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Judge denies Republicans' attempt to join abortion lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Wisconsin Republican lawmakers' attempt to intervene in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenging the state's abortion restrictions, saying in a strongly worded order that they presented no evidence that the Democratic attorney general wouldn't...

Long-serving Iowa GOP legislator leaves party citing Trump

Apr. 23, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The longest serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature announced Tuesday that he's becoming a Democrat, saying he didn't want to remain in a party led by President Donald Trump. Rep. Andy McKean said he made his choice after returning to the Legislature after years away from...

The Latest: GOP bill would keep lottery winners secret

Apr. 23, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the winner of a $768 million Powerball jackpot drawn in March (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Two Republican lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow lottery winners in Wisconsin to remain anonymous. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Gary Tauchen announced the...

MJ Hegar launches 2020 Senate run against Texas' John Cornyn

Apr. 23, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran whose viral campaign ads nearly helped her get elected in one of Texas' most Republican-friendly congressional districts last year, set her sights higher on Tuesday and launched a run for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent John Cornyn....

Conservative Washington lawmaker strikes back at critics

Apr. 23, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Washington is striking back at critics who say he should resign for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats from 2017 involving state Rep. Matt Shea and three other...

Wisconsin governor will veto Republican-backed abortion bill

Apr. 23, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers promised to veto a Republican-authored bill that could send doctors to prison for life if they fail to give medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt. Republicans are sending similar bills in other states to liberal-leaning...

2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons' right to vote

Apr. 23, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency. Harris'...

Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying

Apr. 22, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea, of...

Kansas' new governor vetoes mandate on abortion 'reversal'

Apr. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a measure that would require clinics and doctors to tell their patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after a woman has taken the first of two pills. The action by Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion-rights supporter,...

Congressman's death triggers election, glut of candidates

Apr. 22, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.'s long-held congressional seat in North Carolina was expected to be up for grabs soon, but it happened more quickly than most people anticipated. Months after the Republican announced his 2018 campaign would be his last, Jones' health faded. He died in...