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North Carolina partisan gerrymandering trial begins

Jul. 15, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Election advocacy groups and Democrats are arguing in state court that North Carolina Republicans unlawfully discriminated against voters based on political leanings when they drew legislative maps to preserve GOP majorities Lawyers for Common Cause, the state Democratic Party and...

Refugee group: 'Alarming' that only 27% of funds received

Jul. 15, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees said Monday that with half of 2019 gone, humanitarian organizations have received only 27% of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide this year. Norwegian Refugee Council secretary-general Jan Egeland said...

Oliver North says NRA is smearing him to avoid scrutiny

Jul. 11, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

Oliver North, the retired Marine who was pushed out as president of the National Rifle Association in a dispute within the gun-rights group, said in court documents filed Thursday that he was thwarted when he tried to raise alarm bells about alleged misspending and denied that he tried to oust the organization's...

Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group

Jul. 11, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer...

Report: More Tennessee private prison homicides than public

Jul. 10, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A majority of Tennessee's prisoners are held in state-run facilities, yet the state's privately run prisons have more inmate homicides, according to a new report by prisoner advocacy groups. There have been 10 homicides in the privately run state prisons from March 2014 through this...

New report: US government faces potential default in Sept.

Jul. 8, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower than expected tax revenues now mean there is a "significant risk" that the federal government will run out of borrowing authority in the early part of September, according to a new analysis by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank and advocacy group. The report adds...

Pennsylvania's own insurance exchange coming next year

Jul. 2, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is moving to replace the federally operated Healthcare.gov with its own website to sell Affordable Care Act-compliant policies in a bid to get more people into it and lower their costs. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday after it passed the Legislature unanimously...

Lawsuit seeks to block Georgia law that bans most abortions

Jun. 28, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative-controlled state legislatures. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center...

NRA splits with PR firm, lobbyist and TV amid infighting

Jun. 26, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

Infighting at the National Rifle Association exploded Wednesday, when the powerful association severed ties with its longtime public relations firm, suspended operations of its fiery online TV station and lost its top lobbyist. The latest turmoil emerged just a year before the critical 2020 presidential elections...

National Rifle Association's top lobbyist resigns days after he was suspended amid turmoil at the gun lobbying group

Jun. 26, 2019 1:55 PM EDT
AP () — — National Rifle Association's top lobbyist resigns days after he was suspended amid turmoil at the gun lobbying group.