Tag: State Legislatures

The Death of Compassionate Democracy

NASHVILLE — — The 111th General Assembly of Tennessee convened on Jan. 8, and it will disperse on April 26, not a moment too soon. Already, its Republican supermajority has introduced bills that would further weaken lax gun laws, increase campaign-donation limits and undermine a progressive Nashville law passed by public referendum, among other assaults […]

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How ‘Real America’ Became Queer America

This may seem like a strange time to feel optimistic about the future of L.G.B.T. rights in America. But as a queer transgender woman who has spent most of her adult life in red states, hopeful is exactly how I feel. In July 2017 — the same month that President Trump announced on Twitter that […]

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How a $238 Million Penthouse Turned a Long-Shot Tax on the Rich Into Reality

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The road to the nation’s first tax on superluxury second homes may well have begun at 220 Central Park South, where a four-story, 24,000 square-foot penthouse, unfinished and unfurnished, recently sold for $238 million. […]

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Rap Sheets Haunt Former Inmates. California May Change That.

After spending more than seven years in prison for robbery and auto theft, Jay Jordan tried to get work selling insurance, real estate and used cars, but was repeatedly turned away, he said. People with a felony record are often barred from obtaining professional licenses, and an opportunity to be […]

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What Kirsten Gillibrand Is Missing: New York Endorsements for 2020

WASHINGTON — Senator Cory Booker has been endorsed for president by New Jersey’s entire 11-member Democratic congressional delegation, his state’s governor and its other senator. Senator Bernie Sanders has the backing of Vermont’s other senator and its lone House member. Senator Kamala Harris has support from three-quarters of the Democrats […]

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New York Today: New York Weather: Snow in Forecast as Winter Storm Moves East

ImageCreditJohn Taggart for The New York Times We’re bringing you a special early edition of Monday’s New York Today to help you prepare for the storm. Weather: Your day is all about the snow. Five to eight inches are expected to accumulate between Sunday afternoon and 7 a.m. Monday in […]

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A Chance for Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Over the next few weeks, the State of New York has perhaps its best opportunity in a half-century to pass important criminal justice reforms that would bring more fairness to the system. But the reform effort in Albany could still fall apart because of forces arrayed against it — chief […]

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Virginia House Invites Accusers to Testify Against Justin Fairfax

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates announced Friday that it would hold hearings on the sexual assault claims against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, inviting Mr. Fairfax and his two accusers to publicly testify about one of the scandals that has upended the state’s government. Speaking on the […]

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Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The push to legalize recreational marijuana is sweeping the Northeast: Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have done it, and the governors of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey say they want their states to do it, too. But in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu and some […]

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Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs and It Wants You to Know It

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement. Their region had its act together, they had been far more prepared and they were free of […]

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New York Returns 25,000 Jobs to Amazon

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted, choosing to jeer at Amazon as it canceled its plans on Thursday to build a new headquarters in Queens, after some local officials angrily criticized its proposal. What a strange thing for the […]

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New York Millionaires Tell Albany: Tax Us, Please

ALBANY — A millionaire walks into the State Capitol and says, “Raise my taxes.” Please. This was no joke: The millionaire was Morris Pearl, a former BlackRock executive who is the chairman of a group called the Patriotic Millionaires, a group dedicated to pushing for higher taxes on businesses and […]

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How 7 Women Helped Put Sexual Harassment on Albany’s Agenda

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] There is an unwritten rule in Albany known as the Bear Mountain Compact, a promise that whatever happens north of Bear Mountain — a vast region that includes the state capital — stays there. For […]

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Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment

RICHMOND, Va. — Justin E. Fairfax’s refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader at a moment when the state’s other two top leaders, both white, are resisting […]

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Anti-Abortion Activists Still See Their Best Chance in Years to Chip Away at Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — Despite a temporary setback at the Supreme Court on Thursday night, the anti-abortion movement nationwide is pursuing its best chance in years to aggressively curb abortion access, and with a bench it believes remains in its favor. For years, anti-abortion activists have advanced a long-term and wide-ranging strategy […]

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Tensions Over Political Resistance to Amazon Boil Over in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday ratcheted up the pressure on political opponents of a deal to bring Amazon to New York City, warning that they would face the wrath of voters if the […]

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Trump Loves a Culture War

The State of the Union address on Tuesday night was, as expected, an interminable farrago of boasting, nativism, saccharine clichés and outright lies. Among the biggest of those lies were Donald Trump’s claims about third-trimester abortion. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would […]

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Amazon Wants to Come to New York. This Senator May Stand in the Way.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Amazon has a market value of hundreds of billions of dollars, the support of New York’s governor and mayor and an army of lobbyists devoted to its plan to build a second […]

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Senate Appoints Critic of Amazon Deal to Key Board (With Veto Power)

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio crafted a deal to bring a major new Amazon campus to New York City late last year, they tried to make it hard to […]

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Fake News About Abortion in Virginia

Under current law in Virginia, third-trimester abortions are permitted when a woman’s physician and two other doctors certify that continuing a pregnancy would result in a mother’s death, or “substantially and irremediably impair the mental or physical health of the woman.” This week Kathy Tran, a Democrat in Virginia’s House […]

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They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For more than a decade, victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York have asked lawmakers here for the chance to seek justice — only to be blocked by powerful interests including […]

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