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Group stops collecting signatures for marijuana legalization

May. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group seeking a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas has stopped collecting signatures due to the coronavirus pandemic but will refocus its efforts for 2022, a spokeswoman said. Arkansas True Grass wanted an amendment to legalize marijuana use...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Republicans Tried to Suppress the Vote in Florida. And Failed. The New York Times May 26 Who gets to cast a ballot in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, could well determine who will be the next leader of the...

Poland's main ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wears a mask for protection against the coronavirus in parliament during work on new legislation that is to ensure the health and safety of the postponed presidential election to be held this summer, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish ruling party chief wants presidential vote by June 28

May. 27, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s most powerful politician, ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said Wednesday the country's postponed presidential election must be held no later than June 28 to be in line with the national constitution. Originally scheduled for May 10, the vote was postponed...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows Mary Marshall, one of two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for Marshall, 20,  of Twin Falls, Idaho, and 19-year-old Madison Kenyon of Johnston, Colo., filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

May. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colorado, and Mary Marshall, 20, of...

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...

Language explaining income tax issue to voters approved

May. 22, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has approved language that explains the pros and cons of adding a graduated rate to the income tax system. The House on Friday adopted a joint resolution that provides for information to go to voters before the Nov. 3 election. It received a 71-45...

Medicaid expansion plan to appear on Missouri ballot

May. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will get to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said Friday that the initiative had received more than enough petition signatures from registered voters to be placed on the...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Michigan's top election official said Tuesday, May, 19, 2020, that absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all 7.7 million registered voters for the August primary and November general election. Benson said the step — announced as the state continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic — ensures no one

Michigan suit: Count absentee ballots if mailed by election

May. 22, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan law that requires absentee ballots to be received by the time polls close on Election Day is unconstitutional and will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in 2020 if it is not struck down, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The suit, filed in the state appeals...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

May. 20, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ May 20 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on Gov. Roy Cooper's reopening plans for North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper is poised to give North Carolina its economic freedom, but with that comes much more. Cooper is expected to announce that the...

Stephan Harbarth, Chairman of the Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court and President of the Court, holds a document as he announces the ruling on the BND's powers of surveillance abroad at the court in Karlsruhe, Germany, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Germany's highest court has ruled that regulations allowing Germany’s foreign intelligence service to monitor the communications of reporters working abroad and others violate the country’s constitution and must be changed. (Uli Deck/dpa via AP)

German court nixes law allowing foreign telecom monitoring

May. 19, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Regulations allowing Germany’s foreign intelligence service to monitor the communications of reporters working abroad and others violate the country’s constitution and must be changed, Germany’s highest court ruled Tuesday, deciding in favor of journalists' rights group...