Voting districts

In the Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Liberal-backed Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer speaks about her race against fellow appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn in Madison, Wis. Neubauer is backed by liberals while Hagedorn has conservative support in a closely watched race that's officially nonpartisan. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
February 10, 2019 - 10:50 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin liberals hope to take a key step this spring toward breaking a long conservative stranglehold on the state's Supreme Court, in an election that could also serve as a barometer of the political mood in a key presidential swing state. If the liberal-backed candidate...
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February 08, 2019 - 3:23 pm
Rep. Chris Erwin finally won a seat in the Georgia legislature after a chaotic campaign in which a judge threw out the first election and ordered the vote to be redone in December. Now a court has ruled that illegal votes tainted the second election, removing Erwin from office Friday less than a...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Rep. Stephanie Clayton, an Overland Park Republican on the House Federal and State Affairs committee, asked questions in Topeka, Kan. Democrats' gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. As the 2019 legislative sessions get underway, Democrats continue to add to their numbers thanks to defections from GOP lawmakers. So far this month, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey have switched party affiliation and become Democrats. While the specific reasons vary, the party-flippers have one thing in common: They say the GOP has become too extreme under President Donald Trump. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 3:39 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in to office and this year's legislative sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations...
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House Speaker, Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, presides over the House during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party regain control in this year's election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 23, 2019 - 6:31 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year's election. The judges ordered a new map in June after ruling that lawmakers had racially...
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January 10, 2019 - 1:43 pm
A busy year of legal battles is getting underway over allegations that hundreds of legislative districts across the country were illegally drawn to disadvantage certain voters or political parties. First up is a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a federal judicial panel is reviewing...
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January 04, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is plunging back into the issue of whether electoral districts can be too partisan. Disputes have arisen in cases involving North Carolina's heavily Republican congressional map and a Democratic congressional district in Maryland, and the justices said Friday...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and House Democrats, now in the majority, unveil a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. She is joined from left by Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 04, 2019 - 1:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday unveiled a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill, among the first to be considered as Democrats take control of the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court term has steered clear of drama since the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The next few weeks will test whether the calm can last. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 30, 2018 - 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually...
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson told The Associated Press that he opposed the "Clean Missouri" initiative approved by voters in the November elections. He specifically wants to repeal a section requiring state House and Senate districts to be drawn by a demographer to achieve "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness" based on past statewide elections. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
December 23, 2018 - 11:23 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When then-Missouri state Sen. Mike Parson didn't agree with a voter-approved law imposing tough regulations on dog breeders, he led a legislative effort to repeal the measure and replace it with a tamer version. Now eight years later as governor, Parson believes a similar...
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Demonstrators gather at the steps of the Capitol before going inside to chant in the Rotunda as the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives consider bills during a "lame duck" session in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Dec 12, 2019. Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from incoming Democratic officeholders or voters. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 4:19 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature raced Wednesday to pass bills in the final days of a contentious lame-duck session, as the fate of several key bills hung in the balance before newly elected Democrats take over top offices in January. The GOP will continue to control the...
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