Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press Published 1:28 p.m. UTC Aug 21, 2018 Atlanta – Racing to shore up their election systems before November, states are using millions of dollars from the federal government to tighten cybersecurity, safeguard their voter registration rolls and improve communication between county and state election officers. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released a report Tuesday showing how states plan to spend $380 million allocated by Congress last spring to strengthen voting systems amid ongoing threats from Russia and others. All but a fraction of the money has already been sent to the states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The largest chunk – roughly 36 percent – is being spent to improve cybersecurity in 41 states and territories. More than a quarter of the money will be used to buy new voting equipment in 33 states and territories, although not all of that will be in place by the Nov. 6 midterm elections. … [Read more...] about States move to tap into money for election security
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Christina A. Cassidy and Laurie Kellman Associated Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Atlanta – Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — setting a U.S. record and paving the way for November battles that could significantly increase the number of women in elected office and change the public debate on issues such as health care, immigration, abortion rights, education and gun control. Some of these candidates could also play a pivotal role in whether Democrats are able to take control of the U.S. House. Most of these female hopefuls are Democrats, some of whom are first-time candidates who say their motivation to run sprang from President Donald Trump’s election and Republican control of Congress. But other developments factor in, too. The #MeToo movement. Women’s marches. Trump’s … [Read more...] about Women running hard for Nov. after record primary wins
Melissa Nann Burke Detroit News Washington Bureau Published 10:40 p.m. UTC Jul 8, 2018 Washington — Friends, former clerks and co-workers describe Judge Raymond Kethledge as a humble, down-to-earth jurist whose straight-shooter sensibility reflects his roots in Michigan. Kethledge, who lives in Oakland County, is one of four federal appeals judges named as top contenders for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to news reports, as President Donald Trump zeroes in on his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump said Sunday he has four finalists but hasn’t made his choice yet. Besides Kethledge, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and, according to the Associated Press, Thomas Hardiman. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups. … [Read more...] about Michigan’s Kethledge, a front runner for High Court, is ‘no frills’ judge
The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for legalized sports betting across the nation — an outcome long sought by Maryland’s largest casinos seeking a share of a multi-billion dollar market.The justices struck down a key part of a federal law that has prevented New Jersey and other states from offering legal wagering on sports at their race tracks and casinos.The owners of Maryland’s three largest casinos — Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Live Casino & Hotel and MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County — have said states should have the authority to sanction sports betting. Legalization would allow casinos to offer the equivalent of Las Vegas-style sports book rooms, where clerks accept bets and odds are displayed on oversized, blinking boards.The Supreme Court’s decision in a case brought by New Jersey allows states to decide on their on whether to legalize wagering on sports. But Maryland may end up trailing other states even if it approves … [Read more...] about Supreme Court clears way for sports betting and Maryland casinos want in
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