Federal Judge Blocks Montana’s First-In-The-Nation Ban on TikTok, Says It’s Unconstitutional

[ad_1] HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s first-in-the-nation law banning the video-sharing app TikTok in the state has been blocked while a legal challenge to the law moves through the courts, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said the ban “oversteps state power and infringes on the Constitutional right of users and … Read more

Publishing Industry Heavy-Hitters Sue Iowa Over State’s New School Book-Banning Law

[ad_1] The nation’s largest publisher and several bestselling authors, including novelists John Green and Jodi Picoult, are part of a lawsuit filed Thursday challenging Iowa’s new law that bans public school libraries and classrooms from having practically any book that depicts sexual activity. The lawsuit is the second in the past week to challenge the … Read more

Eyeing 2024, Michigan Democrats Expand Voter Registration and Election Safeguards in the Swing State

[ad_1] LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats are building on an effort to overhaul election laws in the state by allowing 16-year-olds to register before they can legally vote at 18 and adding more protections for election officials ahead of a 2024 presidential election that the swing state could play a critical role in. The … Read more

Kari Lake Loses Suit to See Ballot Envelopes in 3rd Trial Tied to Arizona Election Defeat

[ad_1] PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected Kari Lake’s request to examine signed ballot envelopes of 1.3 million early voters, giving the defeated Arizona Republican candidate for governor another loss in her third trial related to last year’s election. In an order filed Thursday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah Jr. argued their … Read more

Former Ambassador and Republican Politician Sues to Block Tennessee Voting Law

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Ambassador to Poland and longtime Tennessee Republican politician Victor Ashe sued state election officials on Wednesday over a law he claims is so vague that he could be prosecuted for voting in a Republican primary. The 1972 state law requiring primary voters to be “bona fide” party members or … Read more

South Korean Farmers Rally Near Presidential Office to Protest Proposed Anti-Dog Meat Legislation

[ad_1] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of South Korean dog farmers scuffled with police during a rally near the presidential office on Thursday to protest a push by authorities to outlaw dog meat consumption. Earlier this month, government and ruling party officials agreed to introduce legislation by the year’s end that would ban the … Read more

Fast-Track Legislative Maneuvers Hinder Public Participation, Nonpartisan Kentucky Group Says

[ad_1] FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Weeks before Kentucky lawmakers reconvene to debate policy, a nonpartisan group issued a report Wednesday scrutinizing the procedures sometimes used to pass legislation. The review conducted by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky found that lawmakers increasingly have relied on fast-track maneuvers to pass bills, which it says can … Read more

Michigan to Join State-Level Effort to Regulate AI Political Ads as Federal Legislation Pends

[ad_1] LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is joining an effort to curb deceptive uses of artificial intelligence and manipulated media through state-level policies as Congress and the Federal Elections Commission continue to debate more sweeping regulations ahead of the 2024 elections. Campaigns on the state and federal level will be required to clearly say which … Read more

Judge Dismisses Liberal Watchdog’s Claims That Wisconsin Impeachment Panel Violated Open Meeting Law

[ad_1] MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge dismissed on Tuesday a liberal watchdog group’s claims that a panel researching the possible impeachment of a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice violated the state’s open meeting laws. Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington wrote in his ruling that American Oversight filed its claims prematurely and should have given … Read more

Kenya Court Strikes Out Key Clauses of a Finance Law as Economic Woes Deepen From Rising Public Debt

[ad_1] NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan High Court on Tuesday struck out key clauses of a contentious finance law that has been blamed for significantly raising taxes and the cost of living in East Africa’s largest economy. High court judges David Majanja, Christine Meoli and Lawrence Mugambi said parts of the Finance Act 2023, … Read more