking up to the party leader.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #wisconsin

Why California Banned State-Funded Travel to Florida and Elsewhere

Tuesday: Officials are expanding a ban on taxpayer-funded travel to places that have enacted anti-L.G.B.T.Q. legislation.

#bonta-rob-1972, #california, #discrimination, #state-legislatures

Lawmakers Sue N.Y.P.D., Saying They Were Beaten With Bicycles at Protest

State Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson say they were assaulted and pepper-sprayed by the police during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #brooklyn-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #myrie-zellnor, #police-department-nyc, #richardson-diana-c, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil

The G.O.P.’s Anti-Voting-Rights ‘Doom Loop’ for Democracy

Voting rights, minority rule and the G.O.P.’s assault on elections.

#republican-party, #state-legislatures, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Why Democrats Are Reluctantly Making Voter ID Laws a Bargaining Chip

While party leaders have long worried about the discriminatory effects of such laws, many now see other restrictive voting measures pushed by Republicans as a more urgent threat.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #hispanic-americans, #identification-devices, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Michigan Republicans Debunk Voter Fraud Claims in Unsparing Report

The report, produced by a G.O.P.-led committee in the State Senate, exposes false claims made about the 2020 election by Trump allies in Michigan and other states.

#detroit-mich, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Texas G.O.P. to Renew Voting Push as Abbott Calls Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, was forced to call for the special session after Democratic lawmakers staged a walkout last month to temporarily foil a major G.O.P. voting restrictions bill.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

A Crucial Voting Rights Decision

Is the Supreme Court willing to step in and settle the fight over restrictive voter laws?

#arizona, #audio-neutral-informative, #democratic-party, #liptak-adam, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

Why G.O.P.-Led States Are Banning the Police From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

Missouri is the latest state to throw down a challenge to the enforcement of federal firearms laws as Republicans seek to thwart President Biden’s gun control proposals.

#everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #missouri, #nixon-jay, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #state-legislatures, #states-us

Hopes Fade for Imminent Federal Deal on College Athletes, Pressuring N.C.A.A.

New state laws are scheduled to take effect on July 1, but there are vanishingly low expectations for a deal in Washington in the coming days.

#blumenthal-richard, #cantwell-maria, #emmert-mark, #law-and-legislation, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #senate, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wicker-roger

Larry Householder, a Former Speaker, Is Expelled from the Ohio House

The 75-to-21 vote to expel Representative Larry Householder came nearly a year after he was charged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to bail out a foundering energy company.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #householder-larry, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #money-laundering, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #state-legislatures