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  • Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: March 19, 2021

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    The next 72 hours What is changing in the next 72 hours? Alabama (Republican trifecta): Residents age 55 or older and people ages 16-64 with state-defined, high-risk underlying conditions will be eligible for vaccination starting March 22. Florida (Republican trifecta): On Friday, March 19, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced that people 50 and older will…

  • Public employee strike bill enacted

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    West Virginia public employee strike bill enacted without governor’s signature West Virginia Senate Bill 11, which makes public employee strikes illegal, was enacted on March 16 without Gov. Jim Justice’s (R) signature. It will go into effect on June 2.  About the bill Senate Bill 11 codified the 1990 West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals…

  • Senate confirms Becerra for HHS secretary with 50-49 vote

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    March 19, 2021: The Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra as secretary of health and human services on Thursday by a vote of 50-49. President Joe Biden (D) and his team have been preparing for the transition between presidential administrations since the election, including selecting senior White House staff and appointees to top government positions. In 2020,…

  • Daily Brew: COVID vaccine eligibility by state

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    A look at COVID-19 vaccine eligibility by state  Note: In some states, vaccine eligibility varies by county. The data in the map above shows the loosest restrictions in each state and may not reflect statewide accessibility. Over the past year, we’ve covered many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected political and civic life in…

  • 21 states sue Biden over Keystone XL pipeline permit

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    March 18, 2021: Twenty-one states filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for revoking the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. President Joe Biden (D) and his team have been preparing for the transition between presidential administrations since the election, including selecting senior White House staff and appointees to top government positions. In 2020,…

  • The Daily Brew: Comparing votes on Trump, Biden Cabinet nominees

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    Welcome to the Thursday, March 18, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: How senators from the opposite party voted on Trump, Biden Cabinet nominees Roundup of measures on the May 1 ballot in Austin, Texas Minnesota GOP chair candidates allege conflicts of interest How senators from the opposite party…

  • Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: March 17, 2021

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    Since our last edition What rules and restrictions are changing in each state? For a continually updated article, click here. Colorado (Democratic trifecta): Gov. Jared Polis (D) extended the state’s coronavirus emergency order through April 15.  Delaware (Democratic trifecta): Gov. John Carney (D) announced pharmacies can begin vaccinating anyone age 50 or older starting March…

  • Transition Tracker: Biden supports reinstating talking filibuster in U.S. Senate

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    March 17, 2021: President Joe Biden (D) said he supported reinstating the talking filibuster in the U.S. Senate. President Joe Biden (D) and his team have been preparing for the transition between presidential administrations since the election, including selecting senior White House staff and appointees to top government positions. In 2020, there were 1,472 government…

  • The Daily Brew: 2022’s first U.S. House retirement

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    Welcome to the Wednesday, March 17, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: First House incumbent announces 2022 retirement San Antonio voters to decide police union collective bargaining repeal Register for our March 24 briefing on election systems First House incumbent announces 2022 retirement Last week, we looked at announced…

  • Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: March 16, 2021

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    The next 24 hours What is changing in the next 24 hours? Georgia (Republican trifecta): The state will open five mass vaccination sites beginning March 17 in Bartow, Muscogee, Washington, Chatham, and Ware counties. New Hampshire (Republican trifecta): Private and public K-12 teachers and staff can begin registering for vaccination appointments on March 17. The…