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Entries for February 2020

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Supreme Court Rules for Arizona in Death Penalty Mitigators Case

McKinney v. Arizona is an excellent illustration of the complexity and disagreement on the Supreme Court over the death penalty.

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Using Trusted Voices to Count New Mexicans

I know that New Mexico is truly a unique and beautiful state, but I did not know it’s also one of the hardest to count.

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Category: Census
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2nd Circuit Rules Against Cities and States in Sanctuary Jurisdictions Case

The 2nd Circuit has become the first federal court of appeals to rule in favor of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to add conditions to receiving federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG) grants. 

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FAST Act Reauthorization Crucial, Storey Tells AASHTO

It is crucial that Congress reauthorize the FAST Act, the current federal authorization for surface transportation, which expires Sept. 30, NCSL Executive Director Tim Storey told the winter meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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SCOTUS to Decide if Local Governments Can Require Foster Care Agencies to Work With Gay Couples

In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia the Supreme Court will decide whether local governments may refuse to contract with foster care agencies who will not work with gay couples … and possibly much, much more.

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Elections 2020: Super Tuesday

What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

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Discovering Angela's Story in Historic Jamestown

Overlaying the celebration in 2019 of the inaugural session of English North America’s original representative democratic body is the grim remembrace that it was also the dawn of American slavery.

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Category: Podcasts
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Elections 2020: Nevada’s Quirks

We’ve heard lots about how Nevadans have a plan for vote tabulation and reporting that is different than Iowa’s. What we haven’t heard as much about is what makes Nevada’s caucus process unique.

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Category: Elections
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Lose Your Professional License for Unpaid Loans? It Depends

Can you lose your professional license for unpaid student loans? The answer depends on your state and occupation.

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Oral Health in 2019: A Legislative Checkup

Oral health influences how we grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize. Poor oral health can make finding employment more difficult.

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Category: Health
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