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    (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James was only a few months into her second term as New York City's public advocate when, over a few hours during a dinner party with friends, a stunning twist of fate put her on a collision course with the state's most powerful man, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.In a report published on the evening of May 7, 2018, by The New Yorker, then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was leveled with a series of domestic and sexual abuse allegations. Within hours -- by the time dessert came around, James recounted later that year -- Schneiderman had announced plans to step down. The next week, James declared her candidacy to replace him.That November, James was elected New York's attorney general, the first Black person and woman to win statewide office. On the same night, Cuomo won his third term. The pair, who exchanged endorsements that spring, made for strange...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Calls grew on Thursday for the US acting attorney general to investigate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in Key Largo received hundreds of life-saving vaccinations as early as mid-January. The revelations were the latest example of wealthy Floridians getting earlier access to coronavirus vaccines, even as the state has lagged in efforts to get poorer residents vaccinated. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: When Could You See Another Economic Relief Payment? DeSantis pushed back Thursday, saying a local hospital — not the state — was behind the vaccinations of more than 1,200 residents of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, and that the state “wasn’t involved in it in any shape or form.” Officials from Monroe County said the affluent club’s medical center, which is an affiliate of Baptist Health Hospital, received the vaccines through the hospital as part...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) endorsed Jay Jones in the state’s attorney general race on Thursday, snubbing Democratic incumbent Mark Herring, who is seeking a third term in office. In backing Jones, a state delegate from Norfolk who’s serving out his second term, Northam said he is hoping to elevate a “new generation of leaders” that represent “the diversity” of Virginia.  “Jay Jones has stood with me every step of the way in our journey to make Virginia a more just and equitable place to live,” Northam said. “He has been my partner as we have worked to change our Commonwealth. He also understands the deep scars of racism and will represent the diversity of our Commonwealth. That is why I’m honored to endorse him in his race for Attorney General.” The endorsement is Northam’s first in this year’s statewide races that include contests for attorney general, lieutenant governor and...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James is now empowered to begin an investigation into claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The chief legal officer said in a press release on Monday that her office had received a referral letter from the governor's office granting her the authority to conduct an independent investigation into the accusations levied by two former Cuomo staffers. "This is not a responsibility we take lightly as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously," James, who is a Democrat, said. "As the letter states, at the close of the review, the findings will be disclosed in a public report." Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior adviser to the governor, wrote in the press release that all New York state employees were directed to "cooperate fully" with the review. REPORTER INSISTS SHE WAS NOT 'HARASSED' BY CUOMO AFTER VIDEO AT STATE FAIR RESURFACES On...
    New York : The New York Attorney General Letitia James reported this Monday that she received a reference letter from the Government, authorizing the request made by his office to carry out an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Today, the Executive transmitted a letter to our office, giving us the authority to proceed with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the Governor Cuomo. This is not a responsibility we take lightly, as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously. As the letter says, at the close of the review, the findings will be disclosed in a public report, ”James said in a statement. On Sunday, the Attorney General announced that it would appoint a deputy special prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations. “The Government makes a forwarding (of the letter) in accordance with Section 63...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday received the referral letter granting her office authority to move forward with an independent investigation after two former staffers accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. "Today, the executive chamber transmitted a referral letter to our office, providing us the authority to move forward with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment claims made against Governor Cuomo," James said in a statement. "This is not a responsibility we take lightly as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously." WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN BACKS PROBE OF CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS, ACCUSERS DESERVE RESPECT James added: "As the letter states, at the close of the review, the findings will be disclosed in a public report." The letter to James’ office came from Cuomo special counsel and senior advisor Beth Garvey, stating that the governor "is hereby making a referral" pursuant to executive law...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday responded after facing a second allegation of sexual harassment. It came as he battled with Attorney General Letitia James over the appointment of an independent prosecutor to investigate the allegations. It’s a crisis on top of a crisis on top of a crisis for Cuomo, who until recently was regarded as something of a political mastermind, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Sunday. READ MORE: 2nd Former Aide Accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment, Governor Requests Independent Review Crisis one is the mounting allegations of sexual harassment. Crisis two, Cuomo forced to reverse course and propose having attorney Attorney General James and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appoint an independent investigator, after his attempt to name his own investigator was roundly criticized. Crisis three, the attorney general refused to act, instead demanding Cuomo send her a legal referral so her office can supervise...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) office said Sunday that she did not accept an earlier statement from Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY billboard calls for Cuomo's impeachment amid controversies On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Stefanik renews call for Cuomo to resign amid new sexual harassment accusation MORE’s (D) office proposing that she and the state's chief appeals judge appoint an attorney to investigate sexual harassment allegations against him. “To clarify, I do not accept the governor’s proposal,” James said in a statement. “The state’s Executive Law clearly gives my office the authority to investigate this matter once the governor provides a referral.”  The statement on the governor's proposal came after she asked Cuomo's office to issue a referral authorizing an independent investigation into the allegations, citing state law. Cuomo’s office issued a response saying Cuomo will “leave all decisions concerning the investigation to be...
    Spencer Platt / Getty Images New York attorney general Letitia James is calling for a real independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo and rejecting the proposal from his office. Cuomo has been accused of harassment by two former aides, and a growing number of New York Democrats have called for an investigation into the matter. James tweeted a statement Sunday morning saying, “Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously. There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary.” She said Cuomo should make the referral right away: Given state law, this can only be accomplished through an official referral from the governor’s office and must include subpoena power. I urge the governor to make this referral immediately. — NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) February...
    (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has asked the New York attorney general and the chief judge of the court of appeals to jointly select an independent attorney to conduct "a thorough review" of sexual harassment claims against the governor."The Governor's Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach. We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for qualifications and integrity, but we want to avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics," Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to Cuomo, said in a statement Sunday morning."Accordingly we have asked the Attorney General of New York State and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals to jointly select an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review of the...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James signaled support for an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's allegations of sexual harassment on Sunday. James released a statement a day after a second former aide accused the governor of sexual harassment, which followed an account by another ex-aide last week who accused Cuomo of similar behavior. 'ANY ALLEGATION SHOULD BE REVIEWED': WHITE HOUSE WEIGHS IN ON ANDREW CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT "Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously," James said in a statement. "There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary." James acknowledged that the only way an investigation can be done is if she received an official referral from the governor's office, given state law. "I urge the governor to make this referral immediately," James said. Charlotte...
              The Virginia Senate voted 36 to 3 Tuesday to remove the capitol’s statue of former Democratic Governor Harry Byrd, Sr. His legacy is marked by his expansion of Virginia’s economy and roads, and is tarnished by a battle to block desegregating schools. The House of Delegates had already voted in favor of the bill, HB 2208, introduced by Delegate Jay Jones (D-Norfolk.) Governor Ralph Northam is expected to approve the bill. Senator Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier) advocated keeping the statue. “Not withstanding the bad, Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. had a life that left Virginia quite a legacy,” she said. Vogel described how Byrd’s experience with transportation in his apple business led him to develop road networks, and how his experience rescuing The Winchester Evening Star from financial collapse led him to pioneer a pay-as-you go financial politics for the Commonwealth. “He went on...
    A South Dakota judge on Thursday blocked Governor Kristi Noem from releasing documents and video in the investigation of the state's attorney general for striking and killing a man with his car. Defense attorneys for Jason Ravnsborg, the state's top law enforcement agent, argued that the release of video of his interviews with investigators and other documents violated his right to a fair trial.  South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg  Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Ravnsborg is facing three misdemeanor charges, as well as the governor calling for his resignation, after he acknowledged in a statement shortly after the crash that he struck and killed a man walking on the shoulder of a rural highway on September 12. He said he thought he had hit a deer until he returned to the accident scene the next day and found the body. A circuit court judge in the county where the...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic attorney general has installed the Republican governor’s lawyer into a high-level job in which he is aggressively defending his former boss’ policy agenda and management decisions in court. Weeks after joining Attorney General Tom Miller's staff, attorney Sam Langholz has participated in cases defending Gov. Kim Reynolds' coronavirus restrictions, her law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, her denial of overtime pay to some nurses, and her administration's ouster of a longtime public health spokeswoman. The hiring incensed some Democrats and trial lawyers. But it generated goodwill for Miller, the nation’s longest-serving attorney general, from a sometimes adversarial GOP-controlled Legislature and Reynolds, who called Langholz “a brilliant legal mind.” Miller and Reynolds announced Langholz's appointment as an assistant attorney general for civil and appellate litigation in November. The attorney general's office confirmed Tuesday that a top...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday called on the state's attorney general to resign as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car. Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, has indicated he will not step down while he waits for the case against him to proceed. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem said in a statement. She promised to release more details from the crash investigation. Republican legislators are also weighing whether to impeach Ravnsborg if he does not step down. The attorney general, who was elected to his first term in 2018, was driving home to Pierre from a Republican fundraiser...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday called on the state’s attorney general to resign as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car. Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, has indicated he will not step down while he waits for the case against him to proceed. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,” Noem said in a statement. She promised to release more details from the crash investigation. Republican legislators are also weighing whether to impeach Ravnsborg if he does not step down. The attorney general, who was elected to his first term in 2018, was driving home to Pierre from a Republican fundraiser late on Sept. 12 when...
              COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last Wednesday Ohio Senate Bill 22 (SB22) passed the upper chamber 25-8 – all Republicans were in favor, all Democrats opposed. SB22 was introduced by primary sponsors Terry Johnson (R-District 14)(pictured left) and Rob McColley (R-District 1)(pictured right), and establishes legislative oversight to the Governor’s and health orders. In its original form, the bill granted the General Assembly authority to immediately rescind a public health state of emergency declaration along with rules and orders the Governor and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued related to a public a health state of emergency. The first draft would have also put a 30-day limit on a public health state of emergency, while allowing the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee (OHOAC) – which is a bicameral, bipartisan commission established by the legislation – to rescind a state of emergency as well as...
    The top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose recorded remarks revealed by The Post have landed them both in hot water, is a trusted confidante who has worked for him nearly a decade — and at one point even took home a heftier paycheck. Melissa DeRosa, 38, was hired by Cuomo in 2013, after earlier jobs as acting chief of staff for since-disgraced, ex-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and as the state director of Organizing for America, an advocacy group that grew out of former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Being named Cuomo’s communications director boosted her annual salary from $115,000 to $158,000, according to payroll data posted on the SeeThroughNY website. In 2017, DeRosa — the middle child of leading Albany lobbyist Giorgio de Rosa — was promoted to secretary to the governor, making her the first woman to hold the powerful position, which officially ranks her No. 1 on...
    Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinSarah Huckabee Sanders's run for governor an early test for Trump allies Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Flynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey MORE (R) dropped his gubernatorial campaign on Monday, saying he will instead run for state attorney general in the wake of former White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersHouse Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing Sarah Sanders on Trump's reported war dead criticism: 'Those comments didn't happen' Sarah Sanders memoir reportedly says Trump joked she should hook up with Kim Jong Un MORE Sanders's entrance in the race for governor.  “Since announcing my campaign for governor last year, I’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible support I have received from all corners of the state,” Griffin said in the statement. “While I believe Arkansans are ready for my message of bold, conservative leadership, my conversations with friends...
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders has chased Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin out of the Republican primary, notching her first political scalp as a candidate for Arkansas governor in 2022. Griffin launched his gubernatorial campaign last summer, part of a long-term plan to land in the governor's mansion in Little Rock after retiring from the House in 2015. But the lieutenant governor recognized that he was no match for the celebrity of Sanders, the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is beloved by grassroots Republicans for her loyal service to former President Donald Trump. "While I believe Arkansans are ready for my message of bold, conservative leadership, my conversations with friends and supporters have persuaded me that at this time, I can do more for Arkansas in a different capacity," Griffin said in a published statement. "Today, I am announcing my campaign for attorney general of Arkansas." Sanders, 38, has...
              Virginia Democrats will get more time to pass legislation after Governor Ralph Northam called a special legislative session to begin February 10. Northam’s announcement effectively adds 16 days to the current regular session, which is scheduled to end February 11. The proclamation comes after Republicans blocked a move to extend the 30-day regular session, hoping to limit their losses in a Democrat-controlled legislature. In his announcement, Northam said, “People across our Commonwealth are facing tremendous challenges, and they expect their elected officials to deliver results. I look forward to continuing our work together to move Virginia forward.” Constitutionally, sessions in even numbered years can last 60 days, and in odd numbered years, sessions are limited to 30 days. But traditionally, the short 30-day sessions are extended to 46 days. “Ever since Republicans objected to extend the 30-day session from day one, we were...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' surgeon general on Thursday said he's running for lieutenant governor next year. Dr. Greg Bledsoe said he's seeking the Republican nomination for the state's No. 2 constitutional office. He's the second Republican to announce a run for the seat. Sen. Jason Rapert in 2019 announced he was running. “I think people really want someone in the lieutenant governor position who can articulate our Arkansas values and can also move us forward as a state, and bring us together," Bledsoe said. Bledsoe, 47, has served as surgeon general since 2015. The state's current lieutenant governor, Tim Griffin, is barred by term limits from seeking reelection next year. He's running against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders for the Republican nomination for governor. No Democrats have announced they're running for lieutenant governor. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
            by Bethany Blankley  Texas plans to sue the Biden administration over several executive orders recently issued, and immigration policy is front and center. “A new crop of Texas-led lawsuits awaits Joe Biden’s White House,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted. “Texas will take action whenever the federal government encroaches on state’s rights, or interferes with constitutional rights, or private property rights or the right to earn a living.” Texas, along with California, leads the states in the number of times it has sued the federal government. Arguing against federal government overreach and in favor of the Tenth Amendment, Texas’ legal actions have ranged from suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), the Clean Power Plan, and many other issues. Now immigration is policy is the target. Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state will sue the Biden...
    Ottawa (CNN)Julie Payette, a former Canadian astronaut and the country's governor general since 2017, announced she would step down Thursday after she was accused by current and former employees of creating a "toxic" workplace environment.In a detailed statement, Payette said that she took the allegations seriously -- although she did not formally apologize or admit to any misconduct in the workplace."While no formal complaints or official grievances were made during my tenure, which would have immediately triggered a detailed investigation as prescribed by law and the collective agreements in place, I still take these allegations very seriously," Payette said in the statement.As first reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) last year, current and former government employees accused Payette of creating a toxic workplace, harassing and bullying employees and reducing some employees to tears.In response, the Trudeau government hired an independent consulting company to investigate the allegations. The report was...
    TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s governor general resigned Thursday following an independent review of workplace harassment allegations. The governor general is the representative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, and holds a mostly ceremonial and symbolic position. A person familiar with the matter confirmed the resignation of Julie Payette to The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Payette, a former astronaut, to the role in 2017. Trudeau’s office hired an independent consulting firm in September to investigate after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on a toxic work place environment. The CBC reports alleged that Payette belittled and publicly humiliated employees, reducing some to tears or prompting them to quit. The governor general also gives royal assent to Canadian laws. Queen Elizabeth II is...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The governor of Lebanon’s Central Bank denied on Thursday that he had made any transfers of the bank’s funds following a probe by Swiss authorities into money laundering and embezzlement. Gov. Riad Salameh’s statement was released after he was questioned by Lebanon’s prosecutor general, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, based on a Swiss investigation for aggravated money laundering in connection with possible embezzlement in the bank. Salameh also said he was ready for any further questioning. Switzerland’s attorney general said Tuesday it has asked Lebanon for cooperation into a probe it started into possible money laundering and embezzlement at the central bank. It was not clear what prompted the investigation in Switzerland. The Swiss attorney general’s office declined to offer further details. There were media reports in Lebanon that billions of dollars have left the country after banks blocked transfers abroad. Some media singled out transfers made...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed TN (R) State Representative Susan Lynn to the studio. During the third hour, Lynn outlined the Tennessee General Assembly’s upcoming special session that will address education by initiating a summer session to help kids catch up from the closures due to COVID since last March. She also explained how she has heard real-life stories of children that have struggled with online learning those with disabilities. Leahy: So you have made time from your busy schedule on the day that the Tennessee General Assembly convenes for a special session on education. So thanks for spending an hour with us here in the studio. Tell us what’s on the agenda in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is commenting on Attorney General Letitia James‘ federal lawsuit against the NYPD over its response to Black Lives Matter protests last summer. The governor calls the NYPD‘s actions “troubling.” Cuomo says he supports the attorney general’s request that an outside monitor be appointed to oversee the NYPD. MORE: Citing Abuses By Officers During ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protests, New York Attorney General Calls For Monitor To Oversee NYPD “I think the people of the city deserve an apology. I think we have to work on now moving forward. The monitor is really the only thing the attorney general can ask for legally,” he said. The governor says one mechanism is already in place that could speed up reform at the NYPD. The city must submit a new public safety plan by April 1 or the police department won’t receive state funding. MORE FROM CBS...
              Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) on Tuesday was re-elected for his third term as Speaker of the Senate, while State Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) returned as House Speaker. The Tennessee House Republican Caucus tweeted, “The 112th General Assembly convened today in Nashville! Congratulations to our re-elected Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, newly elected Speaker Pro Tem Pat Marsh, and all our members as they were sworn into office. @CSexton25 @marsh4tn“. The 112th General Assembly convened today in Nashville! Congratulations to our re-elected Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, newly elected Speaker Pro Tem Pat Marsh, and all our members as they were sworn into office. @CSexton25 @marsh4tn pic.twitter.com/kpo81cZioV — TN House Republicans (@tnhousegop) January 12, 2021 Senators met at noon on the first organizational day of the 112th General Assembly to re-elect McNally, the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus said...
              The Virginia General Assembly will convene on Wednesday and a lot of conversation surrounding the annual gathering of state lawmakers this year is not on legislative agendas or hotbed issues under consideration, but on how long the session will last. Intrigue over the session length began back in mid-November when Republican legislative leaders of the Senate and House of Delegates, Sen. Tommy Norment (R-James City) and Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), announced their intentions to limit the session to 30 days. On Friday, Governor Ralph Northam said that he plans to extend the 2021 session – where issues like marijuana legalization, the COVID-19 pandemic and more are expected to take center stage – an additional 15 or 16 days by calling a special session if Republicans follow through with a 30-day limit. “To say you can come in and do the work of the...
    FORMER attorney general and Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh has died at the age of 88. The "unequaled public servant" died on New Year's Eve at a retirement home near Pittsburgh, his son David said. 6His career in government stretched back to the 1960sCredit: AP:Associated Press 6The cause of his death is not yet knownCredit: AP:Associated Press 6He served as Pennsylvania's governor between 1979 and 1987Credit: AP:Associated Press The cause of his death is not yet known. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. His eldest son, John Thornburgh, told Penn Live: "There was nothing on his to-do list that he didn’t check off. So his life was full." John described his dad as "a wonderful family man". He added: "The last couple of months he’s been in a slow decline. He died peacefully with my mother...
    Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve the United Nations’...
    More On: attorney general How a great AG could set Barr higher — protect Hunter Biden probe : Goodwin Why Andrew Cuomo would be a horrible pick for US attorney general Andrew Cuomo among contenders for Joe Biden’s AG: report Biden to announce AG, defense secretary picks this week Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal....
    Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve the United Nations’...
    Richard Thornburgh, who rose to national prominence with his unruffled handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear crisis as Pennsylvania governor and later battled white-collar crime as U.S. attorney general, died on Thursday at the age of 88. The Pennsylvania governors office confirmed on Twitter that Thornburgh died on Thursday. It did not give details. During the partial meltdown at Pennsylvanias Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, Thornburgh sought to put the public at ease, calling for a partial evacuation and overseeing cleanup efforts. It was the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. President Ronald Reagan picked Thornburgh, a fellow Republican, to be attorney general in 1988. Reagans successor, George H.W. Bush, asked Thornburgh to stay on, having briefly considered asking him to be his vice presidential running-mate. As attorney general, he concentrated on white collar crime and drug trafficking and oversaw the prosecution over the 1989 Exxon Valdez...
    Washington (CNN)Richard "Dick" Thornburgh, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania who went on to serve as US attorney general under two presidents, has died at age 88, according to an announcement from the Pennsylvania governor's office. In honor of Thornburgh, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered the US and Pennsylvania flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff immediately.Thornburgh served as Pennsylvania's governor for two terms between 1979 and 1987. The following year he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to lead the Justice Department, a position he kept during George H. W. Bush's administration, until 1991. "Governor Thornburgh served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania, and calm, grounded leadership was a hallmark of his governorship," Wolf said in a statement. In this December 13, 1978, file photo, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Dick Thornburgh waves at photographers from the front steps of the Sate Capitol in...
    Dick Thornburgh, Two-term Pennsylvania Governor, U.S. Attorney General and United Nations Under-Secretary General, dies at 88 PR Newswire PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31, 2020 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who made integrity and efficiency the hallmarks of his public service as a governor, U.S. attorney general and under-secretary-general of the United Nations, died peacefully of natural causes today in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 88. The governor’s public career spanned 25 years, and he retired earlier in 2020 as counsel to the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP. Former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh: “One of the few authentic heroes of Three Mile Island” His wife, Ginny Judson Thornburgh, said that he had endured declining health to the end with “characteristic determination, grace and humor.” “Governor Thornburgh was the consummate public servant – honest, competent and caring,” said...
    Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve the United Nations’...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause is not yet known. He suffered a mild stroke in June 2014. Thornburgh built his reputation as a crime-busting federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh and as a moderate Republican governor. As the nation’s top law enforcement official, he prosecuted the savings and loan scandal. He also shepherded the Americans with Disabilities Act; one of his sons had been severely brain damaged in an auto accident. After leaving public office, Thornburgh became a go-to troubleshooter who helped CBS investigate its news practices, dissected illegalities at telecommunications company WorldCom and tried to improve...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature can decide the details on how federal block grants are spent, even when they run counter to a governor's wishes, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. A 6-1 majority upheld a Court of Appeals decision that the constitutional authority on how to appropriate those funds rests with the General Assembly. The ruling marks a setback for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper in the multiple lawsuits he's filed that have challenged the actions of GOP legislative leaders. Cooper has earned some legal victories. The latest decision focuses on $17 million in federal funds within the 2017 state budget law. How the legislature specifically spent those federal dollars, earmarked by Congress for community development, mental health and mother-and-child assistance, differed from how Cooper wanted to use them. Writing for the majority, Justice Sam Ervin IV rejected arguments of...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers said Wednesday they will continue investigating a six-figure severance package and large expenses that a former chief of staff to Gov. Larry Hogan received as he transitioned from a state agency to the governor’s office — after the former aide repeatedly declined to answer questions before a legislative panel. Sen. Clarence Lam, a Democrat who co-chairs a legislative oversight committee, said Roy McGrath should be “ashamed” for expenses incurred while “globetrotting” and receiving $233,000 severance when he moved from chairman of the board at the Maryland Environmental Service to the governor’s office — at a time when many faced economic hardships during the pandemic. “Mr. McGrath, you were the highest representative of the governor, and as such you should have held yourself to a higher standard,” Lam said. “Instead, you betrayed the public trust for your own benefit, and I think for that you...
    More from: Gov. Cuomo is reported to be on Joe Biden’s short list for attorney general, though Cuomo says he isn’t interested: Savvy, considering he might not be the ­final choice, and if he is, he’ll have to undergo Senate scrutiny. He’d have a lot to explain. Set aside the as-yet-unsubstantiated sexual misconduct allegations hurled against him Sunday. The real issue is his track record of proven policy blunders that cost New Yorkers their lives. Cuomo’s constituents are bearing the brunt of his criminal-justice “reforms” that put repeat offenders back on the streets hours after their arrest with no bail required. That includes many serious offenders. Repeat offenders are driving a huge spike in gun violence; many would be behind bars if Cuomo hadn’t kowtowed to the extreme left on bail. The toll: 1,756 dead or wounded so far this year in Gotham, according to the NYPD. Biden should...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden is eying New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a possible candidate for attorney general, according to reports. Associated Press reporter Eric Tucker cited “a person with knowledge” of Biden’s search process who included Cuomo on the shortlist as well as outgoing Alabama Democrat Sen. Doug Jones, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland. Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein also cited “a person familiar with the matter” confirming the report. Cuomo, who has served as governor since 2011, will finish his third term in 2022. Cuomo also previously served as the Attorney General of New York and the secretary of Housing and Urban Development during former President Bill Clinton’s administration. In October, Cuomo downplayed rumors that he would join Biden’s cabinet as Attorney General. “I have no interest in going to Washington,” says @NYGovCuomo when asked if he would serve as...
    By SOPHIA EPPOLITO, Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Republican governor and governor-elect condemned the attorney general's decision to join a Texas lawsuit to invalidate the presidential race results in four battleground states that President Donald Trump lost. Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who will be taking the governor's seat in January, released a statement Wednesday night saying that Attorney General Sean Reyes did not consult them before signing onto the amicus brief, “so we don’t know what his motivation is." “Just as we would not want other states challenging Utah’s election results, we do not think we should intervene in other states’ elections,” the statement said. "Candidates who wish to challenge election results have access to the courts without our involvement. This is an unwise use of taxpayers’ money.” Herbert and Cox were some of the first Republicans to acknowledge Biden’s election...
    A little more than two weeks after four Georgia lawmakers called on Governor Brian Kemp and Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan to convene a special legislative session to address matters from the November 3 General Election, the two have released an official statement. Governor Kemp and Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan issued the following joint statement Sunday evening: “While we understand four members of the Georgia Senate are requesting the convening of a special session of the General Assembly, doing this in order to select a separate slate of presidential electors is not an option that is allowed under state or federal law. “State law is clear: the legislature could only direct an alternative method for choosing presidential electors if the election was not able to be held on the date set by federal law. In the 1960s, the General Assembly decided...
    Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said on Sunday he is confident the state's general assembly will not convene for a special session to consider overturning the state's election result.  Duncan was asked about a potential overturn of the state's already certified election results after a report surfaced this week detailing a phone call between Trump and Republican Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempTrump floats a Doug Collins run against Kemp for Georgia governor Defiant Trump insists election was 'rigged' at rally for Georgia Senate Republicans Trump offers condolences to family, friends of Loeffler campaign staffer who died MORE. On the call, Trump reportedly pressured Kemp to investigate voter fraud allegations he and his campaign have said occurred in the state and keep it from awarding President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump floats a Doug Collins run against Kemp for Georgia governor Defiant Trump insists election was 'rigged' at rally for Georgia Senate Republicans Biden victory,...
    Newly announced Democrat mayoral candidate Ray McGuire has a history of failing to vote in elections, including for the City Hall office in New York City he’s seeking, election records reveal. McGuire, a former Citigroup executive, did not vote in either the general election or Democratic primary elections for mayor in 2017, when Mayor Bill de Blasio was reelected. He missed other mayoral contests as well. In 2013, McGuire was MIA from the general election for mayor, when de Blasio was first elected. He did cast a ballot in the primary, however. He missed the Democratic primary for mayor in 2009, when Bill Thompson defeated Tony Avella for the nomination, though he voted in the general election. And in 2005, McGuire missed the Democratic primary for mayor, when Fernando Ferrer was nominated as the first Latino nominee. Elsewhere, McGuire did not cast a ballot for the 2001 primary or general election for...
    A Minnesota business owner is refusing to close her bar under new coronavirus restrictions despite warnings from local law enforcement. Larvita McFarquhar, a single mother and owner of Havens Garden bar in Lynd, Minnesota, says she refuses to "agree with these outrageous demands" made by the state’s Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, according to Daily Mail. “No person in power has the authority to shut down a business for no reason, and pick and choose who can stay open and who cannot,” McFarquar told Minnesota’s Alpha News. “For me, it’s [about] taking a stand. We always want other people to do things, but it’s time that we the people stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not going to agree with these outrageous demands.'” McFarquhar says she was warned by the Lyon County Sheriff's Department that she will be violating the coronavirus restriction, to which she reportedly responded, “Yes, I’m...
    (CNN)Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a federal lawsuit against an executive order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear to close schools to limit the spread of Covid-19. US coronavirus cases top 12 million. An expert says spread is now faster and broader than everBeshear, a Democrat, issued an executive order earlier this week halting in-person learning at K-12 public and private schools across the state beginning Monday, among other restrictions. The order would keep middle and high school students in remote learning until at least January 4. It would allow for elementary schools to reopen December 7, so long as the school is not in a "Red Zone County" as determined by the Kentucky Department of Public Health's standards and adheres to other state guidance.But on Friday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced he would join a private Christian school, Danville Christian Academy, in a lawsuit against Beshear,...
    Kentucky’s attorney general and a Christian school have sued the state’s governor — charging that a ban on in-person classroom teaching violates the First Amendment and religious freedom. Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Danville Christian Academy claim in the lawsuit filed in federal court Friday that Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order to combat the coronavirus has gone too far. “The governor’s school-closure order prohibits religious organizations from educating children consistent with and according to their faith,” Cameron said in a statement. “The ability to provide and receive a private religious education is a core part of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. The executive order issued by Beshear on Wednesday halts in-person classes from K-12 starting Monday. The governor says all middle and high schools should remain closed until January, but that some elementary schools may reopen if they’re not in a red zone. The governor also ordered...
    Kentucky’s attorney general and a Christian school have sued the state’s governor — charging that a ban on in-person classroom teaching violates the First Amendment and religious freedom. Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Danville Christian Academy claim in the lawsuit filed in federal court Friday that Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order to combat the coronavirus has gone too far. “The governor’s school-closure order prohibits religious organizations from educating children consistent with and according to their faith,” Cameron said in a statement. “The ability to provide and receive a private religious education is a core part of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. The executive order issued by Beshear on Wednesday halts in-person classes from K-12 starting Monday. The governor says all middle and high schools should remain closed until January, but that some elementary schools may reopen if they’re not in a red zone. The governor also ordered restaurants...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney who successfully defended the governor's emergency health orders from legal challenges has been promoted to chief of staff by Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor's office announced Thursday. Matthew Garcia is moving from the general counsel job to chief of staff to succeed John Bingaman as he departs state government for the private sector. Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Sackett said Bingaman continues to advise the governor on a volunteer basis in her role as co-chair to the transition team for President-elect Joe Biden. As general counsel, Garcia made a series of appearances before the state Supreme Court regarding the state's pandemic response, emergency health orders and voting procedures. Recent court rulings have upheld the Lujan Grisham administration's emergency health orders and rebuffed Democratic-backed proposals to distribute absentee ballots to more registered voters without a request....
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's longtime Democratic attorney general said Thursday that he has hired Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds' senior legal counsel to work as one of his assistants. Attorney General Tom Miller said that Sam Langholz, a prominent conservative attorney, will be an assistant attorney general focusing on civil litigation and appeals. Langholz, 40, is a longtime member of the Federalist Society who has advised the governor on judicial appointments and other matters. Langholz applied for an opening on the Iowa Supreme Court earlier this year but was not among the finalists forwarded to the governor for consideration by a nominating committee. Ultimately, she chose longtime Republican lawyer Matthew McDermott. In an unusual move, the governor announced Langholz's appointment in the attorney general's office in a press release that also quoted Miller. She called Langholz a “brilliant legal mind” who was an instrumental part of her team, and...
    The Virginia General Assembly approved half of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to the state budget, including an amendment that has enacting language for a bipartisan redistricting commission. Both chambers voted to adopt five of the governor’s 10 budget amendments during Monday’s House and Senate floor sessions. The legislature entered into a special session in mid-August to address the budget, COVID-19 related issues and criminal justice reform. Amendment 10, which does not have any additional costs associated with it, will assist with enacting a constitutional amendment to establish a bipartisan redistricting commission that was approved by Virginia voters via a ballot referendum in last week’s election. The measure was approved with about two-thirds support from voters. The amendment creates a 16-person redistricting commission made up of eight members of the General Assembly and eight civilians. The commission will have two House Republicans, two Senate Republicans, two House...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry is asking a Louisiana judge to void Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions and declare them unenforceable, in an ongoing legal battle over a House Republican petition seeking to revoke the Democratic governor's emergency order. The Republican attorney general, representing GOP House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, filed court documents defending the legality of the petition that House Republicans filed trying to rescind Edwards' statewide mask mandate, business restrictions and crowd size limits. Edwards sued Schexnayder and lawmakers Monday, asking state district Judge William Morvant in Baton Rouge to declare that the governor's emergency rules remain intact and enforceable — and that the petition process used by House Republicans to try to nullify them is unconstitutional. Landry replied in his court filing released late Thursday, asking Morvant to force Edwards to terminate the public health emergency as the...
              Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Superintendent, retired four-star Army General J.H. Binford Peay III (’62), resigned on Monday. Peay shared that Governor Ralph Northam prompted the resignation. “On Friday, 23 October 2020, the Governor’s Chief of Staff conveyed that the Governor and certain legislative leaders had lost confidence in my leadership as Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute and desired my resignation.” The general’s resignation followed allegations featured in a story by The Washington Post. The article cited six incidents relating to race in the past five years as proof of “relentless racism.” Peay has condemned racism and discrimination consistently, as well as supported diversity at VMI. The retired general became superintendent in 2003; in recognition of his many leadership accomplishments at the institute, VMI’s Board of Visitors established an endowment in his honor. It has achieved $28 million in funds for cadets and faculty. VMI...
              On Monday Ohio State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) filed a motion with the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals to strike down a brief Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed with the court. AG Yost filed the amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief on behalf of Clermont County Prosecutor D. Vincent Faris who Becker is attempting to make investigate charges Becker made against Ohio’s governor. Becker and Faris ended up in the district appellate court after Becker filed a Private Citizen Affidavit (PCA) on September 28 in Clermont County.  As The Ohio Star reported, in the PCA Becker alleged Ohio Governor DeWine committed 7 felonies and 3 misdemeanors as a result of his managing the state’s COVID response. Five hours after receiving the PCA, Clermont County Prosecutor Faris stated “I have reviewed the paperwork and do not find a...
    JOE Biden might pick New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for attorney general, despite his controversial coronavirus decisions. Aides at the National Governors Associated have started looking for a replacement for Cuomo, Axios reported. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 2Biden might pick Cuomo as attorney generalCredit: AP:Associated Press Democrats familiar with the governor told the outlet that he is being pushed for the attorney general job. However according to, Tim Murtaugh, the Director of Communications for Trump's 2020 campaign: "There is zero chance that President Trump will appoint Gov. Cuomo attorney general in his second term." The Governor previously said also that his current position is "all I want to be" when asked about the potential of becoming attorney general. The Sun has contacted the Biden campaign and Governor Cuomo's office for comment. 2Cuomo previously said Governor is 'all I want...
    Aides at the National Governors Association have begun considering replacements to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as its chair, according to a report, as speculation mounts that he will be eyed for attorney general in a potential Biden administration. Cuomo, a fairly close political ally of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is being pushed for the role as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Axios reported Sunday. Given their relationship, the outlet reports that Biden “would consider him” for the job. The former vice president and New York governor have long had a professional rapport, though it evolved into one that was more personal in recent years. In 2015, according to the New York Times, Cuomo earned himself “Biden’s lasting appreciation, and helped cement a personal friendship” when the two discussed the then-VP mulling a run for the presidency in the 2016 cycle. For months, Biden spoke to Cuomo as he considered whether...
    Joe Biden reportedly wants to make New York Governor Andrew Cuomo his Attorney General if he wins the November election. Sources familiar with the situation have told Axios that the National Governors Association is looking into contingencies to replace Cuomo, 62, as chair because he would no longer be able to chair the organization if he becomes AG. According to the report published Sunday afternoon, 'the governor is being pushed for the job and Biden would consider him based on their long friendship.'  Joe Biden (right) reportedly wants Andrew Cuomo (left) as AG if he wins the November election They've known each other since the 1980s and an insider said Biden, 77, sees himself in Cuomo, 62. Pictured, Biden and Cuomo attend a political rally announcing their support to raise the minimum wage for the state of New York to $15 per hour on September 10, 2015...
    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. If Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the November 3 election, he’ll be able to nominate a new set of Cabinet members, and he’s seriously considering New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General, according to a report by Axios. Several sources close to Biden or Cuomo spoke with Axios, pointing to chatter among the National Governors Association and Democratic donors as lending credence to the idea. Aides at the NGA, which Cuomo currently chairs, are reportedly taking the possibility he could be the AG nomination that they are making contingency plans to replace him. He would have to give up his position as governor and therefore would no longer be eligible to chair the NGA. Axios also spoke to several Democratic donors, who said that Cuomo was “being pushed for the job and that Biden would consider him, based on their long friendship.” The...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being mulled as an attorney general within a potential Joe Biden administration, according to a Sunday report.  Aides at the National Governors Association -- which Cuomo chairs -- have begun looking for contingencies to replace him, prompting speculation of his role within a Biden administration, Axios reported.  FILE: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivers a COVID-19 update during a briefing in New York City. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP) Democratic donors within Cuomo's orbit have reportedly told the outlet that Cuomo is being pushed for the attorney general job and that Biden is considering him for the role based on their decades-long friendship.  An attorney general within a Biden administration would be under political pressure to go after former Trump administration officials and manage nationwide unrest over police violence, among other pressing issues.  Biden's campaign team has declined to comment. Cuomo's...
    By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats are targeting the state attorney general’s race as their best chance to break the stranglehold Republicans have over state government. Democrats spent months castigating current Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill over allegations that he drunkenly groped a state lawmaker and three other women, only to see former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita narrowly defeat Hill for the GOP nomination in July. Democratic candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel, a former Evansville mayor, says he wants to tone down partisanship in the office of state government’s top lawyer. Rokita counters as an unabashed President Donald Trump supporter with an aggressive law-and-order and anti-abortion agenda that will continue Hill’s tactics of joining Republican lawsuits against what they regard as federal overreach, such as the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Weinzapfel said he saw no difference between Rokita and Hill over what he called “gross politicization of...
              Only 22 percent of ventilators in Virginia hospitals were in use as of Wednesday. Fifty-two percent of ICU beds were available, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Only 1,003 potential COVID-19 patients were currently hospitalized. However, Governor Ralph Northam’s executive orders surrounding social distancing and mask wearing remain in effect. Delegate Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach) said that emergency powers in Virginia’s law were meant to be used for a limited time — one day, or up to a week for a really serious disaster like a hurricane. “Nobody foresaw that the Governor would take those broad emergency powers that are dictated in the Virginia Constitution and then basically make them perpetual,” Miyares said. “A lot of this is [due to] the fact that we the Republican Party in Richmond is the minority party.” Miyares said Republicans in both chambers of the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Governor JB Pritzker said the state is opening early voting sites and Illinois has seen a record number of requests for mail-in ballots for the upcoming general election. During his COVID-19 address on Wednesday afternoon, Pritzker said while Chicago has a Super Site, more polling places will open in the coming weeks. “In Illinois people have been voting early in person since September 24th. Though that start date has varied by county. The city of Chicago, for example, started early voting at a central location on October 1, and that will expand to all 50 wards in Chicago next Wednesday, October 14,” Pritzker said. The governor said people who have mail-in ballots now should send them soon. “If you want to vote by mail, you can apply online right now. You have until October 29. But don’t wait. The state Board of Elections recommends that you apply for...
    The Democratic attorney general of Michigan will not enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders regarding the coronavirus following a state Supreme Court ruling. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled late last week that Whitmer can not extend emergency orders under two laws passed in 1976 and 1945. "Accordingly, the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now lack any basis under Michigan law," the ruling read. Whitmer’s office argued that the emergency orders will remain in place for 21 days following the ruling, the amount of time a party has to ask for a case to be reconsidered, according to the Detroit News. However, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said over the weekend that it will not enforce the governor’s orders by criminal prosecution. The office added that it hopes Michiganders will follow coronavirus advisements, and lauded Whitmer for saving lives in...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours later. AWMI is represented by Liberty Counsel, which describes itself as "an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the...
    By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is raising money to help fellow Democrats in their quest to retake Pennsylvania's state House or Senate majorities, but there are other races that may have a bigger impact on his fortunes in his last two years in office. The three statewide contests for attorney general, auditor general and treasurer elect people to four-year terms who can change how a governor manages the state's finances, pursues agendas outside of the Legislature and claims the mantle of a capable operator of government. “They can have an influence,” former Gov. Tom Corbett said in an interview. A political spokesperson for Wolf said the Democrat gave $10,000 in campaign donations to each of his fellow Democrats running for a so-called row office this year, a tiny sum compared with his giving to Democrats seeking seats in the Republican-controlled Legislature. A Democratic...
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Wednesday addressed the decision announced earlier in the day to indict only one police officer involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor — and on charges unrelated to her death. “I will never feel the weight of 400 years of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow… but I can listen, I can try to hear, and I can be clear: Systematic racism exists in this world, in this country and in our commonwealth,” Beshear said. The governor listed issues including racial disparities in health care and disproportionate incarceration. “It impacts everything form wealth, earnings, education, even how long we live on this earth,” he said. Beshear also emphasized Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s (R) independence from the governor’s office following Cameron's announcement of the charges, which saw swift condemnation from Democrats and criminal justice advocates. “As governor you can do a lot of things, and some people...
    By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson's contested proposal to give the Missouri attorney general the power to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases failed Wednesday when the GOP-led House finished a special session focused on curbing violent crime without taking action on the bill. The bill would have allowed the attorney general, currently Republican Eric Schmitt, to prosecute St. Louis homicides if Gardner’s office didn’t act on those cases in 90 days and if police asked for an intervention. Parson said the goal of the prosecution bill was to help reduce violent crime in St. Louis, but the proposal was widely seen as criticism of the city’s first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner, who is a Democrat. “You're not going to hit a home run every time in this building,” Parson said. “We're very content with what we got moving. Anything we can do...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican state schools superintendent is crossing party lines again to endorse the Democratic state attorney general candidate. Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel announced the endorsement Thursday from schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick. She said in a statement that Weinzapfel “has a well-earned reputation for bipartisan problem solving, for listening and for making a real difference in every job he’s had.” The former Evansville mayor is running against Republican Todd Rokita, a former congressman who defeated current Attorney General Curtis Hill for the GOP nomination in July. McCormick won election as state schools chief four years ago but has clashed repeatedly with other Republican leaders over education policy. The GOP-dominated Legislature has eliminated the elected schools superintendent position and the governor will appoint the state education department leader beginning in January. The state Republican Party said McCormick’s endorsement of Weinzapfel wasn’t surprising after she supported Democratic state Sen. Eddie Melton...
    BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of eight Massachusetts families whose loved ones have died at the hands of police demonstrated in front of the Statehouse on Wednesday to press the governor to reopen past cases of what they call police brutality. The families along with the organization Mass Action Against Police Brutality want Gov. Charlie Baker to assign a special prosecutor to look at the cases. The protest is being held in solidarity and support of the family of Jacob Blake, the Black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin shot in the back by a white officer last month. The shooting sparked days of sometimes violent protests. Family member holds picture of Usaamah Rahim at rally outside State House (WBZ-TV) Protesters sitting on the Statehouse steps held signs that read “Dismantle White Supremacy” and “We Believe in Hope.” “Many had given up on justice, but this movement has renewed people’s hopes that...
    By IRIS SAMUELS, Associated Press/Report for America HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday, arguing changes made to the postal service could affect the ability to vote by mail in November. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, alleges that the Postal Service did not follow its own guidelines in changing policies that have directly harmed Montana residents by impeding the flow of mail. “Since becoming Postmaster General in June, Louis DeJoy has taken steps to undermine an institution that since this nation’s founding has defied the odds and delivered the mail. In Montana, we’re not giving up the fight to ensure timely mail delivery,” said Bullock, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. The lawsuit comes after the attorneys general of Washington and Pennsylvania, both Democrats, filed similar suits last month....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana in an effort to help businesses and individuals hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. During a press conference on Covid-19 recovery, the Governor called on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana with the proceeds going to existing small business grant funding. According to a press release by the Governor’s office: Fifty percent of the funding would be earmarked for historically disadvantaged businesses. Along with the call to the General Assembly to pass legislation legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the governor proposes that a portion of the revenue be used to further restorative justice programs that give priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization. Also, the governor wants the General Assembly to pursue criminal justice reform policies that...
              Three churches are suing the governor and his constituents for executive orders that violate their religious liberties. Defendants in the case are Governor Tim Walz, State Attorney General Keith Ellison, and county attorneys Chad Larson, Tom Kelly, and Donald Ryan. The Thomas More Society filed on behalf of the churches. The lawsuit cites Article I, Section 16 of Minnesota’s Constitution as state precedent protecting the right to worship: “the right of every man to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience shall never be infringed.” The lawsuit also cites Christian adherence to the Bible’s commandment for believers to worship together. The Thomas More Society Special Council Erick Kardaal affirmed this reasoning, adding that multiple religions “are bound by their faith to worship together.” “Time-honored rights and rituals, including prayers, singing, communion, and a laying of hands in blessing, are among those...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced this week the State of Georgia successfully sold $1.133 billion in two different series of general obligation bonds to fund new construction projects and equipment, make repairs and renovations to existing facilities, and purchase and retire outstanding bonds to achieve debt service savings. “Georgia works diligently to maintain our coveted triple-A bond rating,” said Governor Kemp. “I am incredibly proud of our state’s fiscal responsibility and efficient use of taxpayer resources, and I commend Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, and the General Assembly for their partnership to maintain Georgia’s strong financial track record. This very successful bond sale allows us to continue to invest in critical renovations and repairs of capital projects all across the Peach State, ensuring previous investments in the state’s existing facilities are preserved and that the facilities continue to...
    A Virginia state senator compared Gov. Ralph Northam’s COVID-19 response with dictatorial actions from the Chinese government during a Senate Rules Committee hearing Wednesday. Allowing the executive branch to continue to impose mandates without consulting the General Assembly “makes us no different from the Chinese government,” Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, said while voicing support for Senate Joint Resolution 5001. The resolution, which was sponsored by Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg, urged the governor to revoke the COVID-19 state of emergency and allow the General Assembly to address the pandemic. It failed to advance past the committee on a voice vote, with opposition from most Democrats. Petersen said the pandemic has lasted six months, but it could last 60 months. He said the state of emergency exists for the governor to move immediately during an emergency when the General Assembly cannot act. However, he said there’s nothing to stop...
    (CNN)Arkansas hopes to put a hate crimes law on the books and end its status as one of three states without hate crimes legislation.On Wednesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the state attorney general and a group of bipartisan state legislators unveiled draft legislation to be considered next year when lawmakers convene for the next General Assembly session in January. The proposal would increase penalties by no more than 20% for crimes where an offender targets a victim because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, homelessness or military service."We need to say clearly that Arkansas will not tolerate violence against anyone because of their race, their religion or because of who they are," Hutchinson, a Republican, said Wednesday during a news conference at the state Capitol. "We are at the point in our history that we must hold to a greater degree of accountability those...
    HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Governor Phil Murphy announced Friday that the November election in New Jersey will be held mostly with mail-in ballots. He confirmed the news on CNN.He says just like the coronavirus, mail-in voting is sticking around.All 6.2 million registered New Jersey voters will receive a ballot in the mail and there will be limited in-person polling locations for people who need extra assistance, or people who simply prefer to vote in person.The July primary was also conducted largely by mail, and just 26% of registered voters participated.Governor Murphy is doubling down."We think largely it was a very good result particularly balancing the sacred right to vote at the center of democracy, along with public health and respecting people's health and the combination of vote by mail and in person," the governor said Thursday.He says lessons were learned from the primary."It was a success. not perfect, but...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced the new leader of the Minnesota National Guard. The governor has appointed Brigadier General Shawn Manke to serve as Minnesota’s next Adjutant General, filling the vacancy created upon the resignation of Major General Jon A. Jensen, who was recently promoted to Lieutenant General. “In recent months, the Minnesota National Guard has been called to serve our state in unprecedented ways, and we are grateful for General Jensen’s service and steady leadership,” said Governor Walz. “Having served in the Minnesota National Guard for 24 years before becoming Governor, I know General Manke’s experience commanding Soldiers, concern for National Guard members’ well-being, and dedication to public service have prepared him to be an effective Adjutant General. I look forward to working with General Manke to serve the people of Minnesota.” General Manke has served in a number of leadership roles in the Minnesota National Guard...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dollar General Corp. plans to open two new distribution centers that are expected to employ more than 360 people in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The retailer's plans include adding a warehouse in Walton in northern Kentucky and a cold storage facility in Bowling Green in south-central Kentucky, the governor said Wednesday. The addition of both facilities is expected to create more than 365 jobs and support operations at more than 2,300 stores, Beshear said. Construction on both facilities is expected to begin by next month. The Walton warehouse is expected to be operational by next January and Bowling Green facility by next summer, he said. The governor thanked Dollar General for its latest investment in Kentucky. The company currently operates more than 580 stores in the Bluegrass State and employs more than 5,600 Kentuckians, according to a release from the governor's office. Copyright 2020 The Associated...
              State Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Cave Spring) (pictured above) introduced a bill last week to check the Virginia governor’s executive order powers under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law (ESDL). The ESDL allows the Virginia governor “to direct and compel evacuation of all or part of the populace from any stricken or threatened area if this action is deemed necessary for the preservation of life, implement emergency mitigation, preparedness, response or recovery actions; prescribe routes, modes of transportation and destination in connection with evacuation.” According to the bill, Senate Bill (SB) 5008 would not allow any executive order issued under the ESDL to last longer than 45 days from the date it was published. Furthermore, this legislation would not allow the governor to issue an order related to the emergency if the Virginia General Assembly does not do anything relating to the order, the...
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Board of Education primary election has drawn more attention than usual after the panel voted against the governor's plan to delay the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. One member who had been running unopposed, Deena Horst, voted against Gov. Laura Kelly’s order, and the next day a write-in challenger endorsed by a former governor joined the race, the Wichita Eagle reported. Five of the board's 10 seats are up for election, but just two have competitive primaries. Horst and two other board members have no opponents on either the primary or general election ballots. “People generally don’t pay much attention to the state board of ed. In general, they don’t make a lot of typically controversial decisions. There’s nothing like controversy to get people riled up and paying attention,” said Dave Colburn, who launched the write-in campaign against Horst....
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general's requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state's involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Gov. Kim Reynolds' approval before he would join multistate lawsuits. In turn, Reynolds vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state's top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Although the deal has allowed Reynolds to block 45 of 67 requests by Miller, the attorney general said he didn't regret the bargain he made with the governor, which will expire when either of the officials leave office. Miller, 75, is the nation's longest-serving state attorney general, having been elected 10 times. “The most important...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state’s involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Gov. Kim Reynolds’ approval before he would join multistate lawsuits. In turn, Reynolds vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Although the deal has allowed Reynolds to block 45 of 67 requests by Miller, the attorney general said he didn’t regret the bargain he made with the governor, which will expire when either of the officials leave office. Miller, 75, is the nation’s longest-serving state attorney general, having been elected 10 times. “The most important thing is that the agreement...
              The state legislature, not the governor of Indiana, has the authority to require residents to wear a face covering in public, Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a new opinion. Gov. Eric Holcomb is requiring that all state residents wear a mask or other face covering in public places effective Monday, July 27. But Hill says that mandate does not have the force of law. “Without properly delegated authority from the General Assembly, the proposed order would not have the force and effect of law,” Hill said. “The General Assembly would need to specifically and clearly allow for a mask mandate by law.” Hill issued the opinion after several Republican lawmakers asked him about Holcomb’s mandate. While Indiana’s governor has the authority to restrict business operations under the state’s Emergency Management and Disaster Law, it “does not provide that a governor may issue...
    Offers free Coronavirus tests for adults and children under 5 years of age with or without symptoms. On its first day, it was attended by the Surgeon General of the United States and the Vice Governor of Florida. We take this opportunity to ask the general surgeon if children can transmit the virus. Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States said that “The best scientific evidence we have right now indicates that children under the age of 10 are unlikely to transmit the virus while those over 10 have the same power of transmission. than adults, according to studies ”. He added that this is why it is so important to lower community contagion before opening schools. While we are still in the midst of the crisis, there are indices that are cause for optimism for state and county leaders. Jeannette...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Indiana sets an unwanted record: the most COVID-19 cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The recent surge prompted Governor Eric Holcomb to issue a statewide mask mandate. It’s also set off a fierce legal fight. CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports Hammond already had rules that started recently. But there’s now a push reverse his actions all together. The statewide Indiana mask mandate means places like stores and restaurants have to require face coverings. So will public transportation and ride share services. Also, outdoor public spaces where it’s not possible to social distance. Defiance means a Class B misdemeanor. “I was OK with it,” said resident John Mitchell. “I was really happy about it. If I catch this, I’m dead. I mean, point blank. There’s no ifs, ands or buts. The doctor told me.” It’s a requirement for children above the age of eight....
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general believes the governor has overstepped his authority in issuing a statewide face mask mandate and that only the Legislature can make violations a criminal offense. Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an advisory opinion Wednesday night, just hours after GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the mask order taking effect Monday to help slow the coronavirus spread. Hill’s opinion responded to a request from state Senate majority leader Mark Messmer of Jasper and four other Republican senators about Holcomb’s legal authority to impose a mask mandate. The opinion, which does not block the governor's action, said the state’s emergency law doesn’t give Holcomb authority for the mask mandate without the consent of the Legislature. Hill said the governor should call the Legislature back into session. “By this point in the pandemic — more than four months since the emergency declaration — it’s time to show...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general believes the governor has overstepped his authority in issuing a statewide face mask mandate and that only the Legislature can make violations a criminal offense. Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an advisory opinion Wednesday night, just hours after GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the mask order taking effect Monday to help slow the coronavirus spread. Hill’s opinion responded to a request from state Senate majority leader Mark Messmer of Jasper and four other Republican senators about Holcomb’s legal authority to impose a mask mandate. View this document on Scribd The opinion, which does not block the governor’s action, said the state’s emergency law doesn’t give Holcomb authority for the mask mandate without the consent of the Legislature. Hill said the governor should call the Legislature back into session. “By this point in the pandemic — more than four months since the emergency declaration — it’s...
    Gov. Roy Cooper called on state legislators Tuesday to improve North Carolina’s unemployment compensation system in light of the economic crisis caused by the response to COVID-19. Cooper said lawmakers failed to address the system while in session over the past few months. He is concerned the end of a federal unemployment supplemental payment program could have a deeper impact on North Carolinians. “This extra $600 (per week) has been especially important here in North Carolina, where the Legislature several years ago slashed unemployment insurance benefits to among the lowest in the nation and made them available for only 12 weeks, “ Cooper said. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which ends Saturday, offers unemployed workers an additional $600 per week for 13 weeks. Claimants can get up to $350 weekly under the state’s regular unemployment insurance program. North Carolina’s unemployment trust fund is supported...
    In Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear is facing a two-front war—one against the coronavirus and the other with the state’s GOP attorney general who is fighting back against his emergency efforts to curb infections in the state.  The result has been a fraught mix of politics and public health at a key time in the state’s efforts to thwart the spread of COVID-19.  And some in the state aren’t thrilled with the war of words between the governor and Kentucky’s Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, as others worry that the legal dustup could cause confusion among the public.  “It's regrettable,” said Ohio County Judge Executive David Johnston, a Republican. “I like 'em both. I think they're both trying to serve the people of the county. I regret that there is a back-and-forth. The governor may have gone too far a time or two when it came to churches and that...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Partisan bickering is nothing new in Kentucky, but tensions are ratcheting up as coronavirus cases continue to rise. This time it's a Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, fending off legal challenges from the Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron, who is lobbing phrases like “totalitarian" against Beshear's efforts during the pandemic that temporarily shuttered businesses, banned gatherings and took other precautions. Beshear, who spent the previous four years as Kentucky's attorney general mounting legal challenges to executive actions by a Republican governor, counters that Cameron is trying to tie his hands in a fight to save lives. Ultimately, the courts will decide how far the governor can go in restricting the behavior of Kentuckians. Cameron this week asked a judge to block virus-related executive actions by the governor. He filed a strongly worded motion accusing Beshear of responding to the pandemic with “unchecked,...
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is clarifying the balance of power between Gov. Tony Evers and the state's Republican-led legislature. And that means most of Wisconsin's lame duck laws will stand. The court issued a sweeping set of decisions Thursday that deal with four specific lame duck laws, and the question of "guidance documents." A 5-2 majority of justices agreed that the legislature did not overstep its bounds in writing new laws that deal with Capitol security, the suspension of administrative rules, deference to agency policies, and requiring the attorney general to get legislative permission to settle lawsuits. Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote in his majority opinion that limits on the attorney general is part of the legislature's "shared powers." "The question in this case is not whether the legislature may give or take powers away from the attorney general; it may," Hagedorn wrote. "The question is whether...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The former governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, who is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland, has been arrested in Miami, Florida, the Mexican attorney general's office said on Wednesday. The attorney general's office said on Twitter that Duarte now faced extradition back to Mexico. Its statement came out not long after U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House. (Reporting by Diego Ore; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Dave Graham) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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