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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla.  The state of Florida is asking a U.S. appellate court in Georgia to set aside an earlier judge's ruling that allowed some impoverished felons to regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts.  The matter that will play out Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 before the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is far from inconsequential because of the razor-thin margins that sometimes decide election contests in Florida, a perennial battleground state.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

Jan. 28, 2020 5:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that only felons...

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins walks with colleagues at the state capitol in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Collins quiet on Georgia Senate during state Capitol stop

Jan. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said “there will be more coming later” about his expected Senate bid, otherwise keeping quiet about the race during a visit Tuesday to the Georgia state Capitol as lawmakers advanced a bill that could give the congressman an edge if he decides...

Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Gallatin, Tenn. Hagerty is running for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trump Jr. boosts Hagerty for U.S. Senate in Tennessee trip

Jan. 28, 2020 4:32 PM EST

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. hit the campaign trail Tuesday in Tennessee to help hammer home Republican Bill Hagerty's prevailing message in his campaign for the state's open U.S. Senate seat — that he's already scored President Donald Trump's endorsement. The visit by the president's...

In a photo from Jan. 17, 2020, the Michigan Hall of Justice is seen in Lansing, Mich. The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down key changes to the state's ballot drive law on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The ruling was the second in fourth months to negate much of the law that was enacted by Republican-led Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Snyder in a contentious lame-duck session in 2018. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

Jan. 28, 2020 3:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan court has vacated changes to the state's ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision Monday, affirmed a lower judge. It struck...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Sanders' Social Security 'adjustments' undercut Biden attack

Jan. 28, 2020 3:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As a congressman in the 1990s, Bernie Sanders expressed an openness to making “adjustments" to the tax and benefit structure of Social Security. He also praised an overhaul of the social safety net program signed into law by President Ronald Reagan that reduced benefits and...

What's next for the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota

Jan. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Plans for construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline inched forward last week with several approvals at both the federal and state levels, but opponents in South Dakota say they haven’t given up on preventing, or at least slowing, the pipeline’s construction. Plans...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 28, 2020 10:24 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also found that Arizona's...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Jefferson News-Tribune, Jan. 26 Every year there's a few bills in the Missouri Legislature that, while they likely won't pass, they sure create a buzz. One such bill this year is sponsored by Rep. Bill Baker, R-Neosho. The bill targets "drag queen story hours" — library events in which drag queens read...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, a supporter of Britain's departure from the European Union, at right, holds a placard up in front of supporters of remaining in the EU, including Stop Brexit Man, Steve Bray, with his foghorn, outside Parliament in London. After Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, Parliament became the focal point of opposition to Brexit, but after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a general election, Britain is finally due to leave the EU on Jan. 31, 2020 after 47 years of membership. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham/File)

Britain's EU Journey: When Brexit chaos ensued

Jan. 28, 2020 8:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout...

FILE - This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form. The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

What to know for year two of the Trump tax plan

Jan. 28, 2020 3:34 AM EST

It’s that time again. The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday. Last year’s filing season was an adjustment for taxpayers and industry professionals alike as it was the first under a massive overhaul of federal tax law. While this year’s season is...