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It’s coming down to the wire for democracy in the United States. The next insurrection won’t come from crowds trying to breach the halls of power, but those working within them. Voting rights and election integrity are under assault in several states where Republican legislatures last year enacted an unprecedented number of restrictive laws to suppress voting and undermine elections. More such ...

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BOISE, Idaho — A GOP-backed bill, introduced Thursday, would create a new deadline for Idaho's more than 300,000 unaffiliated voters to participate in closed Republican primary elections. The proposal comes as political pundits have recently called for independents and Democrats to register as Republicans so they can vote in the 2022 GOP primary. The Idaho Republican Party hosts closed primary ...

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WASHINGTON — The annual defense policy bill signed into law last month authorized billions of dollars for a vast array of Pentagon programs. It also did something else: It granted a South Carolina-based Native American tribe permission to open a casino in North Carolina. The unusual provision was shepherded by an even more unlikely ally — Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer. Each year ...

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate group is negotiating a bill to provide about $40 billion in fresh funding for pandemic-battered restaurants, Senate Small Business Chairman Benjamin L. Cardin said Wednesday. While the details aren’t final, the Maryland Democrat told reporters that senators are considering an aid package for struggling businesses that could more than double the amount of ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Holding a cellphone while driving — whether it’s for having a conversation or answering a text —could become illegal in South Carolina. Senators revisited legislation — S. 248 — Wednesday morning that would make South Carolina hands free, similar to neighboring Georgia, which passed a law in 2018. “Distracted driving is a public safety issue, and this bill is an effort to pass ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Holding a cellphone while driving — whether it’s for having a conversation or answering a text —could become illegal in South Carolina. Senators revisited legislation — S. 248 — Wednesday morning that would make South Carolina hands free, similar to neighboring Georgia, which passed a law in 2018. “Distracted driving is a public safety issue, and this bill is an effort to pass ...

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee is warning that implementation of last year’s massive bipartisan infrastructure bill could be held up if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement on fiscal 2022 spending. “I think it’s a very serious matter,” Rep. David E. Price, a North Carolina Democrat who chairs the transportation ...

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Laura Kelly, facing a tough reelection fight, declared Kansas the nation's "most fiscally responsible state" Tuesday as she highlighted her administration's accomplishments in the final state of the state address of her first term. Kelly's speech, marked by call backs to 2018 campaign promises and assertions that her administration had restored the damage left by budget ...