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Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

Jun. 18, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census. In most places, the state legislature and governor are responsible for...

Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot

Jun. 18, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court on Monday struck down a proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question, blocking it from going before state voters in November and ending advocates' hopes for generating some $2 billion in additional revenue for education and transportation. The Supreme Judicial...

The Latest: Group in support of tax disappointed by ruling

Jun. 18, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the decision by the Massachusetts high court to block a proposed "millionaire tax" (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A citizens group that collected more than 150,000 signatures in support of a so-called "millionaire tax" in Massachusetts says it is "incredibly disappointed" that...

Macedonia name-change opponents rally forces in 2 countries

Jun. 13, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Macedonia's president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country's name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece that has received diverging reactions in both countries. President Gjorge Ivanov said...

Backers: Ranked-choice voting 'here to stay' despite hiccups

Jun. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting resulted in confused voters, scores of spoiled ballots and fears of impending lawsuits. But there was no widespread chaos, and proponents were already talking up expanding the system Wednesday, even before the votes were fully...

AP Explains: What the Greek-Macedonian name deal is about

Jun. 13, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — "What's in a name?" asks Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. "That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet." Not in the ethnically jumbled Balkans region of Europe, where centuries-old collective memories still stir strong feelings. For 27 years, Greece and...

The Latest: Ranked-choice fans want to broaden its use

Jun. 13, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine's first use of ranked-choice voting in a statewide primary (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Proponents of ranked-choice voting in Maine say they will push hard for a constitutional amendment to bring the voting method to all elections in the state. Voters chose to...

Northern light: Macedonia makes name change deal with Greece

Jun. 12, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries' prime ministers announced. Greece's Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia's Zoran...

Polish president wants to ask voters for more power

Jun. 12, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has revealed 15 questions Polish voters could face in a referendum on whether to change the constitution — including whether to strengthen the president's powers and protect Poland's membership in the European Union and NATO. President Andrzej Duda has long...

Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia

Jun. 9, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The new Spanish government minister tasked with managing the Catalonia region's secession movement said Saturday that constitutional reform would help end the country's worst political crisis in nearly four decades. Meritxell Batet, a Catalan lawmaker sworn in Thursday as Spain's...