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Wisconsin Republicans release redistricting plan

Oct. 20, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature released their redistricting plans on Wednesday, maps that were immediately blasted as “rigged” because they are based largely on existing districts the GOP drew a decade ago that solidified their majorities. ...

Indicted Nebraska GOP Rep. Fortenberry pleads not guilty

Oct. 20, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he lied to federal agents who were investigating illegal contributions to his campaign, and prosecutors say they plan to call a top aide to the Republican congressman as a trial witness....

Redistricting options from NC senators released to public

Oct. 20, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After two weeks of mapmaking in open meeting rooms, North Carolina senators have presented some proposals to the public on how they might redraw congressional or state Senate district lines for the next decade. The Senate Redistricting Committee...

Montana media groups appeal ruling over closed GOP meeting

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Members of the Montana media are appealing a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit over whether Republican members of a legislative committee legally held a secret meeting before voting on bills involving abortion and transgender health care. The media...

Officials: Tennessee can't drop COVID rule despite GOP push

Oct. 20, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee labor officials say they are unable to reject a federal rule designed to protect health care workers from COVID-19 despite receiving stern instructions earlier this week from Republican lawmakers to do so. In a letter sent to lawmakers...

Tennessee lawmakers OK $900M Ford incentive package

Oct. 20, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday committed to spending nearly $900 million on state incentives, infrastructure upgrades and more as part of a sweeping plan with Ford Motor Co. to build an electric vehicle and battery plant near Memphis. It took...

Illinois Dems face criticism, not just from GOP, on new maps

Oct. 20, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats are getting pushback on new congressional district boundaries they proposed last week, and not just from Republicans who stand to lose U.S. House seats under the plan. Voters from Chicago's southwest side, who were drawn out of the...

Senate GOP again blocks Democrats' election bill

Oct. 20, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time this year, Senate Democrats on Wednesday tried to pass sweeping elections legislation that they tout as a powerful counterweight to new voting restrictions sweeping conservative-controlled states. Once again, Republicans blocked...

Indiana GOP push against vaccine mandate faces hurdles

Oct. 20, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some conservative Indiana lawmakers wanting to stymie President Joe Biden’s planned COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers are facing skepticism from their own Republican leaders and the state’s largest business group. While Biden has...

GOP bill on NC governor's emergency powers heads to his desk

Oct. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina Republicans to check the governor's broad powers during a pandemic or other emergency cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday. As with a similar measure last year, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto is likely. The...