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Indiana Republicans back partisan school boards switch

Feb. 08, 2023 13:43 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republicans forged ahead Wednesday with a proposal that would upend the current nonpartisan school board elections across the state despite opponents of the change arguing it would further inject politics into local schools. The Indiana House elections...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 08, 2023 13:41 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 4, 2023. Editorial: Initiative Bill Needs More Work A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a bill that would create a ballot initiative to replace the one voided by the state Supreme Court in 2021. What’s interesting, though, is...

Virginia lawmakers hustle ahead of legislative deadline

Feb. 07, 2023 21:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The politically divided Virginia General Assembly churned through hundreds of bills Tuesday as it approached a key deadline for the year's legislative session. Lawmakers debated topics ranging from accommodations for transgender students to abortion...

N. Carolina education board proposal revived in House bill

Feb. 07, 2023 18:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina House committee on Tuesday backed a bill that would shift influence over public education away from the governor and toward the superintendent of public instruction and voters. The legislation aims to put a constitutional amendment on statewide...

Vote to block Georgia spaceport upheld by state's high court

Feb. 07, 2023 17:05 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's highest court Tuesday upheld an election in which coastal residents voted overwhelmingly last year to block their county government from building a launchpad for blasting commercial rockets into space. The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously rejected a...

Nevada Legislature begins 4-month session eyeing $11B budget

Feb. 06, 2023 21:03 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Legislature opened Monday with a prayer, a rendition of the state anthem and swearings-in ahead of four months of negotiations, hearings and votes that will define the state’s budget and operations for the next two years. A joint session of the...

Arkansas House passes bill restricting 'adult' performances

Feb. 06, 2023 17:52 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Monday to restrict “adult-oriented" performances, revamping a measure that previously targeted drag shows following discrimination complaints from the LGBTQ community. The bill approved by the majority-Republican House on a 78-15...

Maine top election official testifies against voter ID bill

Feb. 06, 2023 17:33 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's top election official testified Monday against a bill that would require voters to produce photo identification to cast ballots, saying it's unnecessary and would reduce voter participation. Maine already requires proof of identity when registering to...

Indigenous senator quits party over Australian referendum

Feb. 06, 2023 00:56 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia: (AP) — An Indigenous senator in Australia quit the minor Greens party on Monday in a disagreement over a referendum to be held this year that would create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Sen. Lidia Thorpe’s resignation illustrates deep divisions among...

Ex-foreign minister will face diplomat for Cyprus presidency

Feb. 05, 2023 15:51 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A center-right former foreign minister and a career diplomat backed by a communist-rooted party will battle it out for the presidency of ethnically divided Cyprus in a Feb. 12 runoff, according to official voting results announced Sunday. With all votes...