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Allison Stevens

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Allison Stevens, DC Bureau Reporter, Allison covers the nation’s capital for States Newsroom’s network of news outlets. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, campaigns and elections, and the Supreme Court.

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COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power

WASHINGTON — It’s National Census Day. Organizations across the country are marking the occasion with webinars, virtual rallies, Twitter chats and other digital events throughout the week. April 1 is the date by which all people in U.S. households are to be counted. But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the count even more difficult than usual, which could exacerbate the inequitable distribution of resources in North Carolina and other states.

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NC’s Mark Meadows: The Right’s new ally in the West Wing

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows has a new job in the White House — a promotion that could elevate the status of the Tar Heel State in the eyes of the president and strengthen ties between the Trump administration and conservatives in Congress. President Donald Trump announced Meadows’ appointment in a tweet Friday, saying “I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one.”

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Congresswoman Alma Adams warns ‘major failure’ of government oversight imperils sick miners

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams grilled a Trump administration official Wednesday over new charges that the Labor Department mismanaged a fund that supports coal miners with lung disease and their families. Lax oversight has left the fund deeply in debt, shifting the financial burden to provide miners and families with benefits to taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a government watchdog agency.

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N.C. is home to most conservative U.S. House lawmaker, new rankings show

WASHINGTON — North Carolina is home to the nation’s most conservative member of the U.S. House, according to a recent ranking of lawmakers’ 2019 legislative records. GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of the 11th district in the western tip of the state earned a perfect score on the conservative-to-liberal scale, which was compiled by GovTrack.us, a nonpartisan organization that tracks government data and statistics.

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North Carolina lawmakers aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match. The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told ...
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U.S. House votes to torpedo DeVos student loan rule over Virginia Foxx’s objections

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a resolution Thursday that would overturn a Trump administration rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by Education Secretary

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North Carolina is projected to gain a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal.

North Carolina is projected to gain a U.S. House seat in the coming years, recent data show — a change that would increase the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to more money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care facilities.

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Trump has appointed judges at a breakneck speed. More are coming.

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate heads into 2020 with few major legislative victories but a significant one on the judicial front: a dramatic reshaping of the federal bench. Over the past three years, the Senate has confirmed 185 of President Trump’s judicial nominees, more than any of the last five presidents at the same time in their presidencies. That tally includes a raft of nominees approved just before lawmakers left Capitol Hill for the holiday recess. 

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U.S. House committee to take up ‘Medicare for All’ legislation

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. reportedly asked his wife to carry the torch on his family’s signature cause: progressive health care reform. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell has made ...
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Government isn’t ensuring safe housing for N.C. military families — watchdog report

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is failing to ensure that all military families have access to safe, quality housing, according to a new government watchdog report. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) oversees private-sector developers who build, renovate, manage and maintain military housing. 

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