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Nearly 12,000 voters used Georgia's new online registration system by Monday's deadline, causing state officials to declare it a success as they prepare for the May 20 primary election. The final tally — officially at 11,970 — more than doubled the goal of Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office.
The fight over last year's expansion of the state Medicaid program is still alive, as the state Court of Appeals ruled this morning that lawmakers have standing to dispute the move. The court sent the legal challenge by three-dozen Republican lawmakers who opposed expanding Medicaid back to Maricopa County Superior Court to decide if the lawmakers' argument that the expansion required a two-thirds majority vote is valid.
The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says a Kansas Supreme Court ruling has been fulfilled after he signed a $129 million school funding bill Monday. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit on an equity portion of school funding on March 7th go back to the Kansas Legislature. The bill was approved April 6th through the Kansas Legislature, and the governor signed it, saying it satisfies the ruling.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision. In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.
For years, President Barack Obama has been a vocal booster of early childhood education. In his past two State of the Union addresses, he has called on Congress to create 'high-quality' education and to help fund preschool for every child in the country. But just what is quality preschool? It's difficult to debate the merits of early childhood education, and to argue that every child — indeed, the nation as a whole — will benefit from better access to preschool, without first defining what exactly constitutes a "high quality" model.
Waiters, bartenders, hairdressers and other Minnesota workers who rely on tips got a big raise last week when the state guaranteed them the same $9.50 hourly minimum wage that other workers will get. Minnesota is one of five states plus the District of Columbia to increase its hourly wage floor this year.
Amazon.com will start to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians starting May 1. For Floridians who are supposed to pay the taxes but haven't, the announcement of Amazon's entry into the state's brick-and-mortar retail landscape could mean about $80 million a year in sales taxes
President Barack Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law. In a news conference, the president also described how the law has helped make a difference for ordinary citizens.
Diabetes afflicts more than 22 million Americans, or 7 percent of the total population, and the number of people diagnosed every year is skyrocketing. At a cost of $245 billion in 2012, the disease's toll on the economy has increased by more than 40 percent since 2007, according to a recent report from the American Diabetes Association.