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GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania's Democratic-majority court

Jan. 18, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long. Legislation to amend the state constitution is...

UK announces plan to mark the Brexit moment on Jan. 31

Jan. 17, 2020 5:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for gala events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union after a prolonged political stalemate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to make a speech that night to mark the occasion after holding a special Cabinet...

Vaccine foes raise more money than supporters ahead of vote

Jan. 16, 2020 11:50 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to overturn Maine's law eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations raised more than three times more money than supporters of the law, according to campaign finance reports. Mainers for Health and Parental Rights reported $203,988 in...

Indiana House backs abolishing all township assessor offices

Jan. 14, 2020 3:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House has voted to eliminate the last remaining township assessor offices around the state. House members voted 53-44 Tuesday in favor of the bill abolishing the 13 township assessor offices that remain in nine of Indiana’s 92 counties. The bill would transfer to...

Citizen groups say they will petition to change city charter

Jan. 13, 2020 2:28 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont citizens groups say they want to change Burlington's charter because they are unhappy with the city's leaders and the local Democratic Party leadership. The Burlington Tenants Union and Proposition Zero sent an email Sunday stating their intentions to start a petition to...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 photo, the statue of the late Gov. Richard B. Russell seems to present the state Capitol in Atlanta. Onlookers are placing bets on whether Georgia will make a push to expand gambling in the state this year. But the odds of such a wager remain unclear. Georgia’s 2020 legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Gambling expansion, tort reform on lawmakers' to-do list

Jan. 12, 2020 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Onlookers are placing bets on whether Georgia will make a push to expand gambling in the state this year, but the odds for such a wager remain unclear. Georgia’s 2020 legislative session begins Monday. Faced with a budget shortfall this year, lawmakers may be more willing than in...

FILE - In a Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 file photo, State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Williamsburg, speaks with reporters, in the House chamber in Lansing, Mich. The Michigan Supreme Court ordered Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 that an attempt to recall Inman from office continue, reversing a lower court that said election officials correctly disqualified the petition over a missing word. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Bid to recall indicted lawmaker officially short signatures

Jan. 10, 2020 3:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections bureau found that a group trying to recall an indicted lawmaker from office did not submit enough voter signatures to trigger a referendum, ending the closely watched effort in a seat that may decide which party next controls the state House. Officials late...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Election year to feature bitter fights, deepening divides

Jan. 6, 2020 8:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Four years after President Donald Trump drove the rules of politics over a cliff to win the Republican presidential nomination and ultimately the White House, Democrats will go through their own version of the same test. In less than a month, Democratic voters will begin the formal process...

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu reads a statement in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Netanyahu said Monday that he would seek immunity from corruption charges, likely delaying any trial until after March elections, when he hopes to have a majority coalition that will shield him from prosecution. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israel PM seeks immunity, buying time until after vote

Jan. 1, 2020 3:03 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he would seek immunity from corruption charges, likely delaying any trial until after March elections, when he hopes to have a majority coalition that will shield him from prosecution. Netanyahu was indicted in November on charges of...

Supporters won't seek new suburban Atlanta city in 2020

Dec. 22, 2019 10:30 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A group of people who want to form a new city in suburban Atlanta are delaying their effort. Supporters of a city of East Cobb say they won't seek a lawmaker to sponsor a bill for a referendum creating the city during the 2020 session of the General Assembly. They had been hoping for a...