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Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Arizona Mirror. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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The fight for the presidency comes down to millions of uncounted mail ballots in battleground states

By: - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, but the outcome of a razor-thin presidential contest actually depends on key battleground states that are trying to finish tallying millions of remaining mail ballots. Here are some questions — and answers — about what’s going on in those states

Democrats struggle for U.S. Senate control after failing to knock off GOP incumbents

By: and - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats gained at least one Republican-held seat in the U.S. Senate, but also lost a seat of their own and were unable to defeat several GOP incumbents in the elections, ending up early Wednesday with an increasingly challenging path to wresting control of the chamber away from Republicans.

Struggle for control of the U.S. Senate enters its final tense hours

By: and - October 29, 2020

Democrats have a shot at winning the White House, capturing the U.S. Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House — an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for much of the past decade.

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Trump slams pandemic aid as a ‘big bailout’ for blue cities and states

By: - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Asked during Thursday’s final presidential debate about why another round of economic relief hasn’t been approved to aid unemployed Americans and struggling local governments, President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, pointed fingers at opposite ends of the U.S. Capitol.

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States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

By: - October 21, 2020

Across the hundreds of pages of plans that officials in Arizona and elsewhere sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out.

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

By: - October 9, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court.

Trump returns to the White House, still infected with coronavirus

By: - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to leave Walter Reed National Military Hospital on Monday evening, announcing his plans in a social media post that declared he’s “feeling really good” as he recovers from COVID-19.

Trump to spend several days at Walter Reed after COVID symptoms worsen

By: , and - October 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was to be taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland late Friday afternoon, where White House officials said he is expected to stay for “the next few days” for treatment of COVID-19.

Trump tests positive for COVID-19, Arizona rallies next week unlikely

By: , and - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, almost certainly cancelling planned rallies in Tucson and Flagstaff next week and throwing the presidential campaign into a new uproar.

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

By: - September 30, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate.

Biden says he’ll support election outcome but Trump urges supporters to ‘watch very carefully’

By: - September 30, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Tuesday night to accept the outcome of the election, while President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “watch very carefully” what happens as voters cast their general-election ballots.