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LGBT

Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake – Associated Press

The Colorado baker who won a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple’s wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request for a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that

Laws

State laws vary widely on whether felons can run for office – Associated Press

The case of a defeated New Mexico candidate arrested in a politically motivated shooting spree has turned a spotlight on an issue that has been evolving in the states: whether people with criminal convictions are eligible to run for public office. Solomon Peña overwhelmingly lost a bid for the New Mexico statehouse as a Republican

Opinion

Opinion: Voters Will Continue to Lead on Marijuana Legalization – Inside Sources

In every election for the last 25 years, voters have had the opportunity to decide on statewide ballot measures legalizing marijuana for either medical or adult-use purposes. This November will be no exception. Voters in five states — Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota — will decide on proposals to legalize and regulate the adult-use

School Choice

Arizona school districts accused of using tax dollars to oppose school choice

Photo: Beth Lewis, executive director of Save Our Schools Arizona (Matt York / AP) Arizona school districts will violate state law next week by sending representatives to a meeting where they will encourage attendees to overturn the state’s new universal school choice law, the Goldwater Institute alleges. The free-market legal nonprofit sent a letter to

Abortion

Two months after Roe reversal, abortion picture in Arizona no clearer – Cronkite News

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, it left Arizona officials, advocates and physicians with 120 years of conflicting abortion laws to untangle. Two months later, things are still tangled. “We have struggled to understand what is permissible by law,” said Dr. Jill Gibson, medical director for Planned Parenthood Arizona. “It’s

Elections

No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, AP finds – Associated Press

The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results. The findings from both Republican- and Democratic-controlled