Illinois removes thousands of available hospital beds from state COVID-19 database

By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square 1 hr ago (The Center Square) – The Illinois Department of Public Health quietly removed thousands of available hospital beds from their data showing how much capacity Illinois’ medical centers have.  The number of available hospital beds is closely tracked by the state as a barometer of how much … Continue reading Illinois removes thousands of available hospital beds from state COVID-19 database

AG Nessel Calls on AG Barr to Reverse New Policy That ‘Will Erode the Public’s Confidence in the Election’

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined 22 other attorneys general across the country today to call on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to reverse his abrupt change to a 40-year-old U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) policy that until this week had kept the department from interfering with election results.   In their letter to Barr, Nessel and her colleagues voiced their “strong objection” to this … Continue reading AG Nessel Calls on AG Barr to Reverse New Policy That ‘Will Erode the Public’s Confidence in the Election’

Church pays $1,000 fine for two women praying, new hearing set in religious liberty case against Newsom

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square Nov 13, 2020 (The Center Square) – A California Superior Court judge at the County of Kern–Metro Division Court on Friday granted neither party what they were requesting in a case in which a Roman Catholic priest has sued Gov. Gavin Newsom and 19 other officials. The judge will … Continue reading Church pays $1,000 fine for two women praying, new hearing set in religious liberty case against Newsom

Think tank: Western governors ‘playing politics’ with COVID-19 vaccine

By Derek Draplin | The Center Square 8 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Four governors of Western states that have joined together to review any COVID-19 vaccines approved by the federal government are facing criticism for “playing politics with the virus” from a conservative-leaning think tank.  Pfizer announced Monday that a study of its two-dose vaccine showed a … Continue reading Think tank: Western governors ‘playing politics’ with COVID-19 vaccine

North Carolina elects first Black lieutenant governor

By Nyamekye Daniel | The Center Square Nov 4, 2020 Photo via markrobinsonfornc.com (The Center Square) – North Carolina voters have elected the state's first Black lieutenant governor. Republican Mark Robinson, a former Army reservist and business owner, secured 51.6% of the vote in Tuesday's election compared with Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley's 48.4%. Robinson, a political … Continue reading North Carolina elects first Black lieutenant governor

Cunningham concedes North Carolina U.S. Senate race to Tillis

By Jason Schaumburg | The Center Square 1 hr ago (The Center Square) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham conceded Tuesday to Republican incumbent North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis. Cunningham, who was trailing Tillis 48.7% to 47% on Tuesday afternoon as absentee and provisional ballots continued to be counted, said he called Tillis on … Continue reading Cunningham concedes North Carolina U.S. Senate race to Tillis

South Carolina’s GOP congressional delegation to propose federal election security legislation

By Vivian Jones | The Center Square 27 min ago (The Center Square) – Republicans in South Carolina’s congressional delegation are preparing to introduce a bill in Congress to address election irregularities as lawsuits continue over allegations of voter fraud during the Nov. 3 presidential election. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson discussed plans to introduce a bill … Continue reading South Carolina’s GOP congressional delegation to propose federal election security legislation

Republicans gain more seats in the U.S. House

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square 4 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Political pundits and pollsters said Republicans would lose 15 to 20 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives during last week's election, but voters proved them wrong, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said. More women were elected as Republican members of … Continue reading Republicans gain more seats in the U.S. House

Lawsuit claims election fraud in Michigan’s Wayne County

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square 5 hrs ago (The Center Square) – The Great Lakes Justice Center (GLJC) has filed a lawsuit alleging fraud in Wayne County's vote counting process. Filed on behalf of several poll challengers, the lawsuit alleges that Wayne County election officials allowed illegal and fraudulent processing of votes cast in Tuesday’s election. … Continue reading Lawsuit claims election fraud in Michigan’s Wayne County

GOP-led Michigan legislature to hold election hearings after glitch initially gave up to 5,000 Trump votes to Biden

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square 18 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, on Friday said lawmakers will hold hearings Saturday to look into election fraud claims in the 2020 presidential election. “Every single legal vote needs to be counted, regardless of who cast it or who they voted … Continue reading GOP-led Michigan legislature to hold election hearings after glitch initially gave up to 5,000 Trump votes to Biden

Biden lead shrinks in Arizona after another overnight ballot dump favors Trump

By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square 3 hrs ago (The Center Square) – President Donald Trump again narrowed the gap Thursday morning between him and Joe Biden, but it’s still not enough to overcome the former vice president’s lead in Arizona.  The 12:30 a.m. update to voter rolls from Maricopa County produced 35,911 votes for Trump and … Continue reading Biden lead shrinks in Arizona after another overnight ballot dump favors Trump

Michigan long-term care facilities account for 35% of all state’s COVID-19 deaths

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square Nov 2, 2020 (The Center Square) – For the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan started counting additional long-term care category deaths from SARS-CoV-2. Long-term care deaths account for 35% of the state’s total COVID-19 death toll. That includes: Nursing homes: 2,218Homes for the aged: 290Adult foster care: 85 Michigan … Continue reading Michigan long-term care facilities account for 35% of all state’s COVID-19 deaths

Michiganders overwhelmingly OK Proposal 2, enshrining greater protection for electronic data into law

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square 11 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Voters on Tuesday appear to have approved Proposal 2 by a landslide, enacting a privacy measure to require a warrant for law enforcement to search and seize electronic documents. With approximately 50% of precincts reporting by 1 a.m., Prop 2 had garnered … Continue reading Michiganders overwhelmingly OK Proposal 2, enshrining greater protection for electronic data into law

State requires restaurants to get customer contact information for dine-in starting Monday

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square Oct 30, 2020 (The Center Square) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is imposing more restrictions on indoor areas beginning Monday. “The only way to beat COVID is to act on what we’ve learned since March,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said in a statement. “Wear … Continue reading State requires restaurants to get customer contact information for dine-in starting Monday

College Board to sever financial ties with China after Blackburn letter

By Vivian Jones | The Center Square 1 hr ago (The Center Square) – College Board, the entity responsible for developing SAT and AP tests, will sever financial ties with the Chinese Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) at the end of the year. U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and six other U.S. senators sent a letter to College … Continue reading College Board to sever financial ties with China after Blackburn letter

Freelancers, gig workers express fear that a Biden presidency will put them out of work

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square Nov 1, 2020 (The Center Square) – Millions of freelance workers in the U.S. are worried that a Biden presidency might put them out of business because of his support for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and opposition to Proposition 22, which is on the ballot … Continue reading Freelancers, gig workers express fear that a Biden presidency will put them out of work

SCOTUS turns down expedited hearing on appeal of Pennsylvania absentee ballot deadline

By Christen Smith | The Center Square 6 hrs ago (The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday declined Pennsylvania legislative Republicans’ request for an expedited hearing on the state's absentee ballot deadline.  State GOP leaders hoped the justices might reconsider the case ahead of Election Day after issuing a split decision last week to let … Continue reading SCOTUS turns down expedited hearing on appeal of Pennsylvania absentee ballot deadline

How to vote, and when Michiganders will get election results

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square 23 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Eight days before the 2020 presidential election, more than 1.5 million Michiganders have cast their absentee ballot. But it isn’t clear when voters will know the winner of all races, depending on how close the races are. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s spokesman, Jake Rollow, … Continue reading How to vote, and when Michiganders will get election results

Republicans outraise Democrats in 59 of 95 competitive Florida House races

By John Haughey | The Center Square 4 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Democrats are running for seats in 119 of Florida's 140 House districts in the Nov. 3 election, and Republican candidates are vying in 96 districts, but a dramatic change in the GOP’s 73-47 chamber advantage is unlikely in 2021. One potential indicator … Continue reading Republicans outraise Democrats in 59 of 95 competitive Florida House races

U.S. Supreme Court rules Wisconsin’s ballot deadline remains Election Day

By Benjamin Yount | The Center Square 2 hrs ago (The Center Square) – The United States Supreme Court is not going to change how absentee ballots are counted in Wisconsin.  The decision keeps in place Wisconsin’s absentee ballot deadline deadline of 8 p.m. on Election Day  The court yesterday ruled 5-3 that a Madison-based federal … Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court rules Wisconsin’s ballot deadline remains Election Day