OH: Ohio’s voter purge system upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld an Ohio law that gives elections officials the power to remove voters from the rolls if they have not either voted in recent elections or responded to notices mailed by elections boards.
TX: Texas governor wants more school counselors; educators say it’s not enough
After the Santa Fe shooting, Texas school officials and experts say they’re heartened by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal to put more counselors in schools, but they think the governor should go further to improve mental health resources in schools.
AR: Bribery claims overshadow Arkansas government
A corruption probe that’s already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor.
MO: Missouri’s new governor offers ‘fresh start’
Missouri’s new Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, made his debut to Missouri lawmakers in a brief address light on policy prescriptions. He used the opportunity, however, to set a tone of collegiality in a Capitol consumed by controversy for five months. “In this chamber, we have the opportunity for a fresh start,” he said.
AL: Mayor of Alabama’s biggest city appoints first LGBTQ liaison
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has hired the city’s first LGBTQ liaison to serve as both a spokesperson for the city and as a representative of LGBTQ interests and public safety. To make the city more inclusive, Woodfin also plans to create an Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity.
PA: Pennsylvania will study security of its voter rolls
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his investigation was prompted by findings from federal intelligence agencies that Russian hackers had targeted Pennsylvania and 20 other states ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.
WA: Seattle to repeal ‘head tax’ opposed by Amazon
Seattle leaders said that they plan to repeal a tax on large companies like Amazon and Starbucks as they face mounting pressure from businesses, an about-face just a month after unanimously approving the measure to help pay for efforts to combat a growing homelessness crisis.
NJ: Sports betting legalized in New Jersey
Democratic New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy signed a bill that legalizes wagering, with gambling set to start just in time for the start of the World Cup.
VA: Virginia lawmakers pressure head of college savings program to bring down prepaid tuition costs
Virginia lawmakers pressured the CEO of Virginia529, a state agency that oversees several college savings programs, to lower the costs of prepaid tuition contracts by relaxing policies designed to shore up the program’s long-term fiscal health.
NC: NAACP threatens to sue over charter school law and voter ID requirement
The North Carolina NAACP threatened to sue over a new state law allowing four mostly white towns in Mecklenburg County to create their own charter schools, and a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voter ID at the polls.
TN: ICE came for a Tennessee town’s immigrants. The town fought back.
Agents conducted one of the biggest workplace raids since President Trump announced a crackdown on illegal immigration, detaining 97 workers in Morristown, Tennessee. But for residents, these workers were their neighbors.
NV: As pimp runs for office in Nevada, activists launch referendums to ban brothels
A coalition of religious groups and anti-sex-trafficking activists has launched referendums to ban brothels in two of the seven Nevada counties where they’re legally operating. The push to outlaw the industry dovetails with a campaign by the state’s most famous pimp for a seat in the state Legislature.
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