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Texas Republicans set to pass new congressional maps

Oct. 16, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state's booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican...

Texas Senate approves maps with fewer minority districts

Oct. 08, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate on Friday approved newly drawn district maps that would keep Republicans dominant in the state's congressional representation, even amid rapidly shifting demographics. Next the maps will go to the GOP-dominated Texas House of...

Texas GOP's proposed statehouse maps aim to protect party

Sep. 30, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans released their proposals to redraw maps for their own seats Thursday, and their aspirations for the statehouse mirrored their plans for congressional representation: Keep the party in power amid big demographic shifts. Democrats...

Marchers across US call on Congress to bolster voting rights

Aug. 28, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws that would wipe out voting restrictions advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists...

U.S. voting rights events reflect multiracial reform agenda

Aug. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

A decades-old fight to expand and protect voting rights will intensify this weekend, when multiracial coalitions of civil, human and labor rights leaders hold rallies in Washington and across the nation to urge passage of federal voter protections eroded since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ...

Senators question DOJ funding for AI-powered policing tech

Aug. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Democratic senator said the U.S. Justice Department needs to look into whether the algorithm-powered police technologies it funds contribute to racial bias in law enforcement and lead to wrongful arrests. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, was...

House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as US war ends

Jul. 22, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow in thousands more of the Afghans who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war, citing the urgency of protecting those on-the-ground allies from Taliban retaliation as the U.S. military withdrawal enters its final weeks. ...