- Court tie means no retention elections for justices, for now Updated: May-06-16 12:27 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina won't use a new method of voting on state Supreme Court justices, for now, after justices split on the constitutionality of the option called retention elections.
- Arkansas court hears arguments in judicial retirement case Updated: May-05-16 4:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An attorney for four judges told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that the Legislature circumvented the state constitution when it passed a law eliminating retirement benefits for judges who are elected at age 70 or older.
- Arkansas chief justice candidate lent her campaign $660,700 Updated: May-04-16 1:45 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas Supreme Court Justice ended up lending her campaign $660,700, including nearly $20,000 in the month after she lost the March 1 election for chief justice.
- Montana defends campaign finance law ahead of elections Updated: May-03-16 4:29 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana attorneys on Tuesday defended the state's new campaign finance disclosure law against a gun-rights organization that wants parts of it struck down before next month's primary elections.
- Judge tosses closed primary lawsuit, but fight is not over Updated: May-02-16 7:37 pm
HELENA, Montana - A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to allow only Republican-registered voters to participate in its primary elections. But the legal fight to throw out Montana's century-old open primary system isn't over yet.
- Municipal court judge running for state Supreme Court Updated: May-02-16 7:28 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - A municipal court judge has announced that he's running against incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins.
- Kansas House approves changes in judicial selection process Updated: May-01-16 1:42 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A proposal approved in the Kansas House would give the secretary of state a role in how the nine-member commission that names three finalists for each high court vacancy elects its members.
- Supreme Court refuses to block Texas voter ID law Updated: Apr-29-16 1:09 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.
- Colorado DA says time-off policies don't apply to him Updated: Apr-29-16 10:00 am
DENVER - A Colorado District Attorney is defending his 6 ½ weeks of vacation in 2015, saying he is "a public servant, not a public slave."
- Michigan law limiting talk about elections won't be enforced Updated: Apr-28-16 7:57 pm
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The state of Michigan won't enforce a law that blocks local government officials from talking about a ballot question before an election, under a deal approved Thursday by a federal judge.
- Beatty clears 1st step to becoming next SC chief justice Updated: Apr-28-16 5:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Supreme Court's senior associate justice has cleared the first hurdle to taking over the court's top job.
- Walker starts looking for Prosser replacement on high court Updated: Apr-28-16 4:39 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has started searching for someone to finish out most of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's term.
- Correction: Supreme Court-Campaign Advisers story Updated: Apr-28-16 2:03 pm
BOISE, Idaho - In a story April 27 about Idaho Supreme Court candidate advisers, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the communications adviser for candidate Clive Strong. It's Melinda Nothern, not Northern.
- Panel of federal judges to review Tucson elections Updated: Apr-27-16 2:08 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - The full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review the constitutionality of Tucson's local elections systems after a three-member panel of the court ruled against it.
- House panel approves bipartisan drug-abuse legislation Updated: Apr-27-16 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers.
- Federal ruling on N Carolina voting laws bolsters voter ID Updated: Apr-26-16 10:12 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Civil rights and elections attorneys said Tuesday they will appeal a federal court ruling upholding North Carolina's 2013 major rewrite of its voting laws, a decision that marks at least a temporary victory for another state that requires photo identification to vote.
- Coroner in Vegas rules death of Henderson judge an accident Updated: Apr-25-16 3:48 pm
LAS VEGAS - The chief Henderson municipal court judge who was found dead in her home in March had the powerful painkiller fentanyl in her system when she died of a severe arm infection, the coroner in Las Vegas said Monday.
- Former Alabama Chief Justice Perry Hooper Sr. dies at 91 Updated: Apr-24-16 5:49 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The son of former Alabama Chief Justice Perry Hooper Sr. says his father has died at the age of 91.
- Supreme Court justices Viviano, Larsen launch campaigns Updated: Apr-22-16 8:53 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Supreme Court Justices David Viviano and Joan Larsen have formally announced bids to retain their seats in the 2016 election.
- Democrats submit names for new elections, ethics boards Updated: Apr-21-16 5:20 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Nominees for the final four spots on new partisan commissions to oversee elections and ethics laws in Wisconsin have been delivered to Gov. Scott Walker.
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: Apr-20-16 3:51 pm
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
- 4 candidates vie for open Idaho Supreme Court seat Updated: Apr-19-16 9:45 pm
BOISE, Idaho - One of the most important races in the upcoming May primary election is an open spot on the Idaho Supreme Court, but the little-known position isn't expected to draw voters despite attracting a wide range of candidates.
- Ohio judge dismisses suit from backers of drug-price plan Updated: Apr-19-16 1:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Ohio's elections chief by backers of an effort aimed at controlling prescription drug prices.
- Thousands protest president's pardon for fifth night Updated: Apr-16-16 5:29 pm
SKOPJE, Macedonia - Thousands of people gathered for a fifth consecutive night in the center of the Macedonian capital of Skopje late Saturday to protest President Gjorge Ivanov's decision to grant pardons that halted criminal proceedings against dozens of politicians, including a former prime minister, accused in a wiretapping scandal.
- Justice's fundraising arm: 'Politicized' bid to purge court Updated: Apr-15-16 10:56 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas Supreme Court justice's fundraising arm is pursuing donations by arguing an "unprecedented politicized effort" is underway to deny justices retention over school finance rulings.