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SCOTUS rules for Trump on ballot issue; CA high school students earn Google Career Certificates in high-demand fields; NY faith leaders help people address ecological grief; and a group offers abortion travel benefits for Mississippi women.

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The SCOTUS rules no state can remove a federal candidate from an election ballot saying that power rests with Congress, Super Tuesday primaries are today in sixteen states and a Colorado Court rules in the killing of Elijah McClain in police custody.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

Civic Engagement & Voting

According to the Brennan Center for Justice Voting Laws Roundup, voters in 27 states will face restrictions in the 2024 election that they've never experienced in a presidential election, including in Georgia. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Groups reflect on critical step toward equal access to ballot box

As the hearing for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act approaches, advocacy groups are reflecting on its importance. For the nonprofit …

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After lawmakers passed House Bill 1232 in 2021, standardized Colorado Option health insurance was developed with extensive input from consumers, insurers, health providers, rural communities and other stakeholders. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Tracking effectiveness of Colorado’s Public Option health coverage

Colorado's standardized health-insurance plan, known as the Colorado Option, is changing how consumers interact with insurance, according to a new …

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Minnesota recently joined nearly two dozen other states that restore the voting rights of people who are formerly incarcerated, immediately upon their release. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Voting rights restoration highlights Super Tuesday vote in MN

More than a dozen states hold presidential primaries on this Super Tuesday. Minnesota is among them, and the election is seen as a big opportunity …

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Democracy Trailblazers works to engage, empower and inspire high school students through awareness, education and activation year-round. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 4, 2024

Democracy Trailblazers ignite enthusiasm among teen voters

Most teenagers eagerly anticipate turning 16 to start driving and 21 for other milestones, but the significance of obtaining the right to vote at 18 …

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A poll of 15,000 people conducted by Stack Data Strategy in November showed the candidate winning the most popular votes nationwide next year would likely lose the presidency, repeating what happened in 2000 and 2016. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 4, 2024

Majority of Mainers support leaving Electoral College for national popular vote

Ahead of Super Tuesday, a new poll finds a majority of Mainers support replacing the Electoral College system with a national popular vote. More …

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In a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 57% of Americans, including 84% of Democrats and 55% of independents, think America's openness to people from all over the world is essential to who we are as a nation. (Adobe Stock)
NV experts, leaders weigh in on immigration this election cycle

As members of Congress and presidential candidates battle it out over immigration, a group of Nevada leaders and experts dedicated to advancing …

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Pennsylvania voters with disabilities now have the opportunity to mark their absentee or mail-in ballot electronically. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)
Getting word out to PA voters about mail-in, absentee ballots

With Pennsylvania's primary election less than 60 days away, a nonpartisan group is stepping up the pace to educate people on voting by mail and by …

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Missouri's Senate Bill 1314, similar to House Bill 2365, prohibits funds from being expended by any state department for interdepartmental programs, staffing or other initiatives associated with
New report reveals high economic risk of anti-DEI laws in Missouri

A new report finds some Missouri laws and prospective laws are perceived as discriminatory regardless of their actual intent - and it outlines some bi…

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The Texas teacher turnover rate in the 2022-2023 school year was 21.4%, an 81% increase from 12-years earlier, according to the Texas Education Agency. (RobertKneschke/Adobe Stock)
TX teachers say they are burned out, majority want to exit public education

Two-thirds of those who make the public schools function in Texas say they want to leave, according to a new survey and the teachers union said …

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations estimates there are about 2.2 million American Muslim voters in the U.S., up from its previous estimate of almost 1.79 million. (pressmaster/Adobe Stock)
Primary results: Are Michigan Dems committed to 'uncommitted?'

More than 100,000 people voted "uncommitted" in Michigan's presidential primary. What happens next will be, at least in part, up to President Joe …

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In 2022, South Dakota voters rejected a proposal to raise the approval threshold for ballot initiatives. (Adobe Stock)
SD lawmakers debate signature rules for ballot initiatives

South Dakota is once again at the center of a debate about the future of direct democracy. A legislative plan would shake up signature rules for …

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A poll by Pew Research showed 85% of Americans are unfamiliar with their state's legislative redistricting process. Even so, 24% said they are dissatisfied with how it is being handled. (Adobe Stock)
Gov. Hochul signs new NY congressional maps into law

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed new congressional maps into law. The move comes a few days after Democrats in the legislature rejected maps drawn by …

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