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Idaho's top court latest in red state to weigh abortion ban

Aug. 03, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It’s likely that virtually all abortions will be banned eventually in deeply conservative Idaho, along with most other Republican-dominated states, but there are still battles to play out in court and maybe the legislature as abortion rights advocates continue to try to...

Wolf sues to stop GOP-backed amendments on abortion, voting

Jul. 28, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Democratic governor sued the state Legislature on Thursday over a package of proposed constitutional amendments that Republican lawmakers are pursuing, including one that would say the state constitution does not guarantee any rights relating to abortion or...

Xi, Biden to speak as possible Pelosi Taiwan visit looms

Jul. 27, 2022 05:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden is planning to speak with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time in four months, with a wide range of bilateral and international issues on the table. But a potential visit to Taiwan by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is...

Tunisians vote in favor of new constitution, officials say

Jul. 26, 2022 19:32 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted in favor of a new constitution that critics fear could entrench efforts by the president to consolidate power, according to official preliminary results late Tuesday. Initial results announced by Tunisia’s electoral commission said 94.6% of...

Growing number in GOP back Pelosi on possible Taiwan trip

Jul. 25, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported plans to travel to Taiwan have upended Washington’s political divide, with a rift emerging with President Joe Biden over the visit to the self-governing island while prominent Republicans offer encouragement to a political opponent they...

Tunisians vote on proposal to give president more power

Jul. 25, 2022 02:41 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians head to the polls Monday to vote on a new constitution — a controversial initiative spearheaded by Tunisian President Kais Saied that critics say will formalize his power grab and reverse hard-won democratic gains in the North African nation. ...

Republicans challenge Pennsylvania's mail-in voting law anew

Jul. 21, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have sued again in an attempt to throw out Pennsylvania's broad mail-in voting law, even as the state's highest court considers a separate lawsuit aimed at wiping out a law that lost favor with Republicans following former President Donald Trump's baseless...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 21, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Bluefield Daily Telegraph. July 16, 2022. Editorial: Tax bill: W.Va. voters will decide amendment You may have heard that lawmakers in West Virginia are looking at eliminating the state’s personal property tax on vehicles, boats and trailers — a move that would...

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...

Washington governor slams ruling on power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court “took a wrecking ball” to the ability of the federal government to limit pollution and said that states must redouble their efforts to address climate change. With a 6-3 vote, the court...