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Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

Dec. 7, 2018 6:15 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The legal threat arose...

GOP tries to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general

Dec. 7, 2018 12:32 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and Michigan aren't stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors. They're also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general. The moves underscore how attorneys general have...

Poland's Lech Walesa wears protest T-shirt to Bush funeral

Dec. 6, 2018 12:13 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lech Walesa is still fighting. The founder of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity movement attended President George H.W. Bush's state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt bearing the word "Konstytucja" (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland against the...

County liable for jailing woman 96 days without seeing judge

Nov. 29, 2018 8:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — There are two remaining questions left for a Mississippi woman who sued over being jailed 96 days without seeing a judge: Will the U.S. Supreme Court get involved, and if not, how much will she get paid? U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock on Tuesday ruled that Choctaw County and...

GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

Nov. 28, 2018 8:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The Arizona senator, who is retiring from Congress, is a...

West Virginia Senate mulls next steps in impeachment drama

Nov. 28, 2018 8:17 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leader of West Virginia's Senate said he's mulling his options after the state Supreme Court refused to revisit a ruling that halted the impeachment process of several justices. "At this point, one branch of government has to be the adult in the room," Senate President Mitch...

Senators draft resolution for Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 17, 2018 12:07 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Senate resolution has been introduced to designate November as Native American Heritage month. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Friday announced the resolution sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat. Hoeven is...

Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns

Nov. 13, 2018 4:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Now that an impeached and suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice has resigned, lawmakers are turning their attention to a panel of justices that had cut off pending impeachment trials. After Justice Allen Loughry's resignation, the state Senate wants to revisit an Oct. 11...

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

Nov. 12, 2018 12:27 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal miring some past...

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

Nov. 11, 2018 7:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal miring some past...