Latest Judicial elections News

Former state lawmaker running for Georgia high court

Sep. 13, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A third candidate has announced a bid for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports former Republican state lawmaker Beth Beskin is running for the upcoming vacancy. A nonpartisan election in May 2020 will decide who will take over for retiring Justice...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems claim Trump inspired El Paso killings

Sep. 13, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency tripped over some details as they sparred in a debate thick with policy and personal stories. Several made provocative accusations that President Donald Trump inspired the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas, last month. On the policy front, Bernie...

Cook County's chief judge elected to another 3-year term

Sep. 12, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Timothy C. Evans has retained his post as chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Evans, who has held the post for 18 years, was elected Thursday by his fellow judges to a seventh three-year term. He defeated Judge Lorna Propes 142-102 in a secret ballot of judges. The 76-year-old...

Judge blocks Tennessee voter signup penalties, citing harm

Sep. 12, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1, saying Thursday that any benefit of the law won't likely outweigh its potential harm. The ruling, for now, sets aside a law that goes beyond other states by fining groups...

How 2020 Democrats want to overhaul criminal justice laws

Sep. 10, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every top Democratic presidential contender is touting a detailed overhaul of the criminal justice system to end rules and practices that have been blamed for the mass incarceration of a generation of African Americans. The proposals illustrate the influence of black voters in the primary...

Attorneys: Court seat puts Montgomery in far different role

Sep. 9, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys say Gov. Doug Ducey's appointment of now-former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court puts Montgomery in a new role that could silence his public advocacy on policy issues. Montgomery for years has been a power-broker at the Arizona Legislature on...

Cobb County to trial hand-marked paper ballot backup system

Sep. 7, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Many Cobb County voters will cast hand-marked paper ballots in Nov. 5 municipal elections as part of a backup plan for Georgia's election equipment ordered by a federal judge. A paper ballot system will be trialed in the cities of Austell, Kennesaw, Powder Springs and Smyrna in those...

Rep. Collins raises hand for Isakson's Georgia Senate seat

Sep. 6, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The quiet maneuvering began almost immediately after Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia announced he'd retire at year's end: name drops, phone calls, subtle and not-so-subtle pleas for support. Now, amid speculation over whom Gov. Brian Kemp might appoint to replace Isakson until a...

Poland's main opposition group launches election campaign

Sep. 6, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition grouping launched its campaign for October elections Friday with a social program that appears to chime with the generous spending policies that have kept the ruling right-wing party atop opinion polls. The Civic Coalition's program was presented by deputy...

Judge dismisses referendum voter-pamphlet language challenge

Sep. 5, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has dismissed a challenge that contended affirmative-action opponents are making false claims about Initiative 1000 in voter-pamphlet language ahead of the Nov. 5 election. Proponents of Referendum 88 gathered enough signatures this summer to put...