By: - September 3, 2014 12:00 am

FL: High court weighs campaign cash in Florida judicial races

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering wading into a First Amendment debate about whether it is constitutional for Florida and other states to bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

US: Halliburton to pay $1.1 billion in Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Halliburton, the company contracted by BP to cement the ill-fated Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, has reached a $1.1 billion settlement with thousands of businesses, individuals and local governments that suffered losses from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

TX: Texas looks to U.S. Supreme Court to block Confederate license plates

Texas had long held off a Southern heritage group wanting to sell the tags until it sued and won last month in a federal appeals court. Now, the state has asked the Supreme Court to intervene because of conflicting decisions in similar cases across the country.

WA: State’s charter school era begins with Seattle elementary

First Place Scholars, which has been serving homeless students for 25 years, will convert today from a private school to the state’s first taxpayer-funded charter school.

TN: Federal judge rules TennCare must hold hearings following complaints

Tennessee’s state Medicaid program was ordered to take responsibility for long-delayed applications and hold hearings for people who have waited months to find out whether they will receive coverage.

MI: Pension tax bites Michigan’s Snyder in re-election bid

Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2011 tax increase on retirement income from pensions is haunting the Republican as he runs for a second term.

OH: Statehouse conservatives push for action on photo ID law for voters

A handful of House Republicans are moving to force a vote on a bill requiring Ohioans to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

MD: Governor brought casinos to Maryland, but that doesn’t mean he likes them

Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley once called slot machines “a pretty morally bankrupt way” to fund education. Yet Maryland’s soon-to-be $1 billion-a-year casino industry would not have gotten off the ground without O’Malley’s active involvement, after years of bitter stalemate in Annapolis.

LA: Teacher tenure law appeal goes before state Supreme Court

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s appeal of a lower court decision that his 2012 teacher tenure law is unconstitutional goes before the Louisiana Supreme Court Friday.

AK: Alaska Democrats support Independent candidate for governor

The Central Committee of the Alaska Democratic Party has voted to support an Independent party ticket for governor and lieutenant governor after the Democratic candidate for governor withdrew and said he would run for lieutenant governor as an Independent.

NY: Governor signs law to fight invasive species

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring boat owners to use “reasonable precautions” to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, including cleaning, draining and drying boats and trailers of visible plant and animal matter after pulling them out of the water.

ME: Maine game warden opposes a ban on bear baiting

Warden Kris MacCabe says if the referendum passes, Maine’s bear population will climb and game wardens will be responding to more bear nuisance complaints.

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