‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally in DC
By: Jacob Fischler and Allison Stevens - August 28, 2020
WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression.
‘Extremely frustrating’ mail delays for prescriptions hit veterans, rural areas
By: Jacob Fischler - August 25, 2020
Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms.
Pendley nomination may be scrapped, but he’s still in charge at BLM
By: Jacob Fischler - August 20, 2020
President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management will continue leading the agency even after his nomination is withdrawn, leading the diverse conservation groups that opposed him to call for his removal from office.
‘I have not lost my voice’: Gabby Giffords at DNC convention calls for end to gun violence
By: Jacob Fischler - August 19, 2020
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, recounting her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head and her embrace of activism on gun violence policy.
Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.
By: Jacob Fischler - August 10, 2020
Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted.
Trump issues sweeping executive orders after coronavirus aid talks break down
By: Jacob Fischler and Allison Stevens - August 9, 2020
President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.
Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau
By: Jacob Fischler - July 31, 2020
President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands.
House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk
By: Allison Stevens and Jacob Fischler - July 22, 2020
WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]
Arizona delegation looks for changes to Native aid in next relief package
By: Jacob Fischler - July 17, 2020
Arizona’s Native American tribes are among the worst-hit jurisdictions in the world by COVID-19.
McSally, other vulnerable 2020 GOPers spur public lands bill passage
By: Jacob Fischler - June 26, 2020
Endangered Republican senators like Arizona’s Martha McSally provided key backing for the public lands bill the U.S. Senate passed June 17, a possible indication the issue holds increasingly bipartisan appeal.
Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters?
By: Jacob Fischler - May 7, 2020
As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels state feuds over gun rights
By: Jacob Fischler - April 23, 2020
COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter.