July 13, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Oregon bans indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, requires face masks in outdoor crowds
PORTLAND, Ore — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown announced a ban on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people in an effort to slow the spread.
The new rule does not apply to businesses at this time, Brown said.
Oregon will also expand face mask requirements outdoors. Starting Wednesday, July 15, face coverings will be required outside if people cannot keep a distance of more than 6 feet away from others...
June 9, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Confederate Vance Monument debate reignited amid George Floyd protests
A Confederate monument memorializing Zebulon Baird Vance towers 65 feet over Park Square in downtown Asheville.
The Buncombe County native it honors was North Carolina's governor during the Civil War, a slave owner and a documented racist. For years, people have debated whether a tribute to him should hold such a prominent place in Asheville. Several ideas have been floated, ranging from providing historic contextualization at the monument to outright removal.
April 25, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Coronavirus-related business closing debate takes on political overtones
The mandatory closing of small businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic took on political overtones locally this past week, with a brouhaha over the shutdown, then reopening, of a Melbourne business called The Funky Mermaid Market.
The issue came to the public's attention with an April 17 Facebook post by Melbourne Vice Mayor and District 5 City Council Member Paul Alfrey.
March 10, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Gabbard slams ‘the DNC and their corporate media partners’ for shutting her out of next debate
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) slammed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and "their corporate media partners" on Tuesday for not allowing her to participate in next week's debate that is slated to feature former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The pushback from Gabbard comes after the DNC announced new qualifying standards on Friday for the March 15 Arizona debate that will be broadcasted on CNN and Univision...
March 4, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Here’s Why Health Experts Want to Stop Daylight-Saving Time
Early Sunday morning, most people in America will spring forward and move their clocks one hour ahead to daylight-saving time.
It is good news for those who enjoy more daylight in the evening. But experts say a growing body of evidence shows that the annual time shift is bad for our health, disrupting our circadian rhythms and sleep and leading to a higher immediate risk of heart attacks, strokes, atrial fibrillation and potentially car accidents...
February 20, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Buttigieg calls on Bloomberg to drop out after debate
Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign called on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary race in a memo released on Thursday, warning that Bloomberg's presence in the race would propel Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the Democratic nomination.
"If Bloomberg remains in the race despite showing he can not offer a viable alternative to Bernie Sanders, he will propel Sanders to a seemingly insurmountable delegate lead siphoning votes away from Pete, the current leader in delegates," Buttigieg's campaign wrote...
February 13, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
This Lawmaker Wants to Remove the Words ‘Illegal Alien’ From the Law
Susan Lontine, a Democratic state representative in Colorado, knows well how some use the term “illegal alien” to disparage migrants. Her district in Denver contains many immigrant communities, and she recoils when she hears President Trump use the term in speeches or catches conservative colleagues uttering it in Statehouse hallways.
What Ms. Lontine did not know, however, was that for more than 13 years, the words have also resided in an arcane section of the Colorado state code about who can work on public projects. A friend recently came across the language while training for her job with the City of Denver.
January 23, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Two Legal Teams With Contrasting Strategies Face Off in the Capitol
WASHINGTON — When President Trump’s impeachment trial opened this week, the Democratic House managers prosecuting the case piled their table high with binders and notepads. Only a few rested on the defense table.
The contrasting amount of material the two legal teams brought into the Senate chamber to support their initial arguments foreshadowed a broader difference in their approaches to the trial...
January 9, 2020 | Debates and Conversations
Pelosi Is Prepared to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate, Just Not Yet
WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly laid the groundwork on Thursday to send impeachment articles against President Trump to the Senate, indicating that the House would “soon” end a weekslong impasse and vote to bring the charges to trial...
December 11, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
House Panel Debates Impeachment Articles in Bid to Complete Charges Against Trump
The House Judiciary Committee opened debate Wednesday on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, starting a somber and deeply partisan confrontation over Democrats’ charges that the president abused his power and obstructed Congress.
In a rare evening session that was only the third time in modern history the panel had met to consider removing a president, Democrats and Republicans clashed over the Constitution, the allegations against Mr. Trump and the political consequences of moving to oust him less than a year before the next election. The debate unfolded at the start of a two-day meeting that is expected to culminate on Thursday with a party-line vote to send the articles to the full House for final passage...
December 4, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
‘It’s a shame’: Castro, Booker blast potential all-white Democratic debate lineup after Harris drops out
After Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday she was ending her campaign for president, some supporters were shocked and some megadonors were frantic, trying to get their recently donated money back.
But to many — including several other presidential candidates — the immediate reaction to her departure was what it meant for the Dec. 19 Democratic debate: Namely, that the event may now have an all-white stage...
November 21, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
5 Takeaways From The 5th Democratic Debate
Candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination took to the debate stage for the fifth time Wednesday night. There weren't any groundbreaking or game-changing moments, but here are five things that stood out:
October 29, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
‘Lock him up’ chant ignites a debate among Democrats: Give Trump his own medicine, or stick to the high road?
It was one of the most memorable moments of Game 5 of the World Series, an eerily familiar chant that arose from the chorus of boos that erupted when President Trump was shown on a giant screen at Nationals Park.
“Lock him up! Lock him up!”...
October 23, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Washington will vote on Affirmative Action with Referendum 88
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Voters in Washington will have a chance to decide if they want affirmative action to contribute to college admissions, state employment and state contracting.
Lawmakers in Olympia repealed the ban on Affirmative Action but then opponents collected enough signatures to put a referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot...
October 16, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
6 Takeaways From the October Democratic Debate
WESTERVILLE, Ohio — The CNN/New York Times debate on Tuesday night revealed new dynamics in the Democratic presidential race: Senator Elizabeth Warren took sustained fire from multiple rivals, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. struggled to make an impact and Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other candidates were newly aggressive in making their points...
October 4, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Supreme Court to hear Louisiana abortion case in first test for conservative majority
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added abortion rights to its docket for the new term, agreeing to hear a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals...
September 28, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Climate scientists say Greta Thunberg’s efforts are building real momentum
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s searing address at the United Nations earlier this week earned enthusiastic praise from climate researchers, with many saying that the 16-year-old has found ways to raise awareness of climate science, galvanize support and resonate with people in ways that they have struggled to for decades.
“Speaking as a climate change scientist who has been working on this issue for 20 years and saying the same thing for 20 years, she is getting people to listen, which we have failed to do,” said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development in Bangladesh...
September 25, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Internal documents showed TikTok censoring topics that would anger China
TikTok, the buzzy spiritual heir apparent to Vine, has a history of censoring political content in line with the Chinese government, internal documents viewed by The Guardian reveal.
The documents, which provided guidelines for TikTok's moderators, broke infringing content into two categories: "violations" and "visible to self." Violations would result in the content being taken down, while videos marked "visible to self" would be viewable by the user who posted them but invisible to everyone else on the app...
September 5, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
6 Takeaways from the CNN Democratic Climate Change Town Hall Meeting
The ten leading Democratic candidates for president gathered at a town hall meeting in New York City Wednesday, broadcast on CNN. They answered questions about how they would address climate change. Here are six takeaways...
August 28, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
The missing pieces of America’s education
For this project on how students learn about slavery in American schools, The Washington Post asked noted historians to write an essay on aspects of slavery that are misunderstood, poorly taught or not covered at all in the nation’s classrooms. From the cruel separation of families to the resistance by enslaved people and the widespread enslavement of Native Americans, these contributions address gaps in our common knowledge about what the practice of slavery has meant for America.
August 1, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Democrats express alarm over debate’s negative tone
Democratic lawmakers were left shaken and worried by Wednesday night’s bruising presidential debate, which left some fearing the fight will hurt the party and result in a damaged nominee...
July 9, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Virginia session to debate gun control adjourns without action
Republican Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday abruptly adjourned a special session aimed at gun control measures that was called following a mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building early last month...
June 26, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
What to expect at the first Democratic presidential debate
The first Democratic presidential debate is finally here. The two-night event will take place from 9 to 11 pm Eastern on Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, and will air on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo. We’ll also embed a live stream here once it’s available.This is the first time Democratic candidates will get to square off on the same stage. But they won’t all debate together: A different set of 10 candidates will be featured on each night...
June 19, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Joe Biden’s controversial comments about segregationists and wealthy donors, explained
At a fundraiser on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden pulled a Joe Biden, stirring up controversy after speaking off the cuff about his fond memories of working alongside segregationist senators, and telling wealthy donors they have nothing to fear from his presidency...
June 13, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Who’s In and Who’s Out of the First Democratic Debates
The Democratic National Committee is set to announce the candidates who qualified for the first debates of the 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday, chopping the historically large field of 23 contenders down to the 20 available slots.A New York Times analysis of the criteria indicates that Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla., did not qualify, and will be left out of the debates on June 26 and 27 in Miami...
June 4, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Jay Inslee Writes to Tom Perez Urging a 2020 Climate Debate
Washington Governor and 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee is upping the pressure on the Democratic National Committee to hold a debate exclusively devoted to climate change, with a letter to Chairman Tom Perez...
May 15, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Nevada to host one of 12 Democratic presidential debates
Nevada will host one of a dozen sanctioned debates the Democratic National Committee is putting on during the 2020 presidential primary cycle, DNC Chair Tom Perez confirmed Tuesday.Perez, in an interview with The Nevada Independent, said that the Silver State will “absolutely” host one of the debates, though he anticipates it will be after the New Year to time it more closely with Nevada’s Feb. 22, 2020 first-in-the-West caucus. During the last presidential election cycle, Nevada hosted the first Democratic presidential debate at Wynn Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015...
May 7, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
LGBTQ book bill faces opposition from Effingham school officials, lawmakers
EFFINGHAM — Local school officials and state representatives are opposing a state bill mandating school textbooks include the sexual identity of historical figures.House Bill 246 proposes that the sexual identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people be identified. The bill is leading the way for the 2019 Equality Illinois Legislative Agenda. It passed the House 60-42...
April 25, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
‘Heated’ lottery debate expected on Senate floor Thursday
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Senate is expected to debate a lottery proposal Thursday after it passed 6-5 in the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday.Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, is the sponsor of the bill that would legalize a paper-based lottery. If the legislature approves, it would go to a statewide vote.Albritton said he knows there will be a heated debate on the floor.“I think I am optimistic, but it is certainly not in the bag,” Albritton said...
April 15, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
Lawmakers debate taxing, spending in Illinois
As Illinois lawmakers prepare to vote on a constitutional amendment to change the state's flat income tax to a graduated one, debate on the topic continued Monday even with the legislature off for a two-week break.The City Club of Chicago hosted four lawmakers Monday, two Democrats and two Republicans, to make their case regarding a progressive income tax, which would have higher rates for higher earners.Peoria Republican Senator Chuck Weaver said the biggest reason Democrats want a progressive tax is to make it easier to raise taxes on a small number of high-earners...
April 9, 2019 | Debates and Conversations
‘Campus Clash’ Event Sparks Political Debate, Protests at UConn
There was a clash of political opinion at the University of Connecticut Tuesday as representatives from conservative organization Turning Point USA came to speak on campus Tuesday.There was a spirited debate between students and the political speakers, as well as some fireworks in the theater and protests outside.“It definitely attracts a crowd. There are a lot of haters. But I think the best thing both sides can do is listen,” said James Petersen, a UConn freshman...
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