Latest State legislature News

McSally accuses Sinema of backing "treason" in Senate debate

Oct. 16, 2018 1:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Martha McSally accused her Democratic opponent, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, of supporting "treason," citing a 15-year-old radio interview -- a charge that Sinema dismissed as part of a "ridiculous" negative campaign during Monday's debate in the race for Arizona's open Senate seat....

Cruz, O'Rourke debate may be last chance for big moment

Oct. 16, 2018 12:52 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Frank Randazzo, a retiree near Houston, volunteers for his local GOP office knocking on doors of undecided voters amid the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country. He did a double take when a man with a Beto O'Rourke sign in his yard declared he was voting Republican. "He told me to...

The Latest: Senate candidate accuses her opponent of treason

Oct. 15, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the Arizona Senate debate (all times local): Rep. Martha McSally is accusing her opponent in the Arizona Senate race of "treason." McSally made the allegation in the final moments of the only debate in the race. Her opponent is Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Last week CNN...

North Carolina lawmakers approve $400M in Florence spending

Oct. 15, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The sharp partisanship that's typified North Carolina's government was buried temporarily on Monday as legislators approved spending $400 million to quickly help people and communities reeling from flooding left by Hurricane Florence and setting aside another $450 million for upcoming...

The Latest: Cherokee Nation faults Sen. Warren on DNA test

Oct. 15, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the release of a DNA analysis pointing to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage (all times local): 7:57 p.m. A Cherokee Nation official says Sen. Elizabeth Warren "is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage." Cherokee Nation Secretary...

Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student's name goes to governor

Oct. 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of...

Massachusetts lawmakers approve supplemental spending plan

Oct. 15, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a supplemental spending plan. The budget approved Monday would let Massachusetts build up its rainy day fund and set aside money for infrastructure projects, including $40 million for local roads and bridges. The plan also includes a $10 million reserve for...

Housley compared Michelle Obama's posture to a chimp in 2009

Oct. 15, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Minnesota Senate hopeful Karin Housley's campaign said Monday that a 2009 Facebook post in which she compares Michelle Obama's posture to that of a chimpanzee was being taken out of context. Housley's comments about the former first lady were one of a handful of...

W.Va. Senate postpones acting on impeachment trial ruling

Oct. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday postponed the impeachment trial of a state Supreme Court justice after a judge who was to preside over the trial did not show up. The trial of Justice Margaret Workman was to begin Monday, but Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell was absent in light...

Kentucky judge blocks certification of 'Marsy's Law' vote

Oct. 15, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Kentucky has ordered officials not to certify the results of an election next month on whether to add protections for crime victims to the state's constitution, saying the question posed to voters on the ballot is misleading. Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote...