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Alaska Democrats, Republicans form coalition Senate majority

Nov. 25, 2022 22:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska state Senate will have a coalition of Democrats and Republicans serving as a majority caucus next January, officials announced. Friday. The coalition will include nine Democrats and eight Republicans, leaving three members of the 20-seat chamber...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Nov. 25, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Parkersburg News and Sentinel. November 22, 2022. Editorial: Dead Last: West Virginia lawmakers must focus on boosting state Were it not for Mississippi, West Virginia would be the bottom of the barrel in most studies ranking states, in a variety of categories....

France takes 1st step to add abortion right to constitution

Nov. 24, 2022 14:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament on Thursday adopted a bill to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s constitution, the first step in a lengthy and uncertain legislative battle prompted by the rollback of abortion rights in the United States. The...

Russian Duma gives LGBTQ 'propaganda' bill final approval

Nov. 24, 2022 07:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Thursday gave their final approval to a bill that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting gay rights in the country, another step in a years-long crackdown on the country's embattled LGBTQ community. The new bill expands...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 24, 2022 03:25 AM EST

Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice. November 21, 2022. Editorial: Democrats’ state House win significant The surprising success of Democrats in capturing control of the Pennsylvania state House signals a change in direction and philosophy for state policymaking. ...

Mike Dunleavy is 1st Alaska governor reelected since '98

Nov. 23, 2022 20:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has won reelection, becoming the first governor in the state since 1998 to win back-to-back terms. Dunleavy received over 50% of the vote after final tallies were released Wednesday, and the race did not go to ranked choice...

Russian Duma approves key reading of LGBT 'propaganda' bill

Nov. 23, 2022 12:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday gave crucial second-reading approval to a bill that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBT rights in the country. A 2013 law banned what authorities deem to be spreading “propaganda of non-traditional...

After midterms, states weighing abortion protections, bans

Nov. 23, 2022 10:18 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats hope to use their newfound political control in some states to guarantee that women have access to abortion, while some GOP strongholds may temper their efforts to deepen restrictions after poorer-than-expected results in the midterms. Even after their...

Georgia runoff: Why one Senate seat is crucial for Democrats

Nov. 22, 2022 00:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But holding on to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s seat in Georgia’s runoff next month could be crucial to their success. If Warnock wins the runoff against Republican Herschel...

Australia ratifies free trade deals with India and Britain

Nov. 21, 2022 23:40 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament passed bilateral free trade agreements with India and Britain on Tuesday, leaving those partner nations to bring the deals into force. The deals are crucial for Australia to diversify its exports from the troubled Chinese market...