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FILE - In this May 19, 2016, file photo, Illinois Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, speaks at a meeting in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Senate Republicans urged Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to release the specific data the Democrat is using to impose restrictions on indoor dining and bar service in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Brady called for a public hearing at which Pritzker would lay out the numbers he says show that the autumn surge in COVID-19 is fueled by close contact among restaurant and bar patrons. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

GOP leaders ask Pritzker to justify his bar, restaurant plan

Oct. 28, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that his administration is collecting and will make public the data to justify his COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining after Senate Republicans urged him to release the numbers. Illinois reported 6,110 new coronavirus infections, the...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at a press conference update on the state's COVID-19 situation at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge, La. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Edwards rejects bill to give lawmakers more emergency power

Oct. 27, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday vetoed the centerpiece bill of Louisiana's just-ended special session, a measure seeking to give lawmakers more authority in a governor's emergency decisions, including the ability to jettison individual coronavirus restrictions. The Democratic...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Every Tuesday for months, DeWine interrupts his remarks on pandemic stats and safety measures and pleads with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. DeWine proposed the bill after a mass shooting in Dayton in 2019. A key element is boosting penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns. The governor says the need has only grown more dire since Dayton. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Ohio governor has been pleading for action on gun violence

Oct. 27, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Gov. Mike DeWine uses his twice-weekly bully pulpit to detail Ohio's fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive has also continued his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. After laying out pandemic stats and and warnings about masks and social...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del. McBride, who has long-standing ties to Delaware’s best-known political family, says, “I am very aware of the stark contrast between the president we could have (Biden) and the president we now have. ... There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

Oct. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them with hostile...

House Republican leader Blake Miguez, R-Erath, left, speaks with Rep. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans, on the House floor on the final day of the special session on Oct. 23, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana House GOP trying to yank governor's virus rules

Oct. 23, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Republicans filed a petition Friday to revoke Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions for a week, as lawmakers finished a special session in which they sought more power over the Democratic governor's emergency actions but appeared likely to see that effort...

Nuclear costs loom over races for Georgia utility regulator

Oct. 23, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The shadow of two nuclear reactors that Georgia Power Co. is building near Waynesboro hangs over two statewide elections for the Georgia Public Service Commission. Although the reactors are now getting so close to completion that they are likely to enter service, whoever is elected will have...

Legislation to regulate hospital signs passes state Senate

Oct. 23, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation to require the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to create regulations to improve hospital signs, lighting and surveillance has passed the state Senate. The bill referred to as Laura’s law will require the department to implement regulations on emergency room...

Senators talk as they await final bill debates on the Senate floor on the final day of the special session on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Anti-'police defunding' bill falls short in Louisiana Senate

Oct. 23, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to give Louisiana lawmakers more power to penalize municipalities that too steeply cut their police departments stalled Friday in the Senate during the last minutes of the special session. Republican Rep. Lance Harris, who is running for Congress in the Nov. 3 election,...

FILE - A voter fills out an absentee ballot at the Albany County Board of Elections building, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. New Yorkers are getting to vote early for the first time in a general presidential election. In-person voting starts Saturday, Oct. 24 at 280 voting locations statewide and will last through Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Early voting makes presidential election debut in New York

Oct. 23, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers are getting to vote early for the first time in a general presidential election, an attractive option for anyone worried about socially distancing on Election Day or concerned about voting by mail. In-person voting starts Saturday at 280 voting locations statewide and will...

Bill would seek to target misinformation purveyors in Maine

Oct. 23, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic Senate president believes the state needs to do more to combat the spread of misinformation on the Internet. Senate President Troy Jackson filed a bill on Thursday that he said would do just that. Jackson's office said the proposal would “require ‘fake...