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Minnesota Democrats unveil bill to expand voter access

Jan. 21, 2021 7:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are aiming to expand election protections and access to the ballot box after an election that featured disinformation and doubt about the results. The bill, with voting rights lawyer and freshman Democrat Rep. Emma Greenman of Minneapolis as chief author, has a...

Maine officials join push to protect Voting Rights Act

Jan. 21, 2021 1:42 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general and secretary of state are joining efforts to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a section of the Voting Rights Act that protects racial minorities. Attorney General Aaron M. Frey and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows have joined several of their...

Governor tests negative; teachers want vaccine

Jan. 20, 2021 5:33 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday tested negative for COVID-19 after possible exposure to the coronavirus from a participant at the governor’s recent coronavirus briefing who tested positive, the governor’s office said. Scott will continue to quarantine and be tested again...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jan. 20, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Nothing grabs a politician’s attention like a wallet Jan. 20 The Lewiston Tribune Corporate America is singling out the 147 Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate who on Jan. 6 promoted President Donald Trump’s big lie by trying to overturn Joe...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 20, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Index-Journal on calls for the U.S. to heal and unite: This was being written just 24 hours before noon today, well before the sun had set Tuesday or risen today over the U.S. Capitol. Much has been done ahead of today’s events, ahead of the...

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose interacts with staff members as they follow the election from Ohio's election command center Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

18K Ohio voters inactive no more after high 2020 engagement

Jan. 19, 2021 5:13 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that over 18,000 inactive voter registrations are back in the state’s good graces after record-high participation in the 2020 election. The Republican elections chief said that about 10,000 of the flagged voters cast ballots in...

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in north London. The President Trump blimp will become part of the Museum of London's protest collection exhibition, which includes artifacts from the women’s suffrage movement, peace activists who opposed the war in Iraq during the early 2000s, and more recent protests against public spending cuts, the museum has announced Monday Jan. 18, 2021.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Trump baby protest blimp enters Museum of London collection

Jan. 18, 2021 1:08 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Trump Baby Blimp will live on long after its namesake has left the White House. The Museum of London said Monday that it had added the giant balloon, which depicts Donald Trump as a screaming orange baby, to its collection as an illustration of the protests that greeted the U.S. president...

UN chief says 9 African nations, Iran in arrears on UN dues

Jan. 18, 2021 11:45 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief says nine African nations and Iran are in arrears on paying their dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and should lose their voting rights as required under the U.N. Charter. In a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir circulated Monday,...

Mural will go up honoring centennial of women's suffrage

Jan. 11, 2021 8:22 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The twin cities of Lewiston-Auburn represent one of six sites to be selected for murals honoring the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts led the effort to produce murals marking the...

Iowa lawmakers likely will talk taxes, voting, guns, schools

Jan. 10, 2021 10:32 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature will convene Monday with Republicans holding large majorities and promising an agenda that could include tax cuts and changes to voting, gun and school attendance laws. Republicans, who in November expanded their majority in the House and maintained their edge...