GOP groups in Michigan sue to overturn late-ballot ruling
DETROIT — Three GOP-led groups are making urgent appeals in state court to gain the legal standing needed to appeal and overturn a recent ruling requiring clerks to count late ballots and making changes to the rules governing ballot collection.The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday issued an order that expedites consideration of the requests to intervene and ordered a ruling in at least one of the cases by Wednesday.The potential challenges from the GOP-led Legislature, the Republican National Convention and the Michigan Republican Party stemmed from a Sept. 18 ruling by state Court of Claims Ju...
The Detroit News
Pandemic makes economic and racial gaps worse, Fed's Bostic says
ATLANTA — The pandemic has intensified inequality in America and, without decisive action by the federal government, many minorities and poor people could be left out of any economic recovery, said the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on Friday.Nationally, the unemployment rate for white people is 7.5%, compared to 13.1% for Black people and 10.5% for Latinos.Without going into specifics, Raphael Bostic said Congress and the Federal Reserve need to provide relief for jobless Americans and beleaguered businesses.Otherwise, even when the pandemic is over, “we’ll have some communi...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Addiction, PTSD treatments could be more accessible for Californians under new law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some Californians may have an easier time accessing treatment for mental health conditions like anxiety, PTSD and addiction under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday.The measure, Senate Bill 855, requires insurance companies to cover all mental health and addiction treatment deemed “medically necessary” by a doctor.Federal law already broadly requires insurance plans to provide comparable coverage for mental and physical illnesses, what’s known as mental health parity. California law also has parity requirements, but bill author Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, a...
The Sacramento Bee
California passes first-in-nation plastics recycling law
In a move aimed at reducing huge amounts of plastic litter in the oceans, along roadways and other parts of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring plastic beverage containers to contain an increasing amount of recycled material.Under it, companies that produce everything from sports drinks to soda to bottled water must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% recycled plastic by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.Supporters of the new law say it will help increase demand for recycled plastic, curb litter and reduce consumption o...
The Mercury News
Cynthia M. Allen: Attacks on possible Trump court pick Barrett's Catholicism smack of bigotry, ignorance
In this era of heightened sensitivity to most forms of bigotry, it should be extraordinary, if not unthinkable, that a person’s faith be cause for their pillory.But it appears that some of the loudest voices in woke America will make exceptions, for Christians specifically and Catholics in particular.Nowhere is this more obvious than the anachronistic and vicious attacks on probable Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.Since 2017, when she was nominated and confirmed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett’s Catholic beliefs have been the source of ridicule by lawmakers and politi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Justice Ginsburg becomes first woman and Jewish person to lie in state at U.S. Capitol
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman in American history to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, as a contentious confirmation battle brewed in the Senate over her replacement.Ginsburg, who’s also the first Jewish person to ever be given the honor of lying in state, arrived at the Capitol by hearse shortly before 10 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the top Democrats in Congress, awaited her flag-draped casket on the Capitol steps.Ginsburg’s casket was expected to be brought to the Capitol’s Statuary Hall for a pri...
New York Daily News
The Week Ahead: Caught between Congress and the Court
The monthly jobs report usually is a prism for investors to play a guessing game over the Federal Reserve. But the Fed has taken itself out of play with its pledge to keep its target interest rate at zero for a good long time.There’s still plenty of opportunity for the September job numbers to move markets in the week ahead.The unemployment rate has fallen sharply from its April pandemic high. Yet less than half the number of jobs cut by U.S. companies in March and April have been brought back. Millions of people remain unemployed, and millions more still are underemployed. More than 800,000 p...
'Disgusted' voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump's gains in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Arnell used to work for Republican lawmakers in Washington and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital. She considered herself to be liberal on issues like abortion but conservative when it came to fiscal issues. She didn’t always vote Republican. But she identified as one, and voted in GOP primaries.Arnell, of Downingtown, had already been drifting from conservative politics before Donald Trump was elected president. But she reached a breaking point with what she called the “hatred and negativity” of his presidency and became a Democrat.“I was holding on to my Republican ca...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pa. lawmakers promote legislation banning discrimination against natural hairstyles
PHILADELPHIA — Only days after the U.S. House passed legislation to provide federal protection from hair discrimination in schools and employment, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers held a virtual news conference Thursday to promote their own bills.Known as the CROWN Act, the House bill, passed Monday, would ensure that people cannot be discriminated against for choosing to wear their hair in such styles as Afros, braids, locs, twists or knots. The acronym stands for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. The legislation still has to be approved by the Senate.The Pennsylvania bill...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Kennedys will soon be gone in Congress, unless this first-time candidate wins in South Jersey
VINELAND, N.J. — Amy Kennedy spotted a familiar face.Shane Harris was near a line of volunteers waving campaign signs at passing cars. Harris met Kennedy a few months ago, and had showed up again at a campaign stop here Saturday, this time with his adult daughter. He told Kennedy, who’s running for Congress in South Jersey’s 2nd District, that she had both their votes.Harris, a Vineland police officer, voted to send Jeff Van Drew to Washington two years ago. He even phone-banked for him as a volunteer. So when Van Drew, a longtime Democrat, switched parties last year and pledged his “undying s...
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