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More donations to liberal groups over first half of year

Aug. 23, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Special interest groups favoring Democrats raised five times as much as their Republican counterparts from donors in Wisconsin over the first six months of the year. That's according to a new analysis Friday by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. It found...

Portland, Oregon police hire homeless liaison

Aug. 22, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau has hired its first-ever liaison officer for working with the city's large homeless community. The agency said Thursday that Stephanie Herro will be the primary contact between the police bureau, homeless advocacy groups, social service agencies and other...

Louisiana business group backs both GOP governor candidates

Aug. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A powerful Louisiana business lobbying group wants a Republican for governor, but isn't choosing between the two major GOP contenders challenging Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. PACs for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced Wednesday they will support...

Public weighs in on gun bills after Virginia mass shooting

Aug. 20, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Members of the public and special interest groups made their case Tuesday to a Virginia commission studying a broad range of gun safety proposals after a deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach earlier this year. The bipartisan Virginia State Crime Commission heard hours of testimony...

All-charter school district experiment still faces questions

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two decades ago, a group of frustrated New Orleans educators proposed a radical idea: start an open-enrollment charter school that would educate kids better by freeing the school from the bureaucracy of a poorly performing district. The response was overwhelming. In its first year, about...

Judge blocks request for Kentucky PTA financial records

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has sided with Kentucky PTA and moved to block an activist from seeing how a county's parent teacher associations are spending their money — at least temporarily. The Courier Journal reports Judge Charles Cunningham said Thursday that he's requesting Attorney General...

The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

Aug. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's decision to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen from visiting (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending Israel's decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn't "encourage or...

The Latest: Progressive group backs candidate in Senate race

Aug. 13, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An advocacy group for progressive policies and candidates known as the Working Families Party is endorsing New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Democratic primary...

Advocacy groups holding sanctuary city rally in New Haven

Aug. 12, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Immigration advocacy groups are planning a rally with members of the New Haven Board of Alders in hopes of passing a new ordinance to make New Haven a sanctuary city. Unidad Latina en Accion, New Haven Rising and others will hold the event outside City Hall on Wednesday. They hope...

2 education groups urge caution on New Mexico tests revamp

Aug. 12, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two education advocacy groups are urging caution as state officials work to revamp a student assessment test and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office angrily denies officials are trying to make the test easier to raise scores. NewMexicoKidsCAN and Teach Plus said last...