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McSally lost Senate race but will fill McCain's Arizona seat

Dec. 18, 2018 3:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a tight race for the state's other spot in the Senate. McSally, a former...

Lawmakers could face debate over earthquake damage

Dec. 18, 2018 3:10 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas. Earthquakes have increased in Kansas since 2013 when fracking, or hydraulic fracturing,...

The Latest: Michigan bill prohibits disclosure of nonprofit

Dec. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on developments during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A bill moving forward in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is designed to keep secret the identity of donors who give money to nonprofits, including organizations involved...

Used to bucking establishment, Gabbard eyes White House run

Dec. 18, 2018 2:32 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — One of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's duties when she deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2005 was to scan a list of U.S. combat casualties for names of her unit's soldiers. Her job as a brigade surgeon operations specialist was to make sure these soldiers got the care they...

Lawmaker tweets to GOP legislative aide: 'Kill yourself!'

Dec. 18, 2018 2:32 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state senator apologized Tuesday for what he called a "poor choice of words" after sending a tweet to a legislative staffer urging her to kill herself. Democrat Kevin Parker's tweet to Republican Senate aide Candice Giove consisted of only two words: "Kill yourself!" It came...

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling her suspension "malicious" and politically-motivated, a former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott. Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday...

GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder

Dec. 18, 2018 12:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans determined to dilute the authority of newly elected Democrats could see the power play thwarted by a moderate GOP governor, who is not certain to go along with the Legislature like Wisconsin's more partisan Gov. Scott Walker. Term-limited Rick Snyder is not...

N. Carolina gov. vetoing bill with congressional race redo

Dec. 18, 2018 12:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor said Tuesday he's vetoing legislation that directs fully rerun elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race, saying the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws. Democratic Gov. Roy...

Kentucky gov calls legislature in session for pension vote

Dec. 18, 2018 1:00 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Days after losing at the state Supreme Court, Kentucky's Republican governor called the legislature back in session Monday to try again to reshape the state's troubled public pension system. Surprised lawmakers from both parties scrambled to make it to the state Capitol for the 8 p.m....

GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Dec. 17, 2018 6:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, giving the red state its second open Senate contest in two years. Alexander said in a news release that he was deeply grateful for being elected to more combined years as...