Freshman Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins lost his Republican primary Tuesday after being charged with felony election fraud and other crimes. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner unseated Watkins after arguing that the criminal charges against Watkins made an already vulnerable incumbent an even worse bet with Democrats sensing an opportunity to pick up the 2nd District seat in eastern Kansas despite its Republican leanings. Watkins had largely toed the conservative line and vocally supported President Donald Trump in Congress.
The governor signed several new bills into law on Monday, including legislation regulating waste from oil and natural gas; extending the look-back window on the Child Victims’ Act; authorizing the state to revoke real estate licenses for violation of the Human Rights Law; and allowing for the manufacture and sale of ice cream and frozen desserts made with liquor.
New York came in ninth highest in the second annual U.S. Prosperity Index from the Legatum Institute, based on growth, economic performance and quality-of-life indicators among all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A Department of Health website designed to help patients in New York find out where they can purchase certain drugs for the lowest cost in their area has shown that prices can vary wildly, by more than $400 in some cases, according to a NYPIRG report.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been unanimously voted to serve as chair of the National Governors Association, becoming the first governor from New York to become NGA's chair and the first big state governor to hold the position in nearly 50 years.
The tropical storm that pummeled New York City on Wednesday night, which left more than 250,000 Con Edison customers without power, has reignited calls for more accountability from utility companies providing New York residents with power.