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Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Colorado Newsline. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations slow after storms delay shipments of 6 million COVID-19 doses

By: - February 19, 2021

The extreme cold weather across much of the country has delayed 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, slowing a vaccination rate that has been steadily rising since the Biden administration took office last month.

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden administration

By: - February 17, 2021

The Biden administration is directing $1.6 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing nationally, including money to expand testing in schools and homeless shelters, boost supplies needed for testing, and analyze results to more quickly identify new strains of the virus.

Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial; 7 GOPs vote to convict

By: - February 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding his second impeachment trial with the same verdict as his first impeachment.  In the 57-43 vote, seven Republicans joined every Senate Democrat and independent in […]

Census delay in releasing population data throws states into chaos

By: - February 13, 2021

The U.S. Census Bureau won’t be releasing population data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional district boundaries until Sept. 30 — six months after that data is typically made available.

COVID-19 vaccine

Feds boost state vaccine shipments to 11 million doses next week

By: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — States will see another increase in the COVID-19 vaccine doses they receive, with the Biden administration announcing Tuesday that the federal government will distribute 11 million doses next week. That’s an increase from 10.5 million doses this week, and 8.6 million during the week President Joe Biden took office last month. Those increases were […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

By: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Biden advisers urge state COVID-19 safety after Iowa lifts mask and social distancing rules

By: - February 8, 2021

The Biden administration’s COVID-19 advisers on Monday urged that states keep safety restrictions in place as new variants of the virus continue to spread, following a move by Iowa’s governor to loosen rules on masks and gatherings.

House votes to yank committee posts from Marjorie Taylor Greene in rare rebuke

By: - February 4, 2021

Ahead of an expected vote to remove U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee posts, the Georgia Republican walked back some of her most incendiary comments, saying she “was allowed to believe things that weren’t true.”

U.S. House to vote on stripping committee posts from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

By: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are forging ahead with a resolution to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from serving on two committees amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s history of violent, racist comments and conspiracy theories. The full House is set to vote Thursday to remove Greene from the House Education and Labor Committee, […]

State health leaders appeal to Congress for more vaccines, better communication, increased funding

By: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials in Colorado, Louisiana and Michigan had a clear answer when asked Tuesday what they need to better vaccinate their residents: more doses, more information to guide their planning, and more money to pay for the mammoth undertaking. That guidance from state leaders came during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce […]

GOP senators score meeting with Biden to discuss more modest relief plan

By: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Monday took up President Joe Biden on his calls for working across the aisle on economic relief, though those senators are far from embracing the scale of the $1.9 trillion package that Biden is seeking. The group of GOP lawmakers — which includes Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill […]

Virginia senator floats Trump censure as Senate prepares for impeachment trial

By: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine says he’s been talking privately with his Senate colleagues about censuring former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, told Capitol Hill reporters on Wednesday that he views censure as a possible “alternative” to Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial […]