Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens has reported for States Newsroom's Washington, D.C. bureau. She is a writer, editor, and communications strategist in Northern Virginia and can be reached at

U.S. House Dems advance sweeping effort to lower higher education costs

By: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee passed legislation on Thursday that supporters hailed as a “down payment” on a long-sought liberal goal: free college education for all. The sweeping measure from U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, aims to help more Americans of all backgrounds obtain high-quality college […]

U.S. Elijah Cummings casket is brought into Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol

Elijah Cummings’ memorial brings political foes together

By: - October 24, 2019

The nation’s political elite gathered in the U.S. Capitol Thursday to celebrate the life of Baltimore’s native son, Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. In a week otherwise marked by partisan acrimony, Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate came together to praise Cummings for his ability to bring people together in a sharply […]

Supreme Court appears split as justices weigh landmark LGBTQ rights case

By: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Key conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to the argument that federal law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  That issue was at the crux of a trio of cases heard by the court on Tuesday — the second day of its new term. The court’s […]

SCOTUS to hear case Tuesday on whether it’s legal to fire LGBTQ people

By: and - October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can employers legally fire people simply because they’re gay, lesbian or transgender? That is the question at the crux of a trio of cases that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — the second day of its new term. At the heart of Tuesday’s cases are Aimee Stephens of Michigan, […]

Conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus shifts gears after Amash exit, ahead of 2020

By: - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON —The conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus is changing its leadership and its tactics as critics question the relevance of the faction that helped steer the GOP to the right in recent years.  U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is preparing to take the reins of the caucus on Oct. 1, taking over for the current […]

‘This is ridiculous’ — Michigan lawmakers slam corporations on PFAS

By: - September 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday charged leading chemical corporations with downplaying the health and environmental harms of a class of chemicals known as PFAS and for dodging their full legal and financial responsibility.   A representative for 3M, which uses per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to manufacture Scotchgard, testified that the substances — which have […]

Michigan Dems flood D.C. PFAS hearing: ‘We cannot have another Flint water crisis’

By: - July 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — With the Flint water crisis top-of-mind, Michigan Democrats came out in force Wednesday to address another major threat to safe drinking water: the class of chemicals known as PFAS. Five of the state’s seven Democratic U.S. House representatives attended a hearing Wednesday on contamination by PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). It was an […]

Gerrymandering fights aren’t over, as states ready remedies

By: - July 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — Battles over partisan gerrymandering are poised to shift to the states in the wake of a major U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last week.  The High Court dealt a major blow to efforts to combat politicized redistricting when it issued a high-profile 5-4 opinion finding that courts couldn’t settle such disputes.  Now, state-level […]

Dems used to hold the 1st Congressional District. Do they stand a chance now?

By: and - May 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — Sophomore GOP U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman cruised to reelection last fall. And as Michigan’s political class has descended on his 1st Congressional District for the vaunted annual Mackinac Policy Conference this week, few are abuzz about a competitive 2020 race up there. It wasn’t that long ago, however, that the sprawling northern Michigan […]

Dingell joins effort to revive Violence Against Women Act

By: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) on Thursday helped unveil legislation re-authorizing funding for programs and services relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The legislation lapsed last month after Congress failed to extend it. Republicans had sought to roll a “clean extension” into a major spending deal signed by President […]