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Hogan, Legislature in Open Warfare Over Crime, Taxes and Communication

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) launched a blistering attack on Democratic lawmakers Thursday, accusing them of blocking vital anti-crime legislation for political purposes and suggesting that a proposal from House leaders to fund a major education reform plan could ruin the Maryland economy.

Hogan’s message, delivered in a heated midday State House news conference and through radio interviews, newspaper reports and social media, came as lawmakers resist his top proposals to address violent crime in Baltimore, which he labeled “THE most important priority of the people of Maryland.”

Hogan’s criticisms — which included a call for the new chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to resign — set off an extraordinary day of charges and counter-charges between the chief executive and the legislature, with key lawmakers accusing him of political grandstanding and hyperbole.

Hogan, whose political operation conducts polls frequently, repeatedly cited survey data to accuse Democrats of subverting the will of the people on his crime proposals.

Read more: https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/02/20/hogan-legislature-in-open-warfare-over-crime-taxes-and-communication/

New ad faults Collins for refusing town halls, voting with Big Pharma

A new political advertisement that will begin airing across Maine features voters asking an absent Sen. Susan Collins why she “hasn’t had a town hall in 20 years?”

The ad, paid for by the national Democratic political action group Majority Forward, highlights Collins’ inaccessibility to constituents as well as her votes against lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

“Senator Collins, why did you vote against lowering prescription drug costs?” asks one elderly attendee.

“Was it because you were taking so much money from drug companies?” asks another.

Majority Forward specifically cites Collins’ 2010 and 2012 votes against amendments that would have banned corporate “pay-to-delay” agreements in which drug makers suppress the release of lower cost generic drugs. A 2009 study estimated that this practice forced consumers to pay billions in additional costs over 22 years.

Read more: https://mainebeacon.com/new-ad-faults-collins-for-refusing-town-halls-voting-with-big-pharma/

Conversion therapy is happening underground in Iowa, LGBT advocates say. Some lawmakers are trying

Conversion therapy is happening underground in Iowa, LGBT advocates say. Some lawmakers are trying to stop it.

When Peter Nunn was 14 years old, his parents found a men’s workout magazine he owned and came to their own conclusions about his sexual orientation.

His father decided to take him on a trip away from their home near Atlanta, but declined to tell him where they were going until their layover in St. Louis.

It was then he revealed that on the advice of a religious organization, they were going to Sioux City where he told his son he was going to get counseling to help, “whatever weird sexual s— I had going on,” Nunn said.

For two weeks, Nunn attended a counseling center that didn’t advertise a conversion therapy service, but as a place that specialized in “spiritual warfare.”

Read more: https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2020/02/19/conversion-therapy-is-happening-underground-in-iowa-lgbt-advocates-say-some-lawmakers-are-trying-to-stop-it/

Iowa Democrats to start partial caucus recount

The Iowa Democratic Party’s weeks-long effort to complete its report of caucus results is entering what could be its final phase.

The state party announced Friday that it had completed its assessment of requests for recounts of caucus results from the campaigns of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. The party said in a release that it would recount 10 precincts submitted by the Sanders campaign and 14 precincts submitted by the Buttigieg campaign for a net of 23 unique precincts.

The Iowa Caucuses were Feb. 3, but a breakdown in a reporting app and other glitches delayed the release of results for several days. Now, the Iowa Democratic Party is in the process of rechecking results that have been challenged by the two campaigns.

In the meantime, the party elected a new chairman, state Rep. Mark Smith, after the resignation of former party chairman Troy Price.

Read more: https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2020/02/21/iowa-democrats-to-start-partial-caucus-recount/

Mental health advocates say cuts to state safety net are deadly serious

Officials in charge of Georgia’s mental health safety net offered dire predictions after the governor ordered nearly all state agencies to slash spending.

People suffering from mental illnesses would land in the emergency room, they said. And more people contemplating suicide would act on those impulses.

Those same officials with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities later softened that alarming language and so still plan to yank $10.6 million from a new program state lawmakers funded last year to provide mental health intervention services in communities across Georgia.

Those who care for or interact with fragile people in crisis say department officials got it right the first time.

Read more: https://georgiarecorder.com/2020/02/17/mental-health-advocates-say-cuts-to-state-safety-net-are-deadly-serious/

What's next on the abortion front in FL? A legal showdown

When the Florida Legislature decided that teens seeking an abortion must have parent permission – not just notification –the stage was set for a legal showdown.

Gov. Ron DeSantis had already said he’d sign the parental-consent bill that requires minors under 18 to have permission from at least one parent or a legal guardian before they terminate a pregnancy.

Florida would now be among a handful of states requiring both notification and consent for a minor to get an abortion.

But the ultimate decision on whether the parental-consent law stands will not take place in the 22-story state Capitol. It will happen across South Duval Street at the Florida Supreme Court.

Read more: https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2020/02/21/whats-next-on-the-abortion-front-in-fl-a-legal-showdown/

Michael Bennet returns to Colorado -- and finds his constituents are anxious

In his first local town hall since his failed presidential run, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet hammered on voter turnout, polarization and the Trump administration.

He also said he was still undecided about which of his former Democratic rivals he would back to take on President Donald Trump in November.

“There’s not a nominee, not a potential nominee, that I wouldn’t support because I think Donald Trump poses such an existential threat to the country,” Bennet said in an interview afterward.

He kept his remarks short on his presidential campaign, which ended when he gambled on New Hampshire, but wound up with fewer than .3% of the popular vote.

Read more: https://www.coloradoindependent.com/2020/02/19/colorado-michael-bennet-townhall-democratic-primary/

Klobuchar rallies the middle with message of unity in Aurora

On the evening after a Democratic primary debate in which Amy Klobuchar and political rival Pete Buttigieg exchanged pointed barbs — “are you trying to say that I’m dumb,” she asked him at one point — Klobuchar bounded into the cavernous hangar area of the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora and got right to it.

“As you know, we had a debate last night and I just thought it would be nice to come to a place where, you know, everybody knows your name and people are nice to you,” she said, grinning.

Cheers turned to laughter. Packed shoulder-to-shoulder and wall-to-wall were hundreds of moderate Democrats, committed Klobuchar fans, undecideds and triangulating progressives who said they want only one thing: President Donald Trump’s defeat. And if that means choosing a candidate who might appeal to more conservative friends and relatives because there is no way in hell Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren will, then, voter after voter said, so be it.

“My heart is with Elizabeth Warren and it always has been, but my mind says she’s a little too left for electability,” Deborah Blake said, in what would be a common refrain from self-described lefties throughout the evening.

Read more: https://www.coloradoindependent.com/2020/02/21/klobuchar-rally-primary-aurora/

Trump rally tallies: President has unpaid bills for Arizona events

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump brought thousands out to his rally Wednesday at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. What he likely did not bring was $145,000 to reimburse local governments for costs from previous rallies in Arizona.

That’s how much Tucson and Mesa billed the Trump campaign for police protection and other services at rallies in 2016 and 2018, respectively, according to news reports. Mesa communications specialist Kevin Christopher said this week that the city believes the campaign should “do right by the taxpayers of Mesa” and pay the invoice.

But the campaign, which is not legally obligated to pay such post-event bills from local governments, has not done so. And it’s not just the Trump campaign.

Donald Sherman, deputy director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the practice of avoiding such bills happens with multiple campaigns. Candidates range ideologically from GOP former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the liberal currently leading the Democratic presidential field for 2020.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/blog/trump-rally-tallies-president-has-unpaid-bills-for-arizona-events/

Ducey, GOP leaders abandon sanctuary cities constitutional ban

In his state of the state speech less than six weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey said one of his priorities for 2020 was a constitutional amendment banning sanctuary cities in Arizona. Now, amid opposition from civil rights groups and the business community, the governor says the legislation he helped author to do just that is dead.

“The governor stands firmly with the people of Arizona in opposition to sanctuary cities — a California-style policy overwhelmingly rejected by voters in Tucson last fall,” said Patrick Ptak, a spokesman for Ducey. He added that the governor “will continue to oppose any effort to create sanctuary cities.”

Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for the Republican majority caucus in the House of Representatives, said in a statement that the decision to kill the proposed constitutional amendment was “made jointly” by Ducey and Republican legislative leaders.

“Sanctuary cities are illegal in Arizona. It will remain that way, and our members will remain vigilant to keep these bad policies out of Arizona,” he added.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/2020/02/20/ducey-gop-leaders-abandon-sanctuary-cities-constitutional-ban/
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