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Beto O'Rourke boasts about $6.1M in campaign's 1st 24 hours

Mar. 18, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke boasted Monday that the more than $6 million he raised online within a day of announcing his White House bid, the most reported by any 2020 candidate, was helping to create "the largest grassroots campaign this country has ever...

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...

UK speaker stymies May's bid for 3rd vote on Brexit deal

Mar. 18, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons dealt a potentially fatal blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's ailing Brexit deal on Monday, saying the government couldn't keep asking lawmakers to vote on the same deal they have already rejected twice. The government intends to try a third time to...

New Idaho Medicaid expansion 'sideboard' bill introduced

Mar. 18, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new Medicaid expansion "sideboard" bill that would require some Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week and require people over 100 percent of the federal poverty level to keep private insurance was introduced in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee on Monday. A...

Moderate New Mexico Senate Dems slow liberal House freshmen

Mar. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Liberal New Mexico House freshmen lawmakers saw some bills blocked by moderate Democrats in the state Senate this session. The Democratic first-term House lawmakers say overall they were satisfied with the results from the Democratic-controlled Legislative session that ended Saturday....

Lee 'honored' to support lawmakers backing abortion bill

Mar. 18, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says he's honored to support the lawmakers pushing a proposal to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The Republican made the remarks while speaking at an anti-abortion rally on Saturday in eastern Tennessee. Lee...

Supreme Court won't hear congressman appeal on tossed juror

Mar. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal by former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah that involves a juror removed from his 2016 racketeering trial. The Philadelphia Democrat is serving a 10-year sentence after he was convicted of laundering federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an...

GOP bill allows expungement for first-time drunken drivers

Mar. 18, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow some first-time drunken drivers to ask judges to erase their record. Sen. Andre Jacque and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt's proposal would allow first-timers to petition for expungement if they didn't cause an injury and their blood...

Resolution requires two-thirds vote to spend oil interest

Mar. 18, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature is considering a resolution that would require a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to spend earnings from the state's oil tax savings account. The resolution sponsored by Democratic Rep. Corey Mock has broad bipartisan support from legislative leaders....

Poll: Losing Amazon second HQ deal was bad for New York

Mar. 18, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Most voters in New York think it was bad for the state when Amazon dropped plans to put a second headquarters in Queens and many think U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bears blame for the deal falling through, according to a new poll released Monday. The Siena College poll of...