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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 30, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Supreme Court to hear case on state authority over elections

Jun. 30, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results. The...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 30, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 28, 2022. Editorial: When lawmakers thumb their noses at the law The Louisiana Legislature makes laws, so one would presume that its leaders do not consider themselves above the law. You wouldn’t know it from the bad faith they...

Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access

Jun. 30, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect abortion access, a shift that comes as Democrats coalesce around an election-year message intended to rally voters who are outraged or deflated by the Supreme Court decision...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 30, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. June 29, 2022. Editorial: Don’t rush legislation at NY special session Gov. Kathy Hochul has called for a special session of the state Legislature on Thursday aimed at addressing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated the state’s...

Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

Jun. 29, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — When the British handed Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997, it was promised 50 years of self-government and freedoms of assembly, speech and press that are not allowed on the Communist-ruled Chinese mainland. As the city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years under...

Justices nix 2nd mostly Black district in Louisiana for 2022

Jun. 28, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana’s November congressional elections will be held using a...

Scottish leader calls for new independence vote next year

Jun. 28, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader told lawmakers in Edinburgh Tuesday that she plans to hold a fresh referendum on Scotland's independence on Oct. 19, 2023 — even though U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintains it wasn't the right time for such a vote. First Minister Nicola...

Harris emerges as top abortion voice, warns of more fallout

Jun. 27, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During Brett Kavanaugh's 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, then-California Sen. Kamala Harris asked the judge if he thought women's privacy rights extended to choosing to have an abortion. Kavanaugh declined to answer. With Justice Kavanaugh now part of...

California voters to weigh constitutional right to abortion

Jun. 27, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether to guarantee the right to an abortion in their state constitution, a question sure to boost turnout on both sides of the debate during a pivotal midterm election year as Democrats try to keep control of Congress after the...