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Daughter of Fannie Lou Hamer continues mother’s fight

Jun. 20, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — As the youngest daughter of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, Jacqueline Hamer Flakes grew up intimately aware of prejudice and how much her mother struggled against it. Now, as Hamer’s last living daughter, Flakes’ greatest desire is to...

Amid reform movement, some GOP states give police more power

Jun. 19, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their...

Democrats see springboard for health care in high court win

Jun. 19, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare...

Voting debate roils Washington but leaves many voters cold

Jun. 19, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Brenda Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, thinks the government should help immigrant students more. Donald Huffman is worried about turning 50 next week with no work available because the federal government is delaying the pipelines he usually helps...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

Florida Democrat: Kraken lawyer's group illegally operating

Jun. 18, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Democratic agriculture commissioner, whose office polices charities, alleged Friday that a group run by one of former President Donald Trump's most prominent election conspiracy adherents is illegally seeking donations in the state. ...

NYC mayoral primary will be big test for ranked vote system

Jun. 18, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters will likely pick the next mayor of New York City next week in a Democratic primary that will also be a major test of ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank several candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one. Two...

Republicans point to inflation in bid to retake Congress

Jun. 18, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices have whizzed past $3 per gallon in much of the nation. The cost of used cars and new furniture, airline tickets, department store blouses, ground beef and a Chipotle burrito are on the rise, too. Many economists say the price increases are...

Wisconsin Republicans insert $3.3 billion tax cut in budget

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans wrapped up revisions on the 2021-23 state budget Thursday night by leaning on unprecedented revenue projections to build a roughly $3.3 billion tax cut into the spending plan. Lawmakers learned last week the state is projected...

Delaware lawmakers give final approval to $15 minimum wage

Jun. 17, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Democrat-led state House voted along party lines Thursday to give final approval to a bill raising Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Democrats approved the measure after defeating half a dozen Republican amendments, including...