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Rogue GOP state senator Paul Boyer to forego reelection bid

Nov. 24, 2021 15:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican state senator who has occasionally been a thorn in the side of the majority party's legislative agenda will not seek reelection in 2022. State Sen. Paul Boyer said this week that he will serve out the remaining year of his term and then move...

City Council cuts Seattle police budget, drawing criticism

Nov. 23, 2021 11:03 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has approved a 2022 budget that cuts police department spending from previous years, drawing criticism from people who say city voters earlier this month endorsed more spending on public safety. In an 8-1 vote Monday, the council...

Portland among US cities adding funds to police departments

Nov. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon's largest city, demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Among the rallying cries were “defund the police” — a call for elected officials...

Seattle budget proposal focuses on housing, human services

Nov. 11, 2021 13:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Money for intervention on housing, human services and public safety is the focus of the Seattle City Council’s initial 2022 budget proposal. The Seattle Times reports the plan, introduced by Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda’s, reflects a $15...

Seattle's incoming mayor criticizes proposed police cuts

Nov. 10, 2021 16:00 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s mayor-elect is criticizing a City Council plan to cut $10 million from the city’s police budget, saying voters just endorsed his plan to prioritize public safety. The Seattle Times reports Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda introduced...

Sheriff threatens lawsuit if county won't provide more money

Nov. 07, 2021 10:24 AM EST

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A southeast Georgia sheriff says he may sue county leaders because they won't increase his budget. Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor is expressing frustration, with The Brunswick News reporting he wants to increase pay for deputies and jail guards....

Portland, Oregon, mayor proposes increasing police budget

Nov. 03, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A year after Portland’s police department underwent significant budget cuts amid demands to defund the police, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday he is seeking more than $5 million this fall for police investments, including hiring more officers and buying...

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez declares reelection victory

Nov. 02, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who elevated his national profile over the past year with a push to transform the city into a tech hub, declared a reelection victory Tuesday after amassing a huge lead over challengers who were not well known. Suarez, a...

Arizona high court upholds ruling blocking school mask bans

Nov. 02, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a lower court judgment that found the Republican-controlled Legislature violated the state constitution by including new laws banning school mask mandates and a series of other measures in unrelated budget bills. ...

Portland: Plan to spend $3M for 25 officers, body cams

Oct. 29, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, is expected to seek about $400,000 next month to hire back 25 recent police retirees to fill some vacancies and more than $2 million to buy body-worn cameras. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the proposals from Mayor...