Durbin: ‘We cannot postpone’ DACA deal

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) on Jan. 19 called his immigration deal "a painful agreement" but "a true bipartisan compromise," and called on President Trump to support it.

Amended lawsuit seeks to overturn Vandeven’s firing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Citing new testimony from a state school board member, a Springfield teacher is asking a judge to overturn the Missouri Board of Education's controversial removal of the state education commissioner.

Teacher Laurie Sullivan filed a lawsuit in November accusing the board of violating the state's ...

Alabama Isn’t Keeping Track Of The Number Of Felons Who’ve Registered To Vote

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Alabama’s Secretary of State’s office isn’t keeping track of the number of felons who’ve registered to vote following the implementation of the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act according to a spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office.

“The reason that there is not [an official record] is because the state does not track felon data in the Secretary of State’s Office. Information is delivered on an as needed basis to the county registrars when reviewing each registrant,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Alabama’s recent move, along with former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights individually to more than 200,000 convicted felons, came amid some major changes in the way some view criminal justice policy in American politics. A growing and bipartisan group of people have generally supported a mix of changing sentencing laws especially around nonviolent drug offenses and reexamining the way prisons are administered, with some also calling for the restoration of voting rights.

But one political question that remains unanswered is how many felons whose ability to vote is restored actually do vote.

The Sentencing Project estimates that in 2016, 286,266 people were barred from voting by laws that bar felons from voting in Alabama, while the SPLC speculated that nearly 250,000 people in Alabama regained the right to vote after Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act into law.

The act gained national attention after Democratic Senator Doug Jones’ surprising but narrow win in December; Kenneth Glasglow, a grassroots activists in Alabama, claimed to have helped thousands of ex-felons navigate the process of registering to vote.

The law clearly defines the types of “crimes of moral turpitude” as it’s used in a measure of the state’s constitution to bar people certain criminals from registering to vote. Prior to the Moral Turpitude Act going into effect in August, the types of crimes in the “moral turpitude” category was left to the discretion of county election officials.

The implementation of the law first ran into issues when county registrars said they were confused about how the law should be implemented and how it applied to their duties, according to a report from Al.com.

Mitch McConnell: Donald Trump’s approval key to immigration deal

The Senate won't vote on an immigration deal unless it has President Trump's support, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, effectively dooming the Gang of Six bill even before a bipartisan group of lawmakers officially introduced it.

Mr. McConnell said they are waiting to see exactly what Mr. Trump will ...

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:

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The Eugene Register-Guard, Jan. 17, on marijuana and guns

Say what you will about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he may have succeeded in finding common ground for conservatives and liberals where others have failed.

Sessions announced earlier this month that he is rescinding ...

Trump earns his highest approval rating among NASCAR fans, poll finds

A new Zogby Analytics survey has promising news for the White House, revealing that President Trump now has a 46 percent approval rating among likely voters — just short of a majority. But Mr. Trump's biggest fans can be found among some familiar demographics, suggesting that many heartland voters still ...

Senate Finance panel advances Trump’s HHS pick Alex Azar

By a near-party-line vote, the Senate Finance Committee advanced Alex Azar's nomination Wednesday to lead the Health and Human Services Department.

The 15-12 tally set the stage for Mr. Azar's confirmation before the full chamber, though did little to quiet partisan bickering over President Trump's pick.

Democrats who lack the ...

Tweak in foreign surveillance bill may not change much

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the Senate nears renewal of a key U.S. spy program, law enforcement veterans and privacy advocates say the bill's demand for a warrant in some cases when the FBI digs into Americans' emails and other communications will amount to little more than a nuisance.

The bill's ...