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Voters to make choices in 4 vacant Georgia legislative seats

Jan. 31, 2023 06:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters in three Georgia House districts and one state Senate district go to the polls Tuesday to fill vacant seats. Two contests will be decided Tuesday, while two contests with three or more candidates could go to Feb. 28 runoffs if no one wins a majority. ...

Calif. climate bill would make companies disclose emissions

Jan. 30, 2023 22:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in California introduced a package of climate bills Monday aimed at holding corporations accountable for their greenhouse gas emissions. The bills include legislation to require companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions to...

Lawmakers shelve bills cutting unemployment appeals times

Jan. 30, 2023 18:18 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have shelved a pair of bills that would have given unemployment claimants half as much time to file an appeal with a state agency still struggling with pandemic-related cases. A Senate panel on Monday voted unanimously to pass by the...

McDaniel challenges Mississippi lt. governor in GOP primary

Jan. 30, 2023 16:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Chris McDaniel — a four-term Mississippi legislator who has lost two races for U.S. Senate in the past decade, including a bitter 2014 election that he refused to concede — announced Monday that he will try to unseat Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann in this year's...

Gallego holds first events of Arizona Senate campaign

Jan. 28, 2023 21:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Ruben Gallego held the first public events of his U.S. Senate campaign Saturday, taking aim at independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema and casting his candidacy in a patriotic appeal to the American dream. The fifth-term congressman recounted his journey from...

Election-denying lawmakers hold key election oversight roles

Jan. 28, 2023 09:23 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers who have spread election conspiracy theories and falsely claimed that the 2020 presidential outcome was rigged are overseeing legislative committees charged with setting election policy in two major political battleground states. Divided...

Minnesota Senate backs abortion rights after marathon debate

Jan. 28, 2023 08:35 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted early Saturday after a marathon debate to write broad protections for abortion rights into state statutes, which would make it difficult for future courts to roll back. Democratic legislative leaders have fast-tracked the bill as...

Today in History: JAN 28, Space Shuttle Challenger explodes

Jan. 28, 2023 00:12 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2023. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War, a day after the signing of the Paris...

S. Dakota GOP leader: Senator accused of harassment

Jan. 27, 2023 19:40 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Senate Republican leader said Friday that a committee will investigate a suspended senator for allegedly harassing a legislative aide during an exchange over childhood vaccines and breastfeeding. Sen. Casey Crabtree, the Senate GOP leader, had...

5 women, immense power: Can they keep US from fiscal brink?

Jan. 27, 2023 11:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are now among the most powerful women in Congress. But when they were first elected in the 1990s, they were often overlooked, or even talked down to. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, remembers that men would avoid asking her questions, addressing other men in the...