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New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

More than 100K Oklahomans sign up under Medicaid expansion

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid since enrollment began this month under an expansion of the program that voters approved last year, state officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid...

California appeals court ruling upending assault weapons ban

Jun. 10, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor denounced in starkly personal terms a federal judge's upending of the state's restrictions on assault weapons as officials announced the filing Thursday of a formal notice that they will appeal the decision. They described...

Delaware Senate OKs bill on cash bail, sends it to the House

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s state Senate approved a bill Thursday requiring more people charged with crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial. The legislation, which cleared the Senate on a 19-2 vote and now goes to the House,...

EU asks Poland to stop court review of EU vs. Polish law

Jun. 10, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union said Thursday it has asked Poland's government to withdraw a motion asking the nation's constitutional court to rule on whether EU or Polish law has primacy in the central European nation. The Polish justice minister, Zbigniew...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 10, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Just what exactly makes Bundy so unsuitable? June 9 The Lewiston Tribune The Idaho Republican Party has standards. Who knew? ...

State lawmakers send 'millionaire tax' question to voters

Jun. 09, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers voted Wednesday to put the fate of a proposed “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment in the hands of voters on next year’s ballot. The proposal passed on a 159-41 vote in a joint session of the Legislature, guaranteeing it...

Republicans seek to shield Wisconsin gun owners from feds

Jun. 09, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Future federal laws that would ban or restrict the use of guns could not be enforced in Wisconsin under a Republican-backed bill the state Assembly approved Wednesday. The measure is part of a national wave of similar proposals intended to resist...

House votes to end governor's pandemic disaster declaration

Jun. 08, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives voted on party lines Tuesday to put an end to the governor's pandemic disaster emergency declaration, less than a month after voters dramatically expanded lawmakers' powers to control such declarations. The...

Alaska governor urges lawmakers to act on dividend plan

Jun. 07, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday urged lawmakers to act on his proposal to place in the state constitution a new formula for the annual check residents receive from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund as the current special legislative session slumped along. ...