Elections regulator nixes referendum on gun control law
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican-led attempt to hold a statewide referendum by signature petition on a newly signed gun control law has been turned away by the New Mexico Secretary of State's...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is back on track after being amended in the Senate.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is headed to the state Senate for possible changes.
ATLANTA (AP) — A contract with Atlanta's public transportation provider that would have brought a significant expansion of mass transit was voted down by a long resistant county on...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some key North Carolina House Republicans are floating a plan to set aside billions of tax dollars for public education and state agency construction and for rural broadband...
ATLANTA (AP) — Approval of a contract with Atlanta's public transportation provider that could bring a significant expansion of transit options is on the ballot in one north-metro...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has approved a bill that supports states remaining on daylight saving time.
The state House recently voted to ask Congress to let Washington...
Iowa lawmakers move forward with property tax limit bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — House Republicans are moving forward with a bill that would stop cities and counties from raising property taxes by more than 2 percent.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A plan for state government to borrow money so school districts and the University of North Carolina and community college systems can replace aging buildings and expand has...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on gun control initiatives in New Mexico (all times local):
Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says Republicans lawmakers are wasting their...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading Republican legislators say they will try and overturn a proposed law requiring background checks on nearly all gun sales in New Mexico through a voter...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Students at Wichita State University narrowly rejected a proposal to raise their own fees to fund improvements for academic facilities.
Voters oppose expansion of state landfill
DERBY, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Vermont have approved a referendum opposing an expansion of the state's only landfill.
Election results show Derby residents approved the measure asking if the...
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Bennington are set to decide whether the town should have a mayor.
Voters on Tuesday will encounter the fourth referendum on the issue, which has remained a...
Moore, other House Republicans unveil $1.9B bond proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore says borrowing money to pay for public school construction is the way to go because it offers certainty to local governments about how...
Mississippi school district sets $8 million referendum
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Voters in one southwest Mississippi school district will be asked this spring to borrow $8 million.
The Daily Leader reports that Brookhaven school board members...
The Latest: UK’s Labour says it will back new Brexit vote
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Britain's main opposition Labour Party has thrown its weight behind efforts to hold a new referendum on...
- Idaho State JournalTestimony overwhelmingly against ballot initiative bill, vote planned for next weekMarch 19, 2019
- The Washington TimesTheresa May voices doubts on future of BrexitMarch 17, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewWashington Senate approves bill backing permanent daylight saving timeMarch 13, 2019
- The Washington TimesMajority of Americans oppose Donald Trump's state of emergency prior to Senate vote: PollMarch 13, 2019
- The Washington TimesMajority of Americans oppose Donald Trump's state of emergency prior to Senate vote: PollMarch 13, 2019
Gas-fired power plant wins voter approval in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Voters in central Mexico have approved a stalled gas-fired power plant, one of seven projects that have been postponed, in many cases for years, by community...
Okinawa referendum rejects relocation for US military base
TOKYO (AP) — The residents of Japan's southwestern island region of Okinawa rejected a relocation plan for a U.S. military base ina referendum, increasing pressure on the national government to...
Cuba votes on updated constitution, accepts private property
HAVANA (AP) — Cubans were asked Sunday to send an overwhelming message of approval for the country's communist system as its founding generation of geriatric former guerrillas cedes the public...
Okinawa votes in referendum on US military base relocation
TOKYO (AP) — The people of Okinawa voted Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who...
Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum.
AP Explains: Catalans appear at ‘trial of century’ in Spain
MADRID (AP) — It's being billed as Spain's "trial of the century": A dozen politicians and activists are in in the Supreme Court on Tuesday stemming from their involvement in Catalonia's push for independence in 2017.
South Africa leader in national speech looks toward election
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address said Thursday the country had begun to recover from "a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust" under his scandal-ridden predecessor, and he announced that the presidential election will be on May 8.
The national elections are seen by many as a referendum on his ruling African National Congress party.
Group drops referendum on Suns arena funding
PHOENIX (AP) — A group calling itself Common Sense Phoenix launched a referendum campaign, hoping to collect enough signatures to send the $230 million Phoenix Suns arena renovation deal to voters and give the people the final say.
But The Arizona Republic reports that campaign is dead.
Voters reject plan to name streets in German municipality
BERLIN (AP) — Voters in a municipality in northwestern Germany have delivered a clear message: no street names, thanks.
Official results from a referendum held on Sunday showed 60 percent of voters in Hilgermissen rejected the local council's plan to name the streets, while 40 percent supported the proposal.
The proposed change was intended to make it easier for people — including police, emergency and delivery services — to find their way around the municipality of some 2,200 residents.
South Carolina voters may decide fate of Sunday liquor sales
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are a step closer to approving legislation to allow voters to decide on Sunday liquor sales.
Members of a House judiciary subcommittee voted in favor for a bill Thursday to allow for an ordinance or referendum by local jurisdictions to allow liquor to be sold on Sundays.
Panel calls for delay on casino votes until study is done
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state Senate committee on Wednesday changed a major casino bill to require a study and another vote in 2020 before any casino licenses would be granted.
Macedonia parliament rejects request for 2nd name referendum
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament has rejected a diaspora group's request for a second referendum on a deal to rename the country North Macedonia in exchange for NATO and potentially European Union membership.
Lawmakers voted 49-9 on Wednesday against the request from the World Macedonian Congress. The 120-seat parliament's remaining lawmakers were absent.
Filipino Muslims approve new autonomous region in referendum
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines overwhelmingly approved in a referendum the creation of a new autonomous region in hopes of ending nearly half a century of unrest, election officials said.
The Commission on Elections announced late Friday that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed ratified following a referendum on Monday. It says 1.5 million people voted in favor.
Business community could push for change to referendum laws
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The battle over a proposed development in an upscale Salt Lake City suburb could affect residents' power to challenge zoning decisions on the ballot amid fears of an affordable housing crisis.
Bolivia’s Morales marks 13 years in power, seeks new term
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated his 13 years in office on Tuesday amid controversy over whether he should be allowed to run again for the presidency.
Last year, Bolivia's top electoral court accepted Morales' candidacy for a fourth term despite a constitutional ban and referendum against such re-election. Elections for the next five-year presidential term are set for October.
Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.
Libertarian group in Idaho sues Boise for taxing mechanism
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A libertarian think-tank in Idaho is suing Boise for diverting new tax revenue to fund the capitol city's urban renewal projects.
The Idaho Statesman reported Friday that the Idaho Freedom Foundation claims the city's use of the tax increment financing mechanism violates the state's Constitution, which says cities cannot take on debt without a voter-approved referendum.
Maryland explores faster way to approve sports betting
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020.
Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires another voter referendum. Lawmakers failed to pass legislation to put sports betting on last November's ballot, but momentum appears to be building to act this year.
California voters must approve law to end bail before trial
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's first law eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial is on hold until California voters decide whether to overturn it, officials said Wednesday.
A referendum that qualified for the 2020 state ballot would overturn the law signed last year by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement. The law would replace bail with a risk-assessment system — although it's still unclear how the system will work.
Lawmakers push for casinos in 3 Virginia cities
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Casino backers from Portsmouth to Bristol are joining together to boost the odds of loosening Virginia's gambling laws.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers promoted pro-casino legislation Monday, arguing that three struggling cities spread along Virginia's southern border urgently need gambling to help to revive their economies.
UK’s May warns Brexit deal rejection would be ‘catastrophic’
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that lawmakers risk undermining the public's faith in democracy if they reject her divorce deal with the European Union in a vote set for Tuesday.
May said some members of Parliament were playing political games with the Brexit debate. Lawmakers, she said, should respect the results of the 2016 referendum in which 52 percent of voters backed leaving the EU.
Mississippi school district sets $16M borrowing referendum
KILN, Miss. (AP) — School leaders in a Mississippi Gulf Coast school district will be asked later this year to approve $16 million in borrowing to pay for upgrades.
Hancock County school Superintendent Alan Dedeaux tells WLOX-TV that voters will be asked to extend current property taxes to repay the bond issue, but won't be asked to raise taxes.
Wesson to vote on sales of wine and beer
WESSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi town of nearly 1,900 will vote Jan. 15 on whether to allow beer and wine sales.
Wesson has lost $2,000 to $3,000 a month in tax revenues since Brookhaven legalized beer and liquor sales in June 2013, officials told The Daily Leader of Brookhaven.
The Latest: Withdrawals, violence mar Bangladesh vote
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (all times local):
A general election marred by violence in Bangladesh is drawing criticism of a vote seen as a referendum on what the opposition calls Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.
Opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain is calling Sunday's vote "farcical," and vows rejection of results.
New voter ID law immediately challenged in N Carolina court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina law detailing a new voter photo identification requirement got challenged in court Wednesday mere moments after the Republican-led General Assembly completed the override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the measure.
Chicago suburb plans to buy land from McDonald’s for park
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — Park officials in a western suburb of Chicago have agreed to pay $15.8 million for vacant property owned by fast-food giant McDonald's Corp.
May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 — more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU.
UK ministers seek to downplay chance of second Brexit vote
LONDON (AP) — Supporters of British Prime Minister Theresa May dampened suggestions Sunday that the government is planning a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union, arguing that another Brexit vote would exacerbate divisions in the U.K., not heal them.
North Carolina governor vetoes latest voter ID legislation
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate that was added to the state's constitution in a recent referendum, teeing up a likely veto override by Republican lawmakers.
Voters in TGU school district reject $8.9 million bond issue
TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — Voters in the Towner-Granville-Upham school district have rejected the idea of raising property taxes to fund school upgrades.
Unofficial results show that nearly two-thirds of voters in Wednesday's election opposed an $8.9 million bond referendum to pay for upgrades and new construction in Granville and Towner.
Had the measure passed, the owner of a $100,000 house would have paid about $130 more in taxes per year.
UP wind project opponents will get referendum on ballot
L'ANSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Opponents of a wind-energy project in the Upper Peninsula have submitted enough petition signatures to qualify for a referendum.
But a key issue is unsettled: when to hold the vote in L'Anse Township in Baraga (BEAR'-uh-guh) County.
The township board says a special election in May would cost about $3,000. The next regular election might not come until fall 2020.