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Limits on governor's disaster authority nears statewide vote

Jan. 26, 2021 7:51 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure Tuesday to take some emergency management power away from Pennsylvania's governors as lawmakers struck out at Gov. Tom Wolf's handling of the pandemic response. The Senate voted, 28-20, in a clash that fell largely along partisan...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 26, 2021 10:01 AM EST

The News-Gazette. January 24, 2021. Editorial: Are stricter graduation standards better? The aftershocks of the Legislature’s recent lame-duck session continue to reverberate. The blitzkrieg of complicated pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly with little consideration or debate...

Iowa Democrats choose state lawmaker to lead their party

Jan. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party chose a state representative from Ames to lead the party as it works to retain its spot as the nation's first caucus in presidential elections. Rep. Ross Wilburn was elected Saturday to replace outgoing chairman and former state Rep. Mark Smith who decided...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, envelopes containing ballots are shown at a San Francisco Department of Elections at a voting center in San Francisco. California election officials announced Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, that 99.4% of more than 15 million mail-in ballots were verified and counted in the November election, a rejection rate notably lower than the March primary even though more than twice as many people voted. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Over 99% of mail-in ballots accepted in California election

Jan. 22, 2021 7:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California election officials announced Friday that 99.4% of more than 15 million mail-in ballots were verified and counted in the November election, a rejection rate notably lower than the March primary even though more than twice as many people voted. The election took place amid the...

Lawmakers speed bill to limit a governor's disaster powers

Jan. 22, 2021 5:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday took another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency...

Kansas state Reps. Brenda Landwehr, left, R-Wichita, and Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, confer during a House debate on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Both supported the measure, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision in 2019 that declared access to abortion a

Kansas advances anti-abortion measure on Roe anniversary

Jan. 22, 2021 3:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Friday pushed a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution through the state House, a bitter reminder of election setbacks for abortion rights Democrats on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide. The vote was...

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 7:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a broader swath of voters during that year's general election....

FIL - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del. Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nation’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

Jan. 18, 2021 5:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the...

John Clancey, an American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law, speaks during an interview in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Clancey said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and the city's legally enshrined freedoms, as China cracks down on dissent in the Asian financial capital.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP Interview: Arrested US lawyer says HK courts face choice

Jan. 15, 2021 3:48 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — An American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and the city's legally enshrined freedoms, as China cracks down on dissent in the Asian financial capital. John Clancey was...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, R-South Carolina, talks with students in Florence School District Four in Florence, S.C.  Rice said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 he knows he may lose his seat thanks to his support of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Rice on Wednesday was one of only 10 House Republicans to join Democrats in voting to impeach the president.   (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

In voting to impeach, SC's Rice acknowledges political risk

Jan. 14, 2021 4:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, who hid in an office as rioters overran the U.S. Capitol last week, acknowledged Thursday that his vote to impeach President Donald Trump could cost him reelection as a conservative Republican but said Trump's failure to calm the mob left him no other choice. Rice...