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Wisconsin's new Democratic governor, GOP not getting along

May. 26, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's new Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the Legislature are having such a hard time getting along that even the signing of a seemingly innocuous, unanimously approved bill morphed into a partisan fight. It's only been months since Tony Evers took over as...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

May. 26, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the...

Texas lawmakers OK school finance bill, property tax reform

May. 25, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature approved a sweeping bipartisan school finance bill that brings an extra $4.5 billion into Texas classrooms and pours $1.6 billion toward teacher raises_marking lawmakers' latest attempt to overhaul how the state pays for its troubled public school system....

State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...

Michigan Legislature approves bill to cut high auto premiums

May. 24, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Legislature on Friday passed a landmark bill that would cut the country's highest auto insurance premiums by letting drivers forego a one-of-a-kind requirement to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The votes followed the announcement of an agreement between...

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

The Latest: Michigan Legislature passes auto insurance bill

May. 24, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's auto insurance legislation (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Michigan's Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce the country's highest auto insurance premiums. The votes Friday came after a deal was announced between Republican legislative...

Online video of GOP House candidate may target super PACs

May. 24, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a sign that rich flows of untraceable money are expected to influence the election for a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant after earlier allegations of ballot fraud, a cleanly produced video of the Republican candidate has been posted online for use by supportive outside...

Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

May. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could...

Texas governor announces $1.6B deal for teacher raises

May. 23, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that $1.6 billion in teacher raises are coming in a deal partly driven by classroom unrest across the U.S. and Republicans who sharply changed course on public education ahead of 2020 elections. Abbott trumpeted the pay hikes near the end of an...