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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After waiting months for Gov. Ron DeSantis to set special elections to fill looming vacancies in three South Florida state legislative districts, voters are going to court, asking a judge to order the governor to act. The three districts are overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican governor’s decision not to order the special elections makes it almost certain there ...

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Pennsylvania Rep. Patty Kim, a five-term Democratic incumbent who represents Harrisburg in the state House of Representatives, is toying with the idea of running for lieutenant governor. Kim, 48, said she has spoken with Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Josh Shapiro about being his running mate. “It’s just something I think I would enjoy doing,” Kim said. Shapiro, who is in the middle of ...

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Oct. 15—CHARLESTON, S.C. — In South Carolina, a state with a painful legacy of racism, a white lawmaker on Thursday fired off an email that casually challenged the complexion of a Black Reconstruction-era lawmaker, whose portrait now hangs in a place of honor inside the State House. And, thanks to the modern-day perils of the reply-all email, now all 46 of South Carolina's state senators, ...

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In South Carolina, a state with a painful legacy of racism, a white lawmaker on Thursday fired off an email that casually challenged the complexion of a Black Reconstruction-era lawmaker, whose portrait now hangs in a place of honor inside the State House. And, thanks to the modern-day perils of the reply-all email, now all 46 of South Carolina’s state senators, their staff and the senate ...

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After waiting months for Gov. Ron DeSantis to set special elections to fill looming vacancies in three South Florida state legislative districts, voters are going to court, asking a judge to order the governor to act. The three districts are overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican governor’s decision not to order the special elections makes it almost certain there will be three fewer ...

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is right around the corner, and as is common following a Texas Legislature regular session, voters are being asked to weigh in on a handful of proposed constitutional amendments. This year, there are eight such proposals on the ballot. Election Day is Nov. 2 with the early voting period set to begin Monday (Oct. 18) through Oct. 29. The wording of each proposition is included ...

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Black Tie Services paid more than $370,000 to settle claims alleging the Baltimore vending machine company underpaid on contracts with an employment services agency for disabled workers, state officials said recently. The Maryland Attorney General’s office said it reached a settlement with Black Tie, which the state said failed to pay money owed to the Maryland Randolph-Sheppard Program. ...

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Massachusetts took one giant step forward on Thursday, as the House passed legislation (H 3190) to name Podokesaurus holyokensis the official state dinosaur. Filed by Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, the bill was created to inspire young people to engage in the lawmaking process. Now, it’s slithering off to the Senate for a vote on engrossment, according to the State House News Service, before going ...

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Oct. 15—Gov. Tim Walz visited the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Thursday morning to see the expanded COVID-19 saliva PCR testing site and announce plans to continue expanding testing capabilities statewide as the delta variant continues to spread. Walz said he asked the Minnesota Legislature to hold a special session to implement COVID-19 protections requested by hospitals, ...

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Oct. 15—In unruly classrooms and school boards alike, you've got good kids, you've got troublemakers, and then you've got the good kids who, for some reason, follow the troublemakers down a path to mischief. That was Anne Sung in 2018. Amid the HISD board's dysfunction, this Harvard-educated, former award-winning HISD physics teacher and strong advocate for special education whom we had ...