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N Carolina judges keep alive lawsuit against voter ID law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges are keeping alive a lawsuit that challenges the state's new photo voter identification law as discriminating against racial minorities, but the court won't stop IDs from being required in upcoming elections as the case grinds ahead. Voters last November passed a...

Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

Jul. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appellate court ruled that the state's approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country's most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could force state officials to lift...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 10, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 9, on nonunanimous jury verdicts: Even busy legislative sessions like the one that wrapped up last week leave a long list of unfinished business. One of the surprises in the closing days of the 2019 session was its failure to refer to...

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

Oregon lawmakers race against clock to pass over 100 bills

Jun. 29, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate was able to conduct business Saturday for the first time since Republicans walked out over a sweeping climate proposal, leaving lawmakers less than 48 hours to vote on over 100 bills. Lawmakers were initially on track to finish up the legislative session well before the...

States poised to take up fight over partisan gerrymandering

Jun. 28, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The battle for political advantage in state capitols is poised to become more intense after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering. The ruling this week could empower Republicans and Democrats who hold...

Redistricting reforms already taking root in many states

Jun. 28, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

While ruling that it had no authority to resolve partisan gerrymandering claims, the U.S. Supreme Court noted Thursday that states could act on their own to try to limit the role of politics in drawing congressional and state legislative districts. Several states already have done so, including some where voters...

Redistricting cases press on, even after high court ruling

Jun. 28, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday rejecting partisan gerrymandering claims in North Carolina and Maryland will effectively end similar federal lawsuits in several states. But it isn't likely to stop other cases challenging congressional or state legislative districts on different grounds or in different...

Redistricting cases press on, even after high court ruling

Jun. 27, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday rejecting partisan gerrymandering claims in North Carolina and Maryland will effectively end similar federal lawsuits in several states. But it isn't likely to stop other cases challenging congressional or state legislative districts on different grounds or in different...

Redistricting reforms already taking root in many states

Jun. 27, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

While ruling that it had no authority to resolve partisan gerrymandering claims, the U.S. Supreme Court noted Thursday that states could act on their own to try to limit the role of politics in drawing congressional and state legislative districts. Several states already have done so, including some where voters...