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Michigan Legislature kills law Whitmer used for virus rules

Jul. 21, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday killed a law that underpinned coronavirus restrictions issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, wiping it from the books after Michigan's Supreme Court declared the measure unconstitutional. The Democrat is...

Unlike elsewhere, New Hampshire refunds COVID business fines

Jul. 21, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three Republican governors opposed efforts this year to absolve businesses for violating public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But only in the “Live Free or Die” state have the scofflaws been set free of the fines. In March,...

EU says democratic standards under threat in Poland, Hungary

Jul. 20, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards in the European Union are eroding in several member countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland where judicial independence is under threat, the EU’s executive commission said Tuesday in its annual report on adherence to the rule of law. ...

Ducey appoints ex-aide to fill state Supreme Court vacancy

Jul. 08, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday announced he is filling an Arizona Supreme Court vacancy by appointing Kathryn Hackett King, a Phoenix lawyer who previously worked on his staff. King, a fellow Republican whom Ducey appointed to the state Board of...

Judge letting Indiana's governor sue to block emergency law

Jul. 06, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has sided with Indiana’s governor in a dispute between top state Republicans over whether he can proceed with a lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19...

Evers defends his signing of opioid bill despite concerns

Jul. 06, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday defended signing a bill that he believes is partially unconstitutional and that every Democrat except one in the Legislature opposed, saying the measure will speed disbursement of settlement money with opioid manufacturers. ...

Loved and decried, El Salvador's populist leader is defiant

Jul. 05, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In the narrow, gang-controlled alleys of the Las Palmas neighborhood, struggling Salvadorans are untroubled by actions of their president that so infuriate his critics. They are not bothered by Nayib Bukele’s dictatorial maneuvers --...

Governor: fines to remain for COVID rule-breaking businesses

Jul. 01, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Refunding fines to Ohio businesses cited for violating public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic would send a “horrible” message to the vast majority of companies that followed the rules, GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday as he explained why he vetoed...

Another legal challenge filed over judicial appointments

Jun. 28, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Another legal challenge has been filed over a new law that eliminates the Judicial Nomination Commission and allows Montana's governor to directly fill judicial vacancies between elections. Two former Democratic state representatives — Tom Winter...

Supreme Court: Mortgage overseer structure unconstitutional

Jun. 23, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the president greater power to fire the head of the agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ruling that the agency's structure violates separation of powers principles in the Constitution. ...