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"It blows my mind that we're still having firsts in 2023, but I'm very honored.”

Virginia state Senator Jennifer McClellan, regarding the likeliness that she will become the state’s first Black congresswoman. The Feb. 21 special election is to fill a vacancy created by the November death of Rep. Don McEachin. (Reuters — Feb. 21, 2023)

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  • Lincoln County, W.Va., school district, on its Facebook page and website shortly before midnight on Thursday, Feb. 16, as floodwaters in the area forced some students to sleep at the school overnight. Community members, stores and churches donated cots, blankets, pillows and other supplies to Lincoln County High School for the students to use for the night. (Associated Press — Feb. 16, 2023)
  • Eric Mitchell, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, regarding the end of federal government policies that were adopted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will reduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by about $82 a month. (Reuters — Feb. 16, 2023)
  • U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in her announcement on Tuesday, Feb. 14, that she will not seek re-election in 2024. Feinstein was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the first woman to serve as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco and the first woman elected senator of California. (NPR — Feb. 14, 2023)
  • Lauren van Schilfgaarde, a member of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico and director of the tribal legal development clinic at UCLA, regarding the challenges that Native Americans face to access abortion services. Four of the seven states that have the highest proportion of Native American and Alaska Native residents have moved or are poised to further restrict abortion. (Associated Press — Feb. 14, 2023)
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