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Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

Feb. 28, 2024 13:19 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan....

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Feb. 13, 2024 07:16 AM EST

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. February 9, 2024. Editorial: Missouri’s war on women targets rape victims, health care — and democracy itself What does the Missouri Legislature have against women? It’s a question that feels more pressing all the time...

State Senate committee rejects northern Virginia casino bill

Feb. 06, 2024 15:22 PM EST

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday rejected legislation that would have allowed a referendum on a casino in the wealthy suburbs of the nation’s capital. The Senate Finance and Appropriations committee voted 13-2 against a bill that would have allowed...

Nebraska lawmaker behind school choice law targets the process that could repeal it

Jan. 31, 2024 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker behind a new law that allows millions in state income tax to go to private school tuition scholarships is now targeting the referendum petition process that could allow state voters to repeal it. Omaha Sen. Lou Ann Linehan on Wednesday...

New Mexico lawmakers don't get a salary. Some say it's time for a paycheck

Jan. 26, 2024 19:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's Legislature are the only state lawmakers in the country who aren't paid a salary for their service, but voters might change that as a referendum on giving legislators a steady paycheck gains traction. A Democratic-sponsored initiative...

Wisconsin Republicans approve bill banning abortions after 14 weeks of pregnancy

Jan. 25, 2024 17:23 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill Thursday that would call for a binding statewide referendum to ban abortion after 14 weeks of pregnancy. Current Wisconsin law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill's supporters...

Bill to allow referendum on northern Virginia casino advances in legislature

Jan. 24, 2024 17:37 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Legislation that would allow a referendum on a casino in the northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital cleared a hurdle Wednesday when a state Senate committee voted to advance the bill. The bill would allow Fairfax County to hold a referendum on...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 17, 2024 07:18 AM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. January 16, 2024. Editorial: State Needs New Initiative Law The third attempt to get a new ballot initiative procedure into state law has had a bipartisan group of business and political leaders working on its behalf for the past several...

Venezuela says troops will stay deployed until British military vessel leaves waters off Guyana

Dec. 30, 2023 16:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuela said Saturday it will continue to deploy nearly 6,000 troops until a British military vessel sent to neighboring Guyana leaves the waters off the coast of the two South American nations. In a video posted to X, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir...

Gaming proponents size up the odds of a northern Virginia casino

Dec. 28, 2023 00:24 AM EST

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — With casinos popping up on Virginia's southern border, some lawmakers now want to explore whether wealthy northern Virginia should get in on the action. State Sen. David Marsden, D-Fairfax, is planning to re-introduce legislation that would allow Fairfax County...