- Proposal 1's defeat most lopsided under modern constitution Updated: May-06-15 4:07 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan's road-funding ballot measure didn't just go down to defeat. It failed by a historically high margin.
- Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack Updated: May-05-15 8:44 pm
DALLAS - When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, home to one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did.
- Pennsylvania House votes to cut own ranks, trim Senate Updated: May-05-15 7:23 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania state representatives took a step Tuesday toward trimming dozens of members from the Legislature, the latest move in a campaign to amend the state constitution that for several years has frustrated its supporters.
- Snyder makes final push for voters to approve tax increase Updated: May-04-15 6:01 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder wrapped up a road tour Monday urging voters to approve a tax increase that would generate $1.2 billion a year more for roads, saying the tax hike is needed to ensure safer roads.
- Legislature OKs bill to add right to hunt to constitution Updated: May-04-15 4:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A proposed Nevada constitutional amendment preserving the right to hunt, trap and fish has been approved by the Legislature and is one step closer to becoming law.
- Japan ruling party gears up to revise pacifist constitution Updated: May-01-15 11:29 am
TOKYO - Japan's conservative ruling party is gearing up for a new push to achieve its long-sought goal of revising the country's U.S.-drafted post-World War II constitution. Its first challenge: winning over a divided public.
- House OKs tapping $3B-plus per year from car sales for roads Updated: Apr-30-15 7:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has voted overwhelmingly to funnel more than $3 billion in annual tax revenue from car sales to building and maintaining traffic-clogged roads statewide.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court voting for new chief justice Updated: Apr-29-15 9:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Supreme Court justices moved quickly Wednesday to elect a new chief following certification of a constitutional amendment that ended seniority as the sole determinant, even as a federal lawsuit was pending seeking to delay replacing longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
- Former Va. AG Ken Cuccinelli stays active in state politics Updated: Apr-29-15 4:39 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Since leaving elected office at the beginning of last year, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has helped start an oyster farm, sued the National Security Administration, led a U.S. Senate-focused conservative political action committee and founded a law firm specializes in representing guns owners.
- ND Senate declines to challenge veto of oil trust fund bill Updated: Apr-28-15 8:23 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's Senate on Tuesday refused to challenge Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple's veto of a bill that would have barred a governor from budgeting money from the state's trust fund for oil taxes.
- USS Constitution closed for repairs, to partly open in June Updated: Apr-27-15 11:02 pm
BOSTON - The world's oldest commissioned warship afloat is closing to visitors as it heads to dry dock in Boston for repairs.
- US court upholds Chicago suburb's assault weapons ban Updated: Apr-27-15 9:26 pm
CHICAGO - A U.S. appeals court Monday upheld a Chicago suburb's assault weapons ban that had become a focus in the statewide debate over gun control, though a dissenting judge sharply criticized the majority opinion.
- Proposal would move up Texas gubernatorial inauguration Updated: Apr-27-15 6:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring that the governor and lieutenant governor take office the day before the start of the legislative session.
- Missouri Senate backs proposed US balanced budget amendment Updated: Apr-27-15 5:03 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators have passed a measuring calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government.
- Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group Updated: Apr-27-15 3:35 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan judges on Monday ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country's gay people.
- Sri Lanka's Parliament debates presidential powers Updated: Apr-27-15 2:35 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Parliament debated constitutional amendments Monday to clip the extensive powers given to the country's president, a promise President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.
- Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use Updated: Apr-26-15 5:04 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there's a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote.
- Texas GOP bills denounced by gay rights groups stagnant Updated: Apr-24-15 10:13 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Proposals that critics say could be used to discriminate against gays have largely gone nowhere in the Texas Legislature, a bastion of conservatives, and some gay rights activists believe a big reason is because of the backlash over religious objection laws passed in Arkansas and Indiana.
- Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount Updated: Apr-24-15 12:52 pm
GASHORA, Rwanda - More than 10,000 people from the East African nation of Burundi have crossed into neighboring Rwanda amid threats of violence ahead of elections, with many arriving here saying they have been intimidated by thugs who support President Pierre Nkurunziza who may seek a third term.
- Honduras high court voids ban on presidential re-election Updated: Apr-23-15 11:35 pm
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The Supreme Court on Thursday voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term - the issue at the heart of the political conflict that led to the ouster of socialist President Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.
- Ducey allows same-sex couples to be adoptive, foster parents Updated: Apr-23-15 6:09 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has overruled a legal opinion from the attorney general's office and instructed the state's child welfare agency to allow all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, to jointly be adoptive and foster parents.
- Republican senators advocate for balanced budget amendment Updated: Apr-23-15 5:53 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Republican senators are calling on Democrats to support a proposal aimed at forcing the federal government to balance its budget.
- Attorney general asks judge to dismiss irrigators' challenge Updated: Apr-22-15 7:29 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Attorney General's office asked a state judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit intended to stall the Flathead tribal water compact.
- State Supreme Court hears arguments on voter registration Updated: Apr-22-15 6:50 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether a 2012 law amending the language of voter registration forms discourages out-of-state college students and others living in the state temporarily from voting.
- Brisk pace at Nevada Legislature on bill deadline day Updated: Apr-22-15 12:27 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers kept busy Tuesday as they faced down a deadline to pass bills out of the house where they were first introduced.