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Maine Rematch Could Be a Bellwether for Control of Congress
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Maine Rematch Could Be a Bellwether for Control of Congress

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated PressAUBURN, Maine (AP) — Donald Trump isn't on the ballot in Maine's 2nd Congressional District this year, but his brand of politics is.In a race that will help decide control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Jared Golden will defend his seat against Republican former Rep. Bruce Poliquin and independent candidate Tiffany Bond. The race is a rematch for Golden and Poliquin, who ran for the same seat in 2018, when Golden emerged victorious by a razor-thin margin.The appeal of Trump-style politics has grown in the district since then despite the fact it is represented by Golden, a moderate Democrat. Poliquin, who represented the 2nd District as a moderate Republican from 2014 to 2018, has shifted his own messaging rightward to try to tak...
Graham’s 15-week abortion bill further complicates Republican midterm messaging
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Graham’s 15-week abortion bill further complicates Republican midterm messaging

CNN  —  Republican Senate candidates eager to make the 2022 midterms about inflation, crime and President Joe Biden’s first term have a new dilemma in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which the South Carolina Republican introduced this week on a day of disappointing inflation news, presents his party with problems that are two-fold as they look to flip the House and Senate in November: Not only does it resurface the abortion debate, a topic many Republicans have sought to avoid since the Supreme Court, in a publicly unpopular decision, overturned Roe v. Wade in June, but it steps on the answers GOP candidates had coalesced around this summer – that abort...
What’s in the New 401(k) Retirement Bills | 401ks
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What’s in the New 401(k) Retirement Bills | 401ks

Retirement plans could see some major changes if proposed new legislation is approved by Congress. “They have so many bills,” says Ed Slott, president and founder of Ed Slott and Company. “Some people call the whole batch SECURE 2.0. There’s an EARN Act (Enhancing American Retirement Now). One is the Retirement Protection Act. There’s a bunch of different acts here.”These retirement bills would: Increase the maximum annual contribution for retirement accounts by $4,000. Increase the age when you must begin required minimum distributions. Require automatic enrollment and escalation for employer-sponsored plans. Increase the amount for the catch-up provision for those 50 and older. Allow employers to help those who are burdened with student debt save for retirement. Many of the chang...
Firefighters’ options exercise requires ‘corrective action’ – Law & Regulation
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Firefighters’ options exercise requires ‘corrective action’ – Law & Regulation

The remedial action covers “special members” — a category created when retained firefighters were made eligible to join the New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in 2006.The implementation of the EU Part-Time Workers Regulations determined that these members, employed between July 1 2000 and April 5 2006, were entitled to pension benefits broadly similar to those enjoyed by members of the FPS, with retrospective access to the NFPS granted in 2014.On April 1 2014, a first options exercise was supposed to be carried out, intended to allow existing and former retained firefighters the opportunity to join the NFPS as “special members” and pay “appropriate contributions” in respect of their service during the relevant period.However, take-up of the options exercise was not unive...
Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban
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Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway.Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho Legislature is asking for permission to intervene in the federal case, just as it has done in three other abortion-related lawsuits filed in state courts.“If allowed to go into effect, the Idaho law will cause significant irreparable harm, including to the public health of patients across Idaho,” Justice Department attorney Lisa Newman wrote in court documents filed Monday.The Justice Department sued Idaho last week over the state's strict abortion ban, saying it would force doctors ...
Child Care Advocates Bemoan Lack of Funding in Budget Reconciliation Deal | Education News
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Child Care Advocates Bemoan Lack of Funding in Budget Reconciliation Deal | Education News

Outrageous. Unacceptable. Foolish. Devastating.Those are just some of the words early education advocates are using to describe the $400 billion reconciliation package unveiled in the Senate last week – a package being framed as an inflation reduction package but one that includes zero funding for child care, one of the largest expenses for families and once a pillar of the President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal.When the coronavirus pandemic eviscerated the country’s child care infrastructure – forcing the closure of tens of thousands of centers and pushing millions of women out of the workforce – mothers and caregivers across the U.S. let out a primal scream that seemed to finally get the attention of lawmakers in Washington.As part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief packag...
Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns
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Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns

By SUSAN HAIGH and JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Appearing bare-shouldered in a TV ad, Connecticut Democrat Dita Bhargava looks directly into the camera and promises, if elected, to “lead the crusade" for abortion rights.Photos of other women flash on the screen, also with no clothes showing. “This is who have freedom over their own bodies stripped away,” Bhargava says in the commercial, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion. “This is who the Supreme Court left completely vulnerable.”It would make sense to think Bhargava is running for governor, state legislature or Congress — positions that could play a direct role in future abortion laws. She's not. She's a candidate for state treasurer.Bhargava,...