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Oregon Democrats aim to change quorum after GOP walkouts

Aug. 23, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After two walkouts this year by minority Republican senators in the Oregon Legislature, Democrats said Friday they will ask voters to change quorum rules, allowing the statehouse to convene with only a simple majority of lawmakers present instead of the current two-thirds requirement....

Cooper vetoes bill designed to retool reading program

Aug. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill on Friday designed to clean up a North Carolina student reading comprehension program championed for years by Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican. While this veto marked the third issued in as many days from Cooper, it could be the one most...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

The Latest: House blocks resolution condemning neo-Nazis

Aug. 23, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House electing a new speaker (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A resolution condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacy stalled in the Tennessee House during a special legislative session after lawmakers disagreed over procedural rules. Democratic Rep. John Ray...

Kentucky governor's remark stirs spat with ex-GOP challenger

Aug. 23, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, an unorthodox move that runs the risk of alienating a swath of voters he needs to win a second term. While attending the Kentucky Farm Bureau's country ham breakfast on Thursday,...

US Sen. Braun's brother seeking Indiana congressional seat

Aug. 23, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The brother of U.S. Sen. Mike Braun is entering the race for the central Indiana congressional seat being given up by Republican Rep. Susan Brooks. Steve Braun filed a Federal Election Commission candidacy statement Friday for the 5th Congressional District. He is a former Republican...

Judges: Democrats not on hook for GOP redistricting fees

Aug. 23, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has ruled that Democrats who challenged Republican-drawn political boundary maps do not have to pay attorneys' fees and costs the GOP incurred in defending against a gerrymandering lawsuit. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Friday that the judges denied a...

House GOP caucus meets behind closed doors, defends decision

Aug. 23, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House Republican members are defending holding a recent private meeting, arguing that the matters discussed behind closed doors did not pertain to state business. House Majority Leader William Lamberth defended the decision to close the meeting on Thursday. Lamberth says...

Making a case to women: Trump female defenders go on offense

Aug. 23, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters: It's time to come out of hiding. "There's a lot of people that are fearful of expressing their support, and I want you ladies to know it's OK to have felt that way, but we need to move past that or the Democrats win," said...

Republicans file 2nd suit challenging redistricting panel

Aug. 22, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel's political makeup. The federal...