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State cannabis lobbying group forms even as drug's illegal

Sep. 19, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska remains one of only two states that haven't legalized cannabis use in some form, but the industry has already launched a lobbying group in the state to help influence the rules that will regulate the industry. John Cartier, president of the...

Missouri businesses, protesters slam Biden's vaccine mandate

Sep. 15, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers, business lobbyists and protesters on Wednesday railed against President Joe Biden's planned vaccine mandate for large companies. Business groups warned a panel of House legislators that Biden's plan would be catastrophic to...

GOP lobbyist McCoshen won't run for Wisconsin governor

Sep. 15, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Longtime lobbyist Bill McCoshen said Wednesday he will not seek the Republican nomination for Wisconsin governor. McCoshen said he's spent the past 15 months traveling the state and meeting with citizens, business owners and politicians to gauge...

Judge suspends Minnesota's tougher standards on deadly force

Sep. 14, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has suspended Minnesota’s new stricter standards on when police can use deadly force, halting a change in state law that followed the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police. The new standards, passed by the...

Kleefisch says she raised $1.2 million after launching bid

Sep. 13, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she raised $1.2 million from individuals in the days after she launched her campaign for governor on Thursday. Kleefisch, a Republican, announced the fundraising totals on Monday. That is on top of the $190,000...

Prominent Florida lobbyist pleads to reckless driving

Sep. 09, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida lobbyist who had been charged with driving under the influence after crashing his Lamborghini into another vehicle has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of reckless driving. Ron Book, 67, entered his plea this week...

9/11 Day co-founders plan CNN special to generate good deeds

Sep. 08, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

For years, David Paine and Jay Winuk have wanted to turn 9/11 into something positive, as counterintuitive as that might sound. The two co-founders of 9/11 Day, who successfully lobbied the government to officially rename the day September 11 National Day of Service &...

Some donations to help injured lawmaker may be returned

Sep. 01, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some donations to help with child care for a Minnesota lawmaker who recently cut off three fingers in a power saw accident will probably have to be returned, according to officials. A GoFundMe web page was created to help Rep. Erin Koegel and her...

Biser confirmed by Senate as NC environment secretary

Aug. 24, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality has a permanent agency head after the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Elizabeth Biser as its secretary. The chamber voted unanimously for Biser, who was Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's choice after...

OU's top lobbyist resigns amid sexual assault allegations

Aug. 23, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's former top lobbyist is being investigated by the Norman Police Department after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her, police confirmed on Monday. No arrests have been made, and the investigation into 46-year-old...