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Kansas court wrestles with barring political gerrymandering

May. 16, 2022 23:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Kansas government attorney argued Monday that congressional redistricting is naturally political and that the Kansas Supreme Court shouldn't try to decide when partisanship goes too far, only to be chastised by one of the justices for making a “boys will be boys”...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 16, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. May 15, 2022. Editorial: Statehouse misinformation on bail hurts justice on many levels Less than two years after Ohio amended Criminal Rule 46 in a bipartisan process to reduce the use of cash bail so those without means don’t unfairly stew...

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

May. 14, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The headliners for North Carolina's primary on Tuesday include Republicans challenging for an open U.S. Senate seat and candidates hoping to give the GOP a shot at veto-proof majorities in the Legislature. Getting less billing, but with equal long-term...

New York AG lawyer: Evidence could support action vs. Trump

May. 13, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a federal judge weighs Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to halt a civil investigation into his business practices, a lawyer for the New York attorney general’s office said Friday that evidence found throughout the three-year probe could support legal action against the former...

Mixed Texas ruling allows trans youth parent investigations

May. 13, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. ...

New justice joins WVa Supreme Court in investiture ceremony

May. 13, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court's newest member has joined the court in an investiture ceremony. Justice C. Haley Bunn of Oceana in Wyoming County is the youngest woman to serve in the post, the court said. The ceremony was held Thursday. ...

Texas Supreme Court allows state to resume some abuse investigations into gender-confirming care for transgender youth

May. 13, 2022 11:54 AM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Supreme Court allows state to resume some abuse investigations into gender-confirming care for transgender youth.

Judge declines to place ousted GOP hopeful back on ballot

May. 12, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied a congressional hopeful's motion to reverse his removal from the GOP primary ballot. In his 19-page decision, U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw said that while the Tennessee Republican Party may have possibly violated...

Judge suspended for hitting someone while a child watched

May. 12, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

ENGLISH, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court imposed an interim suspension Thursday on a southern Indiana judge arrested on a felony for hitting someone while a child watched. The high court acted against Circuit Judge Sabrina Bell of Crawford County after it received a “Notice...

Minnesota Senate Democrats try to force abortion debate

May. 12, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate Democratic minority tried unsuccessfully to force consideration Thursday of nine abortion and health-related bills that the Republican majority has kept bottled up in committee, saying it was critical to take a stand even though they lacked the votes to...