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More time may be needed for North Carolina election decision

Dec. 10, 2018 6:57 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The head of North Carolina's elections board is suggesting more time may be needed to decide whether a new congressional district election is necessary due to absentee ballot fraud allegations. Chairman Joshua Malcolm wrote to state judges Monday, saying those subpoenaed in the 9th...

Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

Dec. 10, 2018 6:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin's troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats. The measure awaiting GOP Gov. Scott Walker's signature would...

Nashville's only abortion clinic suspends abortion services

Dec. 10, 2018 6:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Women seeking abortions in Nashville will now have to travel hours outside the city after the only clinic offering abortions in the region has temporarily halted its services. Tereva Parham, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, confirmed Monday...

Sen. Boulton questions truthfulness of ethics complaint

Dec. 10, 2018 5:29 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker challenged on Monday the accusations of a woman who filed an ethics complaint alleging he touched her inappropriately in bars a year before he became a senator, saying parts of her story "do not ring true." The woman, Des Moines attorney Sharon Wegner, filed a...

Stormy Daniels protests law raising age for exotic dancers

Dec. 10, 2018 3:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A porn actress who claimed to have had an affair with President Donald Trump joined other women to voice opposition to a law that raises the age requirement for exotic dancers in Louisiana strip clubs from 18 to 21. Stormy Daniels returned to her hometown of Baton Rouge on Sunday...

Paul to the people: Tell McConnell to allow sentencing vote

Dec. 10, 2018 2:16 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Seeking to stir support for a federal criminal justice bill, Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called on voters in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to prod him to hold a vote on the measure. Paul said during an appearance at the Louisville Urban League that the measure...

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Dec. 9, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked by...

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Dec. 9, 2018 2:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They're not...

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

Dec. 9, 2018 9:47 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing. One of the first big political...

Absentee vote changes may have invited 'ballot harvesting'

Dec. 7, 2018 11:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Changes made to absentee voting procedures five years ago in North Carolina may have emboldened workers to run the type of illegal "ballot-harvesting" operation alleged to have been used in a disputed congressional race, election experts and lawmakers said. Some observers are concerned...