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State court to hear arguments in GOP mail-in voting suit

Jul. 06, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a Republican challenge to mail-in voting, which the state GOP contends is unconstitutional. The state Republican Party is challenging the VOTES Act, a voting rights bill Republican Gov. Charlie Baker...

Feds sue over new Arizona citizenship proof law for voting

Jul. 05, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Arizona over a new law requiring people who use a federal form to register to vote to provide additional proof of citizenship if they want to vote for president or using the state's popular vote-by-mail system. The law...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

Murphy signs 7 new bills aimed at tightening NJ gun laws

Jul. 05, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

METUCHEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed seven new bills into law aimed at curtailing gun violence, including legislation to allow the state attorney general to pursue lawsuits against the firearm industry. Murphy, a second-term Democrat who's already...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jul. 05, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 29, 2022. Editorial: A Missouri vote on abortion? Conservatives are terrified of what the voters would say In May, weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court discarded the law to return abortion policy to the states, Missouri lawmakers talked about...

Companies could face hurdles covering abortion travel costs

Jul. 05, 2022 03:05 AM EDT

After the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that's been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies. ...

Hong Kong's John Lee stresses balance in easing quarantine

Jul. 05, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee said Tuesday at his first news conference since taking office that he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. Hong Kong and mainland...

NLRB's top prosecutor seeks big changes, faces uphill battle

Jul. 04, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

As workers at major companies increasingly move to unionize, the political environment for labor couldn’t be more ripe. Perhaps nowhere is that more accurate than at the National Labor Relations Board, the agency that enforces the country’s labor laws and oversees union...

Abortion ruling puts spotlight on gerrymandered legislatures

Jul. 03, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

In overturning a half-century of nationwide legal protection for abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives” in the states. Whether those elected...

NY overhauls handgun rules in effort to preserve some limits

Jul. 01, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Friday of the state’s handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits on firearms after the Supreme Court ruled that most people have a right to carry a handgun for personal protection. The measure,...