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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, whose administration has publicly fought the Census Bureau’s count of city residents and sued the agency multiple times, seeking what local officials consider accurate figures, Duggan has described the agency as a “national clown show” for previously reporting a decrease in the city’s population estimates. (Detroit Free Press — May 20, 2024)
New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, regarding the state’s three-year program to allow some news organizations to tap into refundable tax credits each year, with a single outlet able to receive tax credits of up to $320,000 annually. The program will offer up to $90 million in tax credits to hire and retain journalists in an effort to support the shrinking local news industry. (Associated Press — May 23, 2024)
Jerome Block, a New York attorney, regarding four new lawsuits against juvenile detention centers and similar facilities in Pennsylvania alleging physical and sexual abuse of 66 people, now adults, while under the facilities’ care. The lawsuits claim the people were victimized by guards, nurses, supervisors and others. (Associated Press — May 22, 2024)
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, explaining his veto of a bill that would severely restrict the use of neonicotinoids, a type of pesticide that’s toxic to bees and other pollinators. Scott, a Republican, is expected to veto a number of bills, saying there’s a lack of balance in the Democrat-controlled Legislature that causes opposing perspectives and data to not be considered. Lawmakers may attempt to override the governor’s neonicotinoids veto during a special session next month. (Associated Press — May 21, 2024)
University of Wisconsin-Madison botanist Shelby Ellison, regarding the dozens of cannabis plants that were removed from the state Capitol grounds last week, after someone planted them intentionally in a tulip garden outside the Capitol. It was unclear if the plants were marijuana or hemp. Marijuana remains illegal in all forms in Wisconsin. (Associated Press — May 17, 2024)
Missouri Sen. Rick Brattin, who leads the Freedom Caucus in the state Senate, regarding proposed legislation to make it harder to amend the state’s constitution, an effort partly aimed at thwarting an upcoming ballot measure on abortion rights. The GOP-led Senate adjourned Friday morning without passing the top-priority legislation. (Associated Press — May 17, 2024)
Wisconsin Elections Commission attorney Brandon Hunzicker, regarding a ballot that will have both a special and regular election for a vacant congressional seat. Due to the timing of former U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher’s surprise resignation, on April 24, requiring Gov. Tony Evers to call for a special election on the same dates as the Aug. 13 primary and Nov. 5 general election. (Associated Press — May 16, 2024)
Billboard placed by the Laramie County, Wyo., sheriff’s department in Denver. Sheriff Brian Kozak paid $2,500 to put up the message during National Police Week, seeking to recruit deputies and chiding Denver’s supposedly soft-on-crime prosecutor. (Fox News — May 14, 2024)
Allen County, Ind., Superior Court Judge Craig Bobay, regarding his ruling as to what type of establishment can be built in an 11,000-square-foot strip mall in Fort Wayne. The Allen County Plan Commission had denied a Famous Taco restaurant from being located in the strip mall partially based on a “written commitment” that restauranteur Martin Quintana, owner of Famous Taco, had accepted to limit any restaurant not to serve alcohol, allow outdoor seating and would only sell “made-to-order or Subway-style sandwiches.” Bobay ruled that the original commitment did not restrict restaurants solely to American-style sandwiches, and would also permit made-to-order Greek gyros, Indian naan wraps or Vietnamese Banh mi. (The Hill — May 14, 2024)
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky, regarding an earlier absentee ballot ruling that said that nothing in state law allowed for absentee drop boxes to be placed anywhere other than in election clerk offices. The state’s highest court flipped to liberal control last year and now is showing signs of overturning its previous ruling. (Associated Press — May 13, 2024)
Clinton, Maine, Fire Chief Travis Leary, regarding bee stings that his team of firefighters received after responding to the crash of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 that was hauling about 15 million honey bees. (Associated Press — May 10, 2024)
Midland, Mich., Police Department Officer Brennon Warren, regarding the fact that a 34-year-old woman was living inside the business sign of grocery store The Family Fare. The triangle-shaped sign at the top of the building is approximately 5 feet wide and 8 feet high; the sign has a door and is accessible from the roof. (Associated Press — May 9, 2024)
Elizabeth Suever, of the Bally’s Corporation, regarding the future of casino games as an online activity. However, the industry has had difficulty expanding the legalization of online casino games. They are legal in only seven states while sports betting, most of which is done online, is legal in 38 states and Washington, D.C. (Associated Press — May 8, 2024)
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, at a business conference in California on Monday, May 6, regarding expanding economic opportunities in artificial intelligence for low-income communities.. Hochul has since apologized for the comment, clarifying that she wanted to highlight the inequities in technology access that some communities, particularly low-income or communities of color, struggle with. (Associated Press — May 7, 2024)
Harris County, Texas, Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county’s top elected official, on Monday, May 6, regarding the heavy rainfall that pummeled the area over the past week. Harris County had a range of between 6 and 17 inches of rain during that time, leading to 233 people and 186 pet rescues. (Associated Press — May 6, 2024)
Washington state House Majority Leader Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, said during the session. (Washington State Press — May 1, 2024)
Joie Henney, a Pennsylvania man, regarding the loss of his emotional support alligator named Wally who has gone missing during a vacation to the coast of Georgia. Henney credits the animal for helping relieve his depression for nearly a decade and has amassed thousands of social media followers. Pennsylvania has no state law against owning alligators as pets, but it is illegal in Georgia to keep alligators without a special license or permit. (Associated Press — May 1, 2024)
First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, Mich., Pastor Stanley Jenkins, regarding the proposal by Willye Bryan to collect money from her church, with a predominantly white congregation, for a grassroots effort of reparations. The church ended up raising $100,000 over the course of 10 years and individual congregants gave $80,000. The initiative became known as the Justice League of Greater Lansing and has collected around $400,000 in less than three years. (NPR — May 1, 2024)
Walmart, regarding its decision to close all 51 of its health-care centers in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Texas, as well as to end virtual care services. The company’s 4,600 pharmacies and 3,000 vision centers will continue to offer services. (The Hill — April 30, 2024)
Dave Reidmiller of the Climate Center at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, regarding the Gulf of Maine’s annual sea surface temperature. It was nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in 2023, making it the fifth-warmest year on record for the sea. (Associated Press — April 29, 2024)
Tennessee state Sen. Raumesh Akbari, regarding the end of the state’s General Assembly session on Thursday, April 26, after months of political infighting. (Associated Press — April 25, 2024)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, regarding pro-Palestine protests at universities across the country. Activists at numerous colleges have set up encampments to protest the Israel-Hamas war, including in areas not approved by the schools. (The Hill — April 25, 2024)
Newberry County, S.C., Sheriff Lee Foster, regarding the loud sound produced by male cicadas after receiving several messages to complain about the noise. The collective songs of the trillions of red-eyed periodical male cicadas that have emerged this month can be as loud as jet engines. (Associated Press — April 23, 2024)
American University’s Brian Hughes, regarding a Maryland State Police report last month that alleges that three 12-year-olds were repeatedly targeting another middle school student with antisemitic harassment. FBI records show that last year there were roughly 900 reported hate crime offenses at K-12 schools, most of which targeted Black people with anti-Jewish offenses coming in second. (NPR — April 23, 2024)
Brightline Holdings founder and Chair Wes Edens, regarding the construction of a $12 billion high-speed passenger rail line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area. Work began on the project on Monday, April 22. Officials predict that the first passengers will board trains by 2028. (Associated Press — April 22, 2024)
Jalen Beard, a senior at North Community High School in Minneapolis, regarding the prevalence of gun violence at the school. Firearm injuries are the leading cause of death for children and teens over age 1 nationwide. The federal government is investing billions of dollars to combat the issue, but some students say there’s a disconnect between what the government is offering and what they actually need. (NPR — April 19, 2024)
U.S. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, in a heated shouting match with Republican Rep. James Comer during a hearing about the Chinese Communist Party. The argument largely focused on the House GOP’s impeachment inquiry into President Biden. (The Hill — April 18, 2024)
Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill, regarding certain social issues, such as consumer protection and crime, on which she collaborates with Democratic attorneys general from other states. (Governing — Spring 2024)
Chris Williamson, the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, regarding new federal guidelines that protect coal workers from toxic silica dust. The updated rules will make the exposure limit to silica dust twice as restrictive as currently allowed and will directly regulate exposure so that citations and fines are possible when miners are overexposed. (NPR — April 16, 2024)
Sara Bristol, mayor of Grants Pass, Ore. The town’s policies regarding homelessness are the subject of a case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 22. The case will have an effect on communities nationwide, deciding whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public. From 2013 to 2018, Grants Pass, which has 40,000 residents, issued 500 citations for camping or sleeping in public, including in vehicles. (Associated Press — April 13, 2024)