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A rental sign is posted in front of an apartment complex Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Phoenix. Housing advocacy groups have joined lawmakers lobbying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-era moratorium on evictions when it expires, when the 120-day order ending July 22 was supposed to ensure people would not lose their homes if they fell ill to COVID-19 or lost jobs in the pandemic's economic fallout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona ban on evictions set to end as heat, infections soar

Jul. 15, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow authorities to start removing hundreds of renters in a state that's a national hot spot for both infections...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, speaks to voters during a town hall meeting in Belen, N.M. Torres Small announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, she will go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Torres Small campaign hire's gun control lobby past attacked

Jul. 15, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A new campaign manager for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small is facing attacks from Republicans for once working for a gun control group funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Las Cruces Democrat recently announced that she had hired Emma Caccamo to win...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 12, 2020 file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Due to coronavirus concerns, no congregants were allowed to attend the Mass which was broadcast live on local TV. The Archdiocese of New York received 15 loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices. St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was approved for at least $1 million. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

Jul. 10, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse...

Education groups lead in spending on lobbyists in Maryland

Jul. 10, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two groups advocating for education and the Maryland Jockey Club were among the organizations that spent the most on lobbyists in Maryland in the most recent reporting period, when major legislation affecting them was before state lawmakers. The spending on lobbying reported to the...

House ethics chair drops probe of Arizona lawmaker

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The head of a special Arizona House ethics committee on Wednesday said he was dropping an investigation into the actions of a fellow Republican lawmaker who faced complaints that he engaged in an improper relationship with a lobbyist and helped her avoid a tax seizure. Rep. John...

Workers install plastic partitions, with a blue removable protective covering, between desks, Monday, June 15, 2020, on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. The partitions are being installed before the expected return of lawmakers to the Statehouse on Wednesday, June 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Special session raises coronavirus concern in Nevada capital

Jul. 8, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A day before the Nevada Legislature convened for a special budget session, Kelly Crompton, a lobbyist for the city of Las Vegas, boarded a Southwest flight and headed north to Carson City. Air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic felt wrong, Compton wrote in a Twitter post . But as...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, The White House is seen from the Ellipse in Washington. Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped their clients secure over $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid. Among them are five former administration officials whose lobbying work potentially violates an ethics order Trump issued after taking office.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid

Jul. 6, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report. The lobbyists identified Monday by...

Louisiana's cap on lobbyist wining and dining edges up a bit

Jul. 5, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a bit more on wining and dining state lawmakers and other public officials. When the new budget year began Wednesday, the lobbying limit on food and drink for a public official edged up $1 per person, per occasion. The new limit per person at an event...

Judge: Former speaker, felon can lobby despite convictions

Jul. 3, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former House Speaker and felon Salvatore F. DiMasi won a court ruling allowing him to lobby the state legislature and executive branch, despite his prior convictions. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert B. Gordon found that the state statute prohibiting people convicted of certain state...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, address a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. as Minnesota's new law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them went into effect. Their 26-year-old son Alec Smith died of diabetic complications in 2017 because he was forced to ration his supply of the drug.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and...