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McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. While President Donald Trump has said he would veto a House-passed...

Medicaid expansion in NC getting revived in House committee

Sep. 18, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina House Republicans are taking another crack at advancing a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults. The House Health Committee scheduled Wednesday debate on legislation that it heard and approved in July, but has been idled...

Democrat-controlled Legislature attempts to override vetoes

Sep. 18, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are returning to Concord to try to override more than 50 vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu this year. The House session is scheduled to start Wednesday. The Senate will convene Thursday. Democrats control both chambers, but they need Republican...

Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges

Sep. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities said they executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from an online social media provider that the user had uploaded an image using its service. Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged...

New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros dies at 71

Sep. 17, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a Democrat from Questa who served in the Legislature for 35 years as a key negotiator on state spending, has died. He was 71. Cisneros' death Tuesday from a heart attack was confirmed by Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga....

Walz to push gun control, insulin affordability in 2020

Sep. 17, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With summer winding down, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he's looking ahead toward the 2020 legislative session, with plans to push proposals for making insulin affordable, reducing gun violence, clean energy and criminal justice reform. The Democratic governor said in an interview...

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Sep. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...

Wyoming lawmakers reject voter ID and crossover voting bills

Sep. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have defeated two bills that would have impacted voting regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that state legislators voted against crossover voting in primary elections and a requirement to produce photo identification at the polls. The bills were...

Widows press Wisconsin lawmakers to OK police insurance bill

Sep. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The widows of three fallen Wisconsin police officers tearfully recounted Tuesday how they were forced to scramble for health insurance coverage even as they struggled to cope with the heartbreak of losing their husbands. Ashley Birkholz, Kara Weiland and Charlette Nennig implored the...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...