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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...

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...

In this photo from Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, answers questions from reporters about Medicaid expansion following a news conference with other backers of a bipartisan plan at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Denning is urging lawmakers not to add a work requirement to the expansion legislation. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

Feb. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas on Friday disputed the claims of GOP colleagues that a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program would lead to taxpayers funding elective abortions. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican, sent an email to...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, Eric Crawford, center right, is hugged by another medical marijuana advocate after a bill to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky was approved by a state House committee, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne said Friday that the bill could possibly come up for a House vote as soon as next week. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Speaker: Vote on medical marijuana bill possible next week

Feb. 14, 2020 12:44 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Medical marijuana is getting a serious look in the Kentucky legislature. In another sign of momentum for the push to legalize cannabis for treatment of some medical conditions, House Speaker David Osborne said the bill could come up for a House vote as soon as next week. The measure...

President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

Feb. 13, 2020 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning Thursday from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it. The nominee, Judy Shelton, sought to make her...

Iowa Senator Jake Chapman, R-Adel, speaks in favor of SJR 2001, a controversial abortion ban bill, during senate debate in the Senate Chambers at the Iowa Capitol Building, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Iowa Senate passes abortion constitutional amendment bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republican lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state. The measure passed the Senate 32-18 along party lines with only Republican votes. It says in part “we the...

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to transfer $3.8B from military to fund his wall

Feb. 13, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday slashed billions of dollars in funding for 17 Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to free up money for the construction of President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall, angering not just Democrats but also GOP defense hawks....