Indiana resumes federal pandemic unemployment benefits after court ruling

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Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana.

  • Indiana on Friday resumed paying federal pandemic unemployment benefits.
  • The payments, which stopped on June 19, will be retroactive to the week ending on June 26.
  • Maryland was recently ordered to continue its federal unemployment supplemental payments.
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Indiana on Friday resumed paying pandemic unemployment benefits, including the weekly $300 enhanced federal supplement, after the state Court of Appeals denied the state’s attempt to continue halting the disbursements, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Since the programs restarted, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development has already paid 25,000 people, with over 100,000 Hoosiers expected to file for the benefits, according to the Star.

The payments, which stopped on June 19, will be retroactive to the week ending on June 26.

“There will be no gap in payments for eligible claimants,” said Regina Ashley, the chief unemployment insurance officer at the department.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb initially cut off the enhanced federal payments in June, citing the need for unemployed residents to get back into the workforce.

Holcomb was one of 26 state leaders who said that they would terminate at least one of three pandemic unemployment insurance programs that Congress passed last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and extended since that time.

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The governor’s action prompted a lawsuit from jobless workers in mid-June, who argued that state law requires officials to seek all relevant federal insurance benefits for residents.

The federal programs that were enacted into law also include benefits for freelance workers and independent contractors who may have exhausted their state unemployment benefits.

A group of unemployed residents in states that include Ohio and Texas have also filed lawsuits to restore federal benefits. A similar lawsuit is expected in Florida early next week.

In Maryland, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan sought to end federal benefits early, but a Baltimore Circuit Court Judge this week ruled that the state’s unemployed residents should continue to receive the federal benefits.

Hogan’s office expressed that while it “fundamentally disagrees” with the decision, it will not appeal the ruling, meaning the benefits will likely continue until early September.

The $300 weekly supplemental benefit, which was part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law by President Joe Biden, is set to expire in September.

Republicans have long insisted that the enhanced aid has dissuaded people from returning to the workforce, criticizing its effect on job creators. Most Democratic-led states have embraced the aid, calling it an indispensable resource for the unemployed as the country aims to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Maryland to continue paying federal unemployment benefits after judge rules against Governor Hogan

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

  • Federal unemployment benefits will continue to be paid in Maryland after a judge ruled against Governor Larry Hogan.
  • Maryland was set to end the pandemic unemployment aid Saturday evening, which includes $300 weekly payments.
  • Governor Hogan has indicated that he will immediately appeal the decision.
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Maryland will continue to pay federal unemployment benefits for at least ten more days after a judge ruled against Governor Larry Hogan on Saturday.

The benefits were set to end this weekend, but Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill issued a temporary restraining order requiring Maryland to continue administering the benefits, The Baltimore Sun first reported. The temporary restraining order followed two lawsuits brought by unemployed Marylanders against Governor Hogan and Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson.

The restraining order is set to expire in ten days, which will give the courts enough time to schedule a hearing on the merits of the lawsuits. Fletcher-Hill’s ruling means tens of thousands of unemployed workers in Maryland will continue to receive the benefits, which include a $300 weekly benefit paid by the federal government.

The coronavirus pandemic-related unemployment benefits also cover self-employed workers. As of mid-June, 178,000 people in Maryland were recipients of unemployment benefits.

Hogan is one of more than 20 Republican governors who have moved to cut federal unemployment benefits early. The governors argue that the federal unemployment benefits on top of state unemployment benefits have slowed down the jobs recovery, with fewer people seeking work because of the extra money. The governors often point to anecdotal evidence of local businesses, especially restaurants, being unable to fill open positions. The federal unemployment payments are set to expire in September.

Thursday’s jobs report showed the US economy added 850,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate increased to 5.9%. In Maryland, the unemployment rate fell to 6.1% in May.

Hogan said the ruling by Fletcher-Hill would be “immediately appealed.”

“We’re going to file an appeal today. I haven’t read the details of the ruling but I have no idea how [Fletcher-Hill] could come up with that,” Hogan said at an Independence Day march in Annapolis, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Judge Fletcher-Hill wrote in a 14-page ruling that the plaintiffs of the lawsuit would be “irreparably harmed” if the unemployment benefits ended, and that they might be able to prove that Maryland is required to maximize the use of federal assistance programs under state law.

“As one who has enjoyed the privilege of continuous, secure employment, the Court is particularly struck by the plight of those who have had to struggle with irregular or no employment,” Judge Fletcher-Hill wrote in his opinion.

But according to Hogan, the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits are keeping people from getting back to work.

“Thousands of businesses have no ability to get people back to work. We’ve got more jobs available than ever before in the history of the state,” Hogan said, according to The Baltimore Sun. “People that really need the help are still going to get unemployment benefits. It’s the extended bonus $300 that’s keeping people home.”

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says it was a ‘mistake’ to oust Liz Cheney and calls Trump ‘toxic for the Republican Party and for the country’

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to reporters during a news briefing about the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic in front of the Maryland State House April 17, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan condemned the GOP’s decision to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership position last week, calling it a “mistake.”

“I thought she just stood up and told the truth and said exactly what she thought,” Hogan said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “And to ostracize somebody, remove them from their leadership position is crazy. It’s kind of doubling down on failure.”

Cheney was ousted as House Republican Conference Chair on Thursday for her criticism and was replaced with 36-year-old New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is backed by Trump. She has denounced former president President Donald Trump’s baseless claims about the 2020 election – which he coined “the big lie” – said that he is “poisoning our democratic system.”

When asked about Cheney’s statement calling Trump an “ongoing threat” to democracy, Hogan said he agreed with the Wyoming lawmaker.

“I think he’s toxic for the Republican Party and for the country,” Hogan said. “I think we got to find a way to get the Republican Party back to the party of Lincoln and Reagan, get back to the traditional big tent party that can appeal to the majority of people.”

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Gov. Hogan rips GOP for devotion to Trump: It bothers me that you have to swear fealty to ‘Dear Leader’ or you get kicked out the party

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to reporters during a news briefing about the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic in front of the Maryland State House April 17, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized the GOP leadership for its devotion to Trump.
  • Hogan, a Republican, said members of his party who don’t love Trump get “kicked out.”
  • “It’s sort of a circular firing squad where we’re just attacking our own party,” he said.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized Sunday members of his own party as they work to strip Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership position in the House of Representatives.

“Can you explain why the party doesn’t seem to hold Donald Trump responsible?” asked Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has for months faced scrutiny by members of her party for her vote to impeach President Donald Trump for his incitement of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

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GOP leadership is inching closer toward a potential vote this week that would oust Cheney as the chair of the House GOP Conference and replace her New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has been publicly loyal to Trump since he left office.

“I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, reportedly a hot mic during a recent Fox News interview, according to Axios.

Despite the backlash from GOP membership, Cheney has refused to acquiesce to the members of her party who falsely claim the election was stolen from Trump.

“We must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution or join Trump’s crusade to delegitimize and undo the legal outcome of the 2020 election, with all the consequences that might have,” she said in a May 3 tweet.

Hogan said Sunday that Republicans who continue to unequivocally throw their support behind the ex-president are afraid of him.

“I think they’re concerned about retaliation from the president,” Hogan said Sunday. “They’re concerned about being attacked within the party. And it just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to the ‘Dear Leader’ or you get kicked out of the party. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Todd noted that Cheney had supported Trump while in office, particularly his 2017 tax reform bill that Stefanik voted against. According to data from FiveThirtyEight, Cheney voted with Trump’s agenda nearly 93% of the time vs Stefanik, who supported it about 78% of the time.

“Well, it’s sort of a circular firing squad where we’re attacking members of our own party,” Hogan said.

He said members of the GOP were more interested in infighting than “focusing on problems” or “standing up and having an argument” with Democrats over Biden’s agenda.

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In a first, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will posthumously pardon 34 victims of racial lynching who weren’t given due process

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan posthumously pardoned 34 victims of racial lynching in the state, on Saturday, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The victims were denied legal due process between 1854 and 1933.

The pardons were partly due to a petition by students at Loch Raven Technical Academy that urged Hogan to pardon Howard Cooper, a 15-year-old Black boy who in 1885 was hanged outside the Towson jailhouse by a white mob, WJZ reported.

“I was so inspired by that group of young middle school students because we have no greater responsibility as leaders of a democracy than preserving for future generations the importance of clearly differentiating the difference of right from wrong,” Hogan said.

The lynching came not long after he was convicted of assault and rape by an all-white jury that deliberated for less than a minute.

“In the interest of equal justice under law, I have made the decision to grant a posthumous pardon today for Howard Cooper,” Hogan said during an outdoor ceremony in Towson, in which Cooper was memorialized, the Sun reported.

“And studying this case led me to dig deeper,” Hogan added. “Today I am also granting pardons to all the 34 victims of racial lynchings in the state of Maryland which occurred between 1854 and 1933.”

Politico reported that Hogan’s spokesman Michael Ricci said the pardon was the first of its kind by a governor.

Will Schwarz, President of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, told Politico the pardons were a way to acknowledge the truth of racial violence and a step towards reconciliation.

“We have a responsibility to try and dismantle that machine of white supremacy and this is a big piece of it, acknowledging the violation of civil rights and of due process that were a part of these awful lynchings,” Schwarz said.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says more people should be ‘speaking out’ against hate crimes targeting Asian Americans

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Marland Gov. Larry Hogan praised President Joe Biden for speaking up against the recent spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, which he called “a serious problem.”

In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Hogan, whose wife Yumi is a first-generation Korean-American, said he has felt the impact of racism against Asian Americans through his family and close friends.

“It really has been a serious problem,” Hogan said. “My wife, my three daughters, my grandkids are all Asian. They’ve felt some discrimination personally, but they also have close friends – friends of my wife from church, some of my daughters’ friends – who’ve really been treated pretty terribly.”

Over the last year, Hogan said they’ve also experienced incidents including “people yelling about the ‘China virus’ even though they’re from Korea and born in America.”

The governor pointed to data from America’s biggest cities from 2020 that while hate crimes overall decreased by 7%, show crimes against Asian Americans increased 150%.

“It’s something we have to get under control, and I wish more people would be speaking out,” Hogan said.

During a prime-time address to the country on the first anniversary of COVID-19 on Thursday, Biden denounced the racist attacks towards Asian Americans.

“At this very moment, so many of them – our fellow Americans on the front lines of this pandemic trying to save lives – and still, still they are forced to live in fear for their lives just walking down streets in America,” Biden said. “It’s wrong, it’s un-American, and it must stop.”

In the interview, Hogan said that he “appreciates” Biden for shedding light on the issue, doubling down on his tweet from last week in which he praised the president’s comments alongside a photo of his family.

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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland says he would have voted to convict Trump in Senate impeachment trial

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at BD Life Sciences on the news of Maryland’s purchase of rapid Covid screening tests on September 10, 2020 in Sparks, Md.

  • Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he would have voted to convict Trump if he were in the Senate.
  • Hogan said that Trump’s fate would likely be decided over the next two years.
  • “I think he’s still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion,” Hogan said.
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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said on Sunday that he would have crossed party lines to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial if he were a member of the Senate.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hogan was asked by host Jake Tapper if he would have voted to convict Trump.

“I would have,” he answered.

The effort to convict Trump for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 Capitol riots fell short by a 57-43 margin. A conviction required two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes.

While all 50 Democrats voted to convict Trump, they were joined by 7 Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Read more: Meet the little-known power player with the ‘hardest job’ on Capitol Hill. She’s shaping Trump’s impeachment trial and Joe Biden’s agenda.

Despite escaping a conviction yesterday, Hogan said that Trump’s fate would likely be decided over the next two years.

“There was yesterday’s vote, but there’s definitely a number of potential court cases, and I think he’s still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion,” he said.

For Hogan, a second-term governor in one of the most Democratic states in the nation, his words hearkened back to his father, the late Congressman Lawrence Hogan, who served in the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975.

In July 1974, Congressman Hogan bucked his party and became the first House Republican to back impeachment efforts against then-President Richard Nixon, which the president later said was “a very bad blow” in fighting the three articles of impeachment connected to the Watergate scandal.

Governor Hogan has been a critic of Trump for some time now, supporting the first impeachment inquiry in 2020 against Trump and calling on Trump to resign after the Capitol riots.

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Maryland governor tried to deploy National Guard in DC only for his calls to be ignored

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UNITED STATES – JANUARY 7: National Guard troops march past the Dirksen Senate Office Building on the U.S. Capitol grounds on Thursday, January 7, 2021, following the riot at the Capitol the day before.

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Thursday that he tried to deploy his state’s National Guard to assist in Washington, DC, but was thwarted.
  • Hogan said he was “repeatedly” told he lacked the authorization to deploy the troops, The Washington Post reported.
  • According to The New York Times, the decision to authorize National Guard deployments ultimately came from Vice President Mike Pence, marking an apparent break with the chain in command.
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As besieged lawmakers pleaded for help, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he was “repeatedly” told that he lacked the authority to deploy his state’s National Guard to help put down the pro-Trump insurrection at the US Capitol.

According to The Washington Post, Hogan was urged to deploy the troops by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“I was actually on the phone with Leader Hoyer who was pleading with us to send the guard,” Hogan said, The Post reported. “He was yelling across the room to Schumer and they were back and forth saying we do have the authorization and I’m saying, ‘I’m telling you we do not have the authorization.'”

As rioters smashed windows and forced lawmakers into hiding, the head of the Maryland National Guard was told he could not come to the aid of US Capitol police, per Hogan.

Ninety minutes later, according to Hogan, the secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, called him to request the deployment.

Typically such calls come from the US Secretary of Defense. It was not the only apparent breach in the chain of command on Wednesday. The order to deploy the National Guard came not from the commander in chief, President Donald Trump, but rather Vice President Mike Pence, according to The New York Times.

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Maryland’s GOP governor criticized Republicans attempting to subvert the election results as a ‘mockery of our system and who we are as Americans’

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at BD Life Sciences on the news of Maryland’s purchase of rapid Covid screening tests on September 10, 2020 in Sparks, Md.

  • In a statement released Sunday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, criticized members of Congress planning to reject the certification of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday. 
  • Despite Biden’s winning the race in November, and the Electoral College affirming such in December, some Republicans in the new year have continued to refuse to accept the results of the election, harping on baseless claims of voter fraud.
  • About a dozen Republican senators, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said Saturday they planned to reject the certification if lawmakers don’t agree to a 10-day audit of the baseless allegations.
  • Around 140 House Republicans also reportedly plan to reject the counting of the Electoral College votes.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, in a statement issued Sunday, criticized members of his own party for their attempts to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday.

“The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans,” Hogan said in the Sunday afternoon statement.

Sen. Ted Cruz is spearheading an effort to reject the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, and about a dozen Republican senators have said publicly they’ll back his effort. His effort is separate from that of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who has also said he plans to reject the certification. Around 140 members of the House of Representatives are also believed to be planning to vote against counting the Electoral College’s vote, CNN reported.

Trump and his Republican allies have since his loss in November claimed President-elect Joe Biden’s win was the result of widespread fraud in the election. But neither he nor his allies have been able to substantiate such claims with proof, including in dozens of lawsuits the president and his legal team have lost. 

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Meanwhile, the Washington Post on Sunday published audio of a Saturday call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. On the call, Trump, who has publicly bashed Raffensperger, pressured him to “find” the number of votes he needed to win the state in another last-ditch effort to subvert his leaving office later this month.

Biden won Georgia by about 12,000 votes in one of a few victories that were key to his beating Trump.

 

“President Trump and his team have had every opportunity to provide evidence supporting their claims, and they have failed to do so,” Hogan, whose state voted for Biden, said. “Their allegations have been flatly rejected by Trump-appointed judges and a Trump-appointed Justice Department alike.

Hogan has previously criticized the GOP, including at the end of November when he said he was “embarrassed” more members of his own party weren’t speaking out against Trump’s refusal to concede the race.

“Whether or not you like the result, the process worked as it always has,” he said Sunday. “What’s not working is that far too many politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten the basic principle that they are beholden to the people, not the other way around.”

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