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FILE - In this June 29, 2010, file photo, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices meet in the court chamber in Madison, Wis. The Court turns its attention to redistricting on Thursday Jan. 14, 2021, considering a request backed by Republicans to change its current procedures for handling cases related to the once-a-decade process of drawing new political boundaries. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley File)

Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal

Jan. 14, 2021 1:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, with the court's conservative chief justice questioning why the proposal was necessary and how the thinly staffed court could be expected to draw...

FILE - In this June 29, 2010, file photo, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices meet in the court chamber in Madison, Wis. The Court turns its attention to redistricting on Thursday Jan. 14, 2021, considering a request backed by Republicans to change its current procedures for handling cases related to the once-a-decade process of drawing new political boundaries. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley File)

Wisconsin Supreme Court focuses on redistricting

Jan. 13, 2021 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court turns its attention to redistricting on Thursday, considering a request backed by Republicans to change its current procedures for handling cases related to the once-a-decade process of drawing new political boundaries. Conservatives, with the support of...

Arizona redistricting commission to hold its first meeting

Jan. 13, 2021 12:09 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's latest redistricting commission will meet Thursday for the first time to be sworn in and interview five independents nominated to serve as the panel's chair and potential tie-breaking vote . The Independent Redistricting Commission is formed each decade under a 2000 voter-approved...

Hogan announces legislative redistricting commission

Jan. 12, 2021 6:34 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a commission to draw legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections. The Republican governor has repeatedly made redistricting reform a priority of his tenure, though legislation to create an independent panel has stalled. Hogan, a...

Special election to fill state House vacancy set for May 18

Jan. 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a representative to fill what is now a vacant seat during the May 18 primary, Speaker Bryan Cutler announced Tuesday. The opening is due to the death Jan. 2 of Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland. Colleagues said Reese, 42,...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 4, 2020, file photo, a group of protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse while a preliminary hearing is being held inside for Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan, in Brunswick, Ga. The three are accused of shooting of Ahmaud Arbery while he ran through their neighborhood in February. The Glynn County commissioners are suing to stop a referendum on abolishing the county police department. State lawmakers approved the binding referendum  in the spring after the February shooting death of Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Georgia lawmakers eye citizen's arrest, gambling, vouchers

Jan. 9, 2021 12:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Overhauling voting laws has been all many Georgia lawmakers have been able to talk about for months, but many other issues are likely to come to the fore in the 2021 session of the General Assembly. Changes to Georgia’s citizens arrest law could be in the offing after the Ahmaud...

Official: Boise area might gain 1 legislative district

Jan. 8, 2021 9:10 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Population estimates suggest the Boise metropolitan region will gain another legislative district at the expense of rural Idaho, a state official said. Keith Bybee, the deputy division manager of the Legislative Services budget office, said Thursday that while 2020 census figures...

'Zombie law' cited in court fight over Mississippi marijuana

Jan. 8, 2021 1:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi medical marijuana program say the state is using a “zombie law” about old congressional districts to defend how an initiative landed on the ballot. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the state Health...

Nebraska begins 2021 session focused on districting, prison

Jan. 6, 2021 3:37 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers kicked off a new session Wednesday with plans to redraw the state's political districts and promises to minimize the dysfunction that has creeped into the Legislature over the last several years. The new session began on a cordial note, with newly elected Speaker of...

Citizens chosen for Virginia bipartisan redistricting panel

Jan. 6, 2021 12:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of judges has selected eight citizens who will join eight legislators on a bipartisan commission that will redraw Virginia's legislative boundaries for the next decade. A referendum approved by voters in November creates the 16-member commission to draw lines for Virginia's...