State Constitutions

Judge strikes 'misleading' Amendment 8, related to schools, from Florida's November ballot

A judge in Tallahassee this morning struck Amendment 8 from Florida’s November ballot, saying the three-pronged measure about schools was …

Florida

How Do You Get Better Schools? Take the State to Court, More Advocates Say

By his own account, Alejandro Cruz-Guzman’s five children have received a good education at public schools in St. Paul. His two oldest daughters are starting careers in finance and teaching. Another daughter, a high-school student, plans to become a doctor.<p>But their success, Mr. Cruz-Guzman said, …

News (U.S.)

Cuomo signs bill creating panel to probe prosecutor misconduct

New York will become the first state in the nation to establish a panel to probe accusations of prosecutorial misconduct under a controversial bill …

New York City

In dissent, Arizona Appeals Court judge calls death penalty unconstitutional

The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the convictions and death sentences of Jason Eugene Bush, an anti-immigrant militia member who killed …

Death Penalty

West Virginia Senate OKs rules for impeachment trials

The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for …

Business

Amendments court challenge: You won't believe what the Berger-Moore brief tells the court

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger<p>In the age of Donald Trump, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be shocked by …

North Carolina

Harvest their due: The fight for farmworkers' rights presses on

More than two years ago, farm worker Crispin Hernandez, fired by an upstate dairy for meeting with union activists, challenged the Jim Crow-era state …

Rights & Freedoms

Guest commentary: Quirk in state constitution could harm CMC’s affordability, critical programs

Colorado Mountain College is not only one of the most affordable colleges in the nation, it is also the only college in our 12,000-square-mile …

Health Care

Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening under fire for keeping immigrants in jail for ICE

But Esparza says the dollar amount was beside the point. Jail staff, he says, told him and his family that they weren’t going to release him -- …

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Readers respond: Measure 104 keeps funding decisions from becoming back-room deals

<b>By Eva Sanders</b><p>My professional life has been dedicated to helping Oregonians achieve their dream of homeownership, regardless of their stage in life. …

Real Estate

Festivals, parades to mark Illinois’ 200th Constitution Day

A series of festivals, parades and other events will mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois adopting its state constitution.<p>Among the celebrations …

Festivals

Kris Kobach names his big issue if elected Governor: defunding schools

The constitutional amendment comes up frequently in the state house, often promoted by Dave Trabert, representative of KPI, an entity which won’t …

Government

New York, California bills look to hold police, prosecutors more accountable

Both still face long odds, but two major criminal-justice reform bills are moving forward in two of the country’s most populous states.<p>First in New York, a first-of-its-kind law would establish a panel to oversee the state’s prosecutors. The board would have subpoena power but could only recommend …

Opinion

Drive for medical pot in Oklahoma Constitution comes up shy

The Oklahoma secretary of state says the number of signatures submitted in a push to enshrine the use of medical marijuana in the state Constitution …

Cannabis

California Effort to Allow Sports Betting Cleared to Collect Signatures as Foes Emerge

A proponent of an initiative to allow sports betting in California received the state’s approval to begin collecting signatures to put the measure on …

Los Angeles

Listen to A Raleigh Swamp Update, Iran Sanctions Coming, and NCGOP Leader Makes Waves | The Pete Kaliner Show | Podcasts

You are not going to believe who the Governor just tapped to head up the state Lottery Commission. The Raleigh swamp gets murkier. Pete talks …

Sanctions

Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida's November ballot?

The Leon County Courthouse was the scene Friday for the first of what looks to be several showdowns over the fate of Amendment 8, a Constitution …

School Administration

Court temporarily blocks Austin's paid sick leave ordinance

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas temporarily blocked the city of Austin's paid sick leave ordinance, Attorney …

Employment

Proponents wrangle over ballot language on redistricting

A former lawyer for the Michigan Republican Party is insisting November ballot language related to a redistricting proposal refer to the citizen …

Government

Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

One national park reopens, another sees closures, and a judge dismisses young climate activists' case.Tourists wear masks while visiting Yosemite …

National Parks

Clean energy ballot initiative to be Proposition 127

PHOENIX (AP) - A ballot initiative to mandate the increased use of renewable energy will be put to voters as Proposition 127.<p>Secretary of State …

Renewable Energy

Judge’s move to grant bail in New Mexico compound case draws a Twitter mob — and death threats

In her ruling that five suspects arrested at a New Mexico compound with 11 children could be released to house arrest on $20,000 bonds, Judge Sarah C. Backus indicated she knew how the decision in the high-profile case would be received.<p>But, she wrote on Monday, “The canons of judicial ethics …

New Mexico

Ho-Chunk, horsemen launch another petition drive to allow casinos, possibly sports betting, in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska horsemen will again saddle up an effort with Ho-Chunk Inc. to allow casino gambling, and possibly sports betting, at the …

Casinos

The NC ballot shouldn’t be a puzzle. Or a lie.

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore and state Senate leader Phil Berger, knowing their veto-proof control of the legislature is in jeopardy, are rushing to …

Voting

ACLU sues Nobles County sheriff over detaining immigrants

“Scores” more individuals have been unlawfully detained, suit alleges

Immigration

Busch's abortion amendment shows Democratic weakness

House Speaker Mike Busch made news recently that shows just how weak Maryland’s Democrats have become.<p>The Annapolis Democrat announced that he will …

Ocean City

Missouri auditor candidate says her financial woes won't stop her from running

<b>SEDALIA, Mo</b>. • The Republican candidate for Missouri auditor says she’s staying in the race despite questions over her finances and whether she …

St. Louis

Hagedorn Declares Candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn announced Thursday that he is a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He will be running for the …

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Why Republicans Just Impeached the Entire West Virginia Supreme Court

West Virginia state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis on Oct. 3, 2012; Justice Allen Loughry on Oct. 3, 2012; Justice Beth Walker on March 16, 2016; …

Law

Schools across the South are being legally required to make it clear, “In God we trust”

Students in Florida and Tennessee will be seeing a daily religious reminder in the upcoming school year, as a rash of legislation requiring the “In …

Florida