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Judge vows to move quickly on dispute over mail-in votes | Politics
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Judge vows to move quickly on dispute over mail-in votes | Politics

MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG — The judge in a case brought by Gov. Tom Wolf's administration against three counties that aren't reporting mail-in ballots lacking handwritten dates on their return envelopes told lawyers Friday she will rule as quickly as possible.Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer presided over an online conference in the litigation brought by the Department of State under Wolf, a Democrat, against three Republican-majority counties over about 800 mail-in ballots from the May primary.The counties argue the ballots shouldn't be counted because of the legal requirement for the exterior envelope dates, which are not used to determine if voters are eligible or if the ballots are received in time.Wolf sued Berks, F...
PACT Act: Biden signs bill expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits
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PACT Act: Biden signs bill expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

The bill is a major bipartisan victory for Congress and addresses an issue that is personal to the President. Biden has said he believes there may have been a connection between the brain cancer that killed his 46-year-old son, Beau Biden, and the burn pits Beau was exposed to during his military service. Burn pits were commonly used to burn waste -- including trash, munitions, hazardous material and chemical compounds -- at military sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan until about 2010. These massive open-air burn pits, which were often operated at or near military bases, released dangerous toxins into the air that, upon exposure, may have caused short- and long-term health conditions, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs."Toxic smoke, thick with poison spreading through th...
Unprecedented number of Indigenous candidates running in Quebec election – Montreal
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Unprecedented number of Indigenous candidates running in Quebec election – Montreal

The Quebec Liberal party is betting on a new candidate to flip the Ungava riding back to red as voters are set to head to the polls this fall. Former Kuujjuaq mayor Tunu Napartuk is the party’s new candidate.“The CAQ has been extremely inadequate in response to the native needs, the questions, the challenges that we have, specifically in Nunavik, in my region and in our 14 communities,” he said. “There has been no contact, there has been no visits, there hasn’t been any opportunity given to show what our reality is and what our needs are.”Napartuk will be one of nine Indigenous candidates running in the provincial election campaign.On Monday, the CAQ introduced Kateri Champagne Jourdain, in the Duplessis riding. She is hoping to be the first indigenous woman to be elected to the n...
What to Watch on Election Night in Wisconsin | Elections
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What to Watch on Election Night in Wisconsin | Elections

Wisconsin, one of the closest states in the past two presidential elections, will play host to several pivotal races during its Aug. 9 primary.Republican voters will choose their nominees to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, whose offices will be pivotal for determining the future of abortion policy in the state.If a state law passed in 1849 were to be reimposed, abortion would be banned in Wisconsin without exceptions for rape and incest. Evers and Kaul have gone to court to prevent this from happening, while the leading Republican candidates have touted their anti-abortion credentials in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this summer.After a series of candidates dropped out late in the primary season, Wisconsin Democrats...
Gottlieb says U.S. needs to boost monkeypox testing “substantially”
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Gottlieb says U.S. needs to boost monkeypox testing “substantially”

Gottlieb says U.S. needs to boost monkeypox testing "substantially" - CBS News Watch CBS News Dr. Scott Gottlieb says public health officials need to ramp up testing for monkeypox if the U.S. hopes to gain control over the virus. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On Source link
Senate begins ‘vote-a-rama’ to advance Democrats’ sweeping health and climate bill
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Senate begins ‘vote-a-rama’ to advance Democrats’ sweeping health and climate bill

The package is the product of painstaking negotiations and will give Democrats a chance to achieve major policy objectives ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Senate Democrats are using a special process to pass the package without Republican votes. Once the legislation has passed in the Senate, it would next need to be approved by the House of Representatives before President Joe Biden could sign it into law. What happens next Following the procedural vote to proceed to the bill, the Senate entered debate before moving into the "vote-a-rama." The marathon series of amendment votes with no time limit must run its course before a final vote can take place. Republicans can use the "vote-a-rama" to put Democrats on the spot and force politically tough votes, and votes on contentious p...
Senate irons out spending bill for Saturday vote
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Senate irons out spending bill for Saturday vote

Senate irons out spending bill for Saturday vote - CBS News Watch CBS News The Senate will meet in a rare weekend session to vote on a number of issues including President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act, which stands to be a key piece of the Biden administration. Natalie Brand is on Capitol Hill with the latest. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On Source link
Vancouver Park board commissioner John Coupar exits Vancouver mayor race – BC
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Vancouver Park board commissioner John Coupar exits Vancouver mayor race – BC

Vancouver Park Board’s commissioner John Coupar is no longer in the running to be the next Vancouver mayor. Coupar was to be the flagbearer for the Non-Partisan Association this fall, but he had a change of heart on Thursday.“Yesterday, I resigned as the NPA mayoral candidate. I am grateful to the NPA for the opportunity to run for the wonderful team of NPA candidates who surround me,” Coupar said in a statement.“I love the city and have enjoyed serving the residents of Vancouver over the last 11 years. I’ve always strive to walk away with the utmost integrity and with an unwavering commitment to those I serve. As I move on, I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends.“ Read more: Vancouver approves 30-year city-wide development plan, contingent...
Sinema Reaches Deal with Democrats on Reconciliation | Politics
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Sinema Reaches Deal with Democrats on Reconciliation | Politics

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has reached a deal with Democrats on a revised version of the climate, health care and spending package, the Arizona Democrat announced Thursday after more than a week of silence.“We have agreed to remove the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation,” Sinema said in a statement. “Subject to the Parliamentarian’s review, I’ll move forward.”All eyes have been on Sinema this week after Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia in a major reversal last week struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that revived the legislation with massive implications for the Biden administration’s agenda and Democrats’ midterm push in November.Political CartoonsSinema’s opp...