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House map carving Nashville clears state Senate

Jan. 20, 2022 13:48 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A plan to split fast-growing Nashville into multiple congressional seats cleared a key hurdle Thursday after state Senate Republicans signed off on the proposal despite objections from Democrats who warn the new map unfairly affects Black voters. The move...

Nebraska state lawmaker files to run for congressional seat

Jan. 20, 2022 09:59 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, has officially jumped into the race for the state's 2nd Congressional District. Vargas, a Democrat, filed papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican. Bacon first won the seat in 2016 and...

Democrats' elections bill offered voting changes and more

Jan. 20, 2022 05:50 AM EST

The sweeping elections bill that has collapsed in the Senate was about far more than voting. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would have created national automatic voter registration, allowed all voters to cast ballots by mail and weakened voter ID laws. It would have banned...

Tennessee governor to give State of the State speech Jan. 31

Jan. 20, 2022 04:05 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to give his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 31. The Republican will deliver the address to state lawmakers for his fourth time since taking office in 2019. Lee is seeking reelection to a second term this year. ...

Lawsuit says new majority Latino district in WA a 'facade'

Jan. 19, 2022 21:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence. The legal action in the U.S. District Court...

Kentucky's governor vetoes GOP-drawn redistricting plans

Jan. 19, 2022 20:33 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed Republican-crafted maps for congressional and state House districts Wednesday, saying the boundaries reflect “unconstitutional political gerrymandering.” Both measures overwhelmingly cleared the GOP-dominated...

Missouri redistricting plan could upend primary election

Jan. 19, 2022 18:18 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House gave lukewarm approval Wednesday to a plan for redrawing the state's eight congressional districts that left both Democrats and some conservative Republicans unhappy and could upend the state's calendar for holding its primary election. ...

Wisconsin Supreme Court weighs competing redistricting maps

Jan. 19, 2022 17:18 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Wednesday weighed which map they should order enacted to set political boundaries for the next decade in the battleground state, with competing partisan interests arguing why theirs was the best option. The daylong hearing...

In divided votes, NC legislature OK's another primary delay

Jan. 19, 2022 16:55 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A divided General Assembly agreed Wednesday to delay North Carolina's already postponed primaries by another three weeks, with Republicans citing uncertainty surrounding their new redistricting maps for the date change. But with the legislation approved on...

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith files for reelection in Nebraska

Jan. 19, 2022 16:54 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith filed for reelection Wednesday in Nebraska's vast 3rd Congressional District. Smith, a Republican, is seeking an ninth term in the district, which is heavily conservative and rural and covers most of Nebraska. Smith serves...