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FILE In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks as a Confederate-themed and other flags flutter in the wind during a rally in Washington. War-like imagery has begun to take hold in mainstream Republican political circles in the wake of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting calls to tone down their rhetoric contemplating a second civil war. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Correction: Capitol Breach-Civil War story

Jan. 18, 2021 11:31 AM EST
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In a story January 16, 2021, about Republican leaders invoking war rhetoric, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to an incoming chairwoman of the Michigan GOP. Instead, she is the incoming party co-chair. A corrected version of the story is below.
In this photo from Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, Rachel Sweet, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, watches a legislative committee hearing on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution in a hallway just outside the meeting room at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The proposed amendment would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

COVID-19 fuels quick push for Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 18, 2021 10:11 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents are moving with unusual speed to put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot, fearing a COVID-19 outbreak could thwart them if they delay action even for a few weeks. The proposed amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court...

Senate to gather on 'Lobby Day' under heightened security

Jan. 18, 2021 9:48 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers will be meeting under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President elect-Joe Biden's inauguration. Monday is also expected to bring a large showing of gun-rights supporters to...

South Carolina House and Senate to take an early break

Jan. 18, 2021 9:23 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The full South Carolina House and Senate are taking a short break this week. The House won't meet at all and the Senate is only meeting on Thursday. But lawmakers won't get time off. Leaders in both chambers are asking them to hold committee and subcommittee meetings online so they...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020 file photo, a woman walks past the Alaska Capitol in Juneau. Alaska lawmakers are set to convene amid a near decade-long run of deficits and economic fallout from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Go-to reserve accounts are depleted, and tough decisions await on how to use the state's nest-egg oil-wealth fund. It's unclear who will lead those debates: neither the House nor the Senate has organized. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Alaska Legislature to convene amid budget, virus concerns

Jan. 18, 2021 9:11 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers convene Tuesday amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and a near decadelong run of budget deficits. Reserve money is depleted, and tough decisions are ahead on how to use the state's nest-egg oil-wealth fund. It's unclear who will lead those debates:...

FILE -- This May 2, 2019 file photo shows lawmakers meet on the floor of the state House of Representatives at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Cut spending, raise taxes, or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state's biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend federal funds allocated to help Hawaii test for the coronavirus, distribute vaccines, and bolster hospitals. They'll also consider how to help Hawaii's economy recover from the public health crisis. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices amid pandemic recession

Jan. 18, 2021 9:04 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Cut spending, raise taxes or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state's biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, speaks during a meeting with reporters in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin’s top health official, who has led the state throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is leaving for a job with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden. Palm has been nominated as deputy secretary of the federal agency. Palm’s last day at the Wisconsin agency is Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

Wisconsin's top health official departing for federal job

Jan. 18, 2021 8:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top health official, who has led the state throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is leaving for a job with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden. Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services,...

Ohio Dems tap 1st female chair, 1st Black executive director

Jan. 18, 2021 7:33 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Democratic Party is hoping that two historic picks last week — its first female chair and its first Black executive director — can restore its candidates' fortunes against the state's dominant Republicans while also healing internal party divisions. The choices...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Lauren Boebert speaks during a watch party at Warehouse 25 Sixty Five in Grand Junction, Colo., after polls closed in Colorado's primary election. Bri Buentello, a former state representative in Colorado, sued Boebert on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, after being blocked from the first-term federal lawmaker's Twitter account. (McKenzie Lange/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP, File)

Republican Boebert sued after blocking critic on Twitter

Jan. 17, 2021 7:40 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former state representative in Colorado sued Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert on Sunday after being blocked from the first-term federal lawmaker's Twitter account. Attorneys for Democrat Bri Buentello of Pueblo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver, claiming she was blocked...

Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...