Judge blocks GOP Gov. Abbott from arresting fugitive Texas Democrats

D.C. 08/10/21, 16:27

A Texas district judge blocked Gov. Greg Abbott (R) from arresting dozens of state House Democrats who avoided their duties by fleeing to Washington. Judge Brad Urrutia (D) in Travis County, which includes Texas Capitol in Austin, issued a temporary restraining order that prevents state police from "detaining, confining, or otherwise ...

Florida governor: Meeting in Israel didn’t violate law

U.S. 06/04/19, 11:30

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says a lawsuit filed by an open government watchdog group claiming a meeting with the state's Cabinet he held in Israel is frivolous.DeSantis and Florida's three independently elected Cabinet members met Tuesday in the state Capitol, six days after meeting in Jerusalem as part of a ...

Lawsuit: Mississippi has racist way of choosing governors

U.S. 05/30/19, 10:00

A new lawsuit by three African American residents of Mississippi seeks to block what it calls the state's racist method of electing the governor and other statewide officials.The federal lawsuit being filed Thursday takes aim at Mississippi's unique requirement that candidates for statewide office must win both a majority of ...

Ireland votes by large margin to liberalize divorce laws

Europe 05/26/19, 04:41

Irish voters have overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to liberalize the country's constitution to make it easier for couples to divorce, election officials said Sunday.Just over 82% of voters endorsed removing a requirement that couples be separated for four of the previous five years before they can divorce.It will fall to ...

Bolivia’s Morales begins bid for 4th term despite complaints

America 05/18/19, 18:49

Cheered by thousands of supporters in Bolivia's coca-growing Chapare region, President Evo Morales began his campaign for his third consecutive re-election Saturday amid assertions by his opponents that the constitution prohibits him from running again.Morales, a one-time leader of coca farmers, became the Andean nation's first indigenous president in January ...

Gorsuch replaces Biden as chair of civic education group

Politics 05/14/19, 08:30

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking on a new role as the honorary chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, replacing former Vice President Joe Biden. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia said Tuesday that Gorsuch, named to the high court by President Donald Trump, will ...

Civil War exhibit opens at National Constitution Center

U.S. 05/08/19, 10:19

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is unveiling the nation's first permanent exhibit exploring the constitutional debates of the Civil War."Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality" opens to the public on Thursday.The museum says visitors will "learn how the equality promised in the Declaration of Independence ...

Felon voting bill goes to Florida governor amid outcry

U.S. 05/03/19, 18:53

Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The bill, though, caused outrage among Democrats who say Republicans are adding hurdles that don't reflect the ...

Florida Senate passes bill allowing felon voting rights

U.S. 05/02/19, 18:51

Most Florida felons will have their voting rights restored under a bill the Senate passed to implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters.The bill passed Thursday on a 22-17 vote and now goes back to the House.Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that restored voting rights for felons who ...

Kansas lawmakers put off overturning abortion-rights ruling

U.S. 05/02/19, 17:00

Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, signaling they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Legislature.Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature were outraged by last week's ruling that the ...

Update: Lugar honored during Birch Bayh memorial

Sports 05/01/19, 14:44

The Latest on a memorial service for former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh (all times local):3:30 p.m.Former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh says one "can really feel the pages of history turning" with the recent deaths of his father and Sen. Richard Lugar.Hundreds of mourners gathered at a memorial service honoring former ...

Update: Emperor Naruhito inherits Imperial regalia

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 20:49

The Latest on Emperor Naruhito's succession (all times local):10:30 a.m.Japan's new Emperor Naruhito has inherited the Imperial regalia of sword and jewel and seals as proof of succession in his first official duty as emperor.People celebrate as the countdown to new Emperor Naruhito's era of Reiwa, start, a few minutes ...

UN envoy optimistic of Syria constitution committee soon

U.S. 04/30/19, 17:15

The U.N. special envoy for Syria says he is "optimistic" an agreement can be reached on the long-sought formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country so it can meet this summer.Geir Pederson told reporters Tuesday after briefing the Security Council that he bases his ...

Slovak court rejects to ban parliamentary far right party

Europe 04/29/19, 04:48

Slovakia's Supreme Court has dismissed a request by the country's prosecutor general to ban a far-right party that has 14 seats in the country's parliament.In his request filed two years ago, Jaromir Cizna said the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia is an extremist group whose activities violate the country's constitution.But ...

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

U.S. 04/26/19, 10:32

Kansas' highest court ruled for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights and blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies.The state Supreme Court's ruling represented a big victory for abortion rights supporters in a state with a Republican-controlled Legislature hostile ...

Penn State ex-president asks US court to overturn conviction

Sports 04/25/19, 11:05

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a federal magistrate judge to overturn his conviction, less than a week before he is scheduled to start serving two months in jail.Spanier was in a Scranton, Pennsylvania, courthouse Thursday as his lawyers argued it violated the U.S. Constitution to convict him ...

Japan’s new emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player

Asia & Pacific 04/24/19, 22:03

Japan's future new emperor is a musician and historian who is expected to bring a global perspective to an ancient institution when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.The 59-year-old Naruhito will be Japan's first emperor to have studied abroad and will enjoy greater liberty in shaping his own ...

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

U.S. 04/24/19, 17:41

Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House. The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The main issue is whether legislation is needed at all, and whether ...

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

U.S. 04/23/19, 20:20

Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders is another step closer to passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night Tuesday that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The main issue is whether legislation is ...

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