Category: News

Iowa schedules special election to fill Rep. Breckenridge’s former seat on Oct. 12

With the resignation of Rep. Wes Breckenridge, D-Newton, a special election will be held Oct. 12 for District 29 of the Iowa House of Representatives, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Sept. 14. Republican Jon Dunwell, who describes himself as a speaker, trainer and coach on his campaign website, announced Sept. 15 on Facebook that he is running. He said he […]

Population changes the recipe for Texas’ political soup

Political people often compare Texas election maps to a state-shaped bowl of tomato soup with blueberries sprinkled in it. Most of the state in those post-election illustrations is Republican red, with smaller areas — the big cities and, increasingly, their suburbs — colored Democratic blue. In the last 10 years, the blueberries in the tomato […]

Special election runoff between John Wray and Brian Harrison for state House district in North Texas set for Sept. 28

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that Sept. 28 will be the date of the special election runoff to replace former state Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Waxahachie, setting up a two-week sprint to the contest. Early voting begins Monday. The runoff features two Republicans: John Wray, Ellzey’s predecessor in the seat, and Brian Harrison, the former […]

Groups Fighting Anti-Asian Hate Still Waiting for Funding Albany Pledged in Spring

Six months after New York State passed a budget establishing a historic $10 million emergency fund to combat violence against Asian Americans, community organizations say they’re still waiting for the money. The fund is the first to directly support Asian American/Pacific Islander communities in addressing hate crimes and racially based violence, amid a 356% spike […]

Why At-Home Rapid Covid Tests Cost So Much, Even After Biden’s Push for Lower Prices

Rapid at-home covid tests are flying off store shelves across the nation and are largely sold out online as the delta variant complicates a return to school, work and travel routines. But at $10 or $15 a test, the price is still far too high for regular use by anyone but the wealthy. A family […]

Recreational cannabis industry sparks struggle for water rights in parched New Mexico

When New Mexico’s recreational cannabis bill was signed into law in April, Mike Hinkle and Ryan Timmermans jumped at the chance to get into the industry. The two business partners, both recent transplants from the South, bought portable buildings, seeds, grow lights and a property in the village of Carson, with a domestic well they […]

An estimated $2 billion in fraud from 2005 Hurricane Katrina bailouts

Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana on Sunday, killing at least one person and knocking out power for more than 1 million customers. That happened to be the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, killing more than 1,800 people during its existence. In addition, the hurricane was estimated to have caused more than $160 billion […]

California Set to Spend Billions on Curing Homelessness and Caring for ‘Whole Body’ Politic

Living unmedicated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Eugenia Hunter has a hard time recalling how long she’s been staying in the tent she calls home at the bustling intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland’s hip Uptown neighborhood. Craft coffee shops and weed dispensaries are plentiful here and one-bedroom […]

West Virginia receives $1 million for projects to stop violence against women

In the effort to curtail domestic violence and sexual assault, West Virginia was awarded more than $1 million in federal funding through the STOP Violence Against Women grant program. Nearly $1.086 million in funding will fund 26 projects throughout the state. Funds will be used to provide personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance and information systems […]

Virginia launches supply chain program for businesses

Virginia launched the Supply Chain Optimization program designed to help businesses improve their global competitiveness and international trade, Gov. Ralph Northam announced. The program will provide companies with training resources, strategy development and counseling to help improve global competitiveness and streamlining their supply chain management. The program focuses on companies that import critical elements of […]