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Iowa governor forms panel to study criminal justice bias

Oct. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she plans to push lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for felons next year and that she tasked a new working group with making recommendations for removing racial bias from the criminal justice system and...

GOP starts push to curb Wisconsin governor's veto powers

Oct. 15, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans continued their push Tuesday to weaken Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers, holding a hearing on a constitutional amendment prohibiting him from using his veto pen to increase spending. GOP legislators have been working since Evers won election last November to...

Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

Oct. 14, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority in the lower house of parliament and another four-year term in government, according to final election results Monday. The party won almost 44% of votes, which translated...

Louisiana governor race goes to runoff; 5 state jobs settled

Oct. 13, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — John Bel Edwards' bid for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will be decided in November, after Louisiana voters Saturday sent him to a runoff in a race that became heavy with national politics in the final days. Edwards will face Republican businessman Eddie...

Medicaid advocates say petition meets signature requirement

Oct. 11, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of a proposal to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma said they have enough signatures to put a state question on the ballot next year. Yes on 802's campaign manager Amber England said the community organization collected the state requirement of 178,000 signatures, which must be...

Governor's race, 6 other statewide jobs on Louisiana ballot

Oct. 11, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor, trying to keep national politics from sinking his chances at outright victory in Saturday's open primary election. In addition to choosing their governor, Louisiana voters will...

Lawsuit seeks to keep victim rights question off fall ballot

Oct. 10, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to keep a proposed constitutional amendment question off the fall ballot, arguing it improperly combines a set of changes that should be voted on as separate amendments. The state League of Women Voters and a registered voter sued Pennsylvania's chief...

Dog racing supporters challenge amendment constitutionality

Oct. 8, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's greyhound racing industry is asking a federal judge to revoke an amendment that voters approved last year banning dog racing in Florida, saying the process was unconstitutional. Support Working Animals Inc. and eight greyhound trainers, kennels, transporters and suppliers...

Federal judge weighs felon voting rights in Florida

Oct. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge urged voter advocates and Florida officials Tuesday to resolve their dispute over the rights of felons to regain the vote, as he decides whether to temporarily block a state law requiring ex-prisoners to settle outstanding fines and other legal obligations before...

Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Oct. 7, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether Florida lawmakers exceeded their authority by requiring former felons to pay fines and settle other legal debts as a condition of regaining their right to vote. The case is one of several ongoing legal battles that underscore Florida's...