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Stories with subject: Separation of powers
  • Rights official: Poland's constitutional court 'paralyzed' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:22 am

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has become "paralyzed" by the country's new government, threatening to undermine the rule of law, checks and balances on the government's power and the human rights of Polish citizens, a top European human rights official said Friday.

  • Puerto Rico pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 5:14 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis.

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 6:19 pm

    The Durango Herald, Feb. 3, on end-of-life choices for the terminally ill:

  • Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:02 am

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.

  • Missouri defends law capping cities' traffic ticket revenue 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:50 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A new Missouri law overhauling the state's municipal courts and police departments violates the separation of powers, defies the state constitution's limits on unfunded mandates and unfairly singles out the St. Louis area, an attorney representing 12 St. Louis County municipalities told a courtroom Friday.

  • Minnesota auditor sues over law allowing private audits 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:29 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - State Auditor Rebecca Otto filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a new state law that diminished her office's powers, a long-awaited step that will add to the state's growing legal tab on the issue.

  • Alaska judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion case 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:48 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A state court judge in Anchorage heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.

  • The Latest: Judge hear arguments in Medicaid expansion case 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 2:59 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The Latest on a lawsuit over Medicaid expansion in Alaska (all times local):

  • EU and US reach new data-sharing agreement story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 6:07 pm

    BRUSSELS - The European Union and the United States struck a deal Tuesday over data-sharing that will allow the likes of Facebook and Apple to continue sending people's information across the Atlantic - but a legal challenge to the pact is widely anticipated.

  • Poles fearing attack on democracy by government join protest story has photos
    Updated: Jan-23-16 11:48 am

    WARSAW, Poland - Thousands of Poles across the country marched Saturday in freezing temperatures to protest a slew of measures by the country's new right-wing government that they say are anti-democratic.

  • Lawmakers consider increase to malpractice payment cap 
    Updated: Jan-23-16 9:58 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - State lawmakers are set to take up a proposal that would increase Indiana's cap on medical malpractice payments for the first time in 17 years.

  • Idaho judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit over public defense 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 4:02 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the state seeking to improve the public defense system in Idaho, saying the case did not merit judicial action because it is not up to the courts to legislate standards.

  • Former judge says Bob Stump's texts not public record 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 9:08 am

    PHOENIX - A retired judge assigned to review Arizona Corporation Commission member Bob Stump's text messages has found that none of them should be released to the public.

  • Election-year clash on immigration heads to Supreme Court story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-19-16 11:12 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court stepped into a boiling political dispute over immigration Tuesday, setting up a likely decision in the middle of a presidential campaign marked by harsh rhetoric about immigrants.

  • Polish premier: EU wasting time on perceived problems story has photos
    Updated: Jan-19-16 1:13 pm

    BRUSSELS - Poland's prime minister chided the European Union on Tuesday for spending too much time on perceived problems in Warsaw and said the country's changes to its constitutional court and media legislation are an internal matter.