Governors Press for Exemptions From Expanded Offshore Drilling

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has gone silent after excluding Florida from a draft lease sales plan, but letters criticizing that decision’s “arbitrary” nature keep coming in.

Bipartisan Support for Amendment That Would Block DOJ Crackdown on State-Regulated Marijuana

"I feel that a majority of the House would support this," said U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat. Nearly 70 lawmakers have signed a letter in favor of the provision.

Civil Rights Activists Won’t Let Trump’s ‘Racist’ Rhetoric Derail an Immigration Agreement

The president denied on Twitter Friday that he had called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” after attacking a bipartisan deal offering ex-DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship.

Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver Will Do More Than Just Require People to Work

The state’s waiver would also impose monthly premiums on beneficiaries, and threatens six-month program lockouts on individuals who do not comply with Medicaid rules.

States OK’d to Test Impacts of Work Requirements for Medicaid Beneficiaries

The new guidelines would allow states to force some able-bodied childless adults to work as a condition for eligibility for the federal program.

Colorado GOP Senator Pushes Back on Revised Justice Dept. Marijuana Guidance

Sen. Cory Gardner met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to discuss his concerns.

Likely to Come Soon From the Trump Administration: Guidelines for Medicaid Work Requirements

Experts speculate that Kentucky could be the first state to see its work requirement waiver approved—a move that could mean 95,000 fewer enrollees in that state over the next five years.

Florida Is Off the Offshore Drilling Expansion Table. Now Other States Want Off Too.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s new exemption for the Sunshine State will likely lead to lawsuits over its arbitrary nature.

White House Updates Senators on Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Administration officials told the lawmakers to expect more details about the proposal around the time of the president's State of the Union address, Sen. John Barrasso said Wednesday.

North Carolina's Landmark Ruling Against Partisan Gerrymanders

Judges said redistricting designed to elect Republicans violated the Constitution, the first time a federal court has come to that conclusion.

A Clash on Capitol Hill Over the Future of Utah’s Bears Ears Monument

Native American tribes are opposed to GOP legislation that would change the size and management of the Obama-era national monument, which President Trump has sought to shrink.

Trump Signs 2 New Executive Orders to Aid Rural Broadband Development

The president promised Farm Bureau members that “you're going to have great, great broadband.” But the new White House actions don’t appear to come with additional federal funding.

Temporary CHIP Funding May Run Out Sooner Than Expected

That means hard conversations like when and how to freeze enrollment or terminate coverage altogether will be back on the table in some states.

Trump Administration's Shift on Marijuana Could Imperil Banking Arrangements

By forcing cannabis businesses to rely on cash, the move might make businesses, owners and employees vulnerable to theft and complicate state efforts to collect taxes on drug sales.

Justice Department’s Census Citizenship Question Increases Undercounting Fears

States with high immigrant populations stand to be impacted amid fears that sharing information may lead to deportations.

The Fight for Medicaid Expansion Still Isn’t Over in Maine

Plus an update on Medicaid ballot initiatives in Utah and Idaho, and what the legislative tiebreaker in Virginia means for that state’s expansion.

Trump Seeks to Nominate McConnell Staffer as Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair

The president proposed eliminating the economic development agency in his initial budget proposal. Tim Thomas, the prospective nominee to co-lead the ARC, spoke with Route Fifty on Friday.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

Justice Department Rescinds Obama-era Marijuana Guidance

The move by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stirs uncertainty for states that have legalized cannabis sales and production.