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Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

Nov. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids...

Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a popular pro-democracy opposition leader violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament. The court said Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the 40-year-old head of the new Future Forward Party, violated a regulation barring...

Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

Nov. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history Wednesday by becoming Japan’s longest-serving political leader, though he hasn’t achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution. Abe marked his 2,887th day in office, surpassing Taro Katsura from the early...

AP Explains: How have the protests in Chile evolved?

Nov. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — It’s been nearly five weeks since the most potent civil unrest in Chile’s recent history broke out, bringing mass protests across the South American nation. Most of the demonstrators are peaceful as they push a broad range of demands intended to bring more equality to...

Idaho governor OKs hemp transportation across state

Nov. 19, 2019 8:42 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday issued an executive order aligning Idaho law enforcement activities with federal law to allow the transport of hemp across the state, but one lawmaker says parts of the order appear to violate the U.S. Constitution. The Republican governor issued the...

Michigan to mail redistricting panel applications to 250,000

Nov. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan will mail 250,000 applications encouraging voters to apply to serve on a new commission responsible for drawing congressional and legislative maps. An independent accounting firm, Rehmann, randomly selected the 250,000 registered voters Tuesday. The applications...

NJ lawmakers planning cannabis question for 2020 ballot

Nov. 18, 2019 9:18 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislative leaders unveiled a proposed ballot question Monday that would ask voters whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. If the proposal to amend the state constitution is approved in 2020, New Jersey would join the District of Columbia and 11 other...

Bank groups sue Washington state over tax increase

Nov. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two bank association groups have sued the Washington Department of Revenue over a measure passed by the Legislature that will increase business taxes on large, out-of-state financial institutions. The Washington Bankers Association and American Bankers Association filed the lawsuit in...

Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia

Nov. 17, 2019 12:24 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of Georgians protested outside the Caucasus country’s parliament Sunday, demanding snap elections after lawmakers failed to pass a promised electoral-reform measure. The Georgian Dream party, which dominates the country’s politics and holds a strong majority...

Bolivia’s crisis exposes old racial, geographic divides

Nov. 17, 2019 12:04 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s increasingly violent political crisis is exposing historical racial, ethnic and geographic divides that many thought had been overcome after 14 years of rule by the Andean nation’s first indigenous president and a new “plurinational”...