Kansas voters approved an amendment Tuesday to the state Constitution ending an unusual state policy of redrawing legislative district boundaries based on federal census data adjusted by state numbers. The Kansas redistricting policy began in the 1990s and adjusted federal census data not to include college students and military personnel, given the non-permanent status of [...]

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Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph James struck down three Pittsburgh gun-control ordinances. The ordinances were passed in response to last year’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue and were widely supported by Mayor Bill Peduto and several City Council members. The gun-control ordinances regulated the use of assault weapons and prohibited the [...]

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US District Court Judge Rossie Alston held Monday that a Virginia law requiring marriage applicants to identify their race was unconstitutional. The order comes as a response to a lawsuit filed by three couples challenging the requirement. The couples were denied marriage licenses after declining to provide their race as required by a state statute. [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday rejected a request from the state of Louisiana to dismiss a lawsuit challenging several abortion regulations. The ruling came in a response to an abortion clinic and two doctors seeking a federal injunction against Louisiana’s legal framework for regulating abortion. The clinic and its [...]

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