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Idaho lawmakers consider changes in primary voting rules

Jan. 20, 2020 3:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voters will have about two weeks to choose a political party if they want to vote in Idaho's Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in March following action by a House panel on Monday. The State Affairs Committee sent to the full House legislation that will take effect...

Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun violence. The size of...

Democratic presidential candidates US. Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, I-Vt. and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, right, D--Mass., shake hands as greets U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, center, D-Hawaii at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day services at Zion Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in King Day march

Jan. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at a Baptist church Monday and linked arms with each other and civil rights leaders in a march of tens of thousands to the Statehouse. At Zion Baptist Church before the march, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

Jan. 20, 2020 1:18 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond. Citing credible threats of violence, Gov. Ralph...

Fencing and magnetometers are set up around Capitol Square for the anticipated pro gun rally at the Virginia State Capitol Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

Jan. 19, 2020 3:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond. Citing credible threats of violence, Gov. Ralph...

Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Texas and other states, voters face a variety of barriers

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Democrats believe they have a shot at making gains this year in Republican-dominated Texas, including winning control of one house of the Legislature for the first time in nearly two decades. Persuading voters isn't their only challenge. Voting and registration rules crafted by Republicans in recent years also...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

Jan. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what's expected to be an unprecedented show of force by...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to journalists on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, during an Associated Press forum before the start of the 2020 legislative session. Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, say passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But the leader of the minority Republicans in the House said she opposes such moves, saying it only guarantees that prices for individual Oregonians will go up. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Democrats: Oregon climate bill is priority; GOP resists

Jan. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, said Friday that passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But Rep. Christine Drazan, the leader of the minority...

Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...