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Bevin issues call for special legislative session

Jul. 18, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin formally set the agenda for his mid-summer special legislative session, signaling Thursday that it will be limited to pension-relief legislation. Bevin's proclamation laid out details of his much-vetted pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

Vermont's congressman says Trump should be impeached

Jul. 18, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives says President Donald Trump should be impeached. Democratic Rep. Peter Welch announced his support for the impeachment of Trump on Thursday. He says Trump has "established a clear pattern of willful disregard for our...

ACLU of Alaska sues Gov. Dunleavy over court budget veto

Jul. 17, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A civil rights watchdog sued Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday over his budget veto of money for the state court system. The ACLU of Alaska claims Dunleavy's reduction of the Alaska Court System budget by $334,700 is an attack on the independent judiciary. "Gov. Dunleavy is...

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

The Latest: Evers calls veto amendment 'temper tantrum'

Jul. 9, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Republican proposal to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to limit the governor's partial veto powers (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman is calling a Republican proposal to limit his partial veto powers a "temper tantrum." Republicans...

In Hong Kong, colonial flag still a symbol of prized values

Jul. 5, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — They smashed glass windows, sprayed rude graffiti and defaced Hong Kong's official emblem with black paint. But of all the dramatic photos showing hundreds of young protesters storming the city's legislative building this week, one image makes for particularly uncomfortable viewing in...

Appeals court: Trump can't use Pentagon cash for border wall

Jul. 4, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Appeals Court: Rep. Lesch not immune from defamation lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A state representative who was sued for defamation is not entitled to immunity because comments he made about the St. Paul city attorney were personal or political and not part of any legislative activity, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The decision allows Lyndsey Olson's...

AG: Law limiting state auditor likely unconstitutional

Jun. 28, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general says a new law that requires that state auditor to get approval from a legislative committee to conduct performance audits is likely unconstitutional. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued the opinion Friday just days before the law was to take...

Dueling legal analyses raise questions about special session

Jun. 26, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's attorney general said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has the authority to call a special session where he wishes and the option of seeking a court order to compel rebellious lawmakers to convene in his chosen location of Wasilla. How far Dunleavy plans to push...