State governments

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo, Andy Cilek poses with a Tea Party shirt at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cilek was one of two voters who defied elections officials after he was asked to cover up a tea-party shirt and button. The Supreme Court has struck down a Minnesota law that restricted what voters can wear to polls. The justices ruled June 14, that the law violates the First Amendment. Still, the justices’ 7-2 ruling suggested that some restrictions on what people can wear to vote are permissible. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 14, 2018 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Minnesota's broad restrictions on voters wearing "political" hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, but said states can place limits on such apparel. Minnesota contended the restrictions were reasonable, kept order at polling places and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 photo, state Rep. David Stringer explains his "no" vote during a vote on whether to remove Rep. Don Shooter from office at the Arizona House of Representatives Chambers in Phoenix. The Republican lawmaker is being criticized for saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing integration in schools at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum on Monday, June 11. (Sean Logan/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)
June 14, 2018 - 4:43 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A lawmaker who said "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing integration in schools is being asked to resign by the Arizona Republican Party. Republican Rep. David Stringer of Prescott made the remarks during a speech at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum...
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June 14, 2018 - 4:39 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas, as existing facilities for children reach capacity under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on migrants and the resulting separation of families. A spokesman for...
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June 14, 2018 - 2:32 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro is accusing Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of violating a ban on political events on school property. Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, filed complaints on Thursday with a state ethics panel and with officials in New York City...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Cyntoia Brown appears in court during her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. Attorneys for the Tennessee woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 are asking federal appellate judges to throw out her sentence, in a case that has attracted celebrity attention. Brown’s attorneys will argue Thursday, June 14 before a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
June 14, 2018 - 1:32 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal appeals judges said Thursday they're considering asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to clarify whether a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 can ever gain parole. The three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel heard arguments Thursday...
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June 14, 2018 - 1:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's highest court has turned down President Donald Trump's latest bid to delay a defamation suit filed by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. The state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Trump wanted Summer Zervos' lawsuit...
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June 14, 2018 - 10:46 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for term limits on all elected state offices in New York, including the Legislature. Led by Sen. Joseph Griffo, an Oneida County Republican, several Senate and Assembly members held a news conference Thursday in Albany to call for...
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June 14, 2018 - 9:24 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation designed to help prosecutors go after sex traffickers has cleared the New York Legislature and awaits action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York and Alabama are now the only states whose trafficking laws generally require victims to testify in court. In New York, that's...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2017, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in New York. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield as it details how a determinedly non-partisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race. President Donald Trump will look to the inspector general report to provide a fresh line of attack against the FBI’s two former top officials, Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, as he claims that a politically tainted bureau tried to undermine his campaign and, through the Russia investigation, his presidency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 14, 2018 - 1:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a determinedly nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016...
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Maine Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Shawn Moody is congratulated by supporters in Gorham, Maine Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Moody won Tuesday's ranked-choice voting primary in the race to succeed Maine's firebrand Gov. Paul LePage, while no clear majority winner had emerged in the Democratic primary. (Troy R. Bennett/The Bangor Daily News via AP)
June 14, 2018 - 12:25 am
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Couriers will begin delivering ballots to Maine's state capital on Thursday as residents await the results of the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting. A private courier service will start delivering hands ballots and memory sticks to a secure site in Augusta. Vote...
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