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Recent Kansas editorials

May. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Kansas City Star, May 21 The grandiosity of the gaudy, taxpayer-funded, rolodex-building “Madison Dinners” that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan have been throwing at the State Department hideously profanes “Publius,” the name under which James Madison, Alexander...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four of the five members of the Congressional Oversight Commission have been appointed, but Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have not agreed on who should chair the panel. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

With no leader, commission overseeing virus relief struggles

May. 17, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven weeks after Congress unleashed more than $2 trillion to deal with the coronavirus crisis, an oversight commission intended to keep track of how the money is spent remains without a leader. Four of the five members of the Congressional Oversight Commission have been appointed, but...

Louisiana Senate targets lawyer ads promising big payouts

May. 14, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal striking at the proliferation of TV, radio and billboard ads blanketing Louisiana is headed to the state House for debate after winning support from senators Thursday. Sen. Heather Cloud's bill would declare as false or misleading those lawyer ads in which a person claims...

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo protesters gather for a rally against Gov. Tony Evers' extended stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended the mandate for another month without consulting legislators. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, file)

Wisconsin high court tosses out governor's stay-home order

May. 13, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators. The 4-3 ruling essentially reopens the state, lifting caps...

Utility company sues over constitutionality of referendum

May. 13, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

The parent company of Central Maine Power is suing over the constitutionality of a referendum aimed at overturning decisions by three state agencies that approved a utility transmission line in western Maine. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court, contends the Maine Constitution links referendums to...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, North Dakota House appropriations chairman Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, answer questions at a revenue forecast meeting in Bismarck, N.D., Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is helping bankroll a political action campaign that so far has set its sights on defeating one of the most powerful members of the Legislature and a member of his own party, Delzer. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

North Dakota governor funds PAC targeting fellow Republican

May. 13, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Burgum is helping bankroll a political action campaign that so far has set its sights on defeating one of the state's most powerful legislators, a member of his own party. The move to campaign against House Appropriations Chairman Jeff Delzer in the June primary has...

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May. 11, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. May 9, 2020. Legislature’s lawsuit is necessary, reasonable The lawsuit filed by the Legislature is being broadly miscast as an attempt to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her powers to manage Michigan through the COVID-19 crisis. That’s not at all what legislative Republicans are...

The Spirit of Detroit statue by Marshall Fredericks wears a white ribbon to honor essential workers, first responders and health care workers, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan Legislature sues to block Whitmer's virus orders

May. 6, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature sued Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking a judge to declare invalid and unenforceable her stay-at-home order and other measures issued to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of Claims, says a...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its more stringent immigration policies violates the separation-of-powers provisions enshrined the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Court nixes Trump policy of tying grants to enforcement

Apr. 30, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its more stringent immigration policies violates separation-of-powers provisions...

Arkansas bans evictions on properties covered by government

Apr. 29, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' high court has ruled that evictions for nonpayment at rental properties covered by the federal government are temporarily prohibited in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday bans evictions at properties backed by the...