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Powerless lawmakers meet with owners of closed businesses (access required)

Republican lawmakers who have been spinning their wheels since spring have turned to meeting with lobbyists and owners of shuttered industries to search for ways to help them reopen — but they’re still limited in what they can accomplish.

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Loss of moderate GOP lawmakers in Senate no boon for Dems (access required)

Democrats picked up one new seat in the state Senate, but are headed into the 2021 legislative session with potentially less power to stop Republican legislation.