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The Latest: Lame-duck parties can file briefs until Monday

Mar. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republicans' attempt to stay an order blocking their lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court won't decide until at least Monday whether to reinstate...

Filing: Indiana AG Hill declines hearing on groping claims

Mar. 22, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is seeking to stop the possible appointment of a hearing officer or panel to weigh whether Hill committed professional misconduct when he allegedly drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar. Hill's legal...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Twitter flap forces Kansas governor to drop court nominee

Mar. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge's Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state's second-highest court and raised concerns about her vetting process. Labette County...

Panel: Indiana AG should be disciplined over alleged groping

Mar. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A citizens' panel said Tuesday that Indiana's Supreme Court should discipline the state's attorney general over allegations he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar. The complaint by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission alleges Curtis Hill...

Trump's 2 Supreme Court picks on opposite sides in 2 cases

Mar. 19, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees were on opposite sides of two of three cases that the justices decided Tuesday. The two new justices have solidified conservative control of the Supreme Court, but they do not march in lockstep, at least in the small corners of the...

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke on climate, Trump on 'no collusion'

Mar. 16, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke opened his Democratic presidential campaign this past week with a call to action on global warming that misrepresented the science. From Iowa, he claimed scientists are united in believing the planet only has a dozen years to turn the tide on climate change, which is not...

Slovakia could get its first woman president in ballot

Mar. 15, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia could get its first woman president as voters elect a new head of state on Saturday. The leading contenders are Zuzana Caputova, an environmental activist who is in favor of gay rights and opposes a ban on abortion in this conservative Roman Catholic country, and Maros...