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Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advancing a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution insisted Thursday that it should go on the state's August 2022 primary ballot, prompting criticism that they fear failure if the statewide vote is held in a different election. The...

Former President Donald Trump looks out his window as his motorcade drives through West Palm Beach, Fla., on his way to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach after arriving from Washington aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

'Just move on': Republicans grapple with post-Trump future

Jan. 21, 2021 12:05 PM EST

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for...

Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, speaks to members of the press at the Louisiana State Archives after signing up to run for the 5th District seat on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Luke Letlow won a December election for the congressional seat but died of COVID-19 complications in December, before he could be sworn into office. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Widow of Louisiana congressman-elect qualifies for election

Jan. 21, 2021 11:44 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Julia Letlow, the widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, described herself as “both full of grief while also having hope for the future" as she registered Thursday to compete for the congressional seat her husband was unable to fill because of his death from...

Montana GOP revives vetoed bills, focusing on abortion, guns

Jan. 21, 2021 10:26 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass...

Most Pennsylvania GOP backed Trump to the end, and still do

Jan. 21, 2021 7:08 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With Donald Trump out of the White House, Pennsylvania's Republican Party shows no sign of walking away from a president who lost control of Congress, carried out an unprecedented campaign to overturn an election and is blamed by some in his party for inciting a violent assault on...

In this image from video, Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Jan. 21, 2021 1:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first vote, the Senate...

In this image from video, Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Jan. 21, 2021 1:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first vote, the Senate confirmed...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

FILE — In this Aug. 28, 2018 file photo is State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Wilk was elected by the Senate GOP caucus as their new leader replacing Sen. Shannon Grove of Bakersfield., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )

After losses, Republicans in California Senate elect leader

Jan. 20, 2021 9:02 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republicans in the California state Senate replaced their legislative leader on Wednesday, a shakeup to start the session after the party lost two seats in the November election that saw their caucus dwindle to a historically low number. Senate Republicans unanimously voted to...

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, gives remarks after being re-elected to his seat in the House Chambers during the first day of the 2021 legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol building in downtown Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Ralston taps new leaders for 13 Georgia House committees

Jan. 20, 2021 7:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston's top lieutenants got new posts as the Republican announced new chairs for committees on Wednesday. GOP Rep. Shaw Blackmon of Bonaire will lead the Ways and Means Committee after former chair Brett Harrell lost his reelection bid to a Democrat....