State governments

August 01, 2019 - 4:06 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An alleged hit list of political opponents, a promise of access, heated denials, an audiotape and suspicions of a setup. Texas Republicans are reeling from an internal scandal that could threaten their two-decade dominance of the state Legislature in the nation's most populous...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., smiles after vote on a hard-won budget deal that would permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2019 - 3:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber's accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. But topping McConnell's list were Senate votes this week confirming...
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August 01, 2019 - 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry. The donations from Juul's political action...
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August 01, 2019 - 12:16 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told a paralyzed Democratic state representative in a letter Thursday that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos...
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August 01, 2019 - 11:40 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The first state lawmaker in the United States to be expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement began is hospitalized and on life support. Don Shooter, a Republican from Yuma, Arizona, was thrown out of the Legislature in February 2018 after being found to have...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's representative in the U.S. Congress, speaks during a conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rico legislator said Tuesday, July 30, 2019, that the U.S. territory’s embattled governor plans to nominate Pierluisi as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
August 01, 2019 - 6:37 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governing party was in full-blown crisis Thursday as the nominee to succeed departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló headed to a disputed and uncertain confirmation vote in the U.S. territory's legislature. Rosselló is leaving Friday in the face of massive public...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2019 file photo Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters about his budget vetoes at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. A group that includes a coal company chairman and a framer of Alaska's constitution is launching an effort to recall Dunleavy. The National Conference of State Legislatures says, across the country, there have been many attempts over the years to recall governors but very few have gone far enough to trigger recall elections. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
July 31, 2019 - 4:59 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group that includes a coal company chairman and a framer of Alaska's constitution is launching an effort aimed at recalling Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, weeks after his far-reaching budget vetoes prompted public outrage. In late June, Dunleavy announced vetoes of more than...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2019, file photo shows marijuana buds in Akron, Ohio. Several county attorneys are pressuring Utah to scrap its plans for a state-run medical marijuana dispensary system, arguing the system would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Attorneys from Salt Lake and Davis County said Tuesday, July 30, that current plans to use local health departments as pickup points for medical marijuana would make county employees de-facto drug dealers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
July 31, 2019 - 4:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials preparing to launch the state's medical marijuana program next year face mounting pressure from county attorneys to scrap plans for a state-run dispensary system and lingering scrutiny from companies rejected for grower's licenses. The state announced Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's representative in the U.S. Congress, speaks during a conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rico legislator said Tuesday, July 30, 2019, that the U.S. territory’s embattled governor plans to nominate Pierluisi as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
July 31, 2019 - 2:09 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's political crisis appeared to deepen on Wednesday as the island's outgoing governor and legislators — including those from his own party — clashed over who should be the next leader of a U.S. territory unbalanced by massive protests. The upheaval has raised...
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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock talks to reporters after the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 31, 2019 - 1:14 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Trump administration must resume collecting donor information from nonprofit groups and give states and the public the chance to weigh in if it tries to halt the practice again. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said in Tuesday's decision that the IRS...
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