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The only questions are how big and who gets swept away this November
With Labor Day rapidly approaching, one thing is becoming clear: All signs point to the Democratic wave growing rather than shrinking in the final weeks of the 2018 election.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 2:25 AM
CNN poll: Democratic advantage grows in race for Congress
Democrats now lead Republicans by 52% to 41% in a nationwide generic Congressional ballot according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released Tuesday. The blue lead has increased slightly from eight percentage points in June of this year to an 11 percentage point difference in the most recent poll.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:25 AM
Why the 2018 midterm elections matter
Beyond the balance of power in Congress, the 2018 midterm elections' impact will be felt at every level of government for at least the next decade. Learn what the effects might be.

POSTED APRIL 04, 2018 6:36 AM
Diverse Democrats and Trump-backed GOP picks rule the night
The nation's first transgender governor, its first Somali-American woman in Congress and its first black woman in Connecticut's congressional delegation could all be on the horizon after Tuesday's slate of four primaries.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 8:17 AM
Analysis: Minnesota proved again the old Republican Party is dead
When former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last year that he was leaving his cushy DC lobbying job to try to reclaim his old job, establishment Republicans cheered. Pawlenty, who spent eight years as the state's governor last decade, was seen as the party's only chance of winning the governor's mansion in the Democratic-tilting state.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 3:03 PM
Keith Ellison wins AG nomination in Minnesota after denying abuse allegations
Rep. Keith Ellison will win the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nomination for Minnesota attorney general, CNN projects Tuesday, easily besting four other candidates just days after denying allegations he physically abused an ex-girlfriend.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 2:49 AM
Whenever she hears the word God, she says flashbacks of abuse keep coming back
It's been 70 years since Robert says he was sexually abused by a priest. And in the decades since, his wife and family suffered every day.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 8:55 PM
Masterpiece Cakeshop owner sues Colorado governor
The Colorado baker who became a national figure after he refused to bake a custom cake to celebrate the marriage of a same-sex couple due to a religious objection and won at the Supreme Court is wading into another legal battle.

A school closed for 2 days after adults made online threats against a 12-year-old transgender student
A rural Oklahoma school system closed for two days earlier this week after a group of adults made threatening Facebook comments about a 12-year-old transgender girl, Achille Public Schools Superintendent Rick Beene said.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 8:14 PM
Dozens overdose in one New Haven park
As New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. spoke to reporters about a spate of drug overdoses on Wednesday, he heard shouting coming from behind him.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 1:41 AM

NYT > U.S.

‘It’s Really Hard to Be a Catholic’: The Pain of Reading the Sex Abuse Report
Catholics around the country said they felt frustrated with the church’s leadership.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 1:05 AM
Why the Explosive Report on Catholic Church Abuse Is Unlikely to Yield Criminal Charges
Legal barriers, political opposition and fierce lobbying efforts by the Catholic Church have kept Pennsylvania’s courthouse doors closed to childhood victims who came forward later in life.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 11:36 PM
Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal: 7 Excerpts From the Grand Jury Report
A nearly 900-page report investigating abuse in six dioceses over a period of 70 years documents more than 300 abusive priests.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 1:26 AM
A Long History of Attacking Women, Yet He Was Free to Kill Again
Could the police have saved Kimberly Dobbie? When the crime is domestic violence, or something like it, the answer is complicated.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 6:15 PM
Starting in Los Angeles, Body Scanners Come to Subways and Buses
It is part of a federal effort to expand the technology beyond airports. The devices are also being tested in New York and elsewhere.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 11:11 PM
Pennsylvania Grand Jury Says Church Had a ‘Playbook for Concealing the Truth’
F.B.I. agents found a consistent pattern in the way Roman Catholic Church leaders in Pennsylvania covered up allegations of child sex abuse by priests to avoid scandal.

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2018 9:39 PM
Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says
The grand jury report is the government’s broadest look yet in the United States at child sexual abuse in the church.

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 10:37 PM
Kentucky Governor Compares State Workers to Drowning Victims: ‘You Just Need to Knock Them Out’
“It’s for their own good and we have to save the system,” Gov. Matt Bevin, of Kentucky, said on Tuesday of state workers who oppose pension reform. His remarks drew swift backlash.

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2018 8:29 PM
In a Proxy Fight for the Party’s Future, a New Face Presses Her Democratic Opponent
In their final debate in a Massachusetts congressional race, Ayanna Pressley challenges Michael Capuano over abortion funding, Trump’s wall and gun control.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 2:29 AM
Little-Known Justice Dept. Official Makes Trump’s Security Clearance List
Critics said the inclusion of Bruce Ohr on the list of those whose clearances were revoked or under review was an abuse of presidential power and an intrusion on the independence of law enforcement.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:54 AM

News – Insurance Journal

Former Illinois Insurance Broker Sentenced to Prison, Must Repay Nearly $1M
The owner of multiple property/casualty insurance operations in northern Illinois has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for insurance fraud. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on Aug. …

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:55 AM
Recreational Pot Measure Approved for North Dakota Ballot
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Proponents submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election …

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:17 AM
California Considers Rule Changes as Legal Pot Market Struggles
The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive in California and shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some licensed shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana …

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:13 AM
Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Toxic Algae Bloom on Florida Coast
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in response to the impacts of red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The Executive Order 18-221 will provide significant state funding to local governments …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:55 PM
Alera Group Acquires Barnes Insurance & Financial Services of Florida
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Barnes Insurance & Financial Services (BIAFS) of Florida. BIAFS is a benefits agency with two locations in northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, this …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:41 PM
Texas Insurance Department: Harvey Claims Reporting Deadline Approaching
As the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches, the Texas Department of Insurance is reminding Texans that some insurance policies have a one-year deadline to file claims. Harvey made landfall August 25. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) claims must be reported …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:32 PM
Murphy Oil USA to Pay $100K to Settle Disability Discrimination, Retaliation Suit
Arkansas-based Murphy Oil USA Inc. will pay $100,000 to settle a workplace discrimination suit filed in Texas by federal officials. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Murphy Oil, which owns Murphy USA retail gasoline stores typically …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:28 PM
34 Sickened by Salmonella Outbreak in Southeast Missouri County
A southeast Missouri county is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 34 people. The Southeast Missourian reports that the cause hasn’t been determined. Perry County Health Department communicable disease coordinator Sheila Hahs says the agency began receiving worrying numbers …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:15 PM
Special Police Unit Seeks to Curb Thefts From Indiana RV companies
A special police unit is seeking to curb burglaries and thefts from businesses including recreational vehicle companies in northern Indiana. Police in the Elkhart County city of Goshen say their unit was formed to deal with such crimes in the …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:13 PM
Insurer for Missouri City Must Pay $5.3M to Man with Overturned Conviction
A judge has ordered a former insurance carrier for the city of Columbia to pay $5.3 million to a man who served 10 years in prison before his conviction for killing a sports editor in Columbia was thrown out. The …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:12 PM

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