Of 3,200 Fauci emails, none from Pritzker administration

By Greg Bishop | The Center Square, June 7, 2021 (The Center Square) – Of more than 3,200 pages of emails released through the Freedom of Information Act to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci, there are none from the Pritzker administration. More than a year ago, on Sunday, April 26, 2020, Gov. J.B. Pritzker talked about his relationshipContinue reading “Of 3,200 Fauci emails, none from Pritzker administration”

Seattle mayor sued over missing text messages related to summer protests

By Tim Gruver | The Center Square, June 4, 2021 (The Center Square) – Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is being sued by the Seattle Times for allegedly mishandling public records concerning the city’s handling of last summer’s protests against police brutality. The lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court on Thursday and concerns text messages sent fromContinue reading “Seattle mayor sued over missing text messages related to summer protests”

DeSantis blasts China, signs Florida corporate espionage bill into law

By John Haughey | The Center Square contributor, June 7, 2021 (The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday two bills that toughen penalties for stealing trade secrets and impose greater disclosure requirements on sources of foreign grants for university, medical and high-tech researchers. The bills were a response to DeSantis’Continue reading “DeSantis blasts China, signs Florida corporate espionage bill into law”

Pennsylvania health officials say recent flu season was one of mildest on record

By Natalie Kapustik | The Center Square contributor, June 7, 2021 (The Center Square) – The 2021 flu season which was the one of the mildest on record for Pennsylvania, state health officials revealed recently, mirroring a trend seen across the county as COVID-19 mitigation efforts also hampered the seasonal scourge. As of May 22,Continue reading “Pennsylvania health officials say recent flu season was one of mildest on record”

Texas joins 24 other state urging Supreme Court to overturn New Jersey’s gun magazine ban

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor, June 7, 2021 (The Center Square) — Texas is now the 25th state to join a coalition of attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to repeal a New Jersey law that bans the possession of high-capacity magazines for firearms, arguing it violates the Second Amendment. Most popular firearmsContinue reading “Texas joins 24 other state urging Supreme Court to overturn New Jersey’s gun magazine ban”

Recall effort against supervisors in Shasta County, California, approved to circulate petitions

Abbey Smith | Ballotpedia via The Center Square, June 4, 2021 An effort to recall three of the five members of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in California has been approved to circulate petitions. District 1 representative Joe Chimenti, District 2 representative Leonard Moty, and District 3 representative Mary Rickert were named in theContinue reading “Recall effort against supervisors in Shasta County, California, approved to circulate petitions”

Wisconsin Republicans expand investigation into 2020 election nonprofits

By Benjamin Yount | The Center Square contributor, May 27, 2021 (The Center Square) – The investigation by Republican lawmakers into actions taken by outside, nonprofit groups during Wisconsin’s election last fall is growing. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, told News Talk 1130 WISN’s Dan O’Donnell on Thursday that he is hiring three former policeContinue reading “Wisconsin Republicans expand investigation into 2020 election nonprofits”

Lawmakers split over 2020 election audit in Pennsylvania

By Christen Smith | The Center Square, June 5, 2021 (The Center Square) – Key lawmakers in charge of potential election reforms in Pennsylvania appear split on whether a third-party audit of the state’s November election results will occur. This, after former President Donald Trump called state GOP leaders out by name – including Senate PresidentContinue reading “Lawmakers split over 2020 election audit in Pennsylvania”

Small-business group sues MLB over pulling All-Star Game from Atlanta

By Nyamekye Daniel | The Center Square, June 1, 2021 (The Center Square) – A small business advocacy organization has sued Major League Baseball to return the All-Star Game to Atlanta. In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Job Creators Network demands executives immediately resume plansContinue reading “Small-business group sues MLB over pulling All-Star Game from Atlanta”

Plan to end absentee ballot curing advances at Wisconsin Capitol

By Benjamin Yount | The Center Square contributor, June 1, 2021 W (The Center Square) – Wisconsin lawmakers are moving to stop election workers across the state from fixing mistakes on absentee ballots. The Assembly’s Committee on Campaigns and Elections on Wednesday advanced a plan, Assembly Bill 198, that would clarify that only voters orContinue reading “Plan to end absentee ballot curing advances at Wisconsin Capitol”

Michigan Court of Appeals approves recall petitions for Whitmer, Gilchrist; uphill battle remains

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, June 1, 2021 The Center Square) – The Michigan Court of Appeals approved the Board of State Canvasser’s approval of six petitions calling for a recall of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist over handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The petitions allege Whitmer exceeded her authority in combatting theContinue reading “Michigan Court of Appeals approves recall petitions for Whitmer, Gilchrist; uphill battle remains”

‘Big Tech’ sues Florida over new social media law

By John Haughey | The Center Square contributor, May 28, 2021 (The Center Square) – Two lobbying associations that partner with Twitter and Google are challenging the legality of Florida’s new social media law. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming Senate Bill 7072, signed into law MondayContinue reading “‘Big Tech’ sues Florida over new social media law”

House Republicans investigate taxpayer funding of Wuhan lab

By Casey Harper | The Center Square, May 28, 2021 (The Center Square) – While the origins of COVID-19 have been a political hot button issue rife with controversy, new evidence has prompted a different question: did American taxpayers help fund the controversial Wuhan lab? A group of 209 House Republicans sent a letter Friday toContinue reading “House Republicans investigate taxpayer funding of Wuhan lab”

After national criticism, Whitmer’s campaign to pay for Florida flight

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, May 28, 2021 (The Center Square) – Months after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer flew on a secret trip to Florida, Michiganders are starting to find answers. Whitmer’s campaign committee will pay for her March Florida flight to visit her father after she initially attempted to use a nonprofit to charterContinue reading “After national criticism, Whitmer’s campaign to pay for Florida flight”

Michigan undercounted nursing home COVID-19 deaths, reporter says

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, May 29, 2021 (The Center Square) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff says Michigan has undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths. The accusation follows a settlement between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and LeDuff with legal services provided by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. LeDuff and theContinue reading “Michigan undercounted nursing home COVID-19 deaths, reporter says”

Kemp bans mask mandates in Georgia public schools

By Nyamekye Daniel | The Center Square, May 28, 2021 (The Center Square) – Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Friday that bans masks mandates at Georgia public schools. The order also lifts most existing COVID-19 restrictions in the state. It blocks schools from implementing policies that would require students and staff to wear masks.Continue reading “Kemp bans mask mandates in Georgia public schools”

Gov. Abbott signs bill prohibiting municipalities from banning natural gas use

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor, May 26, 2021 (The Center Square) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that prohibits cities from banning natural gas utilities. Because it received overwhelming support in the House and the Senate, the law takes effect immediately. House Bill 17 was introduced by state Rep. JoeContinue reading “Gov. Abbott signs bill prohibiting municipalities from banning natural gas use”

AG: IU’s vaccine mandate unquestionably violates state law

By Margaret Menge | The Center Square contributor, MAY 26, 2021 (The Center Square) – Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said Wednesday that Indiana University’s vaccine mandate “clearly violates” the new state law on vaccine passports which prohibits the state and local governments from requiring proof of vaccination. Rokita soundly rejected IU’s argument that it isContinue reading “AG: IU’s vaccine mandate unquestionably violates state law”

Bill aims to make government reimburse COVID-19 fines

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, May 25, 2021 (The Center Square) – Just 14 months after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Michigan House approved a bill that requires the government reimburse private businesses for COVID-19 fines based on restrictions that were found unconstitutional. The vote was 74-34. House Bill 4501 seeks to amend the MichiganContinue reading “Bill aims to make government reimburse COVID-19 fines”

Report: Rep. Malinowski bought, sold up to $1 million in companies with a stake in pandemic response

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square contributor, May 24, 2021 (The Center Square) – U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., “bought or sold as much as $1 million of stock in medical and tech companies” with “a stake” in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Associated Press reported, citing an analysis of records. However, Malinowski’s office isContinue reading “Report: Rep. Malinowski bought, sold up to $1 million in companies with a stake in pandemic response”