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NC Republicans seek moving Congress case to federal court

Oct. 14, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are trying to move from state court to federal court a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina congressional map drawn in 2016. The GOP lawmakers filed a notice Monday in the partisan redistricting litigation that voters filed last month in Wake County...

Former lawmaker's planned congressional comeback clouded

Oct. 12, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions' climb back into Congress was already off to a rough start, with some in his own party suggesting he was carpetbagging by leaving the Dallas district he lost last fall to try to get elected in a far more rural and politically safe one. Now he may...

US judge hears arguments about Mississippi election system

Oct. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is giving no indication of how or when he will rule in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing a governor and other statewide officials. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III heard arguments Friday, just over three weeks before...

N Carolina voters want challenged Congress map blocked now

Oct. 10, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state judges soon will hear arguments on whether congressional districts challenged by voters who say the lines are tainted by excessive partisan bias shouldn't be used in the 2020 elections A three-judge panel on Thursday set an Oct. 24 hearing date on a request by the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 9, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

Five tips for redistricting in Pennsylvania from the most ungovernable state in the nation Harrisburg Patriot News/Pennlive.com Oct. 7 Pennsylvania is not California, we know. But we may be able to learn some valuable lessons from a place that once was called "the most ungovernable state in the nation" because of...

US judge to hear challenge of Mississippi election system

Oct. 9, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials — an electoral process that critics say is designed to thwart black political power. The hearing happens less...

Virginia legislative elections provide warmup for 2020

Oct. 9, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox is a low-key retired school teacher who hasn't faced serious competition since the first President Bush was in office. Now he's a top target of Democrats —both in and out of state— looking to capitalize on voter antipathy toward the current...

Competitive Senate race spends over $1 million in media ads

Oct. 7, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A competitive race in District 12 — covering Henrico and Hanover counties — has become the first Senate race in Virginia to spend over $1 million in broadcast TV ads. Democratic candidate Del. Debra Rodman is running against Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant, both...

Impeachment tests Democrats' foothold in swing districts

Oct. 7, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — In front of New Hope Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, supporters of President Donald Trump hollered for his reelection. Behind it, taped-up signs on the doors warned, "Firearms Not Allowed." And inside, Rep. Elaine Luria personally delivered her call for Trump's impeachment,...

North Carolina Republicans ask judges to uphold House remap

Oct. 4, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Friday defended how they recently redrew state House districts after state judges ruled lines drawn two years ago were tainted by extreme partisan bias favoring the GOP. In a legal brief, the legislators' attorneys urged the three-judge panel that...