Veto puts Kentucky in thick of fight over transgender rightsMarch 26, 2023 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's veto of a bill aimed at transgender health care puts the state in the middle of a national fight, but with more immediate consequences as the state's looming election offers an early test on the state-by-state assault on gender-affirming care for minors.
What’s next for marijuana legalization after Oklahoma vote?March 8, 2023 GMT
In just over a decade since voters approved state constitutional amendments to make recreational marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington, 19 other states have followed suit.
But voters in Oklahoma, where faith leaders, law enforcement and most of the state's GOP leaders campaigned against legalization, on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized it.
Oklahoma voters reject legalizing recreational marijuanaMarch 8, 2023 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters on Tuesday rejected the legalization of recreational marijuana, following a late blitz of opposition from faith leaders, law enforcement and prosecutors.
Oklahoma would have become the 22nd state to legalize adult use of cannabis and join conservative states like Montana and Missouri that have approved similar proposals in recent years.
4 Kentucky GOP governor candidates make pitches in TV debateMarch 8, 2023 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four of the candidates running in Kentucky's Republican gubernatorial primary staked out positions Tuesday night on medical marijuana legalization and whether the state's anti-abortion laws should be relaxed to allow more exceptions to the near-total ban.
Pot vote has Oklahoma hungry to rake in green from TexasMarch 4, 2023 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of Texans from the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth area routinely drive across the Red River to gamble in glitzy, Las Vegas-style tribal casinos or to relax at cabins or swim and ski in lakes that dot southern Oklahoma.
Chicago mayor’s race shows impact of crime in COVID’s wakeMarch 2, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Four years ago, Paul Vallas finished toward the bottom of the pack in a crowded race for Chicago mayor. Trying again, focused this time on crime, he was the top vote getter Tuesday, toppling the incumbent mayor and advancing to an April runoff to lead one of the country's largest cities.
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot ousted; Vallas, Johnson in runoffMarch 1, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson will meet in a runoff to be the next mayor of Chicago after voters denied incumbent Lori Lightfoot a second term, issuing a rebuke to a leader who made history as head of the nation’s third-largest city.
Chicago mayor’s race dominated by concerns about city crimeFebruary 25, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — For years, Republicans have sought to win over voters by depicting Democratic-led cities as lawless centers of violence that need tough-on-crime policies. In Chicago, some of the Democrats running for mayor are deploying the same strategy as they debate how to make the city safer.