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Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws

Jul. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican leaders on Thursday urged state district and county attorneys to continue enforcing marijuana laws, a move that follows several local prosecutors' decision to drop pot possession cases amid confusion surrounding a new law legalizing hemp. The letter sent by Gov. Greg...

Trump hits 'send her back' chant, claims he tried to stop it

Jul. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after fellow Republicans warned it could hurt the GOP in next year's elections In a...

Republican leader calls for road-funding veto override

Jul. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate on Thursday called for a veto override after Gov. Tony Evers' administration announced a new $75 million transportation grant program that would make funding available for public transit projects like Milwaukee's streetcar. Senate Majority...

Houston Democrat joins US Senate race against GOP's Cornyn

Jul. 18, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston city councilwoman says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Amanda Edwards launched her campaign Thursday with a video in which she appeals to people who have been told to wait their turn...

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Jul. 18, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of New York, said Thursday they had reached an agreement with Republican Sens....

The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant

Jul. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar....

Former Texas judge leaves GOP, denouncing Trump for racism

Jul. 18, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas judge who served on the state's highest criminal court has denounced President Donald Trump in announcing her decision to leave the Republican party. The Austin American-Statesman reports retired Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala announced her decision on...

North Carolina GOP Rep. Grange enters 2020 governor's race

Jul. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state legislator entered the 2020 Republican gubernatorial race Thursday, a decision that denies Lt. Gov. Dan Forest a cleared path to the GOP nomination after preparing for years for a bid. State Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announced her candidacy in a campaign...

Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020

Jul. 18, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term. Every successful modern presidential campaign has been built on the notion of addition, winning over voters beyond core...

Trump campaign press secretary to attend Kentucky GOP event

Jul. 18, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican officials say the national press secretary for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign will attend a GOP dinner next month in Lexington. The state GOP says Kayleigh McEnany will be a special guest at the annual Lincoln Dinner scheduled for Aug. 17. She...