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Biden Apologizes After Guardsmen Sleep in Garage

Several governors recall troops

(Newser) - It's not clear how it happened, but National Guard troops were ordered out of the US Capitol on Thursday and told to sleep on the floor of an unheated parking garage. That caused outrage, some of it from governors, and President Biden has apologized to the chief of the...

Governor Has Bad News for Undocumented Workers on Vaccine

Nebraska's Pete Ricketts suggests undocumented meatpacking employees won't be eligible to get it

(Newser) - Nebraska is where you'll find the bulk of the nation's meatpacking, so it makes sense that Nebraska is where the most coronavirus cases are popping up in meatpacking plants . What doesn't make sense to some are comments from the state's governor that suggest a portion of...

Ex-Cuomo Aide: He 'Sexually Harassed Me for Years'

'There is simply no truth to these claims,' NY governor's rep says of Lindsey Boylan's allegations

(Newser) - A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who's now running for Manhattan borough president accused him of sexual harassment in a series of tweets Sunday, saying he made inappropriate comments about her appearance. Lindsey Boylan tweeted that the Democratic governor "sexually harassed me for years. Many...

Server Fired for Shooting Viral Video of Maskless Governor

Nebraska bar employee recorded video of Pete Ricketts on election night

(Newser) - A server at an Omaha-area sports bar has been fired after a viral video she shot showed Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts celebrating a fellow Republican's win on election night. Per the Lincoln Journal Star , the 25-year-old employee can be heard in the Nov. 3 clip—which shows a maskless...

'I Don't Know, Boys, We Gotta Do Something'

Details emerge in anti-government plot in Michigan

(Newser) - The story behind the jarring arrest on Thursday of several men who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan's governor may have begun with a plea made by one of the suspects in a Facebook video in June. Adam Fox complained about the judicial system and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID...

Another Governor Tests Positive

This time it's Virginia's Ralph Northam and his wife

(Newser) - On Thursday, GOP Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri tested positive for COVID-19 . On Friday, one of his Democratic counterparts made the same announcement. Per a release cited by Axios , Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, both have the coronavirus. The couple were tested after they discovered a member...

Trump to Governors: 'Most of You Are Weak'

He urges them to 'dominate' protesters and make more arrests in conference call

(Newser) - President Trump doubled down on his tough stance on protesters during a conference call with governors Monday and said they needed to adopt a similar style. “Most of you are weak,” said Trump, as quoted by the AP . “You have to arrest people.” The Washington Post ...

Gov. Cuomo's Message to the Ladies: I'm 'Eligible'

Though NY governor later noted he may be too busy right now to get bogged down in romance

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be "the single most popular politician in America" at the moment, per CNN's Chris Cillizza —and Cuomo himself has just put the emphasis on the "single" part. Per the New York Post , while being interviewed on radio station 1010 WINS...

GOPer Sues Over Stay-at-Home Order: 'Enough Is Enough!'

Judge grants restraining order to Ill. congressman, allowing him to ignore Gov. JB Pritzker's mandate

(Newser) - Last week, JB Pritzker, the Democratic governor of Illinois, extended his state's stay-at-home order through the end of May to help control the spread of the coronavirus. It was a move that didn't please GOP Rep. Darren Bailey—and so Bailey sued. "Enough is enough!" Bailey...

Cuomo: He's Not 'King Trump'

New York governor says he would defy a presidential order to reopen state

(Newser) - A fight between President Trump and various governors over the easing of coronavirus restrictions appears to be on the horizon. On Monday, Trump insisted that he can order states to reopen for business when he sees fit. "The president of the United States calls the shots," he said...

Governor's Statement Causes Some Double Takes

Georgia's Brian Kemp says he just learned asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus

(Newser) - Holdout Georgia has joined the list of states under stay-at-home orders, but a statement from Gov. Brian Kemp while announcing the restrictions is causing a stir as well. Kemp explained Wednesday that he just learned asymptomatic people with the coronavirus can spread the disease, reports the Hill . "We didn'...

Trump Orders National Guard to Help in 3 Hard-Hit States

New York, California and Washington will get medical stations

(Newser) - The National Guard has been activated in the three states with the biggest coronavirus outbreaks, President Trump said Sunday, promising that more help will follow. The Guard will help build medical facilities in New York, California and Washington, the Hill reports. Eight medical stations with 2,000 hospital beds will...

Kansas Governor Gets Pushback on Her Virus Move

Republicans in Kansas seek to limit Laura Kelly's emergency powers amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - As most of the US raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor’s emergency powers, including the ability to establish quarantine zones if the need arises. Conservatives are angry with Gov. Laura Kelly's order to close...

A Governor Wore a Blue Dress. It Somehow Became a Big Deal

Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer blasts TV station for giving oxygen to comments on her attire

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about infrastructure, drinking water, and LGBT rights during her State of the State address on Tuesday, but a good number of viewers were apparently hyperfocused on something else: the cobalt blue dress she was wearing. And, per the AP , a segment on Detroit TV station...

Scott Walker Stuns With His Version of Venn Diagram

Wisconsin's governor made the Venn diagram 'particularly useless'

(Newser) - To no one's surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Friday limiting the power of Gov-elect Tony Evers. But he did throw the world a curveball by explaining the new law with a uniquely reimagined Venn diagram, per the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal . At a Green Bay news conference, Walker displayed...

Governors' Races: Gillum Concedes in Florida

Scott Walker loses bid for 3rd term in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Thirty-six governors' races were on the ballot Tuesday, but two of those contests—in Florida and Georgia—dominated the political landscape. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who was vying to become the state's first black governor, conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a strong ally of President Trump, reports the...

America's 10 Least Popular Governors

Sorry, Christie

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley just resigned after violating state campaign finance law, but he's still not as unpopular as Chris Christie, according to a Morning Consult poll. The poll out Tuesday lists the US governors with the highest disapproval rates from January to March, per the Hill . The losers...

Governors: Scott Walker, Rick Scott Win; Wendy Davis Loses

Charlie Crist's comeback falls short

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not hand his job back to former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Republican Scott fended off the challenge from Republican-turned-Democrat Crist tonight in one of the higher-profile races of the 36 gubernatorial contests on the ballot. Elsewhere, Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated Mary Burke to keep...

NC Governor: Just Kidding About Suspending Elections

Bev Perdue says critics didn't get her 'hyperbole'

(Newser) - Today's weirdest political brouhaha: North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue spoke to the Rotary Club today and said this: "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just...

After Katrina, Governors Ace Hurricane Politics

Across East Coast, governors stay active responding to Irene

(Newser) - With the specter of Hurricane Katrina still looming large, East Coast governors stepped up their emergency responses to Irene, issuing loud warnings, mass evacuations, and continued caution. “No amount of spin, money, or ‘strategery’ can replace the gut reaction to a leader from a scared populace,” said...

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