Hochul v. Democrats: A Court Battle Plays Out in the N.Y. Senate

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s choice of Justice Hector LaSalle to become the state’s top judge has caused an intraparty Democratic battle that will be on display at Wednesday’s judicial hearing.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitutions, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #hochul-kathleen-c, #lasalle-hector-d, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Putin Wants Fealty, and He’s Found It in Africa

The Russian president has unleashed a new disorder on the world with his war in Ukraine, and the Central African Republic may be its ultimate expression.

#africa, #bangui-central-african-republic, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-african-republic, #constitutions, #elections, #international-relations, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #politics-and-government, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #referendums, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #touadera-faustin-archange, #united-nations, #vis-photo, #wagner-group

How to Imagine a Different America

The lost radicalism of Thomas Skidmore.

#constitutions, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #income-inequality, #jefferson-thomas, #thomas-skidmore, #united-states-economy

The Only U.S. Territory Without U.S. Birthright Citizenship

People born in American Samoa, which has been held by the United States for more than 120 years, are not automatically citizens of the United States.

#american-samoa, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutions, #elections, #native-hawaiians, #politics-and-government, #states-us

Lawmakers Back Bill to Enshrine Abortion Rights in France’s Constitution

The bill, which developed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, may face opposition in France’s Senate and would have to be approved in a referendum.

#abortion, #constitutions, #europe, #france, #law-and-legislation, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #veil-simone, #womens-rights

There Is a Way to Break Out of Our Constitutional Stagnation

States are turning back into “laboratories of democracy.”

#constitution-us, #constitutions, #midterm-elections-2022, #referendums, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michigan, California, Vermont Affirm Abortion Rights in State Ballot Proposals

Voters in all three states amended their constitutions to include reproductive rights, while Kentucky voters rejected an amendment that would have said there was no right to the procedure.

#abortion, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #kentucky, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #montana, #referendums, #vermont

Top State Judges Make a Rare Plea in a Momentous Supreme Court Election Case

In a surprising filing, state chief justices opposed an argument pressed by Republicans — that state legislatures may set federal election rules unconstrained by state constitutions.

#constitution-us, #constitutions, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-state-relations-us, #hecht-nathan-l, #north-carolina, #phillips-carter-g, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Italy May Get a Leader With Post-Fascist Roots

With the hard-right candidate Giorgia Meloni ahead before Sunday’s election, Italy could get its first leader whose party traces its roots to the wreckage of Fascism.

#berlusconi-silvio, #brothers-of-italy-italian-political-party, #constitutions, #eco-umberto, #elections, #european-union, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #italy, #league-italian-political-party, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #meloni-giorgia-1977, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #salvini-matteo, #voting-and-voters, #western-europe, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Ohio Judge Temporarily Suspends Abortion Ban

Abortion was illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, but a judge put the law on hold after abortion rights advocates sued the state.

#abortion, #constitutions, #decisions-and-verdicts, #indiana, #ohio, #suits-and-litigation-civil

The Radical Constitutional Change Britain Needs

Might the Queen’s death lead to unstoppable pressure for radical constitutional change, even a new British constitution?

#charles-iii-king-of-the-united-kingdom, #constitutions, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #politics-and-government

Chile’s Constitutional Moment Is Not Over

An overwhelming vote to reject a new, progressive charter cannot stop Chileans from figuring out the future of their country.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #indigenous-people, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation

You Can’t Talk About MAGA America in Hushed Tones

Trump is the chosen candidate of reactionary billionaires and fanatical opponents of racial and gender equality for a reason.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitutions, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #eastman-john-c, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michigan Voters Will Decide Abortion Rights Question, Court Says

A state board had previously said the issue could not appear on the ballot because of word spacing problems on the petitions.

#abortion, #constitutions, #michigan, #referendums

En Chile gana el ‘rechazo’ en el plebiscito por la Constitución

El texto rechazado habría legalizado el aborto, adoptado la atención médica universal y consagrado más de 100 derechos constitucionales, un récord mundial.

#abortion, #boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Chile Rejects Left-Leaning Constitution

The rejected Constitution would have legalized abortion, adopted universal health care and enshrined more than 100 constitutional rights, a global record.

#abortion, #boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Chile Votes on Constitution That Would Enshrine Record Number of Rights

In a single ballot on Sunday, Chileans will decide on abortion, universal health care, rights for nature and a record expansion of constitutional rights.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #latin-america

A Nation Seeks Better Rules for Better Results

Chileans are debating how to rewrite the nation’s Constitution to address their society’s most stubborn problems.

#chile, #constitutions, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #income-inequality, #referendums

Chile Could Transform Indigenous Rights in Watershed Vote

The proposed constitution would enshrine some of the world’s most extensive Indigenous rights. But those reforms have become the focal point of the campaign to reject the new text.

#chile, #constitutions, #indigenous-people, #santiago-chile

Michigan Board Says Abortion Referendum Should Not Go to Voters

Abortion rights supporters gathered more than 750,000 signatures, but the petitions they circulated had formatting problems.

#abortion, #constitutions, #michigan, #referendums

For Singapore’s Gay Men, Repeal of Sex Ban Brings Hope After Years of Pain

The government confirmed that it would get rid of the colonial-era law, but said it would also move to protect the definition of marriage from being challenged in court.

#constitutions, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lee-hsien-loong, #men-and-boys, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #transgender-and-transsexuals

How to Interpret the Kansas Referendum on Abortion

Voters in the conservative state roundly rejected a measure that would have added a constitutional prohibition.

#abortion, #audio-neutral-informative, #constitutions, #kansas, #referendums, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

Kansas Result Suggests 4 Out of 5 States Would Back Abortion Rights in Similar Vote

The referendum in a reliably Republican state shows which party has the most energy on the issue.

#abortion, #constitutions, #kansas, #polls-and-public-opinion, #referendums, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Abortion, Kansas Voters Held the Line

In many ways, across state and even party lines, voters did it together.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #constitutions, #kansas, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #tiller-george-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wichita-kan, #womens-rights

Tunisians Approve New Constitution That Undercuts Democracy

The charter, passed in a referendum, cements the almost absolute power that President Kais Saied seized over the past year, when he has ruled mostly by decree.

#constitutions, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #ennahda-party-tunisia, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Tunisians Vote on Constitution That Could Threaten Their Democracy

The new charter would enshrine into law a vast expansion of executive power under President Kais Saied in the past year.

#constitutions, #ennahda-party-tunisia, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Japan’s Leader Tries to Honor Abe’s Legacy, While Building His Own

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he will pursue Shinzo Abe’s goals, such as a stronger military. But he has also set himself apart from his slain predecessor.

#abe-shinzo, #constitutions, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #kishida-fumio, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #politics-and-government

As Japan Votes, Abe’s Party Hopes His Legacy Is on the Ballot

Many of Shinzo Abe’s goals are central to the Liberal Democrats’ platform, and party members hoped the slain ex-leader’s memory would inspire sympathy votes on Sunday.

#abe-shinzo, #constitutions, #elections, #japan, #kishida-fumio, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #politics-and-government

Next Time Trump Tries to Steal an Election, He Won’t Need a Mob

Conservatives want to give state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections, but their case is built on a fundamentally flawed premise.

#constitution-us, #constitutions, #electoral-college, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

New York Fights Back on Guns and Abortion After Supreme Court Rulings

Lawmakers passed measures that would prohibit concealed weapons in a number of public places. They are also poised to move forward on a bill to protect abortion rights.

#abortion, #albany-calif, #constitutions, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #firearms, #gun-control, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #sepulveda-luis-r, #state-legislatures, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #zeldin-lee-m

N.Y. State Senate Passes New Bill to Restrict Concealed Guns

The bill, which would prohibit concealed weapons in a number of public places, such as theaters, colleges, and health care facilities, is now being considered by the State Assembly.

#abortion, #albany-calif, #constitutions, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #firearms, #gun-control, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #sepulveda-luis-r, #state-legislatures, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #zeldin-lee-m

Tunisia’s President, Kais Saied, Proposes New Constitution

The proposal, which will be put to a national referendum on July 25, would enshrine the significant steps he has taken over the past year to dismantle the North African nation’s young democracy.

#constitutions, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

No Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution

The repeal of Roe v. Wade brings a return of sexual servitude for women.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #slavery-historical

If Australia Can Stop Mass Shootings, Why Can’t We?

Australia’s success with gun reform was mostly a result of timing, luck and the idiosyncrasies of its Constitution. But it does hold important lessons for the U.S.

#australia, #constitutions, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Misoginia de la era colonial’: en los fallos sobre los derechos de las mujeres se cita a un juez del siglo XVII

Tanto en India como en el borrador del fallo Roe v. Wade en Estados Unidos, todavía ocupa un lugar preponderante un juez inglés que escribió que las mujeres estaban obligadas por contrato a los maridos.

#abortion, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitutions, #domestic-violence, #great-britain, #india, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The 17th-Century English Judge Behind Abortion and Rape Rulings Today

Both in India and in the Roe v. Wade draft ruling roiling the United States, Lord Matthew Hale — an English judge who wrote that women were contractually obligated to husbands — still looms large.

#abortion, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitutions, #domestic-violence, #great-britain, #india, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The Unsettling Warning in France’s Election

A record number of abstentions, and a strictly binary choice for voters — many of whom said they were picking the lesser of two evils — are trouble signs even within a mature democracy.

#constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #european-union, #france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

President Dissolves Tunisia’s Parliament, Deepening Political Crisis

President Kais Saied, who suspended Parliament last year, dismissed that body after lawmakers challenged the autocratic powers he has exercised.

#constitutions, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

President Dissolves Tunisia’s Parliament, Deepening Political Crisis

President Kais Saied, who suspended Parliament last year, dismissed that body after lawmakers challenged the autocratic powers he has exercised.

#constitutions, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Caribbean Tour Marred By Gaffes and Miscues

The trip by Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge, dramatized how rapidly Queen Elizabeth II is losing her grip on distant dominions where she is still head of state.

#buckingham-palace, #caribbean-area, #constitutions, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #jamaica-west-indies, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #william-duke-of-cambridge

Pope Francis Issues New Vatican Constitution

The document stipulates that baptized lay Catholics, including women, can lead departments and increases institutional efforts to protect minors.

#benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #constitutions, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #omalley-sean-p, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

Allies Focus on Security of Zelensky and Other Ukraine Leaders

Concerns about the line of succession were prompted in part because President Volodymyr Zelensky insists he will not be evacuated.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitutions, #defense-and-military-forces, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stefanchuk-ruslan, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Pressure Mounts on Tunisia’s President to Salvage the Economy

When President Kais Saied seized power in July, he vowed to rescue the failing economy. Tunisians are still waiting for him to fulfill that pledge.

#constitutions, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Chile’s Constitutional Rewrite Confronts Climate Change Head On

Chile has lots of lithium, which is essential to the world’s transition to green energy. But anger over powerful mining interests, a water crisis and inequality has driven Chile to rethink how it defines itself.

#chile, #constitutions, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #sociedad-quimica-y-minera-de-chile-sa

Chile President-Elect Gabriel Boric Faces Challenge on Constitution

Gabriel Boric has no room for error in this constitutional moment.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #elections, #kast-jose-antonio, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Voting for President, Chile Faces Stark Choice, With Constitution at Stake

The presidential race is being contested by a millennial leftist who would be the nation’s youngest leader and a far-right politician who has promised to restore order and security.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #elections, #kast-jose-antonio, #pinera-sebastian, #politics-and-government

Abuses Under Gambia’s Ex-Ruler Should Be Prosecuted, Inquiry Says

A commission’s long-awaited investigation reported widespread human rights violations, but it is not clear if anyone will be charged with crimes.

#barrow-adama-1965, #constitutions, #gambia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #jammeh-yahya

Chileans Will Vote For President on Sunday

The top contenders to lead Chile out of a turbulent era are a leftist 35-year-old former student activist and a 55-year-old far-right former congressman, presenting voters a stark choice.

#chile, #constitutions, #elections, #pinera-sebastian, #politics-and-government

Why Is Poland Fighting the Supremacy of European Union Courts?

Poland argues that its courts should supersede the bloc’s top court. The E.U. sharply disagrees.

#brussels-belgium, #constitutions, #european-commission, #european-union, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government, #treaties, #treaty-of-lisbon-2007

Poland’s Top Court Rules Its Constitution Trumps Some E.U. Laws

The ruling challenges the supremacy of European law, a cornerstone of the continent’s push for an “ever closer union” since it began more than 60 years ago.

#constitutions, #europe, #european-union, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government