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Santos steps down from House panels amid ethics issues

Jan. 31, 2023 19:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. George Santos of New York announced Tuesday he is temporarily stepping down from his two congressional committees, a move that comes amid a host of ethics issues and a day after he met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Santos has faced numerous...

Advocates warn House rule change could undermine voters

Jan. 31, 2023 16:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina civil rights advocates denounced a House rule change Tuesday that could allow Republicans to override vetoes on contentious bills with little notice, saying it subverts democracy and the will of voters. Republicans pushed through temporary...

Senate OKs bill tightening Virginia tourism spending rules

Jan. 31, 2023 15:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would tighten the purchasing rules the state's tourism agency must follow. The bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jeremy McPike, has said he filed the measure in response to a controversy last year involving the...

Spending in Wisconsin governor's race shatters record

Jan. 31, 2023 11:12 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Spending in Wisconsin's governor's race shattered the previous record by more than 75%, with more than $164 million spent on the contest won in the battleground state by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, a group that tracks campaign spending in state elections reported Tuesday. ...

Democrats in Washington state choose Conrad as new leader

Jan. 30, 2023 16:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Democratic Party has chosen Shasti Conrad, the former leader of King County Democrats, as its new chair. Conrad, 38, is a political consultant who ran for the post unopposed with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee, both of Washington’s Democratic...

Constitutional amendments stalled with Pa. House stalemate

Jan. 27, 2023 17:39 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters almost certainly will not see a package of proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot in May’s primary election after a deadline set by Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration came and went Friday for lawmakers to pass the...

Michigan Democrats pass over $1 billion in spending

Jan. 27, 2023 16:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature will set aside $200 million out of about $1 billion in spending for a paper mill in the Upper Peninsula, while also setting aside more money for the state's economic development fund. The legislation, which was passed late Thursday...

Virginia House GOP votes down gun control measures

Jan. 27, 2023 10:13 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans have voted down a range of bills that would have added new restrictions on firearms, including a ban on assault-style weapons, a college campus gun ban and a gun-storage bill that were priorities for Democrats. The Thursday evening...

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

Jan. 26, 2023 17:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

NC Democrats pitch abortion safeguards despite GOP majority

Jan. 26, 2023 14:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democrats, who narrowly held off a Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, have introduced legislation to codify abortion protections into state law as Republicans are discussing early prospects for further restrictions. Their...