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NC trial looks at partisan bias after US justices won't

Jul. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in the kind of political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for...

Trump citizenship plan will face logistical, legal hurdles

Jul. 12, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles...

Trump asks Supreme Court to unfreeze border wall money

Jul. 12, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to lift a freeze on Pentagon money it wants to use to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. Two lower courts have ruled against the administration in a lawsuit over the funding. Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

Jul. 11, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to inject a citizenship question into next year's census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. He insisted he was "not backing down," declaring in a Rose Garden...

The Latest: Civil rights groups celebrate census decision

Jul. 11, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the issue of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Civil rights groups say President Donald Trump's efforts to add a citizenship question to the census have sown fear and discord in vulnerable communities,...

McGrath flip-flops on Kavanaugh confirmation after backlash

Jul. 10, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath said she would have voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and then just hours later she changed her mind. The Courier Journal reports that the reversal came after her comments were slammed on social media by both liberals...

Census has been subject of legal wrangling for decades

Jul. 10, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Legal wrangling has surrounded the U.S. census count for decades, culminating in this year's fight over adding a citizenship question . Most challenges have centered on correcting mistakes counting underrepresented populations such as minorities in the official census, which determines...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 10, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 9, on nonunanimous jury verdicts: Even busy legislative sessions like the one that wrapped up last week leave a long list of unfinished business. One of the surprises in the closing days of the 2019 session was its failure to refer to...

Validity of Obama health care law at issue in appeal hearing

Jul. 9, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama's signature health care law is unconstitutional. Two Republican-appointed judges on a...