Stories tagged: "017 NATIONAL POLITICS"

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with a customer at the Red Arrow Diner during a visit to Manchester, N.H., Friday, May 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
What ‘Make America Florida’ Might Actually Mean

Gov. Ron DeSantis has argued that Florida is thriving and is the freest state in the country, but the data and evidence suggests otherwise.

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks during a news conference about U.S.-Japan cooperation on economic issues, April 27, 2023, in Tokyo. Joined by Jewish faith and community leaders, Youngkin hosted an event Monday, May 8, to ceremonially sign a bill supporters say will help Virginia better track and combat growing instances of antisemitism. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
Youngkin is Trying to Have His 2023 Cake and Eat 2024 Too

Just a couple of weeks ago, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin steered the spotlight away from himself and towards his party’s work to keep its majority in the House of Delegates and flip the state Senate to GOP control. Now Youngkin seems to want that attention back.

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How Republicans’ Student Debt Plan Would Uniquely Hurt Public Workers

A Republican effort to reverse President Joe Biden’s student loan debt relief plan could cause more than 250,000 public workers to lose out on already-canceled loans, according to a new report.

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FOIA Friday: What Virginia Officials Withheld or Disclosed: May 12-19, 2023

In this feature, we aim to highlight the frequency with which officials around Virginia are resisting public access to records on issues large and small — and note instances when the release of information under FOIA gave the public insight into how government bodies are operating.

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks prior to signing the budget at a ceremony at a grocery store June 21, 2022, in Richmond, Va.  Youngkin is set to issue a third round of endorsements in Virginia legislative races, backing 19 more Republican candidates, including six who are in contested primaries. Among those set to receive the governor’s backing Thursday, May 18, 2023 are Emily Brewer and Tara Durant, both members of the House of Delegates facing spirited challenges for the GOP nomination in state Senate races.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Virginia Republicans Opt for Less Democratic Methods to Choose Their Nominees for General Assembly

Virginia’s official state-run primary elections will be held on June 20, but many Republicans have already selected their nominees for this fall’s state legislative election in other ways.

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is shown a voter receipt slip while touring the Loudoun County County Office of Elections, in Leesburg, Va., Sept. 20, 2022. Election officials in Virginia have announced plans to withdraw the state from a bipartisan effort aimed at ensuring accurate voter lists and combating fraud that has been ensnared in conspiracy theories that have erupted since the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
Virginia Republicans Want to Abandon Bipartisan Voter Protection System

Despite being one of the seven founding states of the Electronic Registration Information Center, Virginia’s top election official has announced that the commonwealth would be withdrawing from the bipartisan, multistate partnership originally founded in 2012.

Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, gestures as she delivers a speech on redistricting during the House session at the Capitol, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Could Be Key to Abortion Access in the South. Its Laws Could Hinge on This Democratic Primary

As abortion access continues to dwindle in the South, its future in Virginia is set to loom large in this fall’s legislative elections. But this summer, before the parties duke it out for control of the statehouse, abortion rights advocates are eyeing a key primary that will pit Lashrecse Aird against the last anti-abortion-rights Democrat in Virginia.