North Carolina to become 40th state to expand Medicaid

CNN — North Carolina will become the 40th state to expand Medicaid to low-income adults after the Republican-led state legislature dropped its longstanding opposition to provisions of Obamacare. Benefits to hospitals in the state are also included in the expansion bill, which received final legislative approval on Thursday. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has campaigned … Read more

Justice Department, others urge Supreme Court to sidestep controversy over independent state legislatures

CNN — as Supreme Court While deliberating the case behind closed doors, the Justice Department and some other interested parties recommended dismissing the case based on significant developments since oral arguments, despite what many believe could be one of the most important voting rights disputes the high court has ever seen. If the justices were … Read more

Under Florida law, other states try to limit some LGBTQ discussions in schools

washington CNN — bill similar Florida’s Controversial Legislation At least 15 states are considering banning certain guidance on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, according to data compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union and reviewed by CNN. Some of the bills go further than Florida’s law, dubbed “Don’t Talk Gay” by its critics, … Read more

New Zealand set to become latest country to ban TikTok in parliament

Hongkong CNN — New Zealand will ban TikTok on all devices with access to its parliament by the end of this month, becoming the latest country to impose an official ban on the popular social media platform owned by a Beijing tech group. Led by the United States, a growing number of Western countries are … Read more

Partisan rancor in Oregon spreads to Idaho’s effort to absorb its rural neighbor

John Day, Oregon CNN — Matt McCaw cringes if you say the word “separatist” around him. McCaw, a soft-tempered eastern Oregon native and former high school math teacher, fosters children to help his community. “We don’t see ourselves as a secessionist movement. We see ourselves as a self-determination movement,” McCaw said of the Greater Idaho … Read more

New Mexico voting rights bill goes to governor for signature

CNN — A voting rights bill in New Mexico that would expand voting rights in the state, including restoring voting rights to felons after they are released from incarceration, will go to Democratic Gov. Signed by Lujan Grisham. The bill, which Lujan Grisham is expected to sign, is part of a package by the Democratic-controlled … Read more

Michigan Senate approves bill to repeal 1931 abortion ban

CNN — The Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to repeal the state’s 1931 abortion ban and its sentencing guidelines. After passing the House last week, the bills passed the Democratic-controlled Senate 20-18 along party lines and went to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for his signature. For the first time in four decades, Democrats took control of … Read more

Georgia legislature considers bill to remove prosecutors in Trump election probe

washington CNN — Georgia’s Republican-led state legislature is considering a series of bills that would create a commission that would have the power to remove prosecutors and district attorneys. republicans, including Governor Brian Kemp, said additional oversight was necessary to prevent “soft crime” prosecutors from harming Georgians. But Democrats noticed the timing — Fulton County … Read more

‘Boy Meets World’ star Ben Savage to run for Adam Schiff’s congressional seat

CNN — ’90s sitcom “Boy Meets World” star Ben Savage will run as a Democrat for Rep. Adam Schiff’s Southern California congressional seat, the actor announced this week. “I’m a firm believer in standing up for what’s right, ensuring equality and expanding opportunity for all,” Savage said in an Instagram post on Monday. It is … Read more

DeSantis agenda and potential campaign platform in focus as Florida lawmakers return to work

CNN — In the next few weeks, Governor. ron desantis Ready to show Floridians — and the country — that he’s willing to go further than any other Republican leader to transform his state into a conservative vision where abortion is all but illegal and guns can be shot without training Carried down in public, … Read more