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GOP ramps up misleading attack on Democrats' policing policy

Jun. 13, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Minnesota Republican Tyler Kistner announced his candidacy for the U.S. House in April, he asked voters to ponder two questions: “What America will we leave for our children?" and "Will they be taught to hate their police?” Across the...

Lawmakers, state leaders fight over drawing precinct lines

Jun. 11, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill approved by the Massachusetts House would upend the process of drawing local precinct lines, setting off a political squabble that pits Democratic lawmakers against the Democratic secretary of state and local city and town leaders. Due to the...

Latino group sues to block Democrat-drawn maps in Illinois

Jun. 11, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats used inadequate data and an opaque process to draw new legislative districts, a Latino civil rights organization argued in the latest lawsuit seeking to block the maps from being used for statehouse elections over the next decade. The...

Redistricting committees named in West Virginia legislature

Jun. 11, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislative leaders on Thursday named the committees in charge of the state's redistricting process. Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback...

Rural legislators face loss of clout during redistricting

Jun. 10, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Sen. Jerry Klein’s legislative district covers a section of North Dakota that's bigger than Connecticut. Democratic state Rep. Josh Boschee says he can walk the entire length of his Fargo district in less than a half hour. While both...

Legislature nears delaying elections in some cities to 2022

Jun. 09, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About three dozen municipalities — Charlotte and Greensboro among them — would see scheduled fall elections moved to early next year in legislation approved unanimously by the House on Wednesday that anticipates delayed redistricting. These are...

GOP leaders sue to block Democrat-drawn legislative maps

Jun. 09, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican leaders filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging new legislative district boundaries that were drawn and approved by Democrats who control state government, saying residents were “robbed” of a fair and transparent process for creating maps that...

Louisiana Supreme Court expansion proposal fails in House

Jun. 09, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't be expanding the state Supreme Court, after House lawmakers Wednesday blocked debate on the proposal a day before the legislative session must end. The bill, co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Patrick McMath...

Census releases guidelines for controversial privacy tool

Jun. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hold onto your calculators, statisticians! After three years of fierce debates, conflicting academic papers and a lawsuit, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday announced guidelines for how a controversial statistical method will be applied to the...

GOP-led panel to redraw North Dakota redistricting maps

Jun. 09, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republicans, who vastly outnumber Democrats in the Legislature, will lead a committee to redraw North Dakota’s legislative districts this year, a task that will influence the political balance of power for the next decade. A redistricting...