Sports Betting’s Next Big Election Battles Are in California

Tribal casinos, online sports books, card rooms and others may spend $200 million this year on competing visions for the biggest untapped sports betting market left in the United States.

#california, #casinos, #draftkings-inc, #gambling, #hollywood-park-racetrack-calif, #mayors, #native-americans, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #states-us

For the Climate, Biden Must Be More Aggressive in Ending New Truck and Bus Emissions

To meet his climate goals, the president must clean up these carbon-spewing vehicles. 

#air-pollution, #buses, #california, #canada, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #environmental-defense-fund, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #germany, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organized-labor, #quebec-province-canada, #respiratory-diseases, #states-us, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walmart-stores-inc

F.D.R.’s Court-Packing Plan Had Two Parts. We Need to Bring Back the Second.

Roosevelt warned about courts becoming a “third house of the national legislature.” History may be on the verge of repeating itself.

#appeals-courts-us, #law-and-legislation, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Democrats Are Failing to Defend Democracy

They need to get busy at the grassroots.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Imagine It’s 2024, and Republicans Are Declaring Trump President

Too many Americans are willing to believe in election lies, and their leaders eager to cater to that mistaken conviction.

#democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Michigan’s New Congressional Maps Undo Years of Gerrymandering

A citizen ballot initiative took redistricting out of the hands of partisan legislators. The result: competitive political districts — and an example of how to push back against hyperpartisanship.

#democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #michigan, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Georgia

The decision continued the administration’s rollback of the Trump-era policy, targeting the only remaining state with federal approval for the requirements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgia, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Whiplash on U.S. Vaccine Mandate Leaves Employers ‘Totally Confused’

Companies are struggling to figure out what to do as legal battles and rising Covid cases complicate their plans. Even up in the air: What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #food-and-drug-administration, #labor-and-jobs, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Map by Map, G.O.P. Chips Away at Black Democrats’ Power

Black elected officials in several states, from Congress down to the counties, have been drawn out of their districts this year or face headwinds to hold onto their seats.

#black-people, #bourdeaux-carolyn-1970, #butterfield-george-kenneth-jr, #congressional-black-caucus, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #georgia, #mcbath-lucy, #north-carolina, #ohio, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us

Two Years, 22 Rivers, 7,500 Miles. Crossing America by Canoe.

Paddling through the pandemic to see the country from water level “up close and personal at this interesting time.”

#astoria-ore, #canoes-and-canoeing, #hudson-river, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-harbor, #new-york-state, #rivers, #states-us, #statue-of-liberty, #united-states

How Tech is Helping Poor People Get Government Aid

Even as the government expanded aid programs, many people faced barriers to using them. That problem is now being addressed with apps and streamlined websites.

#chen-jimmy, #civilla, #code-for-america, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-stamps, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #poverty, #propel-inc, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

How the Politics of Abortion Are Poised to Intensify

The anti-abortion and abortion rights movements are already beginning to mobilize for a new, deeply unsettled post-Roe political reality.

#abortion, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

How to Store Your Covid Vaccine Card or Test Results on Your Phone

To plan for safe travels and gatherings this holiday season, here are some simple ways to take your Covid-related health data with you.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #bar-codes, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #google-inc, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smartphones, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

G.O.P. Cements Hold on Legislatures in Battleground States

Democrats were once able to count on wave elections to win back key statehouses. Republican gerrymandering is making that all but impossible.

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

SALT Deduction That Benefits the Rich Divides Democrats

House Democrats are poised to lift a cap on the state and local tax deduction, a gift to wealthy homeowners in some blue states.

#california, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-budget-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #house-of-representatives, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Abortion and Covid-19, a Court Goes Rogue

The Supreme Court has empowered a lower court that is out of control.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #duncan-kyle-1972, #engelhardt-kurt-damian, #jones-edith-hollan, #louisiana, #mississippi, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #pitman-robert-lee, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How a Cure for Gerrymandering Left U.S. Politics Ailing in New Ways

Independent commissions to oversee the redrawing of electoral maps were thought to be the solution to an age-old problem. Instead, they have become bogged down in political trench warfare.

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

How Republicans Have an Edge in the Emerging 2022 Congressional Maps

On a highly distorted congressional map that is still taking shape, the party has added enough safe House districts to capture control of the chamber based on its redistricting edge alone.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #midterm-elections-2022, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Conservatives Are Trying to Ban a Growing List of Books

The right-wing war on school libraries.

#american-library-assn, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #libraries-and-librarians, #out-of-darkness-book, #school-boards, #states-us, #youth

Madison Saw Something in the Constitution We Should Open Our Eyes To

The guarantee clause could help Democrats push back against the threat of Republican political hegemony. 

#constitution-us, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Core Legal Strategy Against Opioid Companies May Be Faltering

Two recent rulings rejected the “public nuisance” argument being used in thousands of cases against the industry, with more trials and settlement talks underway.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #local-government, #oklahoma-supreme-court, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #your-feed-science

This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

#alaska, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #railroads, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

10 Republican-led States Sue Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The lawsuit is being led by Missouri’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, and the attorney general of Nebraska, Doug Peterson.

#alaska, #arkansas, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #missouri, #nebraska, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization

Transgender Athletes Face Bans From Girls’ Sports in 10 U.S. States

Over the past two years, nine states have enacted laws to bar transgender girls and women from competing in girls’ and women’s sports. Another relied on an executive order for a ban.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #athletics-and-sports, #discrimination, #interscholastic-athletics, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

The Supreme Court Has Failed on Police Reform

Lawmakers must step up and do what the justices won’t.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colorado, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #virginia, #washington-dc

Divestment Is Pushing Money Away From Fossil Fuels

The divestment campaign has taken much of the shine off what was once the planet’s dominant industry.

#coal, #colleges-and-universities, #endowments, #ford-foundation, #france, #global-warming, #great-britain, #harvard-university, #ireland, #loyola-university-chicago, #manchin-joe-iii, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #paris-france, #peabody-coal-co, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #philanthropy, #princeton-university, #quebec-province-canada, #reed-college, #rockefeller-foundation, #roman-catholic-church, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #states-us, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states

Bye, Maryland? Lawmakers in 3 Counties Float a Plan to Secede From the State.

The proposal to join West Virginia seems destined to go nowhere. But it has tapped into deep-seated feelings of alienation in western Maryland, a mountainous panhandle wedged against the Mason-Dixon line.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hogan-lawrence-j, #justice-james-c-ii, #maryland, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #west-virginia

Why Public Health Is in Crisis: Threats, Departures, New Laws

An examination of hundreds of health departments around the country shows that the nation may be less prepared for the next pandemic than it was for the current one.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #doctors, #epidemics, #government-employees, #hot-springs-county-wyo, #local-government, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #port-angeles-wash, #states-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wilson-county-kan

Where Biden Is Most Vulnerable

He said he knew how to get things moving. But we’re stalled.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #internal-sub-only, #polls-and-public-opinion, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Voters Wanted Fair Redistricting. They May Get Gerrymandering Instead.

The independent commissions set up against gerrymandering might be hopeless.

#arizona, #bakerhostetler-llp, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colorado, #democratic-party, #ducey-doug-1964, #house-of-representatives, #michigan, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ferries in Alaska. Rail in Oregon. States Dream Big on Infrastructure Funds.

The infrastructure bill could reshape priorities across the country, jump-starting critical projects that stalled over funding. These are some of the possibilities.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Plans to Vote on Abortion Rights Bill

The measure has little chance of becoming law, but its consideration reflects a view among Democrats that the issue could resonate in midterm congressional elections.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Roe Under Threat, House Plans to Vote on Bill to Counter Abortion Curbs

The measure has little chance of becoming law, but its consideration reflects a view among Democrats that the issue could resonate in midterm congressional elections.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Redistricting Is the Name of the Game

Gimme an R! Gimme an E! Gimme a Districting!

#census, #house-of-representatives, #maloney-carolyn-b, #new-york-state, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #senate, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Pizza-Paved Path to the Far Side of the Covid Pandemic

With vaccines, walk the walk. It’s delicious.

#chapel-hill-nc, #italian-food-cuisine, #restaurants, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Why $46 Billion Couldn’t Prevent an Eviction Crisis

As national eviction protections lapse, much of the rental assistance sits unspent. Aid was slowed by red tape, resistance from landlords and the difficulty of navigating an informal market. Does a lease on a napkin qualify?

#affordable-housing, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #house-financial-services-committee, #landlords, #local-government, #poverty, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #section-8-housing, #sperling-gene, #states-us

Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government

When the New Covid Surge Struck, Mississippi Was Uniquely Unprepared

Poverty and politics have left the state with fewer doctors and nurses than it needs and hospitals on the brink of shutdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #mississippi, #politics-and-government, #reeves-tate-1974, #rural-areas, #shortages, #states-us

Cutting off jobless benefits early may have hurt state economies.

Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #federal-aid-us, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #research, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

Biden Administration to Use Federal Civil Rights Office to Deter States From School Mask Bans

The move, using the federal Department of Education’s civil rights enforcement authority, escalates the administration fight with Republican governors who are blocking local school districts from requiring masks to protect against the virus.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #education-department-us, #masks, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

More Than 59,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Are Recalled

The recalled products may be contaminated and linked to a salmonella outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #food-safety-and-inspection-service, #poultry, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #salmonella-bacteria, #serenade-foods-maple-leaf-farms-inc, #states-us

Who Can Make You Get a Covid Vaccine?

Employers, universities and local governments can all issue some type of vaccination requirement. Here’s what to know about the mandates.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.

#astrazeneca-plc, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #immune-system, #india, #infections, #israel, #nature-journal, #oregon, #pfizer-inc, #scotland, #seasons-and-months, #south-africa, #south-america, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #western-states-us, #your-feed-science, #youth

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

15 States Reach a Deal With Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

The states, including Massachusetts and New York, agreed to drop opposition to the bankruptcy organization plan of the company, the maker of OxyContin.

#bankruptcies, #california, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #massachusetts, #new-york-state, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

America Needs to Break Up Its Biggest States

How would you like to live in the state of New York City?

#california, #constitution-us, #florida, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #senate, #states-us

Biden Makes New Push for Vaccinations, but Experts Say More Is Needed

Some public health experts worry that the administration is not being aggressive enough in waging what the president calls a “wartime effort” to vaccinate the country.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records, #workplace-environment

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

House Passes Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats loaded their infrastructure measure with climate change spending, staking out a contrast with the Senate’s bipartisan bill that President Biden has embraced.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #earmarks-finance, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

College Players May Make Money Off Their Fame, NCAA Panel Recommends

Pressured by a wave of state laws taking effect on July 1, the college sports industry is on the verge of letting players profit off their names, images and likenesses.

#athletics-and-sports, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #states-us, #student-athlete-compensation