Iowa judge rules Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer can’t run in Democratic primary

CNN — An Iowa judge ruled on Sunday that Democratic Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer could not run in the state’s June 7 primary, dealing a blow to her already distant hopes of ousting Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. “Ms. Finkenauer’s name will not be included on the primary ballot for the U.S. Senate Democratic primary,” Polk … Read more

Access to abortion under renewed threat in Oklahoma and Missouri

CNN — As abortion rights advocates could score several victories across US states in the coming days, they are sounding the alarm over a bill from Oklahoma that would ban nearly all abortions that might be enacted into law. . Here are some of the moves this week in state legislatures and by heads of … Read more

Abortion, LGBTQ Rights and More: A Roundup of Controversial Red State Actions

CNN — Republican-led states across the country have enacted a series of new restrictions on abortion, the rights of LGBTQ and transgender youth, and the discussion of critical race theory. Here’s a look at some of the legislation passed this session, where the bills are coming from, and what’s under consideration. The flurry of activity … Read more

Why Democrats Are Desperate to Prove Ohio Isn’t a Lost Cause

Wilberforce, Ohio CNN — Desperate to prove that Ohio is not a lost cause, Democratic candidates for governor and an open Senate seat are trying to avoid culture wars and tap into a vein of economic populism that has eluded them in the increasingly red state in recent decades. It wasn’t long since the Democrats … Read more

Indiana: How a Diverse Coalition in a Red State Ended Anti-CRT Legislation

CNN — Parents and teachers were shocked after an Indiana state senator introduced a bill requiring teachers to remain neutral when teaching about Nazism. And in less than two days, a coalition to defeat the bill was born. “Within 36 hours, we had organized more than a dozen community members and partners to testify against … Read more

Severe storms threaten 75 million people in the United States after tornadoes kill 7 people in Iowa

CNN — More than 75 million people from Atlanta to Philadelphia faced the threat of severe storms Monday, days after a deadly tornado outbreak, including an EF-4 twister, killed seven people in Iowa. Other cities that could experience severe weather include Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said, adding that the main threats … Read more

Olathe East High School in Kansas: Suspect in custody after school resource officer and principal were shot and injured, police say

CNN — A Kansas high school principal and school resource officer were fatally shot at Olathe East High School in Kansas on Friday, and Olathe police say a student was the shooter. The school resource officer returned fire, injuring the suspect, who is expected to survive, according to Olathe Police Department spokesman Sgt. Joel Yeldell. … Read more

Ethan Crumbley: The school shooting suspect said he asked his parents to get him professional help. But they laughed or said ‘suck it’, he told a friend

CNN — The parents of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley will face trial for manslaughter, a judge ruled Thursday. “After hearing numerous testimonies, as well as evidence, and reviewing and viewing numerous exhibits, the court concludes that the deaths of the four victims could have been avoided had James and Jennifer Crumbley exercised ordinary … Read more