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Limits set for lawmaker testimony in Georgia election probe

Jul. 07, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers appearing before a special grand jury in the investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally meddled in the state's 2020 election have broad immunity but can be asked about their conversations with people outside of the legislature, a...

Signs of trouble emerge in talks on late Pennsylvania budget

Jul. 07, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers hoped to start wrapping up the state budget Thursday, but Senate Republican leaders issued an ominous statement about a potential deadlock one week after the annual spending plan was due to be completed. Overnight negotiations produced...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 06, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

LNP/Lancaster Online. July 3, 2022. Editorial: State House Speaker Bryan Cutler shows some courage in Jan. 6 hearing. Other Pennsylvania elected officials should take note. As we celebrate this Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to acknowledge that American...

New report details missed chances to stop Uvalde shooting

Jul. 06, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A police officer armed with a rifle watched the gunman in the Uvalde elementary school massacre walk toward the campus but did not fire while waiting for permission from a supervisor to shoot, according to a sweeping critique released Wednesday on the tactical response to the...

Gov. Jim Justice proposes 10% personal income tax cut

Jul. 06, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday proposed a permanent 10% reduction in the personal income tax after the state ended the fiscal year with a record $1.3 billion surplus. The Republican governor said he plans to call a special session of the...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 06, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

Brunswick News. July 5, 2022. Editorial: Expecting officials to do the right thing is not idealistic “Let’s see what we can get away with.” A bold, contemptuous statement, for sure. A short series of words guaranteed to quickly raise the ire of...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 06, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 30, 2022. Editorial: Chasing reporters will just put them on high alert Nate Monroe, a political columnist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, has a few things in common with the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell, and with...

Judge blocks West Virginia school voucher law

Jul. 06, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia's capital struck down a law on Wednesday that would have funneled state money into a program that incentivized families to pull their children out of K-12 public schools. Immediately following the ruling, West Virginia Attorney...

Vermont governor gives notice of abortion amendment vote

Jul. 06, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott gave formal notice Wednesday that state voters will be casting ballots in November on a measure to amend the state constitution to protect reproductive rights in the state, including abortion. The notice of an upcoming vote to amend...

State high court hears arguments in GOP mail-in voting suit

Jul. 06, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court heard arguments Wednesday in a Republican challenge to the state’s new mail-in and early voting law, which is expected to take effect for September’s primary. The judges, after peppering both sides with constitutional questions for...