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Ohio attorney general nominee wants GOP mapmakers charged

May. 26, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Ohio attorney general filed a criminal complaint against the five Republican members of the state's redistricting commission Thursday, a day after the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the commission's legislative maps for the fifth straight time. ...

Sununu to veto congressional map, letting court take over

May. 26, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court will redraw the state’s congressional map after the Legislature's latest, last-ditch effort failed Thursday to win over Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. New Hampshire is one few states yet to finalize new U.S. House districts as...

Legal challenge filed to stop Oklahoma anti-abortion bill

May. 26, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of abortion providers in Oklahoma filed a legal challenge Thursday to a new law that bans nearly all abortions in the state. The lawsuit filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court seeks to stop the new law from taking effect. The court declined to...

Court declines to disturb Lake Michigan beach access ruling

May. 26, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to disturb an Indiana Supreme Court ruling, later codified into Indiana law, which declared that Lake Michigan's shoreline is — and always has been — owned by the state for the public’s use. In Wednesday's 3-0 decision,...

Ohio’s high court rejects latest GOP-drawn Statehouse maps

May. 25, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A frustrated Ohio Supreme Court rejected Republican-drawn Statehouse maps for a fifth time Wednesday, extending the string of GOP defeats in a redistricting process that has ground the state's legislative primaries to a halt. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor...

Court interested in dispute over Michigan 1931 abortion ban

May. 25, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals opened the door Wednesday to abortion opponents who are trying to overturn a recent decision that suspended the state's long-dormant ban on the procedure. The court set a briefing schedule that runs through July 5. ...

Texas bar seeks to punish AG Ken Paxton for election lawsuit

May. 25, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The State Bar of Texas sued Wednesday to punish state Attorney General Ken Paxton for his failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud, raising a new legal danger for the Republican the day after he secured his party's nomination for a...

Lawsuits over ballot drop boxes filed in 5 Wisconsin cities

May. 25, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservatives filed lawsuits in Wisconsin's five largest cities Wednesday over the use of absentee ballot drop boxes in the 2020 election, even as the state Supreme Court was poised to rule on the issue in coming weeks. The lawsuits were filed by the...

Milwaukee County judge announces candidacy for Supreme Court

May. 25, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz announced Wednesday that she will run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court next year to fill a seat currently held by the conservative former chief justice. The April election will determine the ideological balance...

High court weighs end of $300 weekly unemployment payment

May. 25, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In June 2021, Gov. Mike DeWine ended Ohio's participation in a federal pandemic unemployment aid program ahead of a government deadline for stopping the payments. Attorneys for the Republican governor argue he had the legal authority to do so. People who lost...