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Michigan moves for early slot for 2024 presidential primary

Jan. 31, 2023 20:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Democrats voted Tuesday to move the state's presidential primary to the fourth week of February and become a part of a new group of states slated to lead off the Democratic party's presidential primary starting next year. The move, which was...

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...

Biden highlights grant for Hudson tunnel, takes aim at GOP

Jan. 31, 2023 18:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday showcased a $292 million mega grant that will be used to help build a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, part of a broader effort to draw a contrast between his economic vision and that of Republicans. ...

S. Dakota lawmakers push bill to bar transgender youth care

Jan. 31, 2023 17:31 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A state House committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in South Dakota. Supporters argued a bill barring youth from accessing puberty blockers, hormones and surgery would protect adolescents from...

Durenberger, former US senator from Minnesota, dies at 88

Jan. 31, 2023 17:23 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger, a Minnesota Republican who espoused a progressive brand of politics and criticized the GOP after his political career, died Tuesday at age 88. Durenberger’s health had declined in recent months, his longtime...

Biden, McCarthy, once breakfast mates, wrangle over US debt

Jan. 31, 2023 16:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not so long ago, Joe Biden and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy used to talk things over at breakfast in Biden's vice presidential home at the Naval Observatory. Biden was intent in those days on “keeping up relations with the opposition party,” as he writes...

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...

Unexpected Pennsylvania House speaker hopes to retain job

Jan. 31, 2023 16:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The rank-and-file Democrat who was unexpectedly elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House as a compromise candidate earlier this month is saying he hopes to keep the job even after three vacant Democratic-leaning seats are filled in special elections next week. ...

Wisconsin GOP signals possible movement on PFAS pollution

Jan. 31, 2023 15:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signaled Tuesday they may be willing to spend more to address PFAS contamination this legislative session after research showed the toxic chemicals have seeped into the waters of Green Bay. The state Senate's natural resources committee,...

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. ...