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Democrats move 2 bills showing strength and limits of power

Apr. 23, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were on a roll. The House voted along party lines to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, and two hours later, the Senate overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to address violence against Asian Americans. Thursday's twin...

Panel: End commanders' power to block military sex cases

Apr. 23, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members, The Associated Press has...

Alabama Senate delays vote on curbside voting ban

Apr. 22, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to ban curbside voting as the state became the latest to debate new restrictions on voting. The debate in the state that was home to key events in the voting rights movement reflected...

Panel: End commanders' power to block military sex cases

Apr. 22, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members, The Associated Press has...

Bill to increase killing of Idaho wolves clears House panel

Apr. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that could lead to killing up to 90% of the wolves in Idaho continued its speedy trip through the Statehouse on Thursday. The bill introduced just two days earlier cleared a House panel after already sailing through the Senate. It could...

Idaho House passes 'nondiscrimination' education bill

Apr. 22, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing public and charter schools and universities from teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law. ...

Democrats sue to block "audit" of 2020 Arizona election

Apr. 22, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Democratic Party and the sole Democrat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block the Arizona Senate's ballot recount and audit of the county's 2020 election. The last-ditch...

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

Apr. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber...

Proposed property tax cap stalls amid fierce resistance

Apr. 22, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to cap Nebraska property tax increases at 3% stalled in the Legislature Thursday amid fierce opposition from allies of local governments, who cast it as an attack on local control. Supporters of the bill fell four votes short of the 33...

House seat numbers can't be released before next week

Apr. 22, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

The numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets can’t be released before next Monday, according to an agreement that settles litigation between the U.S. Census Bureau and a coalition of local governments and civil rights groups. The agreement...