Could full convention remain in Charlotte after all? NC lawmakers are prepared to try
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republicans in the North Carolina House will file a bill to require capacity attendance at all events for the scheduled Republican National Convention in Charlotte in August.The move is aimed at keeping the Republican National Committee from moving parts or all of the event to another state.Organizers have said President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech — the signature event of the convention — would be moved from Charlotte because Gov. Roy Cooper won’t guarantee that 19,000 people would be allowed in the Spectrum Center due to the coronavirus pandemic.North Carolina House Sp...
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McConnell says Senate to take up House’s PPP flexibility billWASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would “soon” vote on a House bill passed last week that would add flexibility to a loan program helping small businesses survive the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.“I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 417-1 to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday.The Ho...
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Sen. Cory Booker renews effort on Memorial Day to get names of 74 sailors added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial
After an effort to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial hit a roadblock in the Senate, supporters of inscribing the names of the men who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans are continuing to press for their inclusion.In a letter dated Monday, Memorial Day, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), called on Senate leaders to pass a bill that would add the to the war memorial in Washington despite opposition from the Department of Defense and others. Their objection, in part, is because the deaths of the men on the Navy destroyer in June 1969 occurred outside an official combat zon...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Is it time for another stimulus bill? Here are some expert opinions
House Democrats proposed a roughly $3 trillion bill recently to battle the health and economic effects of COVID-19.Some Republican lawmakers, and a top White House economic adviser, have cautioned against another round of federal stimulus spending too soon after the last package — preferring to take a “wait and see” approach.Politics aside, many Americans are wondering if the federal government will be offering more support as they are out of work.Q: Should the federal government wait a while before another stimulus bill?Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic ResearchYES: After imm...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Majority of Latinos lack trust in federal response to COVID-19, new poll shows
MIAMI — Latinos say they are skeptical of federal authorities’ response to the coronavirus, but they generally support provisions in the new financial stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a new national poll released by Democratic-leaning organizations Wednesday.The survey, conducted May 10 to May 16 by the research firm Latino Decisions, was commissioned by the nonprofits UnidosUS, SOMOS and the progressive advocacy group MoveOn. Polling in all 50 states — including over-samples in Florida, Arizona, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois and Califor...
Repeal of voter-approved redistricting plan heads to ballot after Missouri House vote
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missourians will get another chance to decide how state legislative districts should be drawn, with the Missouri House approving legislation Wednesday seeking to repeal a redistricting process that was approved by voters in 2018.The 98-58 vote means a constitutional amendment will be placed on the statewide ballot later this year that, if approved by voters, would toss out a process that calls for a nonpartisan state demographer to draw legislative maps with the goal of making districts as competitive as possible.State Rep. Dean Plocher, a St. Louis County Republican who spo...
The Kansas City Star
Michigan attorney general insists guns can be banned from Capitol in formal opinion
DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a formal opinion Monday morning saying it is within the authority of a panel overseeing the State Capitol to ban firearms from the building.“I firmly believe in the right to protest, the right to demonstrate, and the right to loudly and strongly object to those causes that move us,” Nessel said. “These rights are so fundamental to our democracy that they are enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution. But it is also important to remember that the right to protest does not encompass the right to violence, or the right to harm thos...
Detroit Free Press
With 38 NYC kids contracting illness related to coronavirus, de Blasio announces safety steps
NEW YORK — New York City has detected 38 cases of “pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome” — an alarming condition linked with COVID-19, claiming one young life in the Big Apple so far — Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.“There is a rare condition which we’re seeing more of just in the last days and it is causing tremendous concern,” he said at a news conference. “Our health leadership is deeply concerned.”The case number of 38 is up from the “last count,” when there were 15 instances of the condition, de Blasio said.Symptoms include persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain and vomiting, ac...
New York Daily News
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Senate Democrats want $9 billion to fight COVID-19 overseasWASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are pushing a bill to authorize $9 billion in new emergency and regular appropriations funds to support international efforts to combat the coronavirus.The legislation, unveiled Friday, is sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Menendez of New Jersey and is co-sponsored by eight of his Democratic colleagues on the committee. A major focus of the policy bill is to force the Trump administration to cooperate with multilateral organizations in searching for and sharing an eventual vaccine.Th...
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Commentary: How we should spell relief
The new $484 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress on April 23 takes some useful steps, but it still fails to deliver substantive relief to tens of millions of Americans. Our leaders must do better, and quickly.What’s needed is a relief package that matches the scale of the economic disaster now hitting American families. It needs to be far-reaching, and tailored to help those who need it most.Here is some of what the next COVID-19 relief package should include:Long-term cash assistance. The $1,200 payments now going to some Americans are not even enough to cover a single month’s ren...
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