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FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner

Dec. 12, 2018 5:48 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An FBI corruption investigation that became an issue in the Florida governor's race led to a 44-count federal indictment Wednesday against a city commissioner who once ran the state's Democratic Party. The indictment charges Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox with bribery,...

AP FACT CHECK: Wisconsin governor's veto pen is powerful

Dec. 11, 2018 8:36 PM EST

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended lame-duck legislation Tuesday that sparked protests in the state's Capitol because it would trim some of his successor's powers. Critics said the Republican-controlled Legislature is ignoring the election result and trying to constrain Gov.-elect Tony Evers from altering some...

'Conservative outsider' enters race for Mississippi governor

Dec. 11, 2018 8:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A first-term Republican state lawmaker said Tuesday that he's running for Mississippi governor in 2019 as a "conservative outsider." Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando announced his campaign Tuesday evening at an event in DeSoto County and in a video posted to social media. "I grew up in...

Washington governor proposes plans to fix mental health

Dec. 11, 2018 6:01 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled on Tuesday his budget and policy plans for fixing the state's struggling mental health system in the coming years. Inslee said at a news conference in Burien that he wants to change the system from being "crisis-based" to one that focuses on prevention by...

Top Democratic donors hear from rising stars ahead of 2020

Dec. 11, 2018 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to excite top donors ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee gave a platform Tuesday to the party's rising stars, including winners and one notable loser from the November midterms. Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum, fresh off a loss in a razor-thin...

Heitkamp bids farewell to US Senate after losing re-election

Dec. 11, 2018 3:33 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate, telling colleagues that "gridlock and partisanship does not have to rule the day." Heitkamp, in a half-hour speech from the Senate floor, appealed to Congress to display "more political courage" and to...

Inslee wants 100 percent clean energy in Washington by 2045

Dec. 10, 2018 6:28 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday proposed an ambitious package of legislation to tackle climate change, including eliminating fossil fuels like natural gas and coal from the state's electricity supply by 2045. Eyeing a 2020 White House bid and undeterred by repeated setbacks in getting...

Iowa prisons chief says he'll retire after 36-year career

Dec. 10, 2018 4:58 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Corrections is retiring after a 36-year career with the agency. Jerry Bartruff said Monday that his last day with the department will be Dec. 27. He served more than three years as director following his appointment by then-Gov. Terry Branstad....

Cost of governor's race topped $64M, shy of state record

Dec. 10, 2018 1:15 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Spending in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race topped $64 million, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf thumped Republican Scott Wagner to win a second term. Campaign finance reports filed at last week's deadline show that Wolf outspent Wagner, $31 million to $22 million, counting the value of...

Attorney General Mark Herring running for governor

Dec. 9, 2018 3:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's going to run for governor. Herring, a Democrat, told the Washington Post he's planning to run in 2021. Virginia does not allow governors to seek consecutive terms, meaning current Gov. Ralph Northam cannot run for re-election. Herring is...