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Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Mar. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit...

Exit poll has populist party in the Netherlands making gains

Mar. 20, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A right-wing populist party in the Netherlands emerged from provincial elections that also determine the makeup of the national Senate positioned for a big win, according to exit poll released late Wednesday. The elections held Wednesday were for 570 legislators in provincial...

Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problems

Mar. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a possible presidential contender. It's a dramatic rise often fueled by the promotional spending of Fair Fight...

Beto O'Rourke making 1st trip to early-voting South Carolina

Mar. 20, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is making the first visit of his presidential campaign to South Carolina, where he'll be able to test his message in front of a largely black electorate. O'Rourke's campaign tells The Associated Press that the Texan's two-day trip to the state begins Friday with...

O'Rourke seeks end of voter ID laws that he calls 'racist'

Mar. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is calling for an end to what he sees as "racist voter ID laws" during his first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire. Speaking at Keene State College on Tuesday, the former Texas congressman also called for expanding same-day voter registration, as well as...

Wilson urged to speak with UTEP students before starting job

Mar. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — El Paso-area lawmakers are urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to reach out to concerned students ahead of the final vote on her nomination as the next president at the University of Texas at El Paso. Wilson announced earlier this month that she was resigning as soon as her...

Beto O'Rourke makes early impression in Pennsylvania visit

Mar. 19, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is making an early impression in Pennsylvania, a late-voting state that may yet play a role in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest. An animated O'Rourke spoke Tuesday for 50 minutes to a crowd of hundreds in a Penn State...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. Advocates said the language goes too far, in part by requiring civil...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who pushed for a constitutional amendment to restore most Florida felons' voting rights are opposing a bill that sets terms for restoration. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved a bill Tuesday on a 10-5 vote that defines what it means to complete a sentence....

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the three years it was in place are fixable. During a...