Republicans Maintain Advantage in Control of State Legislative Chambers


Brian Skinner Elections, State Legislatures

Route Fifty — By Kate Elizabeth Queram, Staff Correspondent — November 4, 2020 Democrats in several state legislatures saw their hopes for claiming majorities in more chambers slip away Wednesday as early election returns indicated that Republicans largely maintained or increased their legislative power.  “I think the overall results are a big disappointment for the …Read More

Elections Are Not Just About Candidates


Brian Skinner Elections

By Brian J. Skinner Although most of the discussion following yesterday’s voting is focused on the Presidential race, several states also had referendums on the ballot. Some of the more notable referendums include: Marijuana — New Jersey and Arizona legalized recreational marijuana use, while South Dakota and Mississippi approved medical marijuana. Now, one in three Americans live in …Read More

Weed stocks surge as Kamala Harris vows to decriminalize pot in debate


Brian Skinner Elections, Marijuana policy
Marijuana Flower

Reuters — By Shariq Khan — October 8, 2020 U.S.-listed shares of major cannabis producers surged on Thursday after Democratic vice president nominee Kamala Harris said marijuana would be decriminalized at a federal level in the United States under a Biden administration. During Wednesday night’s debate with Vice President Mike Pence, Harris said she and Democratic presidential …Read More

Are Poll Watchers Permitted in West Virginia?


Brian Skinner Elections

By Brian Skinner, Esq. During last Tuesday night’s presidential debate, President Trump urged his supporters, as he has done before, “to go into the polls and watch very carefully.” The president’s remarks have caused growing concern over potential confrontations at polling places due to deep partisan divides and baseless claims by President Trump that Democrats …Read More

Judge: Multiple Ohio ballot drop boxes allowed in each county; next steps unclear


Brian Skinner Elections, Vote by Mail

  Columbus Dispatch – By Jackie Borchardt and Jessie Balmert –  Sep 15, 2020  Each county could have more than one drop box for ballots this election, a Franklin County judge ruled Tuesday. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye concluded state law does not allow Secretary of State Frank LaRose to limit the number of ballot drop …Read More

Mailing It In: VBM Ballot Deadlines Explained


Brian Skinner Elections

By Democracy Docket A voter in Sacramento, California and a voter in Flint, Michigan mail their ballots three days before Election Day. Each ballot is postmarked three days before Election Day and arrives at their respective local election offices the day after Election Day. However, only one ballot counts. Why?  Under some state laws, mail ballots …Read More

Do I Need an Excuse to Vote By Mail? Not Always.


Brian Skinner Elections

  By Democracy Docket Once you have registered to vote, there are a number of ways to cast your ballot, including early voting and voting on Election Day. Another option in most states is “vote by mail” or “absentee voting,” where the state sends you a ballot in the mail. Depending on your state, you can return that ballot …Read More

More People With Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain


Brian Skinner Elections, Government & Policy, Voting

  PEW STATELINE – By Lindsey Van Ness – August 31, 2020 More than ever, Eric Harris is mindful of the elected officials around him: The school board members deciding whether his children will go back to the classroom, the sheriff influencing how officers interact with people like him, and the U.S. president steering the country’s coronavirus response.  …Read More

Never overlook the value the WVDSCS provides to seniors The following is from an article in the @heralddispatch about the Barboursville Senior Center reopening: The doors opened once more Tuesday, with many local seniors waiting just outside the building. https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/barboursville-senior-center-reopens/article_b7d26197-bd1d-5ef9-b38a-76284cc7605c.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/health/overdose-harm-reduction-covid.html?referringSource=articleShare

Investor enthusiasm remains high for exchange-traded funds that track renewable-energy indexes, even though they have posted double-digit declines so far this year https://on.wsj.com/3h6jWPa

Hot and humid weather continues with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
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☀ Stay hydrated
☀ Check pets and kids frequently
☀ Know the signs of heat illness http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html
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