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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa is a reporter for States Newsroom's Washington bureau.

State Dems relate their experiences on the front lines of the voting rights struggle

By: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures.  This year alone, […]

Anti-poverty advocates urge Sinema to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

By: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation, with a particular focus on senators like Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema.

Gallego leads bipartisan push to expand veterans’ free access to national parks

By: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is joining an Iowa Republican to push for legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands. Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of the measure. 

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

By: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access.

White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

By: - July 6, 2021

The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S.

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

By: - June 29, 2021

Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting.

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

By: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night.

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

By: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status.

Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

By: - June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights.

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Kyrsten Sinema faces scrutiny following Biden remarks, skipped vote

By: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday said that comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” were not a criticism of moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned

By: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. 

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Brnovich, GOP AGs object to federal proposal on teaching critical race theory

By: - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen Republican attorneys general, including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S.