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Republican Governor Hospitalized

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has been hospitalized with an illness that ended up being pneumonia, according to a statement from his office on Friday. Holcomb, 54, was hospitalized on Thursday, the statement from Erin Murphy, Governor Holcomb's press secretary, said.
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Marijuana pardon program falls short in delivering relief

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Last September, Governor Tom Wolf had high hopes that many Pennsylvanians would be cleared of their small possession marijuana charges through a special pardons program.But that program may be going up in smoke. Remember the fanfare when the state announced the Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project, a joint effort by Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman to expedite pardons for those with non-violent marijuana convictions. Turns out that only 231 pardons have been approved so far, with over 2,000 requests rejected. Marijuana defense attorney Patrick Nightingale said the program was limited to just a single possession charge that few...
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US should avoid Gov. Newsom’s ‘California model’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is touted as the Democrat of the future, the man who could step up if Joe Biden decided not to run again. He has the hair, the teeth, the Hollywood aura, the raspy voice that shows he means business.  But if his pitch is that he wants to make America more like California, we’re in trouble.  Newsom’s latest moment in the national spotlight came Thursday, when reports leaked about the nine-member Reparations Task Force, which “has spent months traveling across California to learn about the generational effects of racist policies and actions.”  When he signed the 2020 bill that...
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Gov. Dunleavy to be sworn in Monday at Alaska Airlines Center on UAA campus

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Lt. Gov.-elect Nancy Dahlstrom will be sworn in at 1 pm on Monday, Dec. 5, at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center. The event, open to the public, will be enhanced with performances from the Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers, the 11th Airborne Division Band, Stephen Holmstock, and members of the Pipeline Vocal Project. The swearing in will be ceremonial, as by law the new governor must be sworn in at noon, which means there will be a private ceremony before noon in order to follow the letter of the Constitution, which mandates the swearing must occur at noon on the first Monday of December. The event will be live-streamed on Youtube at this link.
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Smith, Shapira, Mash among those on Shapiro's transition team

Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro and Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis have announced seven Transition Advisory Committees. They said those panels will advise the incoming administration and prepare to advance what Shapiro termed his top priorities: growing Pennsylvania’s economy, making the state’s communities safer, and ensuring all Pennsylvania students receive a high-quality education.

Governor-elect Pillen announces two additional cabinet retentions

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Jim Pillen has announced two more cabinet picks, both of which are retained from Pete Ricketts. Dannette Smith will be retained as the CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. She was originally appointed in 2019. “I look forward to working collaboratively with...

Whitmer shakes up staff, cabinet heading into 2nd term

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is shaking up her cabinet heading into the new year. Seven state departments and agencies will have new leadership heading into Whitmer’s second term. Their purview includes environmental regulation, state parks, hunting and fishing, agriculture, energy policy, transportation, veterans’ affairs and enforcing marijuana rules.
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Do Your Part: The pandemic is not over

When Gov. Jim Justice announced this week that West Virginia’s state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end at the beginning of the new year, he made an important point:. “The truth is, the state of emergency doesn’t affect a whole lot, you know,...

DeSantis' office confirms a plan is brewing to shield local taxpayers from Disney fight fallout

Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration says he doesn’t make “U-Turns." The administration released the statement Friday after the Financial Times reported a plan is in the works to reverse a law that eliminated Disney’s special tax district status. The administration says that characterization is not correct but confirms there is something forthcoming.
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Gov. DeSantis stands firm on Disney Reedy Creek decision

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis refuted a report Friday suggesting he will roll back legislation ending Disney’s self-governing status in Florida. DeSantis in April approved plans to dissolve Disney’s private government — the Reedy Creek Improvement District after a political clash between himself and the entertainment giant.