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GOP leaders tapped for Louisiana Senate's budget, tax panels

Jan. 17, 2020 10:53 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Senate President Page Cortez, a Lafayette...

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)

Giuliani associate names Trump, Pence, more in Ukraine plan

Jan. 17, 2020 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Lev Parnas says he delivered an ultimatum in May, at Giuliani's behest, to the incoming...

In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trump's trial begins at the start of an election year

Jan. 17, 2020 12:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts...

In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trump's trial begins, senators vowing 'impartial justice'

Jan. 16, 2020 10:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts...

Idaho House expels member convicted of fraud by Texas jury

Jan. 16, 2020 8:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House of Representatives on Thursday expelled one of its members a day after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government. The House voted 65-0 to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. It is the first ever expulsion from the Idaho Legislature, state...

Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during a campaign event Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

Jan. 16, 2020 7:38 PM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Marilyn Del Valle climbed to her feet at the Nacion de Fe church in Kissimmee on Thursday, clapping and taking photos as Vice President Mike Pence took the stage. Del Valle is a proud “Nuyorican” — born in New York to Puerto Rican parents — who lives in...

GOP group wants SD party chair to resign over Saudi lobbying

Jan. 16, 2020 6:39 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A group of South Dakota Republicans wants the state party chairman to resign because of his lobbying work for Saudi Arabia. The Fall River County Republicans’ Central Committee unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday night alleging that state GOP Chairman Dan Lederman...

Brittany Jones, advocacy director for the conservative Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, answers questions from reporters following the unveiling of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Jones' group and other anti-abortion organizations are backing the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas abortion measure's fate may rest on when vote is set

Jan. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for overturning last year's Kansas Supreme Court...

Utah governor candidate and ex-GOP chair Thomas Wright, right, looks on as Congressman Rob Bishop, left, speaks during a campaign announcement Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Wright is adding a political heavyweight to his run for governor: Congressman Rob Bishop. Wright announced that Bishop will be his lieutenant-governor candidate. Bishop had already said he would not run for a ninth term in the U.S. House. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Thomas Wright adds US Rep. Rob Bishop to his governor ticket

Jan. 16, 2020 5:40 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ex-Utah GOP chair Thomas Wright added a political heavyweight to his run for governor on Thursday, tapping outgoing U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop as his lieutenant-governor candidate. Bishop had weighed stepping into the race himself but decided against it earlier this week and endorsed...

Larry Campbell, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's budget director, answers questions from reporters during a briefing on Kelly's spending proposals, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Kelly's budget would spend more than half of the state's cash reservices to pay off debt while also cutting annual payments to the state pension system. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor seeks to use cash reserves to pay off debt

Jan. 16, 2020 5:36 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Thursday that Kansas burn through more than half of its cash reserves to pay off some debt early while taking longer to close a long-term funding gap for the state pension system for teachers and government workers. Kelly's budget director, Larry...