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Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor

Jan. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political. DeSantis said Palm Beach elections supervisor...

Judge: GOP can't block liberal group's Twitter comments

Jan. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision marks liberal group One Wisconsin Now's second legal victory...

Republican state senator to leave seat in middle of term

Jan. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A three-term Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he's leaving his seat in the middle of his term. Sen. Rich Alloway of Franklin County said in a statement Friday that he's resigning Feb. 28. Alloway didn't give a reason in the brief statement, other than...

North Dakota leaders unveil oil tax-sharing deal with tribe

Jan. 17, 2019 6:55 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican legislative leaders unveiled a bill Thursday that aims to stop a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on an oil-rich American Indian reservation in the state. The bill sponsored by GOP Sen. Jordan Kannianen and the party's Senate and House majority...

Governor's budget plan spotlights divided Kansas government

Jan. 17, 2019 6:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined a proposed budget Thursday that would commit Kansas to higher spending on public schools, expand its Medicaid health insurance program — and cut the state's annual funding for public pensions to help pay for her initiatives. Kelly's release of...

Maryland explores faster way to approve sports betting

Jan. 17, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020. Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires...

Lawsuit over amendment shielding some Jewish schools tossed

Jan. 17, 2019 4:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an advocacy group's lawsuit over a New York state lawmaker's attempt to shield ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools from oversight. U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser ruled late Wednesday that the group Young Advocates for Fair Education, or YAFFED lacks standing to sue...

In tough speech, new governor sees need to rebuild Kansas

Jan. 16, 2019 10:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told Kansas legislators Wednesday that the state faces an emergency in its child welfare system and is "completely unprepared" for the next national economic downturn. Kelly outlined an agenda for the Republican-dominated Legislature that includes...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Report: Woman said Kentucky lawmaker made unwanted advances

Jan. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The woman who accused Kentucky's former House speaker of sexual harassment said in a deposition that the lawmaker made more than 50 unwanted sexual advances while she worked for the House Republican Caucus, according to media accounts of the woman's testimony. The Kentucky Center for...