Category: Newsletters

  • Senate confirms Cardona for ed secretary 64-33

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    March 2, 2021: The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as secretary of education on Monday evening by a vote of 64-33 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…

  • The Daily Brew: Election law case goes before SCOTUS today

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    Welcome to the Tuesday, March 2, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Election law case goes before SCOTUS today Updates on coronavirus recovery March 2 elections preview Election law case goes before SCOTUS today Last week, I wrote about the upcoming Supreme Court (SCOTUS) cases in March. Let’s explore…

  • Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: March 1, 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. California (Democratic trifecta): The Department of Public Health’s (DPH) plan to allocate at least 10% of the state’s vaccine doses to teachers and school staff goes into effect March 1. Education workers have been eligible…

  • Bold Justice: SCOTUS Marches on

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    We #SCOTUS and you can, too! The Supreme Court will finish its February sitting this week and is scheduled to begin its next sitting on March 22. To date, each of the 2020-2021 term’s sittings have been conducted via teleconference with live audio, based on public health guidance in response to COVID-19.  Click the links…

  • Senate Judiciary Committee considers Garland’s nomination for AG

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    March 1, 2021: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination of Merrick Garland for attorney general. 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 positions…

  • The Daily Brew: Federal judge blocks Maine’s ban on out-of-state initiative petition circulators

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    Welcome to the Monday, March 1, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Federal judge blocks Maine’s ban on out-of-state initiative petition circulators  Filing deadline for Texas’ 6th Congressional District special election approaches Federal Register update: Biden administration’s highest weekly page total to date Federal judge blocks Maine’s ban on…

  • Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: February 26, 2021

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    The next 72 hours What is changing in the next 72 hours? California (Democratic trifecta): The Department of Public Health (DPH) released a plan to allocate at least 10% of the state’s vaccine doses to teachers and school staff starting March 1. Education workers have been eligible for vaccination since January, but the DPH said…

  • Three public-sector union bills have advanced from state senates so far this year

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    Three public-sector union bills have advanced from state senates so far this year Ballotpedia is currently tracking 78 pieces of legislation dealing with public-sector employee union policy. So far, state senates have passed three of those bills. Republicans sponsored two of the bills, and Democrats sponsored one. Here’s a run-down of the three bills.  Washington…

  • Ballotpedia’s Weekly Transition Tracker: February 20-26, 2021

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    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 positions subject to presidential appointment: 1,118 positions required Senate confirmation and 354 did not. The new administration is…

  • Granholm confirmed as energy secretary by 64-35 vote

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    February 26, 2021: The Senate confirmed Jennifer Granholm for secretary of energy by a vote of 64-35 on Thursday. 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…