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Walker appointee, judge, prof face off in high court primary

Feb. 16, 2020 6:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters will choose between a Republican appointee, a Madison judge and a law professor as they winnow down the candidates for a state Supreme Court seat in a primary Tuesday. Conservative Justice Dan Kelly will face off against liberal-leaning Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone....

Kansas GOP leaders' fight over abortion, Medicaid escalates

Feb. 16, 2020 10:38 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A political dispute between the Kansas Senate's top two Republicans over abortion and Medicaid expansion has escalated. Senate President Susan Wagle, of Wichita, distributed an editorial to newspapers across the state this weekend defending her decision earlier this month to block a...

Former Spokane County official to run for Congress

Feb. 15, 2020 11:29 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former two-term Spokane County treasurer who’s pushed libertarian policies in the past will run as a Republican for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Rob Chase filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday to run for...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, then-Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., stands in front of the Capitol during a week of orientation for incoming members, in Washington. Republicans are eager to recapture a string of California U.S. House seats a that the party lost in a 2018 rout, but the job is looking tougher: The numbers are running against them. State voter registration statistics show Democrats gaining ground in key battleground districts that the party seized two years ago, on its way to regaining control of the House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats gaining voter edge in California House battles

Feb. 15, 2020 10:57 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans hope to recapture seven California U.S. House seats lost in a 2018 rout, but Democrats are gaining ground among registered voters as the party looks to hold districts that could be critical in the fight to control Congress. Registration numbers are just one indicator of the...

Lawmaker: Senate unable to confirm 3 university appointees

Feb. 15, 2020 10:50 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A key Kentucky lawmaker said Friday that former Gov. Matt Bevin's four last appointments to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees were out of compliance with state law. Senate President Robert Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, tells the Lexington Herald Leader that the...

In this undated photo provided by Claire Chase for Congress, Claire Chase, a Republican candidate for U.S. House in southern New Mexico, shoots at a

Governor urges leadership in enforcement of red-flag bill

Feb. 14, 2020 7:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she hopes to see strong leadership in the law enforcement community to implement a red flag gun initiative approved this week by the state's Democrat-led Legislature. The second-year Democratic governor told news reporters Friday that she...

FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., smiles before a re-enactment of her swearing-in, by Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington. An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 that her initial concerns were based on information

Anti-abortion group flips views on new Georgia senator

Feb. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday that her initial concerns were based on...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urges Minnesota lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Minneapolis, to pass a ban on

LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand 'conversion therapy' ban.

Feb. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and LGBTQ activists rallied at the state Capitol on Friday to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people straight. The proposal passed the...

Activists removed from hearing on Arizona sanctuary policies

Feb. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate hearing on an effort to enshrine an existing ban on “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution erupted in shouting as immigrant rights activists called the proposal racist and the committee chairman ordered them removed. Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen’s...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill arrives for a hearing at the state Supreme Court at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Hill after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, with the state Supreme Court puts the Republican Hill's ability to remain as state government's top lawyer in jeopardy as he must have a law license to hold the position. It wasn't immediately clear how a temporary suspension would affect his status. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

60-day law license suspension suggested for Indiana AG

Feb. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Indiana’s attorney general after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of a female state legislator and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday with the state Supreme...