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Montana Legislature withdraws subpoenas for judicial emails

Jun. 23, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Republican-controlled Legislature has withdrawn its subpoenas for the emails of Supreme Court justices and the court administrator that included state judges' opinions about a bill to allow the governor to directly fill judicial vacancies between elections. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 4, 2021. Editorial: Our kids’ education should be based on fact, not propaganda ' Editorial It’s either chutzpah or hypocrisy, maybe both, that leads Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the Florida Board...

Pennsylvania voters impose new limits on governor's powers

May. 19, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters became the first in the nation to curb their governor’s emergency powers, approving constitutional amendments proposed by Republican lawmakers angry over Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. The vote...

1st ballot test of governor's pandemic powers starts in PA

May. 13, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers across the country have tried to roll back the emergency powers that governors wielded during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they ordered businesses shut, mask-wearing in public and students home for distance learning. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 12, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

York Dispatch. May 5, 2021. Editorial: Merging Pa. universities a good idea, but more college changes are needed Our nation’s colleges and universities desperately need to reinvent themselves. That’s been apparent for years...

Hungary walks back controversial laws after EU court rulings

Apr. 23, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government is walking back two controversial pieces of legislation that targeted foreign universities and civil society groups after they were struck down by the European Union's top court. Yet some affected groups say the changes don't go far enough in...

Civilian board formed to review Birmingham police actions

Apr. 19, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A five-member board of civilians is being established to review complaints of police misconduct in Alabama's largest city, Mayor Randall Woodfin said Monday. The Civilian Review Board, which was recommended by a task force that reviewed public...

Lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors' emergency power

Apr. 10, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Apr. 05, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. April 4, 2021. Editorial: Lt. Gov. Jon Husted covers himself in shame by not disavowing ‘Wuhan Virus’ tweet Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is a savvy and reasonable man who clearly aims for higher office. So why is Husted so dead...