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Georgia has the nation's only Medicaid work requirement. Mississippi could be next

Feb. 21, 2024 18:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy — if they can require new enrollees to have a job. That approach could hinge on presidential politics and an ongoing legal battle in Georgia. ...

West Virginia House OKs bill to allow teachers with training to carry guns, other weapons in schools

Feb. 21, 2024 17:54 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow teachers and other school staff who undergo training to carry guns in K-12 public schools. The bill, which now heads to the Senate, would allow teachers,...

NATO chief warns against dividing the US and Europe or undermining their joint nuclear deterrent

Feb. 15, 2024 09:35 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of NATO warned member countries on Thursday against allowing a wedge to be driven between the United States and Europe, as concern grows about Washington’s commitment to its allies should Donald Trump return to office. Faced with a war in Ukraine that is...

Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp says he will aid Texas governor's border standoff with Biden

Feb. 13, 2024 20:25 PM EST

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday he will send more of his state's National Guard soldiers to aid Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's effort to control illegal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border, as fellow Republican Abbott pursues a showdown with the Biden administration over immigration enforcement. ...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Feb. 13, 2024 07:11 AM EST

Indianapolis Business Journal. February 9, 2024. Editorial: GOP governor candidates need to move beyond federal issues Five leading candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Indiana governor in what promises to be the liveliest and most expensive GOP...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Feb. 12, 2024 07:12 AM EST

Detroit News. February 10, 2024. Editorial: Don’t risk teacher pensions to grow government Spend now, pay later was Michigan’s longtime operating strategy. The state ignored its mounting future obligations in favor of adding new programs and projects. ...

Will Biden and Trump face one another in presidential debates? There's no commitment yet

Feb. 12, 2024 00:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley is challenging Donald Trump to debate. Trump is challenging Joe Biden to debate. And Biden is laughing Trump off, at least publicly. But there are real questions about whether any of them will confront each other on a stage this year. ...

Kansas' AG is telling schools they must out trans kids to parents, even with no specific law

Feb. 09, 2024 16:05 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general is telling public schools they're required to tell parents their children are transgender or nonbinary even if they're not out at home, though Kansas is not among the states with a law that explicitly says to do that. Republican Kris...

As some call for his ouster, McConnell pushes back on GOP critics: 'They've had their shot'

Feb. 09, 2024 00:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of negotiations and delays, the Senate on Thursday voted to move forward on legislation that would provide wartime aid to Ukraine and Israel. While far from a final vote, it was a momentary victory for Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, a strong supporter of the aid...

Kansas lawmakers are allowing a 93% pay raise for themselves to take effect next year

Feb. 08, 2024 12:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is set to nearly double state legislators' pay at the start of next year, making their compensation better than it is for their counterparts in a majority of states, including more populous ones like Georgia and Texas. The increase is nearly $28,000 a...