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Florida gets another legal challenge to new elections rules

Jun. 14, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two more groups sued Florida over its new restrictive elections laws Monday, adding to a growing chorus of voter rights advocates who say the rules could keep some people from casting ballots. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in...

Deep-rooted racism, discrimination permeate US military

May. 27, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

For Stephanie Davis, who grew up with little, the military was a path to the American dream, a realm where everyone would receive equal treatment. She joined the service in 1988 after finishing high school in Thomasville, Georgia, a small town said to be named for a soldier who fought in the...

AP Interview: Michigan official warns of democracy threats

May. 26, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

LANSING, Michigan (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson serves as the chief election official in Michigan, working alongside nearly 1,700 local officials who administer elections in the battleground state. In 2020, Benson was at the center of efforts to ensure a safe and secure election...

Complaint: Mississippi ICE center is violating COVID rules

May. 19, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Several immigrants’ rights groups filed a complaint against those running a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Mississippi, saying it’s experiencing the largest COVID-19 outbreak at any ICE facility in the country because safety policies...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

Sun Sentinel. May 8, 2021. Editorial: OK, Florida Legislature, try not to torpedo the gambling deal The Seminole Tribe’s revenue-sharing agreement with the state has run its course, Florida is getting nothing from the piles of cash the Seminoles...

Alabama removing anti-gay language from state's sex ed law

Apr. 28, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will remove anti-gay language from the state’s sex education law that for decades said students should be taught that homosexuality is both socially unacceptable and illegal. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the measure Tuesday into law...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Apr. 28, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. April 25, 2021. Editorial: Video delay in Elizabeth City police shooting fuels uncertainty and tensions Exactly what happened when Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City has not yet...

Alabama, Mississippi mark Confederate Memorial Day

Apr. 26, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State offices were closed Monday in Alabama and Mississippi for Confederate Memorial Day, which a watchdog group used to call for the removal of additional monuments to the Confederacy. The Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, in a...

DOJ weighs in on suit filed by trans woman in Georgia prison

Apr. 23, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Prison officials must keep transgender people reasonably safe from substantial risk of harm and provide them with adequate medical care, the U.S. Justice Department said, wading into a lawsuit filed by a transgender woman against Georgia prison officials. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 9 The Palm Beach Post on the Florida governor’s banning of COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is taking a bold step toward...