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N Carolina judges keep alive lawsuit against voter ID law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges are keeping alive a lawsuit that challenges the state's new photo voter identification law as discriminating against racial minorities, but the court won't stop IDs from being required in upcoming elections as the case grinds ahead. Voters last November passed a...

Benson seeks input on redistricting forms, eligibility

Jul. 19, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official on Thursday released proposed application wording and eligibility guidelines for people wanting to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts instead of lawmakers. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said her office...

Michigan court mulls legality of weaker wage, sick time laws

Jul. 17, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented...

Cooper seeks formal say opposing constitutional amendments

Jul. 12, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants to formally urge a North Carolina appeals court to uphold a ruling that struck down two state constitutional amendments approved by voters last year. Cooper's attorney asked the state Court of Appeals on Friday to accept his legal brief arguing why the...

Group submits petition to allow using, growing marijuana

Jul. 12, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group has submitted a petition to amend the North Dakota Constitution aimed at allowing citizens to grow and use marijuana. The group submitted a proposed petition to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Friday. Group chairwoman Jody Vetter of Bismarck says the proposal aims to allow...

Arkansas group submits recreational marijuana ballot measure

Jul. 10, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group plans to begin gathering signatures soon to try and put a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana on the ballot in Arkansas next year. The Drug Policy Education Group on Wednesday submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow licensed dispensaries to...

Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

Jul. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appellate court ruled that the state's approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country's most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could force state officials to lift...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 10, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 9, on nonunanimous jury verdicts: Even busy legislative sessions like the one that wrapped up last week leave a long list of unfinished business. One of the surprises in the closing days of the 2019 session was its failure to refer to...

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

The Latest: Evers calls veto amendment 'temper tantrum'

Jul. 9, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Republican proposal to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to limit the governor's partial veto powers (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman is calling a Republican proposal to limit his partial veto powers a "temper tantrum." Republicans...