Latest State legislature News

First week over in North Carolina gerrymandering trial

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Challengers of North Carolina legislative districts say the computer files of a deceased Republican mapmaker show how GOP legislators approved boundary lines with illegal political bias. The partisan gerrymandering trial's first week in state court is complete. Democrats and the group...

Trump effect the top question in Virginia's key elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats. Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago. Last year the same energy helped Virginia Democrats knock out three incumbent...

The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant

Jul. 18, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar....

New Hampshire sets tough drinking water standards for PFAS

Jul. 18, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has voted to put into place some of the country's toughest drinking water standards for a class of toxic chemicals that were once used in everything from firefighting foam to nonstick cookware but are now raising health concerns. A joint legislative committee Thursday...

Ex-Nevada Senate Democrat sentenced for campaign fund fraud

Jul. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former top Nevada Democratic lawmaker was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in federal prison and fined almost $250,000 for misusing campaign funds to pay personal bills and open a downtown Las Vegas nightclub where he hosted political fundraisers. Ex-Senate Majority Leader...

Houston Democrat joins US Senate race against GOP's Cornyn

Jul. 18, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston city councilwoman says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Amanda Edwards launched her campaign Thursday with a video in which she appeals to people who have been told to wait their turn...

Another military veteran joins Kentucky US Senate race

Jul. 18, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Mike Broihier, a political newcomer with a broad resume as a Marine officer, farmer and small-town newspaperman, ventured into a high-stakes Senate race as the latest military-tested candidate aiming to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year in Kentucky....

Tennessee governor tours flooded crops, promises support

Jul. 17, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee took an aerial tour of flooded fields in western Tennessee on Wednesday, promising support to distressed farmers who warn they haven't seen such conditions in nearly a century. Flooding that has refused to leave since October is now spilling over into mid-July,...

Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

Jul. 17, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday. The settlement comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and other...

Indiana attorney general's lawyers downplay groping claims

Jul. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana's attorney general are downplaying allegations he drunkenly groped four women during a party, arguing that the claims against him represent common behavior even if they are true. They made their arguments in court documents submitted on behalf of Republican state...