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Statement From La. Gov. Edwards on Supreme Court Refusing to Hear Challenge to COVID Mitigation Measures
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Nov. 30 -- Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-Louisiana, issued the following statement on Nov. 28:

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement following the United States Supreme Court denying a motion to hear the case of Spell v. Edwards, which sought to overturn the Governor's mitigation measures.

"Throughout the course of this pandemic, I have let science and data inform the many difficult decisions I have made regarding gathering sizes and other mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID.

"I have taken no such decisions lightly. The reasonable, legal mitigation ... Show Full Article

Statement From Commissioner Suzi LeVine Regarding Ongoing State Audits
OLYMPIA, Washington, Nov. 30 -- The Washington State Employment Security Department issued the following statement by Commissioner Suzi LeVine:

"Our agency has welcomed these audits from the beginning and we continue to do so. The Employment Security Department and State Auditor's Office have the shared goal of a secure and continuously improving unemployment system that consistently works better for Washingtonians. We remain firmly committed to full transparency and are collaborating closely with the State Auditor and her staff, as we have all along.

"The State Auditor's Office is doing important ... Show Full Article

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic
ALBANY, New York, Nov. 30 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following transcript on Nov. 29:

Hello guys. Happy Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend. Today is day 274. We did 157,000 tests. The number of tests we're doing are astronomical. When you test that many, obviously the positivity, the number of positive cases, is going to go up proportionate to the number of tests. It's the percentage increase that is relevant, you know. So we had 6,723 tests reported positive. The other day it was 8,000. Doesn't mean we're down. It means the number of tests were down. So it's the percentage that ... Show Full Article

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Calls for Closure of Loopholes That Allow Police Officers to Maintain Credentials Despite Misconduct
ALBANY, New York, Nov. 30 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following transcript:

Last point, unrelated. East Greenbush, Times Union did a good piece of reporting today on an East Greenbush police officer. You know, we are trying to reestablish the police, community relationship. We have every community in the State, 550 municipalities with a police agency, now going through a reformation plan where they reimagine their police department. There's a roll for the State in all of this also and people have to know that a police officer who breaks the rules and abuses his or her position ... Show Full Article

Md. Gov. Hogan Encourages Marylanders to Safely Participate in Small Business Saturday
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 30 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following transcript on Nov. 28:

Governor Larry Hogan today released a video message encouraging Marylanders to safely support local small businesses on Small Business Saturday.


While the way we celebrate the holidays may look a little different this year, we are still encouraging Marylanders to celebrate Small Business Saturday by finding ways to safely support your local small businesses, which have been hit particularly hard during this unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

Last month we doubled ... Show Full Article

Colorado House Democrats: Special Session Aims to Help Coloradans Bridge the Gap, Boost Recovery
DENVER, Colorado, Nov. 30 -- The Colorado House Democrats issued the following news:

The Colorado General Assembly will convene a special session on Monday, November 30 to pass bi-partisan COVID-19 relief legislation that will support small businesses, increase access to child care and food assistance, help Coloradans cover their housing and utility costs, and improve broadband options for students in need.

"Congressional inaction has left millions stranded - completely abandoned in their time of need. Small businesses have been drowning for months waiting for comprehensive federal aid, while ... Show Full Article

Colo. Gov. Polis and First Gentleman Reis Test Positive for COVID-19
DENVER, Colorado, Nov. 30 -- Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, issued the following news release on Nov. 28:

This evening, Governor Polis and First Gentleman Reis learned that they have tested positive for COVID-19. They are both asymptomatic, feeling well, and will continue to isolate in their home.

"Marlon and I are feeling well so far, and are in good spirits. No person or family is immune to this virus. I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay six feet from others, and wash your hands regularly," said Governor Polis.

The Governor will ... Show Full Article