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Drive to repeal law Whitmer used in pandemic clears hurdle

Apr. 19, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group trying to repeal an emergency powers law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used for months to issue coronavirus restrictions cleared a key hurdle Monday when the Michigan elections bureau said it collected enough petitions. Unlock Michigan, which...

Gaetz, Greene flaunt new paths to power, testing GOP leaders

Apr. 19, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a new breed of Trump-era, social media-savvy firebrands. Gaetz, a...

Montana governor signs bill limiting power of health boards

Apr. 19, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill limiting the power of local public health boards to issue mandates in response to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. Local elected officials such as county commissioners can change or rescind...

Senate fails to override governor's veto on emergency powers

Apr. 19, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Republican-dominated Senate on Monday failed to override GOP Gov. Brad Little’s veto of a measure seeking to curb a governor’s power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 23-12, failing by one vote to get...

Beshear challenges law shifting fair board appointment power

Apr. 19, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has asked a judge to strike down a Republican-backed law that eroded his appointment authority over the state fair board in the latest partisan political battle to make its way into Kentucky courts. The measure...

Barletta, eyeing a run for governor, starts raising money

Apr. 19, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lou Barletta, the Trump-backing former congressman and immigration hawk who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate, has taken a step toward possibly running for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022 and begun a political action committee to raise money. ...

More than 2/3 of Louisiana lawmakers get COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 19, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At least 68% of Louisiana lawmakers say they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, while the top leaders of the House and Senate have refused to reveal whether they've gotten their shots, according to a survey conducted by The Advocate. ...

Ex-Kansas governor launches bid; GOP rivals test key themes

Apr. 19, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday formally launched his campaign to reclaim the office in 2022, portraying himself as the true conservative in the Republican primary as his main GOP rival questioned his electability. Colyer and Attorney...

GOP Rep. Steve Stivers resigns to run Ohio commerce chamber

Apr. 19, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, the former campaign chair for House Republicans, announced on Monday that he's stepping down next month to oversee his home state’s chamber of commerce. Stivers has been serving in the House since 2011 and enjoys strong...

GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Georgia, Florida, elsewhere

Apr. 19, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta-area voters looking to return their ballots using a drop box in next year’s gubernatorial election will have to do some searching. Just eight boxes will be spread across Fulton County’s nearly 529 square miles — or about one for every...