Briefs

Supreme Court sets redistricting lawsuit schedule

BY: - December 1, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court has released the schedule for court filings in the congressional redistricting lawsuit, potentially alleviating some timeline pressures for elections slated for next year. Though the court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case, a ruling filed by the court says discovery — the collection of evidence in the case — […]

Senate confirms first tribal member in history to lead National Park Service

BY: - November 23, 2021

The U.S. Senate approved by voice vote late Thursday the nomination of Charles F. Sams III as the first confirmed National Park Service director since 2017. Sams, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore., will be the first tribal member to lead the Park Service in the […]

U.S. House censures Arizona’s Paul Gosar, boots him from committees

BY: and - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted 223-207 Wednesday to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments, following his social media post of a manipulated cartoon that depicted him attacking Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois voted with […]

U.S. House to vote to censure Gosar, strip him of committee assignment

BY: - November 17, 2021

The U.S. House is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution to censure U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, and remove him from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The vote is a rebuke of Gosar for a video he posted to social media last week. The video manipulated an anime sequence to depict […]

Louisiana’s Mitch Landrieu tapped by Biden to oversee infrastructure law

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve as a senior adviser tasked with implementing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. The president is scheduled to sign the infrastructure bill late Monday, and Landrieu will attend. “Our work will require strong partnerships across the government and with state […]

Ohio House Dems submit congressional redistricting maps

BY: - November 9, 2021

House Democrats have thrown their congressional redistricting maps in the ring, completing the partisan caucus proposals. State Reps. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, and Tavia Galonski, D-Akron, submitted the maps on Friday as what they call “a more realistic vision for Ohio compared to the widely criticized House and Senate Republican maps.” “Democrats are offering a […]

Kaine climate proposal aims to reduce stormwater pollution from military bases

BY: - November 5, 2021

Lawmakers from Chesapeake Bay states are looking to attach a climate-related provision to the must-pass annual defense bill. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-Va.), introduced Thursday legislation that would allow the Defense Department to use several sources of federal funds to undertake stormwater management projects at military bases. The plan also has been backed by House […]

U.S. Senate committee advances nomination for National Park Service director

BY: - November 3, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a voice vote Tuesday approved Charles F. Sams III’s nomination to lead the National Park Service. Sams, an Oregonian who would be the first enrolled tribal member to be NPS director, won the support of several Republicans on the committee. Ranking Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming […]

Subpoenas recommended in ethics probe of U.S. Rep. Kelly over stock purchase

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Office of Congressional Ethics is recommending that a congressional panel subpoena U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania and his wife as it investigates whether a stock purchase she made was the result of confidential information Kelly received in his role as a public official. The recommendation was part of a report released Thursday, which […]

Coalition rallies at Statehouse, demands redistricting hearings

BY: - October 21, 2021

The Equal Districts Coalition held a rally on the Ohio Statehouse steps on Wednesday, calling for public hearings on congressional redistricting maps that they said should have already been held by the official Ohio Redistricting Commission. “The lack of leadership to follow through with the will of the people is troubling to say the least,” […]

‘Climate change is fundamentally altering the Colorado River’: States, tribes grapple with drought

BY: - October 18, 2021

States in the Colorado River Basin are adjusting to the reality that their rights outstrip the available water by nearly one-third, state and tribal leaders told a congressional panel Friday. The situation is likely only to worsen as the climate changes, leaving states and tribes in competition for their most vital resource. Representatives from the […]

Ohio lawmaker calls on Congress to investigate opioid consultant

BY: - October 13, 2021

Management consulting firm McKinsey and Company has already been forced into nearly $600 million in settlements over its role in fueling the opioid crisis that’s taken the lives of more than 450,000 Americans the last two decades, but an Ohio state representative wants Congress to investigate the firm further. Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville, pointed to […]