Oklahoma approves the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it. The bill is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights. It comes on the heels … Read more

Hochul unveils gun package to prevent future mass shootings

Govt. Kathy Hochul is pushing executive orders and legislation to combat gun crimes and domestic terrorism following the deadly, racist-fueled mass shooting in Buffalo last weekend. The package includes an executive order that would require State Police to sixteen weapons under the state’s red flag law from potentially dangerous people “whenever they have probable cause … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

1 of 2 FILE – Judge Sam J. Ervin IV makes a statement during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum in Raleigh, NC, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Upcoming primaries for state supreme court seats in North Carolina and Arkansas are putting the spotlight on how such races across the US have grown in importance … Read more

Election 2022: Groping claims roil Nebraska governor primary

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republicans will pick a nominee for governor Tuesday in a bitter primary race that was upended in recent weeks after a leading candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump was accused of groping at least eight women over the last few years. Charles Herbster, a businessman and cattle breeder who … Read more

‘Roe’ under threat, California leans in as abortion refuge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats have accelerated their plan to make the nation’s most populous state a sanctuary for women seeking abortions, propelled by the release this week of an early draft of a US Supreme Court ruling that has ignited a surge of activism among the state’s extensive network of providers and advocacy … Read more

2022 midterms: What to know about Ohio, Indiana primaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first multistate contest of the 2022 midterm election season unfolds on Tuesday, as Ohio voters pick nominees for governor and the US Senate while Indiana voters consider whether their Legislature should become even more conservative. The races, particularly in Ohio, could provide a fresh window into former President Donald Trump’s … Read more

New York court rejects congressional maps drawn by Democrats

ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York’s highest court on Wednesday rejected new congressional maps that had widely been seen as favoring Democrats, largely agreeing with Republican voters who argued the district boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The state’s Court of Appeals said the Democratic-led Legislature lacked the authority to redraw congressional and state Senate maps after … Read more

Kremlin critic jailed over denouncing Ukraine war

Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against a prominent opposition activist and remanded him in pre-trial detention for allegedly spreading “false information” about the country’s armed forces ByThe Associated Press April 23, 2022, 1:37 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against … Read more

DeSantis wants Florida to end Disney’s self-governing status

TALAHASSEE Republican leaders on Tuesday expanded the Legislature’s special session on redistricting in the hope of jabbing at one of the state’s biggest and most powerful corporations: The Walt Disney Co. “I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said … Read more

Wisconsin Supreme Court adopts GOP-drawn legislative maps

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday adopted Republican-drawn maps for the state Legislature, handing the GOP a victory just weeks after initially approving maps drawn by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The court reversed itself after the US Supreme Court in March said Evers’ maps were incorrectly adopted, and came just as … Read more