Latest State legislature News

The Latest: Absentee voting up in Missouri primary election

Aug. 4, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri primary election (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Concerns about the coronavirus have prompted a larger-than-usual number of mailed-in ballots for the primary election in Missouri's largest county. St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey said the...

FILE - In an Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, left, then-Democratic candidate for the Michigan's 13th Congressional District, and Brenda Jones speak during a rally in Detroit. Tlaib's approach to governing as an unapologetic fighter, taking aim at the status quo alongside three other first-term congresswomen of color who make up the

'Squad' member Tlaib faces test in Michigan primary

Aug. 4, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib is trying to fend off a serious challenge for her House seat in Michigan's primary on Tuesday, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, was seeking reelection to...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, answers a question during a debate in Olathe, Kan. Establishment Republicans worried heading into Kansas’ primary Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, for an open Senate that weeks of effort to thwart polarizing conservative  Kobach would falter because they couldn’t persuade President Donald Trump to endorse their favored candidate. Trump didn’t intervene to help Rep. Roger Marshall in a crowded field, despite prodding from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others.  (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders' power to block Kobach

Aug. 4, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven’t lost a Senate contest in Kansas...

New property tax and business incentive package advances

Aug. 4, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will try once again to pass a major property tax and business incentive package as early as Wednesday, with time running out in this year's session. The Legislature's Revenue Committee voted Tuesday in favor of a new proposal designed to benefit Nebraska property...

The Latest: Kansas polls open; Senate primary tops ballot

Aug. 4, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas' primary election (all times local): 1 p.m. Election officials in three of Kansas' largest counties reported an uneventful start to voting in the state's primary election, due in part to an increase in advance and mail-in balloting. Nathan Carter, office...

Washington set to narrow down candidates in state primary

Aug. 4, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters are narrowing down candidates for dozens of contests in Tuesday's “top two” primary, including the governor's race and an open U.S. House seat. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who dropped a presidential bid last year, has drawn 35 opponents in his bid for a...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during an event at the White House, in Washington. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s' ballot. Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and is up for election this year, in May moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday's primary. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Missouri voters deciding on health care for more adults

Aug. 4, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters were deciding Tuesday whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults after years of resistance from Republican lawmakers. The vote on health care, as well as primaries for statewide offices and congressional seats, comes as...

Sanford gives $12.5 million to USD law school

Aug. 4, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Philanthropist Denny Sanford has given $12.5 million to the University of South Dakota's law school which will be renamed the Knudson School of Law in honor of Sioux Falls lawyer and businessman David Knudson, his longtime adviser. Knudson received his MBA from the university in...

Maine committee approves Veterans Bill of Rights proposal

Aug. 4, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has approved a proposal for a “Veterans Bill of Rights” that promises support for vets in the state. Democratic Sen. Mike Carpenter proposed the bill, which is designed to help make sure veterans have access to jobs, education, physical and...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Otero County Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder Coy Griffin denounces gun control and pro-abortion rights bills in the New Mexico State Legislature at a protest outside the Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. The group said this week seek arbitration in a fight with the New Mexico Secretary of State over fines and required reports. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

US House candidates distancing from Cowboys for Trump leader

Aug. 4, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. House hopefuls in a crucial southern New Mexico race are distancing themselves from a Cowboys for Trump leader who said some Black athletes should “go back to Africa” as he faces mounting pressure to step down from his county commissioner's seat. Democratic...