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Michigan to mail redistricting panel applications to 250,000

Nov. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan will mail 250,000 applications encouraging voters to apply to serve on a new commission responsible for drawing congressional and legislative maps. An independent accounting firm, Rehmann, randomly selected the 250,000 registered voters Tuesday. The applications...

NJ lawmakers planning cannabis question for 2020 ballot

Nov. 18, 2019 9:18 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislative leaders unveiled a proposed ballot question Monday that would ask voters whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. If the proposal to amend the state constitution is approved in 2020, New Jersey would join the District of Columbia and 11 other...

Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia

Nov. 17, 2019 12:24 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of Georgians protested outside the Caucasus country’s parliament Sunday, demanding snap elections after lawmakers failed to pass a promised electoral-reform measure. The Georgian Dream party, which dominates the country’s politics and holds a strong majority...

Kansas dioceses tie Medicaid expansion to abortion changes

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The four Catholic dioceses in Kansas will not support expanding Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults and children unless the state passes a constitutional amendment and new laws restricting abortion, the head of the Kansas Catholic Conference said. Chuck Weber, the...

Protest flares after Georgian election reform measure fails

Nov. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside the parliament building in the country of Georgia to protest the legislature’s failure to pass an elections-reform measure promised by the governing party. The constitutional amendment would have changed the system of parliamentary...

California tribes back initiative to legalize sports betting

Nov. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of Native American tribes has proposed an initiative for the 2020 ballot that would legalize sports betting in California at Indian gaming casinos and licensed racetracks, according to a report Wednesday. Eighteen tribes led by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 13 The Ledger of Lakeland on funding affordable housing: Various agencies throughout Polk County are working hard to try to fend off the potential for rising homelessness - something all of us should want. One critical, self-evident aspect of preventing problems...

NY proposal aims to consolidate ‘outdated’ court structure

Nov. 13, 2019 12:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would consolidate New York trial courts by amending the state constitution. Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks says New York has the most “complicated, inefficient, outdated” trial court structure in the nation. Marks made...

Florida man accused of killing man after losing card game

Nov. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EST

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Florida man was so angry about losing several thousand dollars in a card game that he set the other man’s car on fire with him inside. A Pasco County Sheriff’s arrest report says the victim was burned beyond recognition after playing cards...

Wisconsin Assembly to attempt first overrides in 9 years

Nov. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly was preparing Wednesday to attempt the first veto overrides in nearly a decade, targeting three partial budget vetoes by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Democrats vowed to block the override attempts scheduled for Thursday. The vetoes at issue...