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Critics say Indiana redistricting dilutes minority influence

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Critics on Monday assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts as rigged in favor of Republicans, alleging they dilute the influence of minority voters. More than 20 people spoke against the Republican-drawn redistricting...

Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans proposed redrawn congressional maps Monday that would shore up their slipping dominance and bolster their nearly two dozen U.S. House members, while adding new districts in booming Austin and Houston. Texas was the big winner in...

Pritzker OKs legislative maps despite heavy criticism

Sep. 24, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed off on new electoral maps the Legislature will use for the next decade, despite concerns from certain groups, including some Black and Latino voters, that they weren't able to weigh in and wouldn't be fairly represented. ...

House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

Sep. 24, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Friday that would guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion, an effort by Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat. The bill's 218-211 approval is mostly symbolic, as Republican...

Pennsylvania prosecutor sues to block GOP election subpoena

Sep. 23, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s attorney general sued Thursday to block a Republican-approved subpoena to state election officials in what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election, spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s baseless...

Mississippi voting rights case is argued at US appeals court

Sep. 22, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The authors of Mississippi's 1890 constitution had racist intent when they stripped voting rights from people convicted of some felonies because they chose crimes they thought were more likely to be committed by Black people, an attorney argued Wednesday in a federal...

As Texas draws its maps, Latinos push for political power

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a Dallas County commissioner, Elba Garcia represents some 670,000 people — nearly the population of a congressional district. The majority of her constituents are Latino and live in the fast-growing suburbs west of Dallas, where they share worries about managing...

Justices ponder victim rights amendment that's been in limbo

Sep. 21, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Questions about the legality and practical effect of a victims' rights amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that has been in limbo for almost two years dominated oral arguments in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The justices could act to...

Republicans move toward quick Indiana redistricting approval

Sep. 20, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans turned aside objections from Democrats as they moved ahead Monday toward speedy approval of proposed new Indiana election district maps that will be used for the next 10 years. The Indiana House elections committee voted 9-4 along party...

Selma courthouse annex named for civil rights pioneers

Sep. 18, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The courthouse annex in Alabama's Dallas County now bears the name of two prominent African-American attorneys and civil rights figures from the community — J.L. Chestnut and Bruce Boynton. News outlets report that a dedication ceremony was held...