Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, ordered the postponement of the upcoming elections because of Hurricane Ida. The Oct. 9 ballot featured primaries for three legislative seats, seven city council members in New Orleans and four constitutional amendments.
A circuit court judge blocked Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration from enforcing a ban on strict mask mandates in schools after vacating a stay on a ruling tied to a parent-led lawsuit. A state appeal is expected.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, said the state is leading the nation in the highest rate of COVID-19 case acceleration. The state’s top COVID-19 authority warned it could be two weeks before the current surge of new cases peaks.
With historically dry conditions and no significant rain in sight, smoke is expected to affect air quality throughout much of Oregon for the foreseeable future.
Classrooms at the Kansas Department of Corrections adult facilities are filled with 325 residents enrolled in college and career courses—an increase of 129 students from last year. The corrections department attributed the increase partly to Second Chance Pell grants, which allow people involved in the criminal justice system to access federal, need-based financial aid.
Republicans turned back a Democratic bid to increase the number of hearings where Missourians can weigh in on the state’s once-per-decade political redistricting process.
A Republican redistricting proposal would cleave off Democratic-leaning areas from a Nebraska congressional district that has been won by presidential and congressional Democrats.
Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are calling on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice to prosecute people who file lawsuits against abortion seekers under Texas’ new abortion law.
A bipartisan coalition, including Republican politicians, and advocacy groups raised concerns with two 2020 election investigations in Wisconsin. Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, both Republicans, said efforts spearheaded by GOP Assembly members threaten the health of democracy by undermining public faith in elections.
In a newly surfaced video, Republican Senate President Stuart Adams admits that critical race theory is not very common in Utah schools. But he said the legislature is going to tackle the topic in the 2022 session anyway.
Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey sent a written letter to lawmakers in hopes of gaining their support for a plan to construct two new men’s prisons in the state.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a 29-year-old man who died after ingesting pepper spray in state prison, and to implement new protocols on using the chemical.
The $100 million of federal COVID-19 relief money will be divided among several Iowa programs to create incentives for new home construction and to assist homeowners with repairs and down payments, said Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican.
District Attorney Mark Jones, a Democrat, who oversees a six-county judicial circuit in west Georgia, was indicted for nine felonies, including allegations he tried to bribe two of his own prosecutors. Jones is the third sitting or former top prosecutor in Georgia to be indicted this year.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at an all-time high in Alaska. Doctors in the state have repeatedly warned that the system is at its limit.
Hospitals in California’s Central Valley have been increasingly overwhelmed by the fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, with officials scrambling to transfer some critically ill patients more than 100 miles away because local intensive care units are full.
Republican Gov. Mark Gordon is allocating $30 million in federal funds to provide staffing relief and support for current Wyoming health care staff and to secure traveling medical staff. Gordon’s office said this was his way to address staffing challenges at health care facilities amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Maryland is moving forward with allowing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for older adults in nursing homes and other group settings, even though the federal government has not yet issued formal rules.
Starting this Friday, officials will require all outside visitors to University of Delaware events to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The policy applies to those 12 and older.