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Medicaid expansion ballot campaigns near signature threshold

Oct. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pair of campaigns to expand Medicaid in South Dakota are nearing enough voter petitions to be placed on the ballot next year, organizers said Thursday. One campaign, sponsored by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland, has...

Hurricane Ida's damage forces Louisiana voting site changes

Oct. 19, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida’s destruction across southeastern Louisiana will force thousands of voters to cast their ballots at different polling locations for next month's election, with some voting sites relegated to large tents because few area buildings were free of damage....

Tennessee AG: Proposed ballot push would make job political

Oct. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday blasted a proposed ballot initiative to require that the attorney general be confirmed by state lawmakers after the current process of selection by the state Supreme Court, saying it "would be a shame" to make the...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Oct. 16, 2021. Editorial: We blame legislative meddling for the Holocaust controversy in Southlake If any American community embodies the national frenzy about how we teach race in schools, it’s Southlake. The acrimony over...

Pot legalization advocates launch ballot initiative campaign

Oct. 12, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota announced Tuesday they are trying for a second time to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for adults through a ballot initiative. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws...

Florida felon voting activist Meade gets civil rights back

Oct. 09, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida activist who led a movement to allow most former felons to vote got more civil rights restored under a new state clemency program. Desmond Meade, head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, announced in a Twitter video Saturday...

Judge upholds Indiana emergency law challenged by governor

Oct. 07, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday upheld the increased power Indiana legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies, siding with them in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Marion County judge ruled that the state constitution gave...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 06, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

Miami Herald. October 2, 2021. Editorial: Want voters to trust the redistricting process? Start with listening to them The once-a-decade process of drawing new boundaries for legislative and congressional seats has started in Tallahassee. It’s...

Missouri man executed for killing 3 workers in '94 robbery

Oct. 05, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was put to death Tuesday for killing three workers while robbing a convenience store nearly three decades ago, an execution performed over objections from racial justice activists, lawmakers and even the pope. Ernest Johnson died...

Missouri governor denies clemency to death row inmate

Oct. 04, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday declined to grant clemency to death row inmate Ernest Johnson, despite requests for mercy from the pope, two federal lawmakers and thousands of petition signers. Johnson, 61, was convicted of killing three convenience store workers...