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A federal judge Tuesday blocked Election Day voter registration at polling places in Illinois, declaring a state law allowing the practice unconstitutional because it created one set of rules for cities and another for rural areas.  Voters will still be able to register Nov. 8 and cast a ballot for president but only at a limited number of sites, including the county clerk's office, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Continue reading.
Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation — approved by the Michigan Legislature last month — that would require schools to hold back third-graders who are more than a grade level behind in the subject.  The provisions go into effect for the 2019-20 school year. Continue reading.
Voters in four states appear likely to approve ballot measures that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, according to recent surveys, while voters are split on the question in a fifth state.  The polls, taken over the last few weeks, demonstrate a seismic shift in the politics of pot. Even a decade ago, voters rewarded politicians who promised to redouble the war on drugs. Continue reading.
The state of Ohio plans to resume executions in 2017 with a new three-drug combination.   The state will use the drugs midazolam, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride. To make the switch the state is expected to adopt new execution protocol by the end of the week. Continue reading.
In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court reversed the lower court's ruling, sending the case back for remedy, CNN reported.  According to the ruling, the purge would affect thousands of Ohio voters who don't vote regularly "even if he or she did not move and otherwise remains eligible to vote." Continue reading.
Constance Todd, 70 years old and a diligent voter in elections local and national, did not know what to make of the letter she got from the local registrar this month.  “You have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude,” it read, apparently referring to a conviction for a series of bad checks from 20 years ago, “which disqualifies you from voting under Amendment 579 of the Constitution of Alabama.” Continue reading.
When an unmarried couple with children breaks up, it is often a matter of packing boxes, divvying up property, and maybe getting an order for child support from a local court.  Unlike a divorcing couple, their split is not typically guided by legal standards that dictate how much money they owe each other, or how much time they get to spend with their kids once they separate. And, particularly for unmarried fathers, that lack of legal oversight can mean a long fight for custody of their children.  Continue reading.
Why are black preschoolers in America more than three times as likely to be suspended than their white classmates?  Perhaps because teachers are more likely to expect young black children — especially young black boys — to misbehave, according to a new Yale study. Continue reading.
In Charlotte, North Carolina last month, protesters outraged at the police shooting of Keith Scott demanded something fairly new to such events: that police release video of the incident.  In TV news footage they could clearly be heard chanting, “No tapes, no peace!”  Continue reading.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Wednesday intended to help students graduate from California public colleges and universities in four years.  One bill would create programs at Cal State campuses to give students extra support from academic advisers and priority registration in classes. Students in the programs would need to take a minimum number of credits and maintain a qualifying GPA. Continue reading.

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