Latest Constitutions News

Clamorous students participate in government — by suing it

Oct. 27, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

Students in Rhode Island are asking a federal appeals court to affirm that all public school students have a constitutional right to a civics education, saying that they aren't taught how to meaningfully participate in a democratic and civil society and that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the...

EU says war rhetoric unacceptable after Polish PM's comment

Oct. 25, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

WARSAW (AP) — The European Union's executive told Poland Monday that there is “no place for rhetoric referring to war” among EU partners, after the Polish prime minister said that for Brussels to withhold cash over rule of law issues would be like starting World War III. ...

Cambodia amends charter to bar dual citizens from top office

Oct. 25, 2021 04:47 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Lawmakers in Cambodia on Monday approved an amendment to the constitution barring Cambodians with dual citizenship from holding high government office, a move initiated by Prime Minister Hun Sen and directed at prominent opposition politicians. ...

Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

Oct. 24, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based...

Is there a constitutional right to food? Mainers to decide

Oct. 23, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Depending on whom you ask, Maine’s proposed “right to food” constitutional amendment would simply put people in charge of how and what they eat — or would endanger animals and food supplies, and turn urban neighborhoods into cattle pastures. ...

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states

Oct. 23, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the...

Early voting begins; mayorships, amendments at stake

Oct. 23, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers began casting ballots Saturday in elections for local and county offices in an early voting period that will run through Oct. 31. In addition to deciding the next mayors of cities including Buffalo and New York, people will vote on five...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

UN: Syria constitution drafting process 'big disappointment'

Oct. 22, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The first round of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to draft constitutional reforms in Geneva ended in disappointment and no new date has been set for the next meeting, the United Nations envoy for Syria said Friday. The talks...

Medicaid expansion ballot campaigns near signature threshold

Oct. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pair of campaigns to expand Medicaid in South Dakota are nearing enough voter petitions to be placed on the ballot next year, organizers said Thursday. One campaign, sponsored by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland, has...