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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, faith leaders pray with President Donald Trump during a rally for evangelical supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry church in Miami. As he heads into the 2020 election, Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address the March for Life when he takes the stage Friday at the annual anti-abortion gathering. The move is Trump's latest nod to the white Evangelical, conservative Christian voters who have proven to be among his most loyal backers. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Trump, a late convert to cause, to join anti-abortion rally

Jan. 24, 2020 2:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just four years ago that a political committee supporting one of Donald Trump's Republican rivals unveiled an ad slamming his views on abortion, complete with footage from a 1999 interview in which he declared, “I am pro-choice in every respect." Now, as he heads into the...

Colorado budget writers seek millions in undisclosed funds

Jan. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — After former Gov. John Hickenlooper came under fire for how he spent money from a little-known account in his office, KCNC-TV has learned there are similar accounts throughout state government that hold millions of taxpayer dollars. The money in the accounts comes from sources like federal...

Watchdog group traces influence of New Mexico's lobbyists

Jan. 17, 2020 12:29 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group on ethics in government is highlighting the influence of paid lobbyists on the legislative process in New Mexico and advocating for greater public disclosures on lobbying and a change in the culture of local Statehouse politics, according to a report published Friday....

People gather outside the office of Senator Mitt Romney to call on him to push for a full and fair impeachment trial in the Senate with pertinent testimony and evidence during a rally Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Demonstrators call for Romney, Lee to support fair trial

Jan. 16, 2020 7:52 PM EST

Two rallies calling on Utah senators to push for a fair and impartial impeachment trial for President Donald Trump drew a combined total of over 100 people Thursday. The demonstrators from a coalition of progressive groups gathered outside the federal building in Salt Lake City for the event directed at...

Republicans seek to undo new Missouri redistricting model

Jan. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators rolled out a plan Tuesday to ask Missouri voters to undo key parts of a nationally unique redistricting model that directs a demographer to draw new legislative districts with “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" as top criteria. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump turn and yell towards the news media during a rally for evangelical supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry in Miami. Trump's bond with white evangelical voters has long sparked debate. But misunderstandings persist about his support from a Christian voting bloc that favored the GOP long before he took office.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Trump's faithful: 2020 tests his ties to white evangelicals

Jan. 13, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — White evangelical support for President Donald Trump has sparked debate for years -- particularly this winter, with his impeachment trial looming. But for all the focus it commands, uncertainty continues to surround Trump’s bond with a religious constituency that has long leaned GOP....

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, then Arizona state Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, speaks at a community forum in Phoenix. Stringer, a former Arizona state legislator who resigned last March amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and his comments on race and immigration is running for office again. He announced his candidacy, Friday, Jan. 10, 2019 for Yavapai County attorney, an office now held by a fellow Republican whom he accused of wasting tax dollars by locking up low-level offenders. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Legislator who resigned amid probe to run for county office

Jan. 11, 2020 5:16 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona state Rep. David Stringer is running for office again, just nine months after the Republican lawmaker resigned amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and comments he made on race and immigration. Stringer announced his candidacy on Friday night for Yavapai County...

Voting group founded by Georgia’s Abrams raises $14.6M

Jan. 8, 2020 8:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The political action committee for a voting rights group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams on Wednesday reported raising more than $14.6 million in the last half of 2019. A big chunk of Fair Fight’s haul came as a single $5 million donation from Democratic presidential candidate...

A look at issues coming before the Maryland General Assembly

Jan. 8, 2020 12:34 PM EST

Education is expected to be a top issue for Maryland lawmakers who are gathering this week for their annual 90-day legislative session. Recommendations from a state commission focus on five major policy areas for improving K-12 education. They include pre-K instruction and other early childhood education...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces plans for legislation to tighten ethics laws during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Annapolis, Md., in response to corruption cases against Maryland officials in recent years and recent weeks. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is standing right, and Keiffer Mitchell, Hogan's chief legislative officer, is standing left. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Maryland governor proposes ethics bill after indictments

Jan. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — After repeated public corruption cases in recent years, stronger ethics laws should be a priority of the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. At a news conference announcing plans for legislation, the Republican governor noted a litany of federal indictments...