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Exhibit marks 100th anniversary of women's suffrage

Feb. 15, 2020 3:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A traveling exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage is heading to Boston. The exhibit presented by the American Bar Association will be on display at the John Joseph Moakley Law Library from Monday through Feb. 28. It's titled “100 Years After the 19th...

Wyoming lawmakers reject Medicaid expansion effort

Feb. 15, 2020 3:45 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have rejected the second effort to expand Medicaid in five days. Republican state Rep. Pat Sweeney filed a bill Wednesday to amend the state constitution, but it did not receive two-thirds of the House and Senate vote, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Friday. The House...

Monday final day to register for upcoming Alabama elections

Feb. 15, 2020 10:43 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Monday is the final day to register to vote in the March 3 primary elections in Alabama. People have until midnight to electronically register to vote in the election. Voters can check their registration status and polling places at the Alabama secretary of state's website. Voters...

In this photo from Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, answers questions from reporters about Medicaid expansion following a news conference with other backers of a bipartisan plan at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Denning is urging lawmakers not to add a work requirement to the expansion legislation. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

Feb. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas on Friday disputed the claims of GOP colleagues that a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program would lead to taxpayers funding elective abortions. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican, sent an email to...

GOP-backed measure weakens Arizona's Voter Protection Act

Feb. 13, 2020 7:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Legislature who have long chafed at a ban on changing voter-approved initiatives are moving to ask voters to allow them to do just that on measures affecting “public health or safety.” The proposal from GOP Sen. Vince Leach approved by a Senate committee...

Iowa Senator Jake Chapman, R-Adel, speaks in favor of SJR 2001, a controversial abortion ban bill, during senate debate in the Senate Chambers at the Iowa Capitol Building, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Iowa Senate passes abortion constitutional amendment bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republican lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state. The measure passed the Senate 32-18 along party lines with only Republican votes. It says in part “we the...

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., joined from left by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other congressional Democrats, holds up a copy of the Constitution during an event about their resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House acts to remove deadline for Equal Rights Amendment

Feb. 13, 2020 3:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex. "There is no expiration date on equality,'' said Democratic...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Putin said the changes in the constitution he proposed would only take effect if approved in a nationwide vote. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

Feb. 13, 2020 1:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power. Putin raised the idea of constitutional amendments last...

Analyst: income tax limits plan could harm Ohio bond rating

Feb. 12, 2020 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fiscal analyst has warned lawmakers that a proposal to make it harder to raise the state income tax could harm Ohio's bond rating. At issue is a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a supermajority requirement in both chambers for the General Assembly to raise such...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Manhattan Mercury, Feb. 9 Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts have cast their votes. Soon, it will be time for you to cast yours. We all knew that was the end game anyway. The U.S. Senate, including those two gentlemen with strong connections to Manhattan, voted this past week not to remove President Trump from...