Latest State legislature News

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

May. 23, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The last thing Lizabeth Loud, a month from giving birth, wanted was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her...

State lawmaker wins Democratic nod for Arkansas House seat

May. 23, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

An Arkansas legislator national Democrats have said is their best chance to flip a Little Rock-area congressional seat won the party's nomination Tuesday night, while the state's Republican governor defeated a gun range owner who had challenged him from the right in the GOP primary. The election is the first step...

Teachers show strength in Kentucky primary elections

May. 23, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — Teachers in Kentucky could soon be taking politicians to school. Following weeks of protests at the state Capitol, Republican voters in central Kentucky ousted House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell on Tuesday in favor of Travis Brenda, a high school math teacher who has never run...

The Latest: Goodson, Sterling advance in Supreme Court race

May. 23, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

The Latest on Arkansas' primary and non-partisan judicial election (all times local): 10:55 p.m. An Arkansas Supreme Court justice and an attorney backed by an out-of-state Republican group are advancing to a runoff in a race for a high court seat that was marked by outside attack ads. Justice Courtney Goodson...

Democrats nominate first woman as GOP race heads to runoff

May. 23, 2018 12:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In Georgia's gubernatorial primary, Democrats elected a woman who could become the first black female governor in American history, but no Republican candidate gathered more than 50 percent of the vote — so the top two face a July runoff. Stacey Abrams secured the Democratic...

History in Georgia as 4 states vote ahead of midterms

May. 22, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It was a big night for women Tuesday as four states cast primary and runoff ballots, with Georgia Democrats taking the lead by giving Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history. Abrams set new historical marks already with a primary...

The Latest: Texas Dem deemed too liberal by own party loses

May. 22, 2018 11:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on primaries on Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (all times local): 11:35 p.m. A Democratic candidate who was attacked as too liberal by the national party campaign committee has lost a runoff in the race for a Houston-area House seat that Democrats hope to win from...

The Latest: A runoff for Georgia's GOP governor primary

May. 22, 2018 10:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the gubernatorial primary in Georgia (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face a July 24 runoff for the GOP nomination for Georgia governor. Cagle and Kemp beat three GOP rivals in a race characterized by strong support for...

Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary

May. 22, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — A high school math teacher ousted the majority leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives on Tuesday, with a narrow win in the GOP primary race. Travis Brenda credited a groundswell of teacher support for the win and said it sends a message that teachers and public workers won't...

Teacher defeats Kentucky House majority leader in Republican primary in wake of education protests at state Capitol

May. 22, 2018 8:56 PM EDT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teacher defeats Kentucky House majority leader in Republican primary in wake of education protests at state Capitol.