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Republican Utah lawmakers send letter praising Trump

Feb. 21, 2020 3:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have sent President Donald Trump an official letter of commendation after rejecting efforts to formerly rebuke Mitt Romney following the senator’s vote to impeach him. The citation released Thursday by Republican leaders commends Trump for repealing...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waves after speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Bloomberg struggles to respond to politics of #MeToo era

Feb. 21, 2020 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg's name last appeared on a ballot a decade before #MeToo transformed cultural mores surrounding sexual harassment and the treatment of women. As he campaigns for the presidency, the 78-year-old billionaire is struggling to adjust. The former New York City mayor was caught...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019 file photo, Idaho Republican U.S. Senators James Risch, left, and Mike Crapo speak to audience members during the announcement of the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho's two U.S. senators in speeches to state lawmakers say the country is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges. Crapo and Risch in speeches Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 to state lawmakers in the Idaho House of Representatives labeled the moves as good progress for the country. Crapo says the U.S. Supreme Court now has a five-member majority of what he calls rule-of-law judges. Risch says deregulation has led to economic growth. They did not mention the U.S. budget deficit that is likely to burst through the $1 trillion mark this year. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File)/The Idaho Post-Register via AP)

Idaho U.S. senators tout economy and judicial appointments

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The United States is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges, Idaho's two U.S. senators said Thursday. Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch in speeches to state lawmakers in the Idaho House...

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts gavels the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump to an end in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The U.S. Senate has acquitted Trump, ending only the third presidential trial in American history. (Senate Television via AP)

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

Feb. 20, 2020 11:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues. The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump's tax and other financial records, abortion,...

Alabama judge quits amid ethics case over son's appointment

Feb. 20, 2020 9:04 AM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An long-serving Alabama judge is stepping down after being accused of violating judicial ethics rules by appointing his son to handle cases. Cullman County District Judge Kim Chaney announced his retirement this week after serving almost 30 years, media outlets reported. He was in his...

Challenges to Iowa judge selection law fail in appeals court

Feb. 19, 2020 5:49 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals refused on Wednesday to let a group of lawmakers and attorneys move forward with two lawsuits challenging a law passed last year that gave the governor more power over the selection of Supreme Court and appeals court judges. One case was filed by a group...

Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 19 The Bergen Record in New Jersey on Michael Bloomberg's Democratic Presidential nominee bid: So-called moderate Democrats in New Jersey and New York are flocking to the self-funded candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pausing...

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, fills out a voter registration form as his wife Sheena looks on at the Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando, Fla. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Tallahassee federal judge's decision that the law implementing Amendment 4 amounted to an unfair poll tax. Amendment 4 was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 to allow as many as 1.6 million ex-felons to regain their right to vote. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will immediately ask the entire 11th Circuit to reconsider the ruling. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Court: Florida can't bar felons from vote over fines, fees

Feb. 19, 2020 4:24 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cannot, for now, bar felons who served their time from registering to vote simply because they have failed to pay all fines and fees stemming from their cases, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, protesters unfurl a banner as Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a roadshow with Americans for Prosperity in 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. The group opposing an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to drop its court fight and instead gear up for a possible recall election. Stand Tall With Mike said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it told its attorneys to withdraw its appeal before the Alaska Supreme Court. The group says recent court actions indicate that continuing to pursue the case in court would not be a productive use of resources. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Dunleavy recall opponents seek to drop out of court fight

Feb. 18, 2020 8:09 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The group opposing an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Tuesday it will drop its court fight and instead gear up for a possible recall election. Stand Tall With Mike, in a statement, said it told its attorneys to withdraw its appeal before the state Supreme Court, saying...

Wyandotte County (Kan.) District Court Judge Carlos Murguia, is seen in an undated black and white photo. Murguia, who was publicly reprimanded last fall after acknowledging that he sexually harassed female employees and had an extramarital affair with an offender, resigned on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Murguia's resignation is effective April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas federal judge reprimanded over harassment resigns

Feb. 18, 2020 6:34 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas who was publicly reprimanded for sexually harassing female employees and having an extramarital affair with an offender resigned on Tuesday, saying he could no longer effectively serve on the court. U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, who was based in...