A panel of three federal judges held that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new districts before the November elections, possibly affecting control of the U.S. House.
Seven unions filed suit in St. Louis County to challenge Missouri’s new “paycheck protection” law passed this year by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican. The bill requires unions to get certified to represent workers, withhold dues and fees, and negotiate contracts. It also prohibits union members from picketing.
That would translate into roughly a half-million acres of additional wildfires in California in an average year. So far in 2018, more than 810,000 acres have been consumed.
A petition that would put the question of whether to expand Medicaid to about 90,000 uninsured adult Nebraskans has enough certified signatures to put it on the Nov. 6 ballot. If the initiative is successful, Nebraskans who do not qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage and are unable to financially afford private health care insurance would become eligible.
A Missouri good-government group pushing for a major overhaul of state ethics rules has received more than $325,000 in contributions from two dark money organizations. A Post-Dispatch review of campaign finance records shows Clean Missouri took in $312,000 from the Action Now Initiative and $13,287 from the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.
One year after Hurricane Harvey, the Houston area’s flood infrastructure is being cleaned up and upgraded in small ways, but systemic overhaul remains years away in the Texas city, as comprehensive studies and hundreds of lawsuits progress.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, often touts her administration’s immigrant legal-aid fund when activists say she hasn’t done enough to protect undocumented residents from President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. But Washington does not help undocumented adults once they are detained by federal authorities and face deportation.
Sheriffs in more than a third of Oregon's counties are calling for voters to support an initiative on the November ballot that would repeal a 30-year-old sanctuary state law. Clatsop County Sheriff Thomas Bergin issued the letter, signing it along with 15 other sheriffs from rural counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon.
This motion didn’t carry. Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy nixed a proposed 5-cent tax on plastic and paper bags — arguing that it doesn’t go far enough and sending lawmakers to back to the drawing board.
Virginia could become the 38th and last needed state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, more than four decades after it was approved by Congress and nearly a century after it was first introduced. Organizers will launch a campaign pushing Virginia lawmakers to say yes to the amendment come January.
The portfolio of Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott and first lady Ann Scott includes earnings last year of at least $2.9 million in two dozen hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands, a well-known tax haven for U.S. and foreign investors.
Building oyster reefs to buffer Louisiana’s wetlands, instead of laying seawalls made of concrete or granite or (more likely still) of doing nothing, no longer seems like an unwieldy undertaking. Instead, as a solution, it seems elegant. Nature usually is.