Attempt to ban vaccine passports in Arizona fails

By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square, May 21, 2021 (The Center Square) – A legislative effort to not only ban the creation of vaccine passports but punish businesses that require something similar narrowly failed in Arizona. The Senate called House Bill 2190 for a vote Thursday, even though a couple of Republicans were missing fromContinue reading “Attempt to ban vaccine passports in Arizona fails”

Ohio Democrats walk out on voting bill debate

By J.D. Davidson | The Center Square May 21, 2021 (The Center Square) – A bill that would eliminate early voting in Ohio the day before an election and stop the mailing of absentee ballots 10 days before Election Day got its first hearing in the Ohio, and it came with controversy. Democratic lawmakers walked outContinue reading “Ohio Democrats walk out on voting bill debate”

Whitmer loosens COVID-19 restrictions; Michiganders can return to work

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, May 24, 2021 (The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday updated COVID-19 emergency rules in place the past 14 months to allow Michiganders to return to in-person work. This rollback follows a lousy weekend for Whitmer, who was exposed on social media while breaking her own COVID-19 rules in an East LansingContinue reading “Whitmer loosens COVID-19 restrictions; Michiganders can return to work”

Biden administration resettles migrant children in Tennessee without local knowledge

By Vivian Jones | The Center Square contributor, May 21, 2021 (The Center Square) – A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services operation to resettle hundreds of unaccompanied children apprehended by immigration officials in Tennessee has officials demanding transparency from the Biden administration. Chattanooga TV station WRCB reported Thursday at least four flights landedContinue reading “Biden administration resettles migrant children in Tennessee without local knowledge”

LeDuff, health department settle COVID-19 nursing home FOIA lawsuit

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, May 21, 2021 (The Center Square) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff has reached a settlement with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) after it failed to provide public records as required by law. The health department agreed to release some of the public records LeDuffContinue reading “LeDuff, health department settle COVID-19 nursing home FOIA lawsuit”

Lawmakers call for special session to stop Kansas City from ‘defunding’ police

By John Haughey | The Center Square contributor, May 21, 2021K (The Center Square) – Missouri lawmakers passed a bill during their recently concluded legislative session that would penalize cities that cut police budgets and bolster protections for officers under investigation for misconduct. Senate Bill 26, sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Springs, was filedContinue reading “Lawmakers call for special session to stop Kansas City from ‘defunding’ police”

Inslee vetoes bipartisan COVID data privacy bill

By Tim Gruver | The Center Square May 20, 2021 (The Center Square) – A bipartisan bill intended to protect personal COVID data from third parties was vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee this week, making waves across the political aisle. Lawmakers filed House Bill 1127 to address data collection from contact tracing or the process byContinue reading “Inslee vetoes bipartisan COVID data privacy bill”

Watermarked absentee ballots coming to Tennessee in 2022

By Jon Styf | The Center Square contributor May 19, 2021 (The Center Square) – Tennessee’s absentee ballots will have a watermark, starting in elections in 2022. Gov. Bill Lee signed Senate Bill 1315, the Tennessee Election Integrity Act, which was passed by the Tennessee Legislature last month and will put an approved watermark on allContinue reading “Watermarked absentee ballots coming to Tennessee in 2022”

Rokita Leading 20 States in Opposing funding for Critical Race Theory in Schools

By Margaret Menge | The Center Square contributor 20 hrs ago (The Center Square) – Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is taking the lead in a 20-state fight against a proposal that has been issued by the U.S. Department of Education that the AGs say will force critical race theory into American schools. “This proposedContinue reading “Rokita Leading 20 States in Opposing funding for Critical Race Theory in Schools”

Study: California’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate for children overcounted

By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square, May 19, 2021C (The Center Square) – New research on COVID-19 hospitalizations of children in California has found nearly half of them were unlikely to have been because of the disease.  A peer-reviewed commentary from two University of California San Francisco academics – Dr. Monica Gandhi and Amy Beck,Continue reading “Study: California’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate for children overcounted”

Oregon nears full reopening as ‘vaccine passport’ debate flares up

By Tim Gruver | The Center Square, May 19, 2021 (The Center Square) – Vaccinated Oregonians can forego wearing a face mask in most places so long as they produce what critics call “vaccine passports.” The new rule comes from the Oregon Health Authority’s revisions to the state’s pandemic restrictions on Tuesday in line with federalContinue reading “Oregon nears full reopening as ‘vaccine passport’ debate flares up”

Poll: Many Americans hesitant about continuing federal unemployment benefits

By Casey Harper | The Center Square May 18, 2021 (The Center Square) – Many Americans are wary of President Joe Biden’s trillions of dollars in new spending proposals, according to the latest polling data. ‘The newly released Yahoo News/YouGov poll asked Americans about a range of issues related to Biden’s spending plans and the economic impact ofContinue reading “Poll: Many Americans hesitant about continuing federal unemployment benefits”

Judge rules Antrim County lawsuit challenging election ‘moot’

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square, May 18, 2021 (The Center Square) – After a six-month legal battle, an Antrim County judge dismissed a 2020 election lawsuit seeking a recount. William Bailey and his attorney, Matthew DePerno, targeted their fight in Antrim County, where human error incorrectly showed Democrat Joe Biden winning a GOP strongholdContinue reading “Judge rules Antrim County lawsuit challenging election ‘moot’”

Illinois Republicans call for investigation of veterans home deaths during pandemic

By Kevin Bessler | The Center Square, May 18, 2021 (The Center Square) – The call for a criminal investigation by law enforcement into COVID-19 deaths at Illinois’ veterans’ homes is getting louder. During a news conference Tuesday, House Republicans said it is a tragedy that 76 veterans have died in state-run homes since the pandemicContinue reading “Illinois Republicans call for investigation of veterans home deaths during pandemic”

Gov. Abbott prohibits governments from mandating face masks

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor, May 18, 2021 (The Center Square) – Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued his third executive order on facial coverings, this time prohibiting government entities from mandating that Texans wear them. The reversal comes nearly one year after he issued his first executive order requiring all Texans toContinue reading “Gov. Abbott prohibits governments from mandating face masks”

Bill would make Ohio state school board completely elected

By J.D. Davidson | The Center Square, May 18, 2021 (The Center Square) ­– Two members of the Ohio House want the state’s board of education to be more connected to the public by reducing the number of members and eliminating nonelected members. Eight of the current 19 members receive appointments from the governor, but House BillContinue reading “Bill would make Ohio state school board completely elected”

Indiana legislature passes bill to protect universities from foreign spying

By Margaret Menge | The Center Square contributor May 14, 2021 (The Center Square) – The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill this spring that requires all public universities in the state to report on their ties to foreign countries and to show what they’re doing to protect intellectual property from being stolen or misusedContinue reading “Indiana legislature passes bill to protect universities from foreign spying”

California settles lawsuits over COVID worship restrictions

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor, May 17, 2021C (The Center Square) – The state of California has settled a lawsuit brought against it by Liberty Counsel on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry. All California churches can now hold worship services without restrictions as a result of the settlement. CaliforniaContinue reading “California settles lawsuits over COVID worship restrictions”

Abbott: Amount of fentanyl seized at southwest border could kill every person in New York

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor, May 17, 2021 (The Center Square) – Texas is defending the border, doing the federal government’s job, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, argues, having launched Operation Lone Star to thwart criminal activities resulting from President Joe Biden’s open border policies. While Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued theContinue reading “Abbott: Amount of fentanyl seized at southwest border could kill every person in New York”

Texas voters will decide amendment prohibiting restrictions on religious gatherings and organizations in November

Victoria Antram | Ballotpedia via The Center Square, May 17, 2021 The Texas State Legislature voted to refer its first constitutional amendment to the November ballot. The amendment would add a section to the state constitution prohibiting the state or any political subdivision from issuing or enacting a statute, order, or rule that prohibits orContinue reading “Texas voters will decide amendment prohibiting restrictions on religious gatherings and organizations in November”