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Texas GOP’s voting restriction bill passes key House vote

May 7, 2021, 7:59am Politics

Texas has become the latest Republican-dominated state to advance sweeping new limits on voting, despite no evidence of any problems with last year’s vote and a coalition of state and… Read story

FILE - In this Monday, Feb 8, 2021 file photo, Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference about expanding rural internet access in the state, at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta. The federal American Rescue Plan, comes on top of $150 billion the federal government sent directly to states and local governments in 2020. This year's law cites infrastructure for water, sewer and broadband internet as allowable uses.

Some states plan big spending with Biden’s aid, others wait

FILE - In this Monday, Feb 8, 2021 file photo, Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference about expanding rural internet access in the state, at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta. The federal American Rescue Plan, comes on top of $150 billion the federal government sent directly to states and local governments in 2020. This year's law cites infrastructure for water, sewer and broadband internet as allowable uses.

May 9, 2021, 3:50pm Nation & World

Though still awaiting money from the latest federal coronavirus relief act, some governors and state lawmakers already are making plans to add the multibillion-dollar boon to their budgets. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2021, file photo, voters wait in line to cast their ballots in Georgia's Senate runoff election in Atlanta. Former President Donald Trump's discredited allegations about a stolen election did nothing to save his presidency months ago. Courtrooms, state governments and ultimately Congress affirmed the legitimacy of his defeat and the honesty of the process.

Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ imperils Republicans who don’t embrace it

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2021, file photo, voters wait in line to cast their ballots in Georgia's Senate runoff election in Atlanta. Former President Donald Trump's discredited allegations about a stolen election did nothing to save his presidency months ago. Courtrooms, state governments and ultimately Congress affirmed the legitimacy of his defeat and the honesty of the process.

May 9, 2021, 3:20pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Allegiance to a lie has become a test of loyalty to Donald Trump and a means of self-preservation for Republicans. Read story

FILE - In this March 10, 2021, file photo, Isabel Miranda's 4-year-old son, Julian, rides his bike into the hallway of their rental apartment in Haverhill, Mass. A federal judge has ruled, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, that the Centers for Disease Control exceeded its authority when it imposed a federal eviction moratorium to provide protection for renters out of concern that having families lose their homes and move into shelters or share crowded conditions with relatives or friends during the pandemic would further spread the highly contagious virus. Miranda and her family would no longer have this eviction protection if this ruling stands.

After court nixes eviction ban, race is on for federal help

FILE - In this March 10, 2021, file photo, Isabel Miranda's 4-year-old son, Julian, rides his bike into the hallway of their rental apartment in Haverhill, Mass. A federal judge has ruled, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, that the Centers for Disease Control exceeded its authority when it imposed a federal eviction moratorium to provide protection for renters out of concern that having families lose their homes and move into shelters or share crowded conditions with relatives or friends during the pandemic would further spread the highly contagious virus. Miranda and her family would no longer have this eviction protection if this ruling stands.

May 9, 2021, 3:19pm Nation & World

BOSTON — The recent court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has heightened concerns that tenants won't receive tens of billions of dollars in promised federal aid in time to avoid getting kicked out of their homes. Read story

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, pauses for reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 29, 2021, the day after President Joe Biden addressed Congress on his first 100 days in office. (AP Photo/J.

How conservative anger at Big Tech pushed the GOP into Bernie Sanders’ corner

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, pauses for reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 29, 2021, the day after President Joe Biden addressed Congress on his first 100 days in office. (AP Photo/J.

May 9, 2021, 2:45pm Politics

WASHINGTON – During most of Donald Trump’s time in the White House, Silicon Valley could regard the legal threats Republicans hurled its way as a sideshow: unfocused, unserious, untenable. Read story

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Washington 17th District Senate candidates meet with The Columbian's Editorial Board Video
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Washington 49th District Senate candidates meet with The Columbian's Editorial Board Video
FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, a group opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges.

Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws

FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, a group opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges.

May 9, 2021, 2:02pm Nation & World

In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges. Read story

FILE - In this April 22, 2021, file photo, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCarthy is leading his party to an inflection point. House Republicans are preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. 3 leadership position. If so, McCarthy will have transformed what's left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump.

House GOP leader says he backs ousting Cheney from No. 3 job

FILE - In this April 22, 2021, file photo, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCarthy is leading his party to an inflection point. House Republicans are preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. 3 leadership position. If so, McCarthy will have transformed what's left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump.

May 9, 2021, 1:51pm Latest News

WASHINGTON — Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy on Sunday publicly endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik for the post of No. 3 leader, cementing party support of the Donald Trump loyalist over Rep. Liz Cheney, an outspoken critic of the former president for promoting discredited claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Read story

People wait in line to vote at  Dan Ruiz Branch Library on November 3, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

Texas companies break silence on voting restrictions

People wait in line to vote at  Dan Ruiz Branch Library on November 3, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

May 9, 2021, 1:45pm Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — When much of the Texas business community rallied against a polarizing “bathroom bill” four years ago, Brett Hurt, a prominent chief executive officer in the Austin tech world, was on the front lines. He fired off dozens of social media posts, engaged in conference call strategy sessions… Read story

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listens during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Washington.

Klobuchar’s big test: Shepherding election reform

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listens during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Washington.

May 9, 2021, 11:00am Politics

WASHINGTON — By most political calculus, the sweeping election reform bill that Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is trying to shepherd through the Senate is a moonshot: hard to achieve and fraught with complications. Read story