- Agency: Measure would put most of state off-limits to wells Updated: May-27-16 8:18 pm
DENVER - A proposal to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado would leave 90 percent of the state off-limits to future drilling, regulators said Friday.
- Auto title lender gives $237K to loan ballot question groups Updated: May-27-16 5:45 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A Georgia car title lender has contributed nearly $240,000 in additional funds to two South Dakota political organizations waging campaigns over a pair of short-term lending ballot measures, according to campaign finance records released Friday.
- Some allies of Bolivia's leader cool to him seeking new term Updated: May-26-16 5:41 pm
LA PAZ, Bolivia - President Evo Morales is finding that some of his biggest allies are cool to the idea of letting him try again to amend Bolivia's constitution so he could run for re-election.
- High court upholds lower court ruling voiding tax initiative Updated: May-26-16 4:47 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a ballot initiative that sought to limit taxes, with the high court ruling that the measure violated the state constitution's requirement that initiatives be limited to a single subject.
- Challenge to ballot measure capping interest rates fails Updated: May-24-16 7:34 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota residents may face a confusing scenario at the polls in November: a ballot with two proposals about payday loan interest rates that could have divergent consequences for borrowers and businesses across the state.
- Ethics commission considers election-season blackout Updated: May-24-16 4:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is considering an election-season blackout on ethics complaints.
- Lawsuit challenges Michigan ban on straight-party voting Updated: May-24-16 3:24 pm
DETROIT - The former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit to try to overturn a law that bans straight-party voting.
- Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers Updated: May-24-16 9:01 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:
- Voter-ID proposal to go before Missouri voters Nov. 8 Updated: May-23-16 6:39 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to amend the state Constitution to allow lawmakers to add voter-identification requirements.
- Rhode Island lawmakers moving quickly on ethics reform Updated: May-23-16 3:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Hoping to show it's cleaning up its act, the Rhode Island General Assembly is moving quickly on changes that would put lawmakers under the watch of an ethics commission and strengthen lobbying rules.
- Supreme Court upends all-white jury verdict, death sentence Updated: May-23-16 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate.
- After migrants, German nationalist party takes aim at Islam Updated: May-23-16 11:46 am
ERFURT, Germany - Weeks after declaring that there is no place for Islam in Germany, a surging nationalist party has sharpened its rhetoric against prominent Islamic groups and suggested limiting the religious freedom of the more than 4 million Muslims in the country.
- US Secretary of State Kerry urges further reforms in Myanmar Updated: May-22-16 3:11 pm
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Myanmar's new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy by implementing further reforms to enshrine free markets, development and human rights.
- Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life Updated: May-22-16 11:30 am
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - Tajikistan held a referendum Sunday on changing the Constitution to allow its authoritarian president to run for office indefinitely, effectively allowing him to rule for life.
- Congo's political crisis stokes fears of widespread violence Updated: May-20-16 10:18 am
WASHINGTON - A simmering political crisis in Congo that the U.S. and its allies have been unable to defuse is stoking fears in Congress that one of Africa's largest countries is on the verge of slipping into widespread violence.
- Arkansas court rejects lawsuit over campaign finance measure Updated: May-19-16 8:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's decision to reject the wording of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions on elected officials.
- Legislature approves firm 180-day period for ballot drives Updated: May-18-16 6:17 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Groups collecting signatures for statewide ballot drives could submit those only collected within a firm 180-day period under legislation passed by a divided House Wednesday and expected to land on Gov. Rick Snyder's desk soon.
- Proposed 'millionaire tax' amendment clears key hurdle Updated: May-18-16 4:50 pm
BOSTON - A proposed constitutional amendment calling for what's been dubbed the "millionaire tax" has cleared a key legislative hurdle.
- Tickets go on sale for fall Norsk Hostfest festival in Minot Updated: May-18-16 11:00 am
MINOT, North Dakota - Tickets are now on sale for this year's Norsk Hostfest in Minot.
- Delta to end sponsorship of Atlanta's Fox over rival airline Updated: May-18-16 9:48 am
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines will not continue its sponsorship of Atlanta's Fox Theatre after a rival airline rented the facility for an event.
- Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage Updated: May-17-16 7:15 pm
MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico on Tuesday, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar such couples from wedding.
- Ethics reform bill moves forward in Rhode Island House Updated: May-17-16 6:23 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Top Rhode Island lawmakers are moving quickly to get an ethics reform initiative on the November ballot.
- Bill to strip Turkish legislators of immunity clears hurdle Updated: May-17-16 3:42 pm
ISTANBUL - A significant majority in Turkey's parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of a divisive, government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution, increasing the chances that it becomes law.
- Detention of Briton sparks concerns over Nepal's democracy Updated: May-17-16 9:13 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal has detained a British man over his alleged participation in an anti-government protest, just two weeks after expelling a Canadian for criticizing the government on social media.
- Nepal ethnic protesters clash with police for 2nd day Updated: May-16-16 2:45 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Supporters of ethnic minority groups demanding changes in Nepal's new constitution clashed with police Monday and blocked main streets near the prime minister's office, as their newly started protests entered their second day.