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Lawsuit targets GOP laws reducing Wisconsin governor's power

Jan. 10, 2019 2:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of liberal-leaning groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to void laws passed by Wisconsin Republicans that reduced the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general. Republicans derided the lawsuit as a frivolous attempt by bitter Democrats to score...

Pelosi, Schumer respond to Trump speech on border security

Jan. 8, 2019 10:13 PM EST

Transcript of remarks by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in response to President Donald Trump's address Tuesday on border security, as provided by Pelosi's office: PELOSI: Good evening. I appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the American people tonight about how...

Day 13: Dems pass funding plan without wall, Trump digs in

Jan. 3, 2019 10:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On their first day in the majority, House Democrats on Thursday night passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall. The largely party-line votes came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room pledging...

The Latest: House Dems approve plan to re-open government

Jan. 3, 2019 9:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:55 p.m. House Democrats have approved a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall. The largely party-line votes by the new Democratic majority came after Trump made a...

In one of first acts for Democratic majority, House passes bills to re-open government without funding border wall

Jan. 3, 2019 9:56 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of first acts for Democratic majority, House passes bills to re-open government without funding border wall.

Tops on House Democrats' to-do list: Try to end shutdown

Jan. 2, 2019 12:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they'll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown. As the Congress gavels in for the 116th session the early votes will be the usual ones...

The Latest: House Dems unveil plan to re-open government

Dec. 31, 2018 9:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. government shutdown (all times local): 9:25 p.m. House Democrats have unveiled a package of bills that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will...

House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

Dec. 31, 2018 8:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington. The House is preparing to...

Trump-Pelosi showdown over shutdown first battle of new era

Dec. 31, 2018 9:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall with...

Report: Iowa transparency board violated open meetings law

Dec. 20, 2018 1:52 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The board created to enforce Iowa's open-meetings law violated the law itself by twice refusing to explain its actions in a high-profile case, government investigators concluded in a report Thursday. The Iowa Public Information Board has a goal of being the "most transparent state...