Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

HONG KONG (AP) — When the British handed Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997, it was promised 50 years of self-government and freedoms of assembly, speech and press that are not allowed on the Communist-ruled Chinese mainland. As the city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years under Beijing’s rule on Friday, those promised are … Read more

New York passes landmark voting rights legislation

ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York’s governor signed a law Monday intended to prevent local officials from enacting rules that might suppress people’s voting rights because of their race. The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, named after the late civil rights activist who represented Georgia in the US House, makes New York one of … Read more

Texas GOP goes full MAGA at 2022 convention

Texas Republicans ended a three-day convention Saturday with votes on a swath of proposed changes to their platform that would pull the party further right. Why it matters: The revised platform is likely to preview some of the GOP’s messaging going into the November midterms and 2024 election. It includes resolutions denying that President Biden … Read more

Judge blocks Louisiana Congress map with one Black district

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Democratic governor said Monday he will call the Republican-dominated Legislature into special session soon to draw up new congressional district boundaries, now that a federal judge has blocked use of maps that have only one majority-Black district. Govt. John Bel Edwards announced his plan at a news conference at the … Read more

Judge says he’ll block Gov. Ron DeSantis’ redistricting plan

A state judge has ruled that a congressional map approved by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it breaks up a district where Black voters can choose their representatives By BRENDAN FARRINGTONAssociated Press May 11, 2022, 8:11 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this … Read more

Beijing loyalist John Lee elected as Hong Kong’s next leader

HONG KONG (AP) — John Lee, a hard-line security chief who oversaw a crackdown on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, was elected as the city’s next leader on Sunday in a vote cast by a largely pro-Beijing committee. Lee was the only candidate and won with over 99% of the vote in which nearly all 1,500 … Read more

Herschel Walker, other candidates test skipping debates

ATLANTA (AP)—Herschel Walker is expected to skip a second debate against his Republican rivals for a crucial US Senate seat on Tuesday after missing the first one. Ted Budd has skipped four Republican primary debates in his bid for a US Senate seat in North Carolina. GOP candidates for governor in Ohio, Nevada and Nebraska … Read more

Attacks on voting rights aren’t slowing down and Black Americans are in the crosshairs, new report finds

CNN — Some Republicans and far-right groups’ attacks on voting rights and American democracy are making it harder for Black people to achieve racial equality, according to a new report from the National Urban League. The civil rights organization on Tuesday released its annual State of Black America report, titled “Under Siege: The Plot to … Read more