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Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., arrives for a re-enactment of her swearing-in, Monday Jan. 6, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bill advances that could aid Collins challenge to Loeffler

Jan. 28, 2020 11:47 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to require party primary elections for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat now held by Kelly Loeffler is advancing. The House Government Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to advance House Bill 757, which would set up May Republican and Democratic primaries. The bill would next go to the full...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Jefferson News-Tribune, Jan. 26 Every year there's a few bills in the Missouri Legislature that, while they likely won't pass, they sure create a buzz. One such bill this year is sponsored by Rep. Bill Baker, R-Neosho. The bill targets "drag queen story hours" — library events in which drag queens read...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, a supporter of Britain's departure from the European Union, at right, holds a placard up in front of supporters of remaining in the EU, including Stop Brexit Man, Steve Bray, with his foghorn, outside Parliament in London. After Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, Parliament became the focal point of opposition to Brexit, but after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a general election, Britain is finally due to leave the EU on Jan. 31, 2020 after 47 years of membership. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham/File)

Britain's EU Journey: When Brexit chaos ensued

Jan. 28, 2020 8:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout...

Kentucky House OKs $2.5M for veterans nursing home

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House voted unanimously to approve $2.5 million for design and preliminary work for a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green. The funding would be in addition to the $10.5 million in state bond funding allocated by the 2017 General Assembly, lawmakers said. The proposed...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace rallies protesters against gun control legislation at a gathering outside the New Mexico state Capitol in Santa Fe. Sheriffs across much of New Mexico are opposed to a legislative proposal from Democratic lawmakers to allow police or relatives to ask a court to temporarily take away guns from people who might harm themselves or others. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Gun debate prompts weapons ban at New Mexico state Senate

Jan. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state Senate is prohibiting firearms in its public gallery and nearby rooms for the first time on Tuesday as legislators begin deliberations on red-flag legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others....

FILE - In this June 11,l 2019 file photo Marijuana equipment lines along a window at the Minerva medical cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico considers cannabis subsidies, crime expungement

Jan. 28, 2020 12:20 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democrat-backed bill to legalize recreational marijuana businesses in all towns and counties across New Mexico is getting its first public vetting by lawmakers. A legislative committee will convene Tuesday on the Senate floor to accommodate crowds amid intense interest in a bill...

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters outside the Senate as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins expected to try ousting new GA senator in GOP battle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said Monday. The decision by the...

Alabama lottery bill would fund pre-K, college scholarships

Jan. 27, 2020 9:42 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers could once again debate the idea of starting a state lottery. Republican. Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark says he will introduce a lottery bill in the legislative session that begins Feb. 4. Clouse is proposing to use the proceeds to fund the state’s...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 27, 2020 8:34 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Sen. Portman must vote for more impeachment witnesses Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 27 This is a big week for Rob Portman, Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator. With the impeachment trial of President Trump continuing in the Senate, at least...

Bill aims to move more people off assistance, into workforce

Jan. 27, 2020 7:51 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky House Republican leaders introduced legislation Monday aimed at shifting more people off public assistance and into the workforce. The measure, designated a top priority as House Bill 1, takes aim at a long-running problem — the state's low workforce participation...