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Kansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for minors and 2 anti-abortion bills

pbs.org Kansas’ governor on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors, a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a…

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

aol.com Google on Friday began removing California news websites from some people's search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring…

California's home insurance crisis: What went wrong, how it can be fixed and what owners can do

latimes.com Sheri Marchetti-Perrault and James Benton embrace as they sift through the remains of their home, which was destroyed by the McKinley fire near Yreka, Calif. Climate change…

24 hours in Albany?

politico.com With help from Shawn Ness New from New York Happening now: Gov. Kathy Hochul may consider shorter extenders. A new parks attendance record thanks to the eclipse. Some…

Prosecutor targets Georgia lieutenant governor in fake elector case

msnbc.com It’s not every day that a sitting lieutenant governor faces a criminal investigation, which makes the latest developments in Georgia awfully interesting. The Associated…

Editorial: Here come the robotaxis, and local communities can’t do a thing. This must change

siliconvalley.com After watching robotaxis in San Francisco snarl traffic, block emergency responders and even run over a pedestrian, local officials elsewhere in the Bay Area are helpless to…

Arizona voters already rendered their judgment on the abortion ban

msnbc.com Every four years, you hear it: Elections have consequences. But it’s sometimes forgotten that the rule doesn’t apply to just presidential races, but also to every race down…

Montana Supreme Court Tries To Move The State Left

zerohedge.com Montana Supreme Court Tries To Move The State Left Authored by Rob Natelson via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), The Montana State Supreme Court. (Screenshot via GoogleMaps)…

Kansas has some of the nation's lowest benefits for injured workers. They'll increase in July

apnews.com Kansas will increase what have been among the lowest benefits in the U.S. for workers who are injured or killed on the job under bipartisan legislation that Gov. Laura Kelly…

Critics of the Arizona Supreme Court's abortion ruling seem confused about what judges are supposed to do

reason.com When the Arizona Supreme Court resurrected a sweeping 19th-century abortion ban on Tuesday, the four justices in the majority did not endorse the policy embodied in that…

‘Shame! Shame!’ Arizona legislature devolves into chaos as Republicans shut down discussion of revived Civil War-era abortion ban

fortune.com The Arizona Legislature devolved into shouts of “Shame! Shame!” on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers quickly shut down discussion on a proposed repeal of the state’s newly…

New York weighs lifting post-Prohibition law that let towns keep booze bans

abcnews.go.com New York towns and villages that have post-Prohibition bans on alcohol sales would be forced to lift such restrictions under a bill moving through the Legislature ALBANY,…

Trump's conflicting abortion stances are coming back to haunt him

nbcnews.com On Monday, Donald Trump declared that abortion decisions should be left to the states, a statement he made to tamp down a fervor about his lack of clarity over how he'd…

NJ Transit approves 15% fare increase to start this summer

newjersey.news12.com NJ Transit commuters can expect to pay more money for their tickets starting this summer. NJ Transit officials approved a 15% fare increase on Wednesday. The increase takes…

Chaos and confusion ensue at abortion clinics after Arizona court rules 1864 ban is enforceable

nbcnews.com Abortion providers in Arizona faced chaos and confusion after the state’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that a 160-year-old abortion ban is enforceable, throwing abortion…

Sister of AZ Supreme Court Judge Slams Abortion Ban Ruling in Scathing Op-Ed, Complete With Incredible Disclaimer

mediaite.com AP Photo/Jonathan Copper Laurie Roberts, a columnist for The Arizona Republic, penned a fiery op-ed on Wednesday that outlined the potential political fallout of Arizona’s…

Last call for dry towns? New York weighs lifting post-Prohibition law that let towns keep booze bans

seattletimes.com New York towns and villages that have post-Prohibition bans on alcohol sales would be forced to lift such restrictions under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Biden may not be on the ballot in Alabama this November. Here’s why

msnbc.com Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen said President Joe Biden may be left off the state's November ballot because of a scheduling issue involving the Democratic National…

Arizona's Supreme Court reinstated a near-total abortion ban enacted in 1864. Here's what you should know

pbs.org The Arizona Supreme Court has delivered a landmark decision in giving the go-ahead to enforce a long-dormant law that bans nearly all abortions, drastically altering the…

GOP suffers desert meltdown on abortion

axios.com A day after former President Trump thought he'd tamped down the GOP's exposure on abortion, it popped back up in the key 2024 battleground of Arizona. Why it matters: Trump…

Kari Lake wants her enemy to save abortion after Supreme Court ruling

newsweek.com Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake released a statement on Tuesday opposing an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that bans nearly all abortions, with exceptions only to save…

State Supreme Court ruling effectively bans most abortions in Arizona

axios.com The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a near-total abortion ban, with exceptions only to save the mother's life. Why it matters: The court ruled that the 1864 law…

SAG-AFTRA Seeks to Write AI Protections Into California Law

variety.com Would you buy a car from an AI chatbot? What if it looked and talked like Tom Hanks? These are the sorts of questions kicking around Sacramento, where lawmakers are…

A New York housing grand bargain?

reason.com Happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Rent Free. This week's stories include: The Saudi Arabian government is downsizing its ridiculous plans to build "The Line."…

NY Cash Cow Wall Street Moving To Greener Pastures

nypost.com As the Legislature slouches into its second week past the April 1 deadline to pass a $233 billion or so budget for fiscal year 2025, disagreements are over non-spending…

Oregon Lottery identifies NE Portland store where $1.3B Powerball ticket sold

katu.com The winner of Saturday’s $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot purchased the ticket at the Plaid Pantry at 6060 N.E. Columbia Blvd. Oregon Lottery says the winning ticket holder…

Evers vetoes a Republican bill that would have allowed teens to work without parental consent

apnews.com Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Monday vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed 14- and 15-year-olds in Wisconsin to work without getting consent from their parents or…

As a Mississippi town reels from a devastating tornado, a displaced family finds its way home

apnews.com As a deadly tornado barreled toward their home in the Mississippi Delta, Ida Cartlidge only had time to scoop up her 1-year-old son, Nolan, and hold him close. Cartlidge…

Uber and Lyft said they’d leave Minneapolis when a wage hike for ride-hailing drivers goes into effect in May. Here’s what happens next

fortune.com The future of Uber and Lyft in Minneapolis has garnered concern and debate in recent weeks after the City Council voted last month to require that ride-hailing companies pay…

Here’s what we know about Uber and Lyft’s planned exit from Minneapolis in May

abcnews.go.com The future of Uber and Lyft in Minneapolis has garnered concern and debate in recent weeks after the City Council voted last month to require that ride-hailing companies pay…

Medford homeowners slam City Council for looking to make it easier to contact landlords, renters

bostonherald.com Medford homeowners are blasting a proposal that would make it easier for city officials to get in touch with landlords and renters, saying the request has come out of the…

Things to know when the Arkansas Legislature convenes to take up a budget and other issues

abcnews.go.com Arkansas lawmakers are meeting at the Capitol for a session that will focus on Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' $6.3 billion proposed budget for the coming year Things to know…

Florida Appellate Court Disqualifies Judge in Gender-Tradition Child Removal Case

reason.com From Wednesday's opinion in H.S. v. Dep't of Children & Families, decided by the Florida Court of Appeal (Judge Edward Artau, joined by Chief Judge Mark Klingensmith): The…

Some states are seeking to restrict TikTok. That doesn’t mean their governors aren’t using it

bostonherald.com POV: You’re on TikTok, and so is your governor — even as your Legislature considers banning the app from state-owned devices and networks. Efforts to ban TikTok over…

State Republicans killed an Indiana city's lawsuit to stop illegal gun sales. Why?

apnews.com Almost 25 years after suing the firearms industry for failing to prevent illegal gun sales, the northwestern Indiana city of Gary won a critical victory last fall when a…

Nebraska State Senator Switching From Democrat To Republican Over Abortion

zerohedge.com Nebraska State Senator Switching From Democrat To Republican Over Abortion Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Nebraska state Sen. Mike McDonnell has…

Workers sue to overturn law that exempts Atlantic City casinos from indoor smoking ban

apnews.com Frustrated at having unsuccessfully agitated for over three years to get lawmakers to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos, workers on Friday tried a new tactic. They filed…

Church wants to change Electoral College to help Donald Trump

newsweek.com A pro-Trump pastor from Nebraska wants to change the Electoral College to help former President Donald Trump. Conservatives have pushed for Nebraska, a safely Republican…

Students across Alaska walk out in protest of governor’s education veto

fortune.com Students in Alaska’s capital walked out of school Thursday and marched through the halls of the statehouse to protest Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest education veto…

What the Biden administration could learn from California's attempt to ban independent contracting

reason.com Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I don't see a role for government in determining working arrangements beyond some basic rules governing safety and non-discrimination. In a…

California Bill Mandating "Pregnancy Dignity" For "Birthing Persons" Passes Health Committee

zerohedge.com California Bill Mandating "Pregnancy Dignity" For "Birthing Persons" Passes Health Committee Authored by Travis Gillmore via The Epoch Times, Some advocates for women’s…

Trump's last-minute pressure campaign to change Nebraska's electoral system falls short

msnbc.com Nebraska lawmakers soundly defeated an effort in the Legislature to shift the state to a winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes, a measure whose fate drew…

Trump Throws Support Behind Push To Switch Nebraska To Winner-Take-All Elector System

zerohedge.com Trump Throws Support Behind Push To Switch Nebraska To Winner-Take-All Elector System Authored by Ryan Morgan via The Epoch Times, Former President Donald Trump is cheering…

New York Wants Some of CA's Disastrous Min. Wage Laws

nypost.com California’s absurd fast food wage law has been in effect for less than a week and it’s already made prices hotter than a fryolator. The law mandates $20-an-hour minimum…

Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Damages Capin CMV Accident Lawsuits

benzinga.com Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bill that would have put a $1 million cap on awards for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, in lawsuits stemming from…

Lawsuit challenges $1 billion in federal funding to sustain California's last nuclear power plant

apnews.com An environmental group has sued the U.S. Energy Department over its decision to award over $1 billion to help keep California’s last nuclear power plant running beyond a…

How Biden could eclipse Trump in the Sunshine State

msnbc.com Over the last 25 years, Florida has gone from a major presidential election swing state to regular Republican dominance. Not only have Florida Democrats largely been in…

Joe Biden suddenly needs to care about Nebraska

newsweek.com Nebraska's Republican Governor Jim Pillen has backed calls for the state to adopt a winner-take-all system for presidential elections, a move that could prevent President…

California’s $20 fast food minimum wage balloons menu prices

nypost.com You’ll be dropping a lot of dollar on that Whopper. Menu prices at fast food chains across California have increased, as a new law went into effect requiring them to pay a…

Democrats hope an abortion ballot measure could make Florida a competitive state

pbs.org Despite Florida’s reputation as a newly bonafide red state, Democrats have new hope that a ballot question seeking to preserve abortion rights will put the state back in…

We asked lawmakers. Eclipse or budget: What will come first?

politico.com With help from Shawn Ness New from New York Happening now: The Legislature is back. And no, there isn’t a budget deal. What lawmakers think of Rebecca Lobo’s comments about…

Future of NY’s ethics body nears

politico.com With help from Shawn Ness Two lawsuits that could determine the future of ethics enforcement in New York have advanced in the courts in recent weeks. Either has the…

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