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Poland: Court case on primacy of EU or Polish law adjourned

Sep. 22, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court announced another recess Wednesday in a key case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the EU member country. The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, when it eventually comes, is expected to...

Post-Trump, Democrats push to curb presidential powers

Sep. 21, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to rein in executive powers that they say President Donald Trump flagrantly abused. The legislation, expected to be introduced Tuesday, would...

Panel endorses changes to law that sets limits on spending

Sep. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday moved to significantly change the threshold on new legislation that limits spending of federal money by a governor-led panel. The law, passed shortly before the Republican-led Legislature adjourned in April, came...

Cecile Richards: Court's Texas move could mean end of Roe

Sep. 18, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on...

GOP lawmakers vote for subpoena seeking voter information

Sep. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate prepared Wednesday to test how far they can go in pursuing what the GOP calls a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election, as Democrats accused them of helping perpetuate the “big lie” of baseless...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Sep. 13, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Sept. 7, 2021. Editorial: Redistricting is messy, but Nebraska legislators must find sensible compromise Nebraska’s Legislature is officially nonpartisan, but over the years, it by no means has been immune from ugly warring over...

Nevada Supreme Court takes up public employee-lawmakers case

Sep. 09, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday took up a thorny question in a state where the part-time Legislature meets every two years and many lawmakers hold full-time jobs in addition to elected positions: Should a person who makes the law also enforce the law? ...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 08, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

(Columbia) The State. Sept. 3, 2021. Editorial: COVID wins big in SC Supreme Court, ball is in Legislature’s court to revisit mask ban COVID-19 was the big winner in today’s South Carolina Supreme Court. In a 5-0 decision, the...

Missouri judge refuses to reinstate federal jobless benefits

Aug. 31, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

A Missouri judge on Tuesday refused to reinstate federal unemployment benefits that were cut in June when Gov. Mike Parson pulled out of several programs, saying the court “would not substitute its judgment” for that of the governor. The ruling by Cole County Circuit...

Polish court delays EU law case for motion to exclude judge

Aug. 31, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's constitutional court on Tuesday reopened but then recessed its proceedings in a case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the country. The Constitutional Tribunal said it would take up the question again on Sept. 22....