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Allison Winter

Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington D.C. correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Georgia Recorder.

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

By: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year—thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws. “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we must stand up […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

By: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]

Federal probe to delve into history of Native American boarding schools

By: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt new […]

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

By: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it protects endangered species—making […]

Biden banks on offshore wind along East Coast to curb climate change

By: - April 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two wind turbines, each as tall as the Washington Monument, stand sentinel 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, the nation’s first offshore wind installation in federal waters. The pilot project began producing power last October but is just the beginning for an industry poised for massive growth over the next decade. Longtime […]

Rep. Scott leads House Ag panel to key in on climate change and farming

By: - February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats are eyeing proposals that would support programs for U.S. farmers — including Georgians who have suffered catastrophic losses from severe weather events in recent years — to reduce carbon emissions on their land. In his first major policy hearing as House Agriculture Committee chairman, Georgia Rep. David Scott said Thursday that the […]

Loeffler joins push to underwrite private school tuition as part of COVID-19 relief

By: - September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander is pushing Congress to underwrite private school tuition as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — one of his final acts as the Tennessee Republican heads for retirement from Congress. The bill has seven Senate co-sponsors, all Republicans, including Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Marco Rubio of Florida. Similar […]

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks under new push in Congress

By: - August 31, 2020

WASHINGTON —  The Georgia Monument at the Chickamauga portion of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park features an obelisk with a Confederate soldier at its top. Near Andersonville, a monument stands to honor Henry Wirz, commandant of the stockade of Camp Sumter, a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp where inhumane conditions led to a high mortality […]

Trump’s environmental rollbacks hurt poor communities, critics say

By: - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods around the country. Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could have disproportionate effects on minority communities that live near pipeline and power projects. […]

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’

By: - May 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told Georgia lawmakers this week. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, black Americans are dying at […]

Loeffler slams China, ‘mainstream media’ at COVID-19 hearing

By: and - May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler on Tuesday bashed Chinese officials and the “mainstream media” at a hearing about the reopening of U.S. schools and workplaces.  Loeffler said she was “incredibly concerned about the coverup and the misinformation coming from China and their efforts to suppress life-saving information at the outset of this outbreak.”  […]

Georgia’s universities get aid they can’t share with DACA students

By: - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities across Georgia and the rest of the country are getting emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last […]