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FBI raids home connected to Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao day after recall effort qualifies for ballot

The FBI on Thursday raided a home connected to Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao just a day after a recall campaign to oust her from office received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.  “The FBI is conducting court authorized law enforcement activity on Maiden Lane,” a bureau spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “We are unable to provide additional information.”  Property records indicate Thao is…

Tight Virginia GOP contest between Bob Good and John McGuire too close to call

The Republican primary race in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District between House Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good and state Sen. John McGuire was too close to call on Tuesday night. As of 11 p.m., 92% of the vote was called – with McGuire being up by just 300 votes. The race will now move to a recount for the GOP primary in the state’s reliably red…

House Dem who challenged Biden in primary calls on Gov. Hochul to pardon Trump for ‘good of the country’

A House Democrat who previously posed a primary challenge to President Biden called for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to pardon former President Donald Trump for “the good of the country,” insisting his conviction is only helping the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign. “Donald Trump is a serial liar, cheater, and philanderer, a six-time declarer of corporate bankruptcy, an instigator of insurrection, and a convicted felon…

Kansas Constitution doesn’t include right to vote: state high court majority

The Kansas Supreme Court offered a mixed bag in a ruling Friday that combined several challenges to a 2021 election law, siding with state officials on one provision, reviving challenges to others and offering the possibility that at least one will be halted before this year’s general election. But it was the ballot signature verification measure’s majority opinion — which stated there is no right…

New Jersey State Police ‘never meaningfully grappled’ with discrimination, comptroller finds

New Jersey State Police didn’t do all they could to prevent discriminatory policing practices from their ranks, the state’s comptroller said in a new report issued Tuesday. The report found that while the state police regularly issued lengthy reports on racial profiling, “leaders never meaningfully grappled with certain data trends that indicated persistent, adverse treatment of racial and ethnic minority motorists,” the comptroller’s office said….

Filibuster against $4B Missouri Medicaid bill ends

A dayslong filibuster in the Missouri Senate ended Thursday after a Republican faction allowed a vote on a more than $4 billion Medicaid program they had been holding hostage. Senators gave initial approval in a voice vote to a bill that will renew a longstanding tax on hospitals and other medical providers. The measure needs a second vote of approval in the Senate. Money from…

Alabama lawmakers eye gambling compromise as legislative session nears its end

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a compromise on gambling legislation that would authorize a state lottery and multiple sites with electronic gambling machines. But the measure faces an uncertain outlook in the closing days of the legislative session. A conference committee approved the two-bill proposal as lawmakers aim to put the issue to a statewide vote this August. Lawmakers in the Alabama House of Representatives…

$15 toll to enter busiest part of Manhattan will take effect June 30

The start date for the $15 toll most drivers will be charged to enter Manhattan’s central business district will be June 30, transit officials said Friday. Under the so-called congestion pricing plan, the $15 fee will apply to most drivers who enter Manhattan south of 60th Street during daytime hours. Tolls will be higher for larger vehicles and lower for nighttime entries into the city…

Louisiana Democratic Party selects new chairman

The Louisiana Democratic Party has new leadership. Randal Gaines, a former state representative, was selected Saturday as the political group’s new chair after a set of procedural moves ended with him being the only candidate nominated for the position. His selection ousted Katie Bernhardt, who had been chair for the past four years, The Advocate reported. SIX DEMOCRATS IN LOUISIANA BUCK PARTY LINE BY SUPPORTING…

Anti-Israel protester sobs during arraignment after ‘murder you’ remark to California mayor, city council

An anti-Israel protester wept as a judge arraigned her in California on Friday after she allegedly threatened to murder public officials at a city council meeting. Riddhi Patel, 28, sobbed as she pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts after she directed comments to Bakersfield city council members and Republican Mayor Karen Goh for not backing a Gaza cease-fire resolution against Israel and for installing…

Tennessee Senate clears bill making it illegal to assist minors seeking abortions

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee on Wednesday advanced legislation making it illegal for adults to help minors get an abortion without parental consent, sparking objections from Democrats who counter that doing so could result in young victims needing approval from their parents who may have raped them in order to terminate the pregnancies. The GOP-controlled Senate signed off on the proposal 26-3. The bill is still…

Florida bill criminalizing the harassment of working first responders awaiting DeSantis’ signature

A bill criminalizing the harassment of first responders on duty in Florida is awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature after it was approved by the state legislature. Senate Bill 184 would make it illegal for anyone to harass a police officer, correctional probation officer, firefighter or an emergency medical care provider “engaged in the lawful performance of a legal duty” after already receiving a warning not…

Longtime Ohio GOP campaign treasurer charged with defrauding clients of nearly $1 million

A man who has served as treasurer for dozens of political campaigns in Ohio over the past 40 years is facing federal wire fraud charges for allegedly stealing nearly $1 million from clients. William Curlis, 76, is accused of writing checks from campaign accounts to himself for personal use and taking steps to hide the thefts. He allegedly stole $995,231 between 2008 and June 2023,…

Kansas Republicans use ‘power of the purse’ to tie up immigration, DEI provisions in budget

Republicans are likely to approve a proposed state budget for Kansas with provisions aimed at forcing the state’s Democratic governor to restrict diversity initiatives on college campuses and help Texas in its fight with the Biden administration over border security. GOP negotiators for the state House and Senate have agreed to include those items in a single bill containing the bulk of the $25 billion…

Massachusetts Senate passes bill criminalizing ‘revenge porn’

A Massachusetts bill that bars someone from sharing explicit images or videos without consent was approved Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate. The bill, which now goes to conference committee to hash out differences with the House, means only South Carolina has not banned “revenge porn.” “With passage of this bill today we take another step towards closing a loophole in our laws that has caused…