- Obama on immigration: Progress 'not always a straight line' Updated: May-05-15 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON - During a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, President Barack Obama couldn't help but reflect on the swings that have confronted his attempts to tackle immigration. "I just want to remind everybody that progress is not always a straight line," he said.
- US court dismisses appeal of Sandoval County election order Updated: May-05-15 1:49 pm
BERNALILLO, New Mexico - A federal appeals court has dismissed an appeal of a judge's order that required Sandoval County to use more election polling places and machines in the 2014 election.
- Roggensack says she doesn't want to fight with justices Updated: May-05-15 11:01 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Newly elected Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says she doesn't want to pick a fight with other justices, even though her selection as its leader is contested.
- Flint expects to ask judge to allow names on primary ballot Updated: May-04-15 4:07 pm
FLINT, Michigan - A Genesee County Circuit Court judge or federal judge may be asked to allow Flint to put the names of mayoral candidates on the primary election ballot after a clerk's error.
- 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.
- Illinois county does booming business in asbestos lawsuits Updated: Apr-29-15 2:58 pm
EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois - Few of the tourists who drive old Route 66 through this rural Illinois town are aware of its true economic engine: a booming business in asbestos lawsuits that attracts law firms from across the country.
- Fewer than 2 of 10 possible voters cast ballots in election Updated: Apr-29-15 10:43 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Final election results show that fewer than two out of every 10 possible voters cast ballots in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race earlier this month.
- Jury commissioners' organization may be done after 147 years Updated: Apr-28-15 4:22 pm
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pennsylvania - The few jury commissioners remaining in the state will decide whether to terminate their trade organization.
- Legal fight over voter IDs in Wisconsin continues Updated: Apr-27-15 3:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - With two special elections looming next month and one to fill a vacancy in the state Senate coming later this year, opponents of Wisconsin's new voter identification law want a federal court to expand the number of IDs that voters can show at the polls.
- Arizona sheriff's re-election chances called into question Updated: Apr-24-15 9:59 pm
PHOENIX - Sheriff Joe Arpaio has remained politically invincible in his 22 years in office in Arizona, despite federal investigations and a history of legal woes that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
- Elizabeth Weaver, Michigan justice for nearly 16 years, dies Updated: Apr-22-15 6:01 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Elizabeth "Betty" Weaver, a teacher-turned-judge who stunned her Michigan Supreme Court colleagues when she said she had secretly recorded their discussions, has died. She was 74.
- Retention option for NC appellate judges ekes through House Updated: Apr-21-15 9:02 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Lawmakers in the North Carolina House narrowly agreed Tuesday to give North Carolina appellate court judges a new way to keep their jobs through something called retention elections - when only their name is on the ballot.
- Supreme Court orders review of North Carolina redistricting Updated: Apr-20-15 3:23 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.
- Fight over legislative districts returns to district court Updated: Apr-18-15 2:43 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The fight over Alabama's legislative districts is shifting back to Montgomery after a divided U.S. Supreme Court said a lower court must take another look at whether GOP lawmakers relied too heavily on race when they drew new district lines.
- High court hopeful: $500,000 should level GOP playing field Updated: Apr-16-15 5:19 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A candidate who received the largest single campaign contribution reported so far in Pennsylvania's Supreme Court race said Thursday that the $500,000 will make him competitive in the May 19 Republican primary.
- NC House initially OKs making judicial races partisan again Updated: Apr-16-15 4:28 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Elections for North Carolina appellate court judgeships have been officially nonpartisan since 2004, but Republicans are trying again to shift them back to partisan races.
- Ducey axes bill setting Justice of the peace election rules Updated: Apr-14-15 9:20 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill setting new requirements for justice of the peace candidates.
- Lawmakers push proposal to pick Pa. appeals judges on merit Updated: Apr-14-15 6:02 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - State lawmakers are proposing a system of picking Pennsylvania appeals court judges based on merit to change the current system of elected jurists.
- Judge to hear motion to toss out mayoral election challenge Updated: Apr-14-15 4:07 pm
GREENWOOD, Mississippi - Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams is asking a judge to throw out a challenger's lawsuit over the results of the 2013 election.
- Vote buying at center of eastern Ky. judge-executive case Updated: Apr-13-15 7:06 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - On election day in Magoffin County, Jerry Adams said his second cousin drove him to the local Save-a-Lot and gave him $25 to vote for Michael "Doc" Hardin for county judge executive - a key office that controls a lot of jobs in this economically depressed area.
- Ohio justice says fellow Democrats made bad Senate race pick Updated: Apr-13-15 6:55 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The lone Democrat elected to top statewide office in Ohio is slamming his party for its weekend endorsement of former Gov. Ted Strickland in the race for U.S. Senate.
- From poor immigrant to Arizona's 1st Hispanic governor Updated: Apr-10-15 7:47 pm
PHOENIX - Raul Hector Castro first noticed discrimination on his way to school in a dusty Arizona border town.
- Arizona's 1st Hispanic governor, also a US ambassador, dies Updated: Apr-10-15 5:24 pm
PHOENIX - Raul Hector Castro, Arizona's only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three countries, died Friday. He was 98.
- Hutchinson interested in merit selection for judges Updated: Apr-10-15 3:55 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called Friday for a renewed debate on whether the state's appellate judges should be appointed rather than popularly elected, a move that comes amid a high-profile split on the Supreme Court over a gay marriage case.
- Bradley says victory shows voters want nonpartisan court Updated: Apr-07-15 11:19 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Justice Ann Walsh Bradley says her re-election victory shows that voters want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to be nonpartisan.