Civil rights groups outraged after Gigi Sohn withdraws FCC nomination: ‘Sad, shoddy, and shameful’

Several civil rights groups are expressing disappointment after Gigi Sohn, President Biden’s pick for an open Federal Communications Commission seat, yanked her own nomination following a highly-publicized and bumpy process that left her short of votes from both sides of the aisle. Sohn said in a statement on Tuesday that she was pulling herself out […]

NC legislation to help hotels remove long-term guests violating rules approved, heads to Gov. Cooper

The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval on Tuesday to legislation designed to help hoteliers and innkeepers remove longer-term guests determined to be violating establishment rules. The bill now moves to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who vetoed a similar measure in 2021. His response could lead to an early test of his veto powers […]

Texas bill proposes tax credits for nondivorced, traditional married couples

Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton has introduced a bill that would give property tax credits based on a number of factors some consider to be controversial. HB2889 aims to give tax relief to qualifying married couples, and the amount would vary based on the number of children, according to the legislative proposal. “I come from […]

Pete Buttigieg’s resignation demanded on House floor: ‘Unfit to lead’

A House Republican on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, adding to the swell of demands that he step down for his handling of the East Palestine train derailment and an ongoing probe into his use of private jets. “Pete Buttigieg has shown that he is unfit to lead the Department of […]

Diocese condemns Delaware bill requiring priests to break seal of confession: ‘A clear violation’

The Delaware General Assembly is considering a bill that would require Roman Catholic priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse and neglect, prompting condemnation from the Diocese of Wilmington. House Bill 74, the sponsors of which include state Senate President Pro Tempore David P. Sokola, could be heard before the House […]

Matt Gaetz calls for investigation into FBI’s reliance on Southern Poverty Law Center

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz wants House Republicans to open an investigation into the FBI’s possible reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in light of the bureau’s recent anti-Catholic memo that relied on SPLC data and the recent arrest of an SPLC attorney for domestic terrorism. On Sunday, Thomas Webb Jurgens, an attorney for […]

Mayorkas gushes over border agents as possible impeachment proceedings loom

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke at the League of United Latin American Citizens conference Wednesday, where he enthusiastically commended U.S. Border Patrol agents. “The United States Border Patrol make up an extraordinary workforce – individuals who risk their lives every day to secure the border,” Mayorkas told the LULAC crowd. BIDEN ADMIN WEIGHS REVIVIAL […]

AL legislative session to address budgets, COVID funds, race and gender lessons in schools

Alabama lawmakers began the 2023 legislative session on Tuesday. Here are issues to watch in the session that can last through mid-June: Pandemic Relief Funds Lawmakers on Wednesday will begin a special session on allocating the remaining $1.06 billion in state relief funds from the American Rescue Plan. Lawmakers will take up a proposal that […]

AL Gov. Ivey proposes a $400 rebate per taxpayer from state’s pandemic relief funds

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday used her annual State of the State address to call an anticipated special session on pandemic relief funds and propose one-time tax rebates of up to $400 per taxpayer and $800 for families. Ivey, who is beginning her final full term in office, addressed lawmakers on the opening night […]

VA lawmaker charged for allegedly using SUV to strike woman he was arguing with and leaving the scene

A Virginia state lawmaker charged in what authorities are calling a hit-and-run swerved his SUV toward a woman after they argued, striking her and leaving her with minor injuries, according to police and allegations outlined in court documents. Del. Matt Fariss, a 54-year-old Republican who has represented part of central Virginia in the House of […]