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Editorials from around Oregon

Mar. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Eugene Register-Guard, March 20, on not taking guns away from University of Oregon police: Last year, Portland State University police shot and killed a man who was trying to break up a fight outside a bar. Now a state lawmaker wants to take guns away from...

Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

Mar. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia has used to choose House delegates, a map a lower court ruled discriminated...

Court: Mississippi must redraw challenged Senate district

Mar. 15, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court told Mississippi lawmakers to redraw a state Senate district where a judge found that black residents' voting power had been diluted. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the order Friday, denying a request by state officials to delay the...

Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of US House, dead at age 95

Mar. 7, 2019 11:48 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to the bank-robbing duo of Bonnie and Clyde, has died at age 95. The Republican and World War II pilot died at his home in Rockwall on Thursday...

Sen. Merkley decides to stay out of crowded White House race

Mar. 5, 2019 2:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced Tuesday he has decided after months of consideration not to enter the increasingly crowded race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Merkley said in an interview that he decided he would be more effective in championing issues by...

Trial opens in suit accusing GOP of gerrymandering in Ohio

Mar. 4, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for voting rights groups argued Monday that Ohio Republicans' goal was to lock in a significant majority when they redrew the state's congressional map, as the trial opened in a federal lawsuit against state officials who controlled the redistricting. Democratic organizations,...

Holder rules out 2020 run, says he'll focus on redistricting

Mar. 4, 2019 8:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President Barack Obama and is...

The Latest: Sanders says much work to do for civil rights

Mar. 4, 2019 12:50 AM EST

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recalling his start in the civil rights...

Voting rights groups' lawsuit against Ohio heads to trial

Mar. 2, 2019 8:33 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Voting rights groups that charge that Ohio's congressional map was unfairly manipulated by state Republicans will have their say in federal court. The trial for a lawsuit filed last year against state officials is scheduled to open Monday in Cincinnati, with a panel of three U.S. district...

Judge strikes down North Carolina voter ID OK'd by voters

Feb. 22, 2019 10:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Friday voided new state mandates requiring photo identification to vote and also limiting income tax rates. He ruled the GOP-controlled legislature lacked authority to put those constitutional amendments on the ballot because lawmakers had been elected from...