New law aims to make California haven for transgender youth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new law aims to stop other states from punishing children who come to California for transgender surgeries and other gender-affirming care, a move that will intensify conflicts between Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other Republican governors amid the country’s escalating culture war. Newsom signed the law on Thursday, but it won’t … Read more

Foes of Arizona school vouchers file to block huge expansion

PHOENIX — Public school advocates who oppose a massive expansion of Arizona’s private school voucher system enacted by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in July filed enough signatures Friday to block it from taking effect. The law, which extends the program to every child in the state, will … Read more

Manchin rails against ‘revenge politics’ on permit plan

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday railed against what he called “revenge politics,” as liberals in the House and Senate team up with Republicans to oppose his plan to speed permits for natural gas pipelines and other energy projects. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, secured a commitment from … Read more