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Colorado Democrats introduce ambitious transportation bill

May. 05, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A coalition of lawmakers, municipal officials and business interests have thrown their support behind an ambitious proposal to tackle Colorado's years-long struggle to pony up billions of dollars for its aging transportation infrastructure — and plan for the future. ...

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

May. 05, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business...

Candidates clash in New Mexico congressional election debate

May. 04, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Major-party candidates for an open congressional seat in New Mexico clashed over solutions to violent crime, police accountability, the southern border wall and the pandemic's economic challenges as early absentee voting ballot began. Four...

Once GOP governor of Florida, Crist now runs as Democrat

May. 04, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who served as Florida governor for a single term before running for other offices, is seeking the state’s highest office once again — this time as a Democrat. After releasing videos Tuesday confirming his...

Florida governor sets election dates to fill US House seat

May. 04, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A special primary election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings will be held in November, followed by a deciding general election two months later, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday. Hastings, a Democrat from the Fort...

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

May. 04, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business...

Democrat Bee Nguyen to run for Georgia secretary of state

May. 04, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen announced Tuesday that she's running for secretary of state in 2022 to counteract efforts by Georgia Republicans to restrict access to the polls. Nguyen has been in the House since winning a 2017 special election to...

Legislators announce return to in-person committee hearings

May. 04, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators will return in July to in-person committee meetings amid evidence of retreating coronavirus infections and risks, the state House speaker announced Monday. Legislative hearings have been conducted largely by web conference...

Kansas lawmakers override vetoes on taxes, guns, elections

May. 03, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Monday cut Kansas' income taxes, lowered the age for carrying a concealed gun and tightened state election laws by overriding Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes of those measures. A series of votes in the GOP-controlled...

Ex-Pitt chancellor Nordenberg to chair redistricting panel

May. 03, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The panel that will redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s legislative districts amid public education campaigns to stamp out gerrymandering will be chaired by the University of Pittsburgh’s former chancellor as the tie-breaking fifth member appointed by the...