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Tonda Rush

Tonda Rush is the director of public policy and serves as general counsel to the National Newspaper Association. Email her at tonda@nna.org

NNA ISSUE BRIEF: Broadband gaps grow during COVID-19 pandemic

"Now, with people working at home and lacking access to libraries and restaurants, internet access is a growing problem,” Adelman said.

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NNA joins 180 small business groups urging deductibility of Paycheck Protection business expenses

National Newspaper Association joined the Parity for Main Street Employers coalition supporting relief from the Treasury Department’s intention to impose taxes on payroll, rent, mortgage interest ...

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MEMBER ALERT: NNA is assured overnight newspapers will be unaffected by new letter carrier rules

Williams said in response to a letter last week by Adelman to Williams and the new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: “This test will not affect the service standard or the service performance for ...

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Reporters face First Amendment freedom hurdles in 2020

Reporters should use our Police, Protesters and the Press guide, which also contains a tip sheet of important things to note when covering a demonstration.

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USPS’ Expedited to Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS) threatens newspaper delivery delays

The ESAS policy requires carriers to go directly onto their routes rather than sorting mail in the mornings. 

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MEMBER ALERT: USPS experiments with new city carrier sorting priorities

Publishers and circulation directors are being told by some postmasters in the program that newspaper bundles will be held for afternoon sortation rather than being worked for delivery in the morning.

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ISSUE BRIEF: Local Journalism Sustainability Act, HR 7640

ALL our influence comes from your willingness to take a minute to call or write your member of Congress.

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National Newspaper Association salutes Local Journalism Sustainability Act

The legislation would set up three tax credits to encourage support for journalism ... 

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT ⁠— Support needed in Senate for Small Business Expense Protection Act, S 3612

Community newspapers that received the Paycheck Protection Program loans urgently need to have S. 3612 included in McConnell’s proposal.

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National Newspaper Association and media groups ask US Supreme Court to protect anti-SLAPP laws in states

By using Anti-SLAPP laws, courts can save litigants hundreds of dollars in lawsuit costs by determining early in the case whether the plaintiff brought a case primarily to discourage communication. More ...

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NNA Issue Brief ⁠— SBA releases identities of borrowers of more than $150,000 in Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA and Department of Treasury today released the identities of loan recipients under the Paycheck Protection Program that received more than $150,000 in loans.

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NNA Issue Brief ⁠— Paycheck Protection Program application period extended to Aug 8

About $130 million remains to be distributed. The Treasury Department said it was thinking of repurposing the balance of funds for other purposes, prompting Congress to act quickly to make sure PPP loans ...

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NNA Issue Brief ⁠— past-due subscribers get an extension from USPS

USPS is recognizing the difficulty of invoicing and collecting from subscribers during the pandemic. The extension will provide publishers more time to keep these subscribers on the paid list.

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US Postal Service to discount Every Door Direct Mail pieces at the retail counter beginning August 1

The reduction affects only mail brought to the post office counter, not the bulk mail entries typically used by newspapers for saturation or high density marketing mail entered at the Business Mail Entry ...

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NNA Issue Brief ⁠— loan forgiveness-EZ form available

The Small Business Administration has released a simplified form for PPP loan forgiveness.  

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Issue Brief⁠— the first stages of Seamless Acceptance

Seamless Acceptance to replace manual verification. 

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More Q and A on the Paycheck Protection Program

Updated 6/14/2020 ⁠— Congress allowed businesses that received loans to spend the Paycheck Protection Program loan funds up to Dec. 31, 2020, or for 24 weeks following receipt of the ...

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NNA Issue Brief⁠— spending rules for PPP loans changed by Congress

Congress has passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, HR 7010, a bill supported by the National Newspaper Association. 

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NNA praises prompt congressional action on PPP Flexibility Act of 2020

The Senate on June 3 agreed to HR 7010, which provides borrowers with loosened rules for keeping the small businesses open during the coronavirus pandemic with small business loans.

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New USPS leadership leaves universal service and postal prices in uncertainty

On June 15, Louis DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman with extensive experience in logistics as head of the New Breed Corporation, will become the 75th Postmaster General, succeeding three PMGs who came ...

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