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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...

Speedy deadline for candidates in North Carolina election

Mar. 5, 2019 9:39 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Next week marks the start of a new round of elections in the nation's last unresolved congressional race after November's results were thrown out because of concerns about ballot tampering and state officials called for a do-over. North Carolina's elections board said Monday that 9th...

North Carolina Democrats see opportunity in do-over election

Mar. 4, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A ballot-fraud scandal that brought down a Republican candidate and led North Carolina to order a do-over congressional election could give the Democrats a strong shot at taking back a seat that has been held by the GOP since John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Democrat Dan...

New US House election in NC to be held on Sept. 10

Mar. 4, 2019 3:49 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials set a Sept. 10 date for a new election for the nation's last unresolved congressional race after the November results were thrown out over concerns of ballot tampering. Parties will hold their primaries on May 14. The state elections board determined that a new...

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...